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02 March
BIRTHS * Johann Christian Friedrich Haeffner German composer. (1759) * George Alexander Macfarren English composer and teacher. (1813) * Antonio Buzzolla Italian composer. (1815, 200 years) * Bedřich Smetana Czech composer. (1824) * Léon Jongen Belgian composer. (1884) * Eduardo Rodríguez-Losada Rebellón Spanish composer. (1886) * Thomas Burke English tenor. (1890) * Kurt Weill German composer. (1900) * Marc Blitzstein American composer. (1905) * Anthony Lewis English musicologist and conductor. (1915, 100 years) * John Gardner English composer and teacher. (1917) * Mario Zafred Italian composer. (1922) * Eric Feldbusch Belgian composer. (1922) * Juraj Beneš Slovak composer. (1940) * Robert Lloyd English bass. (1940) * Leif Segerstam Finnish conductor. (1944)

DEATHS * Francesco Melosio Italian poet and librettist. (1670) * François Bouvard French composer. (1760) * Karel Loos Czech composer. (1772) * Jean-Simon Berthélémy French painter and costume designer. (1811) * Christian Friedrich Hermann Uber German composer. (1822) * Carl Eberwein German composer. (1868) * Erna Sack German soprano. (1972) * Jean Kurt Forest German composer. (1975) * Hugo Cole English composer. (1995)

PREMIERES Sant' Alessio Stefano Landi; Roma, ? Palazzo Barberini ai Giubbonari, 2 March 1631, or Palazzo Barberini alle Quattro Fontane, 18 February 1632. Orfeo Luigi Rossi; Paris, Palais Royal, 2 March 1647. Zanetto Pietro Mascagni; Pesaro, Liceo Musicale, 2 March 1896. Ein Walzertraum Oscar Straus; Vienna, Carltheater, 2 March 1907. Massimilla Doni Othmar Schoeck; Dresden, Staatsoper, 2 March 1937. Ariane Bohuslav Martinů; Gelsenkirchen, 2 March 1961.
 

03 March
BIRTHS * Joseph von Sonnleithner Austrian librettist. (1766) * Giuseppe Mazza Italian composer. (1806) * Alfred Bruneau French composer. (1857) * Henry J Wood English conductor. (1869) * Fritz Behrend German composer. (1889) * Federico Moreno Torroba Spanish composer, conductor and critic. (1891) * Rui Coelho Portuguese composer and conductor. (1892) * Margarete Teschemacher German soprano. (1903) * Riccardo Nielsen Italian composer. (1908) * Francesco Siciliani Italian administrator and composer. (1911) * Frank Wigglesworth American composer. (1918) * Miroslav Čangalović Yugoslav bass. (1921) * Hermann Winkler German tenor. (1924) * Robert Nagy American tenor. (1929) * Michael F Robinson English musicologist. (1933) * Rachel Yakar French soprano. (1938) * Florence Quivar American mezzo-soprano. (1944) * Roberta Alexander American soprano. (1949) * Christine Schäfer German soprano. (1965, 50 years)

DEATHS * Nicola Porpora Italian composer and teacher. (1768) * Michael Angelo Rooker English scene painter. (1801) * Franz Adam Veichtner German composer. (1822) * Hippolyte-Louis-Florent Bis French dramatist. (1855) * Eugen d'Albert German composer. (1932) * Carl Muck German conductor. (1940) * Carlos Pedrell Uruguayan composer. (1941) * Kálmán Pataky Hungarian tenor. (1964) * Carlo Gatti Italian musicologist. (1965, 50 years) * Eugen Fuchs German baritone. (1971) * Käthe Heidersbach German soprano. (1979) * Roman Haubenstock-Ramati Austrian composer. (1994) * Aldo Clementi Italian composer. (2011)

PREMIERES Carmen Georges Bizet; Paris, Opéra-Comique, 3 March 1875.
 

04 March
BIRTHS * Flavio Orsini Italian librettist. (1620) * Antonio Vivaldi Italian composer and violinist. (1678) * Nikolay Alexandrovich L'vov Russian poet and folksong collector. (1751) * Johann Friedrich Kind German writer. (1768) * Paul Lacome French composer. (1838) * Gustav Kobbé American writer. (1857) * Dora Labbette English soprano. (1898) * Ferdinand Leitner German conductor. (1912) * Halim El-Dabh American composer. (1921) * Samuel Adler American composer. (1928) * Bernard Haitink Dutch conductor. (1929) * Aribert Reimann German composer and pianist. (1936) * Yury Ivanovich Simonov Russian conductor. (1941)

DEATHS * Ignace Antoine Ladurner French composer. (1839) * Louis-Adolphe Jaime French librettist. (1901) * Moritz Moszkowski German composer. (1925) * Edoardo Mascheroni Italian conductor and composer. (1941) * Louis Laloy French musicologist and administrator. (1944) * Leonard Warren American baritone. (1960) * Zdeněk Chalabala Czech conductor. (1962) * Jānis Mediņš Latvian composer. (1966) * Shalva Mikhaylovich Mshvelidze Georgian composer. (1984)

PREMIERES Comus Thomas Augustine Arne; London, Drury Lane, Theatre Royal, 4 March 1738. Hulda César Franck; Monte Carlo, 4 March 1894. La cubana, oder Ein Leben für die Kunst Hans Werner Henze; New York, NET Opera, 4 March 1974