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29 September
BIRTHS * William Michael Rooke Irish composer. (1794) * Enrico Bevignani Italian conductor and composer. (1841) * Ladislao Zavertal Czech-Italian conductor and composer. (1849) * Leopoldo Mugnone Italian conductor and composer. (1858) * Georg Vollerthun German composer and conductor. (1876) * Franco Capuana Italian conductor. (1894) * Peter Baxevanos Greek tenor. (1908) * Josef Traxel German tenor. (1916, 100 years) * Martin Turnovský Czech conductor. (1928) * Richard Bonynge Australian conductor. (1930) * Lella Cuberli American soprano. (1945) * Andrew Dalton Australian countertenor. (1950)

DEATHS * Charles de Saint-Denis Saint-Evremond French man of letters. (1703) * Emile Zola French writer. (1902) * Rudi Stephan German composer. (1915) * Rosa Olitzka German contralto. (1949) * Aarre Merikanto Finnish composer. (1958) * W H Auden English poet and librettist. (1973) * Alexander Tcherepnin American composer. (1977)

PREMIERES Alessandro nelle Indie Giovanni Pacini; Napoli, Teatro S Carlo, 29 September 1824. Ulisse Luigi Dallapiccola; Berlin, Deutsche Oper, 29 September 1968. Toussaint David Blake; London, Coliseum, 29 September 1977.
 

30 September
BIRTHS * Jacques Aubert French composer. (1689) * Jerónimo Francisco de Lima Portuguese composer. (1741) * Justin Heinrich Knecht German composer. (1752) * Charles Villiers Stanford Irish composer. (1852) * Eamonn O'Gallagher Irish composer. (1906) * Arnold Elston American composer. (1907) * Harold D Rosenthal English writer. (1917) * Patricia Neway American soprano. (1919) * Giuseppe Campora Italian tenor. (1923) * Luboš Fišer Czech composer. (1935) * Andrew Shore English baritone. (1952)

DEATHS * Johann Benjamin Michaelis German librettist. (1772) * Quirino Gasparini Italian composer. (1778) * Louis Lacombe French composer. (1884) * Hector-Jonathan Crémieux French playwright and librettist. (1892) * Laureano Fuentes Matons Cuban composer. (1898) * Walter Kollo German composer. (1940) * Louis Fourestier French conductor and composer. (1976) * Paul Dehn English librettist. (1976) * Virgil Thomson American composer and critic. (1989)

PREMIERES Die wüste Insel Joseph Schuster; Leipzig, Theater am Rannstädter Tor, 30 September 1779. Cora och Alonzo Johann Gottlieb Naumann; Stockholm, Royal Opera Theatre, 30 September 1782. Die Zauberflöte Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Vienna, Theater auf der Wieden, 30 September 1791. Les pêcheurs de perles Georges Bizet; Paris, Théâtre Lyrique, 30 September 1863.
 

01 October
BIRTHS * Charles VI Austrian patron and Holy Roman Emperor. (1685) * Anton Cajetan Adlgasser German composer. (1729) * Alessandro Pepoli Italian playwright and librettist. (1757) * Eduard Sobolewski American conductor and composer. (1804) * Paul Dukas French composer, teacher and critic. (1865) * Julius Kapp German writer on music. (1883) * Karl Rankl British conductor. (1898) * Marcel Wittrisch German tenor. (1901) * Herman D Koppel Danish composer. (1908) * Gerhard Stolze German tenor. (1926) * Sylvano Bussotti Italian composer, stage designer and director. (1931) * Peter Stein German director. (1937)

DEATHS * Pietro Simone Agostini Italian composer. (1680) * Pierre Corneille French poet and dramatist. (1684) * John Blow English composer and organist. (1708) * Giovanni Battista Bassani Italian composer. (1716, 300 years) * Louis-Claude-Armand Chardiny French composer and singer. (1793) * Regina Mingotti Italian-German singer. (1808) * Ernst Toch Austrian composer. (1964) * Petar Konjović Serbian composer. (1970) * Hans Wolfgang Poser German composer. (1970) * Richard Crooks American tenor. (1972) * George Singer Israeli conductor. (1980) * Lina Pagliughi Italian soprano. (1980) * Joonas Kokkonen Finnish composer. (1996)

PREMIERES Hippolyte et Aricie Jean-Philippe Rameau; Paris, Opéra, 1 October 1733. L'arbore di Diana Vicente Martín y Soler; Vienna, Burgtheater, 1 October 1787. Christophorus Franz Schreker; Freiburg, 1 October 1978. Thérèse John Tavener; London, Covent Garden, 1 October 1979.