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17 August
BIRTHS * Nicola Porpora Italian composer and teacher. (1686) * Stephan von Breuning German poet. (1774) * Franz de Paula Roser Austrian composer and conductor. (1779) * Pierre-Luc-Charles Ciceri French stage designer and painter. (1782) * Peter Benoit Belgian composer. (1834) * Henri Tomasi French composer and conductor. (1901) * Georges Sébastian French conductor. (1903) * Nikola Gyuzelev Bulgarian bass. (1936) * John Tyrrell British musicologist. (1942) * Edward Cowie English composer. (1943) * Linda Zoghby American soprano. (1949)

DEATHS * Johann Augustin Kobelius German composer. (1731) * Frederick II German monarch and patron. (1786) * Rayner Taylor English . (1825) * Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian librettist. (1838) * Johann Nepomuk Poissl German composer. (1865) * Ernst Frank German conductor and composer. (1889) * Carl Zeller Austrian composer. (1898) * Edmond Audran French composer. (1901) * Pierre-Octave Ferroud French composer. (1936) * Gino Marinuzzi Italian conductor and composer. (1945) * Guillermo Fernández Shaw Spanish librettist. (1965) * Svetomir Nastasijević Serbian composer. (1979) * Ira Gershwin American lyricist. (1983)

PREMIERES Götterdämmerung Richard Wagner; Bayreuth, Festspielhaus, 17 August 1876. Der Prozess Gottfried von Einem; Salzburg, Festspielhaus, 17 August 1953.
 

18 August
BIRTHS * Antonio Salieri Italian composer. (1750) * Pierre-David-Augustin Chapelle French composer. (1756) * Alphonse-Toussaint-Joseph-André-Marie-Marseille Fortia de Piles French composer. (1758) * Angelo Neumann Austrian impresario. (1838) * Benjamin Godard French composer. (1849) * Hermann Zilcher German composer. (1881) * Marcel Samuel-Rousseau French composer. (1882) * Alexander Alexandrovich Kas'yanov Russian composer. (1891) * Bela Rudenko Ukrainian soprano. (1933) * Michelangelo Veltri Argentine conductor. (1940) * Barry Busse American tenor. (1946)

DEATHS * Antonio d'Antoni Italian composer and conductor. (1859) * Richard Kleinmichel German pianist, composer and arranger. (1901) * Laci Boldemann Swedish composer. (1969) * Robert Russell Bennett American composer and orchestrator. (1981) * Gottlob Frick German bass. (1994)

PREMIERES Der Ferne Klang Franz Schreker; Frankfurt, Oper, 18 August 1912.
 

19 August
BIRTHS * William Henry Fry American composer. (1813) * Viktor Alexandrovich Uspensky Russian composer and ethnomusicologist. (1879) * George Enescu Romanian composer. (1881) * Robert Heger German conductor and composer. (1886) * Paul Kont Austrian composer. (1920) * Martin Chusid American musicologist. (1925)

DEATHS * Carlo Arrigoni Italian composer. (1744) * Daniel Schiebeler German librettist. (1771) * Theresa Cornelys Italian singer. (1797) * Vincenzo Righini Italian composer, singing teacher and conductor. (1812) * Angelo Tarchi Italian composer. (1814) * Gioseffo Catrufo Italian composer. (1851) * Eugène-Prosper Prévost French composer. (1872) * František Zdeněk Skuherský Bohemian composer. (1892) * Sergey Pavlovich Dyagilev Russian impresario. (1929) * Clemens Franckenstein German composer, conductor and administrator. (1942) * Henry J Wood English conductor. (1944) * Frederick Ashton British choreographer. (1988)

PREMIERES West Side Story Leonard Bernstein; Washington, DC, National Theatre, 19 August 1957.