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15 December
BIRTHS * Bernardo Buontalenti Italian architect, stage designer, engineer and painter. (1531) * Michel-Richard de Lalande French composer. (1657) * Henry F Chorley English writer and critic. (1808) * Auguste Emmanuel Vaucorbeil French administrator and composer. (1821) * Francesco D'Arcais Italian critic and composer. (1830) * Pongrác Kacsóh Hungarian composer, teacher and writer on music. (1873) * Ion Nonna Otescu Romanian composer. (1888) * Lotte Schöne Austrian soprano. (1891) * Ferenc Farkas Hungarian composer and teacher. (1905) * Wilhelm Schüchter German conductor. (1911) * Glynn Ross American administrator. (1914) * Hilde Zadek German soprano. (1917, 100 years) * Raina Kabaivanska Bulgarian soprano. (1934)

DEATHS * Nicolò Giovanardi Italian soprano castrato and composer. (1729) * Joseph Martin Kraus German-Swedish composer. (1792) * Józef Damse Polish composer. (1852) * Gualtiero Sanelli Italian composer. (1861) * Elías Alvares Lôbo Brazilian composer. (1901) * Erich Walter Sternberg Israeli composer. (1974) * Mukhtar Ashrafi Uzbek composer. (1975) * Jan Peerce American tenor. (1984)

PREMIERES La vestale Gaspare Spontini; Paris, Opéra, 15 December 1807. Der Barbier von Bagdad Peter Cornelius; Weimar, Hoftheater, 15 December 1858. Bérénice Albéric Magnard; Paris, Opéra-Comique, 15 December 1911. Parisina Pietro Mascagni; Milano, Teatro alla Scala, 15 December 1913.
 

16 December
BIRTHS * Ludwig van Beethoven German composer. (1770) * Adrien Boieldieu French composer. (1775) * János Fusz Hungarian composer. (1777) * Augusta Holmès French composer. (1847) * Artur Bodanzky Austrian conductor. (1877) * Zoltán Kodály Hungarian composer. (1882) * Sir Noel Coward English composer and writer. (1899) * Stanojlo Rajičić Serbian composer. (1910) * Werner Haentjes German composer. (1923) * James McCracken American tenor. (1926) * Donald Grobe American tenor. (1929) * Rodion Konstantinovich Shchedrin Russian composer and pianist. (1932) * Philip Langridge English tenor. (1939) * Timothy Sullivan Canadian composer. (1954)

DEATHS * Jacopo Fabris Italian stage designer. (1761) * Johann Adolf Hasse German composer. (1783) * Christian Felix Weisse German poet, dramatist and librettist. (1804) * Friedrich August Kanne Austrian composer. (1833) * Stanisław Duniecki Polish composer. (1870) * Alexey Fyodorovich L'vov Russian composer. (1870) * Ivan Zajc Croatian composer. (1914) * Luigi Illica Italian librettist. (1919) * Camille Saint-Saëns French composer. (1921) * Pongrác Kacsóh Hungarian composer, teacher and writer on music. (1923) * Rudolf Moralt German conductor. (1958) * Boris Semyonovich Shekhter Russian composer. (1961) * Giuseppe Nessi Italian tenor. (1961) * Tito Schipa Italian tenor. (1965) * Thomas Schippers American conductor. (1977) * Gianni Poggi Italian tenor. (1989)

PREMIERES Dèbora e Jaéle Ildebrando Pizzetti; Milano, Teatro alla Scala, 16 December 1922. Le pauvre matelot Darius Milhaud; Paris, Opéra-Comique, 16 December 1927. Street Scene Kurt Weill; Philadelphia, Shubert Theatre, 16 December 1946; New York, Adelphi Theatre, 9 January 1947. Der Kaiser von Atlantis Viktor Ullmann; Amsterdam, Bellevue Theatre, 16 December 1975.
 

17 December
BIRTHS * Domenico Cimarosa Italian composer. (1749) * Johann Friedrich Schubert German composer. (1770) * Christian Frederik Emil Horneman Danish composer. (1840) * Nicola van Westerhout Italian composer. (1857) * Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky Russian composer. (1904) * Seth McCoy American tenor. (1928) * Makoto Moroi Japanese composer. (1930)

DEATHS * Nicolò Beregan Italian lawyer, poet and librettist. (1713) * Conrad Friedrich Hurlebusch German composer. (1765) * Giuseppe Carcani Italian composer. (1778) * Louis-Abel Beffroy de Reigny French composer and librettist. (1811) * Saverio Mercadante Italian composer. (1870) * Richard Pohl German critic and translator. (1896) * Stefano Gobatti Italian composer. (1913) * Edgar Istel German musicologist and composer. (1948) * Ferdinand Pujman Czech director and writer. (1961) * Erwin Dressel German composer. (1972) * Mario Persico Italian composer. (1977) * Francesco Siciliani Italian administrator and composer. (1996)

PREMIERES Giulio Cesare in Egitto Antonio Sartorio; Venezia, Teatro S Salvatore, 17 December 1676. Issé André Cardinal Destouches; concert performances at Fontainebleau, 7 October, and Versailles, Trianon, 17 December 1697. La belle Hélène Jacques Offenbach; Paris, Théâtre des Variétés, 17 December 1864. The Long Christmas Dinner Paul Hindemith; Mannheim, Nationaltheater, 17 December 1961.