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23 February
BIRTHS * George Frideric Handel English composer. (1685) * David August von Apell German composer. (1754) * Johann Kaspar Aiblinger German composer. (1779) * Edgar Istel German musicologist and composer. (1880) * André D'Arkor Belgian tenor. (1901) * Ronald Dowd Australian tenor. (1914) * Hall Overton American composer. (1920) * Ilse Hollweg German soprano. (1922) * Lejaren Hiller American composer. (1924) * Régine Crespin French soprano. (1927)

DEATHS * Georg Muffat German composer. (1704) * Svatopluk Čech Czech poet and writer. (1908) * Edward Elgar English composer. (1934) * Otto Strobel German musicologist. (1953) * Fritz Oeser German musicologist and editor. (1982)

PREMIERES La princesse de Navarre Jean-Philippe Rameau; Versailles La Grande Ecurie, 23 February 1745. Walder Georg Benda; Gotha, Schloss Friedenstein, 23 February 1776. La juive Fromental Halévy; Paris, Opéra, 23 February 1835. Manon Lescaut Daniel-François-Esprit Auber; Paris, Opéra-Comique, 23 February 1856. Oedipus rex Igor Stravinsky; Vienna, Staatsoper, 23 February 1928. Marilyn Lorenzo Ferrero; Roma, Teatro dell'Opera, 23 February 1980.
 

24 February
BIRTHS * Filippo Acciaiuoli Italian impresario and deviser of spectacles. (1637) * Francisco de Sá Noronha Portuguese composer. (1820) * Arrigo Boito Italian librettist, composer, poet and critic. (1842) * Luigi Denza Italian composer. (1846) * Matija Bravničar Slovene composer. (1897) * Einar Beyron Swedish tenor. (1901) * Guillaume Landré Dutch composer. (1905) * Alexey Ivanovich Kandinsky Russian musicologist. (1918, 100 years) * Felix Werder Australian composer. (1922) * Renata Scotto Italian soprano. (1934) * Shūkō Mizuno Japanese composer. (1934) * Stephen Douglas Burton American composer. (1943)

DEATHS * Ferdinando Tacca Italian architect and stage designer. (1686) * Marc-Antoine Charpentier French composer. (1704) * Jan Stefani Polish composer. (1829) * Andreas Scutta Austrian composer, actor and singer. (1863) * Ignaz Lachner German composer. (1895) * André Messager French composer. (1929) * Alfred Grünwald Austrian librettist. (1951) * Erich Zimmermann German tenor. (1968, 50 years) * Geoffrey Bush English composer. (1998)

PREMIERES Orfeo Claudio Monteverdi; Mantua, ducal palace, 24 February 1607. Rinaldo George Frideric Handel; London, Queen's Theatre, 24 February 1711. Partenope george frederic Handel; London, King's Theatre, 24 February 1730. Matilde di Shabran Gioachino Rossini; Roma, Teatro Apollo, 24 February 1821. Feramors Anton Grigor'yevich Rubinstein; Dresden, Hoftheater, 24 February 1863. Susannah Carlisle Floyd; Talahassee, Florida State University, 24 February 1955. The Mines of Sulphur Richard Rodney Bennett; London, Sadler's Wells, 24 February 1965.
 

25 February
BIRTHS * Peter Anthony Motteux English writer, playwright and opera pasticheur. (1663) * Carlo Goldoni Italian playwright and librettist. (1707) * Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński Polish composer. (1807) * Alexandre Georges French composer. (1850) * Otakar Ostrčil Czech composer, conductor and director. (1879) * Federico Ghisi Italian composer. (1901) * Boris Papandopulo Croatian composer. (1906) * Anthony Burgess English composer and translator. (1917) * Jesús López-Cobos Spanish conductor. (1940) * Dennis O'Neill Welsh tenor. (1948)

DEATHS * Marco da Gagliano Italian composer. (1643) * Alessandro Stradella Italian composer. (1682) * Georg Caspar Schü mann German composer. (1751) * François Lupien Grenet French composer. (1753) * Giovanni Battista Borghi Italian composer. (1796) * Thomas Moore Irish poet and musician. (1852) * Tigran Tchukhatjian Armenian composer and conductor. (1898) * José Rogel Spanish composer. (1901) * František Neumann Czech conductor and composer. (1929) * Lalla Miranda Australian soprano. (1944) * Marij Kogoj Slovene composer. (1956) * André Turp Canadian tenor. (1991) * Warren Ellsworth American tenor. (1993)

PREMIERES Alessandro Severo George Frideric Handel; London, King's Theatre, 25 February 1738. Lionel and Clarissa Charles Dibdin; London, Covent Garden, 25 February 1768. (250 years). La fedeltà premiata Joseph Haydn; Eszterháza, 25 February 1781. The Maid of Orléans Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; St Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre, 13/25 February 1881. Kullervo Aulis Sallinen; Los Angeles, Music Center, 25 February 1992.