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25 July
BIRTHS * Agostino Steffani Italian composer. (1654) * James Thornhill English architect and decorator. (1675) * Jacopo Durandi Italian librettist. (1737) * Gottlob Benedict Bierey German composer and conductor. (1772) * Giacomo Cordella Italian composer. (1786) * Charles Duponchel French theatre director and administrator. (1794) * Pierre-Louis Deffès French composer. (1819) * David Belasco American director and playwright. (1853) * Alfredo Casella Italian composer, organizer and conductor. (1883) * Yvonne Printemps French soprano. (1894) * Krešimir Baranović Croatian composer. (1894) * Maria Zamboni Italian soprano. (1895) * Maureen Forrester Canadian contralto. (1930) * Friedrich Lippmann German musicologist. (1932)

DEATHS * John Frederick Lampe German composer. (1751) * Georg Philipp Telemann German composer. (1767) * Charles Dibdin English composer, dramatist, actor and singer. (1814) * Franz Xaver Huber German playwright. (1814) * René Charles Guilbert de Pixérécourt French librettist and dramatist. (1844) * Sergio Failoni Italian conductor. (1948) * Isaak Iosifovich Dunayevsky Russian composer. (1955) * Ādolfs Kaktiņš Latvian bass-baritone. (1965) * Douglas S Moore American composer. (1969) * Jerome Moross American composer. (1983)

PREMIERES Einstein on the Beach Philip Glass; Avignon Festival, 25 July 1976.
 

26 July
BIRTHS * Pietro Paolo Laurenti Italian composer and singer. (1675) * Bernard Shaw Irish dramatist, critic and polymath. (1856) * Aldous Huxley English writer. (1894) * Jack Allan Westrup English scholar, teacher and conductor. (1904) * Tadeusz Baird Polish composer. (1928) * Anthony Gilbert English composer. (1934) * Rodney Milnes English critic. (1936)

DEATHS * Grazio Braccioli Italian librettist. (1752) * Daniel Dal Barba Italian composer. (1801) * Michele Michel Carafa Italian composer. (1872) * Giuseppe Agostini Italian tenor. (1951) * Miguel Bernal Jiménez Mexican composer. (1956) * Frank Loesser American composer and librettist. (1969) * Ulysses Lappas Greek tenor. (1971)

PREMIERES Le peintre amoureux de son modèle Egidio Duni; Paris, Foire St Laurent, 26 July 1757. L'infedeltà delusa Joseph Haydn; Eszterháza, 26 July 1773. Parsifal Richard Wagner; Bayreuth, Festspielhaus, 26 July 1882.
 

27 July
BIRTHS * François Arnaud French man of letters. (1721) * Jakob Zupan Slovene composer. (1734) * François Hippolyte Barthelemon French composer. (1741) * Alessandro Sanquirico Italian scene painter and designer. (1777) * Georges Onslow French composer. (1784) * Alexandre Dumas French dramatist. (1824) * Enrique Granados Spanish composer and pianist. (1867) * Stanislav Binički Serbian composer and conductor. (1872) * Ernő Dohnányi Hungarian composer. (1877) * Ivar Andrésen Norwegian bass. (1896) * Hans Haug Swiss composer. (1900) * Clive Douglas Australian composer. (1903) * Gianandrea Gavazzeni Italian conductor, composer and writer. (1909) * Mario Del Monaco Italian tenor. (1915) * Otar Vasil'yevich Taktakishvili Georgian composer, conductor and writer on music. (1924) * Alan Blyth English critic. (1929) * Carol Vaness American soprano. (1952)

DEATHS * Antonio Vivaldi Italian composer and violinist. (1741) * Johann Christian Lobe German composer. (1881) * Franz Doppler Austrian composer. (1883) * Gustav Kobbé American writer. (1918) * Ferruccio Busoni German-Italian composer. (1924) * Victor Vreuls Belgian composer. (1944) * Gertrude Stein American writer. (1946) * Francesco Spetrino Italian conductor and composer. (1948) * Martha Rohs German mezzo-soprano. (1963) * Bernhard Paumgartner Austrian musicologist. (1971) * Hugh Callingham Wheeler American lyricist and librettist. (1987)

PREMIERES The Tempest John C. Eaton; Santa Fe, Opera Theater, 27 July 1985.