January 21

1710 Handel's music was performed in London for the first time, when orchestral works from his opera Rodrigo were performed as incidental music for a revival performance of Ben Jonson's play The Alchemist.

1816 premiere of Luigi Cherubini’s Requiem in Paris at a commemoration service for Louis XVI of France on the 23rd anniversary of his beheading during the French Revolution; the work was greatly admired by Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms.

1848 Henri Duparc – French composer (d.1933); best known for his 17 mélodies (art songs); a mental illness, diagnosed at the time as neurasthenia, caused him abruptly to cease composing at age 37, in 1885.

1899 Alexander Tcherepnin – Russian-born American composer and pianist (d.1977); his father, Nikolai Tcherepnin (a pupil of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov), was also a composer, as were his sons, Serge Tcherepnin and Ivan Tcherepnin and two of his grandsons.

1941 Plácido Domingo – Spanish tenor, conductor and arts administrator (76 years old); has sung at least 144 different opera roles and has made well over 100 recordings; one of the giants of the 20th (and now, 21st) century.

1944 Uto Ughi – Italian violinist and conductor (73 years old); considered one of Italy's greatest living violinists and is also active in the promotion of classical music.

1961 premiere of Francis Poulenc’s Gloria with Adele Addison, soprano, and the Boston Symphony and Pro Musica Chorus led by Charles Munch.


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