January 3

1843 premiere of Gaetano Donizetti’s opera Don Pasquale by the Théâtre-Italien at the Salle Ventadour in Paris with great success; regarded as the high point of the 19th century opera buffa tradition.

1897 first performance of the Symphony in C by Paul Dukas in Paris conducted by Paul Vidal; like César Franck’s Symphony in d, it is in three movements.

1943 H.K. Gruber – Austrian composer, conductor, singer, and double bass player (73 years old); a leading figure of the so-called Third Viennese School.