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May 4

1744 Marianna Martines – Austrian singer, pianist and composer of Spanish descent (d.1812); studied composition with Haydn, and both Haydn and Mozart attended her musical soirées; though an active and highly accomplished performer and composer, she never sought an appointed position as such a thing would have been unacceptable for a woman in her social class.

1795 first performance of Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 ‘London’ conducted by the composer at the King's Theater in London; the last of the twelve so-called ‘London Symphonies’; the nickname is rather arbitrary, given the existence of the 11 others; Haydn wrote in his diary "The whole company was thoroughly pleased and so was I. I made 4,000 gulden on this evening: such a thing is possible only in England.”

1860 Emil von Reznícek – Austrian composer (d.1945); remembered mainly for the overture to his opera Donna Diana (1894).

1888 premiere of Gabriel Fauré's Requiem in La Madeleine, Paris; revised in the 1890s, finalized in 1900.

1905 Mátyás Seiber – Hungarian-born English composer and teacher (d.1960); among other works, wrote Ulysses (1947), a cantata on a text by James Joyce.