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October 5

1762 premiere of Christoph Willibald Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice (1st version in Italian) in Vienna at the Kaiserliches Hoftheater; the first of Gluck's ‘reform’ operas, in which he attempted to replace the abstruse plots and overly complex music of opera seria with a ‘noble simplicity‘ in both the music and the drama.

1930 premiere of the famous series of weekly Sunday afternoon national broadcasts by The New York Philharmonic with a program of music by Weber, Mozart and Tchaikovsky from Carnegie Hall with guest conductor Erich Kleiber.

1973 first performance of Havergal Brian's Symphony No. 28 by the New Philharmonia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski conducting; Anthony Payne in his Daily Telegraph review wrote: "It was fascinating to contemplate the uniqueness of the event – a 91-year-old conductor learning a new work by a 91-year-old composer."