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October 27

1678 death of John Jenkins – English composer (age c. 86); composed many 4-, 5-, and 6-part fantasias for viol consort, along with almans, courants and pavanes.

1782 Nicolò Paganini – Italian composer, violinist, violist and guitarist (d.1840); the most celebrated violin virtuoso of his time; his Caprice No. 24 is among the best known of his compositions, and has served as an inspiration for many prominent composers.

1886 first performance of Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov's orchestration of Modest Mussorgsky's A Night on Bald Mountain in St. Petersburg, by the Russian Symphony conducted by Rimsky-Korsakov.

1912 Conlon Nancarrow – American-born Mexican composer (d.1997); best remembered for his pieces for the player piano; one of the first composers to use musical instruments as machines, realizing their potential to play far beyond human performance ability.

1927 Dominick Argento – American composer (d.2019); best known as a leading composer of lyric opera and choral music; song cycle From the Diary of Virginia Woolf earned a Pulitzer Prize in 1975.

1961 Hakan Hardenberger – Swedish trumpeter (62 years old); has commissioned notable works from living composers, like Heinz Karl Gruber's trumpet concerto Aerial (1999), the solo piece Exposed Throat (2000), and Three MOB Pieces (2004).