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TODAY IS
December 15
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1585 - Heinrich Schutz, German composer, was born.

1644 - Alessandro Stradella, Italian composer, was born.

1739 - Handel finished his Concerto Grosso in G, Op. 6, no. 4.

1800 - Leó Festetics,  Hungarian composer, was born in Pécs.

1834 - Francois Boieldieu, French composer, died.

1865 - Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, Czech composer, died in Nice.

1903 - Premiere of Carl Nielsen's Helios Overture.

1821 - Friedrich Kiel, German composer, was born in Puderbach.

1957 - Jerry Lee Lewis recorded Great Balls Of Fire.

1962 - Michael Abels, US composer, was born.

1964 - Roy Orbison had his third UK No.1 single with Oh Pretty Woman.

1968 - Tabea Zimmermann, German violist, was born.

1971 - John Lennon recorded Imagine.

1992 - Premiere of Gyorgy Ligeti's Violin Concerto. Ensemble Moderne  with soloist Saschko Gawriloff.
December 15, 1925 was the American debut of Hungarian violinist Joseph Szigeti with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Szigeti was born in Budapest, September 5, 1892. His father and uncle were both professional musicians.  He started his violin studies with them, then was placed in the advanced class of Hubay at the Budapest Academy of Music, and made his Berlin debut at age 13.
Joseph Szigeti
1892-1973
He made his first appearance in London when he was 15, then toured England in concerts with Busoni.  In 1909 he premiered a concerto written for him by Hamilton Harty.

Szigeti's career was interrupted by World War I,  But continued afresh in 1917 when he bacame  a professor at the conservatory in Geneva.  He remained there until 1925.

Szigeti made his U.S. debut at Carnegie Hall, in New York City  in 1925.  He played the Beethoven Violin Concerto, accompanied by the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Stokowski.  He toured the United States regularly, while continuing to appear in Europe. 

From 1924 to 1927 he appeared in the Soviet Union eleven times.  He played the Leningrad premiere of Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1 in 1924, and played it's U.S. premiere with Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra.  On October 8, 1928 Szigeti premiered
Alfredo Casella's Violin Concerto in Moscow, accompained by the Persymphans.

During the 1930's Szigeti toured the Far East, Australia, New Zealand, South America, and South Aftica.  In 1938 Szigeti played the premiere of the Bloch Violin Concerto in Cleveland.

Due to the outbreak of World War II, Szigeti left Europe and settled in the United States.  He became a U.S. citizen in 1951.  After the war he continued his international career based out of the United States, but moved back to Switzerland to teach there in 1960.

In addition to the standard repertoire, he championed the music of many 20th-century composers, including Stravinsky, Bartók, Ravel, Prokofiev, Honegger, Bloch, and Martin. He wrote the books
WITH STRINGS ATTACHED (1947), A VIOLINIST'S NOTEBOOK (1965), and SZIGETI ON THE VIOLIN: IMPROVISATIONS ON A VIOLINIST'S THEMES (1969).

Szigeti died in Lucerne, Switzerland  February 19, 1973.
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