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On January 13, 1854,  inventor Anthony Foss patented his musical instrument.  Can You Guess what instrument it was. Squeeze your brain a little and you just might come up with the answer.

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1690 - Gottfried Heinrich Stolzel, German composer, was born.

1726 - Premiere of  Bach's Sacred Cantata No. 32 Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen.

1762 - Composer Leonhard Trautsch died.

1775 - Premiere of W. A. Mozart's opera La Finta Giardiniera 'The Feigned Gardener'.

1873 - Premiere of Rimsky-Korsakov's opera Ivan The Terrible also called The Maid of Pskov.

1882 - German composer Richard Wagner finished his opera Parsifal.

1883 - Premiere of George Chadwick's Thalia Overture.

1890 - Premiere of Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty ballet.

1904 - Premiere of Bela Bartók's tone-poem Kossuth, with parody of the German national hymn causing outrage.

1910 - First experimental live broadcast of opera. From NYC's Metropolitan Opera stage. Cavalleria Rusticana and part of Pagliacci, Enrico Caruso and Emmy Destinn.

1935 - Premiere of Roy Harris's overture When Johnny Comes Marching Home.

1945 - Premiere of Sergei Prokofiev's 5th Symphony.

1976 - Sarah Caldwell, American conductor, is first woman to conduct at NY's Metropolitan Opera.  Biography of Sarah Caldwell for kids at Amazon.com

1980 - Death of Andre Kostelanetz, conductor.

2002 - Premiere of Robert Kapilow's Louisiana Purchase by Louisiana Philharmonic.
1864 Death of American composer Stephen Collins Foster in NYC. b-Pittsburgh, 4 July 1826.
January 13, 2000 marked the premiere of Richard Danielpour's Voices of Remembrance, for string quartet and orchestra.  It was commissioned by the National Symphony, and received its premiere at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony accompanied by the Guarneri String Quartet.  After the work's 3 performances in Washington, it was performed on January 25, in Carnegie Hall in New York City. 
Richard Danielpour was born January 28, 1956, in New York City.  He studied at the New England Conservatory and the Juilliard School with Vincent Persichetti and Peter Mennin.  He also trained as a pianist under Lorin Hollander, Veronica Jochum and Gabriel Chodos.

Danielpour has received more than 30 commissions from organizations as diverse as the New York Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and Absolut Vodka. His cello concerto was recorded by Yo-Yo Ma and The Philadelphia Orchestra with David Zinman. The resulting CD, "Premieres," won Best Classical Album and two other awards at the 1998 Grammys.   He has also composed two major ballet scores for the New York City Ballet and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Mr. Danielpour is one of the most recorded composers of his generation.  In fact, he became only the third composer, after Stravinsky and Copland, to be signed to an exclusive recording contract by Sony Classical.

Danielpour is an active educator.  He is on the faculties of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Manhattan School of Music.  He also gives master classes throughout the country. He has been co-director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra's Composition and Conducting Institute. He served as Composer-in-Residence with the Pacific Symphony for three years. He also coached young composers and performers in residencies at the Seattle Symphony, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Marlboro Music Festival, and Saratoga Chamber Music Festival.

Danielpour has received many awards.  Among them are a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Grant, the Bearns Prize (from Columbia University), The Charles Ives Fellowship and a Lifetime Achievement Award (both from the American Academy of Arts and Letters), two Barlow Foundation grants, and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the American Academy in Rome.

Of special interest to violinists is the commission that Danielpour received In 2002 Danielpour by the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.  The result was the piece As Night Falls on Barjeantane. It was performed by every semi-finalist. The violinist Midori took up the work and included it in her touring repertoire.

In May 2003, the New Jersey Symphony premiered his Apparitions, which was a re-working of his String Quartet No. 4 for orchestra.

In The Fools Paradise, Danielpour said he was fascinated with the idea of the court jester.  The court jester was the only person who could speak the truth to a king (even if the truth was not favorable) without being punished for it.  Danielpour says that the court jesters of today are the artists and anyone who has the gift for seeing clearly.
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