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Edouard Judas Colonne was born July 23, 1838, in Bordeaux (southwest France).

Colonne studied at the Conservatory in Paris where he won first prizes in both harmony and violin. 1858-67 he was first violinist at the Opéra in Paris.
1734 - Johannes Herbst, Moravian composer, was born. He died in 1812.

1757 - Domenico Scarlatti, Italian composer, died.

1849 - Count Gaza Zichy, Hungarian pianist, was born. He only had a left hand and played in recitals with Liszt.

1861 - Nahan Franko American violinist / conductor, was born.

1902 - Walter Burle Marx, Brazilian composer and conductor and founder of the Rio de Janeiro Philharmonic Orchestra, was born.

1947Lakshminarayana Subramaniam, Indian fusion violinist, was born.

1964 - The Beatles had their fifth #1 UK single A Hard Day's Night.

1966 - Frank Sinatra went #1 on the US album chart with Strangers In The Night. It was the first #1 Sinatra LP since 1960. The album’s title song made it to number one on the pop singles chart on July 2.

1969 - Three Dog Night received a gold record for the single, One.
Edouard Judas Colonne
1838-1910
Colonne and music publisher Georges Hartmann founded the Concert national de l'Odéon in 1873.  The objective was to promote the works of French composers.  The first season was a success in that it created the roots of a revival of symphonic music among the French people.  Unfortunately the concerts were not an immediate financial success, and after the first season Hartmann withdrew from the partnership. 
Colonne then formed the Association Artistique des Concerts du  Chatelet (later called Concerts Colonne, a name which they still carry) in 1874.
Colonne favored compositions by young French composers, and worked hard to popularize them.  Among the composers he promoted were Berlioz (including "L'Enfance du Christ," "Les Troyens," and especially "La Damnation de Faust"), Massenet, Dubois, Lalo, and Vincent d'Yüdy.  In spite of this, Colonne was perceived as musically conservative, as evidenced by his refusal to feature the work of Richard Wagner until he had become widely accepted.

Lalo's Violin Concerto in F major, op. 20, was premiered January 18, 1874.  The soloist (and dedicatee) was Pablo de Sarasate.  The work was conducted by Colonne.  The piece was very warmly received (which was a real triumph for a composer still largely unknown), and prompted Lalo to consider work on other compositions with a Spanish flavor.    

Colonne was official conductor at the Paris Exposition Universelle de 1878 and was conductor at the Opéra 1892-93. In 1897 he organized a supplementary series of concerts at the Nouveau Theatre.  Colonne was also prominently featured at the Exposition of 1900, during which he conducted the concerts in "Old Paris." He conducted numerous performances abroad, including concerts in England, Russia, Portugal and the US.

Colonne died March 28, 1910.
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