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July 16
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1857 - Carl Czerny,  Austrian composer and piano teacher, died.

1872 - Alfred Hertz,  German-American conductor, was born.  Conducted the Metropolitan Opera 1902-15, San Francisco Symphony, 1915-29.

- Ernest Henry Schelling, US conductor, was born.  Started the Young People's Concerts for the New York Philharmonic.

1948 - Pinchas Zukerman, Israeli Violinist and Conductor, was born.

1959 - James MacMillan, Scottish composer, was born.

- The Lovin' Spoonful's "Summer In The City" was released.

1981 - Harry Chapin died in a car crash at the age of 38

1989 - Herbert von Karajan, German conductor, died.

2009 - Renowned fiddler Jerry Holland died.
Eugene Ysaye
Eugene Ysaye, violinist extraordinaire, was born in Liege, Belgium on July 16, 1858.  He began to study violin at age 4, taking lessons from his father.   Ysaye later recalled that his father had been stern and extremely demanding, but gave him credit for the development of his singing tone, for which he became world - famous.
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Eugene Ysaye: Six Sonates pour Violon Seul, Op. 27 (Six Sonatas for Violin Solo) - sheet music at
Eugene Ysaye: Six Sonates pour Violon Seul, Op. 27 (Six Sonatas for Violin Solo) Composed by Eugene Ysaye (1858-1931). Op. 27. For violin solo. Format: violin solo book. With standard notation and bowings. Romantic Period and 20th Century. 51 pages. 9x12 inches. Published by G. Schirmer, Inc. (HL.50328490)
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Ysaye enrolled in the Liege Conservatory where he began studies under Desire Heynberg when he was just 7 years old.  Ysaye studied under violinist Henryk Wieniawski for a total of 12 lessons.  These lessons proved to be a turning point for Ysaye.  From there he undertook studies under Vieuxtemps who, recognizing the young man's talent, obtained a government stipend to allow him to continue his studies. 

In 1879, with his career still in the budding stage, Ysaye went to Cologne to perform.  Here he was introduced to  Joseph Joachim.  It was also in Cologne that Ysaye performed Beethoven's C minor sonata with Clara Schumann at the piano.

In 1880 he became Concertmaster of Bilse's Orchestra in Berlin. It was a start.  He held that post until 1881, when he left to tour Norway.  In Paris, in 1883, Ysaye met and became a close friend of the composer Franck.

Ysaye traveled throughout Europe as a soloist, taught at the conservatory, and organized the Ysaye Quartet.  He made his US debut in 1894 with the Beethoven Violin Concerto, and was very well recieved.  By 1896 he was a professor at the Brussels Conservatoire, where he remained for eleven years. It was also in 1896 that he married Louise Bourdeau de Coutrai.  Franck dedicated his violin sonata to Ysaye and his new wife as a wedding present.

From 1918 Ysaye was the conductor of the Cincinnatti Symphony Orchestra. 

As a composer he is credited with 8 violin concertos, 6 violin sonatas and many other works.  He died on this date in 1931.