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15 August
BIRTHS * Ferdinando Bertoni Italian composer. (1725) * Walter Scott Scottish poet and novelist. (1771) * Ignaz, von Seyfried Austrian composer and conductor. (1776) * Harold Fraser-Simson British composer. (1872) * Samuel Coleridge-Taylor English composer. (1875) * Jacques Ibert French composer. (1890) * Ettore Parmeggiani Italian tenor. (1895) * Lukas Foss American composer, conductor and pianist. (1922) * Elsie Morison Australian soprano. (1924) * Robert Massard French baritone. (1925) * Lyutsian Abramovich Prigozhin Soviet composer. (1926) * Rita Hunter English soprano. (1933) * Rita Shane American soprano. (1940) * Hanna Schwarz German mezzo-soprano. (1943) * Bruce Ford American tenor. (1956)

DEATHS * Marin Marais French composer and viol player. (1728) * Felice Alessandri Italian composer. (1798) * Peter Gast German composer. (1918, 100 years) * Kathleen Howard Canadian mezzo-soprano. (1956) * Nadezhda Obukhova Russian mezzo-soprano. (1961) * Jan Kiepura Polish tenor. (1966) * Vincent Persichetti American composer. (1987)

PREMIERES Die schwarze Maske Krzysztof Penderecki; Salzburg Festival, 15 August 1986.
 

16 August
BIRTHS * Philipp Jakob Riotte German composer. (1776) * Heinrich August Marschner German composer. (1795) * Gabriel Pierné French composer. (1863) * Charles Sanford Skilton American composer. (1868, 150 years) * Jacinto Guerrero Spanish composer. (1895) * Yury Vsevolodovich Keldïsh Russian musicologist, administrator and educator. (1907) * Osie Hawkins American baritone. (1913) * Kirke Mechem American composer. (1925) * Janis Martin American mezzo-soprano and later soprano. (1939) * Evelyn Mandac Filipina soprano. (1945) * Sharon Sweet American soprano. (1951) * Gianna Rolandi American soprano. (1952) * Alexandru Agache Romanian baritone. (1955)

DEATHS * Pietro Giuseppe Sandoni Italian composer and singing teacher. (1748) * Antonio Benelli Italian tenor, composer and singing teacher. (1830) * Eduard Brendler Swedish composer. (1831) * Samuel James Arnold English librettist and impresario. (1852) * Charles Ferdinand Lenepveu French composer. (1910) * John Coates English tenor. (1941) * Sophie Traubmann American soprano. (1951) * Vasily Petrovich Shirinsky Russian composer. (1965) * György Kósa Hungarian composer. (1984) * Louise Talma American composer. (1996) * Anton Guadagno Italian conductor. (2002)

PREMIERES Aroldo Giuseppe Verdi; Rimini, Teatro Nuovo, 16 August 1857. Siegfried Richard Wagner; Bayreuth, Festspielhaus, 16 August 1876.
 

17 August
BIRTHS * Nicola Porpora Italian composer and teacher. (1686) * Stephan von Breuning German poet. (1774) * Franz de Paula Roser Austrian composer and conductor. (1779) * Pierre-Luc-Charles Ciceri French stage designer and painter. (1782) * Peter Benoit Belgian composer. (1834) * Henri Tomasi French composer and conductor. (1901) * Georges Sébastian French conductor. (1903) * Nikola Gyuzelev Bulgarian bass. (1936) * John Tyrrell British musicologist. (1942) * Edward Cowie English composer. (1943) * Linda Zoghby American soprano. (1949)

DEATHS * Johann Augustin Kobelius German composer. (1731) * Frederick II German monarch and patron. (1786) * Rayner Taylor English . (1825) * Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian librettist. (1838) * Johann Nepomuk Poissl German composer. (1865) * Ernst Frank German conductor and composer. (1889) * Carl Zeller Austrian composer. (1898) * Edmond Audran French composer. (1901) * Pierre-Octave Ferroud French composer. (1936) * Gino Marinuzzi Italian conductor and composer. (1945) * Guillermo Fernández Shaw Spanish librettist. (1965) * Svetomir Nastasijević Serbian composer. (1979) * Ira Gershwin American lyricist. (1983)

PREMIERES Götterdämmerung Richard Wagner; Bayreuth, Festspielhaus, 17 August 1876. Der Prozess Gottfried von Einem; Salzburg, Festspielhaus, 17 August 1953.