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Death of Vasily Kalinnikov

11 January 1901

Russian composer and bassoon player Vasily Kalinnikov died in Yalta on the Crimean Peninsula. He had made a name for himself thanks to the success of his First Symphony, which was well received in Moscow, Vienna, Berlin and Paris. Tchaikovsky thought highly of him and recommended him for a conductor position. Contemporaries maintained that if he had not died at such a young age, he would have become more intenationally renowned, but nevertheless, his important place in Russian music has remained secure.

    I. Allegro moderato

    II. Scherzo: Molto vivace

    II. Andante cantabile

    III. Andante cantabile

    II. Andante commodamente

    II. Scherzo: Molto vivace



Premiere of the revised version of Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet

11 January 1940

Serge Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet was performed at the Kirov Theatre in Leningrad, with choreography by Leonid Lavrovsky. This was a significantly revised version that is best known today. The orchestration uses a standard orchestra with added tenor saxophone, and for this performance, Prokofiev also added cornet, viola d'amore and mandolins.





    The Street Wakens




Wagner finished working on the Tannhäuser overture

11 January 1845

Wagner finished working on the overture to his opera Tannhäuser. The opera was complete two months later and it was premiered on October of that year in Dresden. Tannhauser is based on two German legends: the Wartburg Song Contest and the Medieval German Minnesänger and poet named Tannhäuser.

    Overture - Der Venusberg


    Geliebter, sag! Wo weilt dein Sinn?


    Dir töne Lob!




Death of Giovanni Benedetto Platti

11 January 1763

    I. Allegro

    III. Scherzo - Allegro

    I. Grave - Allegro - Adagio - Grave - Allegro - Adagio

    IV. Allegro molto

    I. Non tanto allegro

    Coriolan Overture, Op. 62



Death of Joseph Nicolas Pancrace Royer

11 January 1755

    Les grenouilles qui demandent un roi

    Variation 15 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Quinta. Andante

    Le rat dans un fromage de Hollande

    Variation 16 a 1 Clav. Overture

    No. 15. Le Coucou

    Variation 17 a 2 Clav.