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Birth of Clara Schumann

13 September 1819

Today is the birthday of German pianist and composer Clara Schumann (born Clara Wieck). Her parents Marianne and Friedrich Wieck were also musicians and Friedrich was her first piano teacher and soon became her manager when she began performing in Europe's foremost concert halls. She made her formal concert début at the Leipzig Gewandhaus aged 11. She married Robert Schumann in 1840.

    Einfach: Sehr rasch und leicht -


    Hastig -


    Einfach und zart: Intermezzo -




Premiere of Beethoven's Mass in C

13 September 1807

Ludwig van Beethoven's Mass in C was performed for the first time, in Eisenstadt, with Beethoven conducting. The music critic E.T.A. Hoffmann described it as "expression of a childlike serene mind". The Mass in C had been commissioned by Prince Nikolaus Esterházy, Joseph Haydn's patron. Beethoven wrote to the prince, expressing the anxiety he felt, at the prospect of trying to match the high standards of Haydn: "....may I just say that I will hand the mass over to you with great trepidation, as Your Serene Highness is accustomed to having the inimitable masterworks of the great Haydn performed".



    Gloria: Gloria in excelsis Deo


    Gloria: Qui tollis peccata mundi




Mendelssohn carried out his first rehearsal with the Gewandhaus Orchestra

13 September 1835

Felix Mendelssohn held his first orchestral rehearsal at the Gewandhaus as its new director. This was the beginning of Mendelssohn’s 12-year association with the city of Leipzig, where he strived to improve both musical standards and the status of professional musicians.

    I. Allegro


    II. Adagio


    III. Allegro molto




Death of Emmanuel Chabrier

13 September 1894

French composer Emmanuel Chabrier, best known for his orchestral work España, died in Paris. He only composed a small handful of works, but they all seem to be of a consistently high quality.

    Joyeuse marche

    New track



    Habanera (version for orchestra)




Death of Carlos Vieco Ortiz

13 September 1979

Colombian composer Carlos Vieco Ortiz died in his native city of Medellín.


    A Fable

    Coração que sente

    The Centre of the Universe