2012 Anniversary List

It’s a sure sign that the year is drawing to a close when I begin to think about putting together a list of anniversaries, and that time is now fast approaching.

After a first quick check, and a weeding out of lots of names which really don’t make the cut, it’s clear that 2012 will be one of our least exciting anniversary years in a long time. After our Liszts and our Mahlers and our Chopins and our Schumanns in recent times, our list for next year only contains one big name: Claude Debussy. Even apart from monsieur D and after broadening it to include a couple of names more famous as interpreters than as composers, the list as I see it is the shortest yet. Because of this, I’m throwing things over to the gang for extra input.

The following (in the usual calendar order) is a starting point. If anyone knows of further names which should be added, please make suggestions by leaving comments here (remember, you need to be registered to leave comments) and argue your case for inclusion. As you see, I’ve included one non-composer in the list. We’ve given the nod to performer anniversaries before, and I felt that Georg Solti deserved to feature in view of his significant anniversary. I haven’t yet managed to find a comprehensive list for instrumentalists, singers and the like with anniversaries next year, so it would be especially helpful if anyone else can come up with a few other names to keep Georg Solti company.

  • Gúnter Wand, 7th January, 100th Anniversary of Birth *
  • Sigismond Thalberg, 8th January, 200th Anniversary of Birth *
  • Frederick Delius, 29th January, 150th Anniversary of Birth
  • Fritz Kreisler, 29th January, 50th Anniversary of Death
  • Jacques-François Ibert, 5th February, 50th Anniversary of Death
  • Rudolf Firkusny, 11th February, 100th Anniversary of Birth *
  • Edward German, 17th February, 150th Anniversary of Birth
  • Bruno Walter, 17th February, 50th Anniversary of Death *
  • Jan Ladislav Dušek/Dussek, 20th March, 200th Anniversary of Death
  • Janques-François Halévy, 17th April, 150th Anniversary of Death
  • Kathleen Ferrier, 22nd April, 100th Anniversary of Birth *
  • Friedrich von Flotow, 26th April, 100th Anniversary of Birth
  • Jean Françaix, 23rd May, 100th Anniversary of Birth
  • Alfred Deller, 31st May, 100th Anniversary of Birth *
  • John Ireland, 12th June, 50th Anniversary of Death
  • Eugene Goossens, 13th June, 50th Anniversary of Death *
  • Anton Stadler, 15th June, 200th Anniversary of Death *
  • Sergiu Celibidache, 28th June, 100th Anniversary of Birth *
  • Igor Markevitch, 27th July, 100th Anniversary of Birth
  • Giovanni Gabrieli, 12th August, 400th Anniversary of Death
  • Jules Massenet, 13th August, 100th Anniversary of Death
  • CLAUDE DEBUSSY, 22nd August, 150th Anniversary of Birth
  • John Cage, 5th September, 100th Anniversary of Birth
  • Hanns Eisler, 6th September, 50th Anniversary of Death
  • Francesco Geminiani, 17th September, 250th Anniversary of Death
  • Kurt Sanderling, 19th September, 100th Anniversary of Birth (only died on 17th September this year) *
  • Dmitri Hvorostovsky, 16th October, 50th Birthday *
  • Henry Lawes, 21st October, 350th Anniversary of Death *
  • Georg Solti, 21st October, 100th Anniversary of Birth
  • Conlon Nancarrow, 27th October, 100th Anniversary of Birth
  • José Cura, 5th December, 50th Birthday *
  • Kirsten Flagstad, 7th December, 50th Anniversary of Death *
  • Maurice Ravel, 28th December, 75th Anniversary of Death *

4 thoughts on “2012 Anniversary List”

  1. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, I’ve just stumbled on an anniversary which I guess should also be included in our list for 2012: Kathleen Ferrier was born on 22nd April 1912, so her 100th anniversary falls next year. I’ve added her name.

  2. Stretching things a bit perhaps by including an anniversary which isn’t a multiple of 50 years (though we’ve done that before), I’ve provisionally added another name to our list for 2012. This time it’s Maurice Ravel, who died in 1937, 75 years ago next year.

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