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Early 20th Century

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Dr Iwan suwandy,MHA

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Introduction

Koleksi Sejarah Plat gramophone(piring hitam) Di Indonesia Sebelum Perang Dunia kedua

(The Indonesian’s Plate Gramophone Historic collections) 

Frame One : Introduction

1. I have starting build the collections of  Gramophone plate since study in hish school at Padang city West Sumatra in 1960.

2. Until this day in 2011 I cannot found the complete informations about the Indonesian’s  gramophone plate History, that is why I have made reasech about this topic in order to give the young generations about the development of music gramophone technology in the world since found by Mr Thomas Alfa Edison and when first arrived in Indonesia during The Dutch East colionial Era.

3. I will show my collections with information from that very rare and amizing historic collections, very lucky I had found vintage book of gramophone and also many info fram google explorations,especially from wikipedia ,for that info thanks very much.

4. This exhibtion will divide into two parts, first before World War I and second Between WWI and WWII. all during Indonesia under Dutch east Indie Colonial time.

5.The earliest Gramophone’s Plate in 19Th Century produced by Addison inc with very thick plate almost 4 times then now circa 1 cm,then became half centimer and latest 0,2 cm more thin,please look the comperative picture below:

First the mechanic gramophone look the promotion picture of His Mater Voice company below:

and later electric gramophone, still used gramophone needle look the needle promotion label below :

6.In Indonesia during Colonial time , the gramophone’s plate sold by the chinese marchant ,many at Pasar Baru Market Batavia (Jakarta) please look the trader mark below :

7.I hope all the  collectors all over the world ,especially Indonesian Collectors plaes honor my copyright with donnot copy or tag this exhibitons without my permisssion,thanks.

Jakarta January 2011

Dr Iwan suwandy @ copyright 2011

Frame two :

Dr Iwan Collections

A. Before World War One

I.Early 20th century

1a.Betsy Lane Shapherd

1b.Thomas Chalmers

Thomas Chalmers

Thomas Chalmers

Thomas Chalmers (17 March 1780 – 31 May 1847), Scottish mathematician, political economist and a leader of the Free Church of Scotland, was born at Anstruther in Fife.

2.Final Trio(Consuelo Escobar de Castro

,Albert Lindquist and Virgilio Lazzari)

Albert Lindquest

         
[Trial 1916-10-18-01] 10/18/1916 Your tiny hand is frozen
Albert Lindquest
Male vocal solo, with piano
[Trial 1916-12-14-03] 12/14/1916 Your tiny hand is frozen
Albert Lindquest
Male vocal solo, with piano

Virgilio Lazzari

Audio

Year Cast
(Don Giovanni,
Leporello,
Donna Anna,
Don Ottavio,
Donna Elvira,
Zerlina,
Commendatore)
Conductor and orchestra Label and number
1934 Ezio Pinza,
Virgilio Lazzari,
Rosa Ponselle,
Tito Schipa,
Maria Müller,
Edita Fleischer,
Emanuel List
Tullio Serafin,
Metropolitan Opera
(live performance)
CD: Andromeda
Cat: ANDRCD 9026
1937 Ezio Pinza,
Virgilio Lazzari,
Elisabeth Rethberg,
Dino Borgioli,
Luise Helletsgruber,
Margit Bokor,
Herbert Alsen
Bruno Walter,
Vienna Philharmonic
(live performance)
CD: Andromeda
Cat: ANDRCD 5126

3.Collins and Harlan

 

There was a time when, in American households, the expression “sung by Collins & Harlan” was instantly recognized, like an advertising jingle of the future such as “like a rock.” In the case of the popular vocal duo of the early 19th century, the comparison with a truck commercial serves a more literal purpose than simply pointing out how fleeting popular taste is or how quickly both stars and headlights can dim. Baritone Arthur Collins and tenor Byron Harlan were actually such large men that they were sometimes introduced as “the Half Ton Duo.” Collins was such a heavy piece of human machinery that when he accidentally stepped on a trap door backstage in 1921, the contraption gave way and the singer didn’t stop falling until he hit the basement. It took him two years to recover, but either member of the duo could be said to have earned a lengthy hiatus, not to take the accident lightly.

Collins is said to be the vocalist who made more recordings than any other artist of this period, some 200 sides for the Edison label alone. Partner Harlan sprinted just a bit behind on the discographical racetrack, cutting 130 slabs as a soloist, not to mention the duo’s prolific output of more than 100 Edison releases. With so much material pressed by these artists between 1902 and the late ’20s, it is not surprising that copies are still being found as well as bought and sold, although sellers sometimes feel a necessity to report on the relative presence of mold. In terms of content, some listeners may find some of the duo’s actual songs even more repulsive than any residue found on the record itself. Too often, the presence of a wide range of subject matter, from hating one’s wife (“My Wife Has Gone to the Country! Hurrah! Hurrah!”) to loving (“Alexander’s Ragtime Band”), is overlooked because of scandalous titles such as “Nigger Loves His Possum.” Both performers came up in the minstrel era, effectively inventing the concept of pop music once someone figured out how to make and sell recordings. Standing on the edge of some kind of controversial subject, be it minstrel themes or gangsta rap, seems to be part of the territory. Collins & Harlan can be said to be common currency in only one type of household in the 21st century, that being one that produces or distributes historic archival recordings. The duo is well-represented on such reissues, good news for any interested listeners with allergies to mold.

II.20th Century

1a.Peter Dawson

Peter Dawson (bass-baritone)

Peter Dawson
Background information
Birth name Peter Smith Dawson
Also known as J.P. McCall, Will Strong, Will Danby, Hector Grant, Arthur Walpole, Robert Woodville, Evelyn Byrd, Peter Allison, Denton Toms, Charles Weber, Arnold Flint, Gilbert Mundy, Geoffrey Baxter, Alison Miller
Born 31 January 1882(1882-01-31) Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Died 27 September 1961(1961-09-27) (aged 79)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Opera, oratorio, song
Occupations bass-baritone singer, songwriter
Years active 1899–1950s

Peter Smith Dawson (31 January 1882 – 27 September 1961) was an Australian bass-baritone and songwriter.[1] Dawson gained worldwide renown through song recitals and many best-selling recordings of operatic arias, oratorio solos and rousing ballads during a career spanning almost 60 years.

1900

 

Jan

1

  • Xavier Cugat born (Girona, Spain) Catalan-American latin and popular bandleader, violinist, cartoonist. Died 1990

3rd

  • Maurice Jaubert born (Nice) French composer, conductor. Died 1940

6

  • Pierre-Octave Ferroud born (Lyon) French composer, critic. Died 1936

10

  • Leos Janácek’s Cossack Dance & Serbian Kolo-round dance premiered in Brno

11

  • Wilbur de Paris born (Crawfordsville, IA) American jazz bandleader, trombonist. Brother of Sidney de Paris (1905-67). Died 1973

12

  • Jan Blockx’s opera Thyl Uilenspiegel premiered in Brussels

13

  • Yasuji Kiyose born (Usa, Japan) Japanese composer, teacher. Died 1981

14

  • Gustav Mahler’s songs Das irdische Leben & Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen premiered in Vienna
  • Giacomo Puccini’s opera Tosca premiered in Rome, lib. G. Giacosa and L. Illica

16

  • Henry Kimball Hadley makes his conducting debut in New York

19

  • Albert Brunies born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz cornettist (Halfway House Orchestra). Brother of Merritt (1895-1973) and George (1902-74) Brunies. Died 1978

20

  • Tomás Bretón’s opera Raquel premiered in Madrid

22

  • Franz Salmhofer born (Vienna) Austrian composer, conductor, clarinetist, poet, director of the of Vienna State Opera 1945-54. Died 1975
  • David E. Hughes (68) dies
  • Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s opera Cenerentola premiered in Venice
  • Alexander von Zemlinsky’s opera Es war einmal premiered in Vienna

26

  • Clayton McMichen born (Allatoona, GA) American country fiddler (Hometown Boys, Skillet Lickers, Georgia Wildcats). Died 1970

27

  • Ernest Chausson’s String Quartet in C minor op.35 premiered in Paris (completed by Vincent d’Indy)
  • Maurice Ravel’s Deux épigrammes de Clément Marot premiered in Paris

30

  • Isaak Dunayevsky born (Lokhvitsa, Russia) Russian film and operetta composer, conductor. Died 1955

releases

  • Vess Osman – The Old Folks At Home (Berliner)

 

Maria Callas in a 1964 London production of Puccini’s Tosca

Feb

2

  • Emmett Miller born (Macon, GA) American minstrel and country singer, vaudevillian, songwriter. Died 1962
  • Gustave Charpentier’s opera Louise premiered in Paris, lib. Charpentier

3

  • Ottokar Novacek (33) dies from heart failure
  • Joseph Holbrooke’s The Raven op.25 premiered in London
  • James T. Tanner, Alfred Murray, Adrian Ross, Percy Greenbank, Ivan Caryll, Lionel Monckton, & Paul Rubens’ musical The Messenger Boy opened in London (429 performances)

7

  • Aleksandr Glazunov’s ballet The Seasons premiered in St. Petersburg

9

  • Walter Page born (Gallatin, MS) American jazz bandleader, bassist (Bennie Moten, Blue Devils, Count Basie). Died 1957

12

  • Pink Anderson born (Laurens, SC) American blues singer, guitarist. Died 1974
  • Lift Every Voice and Sing by James Weldon Johnson & J Rosamond Johnson first publicly performed in Jacksonville, FL

13

  • Joseph ‘Wingy’ Manone born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz bandleader, trumpeter, singer (Arcadian Serenaders, Harmony Kings, Benny Goodman, Cellar Boys, Wingy Manone Orchestra). Died 1982
  • Hamish MacCunn’s opera The Masque of War and Peace premiered in London

15

  • Gustav Mahler’s song Selbstgefühl premiered in Vienna

17

  • Eugen d’Albert’s opera Kain premiered in Berlin

19

  • Charles Lecocq’s opera La belle au bois dormant premiered in Paris

22

  • Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s opera Cenerentola premiered in Venice, lib. M. Pezzè-Pascolato

23

  • Riccardo Drigo’s ballet Les Millions d’Arlequin premiered in St Petersburg

unk

  • Karl Michael Ziehrer’s march Auf In’s XX.Jahrhundert! / Into the Twentieth Century! op.501 premiered in Vienna

 

Original sheet music publication of Lift Every Voice and Sing by JR & JW Johnson

Mar

2

  • Kurt Weill born (Berlin) German composer, songwriter. Husband of Lotte Lenya (1898-1982). Died 1950
  • Edward Elgar’s songs After (P.B. Marston) & A Song of Flight (C. Rossetti) premiered in London

6

  • Carl Bechstein (73) dies

8

  • Joe Robichaux born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz pianist, bandleader (Oscar Celestin, Lee Collins, New Orleans Rhythm Boys). Died 1965

10

  • Peter DeRose born (New York, NY) American popular songwriter. Died 1953
  • Karl Doppler (74) dies
  • Johan Peter Emilius Hartmann (94) dies
  • Claude Debussy’s Tarantelle styrienne premiered in Paris

11

  • Charlie Hicks aka Charley Lincoln born (Lithonia, GA) American blues singer, guitarist. Brother of Barbecue Bob Hicks (1902-31). Died 1963

12

  • Jean Sibelius’ Malinconia op.20 premiered in Helsinki

15

  • Colin McPhee born (Montreal) Canadian composer, musicologist, expert in Balinese music. Died 1964
  • Jules Massenet’s oratorio La terre promise premiered in Paris

16

  • Jean Sibelius’s Sandels for male chorus and orchestra premiered in Helsinki

17

  • Alfred Newman born (New Haven, CT) American film composer, conductor, arranger. Died 1970

19

  • Charles-Louis Hanon (80) dies
  • Harry Lauder makes his London debut at Gatti’s Music Hall

22

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Hiawatha’s Departure for soprano, tenor, baritone, 4 voices and orchestra premiered in London, lib. H.W. Longfellow

26

  • Isadore Freed born (Brest, Belarus) American composer, teacher, broadcaster, synagogue organist and choirmaster. Died 1960

 

Programme for Gatti’s Music Hall, Charing Cross, London

Apr

2

  • Anis Fuleihan born (Kyrenia, Cyprus) Cypriot-American composer, conductor, pianist. Died 1970

4

  • Antonin Dvorák makes his last appearance as conductor in Prague
  • Amy Beach’s Piano Concerto in c# minor op.45 premiered in Boston

11

  • Camille Erlanger’s opera Le Juif polonais premiered in Paris

14

  • Salvatore Baccaloni born (Rome) Italian bass singer. Died 1969

17

  • Willy Burkhard born (Evilard-sur-Bienne, Switzerland) Swiss composer, teacher. Died 1955

23

  • Henry Barraud born (Bordeaux) French composer, radio and television station director. Died 1997

30

  • Edward Elgar’s song Pipes of Pan (A. Ross) premiered in London

 

Camille Erlanger 1863-1919

May

6

  • Manuel de Falla’s Vals-capricho premiered in Madrid

17

  • Nicolai Berezowsky born (St Petersburg) Russo-American pianist, composer. Died 1953
  • Maria Proksch (c.64) dies

21

  • Louis Vierne appointed organist at Notre Dame, Paris, a position he holds until his death in 1937

24

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s suite Scenes from an Everyday Romance for orchestra premiered in London

28

  • Tommy Ladnier born (Florence, LA) American jazz trumpeter (King Oliver, Fletcher Henderson, Noble Sissle, Sidney Bechet). Died 1939
  • George Grove (79) dies

29

  • Jack Palmer born (Nashville, TN) American composer, pianist. Died 1976
  • Dvorák’s Festival Song op.113 premiered in Prague

31

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ Le feu céleste op.115 premiered in Paris

releases

  • Steve Porter – A Bird In A Gilded Cage (Columbia)

Jun

15

  • Otto Luening born (Milwaukee, WN) American composer, electronic music pioneer, conductor, teacher. Died 1996
  • Paul Mares born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz trumpeter, bandleader (New Orleans Rhythm Kings). Died 1949

17

  • Hermann Reutter born (Stuttgart) German composer, pianist, teacher. Died 1985

20

  • Jean Sibelius’ Isänmaalle (To My Country), tone poem Tiera & Preludio premiered in Helsinki

24

  • Gene Austin born (Gainesville, TX) American popular singer, songwriter. Died 1972
  • Ottorino Respighi’s Symphonic Variations premiered in Bologna

25

  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s The Last Post op.75 premiered in London

 

Charles Villiers Stanford 1852-1924

Jul

2

  • Jean Sibelius’s Finlandia for orchestra premiered in Helsinki

4

  • Jean Sibelius’s Porilaisten marssi [March of the Björneborgers] for orchestra premiered in Stockholm

8

  • George Antheil born (Trenton, NJ) American composer, pianist, author, inventor. Died 1959

10

  • Mitchell Parish aka Michael Hyman Pashelinsky born (Vilnius, Lithuania) American popular lyricist. Died 1993

13

  • George Lewis born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz clarinetist, bandleader (Black Eagle Band, Eureka Brass Band, Chris Kelly, Kid Ory, Bunk Johnson). Died 1968

18

  • Wilton Crawley born (Smithfield, VA) American jazz clarinetist, bandleader (Washboard Rhythm Kings). Died 1948
  • Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1 premiered in Berlin

21

  • Scott Joplin’s Swipesy Cakewalk copyrighted
  • Arthur Sullivan’s Absent-Minded Beggar March for brass band premiered in London

29

  • Don Redman born (Piedmont, WV) American jazz composer, arranger, clarinetist, bandleader (Fletcher Henderson, McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, Don Redman Orchestra). Died 1964

 

First page of the score of Jean Sibelius’s Finlandia

Aug

2

  • Helen Morgan born (Danville, IL) American popular singer, actress. Died 1941
  • Edward German’s incidental music for A. Hope & E. Rose’s play English Nell premiered in London

6

  • Willie Lee Brown born (Clarkesdale, MS) American blues singer, guitarist. Died 1952

8

  • Lucius Venable ‘Lucky’ Millinder born (Anniston, AL) American jazz and R&B bandleader, singer (Mills Blue Rhythm Band, Bill Doggett, Lucky Millinder Orchestra). Some sources give 1910 as birth year. Died 1966
  • Victor Young born (Chicago) American popular composer, conductor, arranger, violinist. Died 1956

11

  • Alexander Mosolov born (Kiev) Russian composer. Died 1973

19

  • Jean-Baptiste Accolay (67) dies

21

  • Edward German’s Nell Gwynn Overture premiered in London

23

  • Ernst Krenek born (Vienna) Austro-American composer, teacher. Died 1991
  • Malvina Reynolds born (San Francisco, CA) American folk and blues singer, songwriter, activist. Died 1978

27

  • Gabriel Fauré’s opera Prométhée premiered in Béziers, lib. J. Lorrain and A.-F. Hérold

31

  • Todd Rhodes born (Hopkinsville, KY) American jazz and R&B bandleader, arranger, pianist (Benny Carter, Mckinney’s Cotton Pickers). Died 1965

Sep

7

  • Joan Cross born (London) English soprano singer, opera producer. Died 1993

11

  • Hubert Parry’s Thanksgiving Te Deum for chorus and orchestra premiered in Hereford

12

  • Alger ‘Texas’ Alexander born (Jewett, TX) American blues singer. Died 1954

13

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s The Soul’s Expression for choir and orchestra premiered in London, lib. E.B. Browning

20

  • Uuno Klami born (Virolahti, Finland) Finnish composer. Died 1961

28

  • Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov’s opera Asya premiered in Moscow

 

Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov 1859-1935

Oct

1

  • Claude Terrasse’s opera La petite femme de Loth premiered in Paris

3

  • Edward Elgar’s oratorio The Dream of Gerontius op.38 for choir and orchestra premiered in Birmingham, lib. J.H. Newman

4

  • Władysław Żeleński’s opera Janek premiered in Lvov

9

  • Elmer Snowden born (Baltimore, MD) American jazz banjo player, guitarist, bandleader (Washingtonians). Died 1973
  • Heinrich von Herzogenberg (57) dies

10

  • Mississippi Joe Callicott born (Nesbit, MS) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1969

15

  • Zdenek Fibich (49) dies
  • Paul Lincke’s operetta Fräulein Loreley premiered in Berlin

18

  • Sarah Makem born (Keady, Ireland) Irish folk singer. Mother of Tommy Makem (1932-2007). Died 1983

20

  • Jean Sibelius’s Snöfrid for speaker, chorus and orchestra premiered in Helsinki

24

  • Joe Watkins born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz drummer (George Lewis). Died 1969

27

  • Karl Millöcker (58) dies

 

Paul Lincke 1866-1946

Nov

3

  • Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Skazka o Tsare Saltane, o sïne yego slavnom i moguchem bogatïre knyaze Gvidone Saltanoviche i o prekrasnoy Tsarevne Lebedi [The Tale of Tsar Saltan, of his Son the Renowned and Mighty Bogatïr Prince Guidon Saltanovich, and of the Beautiful Swan Princess] premiered in Moscow, lib. V.N. Bel′sky

9

  • Zdenek Fibich’s opera Pád Arkuna premiered in Prague

8

  • André Messager’s ballet Une aventure de la guimard premiered in Paris

10

  • Ruggero Leoncavallo’s opera Zazà premiered in Milan, lib. Leoncavallo

14

  • Aaron Copland born (Brooklyn, NY) American composer, pianist, conductor. Died 1990
  • Adolf Pollitzer (68) dies

16

  • Hubert Parry’s incidental music for Aeschylus’s play Agamemnon premiered in Cambridge

22

  • Arthur Sullivan (58) dies of a heart attack

25

  • Arthur Schwartz born (New York, NY) American popular songwriter, film producer. Died 1984

27

  • Edward Elgar’s Sérénade lyrique for orchestra premiered in London

30

  • Carl Nielsen’s A Cantata for the Lorens Frølich Festival premiered in Copenhagen

unk

  • Aleksandr Scriabin’s Symphony no.1 premiered in St Petersburg

Dec

6

  • Aleksandr Scriabin’s Piano Sonata no.3 op.23 premiered in Paris

8

  • Jules Massenet’s incidental music for Racine’s play Phèdre premiered in Paris

11

  • Max Reger’s Sonata for Violin and Piano no.3 op.41 premiered in Munich

17

  • Lucijan Marija Škerjanc born (Graz) Slovenian composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, teacher. Died 1973

20

  • Alan Bush born (London) English composer, pianist. Died 1995

26

  • Enrico Caruso makes his first appearance at La Scala, Milan, in Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Boheme

 

Alexander Scriabin 1872-1915

date unknown

  • Emry Arthur born (Wayne County, KY) American country singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 1966
  • The Rabbit’s Foot Company minstrel and variety troupe established by Pat Chappelle
  • Cyril Scott’s Symphony No.1 premiered in Darmstadt

songs published

  • A Bird in a Gilded Cage (Arthur J. Lamb, Harry Von Tilzer); Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing (James Weldon Johnson, J. Rosamond Johnson)

1901

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Jan

9

  • Ishman Bracey born (Byram, MS) American blues singer, guitarist. Died 1970

11

  • Vasily Kalinnikov (34) dies of tuberculosis

17

  • Pietro Mascagni’s opera Le maschere premiered simultaneously in Rome, Milan, Venice, Turin, Genoa and Verona (and 2 days later in Naples) lib. L. Illica

22

  • Hans Erich Apostel born (Karlsruhe) Austrian composer. Died 1972

27

  • Giuseppe Verdi (87) dies

31

  • Blaž Arnic born (Luče, Slovenia) Slovenian composer, teacher. Died 1970

Feb

2

  • Jascha Heifetz born (Vilnius) Lithuanian-American classical violinist. Died 1987
  • Albert Roussel’s Horn Quintet premiered in Paris

11

  • Claude Jones born (Boley, OK) American jazz trombonist (McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, Fletcher Henderson, Don Redman, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington). Died 1962

13

  • The Strauss Orchestra disbands

15

  • James ‘Kokomo’ Arnold born (Lovejoys Station, GA) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1968

17

  • Ethelbert Nevin (38) dies
  • Gustav Mahler’s cantata Das klagende Lied for chorus and orchestra premiered in Vienna

20

  • Gabriel Pierné’s opera La Fille de Tabarin premiered in Paris

23

  • Enrique Granados’s opera Picarol premiered in Barcelona, lib. A. Mestres

 

Albert Roussel 1869-1937

Mar

2

  • Ernest Chausson’s Vêpres pour le commun des vierges op.31 premiered in Paris

3

  • Joseph Callaerts (62) dies
  • Karel Weis’s opera Der polnische Jude premiered in Prague

4

  • Carl Nielsen’s Festive Prelude to the New Century premiered in Copenhagen

5

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Heroic Elegy and Triumphal Epilogue premiered in London

7

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’s opera Lola premiered in Paris, lib. S. Bordèse
  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s Violin Concerto no.1 op.74 premiered in Bournemouth
  • Claude Terrasse’s opera Les travaux d’Hercule premiered in Paris

8

  • Peter Leonard Leopold Benoit (66) dies
  • Aleksandr Scriabin’s Symphony No. 1 premiered in Moscow

9

  • Karl Michael Ziehrer’s operetta Die drei Wünsche premiered in Vienna

10

  • Jules Massenet’s overture Brumaire premiered in Paris
  • Charles Tournemire’s Symphony No.1 premiered in Marseilles

14

  • Louis Lacombe’s opera La Reine des eaux premiered in Sonderhausen

17

  • Leos Janácek’s The Wild Duck premiered in Brno

18

  • Scott Joplin records piano rolls for Universal Music Co., including Sunflower Slow Drag

20

  • August Bungert’s opera Nausikaa premiered in Dresden (second part of Die Odyssee cycle)

23

  • Edvard Grieg’s Five Songs op.69 & Five Songs op.70 premiered in Copenhagen

27

  • Enrique Santos Discépolo born (Buenos Aires) Argentinian tango musician, composer. Died 1951
  • Albert Henneberg born (Stockholm) Swedish composer. Died 1991

31

  • John Stainer (60) dies of heart failure
  • Antonín Dvořák’s opera Rusalka premiered in Prague, lib. J. Kvapil

 

Carl Nielsen 1865-1931

Apr

3

  • Richard D’Oyly Carte (56) dies of Oedema

4

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Serenade premiered in Bournemouth

7

  • Charles Ives’s Easter Carol for choir and organ premiered in New York

13

  • Maurice Ravel’s Sérénade grotesque premiered in Paris

14

  • Henry Burr makes his major stage debut at St John opera house, Newfoundland

16

  • Karel Albert born (Antwerp) Belgian composer. Died 1987

20

  • Mykola Lysenko’s opera Koza-Dereza premiered in Kiev

21

  • Julián Bautista born (Madrid) Spanish composer, conductor. Member of the Group of Eight. Died 1961

26

  • Georges Hüe’s opera Le Roi de Paris premiered in Paris

27

  • Arthur Sullivan, Edward German & Basil Hood’s operetta The Emerald Isle opens in London (205 performances)

29

  • Alfred Bruneau’s opera L’Ouragan premiered in Paris

unk

  • Porter Steele’s High Society published

 

Alfred Bruneau 1857-1934

May

2

  • Franz Rummel (48) dies
  • Johann Strauss II’s ballet Aschenbrödel premiered in Berlin

5

  • Blind Willie McTell born (Thomson, GA) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1959

7

  • Marcel Poot born (Vilvoorde, Belgium) Belgian composer, teacher, organist, journalist. Died 1988

10

  • Paul Dukas’ Piano Sonata in e flat minor premiered in Paris

12

  • Harold ‘Scrappy’ Lambert born (New Brunswick, NJ) American dance band singer, comedian, radio director (Ben Bernie, Red Nichols, Sam Lanin). Died 1987

15

  • Edmond Hall born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz clarinetist, bandleader (Buddy Petit, Claude Hopkins, Red Allen, Teddy Wilson, Eddie Condon, Louis Armstrong). Died 1967
  • John Wesley Work III born (Tullahoma, TN) American composer, teacher, musicologist. Died 1967

17

  • Werner Egk born (Auchsesheim, Germany) German composer, conductor. Died 1983

18

  • Henri Pierre Sauguet (Poupard) born (Bordeaux) Composer, pianist, composer. Died 1989

20

  • Jimmy Blythe born (Louisville, KY) American jazz pianist. Died 1931

22

  • William McKie born (Melbourne) Anglo-Australian organist, conductor, composer, arranger. Organist at Westminster Abbey (1941-63) and musical director of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation (1953). Died 1984

23

  • Edmund Rubbra born (Northampton) English composer. Died 1986
  • Gustav Holst’s Ave Maria for 8 voices premiered in London

24

  • Frank Signorelli born (New York, NY) American jazz pianist, composer (Original Memphis Five, Bix Beiderbecke, Paul Whiteman, Phil Napoleon, Miff Mole and others). Died 1975

29

  • Ignacy Jan Paderewski’s opera Manru premiered in Dresden, lib. A. Nossig

30

  • Frankie Trumbauer born (Carbondale, IL) American jazz saxophonist, bandleader, composer (Jean Goldkette, Paul Whiteman, The Three Ts). Died 1956
  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s opera Much Ado about Nothing (The Marriage of Hero) premiered in London, lib. J.R. Sturgis

31

  • Alfredo Antonini born (Milan) Italo-American conductor, composer. Died 1983
  • The Wigmore Hall, London opens – then known as the Bechstein Hall, the name was changed in 1917 due to the Great War

 

Wigmore Hall, London

Jun

1

  • Carl Nielsen’s Cantata for the Students’ Association premiered in Copenhagen

5

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Quintet for clarinet, horn, violin, cello and piano in D major premiered in London

8

  • Lou Black born (Rock Island, IL) American jazz banjo player (New Orleans Rhythm Kings). Died 1965

10

  • Frederic Loewe born (Vienna) Austro-American popular songwriter. Died 1988

13

  • Hubert Parry’s Ode to Music for chorus and orchestra premiered in London

16

  • Conrad Beck born (Lohn, Switzerland) Swiss composer, head of music at Radio Basel 1933-63. Died 1989

17

  • Cornelius Gurlitt (81) dies
  • James T. Tanner, Harry Nicholls, Adrian Ross, Percy Greenbank, Ivan Caryll & Lionel Monckton’s musical The Toreador opens in London (675 performances)

20

  • Edward Elgar’s overture Cockaigne op.40 premiered in London

23

  • Ernest Bloch’s Vivre Aimer premiered in Geneva

24

  • Harry Partch born (Oakland, CA) American composer, inventor, music theorist. Died 1974
  • Ottorino Respighi’s Prelude, Chorale and Fugue premiered in Bologna

28

  • Maurice Ravel’s cantata Myrrha premiered in Paris

29

  • Nelson Eddy born (Providence, RI) American popular baritone singer, film actor. Died 1967

Jul

1

  • Manuel Patricio Rodríguez García (96) dies

3

  • Ruth Crawford Seeger born (East Liverpool, OH) American composer. Wife of Charles Seeger (1886-1979), mother of Mike Seeger (1933-2009) and Peggy Seeger (b.1935), stepmother of Pete Seeger (b.1919). Died 1953

4

  • Alexander Glazunov’s Variations on a Russian Theme premiered in Pavlovsk

14

  • Gerald Finzi born (London) English composer. Died 1956

18

  • Carlo Alfredo Piatti (79) dies

28

  • Rudy Vallée born (Island Pond, VT) American popular bandleader, singer, actor. Died 1986

Aug

4

  • Louis Armstrong born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, singer, actor (King Oliver, Fletcher Henderson, own bands). Died 1971

5

  • Juan Carlos Paz born (Buenos Aires) Argentinian composer, theorist, writer. Died 1972

8

  • Gaby Casadesus née l’Hôte born (Marseilles) French classical pianist, teacher. Wife of Robert Casadesus (1899-1971), mother of Jean Casadesus (1927-72)

15

  • Ned Washington born (Scranton, PA) American lyricist. Died 1976

17

  • Henri Tomasi born (Marseille) French composer, conductor. Died 1971
  • Edmond Audran (59) dies

25

  • Charlie Burse born (Decatur, AL) American blues ukulele player, guitarist, banjo player (Memphis Jug Band). Died 1965

 

Edmond Audran 1840-1901

Sep

2

  • Phil Napoleon born (Boston, MA) American jazz trumpeter, bandleader (Original Memphis Five). Died 1990

3

  • Eduard van Beinum born (Arnhem) Dutch conductor. Died 1959
  • Friedrich Chrysander (75) dies

9

  • James Blades born (Peterborough) English classical percussionist, teacher, writer. Died 1999

11

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Idyll for orchestra premiered in Gloucester

12

  • Ernst Pepping born (Duisburg, Germany) German composer, teacher. Died 1981

14

  • Edward Elgar’s Chanson de nuit and Chanson de matin op.15 for orchestra premiered in London

22

  • Manuel de Falla’s Segunda serenata andaluza & Suite Fantástica premiered in Cádiz

23

  • George Whitefield Chadwick’s opera Judith premiered as a concert performance in Worcester, MA, lib. W.C. Langdon

26

  • Ted Weems born (Pitcairn, PA) American popular and jazz bandleader, violinist, trombonist. Died 1963

Oct

3

  • The Victor Talking Machine Company founded by Eldridge R. Johnson and (disputed) Emile Berliner

5

  • George Dance & Howard Talbot’s musical A Chinese Honeymoon opens in London (1075 performances)

7

  • Ralph Rainger born (New York, NY) American popular songwriter. Died 1942

8

  • Eivind Groven born (Lårdal, Norway) Norwegian composer, music theorist. Died 1977

9

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s The Blind Girl of Castél-Cuillé for choir and orchestra premiered in Leeds, lib. H.W. Longfellow

10

  • Scott Joplin records piano rolls, including The Easy Winners

11

  • Bert Williams and George Walker make their first recordings for Victor including (Williams and Walker) Good morning, Carrie & (Williams solo) When it’s all going out and nothing coming in

17

  • Lee Collins born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz trumpeter (Tuxedo Brass Band, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Luis Russell, Johnny Dodds, Art Hodes, Mezz Mezzrow and others). Died 1960

18

  • Annette Hanshaw born (New York, NY) American jazz singer. Died 1985

19

  • Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March nos.1&2 op.39/1,2 for orchestra premiered in Liverpool

20

  • Frank Churchill born (Rumford, ME) American popular composer, particularly for animated Disney films. Died 1942

21

  • Edward Elgar’s incidental music for G. Moore’s play Grania and Diarmid premiered in Dublin

22

  • Frederic Archer (63) dies

23

  • Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Pskovityanka [The Maid of Pskov] premiered in Moscow, lib. Rimsky-Korsakov (standard version)
  • Camille Saint-Saëns’s opera Les barbares premiered in Paris, lib. V. Sardou and P.B. Gheusi

26

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Toussaint overture premiered in London
  • Edward Elgar’s songs In the Dawn & Speak, Music premiered in London

27

  • Claude Debussy’s Nocturnes premiered in Paris

31

  • Edward Elgar’s song Come, gentle night (C. Bingham) premiered in London

 

The Victor Talking Machine Company’s original range of phonographs

Nov

4

  • Gabriel Fauré’s incidental music for G. Clemenceau’s play Le voile du bonheur premiered in Paris

5

  • The Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra plays its first concert

9

  • Hand Pfitzner’s opera Die Rose vom Liebesgarten premiered in Elbergeld, lib. J. Grun
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto no.2 premiered in St Petersburg

16

  • Jesse Stone born (Atchison, KA) American R&B songwriter, pianist, producer, arranger. Died 1999

20

  • Jules Massenet’s opera Grisélidis premiered in Paris, lib. A. Silvestre and E. Morand

21

  • Richard Strauss’ opera Feuersnot premiered in Dresden, lib. E. von Wolzogen

22

  • Joaquin Rodrigo born (Valencia, Spain) Spanish composer, pianist. Died 1999

24

  • Cesar Cui’s opera A Feast in Time of Plague premiered in Moscow

25

  • Tibor Serly born (Lučenec, Slovakia) Hungarian violist, violinst, composer. Died 1978
  • Josef Rheinberger (62) dies
  • Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 premiered in Munich

 

César Cui – A Feast in the Time of Plague (Chandos)

Dec

2

  • Edward Elgar’s Concert Allegro op.46 for piano premiered in London

7

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Suite No. 2 premiered in Moscow

9

  • Jules Massenet’s ballet Les rosati premiered in Paris

12

  • Guglielmo Marconi makes first transatlantic radio broadcast

14

  • Frederick Delius’s Paris: a Nocturne (The Song of a Great City) for orchestra premiered in Elberfeld

15

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Cello Sonata op.19 premiered in Moscow

17

  • Antonín Dvořák’s Symfonická báseň [Symphonic Poem] op.14 for orchestra premiered in Vienna

19

  • Carl Nielsen’s incidental music for G. Wied and J. Petersen’s play Atalanta premiered in Copenhagen

26

  • Victor Hely-Hutchinson born (Cape Town) Anglo-South African composer, organist, teacher. Died 1947

28

  • Harry F Olson born (Mount Pleasant, IO) American electronic and acoustic engineer, inventor. Developed the first electronic synthesizer, the RCA Mark II Sound Synthesizer (with Herbert Belar). Died 1982

 

Guglielmo Marconi 1874-1937

date unknown

  • André Caplet wins the Prix de Rome with his cantata Myrrha
  • Edvard Grieg’s Lyric Pieces Book 10 op. 71 published
  • Carrie Jacobs-Bond’s Seven Songs as Unpretentious as the Wild Rose published in Chicago including I Love You Truly
  • Leoš Janáček and František Bartoš’s Národní písně moravské v nově nasbírané [Moravian Folksongs Newly Collected] (2057 songs and dances) published in Prague
  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s Songs of Erin, 50 Irish folksongs published in London
  • Universal Edition publishers founded in Vienna

songs published

  • High Society (Porter Steele); When It’s All Goin’ Out And Nothin’ Comin’ In (Bert Williams, George Walker

1902

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Jan

1

  • A new copyright law goes into effect in Germany extending protection to 30 years beyond the death of the composer

4

  • Felipe Pedrell’s opera trilogy Los Pirineos premiered in Barcelona

9

  • Mel Stitzel born (Germany) German-American jazz pianist (New Orleans Rhythm Kings). Died 1952

11

  • Maurice Duruflé born (Louviers, France) French composer, organist, teacher. Died 1986
  • Claude Debussy’s Pour le piano premiered in Paris

12

  • Emil von Reznicek’s opera Till Eulenspiegel premiered in Karlsruhe

13

  • Putney Dandridge born (Richmond, VA) American jazz bandleader, pianist, singer (Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson, own bands). Died 1946

18

  • Filippo Marchetti (70) dies
  • James T. Tanner, Adrian Ross & Lionel Monckton’s musical A Country Girl opens in London (729 performances)
  • Edward Elgar’s Funeral March op.42/2 for orchestra premiered in London

23

  • Gabriel Fauré’s Elégie for cello and orchestra premiered in Monte Carlo

25

  • Franz Schmidt’s Symphony No.1 premiered in Vienna
  • Aleksandr Scriabin’s Symphony No. 2 premiered in St Petersburg

30

  • Ernő Dohnányi’s Symphony no.1 premiered in Manchester

 

Felip Pedrell 1841-1922

Feb

1

  • Salomon Jadassohn (70) dies

6

  • George Brunies born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz trombonist (Reliance Brass Band, New Orleans Rhythm Kings, Ted Lewis, Muggsy Spanier, Eddie Condon). Brother of Albert (1900-78) and Merritt (1895-1973) Brunies. Died 1974

15

  • Felix Weingartner’s opera cycle Orestes premiered in Leipzig

16

  • Charles Ives’ Anthem: Religion premiered in New York

17

  • Orville “Hoppy” Jones born (Chicago, IL) American popular bass singer, cellist (Ink Spots). Died 1944

18

  • Jules Massenet’s opera Le jongleur de Notre-Dame premiered in Monte Carlo, lib. M. Léna

20

  • Eugen d’Albert’s opera Der Improvisator premiered in Berlin
  • Max Reger’s Symphonic Fantasy and Fugue op.57 premiered in Berlin

26

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’s incidental music for V. Hugo’s play Les burgraves premiered in Paris

releases

  • Len Spencer – Arkansaw Traveler (Victor)

 

Max Reger 1873-1916

Mar

8

  • Jean Sibelius’s Impromptu for female chorus and orchestra; Symphony no.2 & Overture in a premiered in Helsinki

9

  • Gustav Mahler marries Alma Schindler in Vienna

10

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Bucolic Suite premiered in Bournemouth

11

  • Alberto Franchetti’s opera Germania premiered in Milan, lib. L. Illica

12

  • Romeo Nelson born (Springfield, TN) American boogie-woogie pianist. Died 1974

16

  • Leon Roppolo born (Lutcher, LA) American jazz clarinetist (New Orleans Rhythm Kings, Halfway House Orchestra). Died 1943
  • Guitar Slim aka Alec Seward born (Charles City, VA) American blues guitarist, singer, songwriter (no relation to Guitar Slim aka Eddie Jones 1926-59). Died 1972

18

  • Enrico Caruso makes his first recordings for the Gramophone & Typewriter Company in Milan
  • Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht & Four Songs op.2 premiered in Vienna

21

  • Eddie James ‘Son’ House born (Riverton, MS) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1988
  • Santo Pecora born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz trombonist (New Orleans Rhythm Kings, Sharkey Bonano, Wingy Manone). Died 1984
  • Billy Pigg born (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) English Northumbrian piper. Died 1968
  • Louis Lacombe’s opera Der Kreuzritter premiered in Sonderhausen

24

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s cantata Spring premiered in Moscow

29

  • William Walton born (Oldham) English composer, conductor. Died 1983

30

  • Riccardo Drigo’s ballet La Côte d’Azur premiered in Monte Carlo

 

Riccardo Drigo 1846-1930

Apr

1

  • Paul Lincke’s operetta Lysistrata premiered in Berlin

2

  • Edward German’s operetta Merrie England premiered in London, lib. Basil Hood

4

  • Karl Pilß born (Vienna) Austrian composer, conductor, choirmaster, pianist, painter. Died 1979

5

  • Maurice Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante défunte and Jeux d’eau premiered in Paris

9

  • Jean Sibelius’s Tulen synty [The Origin of Fire] for baritone, male chorus and orchestra premiered in Helsinki
  • Ethel Smyth’s opera Der Wald premiered in Berlin

12

  • Manuel de Falla’s zarzuella Los amores de la Inés premiered in Madrid, lib. E. Dugi

15

  • Gustav Holst’s children’s operetta Fairy Pantomime of Cinderella premiered in London

18

  • Charles Ives’s The Celestial Country for choir and orchestra premiered in New York
  • Max Reger’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano op.49 premiered in Munich

24

  • Rube Bloom born (New York, NY) American popular songwriter, pianist, bandleader, writer. Died 1976
  • Johannes Brahms’s Eleven Chorale Preludes op.122 for organ premiered in Berlin
  • Gustav Holst’s Symphony in F ‘The Cotswolds’ premiered in Bournemouth
  • Franz Schreker’s opera Flammen premiered in Vienna

30

  • Claude Debussy’s opera Pelléas et Mélisande premiered in Paris, lib. M. Maeterlinck

releases

  • Enrico Caruso – E Lucevan Le Stelle (From Puccini’s Tosca) (G&T)

 

Enrico Caruso 1873-1921

May

1

  • Max Reger’s Romance for violin and small orchestra op.50 premiered in Munich

10

  • Edward Elgar’s May Song for orchestra premiered in Worcester
  • Paul Rubens’ musical Three Little Maids opens in London (348 performances)

11

  • Bidú Sayão born (Botafogo, Brazil) Brazilian soprano singer. Died 1999
  • Max Reger’s Sonata for organ no.2 op.60 premiered in Merseberg

13

  • Zenón Rolón (45) dies

14

  • Enrico Caruso makes his first appearance at Covent Garden, London, in Verdi’s opera Rigoletto
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ choral work Rest premiered in London

18

  • Meredith Willson born (Mason City, IO) American classical and popular composer, songwriter, playwright. Died 1984

19

  • Lubka Kolessa born (Lviv, Ukraine) Ukrainian classical pianist, teacher. Died 1997
  • Scott Joplin records piano rolls, including Cleopha

 

Hilda Moody, star of Paul Rubens’ musical Three Little Maids

Jun

6

  • Chris Columbus born (Greenville, NC) American jazz drummer, bandleader (Louis Jordan, Duke Ellington, own bands) Father of Sonny Payne (1926-79). Died 2002
  • Jimmie Lunceford born (Fulton, MS) American jazz bandleader, saxophonist, teacher (Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra). Died 1947

7

  • Ed Cuffee born (Norfolk, VA) American jazz trombonist (McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, Clarence Williams, Fletcher Henderson, Count Basie). Died 1959

8

  • Arthur Sullivan’s Te Deum for chorus and orchestra premiered in London

9

  • Gustav Mahler’s Symphony no.3 premiered in Krefeld

11

  • Vissarion Shebalin born (Omsk) American composer, teacher. Died 1963

13

  • Oliviero De Fabritiis born (Rome) Italian conductor, composer. Died 1982

17

  • Sammy Fain born (New York, NY) American popular songwriter. Died 1989
  • Karl Piutti (56) dies

18

  • Louis Alter born (Haverhill, MA) American popular songwriter, pianist. Died 1980

19

  • Guy Lombardo born (London, Ontario) Canadian-American popular bandleader, violinist (Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians). Brother of Carmen (1903-71), Lebert (1905-93) and Victor (1911-94) Lombardo. Died 1977

21

  • Nehemiah Curtis ‘Skip’ James born (Bentonia, MS) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1969

26

  • Artemi Ayvazyan born (Baku, Azerbaijan) Armenian composer, conductor, founder of the Armenian State Jazz Orchestra. Died 1975

28

  • Joe “Fox” Smith born (Ripley, OH) American jazz trumpeter (Mamie Smith, Fletcher Henderson, McKinney’s Cotton Pickers). Died 1937

unk

  • Richard Rodgers born (Queens, NY) American popular composer, songwriter. Died 1979
  • Emma Calvé makes her first recordings for G&T in London (possibly May or July)

 

Gustav Mahler 1860-1911

Jul

6

  • Louis Vola born (La Seyne-sur-Mer, France) French jazz bassist (Quintette du Hot Club de France). Died 1990

19

  • Buster Bailey born (Memphis, TN) American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist (WC Handy, King Oliver, Fletcher Henderson, Noble Sissle, John Kirby, Red Allen). Died 1967

20

  • Jimmy Kennedy born (Omagh) Irish lyricist. Died 1984
  • Rose Thisse-Derouette born (Liège) Belgian composer, conductor, musicologist, folklorist, teacher. Died 1989

21

  • Omer Simeon born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist (Charlie Elgar, Jelly Roll Morton, Erskine Tate, Earl Hines, Jimmie Lunceford, Wilbur de Paris). Died 1959

releases

  • Arthur Collins – Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home (Columbia)

 

Original sheet music for Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home (Hughie Cannon)

Aug

2

  • August Klughardt (54) dies

6

  • Luis Russell born (Careening Bay, Panama) American jazz bandleader, pianist (Doc Cook, King Oliver, own bands, Louis Armstrong). Died 1963

9

  • Zino Francescatti born (Marseilles) French classical violinist, teacher. Died 1991
  • Hubert Parry’s I was glad: coronation anthem for Edward VII premiered in London

11

  • George H. Jessop & Sidney Jones’s musical My Lady Molly opens in Brighton

17

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’s incidental music for J. Dieulafoy’s play Parysatis premiered in Béziers

25

  • Stefan Wolpe born (Berlin) German-American composer. Died 1972

27

  • Herbert Menges born (Hove, Sussex) English conductor, composer. Died 1972

29

  • Edward Elgar’s hymn O Mightiest of the Mighty premiered in London, text S. Childs Clarke

 

Sidney Jones 1861-1946

Sep

4

  • Edward Elgar’s Enfants d’un rêve [Dream Children] op.43 for orchestra premiered in London
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ songs Linden Lea & Blackmore by the Stour premiered in Rotherham. Linden Lea is his first published work

7

  • Franz Wüllner (70) dies

10

  • Granville Bantock’s Witch of Atlas for orchestra premiered in Worcester

11

  • Barbecue Bob Hicks born (Walnut Grove, GA) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Brother of Charlie Hicks (Lincoln) (1900-63). Died 1931
  • Émile Bernard (58) dies

Oct

2

  • Edward Elgar’s Coronation Ode op.44 for choir and orchestra premiered in Sheffield
  • Pietro Mascagni’s incidental music for H. Caine’s play The Eternal City premiered in London

3

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Meg Blane for mezzosoprano, 4 voices and orchestra premiered in Sheffield, lib. R. Buchanan

11

  • The Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Co., Limited founded in Kalamazoo, NY. Orville Gibson himself sells his patent rights for $2500 in 1904
  • Karl Michael Ziehrer’s operetta Der Fremdenführer premiered in Vienna

12

  • Jimmy Archey born (Norfolk, VA) American jazz trombonist (King Oliver, Luis Russell, Benny Carter, Claude Hopkins, Noble Sissle, Mezz Mezzrow, own bands, Earl Hines). Died 1967

14

  • Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Serviliya [Servilia] premiered in St Petersburg, lib. Rimsky-Korsakov

15

  • Emile Pessard’s opera L’Armée des viergespremiered in Paris

23

  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s Irish Rhapsody no.1 op.78 for orchestra premiered in Norwich

25

  • Eddie Lang born (Philadelphia, PA) American jazz guitarist. Died 1933
  • Jean Sibelius’ Den 25 oktober 1902. Till Thérèse Hahl premiered in Helsinki

31

  • Julia Lee born (Boonville, MO) American R&B and blues singer. Died 1958

 

Orville Gibson 1856-1918

Nov

3

  • Jean Sibelius’s En saga for orchestra premiered in Helsinki

6

  • Francesco Cilea’s opera Adriana Lecouvreur premiered in Milan. Lib. Arturo Colautti
  • Paul Lincke’s operetta Nakiris Hochzeit premiered in Berlin

12

  • Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera Dornröschen premiered in Frankfurt, lib. E. Ebeling and B. Filhès

15

  • Ivan Caryll, Paul Rubens, Wilhelm Meyer Lutz, Edward Jones, Cecil Cook, Adrian Ross & Claude Aveling’s musical The Girl from Kays opens in London (432 performances)

21

  • Arthur Schutt born (Reading, PA) American jazz pianist, arranger (Red Nichols, Dorsey Brothers). Died 1965
  • Franz Léhar’s operetta Wiener Frauen premiered in Vienna, lib. O. Tann-Bergler and E. Norini

27

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ songs Entlaubet ist der Walde & Whither Must I Wander? premiered in London

28

  • Henry Jolles born (Berlin) German pianist, composer. Died 1965
  • Carl Nielsen’s opera Saul og David premiered in Copenhagen, lib. E. Christiansen

releases

  • Enrico Caruso – Celeste Aida (From Verdi’s Aida) (G&T)

 

Poster for Caryll, Rubens, Lutz, Jones, Cook, Ross & Aveling’s musical The Girl from Kays

Dec

1

  • Fyodor Stravinsky (59) dies
  • Carl Nielsen’s Symphony no. 2 premiered in Copenhagen

9

  • Eduard Nápravník’s opera Francesca da Rimini premiered in St Petersburg

16

  • Karl Goldmark’s opera Götz von Berlichingen premiered in Vienna, lib. J.W. von Willner
  • Reynaldo Hahn’s opera La Carmélite premiered in Paris

20

  • Franz Léhar’s operetta Der Rastelbinder premiered in Vienna, lib. V. Léon

21

  • Peetie Wheatstraw aka William Bunch born (Ripley, TN) American blues singer, pianist, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1941

25

  • Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Kashchey bessmertnïy [Kashchey the Deathless] premiered in Moscow, lib. Rimsky-Korsakov and S. Rimsky-Korsakov

26

  • J.D. “Jelly Jaw” Short born (Port Gibson, MS) American blues singer, guitarist, harmonica player. Died 1962

27

  • Sam Coslow born (New York, NY) American popular songwriter, film producer, publisher, financial analyst. Died 1982

29

  • Scott Joplin records piano rolls, including Elite Syncopations; The Entertainer & A Breeze From Alabama

 

Scott Joplin – The Entertainer. Original sheet music

Date unknown

  • James A. Bland returns to Washington, DC from Europe, penniless despite his 20 years of European success
  • (to 1905) Charles Villiers Stanford’s The Complete Collection of Irish Music as noted by George Petrie published in London in 3 volumes

songs published

  • Because (Edward Teschemacher, Guy d’Hardelot); Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home (Hughie Cannon); The Entertainer (Scott Joplin); In The Good Old Summer Time (Ren Shields, George Evans); Jennie Lee (Arthur J. Lamb, Harry Von Tilzer); Land Of Hope And Glory (Arthur C. Benson, Edward Elgar)

1903

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Jan

1

  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s Flourish of Trumpets premiered in Delhi

2

  • Edith North Johnson born (St Louis, MO) American blues singer. Died 1988

3

  • Aleksandr Glazunov’s Symphony No. 7 & tone poem From the Middle Ages premiered in St Petersburg

6

  • Maurice Abravanel born (Thessaloniki, Greece) Greco-Swiss-American conductor. Died 1993

7

  • Vincent d’Indy’s opera L’étranger premiered in Brussels, lib. d’Indy

13

  • Hans Pfitzner’s String Quartet op.13 premiered in Vienna

18

  • Berthold Goldschmidt born (Hamburg) Anglo-German composer, conductor. Died 1996

19

  • Boris Blacher born (Yingkou, China) German composer, teacher. Died 1975

20

  • Georges Hüe’s opera Titania premiered in Paris

21

  • The first west-east transatlantic radio broadcast is made from the United States to England

22

  • Robin Milford born (Oxford) English composer, teacher. Died 1959
  • L Frank Baum & Paul Tietjen’s musical The Wizard of Oz opens on Broadway (293 performances)
  • Edward German’s operetta A Princess of Kensington premiered in London, lib. Basil Hood

28

  • Augusta Holmès (55) dies
  • Robert Planquette (54) dies

29

  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s Clarinet Concerto op.80 premiered in Bournemouth

31

  • Meyer Lutz (73) dies of bronchitis

 

The Wizard of Oz 1903 poster

Feb

6

  • Claudio Arrau born (Chillán, Chile) Chilean classical pianist. Died 1991

7

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’s incidental music for Racine’s play Andromaque premiered in Paris

10

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Ten Preludes for piano op.23 premiered in Moscow

11

  • Hans Redlich born (Vienna) Austrian composer, conductor, writer. Died 1968
  • Anton Bruckner’s Symphony no. 9 premiered in Vienna

12

  • Todd Duncan born (Danville, KY) American baritone singer, actor. Died 1998

17

  • Joseph Parry (61) dies
  • Emile Pessard’s opera L’Epave premiered in Paris

18

  • Will Marion Cook, Jesse A. Shipp, & Paul Laurence Dunbar’s musical In Dahomey opens on Broadway, the first black-written and cast musical to do so (53 performances)

20

  • Edmund Eysler’s operetta Bruder Straubinger premiered in Vienna

21

  • Francis ‘Scrapper’ Blackwell born (Indianapolis, IN) American blues guitarist, singer. Died 1962
  • Eric Fogg born (Manchester) English composer, conductor. Died 1939
  • Jeno Hubay’s opera Moharózsa premiered in Budapest

22

  • Hugo Wolf (42) dies in a Viennese asylum

23

  • Friedrich Grützmacher (70) dies
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme of Chopin op.22 premiered in Moscow
  • Arnold Schoenberg’s symphonic poem Pelleas und Melisande completed

25

  • Giacomo Puccini is badly injured in an automobile accident

unk

  • Fritz Kreisler makes his first recordings for G&T in Berlin

releases

  • Haydn Quartet – In The Good Old Summertime (Victor)

 

Sergei Rachmaninoff 1873-1943

Mar

1

  • Hugo Wolf’s opera Manuel Venegas premiered in Mannheim, lib. M. Hoernes

7

  • Charles Lecocq’s opera Yetta premiered in Paris

8

  • Avril Coleridge-Taylor born (London) English pianist, conductor, composer. Daughter of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912). Died 1998
  • Georges Enesco’s Rumanian Rhapsodies nos.1 and 2 premiered in Bucharest

9

  • Georgia White born (Sandersville, GA) American blues singer, pianist. Death date unknown – c. 1980

10

  • Bix Beiderbecke born (Davenport, IO) American jazz cornetist, pianist, composer (Wolverines, Jean Goldkette, Frankie Trumbauer, Paul Whiteman). Died 1931

12

  • Frédéric Alfred d’Erlanger’s Violin concerto premiered in London
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ cantata Willow-wood premiered in London

14

  • George H. Jessop & Sidney Jones’s operetta My Lady Molly opens in London (342 performances)

19

  • Pista Dankó (44) dies from a lung complaint

23

  • Paul Dukas’ Variations, interlude et final sur un thème de Rameau premiered in Paris

25

  • Frankie Carle aka Francis Carlone born (Providence, RI) American bandleader, pianist, composer. Died 2001

27

  • Bela Bartók’s Piano Fantasy I premiered in Budapest
  • Wilhelm Peterson-Berger’s opera Lyckan premiered in Stockholm

 

George Enescu 1881-1955

Apr

3

  • James ‘Bubber’ Miley born (Aiken, SC) American jazz trumpeter (Carolina Five, Mamie Smith’s Jazz Hounds, Duke Ellington). Died 1932

4

  • Enrique Granados’s opera Follet premiered in Barcelona, lib. A. Mestres (concert performance)

5

  • Leo Rowsome born (Dublin) Irish Uilleann piper, pipe maker, teacher. Died 1970

13

  • Bela Bartók’s Study for the Left Hand premiered in Nagyszentmiklos, Hungary

15

  • Sergey Nikiforovich Vasilenko’s opera Skazaniye o grade velikom Kitezhe i tikhom ozere Svetoyare [Legend of the Great City of Kitezh and the Quiet Lake Svetoyar] premiered in Moscow, lib. N. Manïkin-Nevstroyev

16

  • Claude Terrasse’s opera Le sire de Vergy premiered in Paris

30

  • Hubert Parry’s War and Peace for chorus and orchestra premiered in London

unk

  • Raoul Pugno makes his first recordings as a pianist for the Gramophone and Typewriter Company in Paris. He records four pieces composed by Handel, Scarlatti, Chopin and himself

May

1

  • Luigi Arditi (80) dies
  • Max Reger’s Quintet for piano and strings op.64 premiered in Munich

2

  • Edward Elgar’s Weary wind of the west for choir premiered in Morecambe, text T.E. Brown

3

  • Bing Crosby born (Tacoma, WA) American popular singer, actor. Brother of Bob Crosby (1913-93). Died 1977

12

  • Lennox Berkeley born (Oxford) English composer. Father of Michael Berkeley (b.1948). Died 1989

17

  • Emil Ábrányi’s opera A ködkirály premiered in Budapest
  • Albert Roussel’s symphonic prelude Résurrection premiered in Paris

20

  • Wilhelm Peterson-Berger’s opera Ran premiered in Stockholm

25

  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s Irish Rhapsody no.2 op.84 ‘The Lament for the Son of Ossian’ for orchestra premiered in Amsterdam

28

  • Walter Goehr born (Berlin) German composer, conductor. Father of Alexander Goehr (b.1932). Died 1960
  • Marguerite Monnot born (Decize, France) French popular songwriter, composer. Died 1961

Jun

2

  • Mario Pilati born (Naples) Italian composer. Died 1938
  • Valaida Snow born (Chattanooga, TN) American jazz trumpeter, singer. Died 1956

3

  • Arthur ‘Montana’ Taylor born (Butte, MT) American boogie-woogie pianist. Died 1954

6

  • Aram Khachaturian born (Tbilisi) Armenian composer. Died 1978

12

  • Emmett Hardy born (Gretna, LA) American jazz cornetist (New Orleans Rhythm Kings). Died 1925

18

  • Jeanette MacDonald born (Philadelphia, PA) American popular singer, actress. Died 1965

22

  • Ben Pollack born (Chicago, IL) American jazz bandleader, drummer (New Orleans Rhythm Kings, Ben Pollack Orchestra). Died 1971

26

  • St. Louis Jimmy Oden born (Nashville, TN) American blues singer, songwriter, pianist. Died 1977

28

  • Adrian Rollini born (Larchmont, NY) American jazz bass saxophonist, pianist, bandleader (California Ramblers, Dorsey Brothers). Brother of Arthur Rollini (1912-95). Died 1956

29

  • Rentaro Taki (23) dies of tuberculosis

 

Rentaro Taki 1879-1903

Jul

4

  • Charlie Monroe born (Rosine, KY) American bluegrass and country guitarist (Monroe Brothers, Kentucky Pardners). Brother of Bill Monroe (1911-96). Died 1975
  • Flor Peeters born (Tielen, Belgium) Belgian composer, organist, teacher. Died 1986

16

  • Carmen Lombardo born (London, Ontario) Canadian popular singer, saxophonist, composer (Royal Canadians). Brother of Guy (1902-77), Lebert (1905-93) and Victor (1911-94) Lombardo. Died 1971

Aug

15

  • Joe Garland born (Norfolk, VA) American jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger (Elmer Snowden, Jelly Roll Morton, Mills Blue Rhythm Band, Louis Armstrong and others). Died 1977
  • Monk Hazel born (Harvey, LA) American jazz drummer, bandleader (Emmett Hardy, Halfway House Orchestra). Died 1968

17

  • Abram Chasins born (New York) American composer, pianist, teacher, musicologist, broadcaster, administrator, author. Died 1987
  • Joseph Joachim records five pieces of violin music in Berlin for Gramophone & Typewriter Ltd

18

  • Lucienne Boyer born (Paris) French popular singer. Died 1983

20

  • António Fortunato de Figueiredo born (Loutolim, Goa) Indian conductor, violinist. Died 1981

26

  • Jimmy Rushing born (Oklahoma City, OK) American jazz and blues singer, pianist (Walter Page, Bennie Moten, Count Basie). Died 1972

unk

  • Cyril Scott’s Symphony No.2 premiered in London

 

Joseph Joachim 1831-1907

Sep

2

  • Billy Murray makes his first recordings for Victor

10

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s The Atonement for choir and orchestra premiered in Hereford, lib. A. Parsons
  • Hubert Parry’s Voces clamantium for chorus and orchestra premiered in Hereford

11

  • Theodor W. Adorno born (Frankfurt) German musicologist, sociologist, philospher, critic. Died 1969

15

  • Roy Acuff born (Maynardville, TN) American country singer, songwriter, fiddler, publisher. Died 1992

16

  • Joe Venuti born (Philadelphia, PA) American jazz bandleader, violinist, composer. Died 1978

18

  • Theodor Kirchner (79) dies

27

  • Southern Railway Fast Mail train No. 97 derails near Danville, VA, providing the inspiration for the country standard The Wreck of the Old 97

 

The wreck of the Southern Railway Fast Mail train No. 97

Oct

1

  • Vladimir Horowitz born (Kiev) Russian-American classical pianist. Died 1989

8

  • Carl Nielsen’s Helios Overture premiered in Copenhagen

10

  • Vernon Duke aka Vladimir Dukelsky born (Parafianovka, Belarus) Russo-American popular songwriter. Died 1969

13

  • Victor Herbert’s musical Babes in Toyland opens on Broadway (192 performances)

14

  • Edward Elgar’s oratorio The Apostles op.49 for choir and orchestra premiered in Birmingham, lib. Elgar

16

  • Buck Washington born (Louisville, KY) American jazz and popular pianist, singer. Died 1955
  • Big Joe Williams born (Crawford, MS) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1982

19

  • Vittorio Giannini born (Philadelphia, PA) American composer, violinist. Died 1966

26

  • Victorin de Joncières (64) dies
  • Richard Strauss’ Taillefer op.52 premiered in Heidelberg
  • James T. Tanner, Adrian Ross, Percy Greenbank, Ivan Caryll & Lionel Monckton’s musical The Orchid opens in London (559 performances)

29

  • Vivian Ellis born (London) English popular composer. Died 1996

30

  • August Bungert’s opera Odysseus Tod premiered in Dresden (fourth part of Die Odyssee cycle)

 

Victor Herbert 1859-1924

Nov

5

  • The Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra gives its inaugural performance under Emil Oberhoffer
  • Max Reger’s Sonata for violin and piano no.4 op.72 premiered in Munich

11

  • Eugen d’Albert’s opera Tiefland premiered in Prague

14

  • Scott Joplin records piano rolls for QRS in St Louis, MO, including Palm Leaf Rag

17

  • Cesar Cui’s opera Mademoiselle Fifi premiered in Moscow

23

  • Enrico Caruso makes his first appearance at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, in Verdi’s opera Rigoletto

27

  • Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s opera Le donne curiose premiered in Munich, lib. L. Sugana

30

  • Ernest Chausson’s opera Le roi Arthus premiered in Brussels, lib. Chausson

 

Eugen d’Albert 1864-1932

Dec

2

  • Jean Sibelius’ Kuolema premiered in Helsinki

4

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams begins collecting folk songs, starting with Bushes and Briars

10

  • Ivan Caryll, Seymour Hicks & Percy Greenbank’s musical The Earl and the Girl opens in London (371 performances)

14

  • Béla Bartók makes his Berlin performance debut

17

  • Ray Noble born (Brighton) English popular bandleader, composer, arranger, actor. Died 1978

19

  • Umberto Giordano’s opera Siberia premiered in Milan

20

  • Kornél Ábrányi (81) dies

21

  • Mykola Lysenko’s opera Taras Bul’ba premiered in Kiev

22

  • Paul Agricole Genin (71) dies

28

  • Earl Hines born (Pittsburgh, PA) American jazz pianist, bandleader, composer (Lois Deppe, Jimmy Noone, Louis Armstrong, own bands). Died 1983

31

  • Nathan Milstein born (Odessa) Russo-American classical violinist. Died 1992

 

Mykola Lysenko 1842-1912

Date unknown

songs published

  • Palm Leaf Rag (Scott Joplin); (You’re The Flower Of My Heart) Sweet Adeline (Richard H. Gerard, Henry W. Armstrong); The Wreck Of The Old ’97 (Henry C. Work)

1904

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Jan

4

  • Erik Chisholm born (Glasgow) Scottish composer, conductor. Died 1965
  • Mitrofan Belyayev (67) dies

8

  • Tampa Red aka Hudson Whittaker born (Smithville, GA) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1981

9

  • Claude Debussy’s Estampes premiered in Paris

12

  • Eddie DeLange born (Long Island, NY) American popular bandleader, lyricist (Hudson-DeLange Orchestra). Died 1949
  • Mississippi Fred McDowell born (Rossville, TN) American blues singer, guitarist. Died 1972

13

  • Richard Addinsell born (Oxford) English film composer. Died 1977
  • Béla Bartók’s symphonic poem Kossuth premiered in Budapest

15

  • Eduard Lassen (73) dies
  • Pablo Casals plays at the White House for President Theodore Roosevelt

20

  • Franz Léhar’s operetta Der Göttergatte premiered in Vienna, lib. V. Léon and L. Stein

21

  • Frederick Delius’s tone poem Lebenstanz premiered in Düsseldorf
  • Leoš Janáček’s opera Její pastorkyňa [Her Stepdaughter; Jenůfa] premiered in Brno, lib. Janáček

22

  • George Balanchine aka Giorgi Balanchivadze born (St Petersburg) Russo-American dance choreographer, co-founder of the New York Ballet (1935) and the School of American Ballet (1934). Son of Meliton Balanchivadze (1862-1937), brother of Andria Balanchivadze (1906-92). Died 1983
  • Anton Arensky’s opera Nal’ i Damayanti premiered in Moscow

25

  • Géza Frid born (Máramarossziget, Hungary) Hungaro-Dutch composer, pianist. Died 1989
  • Bela Bartók’s Violin Sonata in E minor premiered in Budapest

unk

  • Hugo Wolf’s Italian Serenade premiered in Vienna

 

Frederick Delius 1862-1934

Feb

1

  • Joe “Tricky Sam” Nanton born (New York, NY) American jazz trombonist (Elmer Snowden, Duke Ellington). Died 1946
  • Enrico Caruso makes his first American recordings for the Victor Talking Machine company

2

  • Ma Rainey marries comedy singer and songwriter William ‘Pa’ Rainey

3

  • Luigi Dallapiccola born (Pazin, Croatia) Italian composer, teacher, pianist. Died 1975

4

  • Jules Massenet’s ballet Cigale premiered in Paris

8

  • Jean Sibelius’s Cassazione for orchestra; Har du mod? [Do you have courage?] for male chorus and orchestra & Violin Concerto premiered in Helsinki

9

  • Blanche Calloway born (Baltimore, MD) American jazz singer, bandleader, composer, disc jockey. (Blanche Calloway and Her Joy Boys) Sister of Cab Calloway (1907-94). Died 1978

17

  • Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly premiered in Milan, lib. G. Giacosa and L. Illica (first version)

18

  • Béla Bartók makes his concert debut in Britain, in Manchester
  • Vincent d’Indy’s Symphony no.2 premiered in Brussels
  • Camille Saint-Saëns’s opera Hélène premiered in Monte Carlo, lib. Saint-Saëns

21

  • Edvard Grieg’s Old Norwegian Melody with Variations op.51 premiered in Oslo

23

  • Allan Gray aka Józef Żmigrod born (Tarnow, Poland) Anglo-Polish film composer. Died 1973

24

  • Max Reger’s Violin sonata no.4 op.42 premiered in Berlin

27

  • Richard Strauss makes his concert debut in the US, in New York

29

  • Jimmy Dorsey born (Sheandoah, PA) American jazz bandleader, saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter. (Dorsey’s Novelty Six, California Ramblers, Jean Goldkette, Paul Whiteman, Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra). Brother of Tommy Dorsey (1905-56). Died 1957

29

  • Béla Bartók’s Scherzo in C for orchestra premiered in Budapest

releases

  • Enrico Caruso – Vesti La Giubba (From Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci) (Victor) recorded 1/2/04

 

Poster for Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly

Mar

1

  • Glenn Miller born (Clarinda, IO) American popular and jazz bandleader, trombonist, arranger (Boyd Senter, Ben Pollack, Red Nichols, Dorsey Brothers, Ray Noble, Glenn Miller Orchestra). Died 1944

2

  • Max Reger’s Violin sonata no.1 op.42 premiered in Berlin

4

  • Joseph Schmidt born (Davydivka, Ukraine) Romanian tenor singer, actor. Died 1942
  • Max Reger’s Ten Pieces for organ op.69 premiered in Berlin

5

  • Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet premiered in Paris
  • Jean Sibelius’ Tanssi-Intermezzo op.45 premiered in Helsinki
  • James T. Tanner, Adrian Ross & Lionel Monckton’s musical The Cingalee opened in London (365 performances)

7

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Symphonic Rhapsody premiered in Bournemouth

9

  • Gerald Abraham born (Newport, Isle of Wight) English musicologist, writer, editor, critic. General Editor: New Oxford History of Music. Died 1988

12

  • Edward Elgar’s The Snow; Fly, Singing Bird op.26 for choir and orchestra premiered in London

14

  • Volly De Faut born (Chicago, IL) American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist (New Orleans Rhythm Kings, Muggsy Spanier, Jelly Roll Morton). Died 1973

16

  • Edward Elgar’s overture In the South op.50 premiered in London
  • Henri Rabaud’s opera La Fille de Roland premiered in Paris

19

  • Igor Stravinsky’s cantata for the 60th birthday of Rimsky-Korsakov premiered in St Petersburg

21

  • Nikolaos Skalkottas born (Chalcis, Greece) Greek composer. Died 1949
  • Richard Strauss’ Sinfonia Domestica premiered in New York

24

  • Pete Johnson born (Kansas City, MO) American boogie-woogie and R&B pianist. Died 1967

25

  • Antonín Dvořák’s opera Armida premiered in Prague, lib. J. Vrchlický

26

  • Hermann Schroeder born (Bernkastel-Kues, Germany) German composer, conductor, organist, teacher. Died 1984
  • Jean Sibelius’s Romance in C for strings premiered in Turku

27

  • Hal Kemp born (Marion, AL) American jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, bandleader, composer, arranger. Died 1940

30

  • Frederick Delius’s opera Koanga premiered in Elberfeld, lib. C.F. Keary

 

Title page of Elgar’s In The South

Apr

8

  • John Antill born (Sydney) Australian composer, music administrator. Died 1986
  • Enrico Caruso records a session for the Gramophone and Typewriter Co. in Milan with accompaniment by Ruggero Leoncavallo and Salvatore Cottone. Tracks cut include Leoncavallo’s Mattinata and Bizet’s Je crois entendre encore

9

  • Joseph ‘Sharkey’ Bonano born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz bandleader, trumpeter, singer (Eddie Edwards, Jimmy Durante, Jean Goldkette). Died 1972

11

  • Dave Wilborn born (Springfield, OH) American jazz banjo player, singer (McKinney’s Cotton Pickers). Died 1982

17

  • Joseph Ahrens born (Sommersell, Germany) German composer, organist, teacher. Died 1997

18

  • Dewey ‘Pigmeat’ Markham born (Durham, NC) American comedian, singer, actor. Died 1981

20

  • Camille Erlanger’s opera Le Fils de l’étoile premiered in Paris

21

  • Leo Adde born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz drummer (Halfway House Orchestra, New Orleans Rhythm Kings, Melody Masters). Died 1942

23

  • Pauline Viardot’s opera Cendrillon premiered in Paris

24

  • Herbert Zipper born (Vienna) Austrian composer, conductor, arts administrator, teacher. Died 1997

25

  • Huey Long born (Sealy, TX) American popular singer, guitarist (Louisiana Jazz Band, Tex Guinan’s Cuban Orchestra, Ink Spots). Died 2009
  • Edward Elgar’s Five Partsongs from the Greek Anthology op.45 for choir premiered in London
  • Jean Sibelius’s Valse triste for orchestra premiered in Helsinki

27

  • Syd Nathan born (Cincinnati, OH) American record producer, record executive, founder of the Queen, King and Federal labels. Died 1968

28

  • Paul Lincke’s operetta Berliner Luft premiered in Berlin

29

  • Max Reger’s Clarinet Sonata No.2 op.49b premiered in Munich

unk

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ In the Fen Country completed (first version)

 

Pauline Viardot 1821-1910

May

1

  • Antonin Dvorak (62) dies of heart failure

4

  • Umm Kulthum born (Tamay ez-Zahayra, Egypt) Egyptian Arabic classical singer, songwriter, actress. Died 1975

6

  • Cliff Carlisle born (Taylorsville, KY) American country singer, steel guitar player, songwriter. Brother of Bill Carlisle (1908-2003). Died 1983

10

  • Hugo Alfvén’s tone poem Midsummer Vigil premiered in Stockholm

17

  • Vincent d’Indy’s Choral varié premiered in Paris
  • Maurice Ravel’s Shéhérazade premiered in Paris
  • Albert Roussel’s Résurrection op.4 premiered in Paris

20

  • Gustav Holst’s Suite de Ballet in Eb op.10 premiered in London

21

  • Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller born (New York, NY) American jazz pianist, singer, songwriter. Died 1943

23

  • Edgar Hayes born (Lexington, KY) American jazz pianist, bandleader (Mills Blue Rhythm Band). Died 1979
  • Libby Holman born (Cicncinnati, OH) American popular singer, actress. Died 1971
  • Will Marion Cook, Will Mercer & Richard Grant’s musical comedy The Southerners opens on Broadway (36 performances)

24

  • Frederick Delius’ Sea Drift premiered in Essen

26

  • George Formby born (Wigan) English singer, comedian, actor, ukulele player. Died 1961

28

  • Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly premiered in Brescia, lib. G. Giacosa and L. Illica (second version)

 

1929 recording of Frederick Delius’s Sea Drift by Roy Henderson with the New English Symphony Orchestra and Choir

Jun

1

  • Hans Pfitzner’s Die Heinzelmännchen op.14 premiered in Frankfurt

3

  • Jan Peerce born (New York, NY) American tenor singer. Died 1984

6

  • Raymond Burke born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz clarinetist (Kid Thomas Valentine and others). Died 1986

7

  • Don Murray born (Joliet, IL) American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist (New Orleans Rhythm Kings, Jean Goldkette, Adrian Rollini, Joe Venuti, Ted Lewis). Died 1929

9

  • The London Symphony Orchestra gives its inaugural concert conducted by Hans Richter

11

  • Emil František Burian born (Plzeň, Czech Rep) Czech poet, journalist, composer, playwright, actor, singer, musician. Died 1959
  • Clarence ‘Pinetop’ Smith born (Troy, AL) American boogie-woogie pianist, singer. Died 1929

21

  • Mack Gordon aka Morris Gittler born (Warsaw) American popular lyricist, songwriter. Died 1959

24

  • Phil Harris born (Linton, IN) American popular singer, actor, voice actor, comedian, songwriter. Died 1995

28

  • Dan Emmett (88) dies

30

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ String Quartet in C premiered in Oxford

 

The LSO (2001)

Jul

5

  • Franz Syberg born (Kerteminde, Denmark) Danish composer, organist. Died 1955

10

  • Iša Krejčí born (Prague) Czech composer, conductor. Died 1968

16

  • Goffredo Petrassi born (Zagarollo, Italy) Italian composer, conductor, teacher. Died 2003

24

  • Leo Arnaud born (Lyon) Franco-American film composer. Died 1991

25

  • Kate Lee (46) dies of cancer

30

  • Dick McDonough born (New York, NY) American jazz guitarist, composer (Dorsey Brothers, Benny Goodman, Jack Teagarden, Glenn Miller). Died 1938

Aug

21

  • William ‘Count’ Basie born (Red Bank, NJ) American jazz bandleader, pianist, composer (Walter Page, Bennie Moten, Count Basie Orchestra). Died 1984

30

  • Kate Loder (79) dies

Sep

7

  • Hubert Parry’s The Love that Casteth out Fear for chorus and orchestra premiered in Gloucester

9

  • Walter Bricht born (Vienna) Austro-American composer, pianist, teacher. Died 1970
  • Seymour Hicks, Cosmo Hamilton, Herbert Haines, Evelyn Baker & Charles H. Taylor’s musical The Catch of the Season opens in London (621 performances)

11

  • Bill ‘Jazz’ Gillum born (Indianola, MS) American blues harmonica player, singer. Died 1966

12

  • Gavriil Nikolayevich Popov born (Novocherkassk, Russia) Russian composer. Died 1972

14

  • Kunihiko Hashimoto born (Tokyo) Japanese composer, violinist, conductor, teacher. Died 1949

17

  • Frederick Ashton born (Gauyaquil, Ecuador) English dancer, choreographer. Died 1988

21

  • Edward German’s Welsh Rhapsody for orchestra premiered in Cardiff

 

Programme for Hicks, Hamilton, Haines, Baker & Taylor’s musical The Catch of the Season

Oct

10

  • Sam Theard born (New Orleans, LA) American blues singer, songwriter, comedian, actor. Died 1982

15

  • Frederick Delius’s Appalachia: Variations on an Old Slave Song for choir and orchestra premiered in Elberfeld

16

  • Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Pan Voyevoda premiered in St Petersburg, lib. I.F. Tyumenev

18

  • Paul ‘Stump’ Evans born (Lawrence, KS) American jazz saxophonist (Kid Ory, Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver). Died 1928
  • Gustav Mahler’s Symphony no.5 premiered in Cologne

22

  • Max Reger’s Five Picturesque Pieces op.34 & Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Beethoven op.86 premiered in Berlin

24

  • Moss Hart born (New York) American theatre director, playwright, lyricist. Died 1961
  • Frederick Delius’s Piano Concerto in c premiered in Elberfeld

31

  • Dan Leno (43) dies, probably of a brain tumour

releases

  • Haydn Quartet – Sweet Adeline (Victor) recorded 12/7/04

 

Gustav Mahler – Complete Symphonies (EMI)

Nov

2

  • Claude Terrasse’s opera Monsieur de la Palisse premiered in Paris

4

  • Franco Alfano’s opera Risurrezione premiered in Turin
  • J Rosamond Johnson, James Weldon Johnson and Bob Cole’s musical Humpty Dumpty premiered in New York

6

  • Claude Debussy’s Danses for harp and string orchestra premiered in Paris

7

  • George M Cohan’s musical Little Johnny Jones opens on Broadway (52 performances)

10

  • Ferruccio Busoni’s Piano Concerto premiered in Berlin

12

  • Oscar Straus’s operetta Die lustigen Nibelungen premiered in Vienna

13

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ Caprice andalous op. 122 premiered in Paris

14

  • Gabriel Fauré’s Tantum ergo premiered in Paris

18

  • Masao Koga born (Ōkawa, Japan) Japanese composer, guitarist. Died 1978

21

  • Coleman Hawkins born (St Joseph, MO) American jazz tenor saxophonist, bandleader (Mamie Smith’s Jazz Hounds, Fletcher Henderson, Coleman Hawkins Orchestra). Died 1969
  • Bela Bartók’s Piano Quintet premiered in Vienna

25

  • Amy Beach’s Scottish Legend & Gavotte fantastique op.54 premiered in Boston

29

  • Max Reger’s String Trio op.77b premiered in Munich

releases

  • Columbia Male Quartet – You’re The Flower Of My Heart, Sweet Adeline (Columbia)

 

George M Cohan 1878-1942

Dec

1

  • Jimmy Lytell born (New York, NY) American jazz clarinetist (Original Memphis Five). Died 1972

2

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ song cycles The House of Life & Songs of Travel premiered in London

6

  • August Enna’s opera Ung elskov premiered in Weimar

10

  • Karl Michael Ziehrer’s operetta Der Schätzmeister premiered in Vienna

11

  • Gustav Holst’s Dream Tryst op.12 premiered in London
  • Giuseppe Martucci’s Symphony No. 2 op.81 premiered in Milan

13

  • Ruggero Leoncavallo’s opera Der Roland von Berlin premiered in Berlin, lib. Leoncavallo trans. G. Droescher

14

  • Edward Elgar’s The Wand of Youth Suite no.1 op.1/1 for orchestra premiered in London
  • Otakar Ostrcil’s opera Vlasty skon premiered in Prague
  • Max Reger’s Serenade for flute, violin and viola op.77a, Sonata for cello and piano no.3 op.78 & Variations and Fugue on a Theme of J.S. Bach op.81 premiered in Munich

18

  • Wilf Carter aka Montana Slim born (Port Hilford, Nova Scotia) Canadian country singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 1996

22

  • Franz Léhar’s operetta Die Juxheirat premiered in Vienna, lib. J. Bauer

26

  • J Rosamond Johnson, James Weldon Johnson and Bob Cole’s musical In Newport premiered in New York

30

  • Dmitri Kabalevsky born (St Petersburg) Russian composer, music administrator. Died 1987

unk

  • Max Reger’s String Quartet no.3 op.74 premiered in Frankfurt

 

Giuseppe Martucci 1856-1909

Date unkown

  • Blind Joe Reynolds born (Tallulah, LA) American blues singer, songwriter, guitarist (some sources give birth year as 1900). Died 1968
  • The Peerless Quartet formed in New York, initially as the Columbia Quartet. Original line-up: Tom Daniels (bass), Steve Porter (baritone), Henry Burr and Albert Campbell (tenors). Disbanded 1928
  • Cecil Sharp’s Folk Songs from Somerset published in London in five parts (through to 1909)
  • George Ratcliffe Woodward’s hymnal Songs of Syon: A Collection of Hymns and Sacred Poems Mostly Translated from Ancient Greek, Latin and German Sources published in London (enlarged editions follow in 1908 and 1910)

songs published

  • Give My Regards to Broadway; The Yankee Doodle Boy (both George M. Cohan); Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis (Andrew B. Sterling, Kerry Mills); The Preacher And The Bear (George Fairman)

releases

  • Pablo de Sarasate – Zigeunerweisen part 1 / part 2 (Victor). From the violinist’s only recording session in Paris. Possibly 1905

1905

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Jan

1

  • Karel Weis’s opera Die Dorfmusikanten premiered in Prague

2

  • Michael Tippett born (London) English composer. Died 1998

4

  • Theodore Thomas (69) dies of pneumonia

6

  • Leos Janáček’s piano suite On an Overgrown Path premiered in Brno

8

  • Giacinto Scelsi born (La Spezia, Italy) Italian composer, poet. Died 1988
  • Florent Schmitt’s symphonic poem Le Palais hanté premiered in Paris

10

  • Albert Arlen (Aarons) born (Sydney) Australian composer, pianist, playwright, actor. Died 1993
  • Franz Berwald’s Symphony No.3 in C major, Sinfonie singulière premiered in Stockholm

12

  • Tex Ritter born (Murvaul, TX) American country singer, actor. Died 1974

16

  • Ernesto Halffter Escriche born (Madrid) Spanish composer. Died 1989

25

  • Alexander von Zemlinsky’s symphonic fantasy Die Seejungfrau premiered in Vienna

26

  • Maria von Trapp (Kutschera) born (Vienna) Austrian popular singer, inspiration for the musical The Sound of Music (Von Trapp Family Singers). Died 1987
  • Arnold Schoenberg’s symphonic poem Pelleas und Melisande premiered in Vienna

28

  • Italo Montemezzi’s opera Giovanni Gallurese premiered in Turin

29

  • Gustav Mahler’s songs Revelge; Der Tamboursg’sell; Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder; Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt; Ich atmet’ einen linden Duft; Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen; Lied des Verfolgten im Turm; Um Mitternacht & song cycle Kindertotenlieder premiered in Vienna

releases

  • Vess Ossman – St Louis Rag (Columbia)

 

Vess Ossman 1868-1923

Feb

5

  • Clifton Parker born (London ) English film composer. Died 1989
  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ Cello concerto no.2 premiered in Paris

10

  • William ‘Chick’ Webb born (Baltimore, MD) American jazz bandleader, drummer (Chick Webb Orchestra). Died 1938
  • Edmund Eysler’s operetta Pufferl premiered in Vienna

11

  • Lebert Lombardo born (London, Ontario) Canadian popular trumpeter, singer (Royal Canadians). Brother of Guy (1902-77), Carmen (1913-71) and Victor (1911-94) Lombardo. Died 1993

12

  • Edward Dannreuther (60) dies

13

  • André Messager’s opera Les dragons de l’impératrice premiered in Paris, lib. G. Duval and A. Vanloo

14

  • Jules Massenet’s opera Chérubin premiered in Monte Carlo, lib. F. de Croisset and H. Cain

15

  • Harold Arlen born (Buffalo, NY) American popular songwriter. Died 1986

18

  • Claude Debussy’s L’Isle joyeuse & Masques for piano premiered in Paris

20

  • Max Reger’s Ten Songs for Male Choir op.83 premiered in Leipzig

21

  • Franz Léhar’s opera Tatjana premiered in Brno, lib. F. Falzari and M. Kalbeck (revision of Kukuška)

27

  • Alexander Mackenzie’s opera The Knights of the Road premiered in London

 

Edmund Eysler 1874-1949

Mar

1

  • Hubert Parry’s incidental music for Aristophanes’s play The Clouds premiered in Oxford
  • Max Reger’s Variations and Fugue on an Original Theme op.73 premiered in Berlin

2

  • Marc Blitzstein born (Philadelphia, PA) American composer. Died 1964

3

  • Alfred Bruneau’s opera L’Enfant roi premiered in Paris

4

  • Alexander Glazunov’s Violin Concerto premiered in St Petersburg

6

  • Bob Wills born (Kosse, TX) American country bandleader, singer, songwriter, fiddler (Texas Playboys). Died 1975
  • Scott Joplin’s Bethena copyrighted

7

  • Max Reger’s Sonata for violin and piano no.5 op.84 premiered in Berlin

8

  • Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March no.3 op.39/3 for orchestra & Introduction and Allegro op.47 for strings premiered in London

12

  • Ottorino Respighi’s opera Re Enzo premiered in Bologna, lib. A. Donini

15

  • Bertha ‘Chippie’ Hill born (New York, NY) American blues singer, dancer. Died 1950

16

  • Pietro Mascagni’s opera Amica premiered in Monte Carlo, lib. P. Bérel trans G. Targioni-Tozzetti

18

  • Béla Bartók meets Zoltan Kodály for the first time in Budapest

21

  • Carl Nielsen’s Sleep op.18 premiered in Copenhagen

23

  • Lale Andersen born (Lehe, Germany) German popular singer, songwriter. Died 1972

27

  • Leroy Carr born (Nashville, TN) American blues singer, pianist, songwriter. Died 1935
  • Joseph Holbrooke’s Piano Quartet in G minor op.21 premiered in London

30

  • Géza Zichy’s opera Nemo premiered in Budapest

31

  • Big Maceo Merriweather born (Atlanta, GA) American blues singer, pianist, songwriter. Died 1953

 

Ottorino Respighi 1879-1936

Apr

2

  • Kurt Herbert Adler born (Vienna) Austro-American conductor, opera director. Died 1988
  • Teresa Carreño records eighteen pieces for the player-piano

4

  • Eugène Bozza born (Nice) French composer, teacher. Died 1991
  • Arnold Bax’s A Connemara Revel premiered in London

5

  • Jef Maes born (Antwerp) Belgian composer, viola player, teacher. Died 1996

12

  • Giuseppe Gariboldi (72) dies

13

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ Sonata no.2 for cello and piano op.123 premiered in Paris

14

  • Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera Die Heirat wider Willen premiered in Berlin, lib. H. Humperdinck

16

  • Josef Bohuslav Foerster’s opera Jessika premiered in Prague

23

  • Karl Komzak (54) dies when trying to jump on to a moving train. He slips and falls under the wheels

30

  • Jean Sibelius’s Cortège for orchestra premiered in Helsinki

 

Teresa Carreño 1853-1917

May

2

  • Alan Rawsthorne born (Haslingden, Lancs) English composer. Died 1971

4

  • Mátyás Seiber born (Budapest) Anglo-Hungarian composer, teacher. Died 1960

5

  • Ernst Pauer (78) dies

7

  • Bumble Bee Slim aka Amos Easton born (Brunswick, GA) American blues singer, guitarist. Died 1968

8

  • Ernest Loring ’Red’ Nichols born (Ogden, UT) American jazz cornettist, bandleader, composer (Paul Whiteman, California Ramblers, Miff Mole, Red Nichols and his Five Pennies). Died 1965

10

  • The first Leith Hill Music Festival, co-founded by Ralph Vaughan Williams, takes place in Dorking, Surrey with seven choirs taking part

11

  • ‘Kansas’ Joe McCoy born (Raymond, MS) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter (Harlem Hamfats). Brother of Papa Charlie McCoy (1909-50), second husband of Memphis Minnie (1897-1973). Died 1950

15

  • Andrey Schulz-Evler (52) dies
  • Manuel de Falla’s Allegro de concierto for piano premiered in Madrid

17

  • Maurice Ravel’s Alborada del Gracioso premiered in Paris

18

  • Theodor Berger born (Traismauer an der Donau, Austria) Austrian composer. died 1992
  • Dick McPartland born (Chicago, IL) American jazz guitarist, banjo player (Red McKenzie, Irving Mills, Jack Teagarden, Jimmy McPartland) Brother of Jimmy McPartland (1907-91). Died 1957
  • Eric Zeisl born (Vienna) Austro-American composer, teacher. Died 1959

25

  • Bela Bartók’s Rhapsody for piano no.1 premiered in Ujpest

29

  • Aleksandr Scriabin’s Symphony no.3 premiered in Paris

30

  • Sidney de Paris born (Crawfordville, IA) American jazz trumpeter (Charlie Johnson’s Paradise Ten, Don Redman, Zutty Singleton, Benny Carter, Art Hodes) Brother of Wilbur de Paris (1900-73). Died 1967
  • Albert Ellmenreich (89) dies
  • George Grossmith Jr, Ivan Caryll, Lionel Monckton, Adrian Ross & Percy Greenbank’s musical The Spring Chicken opens in London (401 performances)

31

  • Franz Strauss (83) dies

releases

  • Arthur Collins – The Preacher & The Bear (Edison). The first million seller.

 

Joe Arzoni’s “The Preacher and the Bear”. Original sheet music

Jun

9

  • Martha Boswell born (Kansas City, MO) American popular singer (Boswell Sisters). Sister of Connee (1907-76) and Vet Boswell (1911-88). Died 1958
  • Walter Kraft born (Cologne) German organist, composer. Organist at the Marienkirche, Lübeck 1962-72. Died 1977

13

  • Doc Cheatham born (Nashville, TN) American jazz bandleader, trumpeter, singer (Cab Calloway, Benny Goodman). Died 1997
  • Xian Xinghai born (Macao) Chinese composer. Died 1945

18

  • Eduard Tubin born (Kallaste, Estonia) Estonian composer, conductor. Died 1982

20

  • Zoltan Kodály’s Intermezzo for string trio premiered in Budapest

22

  • Walter Leigh born (London) English composer. Died 1942

28

  • The Juilliard School founded in New York (as the Institute of Musical Art)

29

  • Gustav Holst’s The Mystic Trumpeter for soprano and orchestra premiered in London

 

The Juilliard School, New York

Jul

7

  • Karl Michael Ziehrer’s operetta Fesche Geister premiered in Vienna

8

  • Giacomo Puccini’s opera Edgar premiered in Buenos Aires, lib. F. Fontana (third and definitive version)

10

  • Ivie Anderson born (Gilroy, CA) American jazz singer (Duke Ellington). Died 1949
  • Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly premiered in London, lib. G. Giacosa and L. Illica (third version)

11

  • Clyde Bernhardt born (Gold Hill, NC) American jazz trombonist, bandleader (King Oliver, Edgar Hayes, Luis Russell, Joe Garland). Died 1966

15

  • Dorothy Fields born (Allenhurst, NJ) American librettist, lyricist. Died 1974

Aug

2

  • Karl Amadeus Hartmann born (Munich) German composer. Died 1963

4

  • Boris Alexandrovich Alexandrov born (Tver, Russia) Russian composer, choir director. Son of Alexander Alexandrov (1883-1946). Died 1994

8

  • André Jolivet born (Paris) French composer, music director. Died 1974

23

  • Constant Lambert born (London) English composer, conductor. Father of Kit Lambert (1935-81). Died 1951

24

  • Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup born (Forest, MS) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1974
  • Jean Sibelius’ Ej med klagan premiered in Helsinki

29

  • Jack Teagarden born (Vernon, TX) American jazz bandleader, trombonist, singer (Ben Pollack, Glenn Miller, Paul Whiteman, own bands, Louis Armstrong and others). Died 1964

Sep

1

  • Gervase Hughes born (Birmingham) English composer, conductor, writer. Died 1984

3

  • Meade Lux Lewis born (Chicago, IL) American boogie-woogie pianist, composer. Died 1964

22

  • Célestine Galli-Marié (64) dies

23

  • Myron ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw born (Youngstown, OH) American jazz and R&B bandleader, singer, pianist, drummer, composer (Mills Blue Rhythm Band, Luis Russell). Died 1958
  • Edward German’s incidental music for Millicent, Duchess of Sutherland’s play The Conqueror premiered in London
  • Ivan Zajc’s opera Der Wildling premiered in Zagreb

Oct

7

  • Edmund Eysler’s operetta Die Schützenlied premiered in Vienna

8

  • Max Reger’s Sinfonietta op.90 premiered in Essen

14

  • Leo Ascher’s operetta Vergeltsgott premiered in Vienna

15

  • Claude Debussy’s La mer: 3 symphonic sketches premiered in Paris

19

  • Hand Pfitzner’s incidental music for H. von Kleist’s play Das Käthchen von Heilbronn premiered in Berlin

24

  • Paul Csonka born (Vienna) Austrian composer, conductor. Died 1995

25

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s 5 Choral Ballads for baritone, 4 voices and orchestra premiered in Norwich, lib. H.W. Longfellow

26

  • Hubert Parry’s cantata The Pied Piper of Hamelin for chorus and orchestra premiered in Norwich

27

  • Felipe Pedrell’s opera Matinada premiered in Barcelona

30

  • Christian Darnton born (Leeds) English composer. Died 1981

 

Claude Debussy – La Mer etc (Naxos)

Nov

7

  • William Alwyn born (Northampton) English composer, conductor, teacher. Died 1985

9

  • Engelbert Humperdinck’s incidental music for Shakespeare’s play Der Kaufmann von Venedig [The Merchant of Venice] premiered in Berlin
  • Gustav Mahler makes three piano rolls in Leipzig
  • Spyridon Samaras’s opera Mademoiselle de Belle Isle premiered in Genoa

10

  • Tommy Dorsey born (Shenandoah, PA) American jazz bandleader, trombonist. (Paul Whiteman, Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra) Brother of Jimmy Dorsey (1904-57). Died 1956

12

  • Eugen d’Albert’s opera Flauto solo premiered in Prague

14

  • Petar Stojanović’s opera A Tigris premiered in Budapest

15

  • Francis Chagrin aka Alexander Paucker born (Bucharest) Anglo-Romanian film composer, conductor. Died 1972
  • Annunzio Paolo Mantovani born (Venice) Italian conductor, arranger. Died 1980

16

  • Eddie Condon born (Goodland, IN) American jazz bandleader, guitarist, banjo player (Red McKenzie, Red Nichols, own bands). Died 1973

24

  • Harry Barris born (New York, NY) American popular singer, songwriter. Father of television game show host Chuck Barris (b.1929). Died 1962

27

  • Daniel Sternefeld born (Antwerp) Belgian conductor, composer. Died 1986

Dec

2

  • Moe Asch born (Warsaw) Polish-American record producer, founder of  the Asch, Disc and Folkways record labels. Died 1986
  • Osvaldo Pugliese born (Buenos Aires) Argentinian tango bandleader, arranger, pianist. Died 1995

9

  • Richard Strauss’ opera Salomé premiered in Dresden, lib. Oscar Wilde trans. H. Lachmann

14

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Piano Quintet premiered in London

15

  • Ferenc Farkas born (Nagykanizsa, Hungary) Hungarian composer, teacher. Died 2000

25

  • Victor Herbert’s musical Mlle. Modiste opens on Broadway (202 performances)

26

  • Charles-Marie Widor’s opera Les pêcheurs de Saint-Jean premiered in Paris, lib. H. Cain

30

  • Franz Lehar’s operetta Die lustige Witwe [The Merry Widow] premiered in Vienna, lib. V. Léon and L. Stein

31

  • Jule Styne born (London) Anglo-American popular songwriter. Died 1994

 

Franz Lehár 1870-1948

date unknown

  • Adele and Fred Astaire begin performing together in Vaudeville
  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s 24 Negro Melodies published in Boston, MA
  • Gabriel Fauré appointed director the Paris Conservatory, succeeding Théodore Dubois
  • César Franck’s L’organiste II (30 pieces for organ) published in Paris
  • Alexander Glazunov appointed director of the St Petersburg Conservatory, a post he holds until 1928
  • Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov appointed director of the Moscow Conservatory, a post he holds until 1924
  • Cecil Sharp & Sabine Baring-Gould’s English Folk Songs for Schools published in London

songs published

  • (You’re My Heart’s Desire, I Love You) Nellie Dean (Henry W Armstrong); Nobody (Alex Rogers, Bert A. Williams)

1906

<1905 1907>

Jan

4

  • Frankie Newton born (Emory, VA) American jazz trumpeter (Chick Webb, Charlie Barnet, Andy Kirk, Lucky Millinder). Died 1954

6

  • Bobby Stark born (New York, NY) American jazz trumpeter (McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, Chick Webb, Fletcher Henderson). Died 1945
  • Maurice Ravel’s Miroirs premiered in Paris

7

  • Henry “Red” Allen born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz trumpeter, singer, bandleader (King Oliver, Luis Russell, Fletcher Henderson, Mills Blue Rhythm Band, Louis Armstrong, own bands and others). Died 1967

13

  • The first radio is advertised for sale, in Scientific American magazine

15

  • Alessandro Cicognini born (Pescara) Italian film composer. Died 1995

18

  • Gustav Mahler’s song Lob des hohen Verstandes premiered in Vienna
  • Max Reger’s Gesang der Verklärten op.71 premiered in Aachen
  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s Symphony no.6 op.94 ‘In Memoriam G.F. Watts’ premiered in London

23

  • Charles Hunter (29) dies of TB

24

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s operas Francesca da Rimini, lib. M. Tchaikovsky & Skupoy rïtsar′ [The Miserly Knight], lib. A.S Pushkin both premiered in Moscow

27

  • Radamés Gnattali born (Porto Alegre, Brazil) Brazilian composer, conductor, arranger. Died 1988
  • Ernest Bloch’s symphonic poems Hiver & Printemps premiered in Geneva
  • Leos Janáček’s piano sonata 1. X. 1905 premiered in Brno

28

  • Gabriel Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine op.11 premiered in Paris

31

  • Benjamin Frankel born (London) English composer. Died 1973
  • Roosevelt Sykes born (Elmar, AK) American blues singer, pianist, songwriter. Died 1983
  • Paul Dresser (48) dies of a brain haemorrhage

Feb

3

  • Gabriel Fauré’s Barcarolle no.7 for piano op.90 premiered in Paris

6

  • Karol Szymanowski’s Concert Overture op.12 premiered in Warsaw

9

  • Karol Szymanowski’s Fantasia op.14 premiered in Warsaw

11

  • Yves Baudrier born (Paris) French film composer. Died 1988

18

  • Vincent d’Indy’s Jour d’été à la montagne premiered in Paris

19

  • Grace Williams born (Barry) Welsh composer. Died 1977

20

  • Will Marion Cook, Bert Williams, Jesse A Shipp & Alexander Rogers’s musical comedy Abyssinia opens on Broadway (48 performances)

21

  • Isidore de Lara’s opera Sanga premiered in Nice

24

  • Engelbert Humperdinck’s Festgesang (Endlos und machtvoll durch die Zeiten) for chorus premiered in Berlin
  • Camille Saint-Saëns’s opera L’ancêtre premiered in Monte Carlo, lib. L. Augé de Lassus

25

  • Anton Arensky (44) dies of tuberculosis

26

  • Manuel Fernandez Caballero (70) dies

unk

  • Leo Ornstein and his family emigrate to New York from Russia

 

Poster for Cook, Williams, Shipp & Rogers’s musical comedy Abyssinia

Mar

3

  • Barney Bigard born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz clarinetist, tenor saxophonist (King Oliver, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cozy Cole). Died 1980
  • Claude Debussy’s Images book 1 premiered in Paris

10

  • Georges Bizet’s opera Don Procopio premiered in Monte Carlo, lib. C. Cambiaggio
  • Maurice Ravel’s Sonatine premiered in Lyon
  • Oscar Straus’s operetta Hugdietrichs Brautfahrt premiered in Vienna

11

  • Aleksandr Glazunov’s Russian Fantasy premiered in St Petersburg

13

  • Frank Teschemacher born (Kansas City, MO) American jazz clarinetist, alto-saxophonist (McKenzie-Condon Chicagoans, Jan Garber, Benny Meroff). Died 1932

19

  • Alberto Franchetti’s opera La figlia di lorio premiered in Milan, lib. G. D’Annunzio
  • Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s opera I quatro rusteghi premiered in Munich, lib. L. Sugana and G. Pizzolato

23

  • Gabriel Fauré’s Piano Quintet no.1 op.89 premiered in Brussels

24

  • Jean Sibelius’s Symphony no.3 & Pan och Echo for orchestra premiered in Helsinki

25

  • Jean Sablon born (Nogent-sur-Marne, France) French popular singer, actor. Died 1994
  • Curley Weaver born (Covington, GA) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1962

26

  • John Philip Sousa’s operetta The Free Lance premiered in Springfield, MA, lib. H.B. Smith

27

  • Charles ‘Pee Wee’ Russell born (Maplewood, MO) American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist (Jean Goldkette, Red Nichols, Louis Prima, Eddie Condon). Died 1969
  • Camille Erlanger’s opera Aphrodite premiered in Paris

28

  • Maurice Ravel’s Rhapsodie Espagnole premiered in Paris

31

  • David Heneker born (Southsea, Hants) English theatre composer, writer. Died 2001

 

Alberto Franchetti 1860-1942

Apr

3

  • Walter “Fats” Pichon born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz bandleader, pianist, singer, songwriter. Died 1967

5

  • Lord Buckley aka Richard Buckley born (Stockton, CA) American Beat Poet, comedian. Died 1960

7

  • Max Reger’s Suite im alten Stil op.93 premiered in Berlin

9

  • Antal Doráti born (Budapest) Hungaro-American conductor, composer. Died 1988

10

  • Frédéric Alfred d’Erlanger’s opera Tess premiered in Naples

11

  • Edvard Grieg records six piano rolls in Leipzig

13

  • Lawrence ‘Bud’ Freeman born (Chicago, IL) American jazz tenor saxophonist, clarinettist (McKenzie-Condon Chicagoans, Red Nichols, Joe Venuti, Eddie Condon, Tommy Dorsey and others). Died 1991

17

  • Edvard Grieg records three more piano rolls in Leipzig

18

  • Eurreal ‘Little Brother’ Montgomery born (Kentwood, LA) American blues and jazz pianist, singer. Died 1985

19

  • Alex Hill born (Little Rock, AR) American jazz pianist, arranger (Mutt Carey, Jimmy Noone and many others). Died 1937

25

  • John Knowles Paine (67) dies of pneumonia

26

  • Leopold Spinner born (Lviv, Ukraine) Anglo-Ukrainian composer, music editor. Died 1980

 

1913 advert for Grieg’s piano rolls

May

9

  • Helen Lemmens-Sherrington (71) dies
  • Isaac Albéniz’s Iberia Suite Book 1 premiered in Paris

11

  • J.C. (Jack) Higginbotham born (Social Circle, GA) American jazz trombonist (Luis Russell, Benny Carter, Fletcher Henderson, Louis Armstrong, Red Allen). Died 1973

12

  • Edward Elgar’s Evening Scene for choir premiered in Morecambe, text C. Patmore
  • Jean Sibelius’s Vapautettu kuningatar [The Captive Queen] for chorus and orchestra premiered in Helsinki

15

  • Robert Planquette’s operetta Le Paradis de Mahomet premiered in Paris

19

  • Andria Balanchivadze born (St Petersburg) Georgian composer. Son of  Meliton Balanchivadze (1862-1937, brother of George Balanchine (1904-83). Died 1992

23

  • Lucha Reyes aka Maria de luz Flores born (Guadalajara, Mexico) Mexican mariachi singer. Died 1944

24

  • Heinrich Reimann (56) dies
  • Walter Braunfels’s opera Falada premiered in Essen
  • Frederick Delius’s Sea Drift for choir and orchestra premiered in Essen, text W. Whitman

27

  • Gustav Mahler’s Symphony no.6 premiered in Essen

28

  • Cesar Cui’s children’s opera The Snow Hero premiered in Yalta

30

  • William Hurlstone (30) dies following an asthma attack

 

Walter Braunfels 1882-1954

Jun

1

  • Walter Legge born (London) English classical record producer, administrator, critic. Died 1979

3

  • Josephine Baker aka Freda Carson born (St Louis, MO) American jazz singer, dancer, actress. Died 1975

8

  • Christian Frederik Emil Horneman (65) dies

14

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Symphonic Variations on an African Air premiered in London

18

  • Kay Kyser born (Rocky Mount, NC) American popular bandleader, singer, radio presenter. Died 1985

20

  • Otakar Ostrcil’s opera Sirotek premiered in Prague

21

  • Grete Sultan born (Berlin) German classical pianist. Died 2005

unk

  • Bert Williams – Nobody (Columbia)

 

Bert Williams 1875-1922

Jul

7

  • Anton Karas born (Vienna) Austrian zither player, composer. Died 1985

9

  • Elisabeth Lutyens born (London) English composer, teacher. Died 1983

19

  • Klaus Egge born (Gransherad, Norway) Norwegian composer, critic. Died 1979
  • Gustav Holst’s Two Songs without Words: Country Song, Marching Song for chamber orchestra premiered in London

29

  • Alexandre Luigini (56) dies

30

  • Ľudovít Rajter born (Pezinok, Slovakia) Slovak conductor, composer, teacher. Died 2000

Aug

6

  • Vic Dickenson born (Xenia, OH) American jazz trombonist (Blanche Calloway, Claude Hopkins, Benny Carter, Count Basie and others). Died 1984

22

  • The first Victor Victrola, a phonographic record player, is manufactured

23

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Norfolk Rhapsody no.1 premiered in London

 

A 1906 Victor Victrola, the first machine with an internal horn

Sep

1

  • Franz Biebl born (Freudenberg, Germany) German composer, choirmaster, teacher. Died 2001
  • Giuseppe Giacosa (58) dies

4

  • Alexander Moyzes born (Kláštor pod Znievom, Slovakia) Slovak composer, teacher. Died 1984

12

  • Hubert Parry’s The Soul’s Ransom for chorus and orchestra premiered in Hereford

15

  • Engelbert Humperdinck’s incidental music for Shakespeare’s play Das Wintermärchen [A Winter’s Tale] premiered in Berlin

17

  • Blind James Campbell born (Nashville, TN) American blues singer, guitarist. Died 1981

22

  • Julius Stockhausen (80) dies

24

  • Victor Herbert’s musical The Red Mill opens on Broadway (274 performances)

25

  • Jaroslav Ježek born (Prague) Czech composer, pianist, conductor. Died 1942
  • Dmitri Shostakovich born (St Petersburg) Russian composer. Died 1975

26

  • The first concert using the Telharmonium, the first music synthesizer, is presented at Telharmonic Hall, Broadway

30

  • Mireille Hartuch born (Paris) French popular singer, songwriter, actress. Died 1996

 

The Teleharmonium

Oct

3

  • Edward Elgar’s oratorio The Kingdom op.51 for choir and orchestra premiered in Birmingham, lib. Elgar

9

  • Janis Ivanovs born (Riga, Latvia) Latvian composer. Died 1983
  • Carl Nielsen’s incidental music for H. Drachmann’s play Herr Oluf han rider [Master Oluf Rides] premiered in Copenhagen

10

  • Paul Creston born (New York, NY) American composer, teacher. Died 1985

15

  • Victoria Spivey born (Houston, TX) American blues singer, songwriter, pianist. Died 1976

18

  • Johnny Temple born (Canton, MS) American blues singer, guitarist. Died 1968

20

  • Edmund Eysler’s operetta Künstlerblut premiered in Vienna

21

  • Tomojirō Ikenouchi born (Tokyo) Japanese composer, teacher. Died 1991

22

  • Kees van Baaren born (Enschede) Dutch composer, teacher. Died 1970
  • Charles Lynch born (Cork) Irish classical pianist. Died 1984
  • Zoltán Kodály’s Nyári este [Summer Evening] for orchestra premiered in Budapest

23

  • Max Reger’s Serenade for orchestra op.95 premiered in Cologne

24

  • Sandy Williams born (Summerville, SC) American jazz trombonist (Horace Henderson, Fletcher Henderson, Chick Webb, Rex Stewart). Died 1991

26

  • Engelbert Humperdinck’s incidental music for Shakespeare’s play Der Sturm [The Tempest] premiered in Berlin

27

  • Enrique Granados’s opera Gaziel premiered in Barcelona, lib. A. Mestres

31

  • Louise Talma born (Arcachon, France) Franco-American composer. Died 1996
  • Jules Massenet’s opera Ariane premiered in Paris, lib. C. Mendès

Nov

2

  • Claire Delbos born (Paris) French violinist, composer. First wife of Olivier Messiaen (1908-91). Died 1959

3

  • Alma Rosé born (Vienna) Austrian classical violinist. Daughter of Arnold Rosé (1863-1946). Died 1943

4

  • Arnold Cooke born (Gomersal, Yorks) English composer. Died 2005
  • Willie Love born (Duncan, MS) American blues pianist, singer. Died 1953

9

  • Pete Brown born (Baltimore, MD) American jazz bandleader, alto-saxophonist, session player (Frankie Newton, John Kirby, Alim Gaillard and others). Died 1963

11

  • Francis ‘Muggsy’ Spanier born (Chicago, IL) American jazz bandleader, trumpeter, cornettist. Died 1967
  • Carl Nielsen’s opera Maskarade premiered in Copenhagen, lib. V. Andersen
  • Ethel Smyth’s opera The Wreckers premiered in Leipzig

12

  • Bukka (Booker) White born (Houston, MS) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1977
  • Liza Lehmann’s opera The Vicar of Wakefield premiered in Manchester
  • Max Reger’s Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue op.96 premiered in Cologne

19

  • Stan Hugill born (Hoylake, Cheshire) English folk singer, song collector, writer. Died 1992

Dec

1

  • Franz Léhar’s operetta Peter und Paul reisen ins Schlaraffenland premiered in Vienna, lib. F. Grünbaum and R. Bodanzky

5

  • Ahn Eak-tai born (Pyongyang) Korean conductor, composer, cellist. Died 1965

6

  • Max Reger’s Six Pieces for piano op.94 premiered in Berlin
  • Gabriel Fauré’s Dolly, suite for orchestra op.56 premiered in Monte Carlo

8

  • Max von Schillings’s opera Moloch premiered in Dresden, lib. E. Gerhäuser

10

  • Harold Adamson born (Greenville, NJ) American popular lyricist. Died 1980

11

  • Hand Pfitzner’s incidental music for I. von Stach’s play Das Christ-Elflein premiered in Munich

13

  • Arnold Bax’s An Irish Overture premiered in Bournemouth

17

  • Fernando Lopes Graça born (Tomar, Portugal) Portuguese composer, teacher, conductor, critic. Died 1994

19

  • Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály’s Hungarian Folk Songs published

20

  • Aleksandr Scriabin makes his American debut in New York

21

  • Adalbert von Goldschmidt (58) dies

22

  • Aleksandr Glazunov’s Symphony No. 8 premiered in St Petersburg

23

  • Ross Lee Finney born (Wells, MN) American composer. Died 1997

24

  • Franz Waxman born (Chorzow, Poland) German film composer. Died 1967
  • Reginald Fessenden makes the first radio broadcast: a poetry reading, a violin solo, and a speech

25

  • Victor Herbert’s musicals The Magic Knight & Dream City open on Broadway (102 performances)

27

  • Oscar Levant born (Pittsburgh, PA) American pianist, composer, author, comedian, actor. Died 1972

28

  • Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly premiered in Paris, lib. G. Giacosa and L. Illica (fourth and definitive version)

29

  • Jean Sibelius’s Pohjolan tytär [Pohjola’s Daughter] for orchestra premiered in St Petersburg

30

  • Eugène Goossens, père (61) dies
  • Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera Bübchens Weihnachtstraum premiered in Berlin, lib. G. Falke

unk

  • Hugo Alfvén’s Symphony No.3 premiered in Gothenburg
  • James Scott’s Frog Legs Rag published

 

Belá Bartók and Zoltán Kodály

Date unknown

  • Freddie Keppard founds the Olympia Orchestra in New Orleans. Disbanded c.1918
  • Wilhelm Stenhammar founds the Gothenburg Symphony, Sweden’s first professional orchestra, and remains its director and chief conductor until 1922
  • The English Hymnal published, edited by Percy Dearmer and Ralph Vaughan Williams

songs published

  • Cheyenne (Harry H. Williams, Egbert Van Alstyne); Frog Legs Rag (James Scott); Keep On The Sunny Side (Jack Drislane, Theodore F. Morse)

1907

<1906 1908>

Jan

5

  • Franz Léhar’s operetta Mitislaw der Moderne premiered in Vienna, lib. F. Grünbaum and R. Bodanzky

6

  • Jean Sibelius’ Grevinnans konterfej premiered in Vaasa

12

  • Maurice Ravel’s Histoires naturelles premiered in Paris
  • Gabriel Fauré’s Impromptu no.4 op.91 & Barcarolle no.8 op.96 premiered in Paris

16

  • Martin Scherber born (Nuremberg) German composer, teacher. Died 1974

17

  • Henk Badings born (Bandung, Indonesia) Dutch composer. Died 1987

19

  • Beniamino Cesi (61) dies

26

  • Arnold Schoenberg’s Six Songs op.3 premiered in Vienna

31

  • Benny Morton born (New York, NY) American jazz trombonist (Fletcher Henderson, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Jazz Giants). Died 1985
  • Paul Rubens & Austen Hurgon’s musical Miss Hook of Holland opens in London (462 performances)

Feb

1

  • Camargo Guarnieri born (São Paulo) Brazilian composer. Died 1993

2

  • Alfred Bruneau’s opera Naïs Micoulin premiered in Monte Carlo

3

  • Josef Suk’s Asrael Symphony, op. 27 premiered in Prague

5

  • Arnold Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 1 premiered in Vienna
  • Leos Janácek’s Mosquitoes premiered in Vyskov
  • Ludwig Thuille (45) dies

7

  • Jules Massenet’s opera Thérèse premiered in Monte Carlo, lib. J. Claretie

8

  • Gustav Mahler’s song Liebst du um Schönheit premiered in Vienna
  • Arnold Schoenberg’s Kammersinfonie no.1 premiered in Vienna

12

  • Roberta Martin born (Helena, AR) American Gospel singer, composer, pianist, arranger, group leader (Roberta Martin Singers). Died 1969

15

  • Jean Langlais born (La Fontenelle, France) French composer, organist. Died 1991

20

  • Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii [Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya] premiered in St Petersburg, lib. V.N. Bel′sky

21

  • Frederick Delius’s opera A Village Romeo and Juliet premiered in Berlin, lib. Delius

22

  • Rex Stewart born (Philadelphia, PA) American jazz cornettist, bandleader, writer (Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, own bands and others). Died 1967
  • Maurice Ravel’s Introduction et Allegro for harp, string quartet, flute and clarinet premiered in Paris

24

  • Otto Goldschmidt (77) dies

25

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Fifteen Songs op.26 premiered in Moscow

27

  • Mildred Bailey born (Tekoah, WN) American jazz singer (Paul Whiteman, Red Norvo). Died 1951

28

  • Rosina Brandram (62) dies of pulmonary disease

 

Ludwig Thuille 1861-1907

Mar

1

  • Kurt Adler born (Jindřichův Hradec, Czech Rep) Austrian pianist, conductor. Died 1977
  • August Manns (81) dies

2

  • Emil Ábrányi’s opera Monna Vanna premiered in Budapest
  • Oscar Straus’s operetta Ein Walzertraum premiered in Vienna

14

  • Władysław Żeleński’s opera Stara basn premiered in Lvov

17

  • Ernesto Köhler (57) dies
  • Aleksandr Glazunov’s Prelude and Fugue op.93 premiered in St Petersburg

19

  • Elizabeth Maconchy born (Broxbourne) English composer. Died 1994

30

  • Edward German’s operetta Tom Jones premiered in Manchester, lib. R. Courtneidge, A.M. Thompson and C.H. Taylor after Henry Fielding

 

Władysław Żeleński 1837-1921

Apr

12

  • Imogen Holst born (London) English composer, conductor, administrator, music director, writer. Daughter of Gustav Holst (1874-1934). Died 1984

13

  • Franz Schubert’s opera Fernando premiered in Vienna, lib. A. Stadler

15

  • Francesco Cilea’s opera Gloria premiered in Milan

18

  • Miklós Rózsa born (Budapest) Hungaro-American film composer, teacher. Died 1995

19

  • Afrasiyab Badalbeyli born (Baku, Azerbaijan) Azerbaijani composer, conductor, critic. Died 1976
  • Karol Szymanowski’s Piano Sonata no.1 premiered in Warsaw

20

  • Vincent d’Indy’s Souvenirs premiered in Paris

21

  • Wade Mainer born (Buncombe Co, NC) American bluegrass banjo player, singer, bandleader (Sons of the Mountaineers). Died 2011

25

  • Ivan Zajc’s opera Prvi grijehpremiered in Zagreb

26

  • Dave Tough born (Oak Park, IL) American jazz drummer (Bud Freeman, Eddie Condon, Red Norvo, Tommy Dorsey, Bunny Berigan, Benny Goodman and others). Died 1948
  • Joseph Hellmesberger, Jr. (62) dies

29

  • Tino Rossi born (Ajaccio) Corsican popular singer, actor. Died 1983

 

Edward German 1862-1936

May

1

  • Kate Smith born (Greenville, VA) American popular singer. Died 1986

5

  • Yoritsune Matsudaira born (Tokyo) Japanese composer. Died 2001

10

  • Paul Dukas’ opera Ariane et Barbe-bleue premiered in Paris, lib. M. Maeterlinck

12

  • Said Rustamov born (Yerevan, Armenia) Armenian composer, conductor, writer. Died 1983

15

  • Albert Ellmenreich (89) dies
  • George Grossmith Jr, L. E. Berman, Adrian Ross, Basil Hood, P. G. Wodehouse, Ivan Caryll & Lionel Monckton’s musical The Girls of Gottenberg opens in London (303 performances)

17

  • Castor McCord born (Birmingham, AL) American jazz saxophonist (Mills Blue Rhythm Band, Louis Armstrong, Eubie Blake). Twin brother of Ted McCord (1907-?). Died 1963
  • Ted McCord born (Birmingham, AL) American jazz saxophonist. Twin brother of Castor McCord (1907-63). Died ?

18

  • Clifford Curzon born (London) English concert pianist. Died 1982
  • Jimmy McPartland born (Chicago, IL) American jazz cornetist. (Wolverine Orchestra, Ben Pollack and others) Brother of Dick McPartland (1905-57). Died 1991

22

  • Kurken Alemshah born (Bahçecik, Turkey) Armenian composer, conductor. Died 1947

Jun

2

  • Othar Turner born (Canton, MS) American fife player (Rising Star Fife and Drum Band). Died 2003

4

  • Agathe Backer Grøndahl (59) dies

5

  • André Messager’s opera Fortunio premiered in Paris, lib. G.-A. de Caillavet and R. de Flers

10

  • Dicky Wells born (Centerville, TN) American jazz trombonist (Count Basie). Died 1985

20

  • Jimmy Driftwood aka James Corbitt Morris born (Timbo, AR) American folk and country singer, songwriter, environmentalist. Died 1998

27

  • Charles H. Taylor (47) dies

28

  • Jimmy Mundy born (Cincinatti, OH) American jazz tenor-saxophonist, arranger, composer (Earl Hines, Benny Goodman and others). Died 1983
  • Béla Bartók begins a tour of Transylvania collecting folk songs

unk

  • Vess Osman records a session for Columbia. Tracks cut include Maple Leaf Rag

Jul

3

  • Gene Gutchë born (Berlin) German-American composer. Died 2000
  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ Fantaisie for violin and harp op.124 premiered in London

7

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Fantasiestück for cello and orchestra premiered in New Brighton

8

  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1907 opens on Broadway (79 performances)

10

  • Blind Boy Fuller aka Fulton Allen born (Wadesboro, NC) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1941

14

  • Henry ‘Rubberlegs’ Williams born (Atlanta, GA) American dancer, jazz singer. Died 1962

18

  • Yvonne Desportes born (Coburg, France) French composer, teacher, writer. Died 1993

19

  • Günter Bialas born (Bielszowice, Poland) German composer, teacher. Died 1995

25

  • Johnny Hodges born (Cambridge, MA) American jazz alto-saxophonist (Duke Ellington). Died 1970

31

  • Roy Milton born (Wynnewood, OK) American R&B bandleader, singer, drummer (Ernie Fields, Solid Senders). Died 1983

 

The chorus line from the first Ziegfeld Follies in 1907

Aug

3

  • Lawrence Brown born (Lawrence, KS) American jazz trombonist (Duke Ellington). Died 1988

6

  • J Rosamond Johnson, James Weldon Johnson and Bob Cole’s musical The Shoo-Fly Regiment premiered in New York

8

  • Benny Carter born (New York, NY) American jazz bandleader, saxophonist, trumpeter, composer, arranger (Fletcher Henderson, own bands). Died 2003

12

  • Gladys Bentley born (Pennsylvania, PA) American blues singer. Died 1960

15

  • Joseph Joachim (76) dies of actinomycosis

21

  • Hy Zaret born (New York, NY) American popular lyricist. Died 2007

24

  • Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March no.4 op.39/4 for orchestra premiered in London

26

  • Lester Lanin born (Philadelphia, PA) American popular and jazz bandleader. Brother of Sam Lanin (1891-1977). Died 2004

31

  • Karl Michael Ziehrer’s operetta Am Lido premiered in Vienna

Sep

4

  • Edvard Grieg (64) dies of heart failure
  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s incidental music for L. Binyon’s play Attila the Hun premiered in Cambridge

5

  • Sunnyland Slim aka Albert Luandrew born (Vance, MS) American blues pianist, singer. Died 1995

7

  • Ahmed Adnan Saygun born (Izmir, Turkey) Turkish composer, musicologist. Died 1991

11

  • Isaac Albéniz’s Iberia Suite Book 2 premiered in Paris

17

  • Ignaz Brüll (60) dies

23

  • Albert Ammons born (Chicago, IL) American boogie-woogie, jazz and blues pianist. Father of Gene Ammons (1925-74). Died 1949

25

  • Jean Sibelius’ suite Belshazzar’s Feast premiered in Helsinki

26

  • Hubert Parry’s symphonic poem The Vision of Life premiered in Cardiff

27

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Norfolk Rhapsodies nos.2 & 3 premiered in Cardiff

29

  • Gene Autry born (Tioga, TX) American country singer, film actor. Died 1998

Oct

3

  • Alfred Reisenauer (43) dies

4

  • Alfredo Keil (57) dies

5

  • Gustav Mahler leaves his job as director of the Vienna Hofoper

9

  • Romualdo Marenco (66) dies

10

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Toward the Unknown Region premiered in Leeds
  • Charles Dancla (89) dies

12

  • Wolfgang Fortner born (Leipzig) German composer, conductor. Died 1987

15

  • Max Reger’s Variations and Fugue on a Theme of J.A. Hiller , op.100 premiered in Cologne

17

  • Engelbert Humperdinck’s incidental music for Shakespeare’s play Was ihr wollt [Twelfth Night] premiered in Berlin

18

  • George Washington born (Brunswick, GA) American jazz trombonist (Mills Blue Rhythm Band, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Otis)

20

  • Carl Kress born (Newark, NJ) American jazz guitarist, record producer (Paul Whiteman, Bix Beiderbecke, Dorsey Brothers, Gordon Jenkins and many others). Died 1965

22

  • Frederick Delius’s Szántó for orchestra premiered in London
  • Jules Massenet’s incidental music for J. Aicard’s play Le manteau du roi premiered in Paris

27

  • Helmut Walcha born (Leipzig) German organist. Blind from age 19 after reaction to smallpox vaccine. Died 1991

28

  • Efrem Zimbalist makes his performance debut in Berlin

29

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Ballade in c for violin and piano premiered in Leeds

 

Nov

2

  • Leo Fall’s operetta Die Dollarprinzessin premiered in Vienna. Lib. Alfred Maria Willner and Fritz Grünbaum

4

  • Claude ‘Bennie’ Benjamin born (St Croix, VA) American popular songwriter. Died 1989
  • Draga Matkovic born (Zagreb) German classical pianist

7

  • Alban Berg’s Double Fugue for string quartet and piano premiered in Vienna
  • Anton Webern’s Piano Quintet premiered in Vienna

8

  • Karl Michael Ziehrer’s operetta Ein tolles Mädel premiered in Vienna

9

  • Umberto Giordano’s opera Marcella premiered in Milan
  • Florent Schmitt & Robert d’Humires’s ballet La Tragédie de Salomé premiered in Paris

10

  • Jane Froman born (University City, MO) American popular singer, actress. Died 1980

12

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Harnham Down premiered in Cardiff

13

  • Gustav Mahler’s song Starke Einbildungskraft premiered in Stuttgart

18

  • Compay Segundo born (Siboney, Cuba) Cuban guitarist, songwriter (Buena Vista Social Club). Died 2003

21

  • Buck Ram born (Chicago) American popular songwriter, record producer, manager of the Platters and the Penguins. Died 1991
  • Gaetano Braga (78) dies

22

  • Edgar Bainton’s The Blessed Damozel op.11 premiered in Newcastle. Text – Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  • Erik Satie’s operetta Pousse l’amour premiered in Paris, lib. M. de Féraudy and J. Kolb

25

  • Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 3 premiered in Helsinki

28

  • George Wettling born (Topeka, KS) American jazz drummer, bandleader (Artie Shaw, Eddie Condon, Muggsy Spanier and others). Died 1968
  • Ricardo Castro (43) dies

30

  • György Ránki born (Budapest) Hungarian composer. Died 1992
  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Variations on an Original Theme for cello premiered in Croydon
  • Edmund Eysler’s operetta Vera Violetta premiered in Vienna
  • Carl Nielsen’s String Quartet no.4, op.44 & Strophic Songs op.21 premiered in Copenhagen

Dec

3

  • Connee Boswell born (Kansas City, MO) American popular singer (Boswell Sisters). Sister of Martha (1905-58) and Vet (1911-88) Boswell. Died 1976
  • Eugen d’Albert’s opera Tragaldabas premiered in Hamburg

5

  • Leos Janácek’s Folk Nocturnes premiered in Brno

8

  • Tony Aubin born (Paris) French composer, conductor. Died 1981

12

  • Roy Douglas born (Tunbridge Wells) English composer, arranger
  • Fred Elizalde born (Manilla) Spanish-Fillipino composer, jazz bandleader, guitarist, pianist, conductor. Died 1979
  • Isidore de Lara’s opera Solea premiered in Cologne

13

  • Gustav Mahler’s song Ich ging mit Lust durch einen grünen Wald premiered in Stuttgart

18

  • Lawrence Lucie born (Emporia, VA) American jazz guitarist (Benny Carter, Fletcher Henderson, Coleman Hawkins, Louis Armstrong). Died 2009

21

  • Black Ace aka Babe Kyro Lemon Turner born (Hughes Springs, TX) American blues singer, guitarist. Died 1972
  • Gustav Mahler arrives in New York for the first time

25

  • Cab Calloway born (Rochester, NY) American jazz bandleader, singer, composer, actor. Brother of Blanche Calloway (1904-78). Died 1994

26

  • Harry Gold born (London) English jazz bandleader, saxophonist. Died 2005

27

  • Willem van Otterloo born (Winterswijk, Netherlands) Dutch composer, conductor, cellist. Died 1978

 

Gustav Mahler in New York

Date unknown

  • Sabine Baring-Gould and Cecil Sharp’s English Folk Songs for Schools published in London
  • Béla Bartók appointed piano professor at the Royal Academy, Budapest
  • Buddy Bolden diagnosed with schizophrenia and institutionalised
  • Ferruccio Busoni’s The New Aesthetic of Music published
  • Emil Hertzka appointed director of Viennese publisher Universal Edition, a position he holds until his death in 1933
  • Cecil Sharp’s The Morris Book published in London in five parts (through to 1913)

songs published

  • Kansas City Rag (James Scott); Red Wing (Thurland Chattaway, Kerry Mills)

1908

<19071909>

Jan

1

  • Edward Elgar’s carol A Christmas Greeting op.52 premiered in Hereford, text C.A. Elgar
  • Gustav Mahler makes his New York conducting debut with Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde

2

  • Isaac Albéniz’s Iberia Suite Book 3 premiered in Paris
  • Karl Goldmark’s opera Ein Wintermärchen premiered in Vienna, lib. A.M. Willner

9

  • Igor Stravinsky’s Pastorale premiered in St Petersburg

18

  • Frederick Delius’s Brigg Fair: An English Rhapsody for orchestra premiered in Liverpool

21

  • Franz Léhar’s operetta Der Mann mit den drei Frauen premiered in Vienna, lib. J. Bauer

22

  • Hammie Nixon born (Brownsville, TN) American blues harmonica player, guitarist, kazoo and jug player (Sleepy John Estes). Died 1984
  • August Wilhelmj (62) dies

23

  • Edward MacDowell (47) dies, possibly of alzheimer’s disease
  • Reinhold Glière’s Symphony No.2 premiered in Berlin

25

  • Uzeyir Hajibeyov’s opera Leyli i Mejnun premiered in Baku, the first Azerbaijani opera and the first written by a Muslim composer

26

  • Stephane Grappelli born (Paris, France) French jazz violinist (Quintette du Hot Club de France). Died 1997

27

  • Oran ‘Hot Lips’ Page born (Dallas, TX) American jazz trumpeter, bandleader (Walter Page, Bennie Moten, Count Basie, own bands, Artie Shaw). Died 1954

Feb

3

  • Will Marion Cook, Jesse A Shipp & Alexander Rogers’s musical comedy Bandanna Land opens on Broadway (89 performances)

4

  • Manny Klein born (New York, NY) American jazz trumpeter (Paul Whiteman, Dorsey Brothers, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw). Died 1994
  • Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony in E premiered in St Petersburg

7

  • Carl Nielsen’s incidental music for L.C. Nielsen’s play Willemoes premiered in Copenhagen

8

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 premiered in St Petersburg

9

  • Carl Nielsen’s incidental music for O. Benzon’s play Foraeldre [Parents] premiered in Copenhagen

13

  • Jules Massenet’s ballet Espada premiered in Monte Carlo

16

  • Machito aka Francisco Raúl Gutiérrez Grillo born (Havana or Tampa, FL) Cuban-American Latin jazz singer, percussionist, bandleader. Some sources say 1909 or 1912

20

  • Ruby Elzy born (Pontotoc, MS) American soprano singer. Died 1943

21

  • Claude Debussy’s Images book 2 premiered in Paris

22

  • Roaring Lion aka Rafael de Leon born (Aroquita, Trinidad) Trinidadian calypso singer, composer. Died 1999

27

  • Engelbert Humperdinck’s incidental music for Aristophanes’s play Lysistrata premiered in Berlin

29

  • Albert (A L) Lloyd born (London) Ebglish folk singer, song collector, writer, co-founder of Topic Records. Died 1982
  • Igor Stravinsky’s Faun and Shepherdess op.2 premiered in St Petersburg

 

Will Marion Cook 1869-1944

Mar

8

  • Aleksandr Glazunov’s overture Song of Destiny op.84 premiered in St Petersburg
  • Jāzeps Vītols’s tone-poem Spriditis op.37 premiered in St Petersburg

12

  • Clara Novello (89) dies

15

  • Maurice Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnole premiered in Paris

20

  • Carl Nielsen’s incidental music for L. Holstein’s play Tove premiered in Copenhagen
  • Karol Szymanowski’s Penthesilea op.18 premiered in Lvov

21

  • Frederick Delius’s songs Twilight Fancies; The Bird’s Story & The Violet premiered in Liverpool

22

  • Albert Roussel’s Symphony No. 1 premiered in Brussels
  • Max Reger’s Piano Trio op.102 premiered in Leipzig

26

  • Louis Chauvin (27) dies from multiple sclerosis
  • Leo Ascher’s operetta Die Grüne Redoute premiered in Vienna

31

  • Red Norvo aka Kenneth Norville born (Beardstown, IL) American jazz vibraphonist, bandleader (Paul Whiteman, Benny Goodman, Charlie Barnet, Woody Herman). Died 1999

unk

  • Anton Arensky’s ballet Egyptian Nights premiered in St Petersburg

 

Albert Roussel 1869-1935

Apr

4

  • Gustav Holst’s King Estmere for choir and orchestra premiered in London

5

  • Herbert von Karajan born (Salzburg) Austrian conductor. Died 1989

6

  • Carl Nielsen’s Saga-drøm premiered in Copenhagen

7

  • Percy Faith born (Toronto) Canadian-American popular bandleader, composer. Died 1976

8

  • Tommy McClennan born (Yazoo City, MS) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1962

11

  • Karel Ančerl born (Tučapy, Czech Rep) Czech conductor. Died 1973
  • Spyridon Samaras’s opera Rhea premiered in Florence

12

  • Leos Janácek’s Marycka Magdónova premiered in Prostejov

15

  • eden Ahbez aka Alexander Aberle born (New York, NY) American popular composer, musician, proto-hippie. Died 1995

20

  • Lionel Hampton born (Birmingham, AL) American jazz bandleader, composer, vibraphonist, pianist, drummer (Benny Goodman, own bands). Died 2002

21

  • Alfred Lion born (Berlin) German-American record executive, record producer, founder of  Blue Note records (1939). Died 1987

23

  • Gustav Mahler leaves New York after his first season as conductor

May

3

  • William Glock born (London) English music critic, administrator, founder of the Dartington Summer School and controller of BBC music 1959-72. Died 2000

6

  • Necil Kazım Akses born (Istanbul) Turkish composer. Died 1999

13

  • Eugen Kapp born (Astrakhan, Russia) Estonian composer, teacher. Son of Artur Kapp (1878-1952). Died 1996

15

  • Lars-Erik Larsson born (Åkarp, Sweden) Swedish composer. Died 1986

24

  • Edward Elgar’s Marching Song for choir premiered in London, text Capt. de Courcy Stretton

27

  • Harold Rome born (Hartford, CT) American popular songwriter. Died 1993

Jun

4

  • Jan Zdeněk Bartoš born (Dvůr Králové nad Labem, Czech Rep) Czech composer, teacher. Died 1981

13

  • Blind Tom (Wiggins) (59) dies

15

  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1908 opens on Broadway (120 performances)

17

  • Igor Stravinsky’s Feu d’Artifice premiered in St Petersburg
  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s Installation March op.108 for military band premiered in Cambridge

19

  • Louis van Waefelghem (68) dies

21

  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (64) dies from angina

24

  • Hugo Distler born (Nuremberg) German composer. Died 1942

29

  • Leroy Anderson born (Cambridge, MA) American light classical and popular composer. Died 1975
  • Bela Bartók’s Fourteen Bagatelles op.6 premiered in Berlin

 

Florenz Ziegfeld 1867-1932

Jul

1

  • Alvino Rey aka Alvin McBurney born (Oakland, CA) American jazz bandleader, guitarist, electric guitar pioneer (Horace Heidt, own bands). Died 2004

8

  • Louis Jordan born (Brinkley, AR) American R&B, jazz and blues bandleader, singer, songwriter, saxophonist. Died 1975

10

  • Hociel Thomas born (Houston, TX) American blues singer, pianist, composer. Daughter of George Thomas (1885-1936), niece of Sippie Wallace (1898-1986) and Hersal Thomas (1910-26). Died 1952

14

  • William Mason (79) dies

16

  • Arnold Bax’s String Quintet in G premiered in London

18

  • Barry Gray born (Manchester) English film and television composer, arranger. Primarily known for his music for Gerry Anderson’s classic puppet series such as Thunderbirds. Died 1984

20

  • Federico Chueca (62) dies

25

  • Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer born (Thanjavur, India) Indian Carnatic singer. Died 2003

Aug

1

  • Miloslav Kabelác born (Prague) Czech composer, conductor. Died 1979

12

  • Nina Makarova born (Jurino, Russia) Russian composer. Wife of Aram Khachaturian (1903-78). Died 1976

13

  • Ira D. Sankey (67) dies

26

  • Bernard Bierman born (New York, NY) American popular songwriter

30

  • Willie Bryant born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz bandleader, vocalist, disc jockey. Died 1964

Sep

3

  • Frederick Lonsdale, Adrian Ross, Arthur Wimperis & Sidney Jones’s musical King of Cadonia opened in London

5

  • Joaquín Nin Culmell born (Berlin) Cuban-American composer, pianist. Died 2004

7

  • Max Kaminsky born (Brockton, MA) American jazz bandleader, trumpeter (George Wettling, Red Nichols, Benny Carter, Mezz Mezzrow, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Bud Freeman and others). Died 1994

9

  • Edward Elgar’s The Wand of Youth Suite no.2 op.1/2 for orchestra premiered in Worcester
  • Hubert Parry’s Beyond these voices there is peace for chorus and orchestra premiered in Worcester

10

  • Raymond Scott aka Harry Warnow born (Brooklyn, NY) American popular bandleader, composer, recording engineer, record producer, electronic music pioneer. Died 1994

13

  • Leon ‘Chu’ Berry born (Wheeling, WV) American jazz tenor-saxophonist (Sammy Stewart, Benny Carter, Teddy Hill, Fletcher Henderson, Cab Calloway). Died 1941

19

  • Gustav Mahler’s Symphony no. 7 premiered in Prague

20

  • Pablo de Sarasate (64) dies from bronchitis

25

  • Eugen Suchon born (Pezinok, Slovakia) Slovak composer. Died 1993

30

  • David Oistrakh born (Odessa) Russian classical violinist. Died 1974

Oct

3

  • Johnny Burke born (Antioch, CA) American popular lyricist. Died 1964

6

  • Sammy Price born (Honey Grove, TX) American jazz and blues bandleader, pianist. Died 1992
  • Granville Bantock’s incidental music for Euripides’s play Hippolytus premiered in Manchester

8

  • Ole Olsen’s opera Lajla premiered in Oslo

9

  • Lee Wiley born (Fort Gibson, OK) American jazz singer. Died 1975
  • Albert Roussel’s Violin Sonata no.1 op.11 premiered in Paris

11

  • Cartola aka Angenor de Oliveira born (Rio de Janeiro) Brazilian samba singer, composer, poet. Died 1980

12

  • Scott Joplin records piano rolls for Universal Music, including Pineapple Rag

15

  • Max Reger’s Violin Concerto op.101 premiered in Leipzig

16

  • Joaquín Turina’s Sevilla op.2 premiered in Seville

17

  • Edward Elgar’s The Reveille op.54 for choir premiered in Blackpool, text B. Harte

19

  • Geirr Tveitt born (Bergen) Norwegian composer, pianist. Died 1981
  • Patrick ‘Spike’ Hughes born (London) English jazz bassist, composer, bandleader, writer. Died 1987

21

  • Howard Ferguson born (Belfast) Anglo-Irish composer, musicologist, teacher. Died 1999

23

  • Edward MacDowell’s symphonic poem Lamia op.29 premiered in Boston

24

  • Karl Michael Ziehrer’s operetta Der Liebeswalzer premiered in Vienna

30

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Sonata No. 1 premiered in Moscow

unk

  • Columbia introduces the two sided record

releases

  • Haydn Quartet – Take Me Out To The Ball Game (Victor) recorded 9/9/08

 

Sheet music for Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer’s Take Me Out To The Ballgame

Nov

2

  • Rowland ‘Bunny’ Berigan born (Hilbert, WN) American jazz trumpeter, bandleader (Hal Kemp, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, own band). Died 1942

4

  • Anton Webern’s Passacaglia premiered in Vienna

7

  • Max Reger’s Six Recital Pieces for violin and piano op.103 premiered in Prague

8

  • Alban Berg’s Variations on an Original Theme premiered in Vienna

14

  • Oscar Straus’s operetta Der tapfere Soldat premiered in Vienna

17

  • Camille Saint-Saëns provides the score for Charles Le Bargy’s film L’Assassinat du Duc de Guise (The Assassination of the Duke of Guise)

18

  • Hubert Parry’s Eton Memorial Ode premiered in Eton

19

  • Jean-Yves Daniel-Lesur born (Paris) Composer, organist. Died 2002
  • Frederic ‘Keg’ Johnson born (Dallas, TX) American jazz trombonist (Louis Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson, Benny Carter, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles). Brother of Budd Johnson (1910-84). Died 1967

20

  • Albert Dietrich (79) dies

25

  • Otakar Ostrcil’s opera Kunálovy oci premiered in Prague

28

  • Riccardo Zandonai’s Il grillo del focolare premiered in Turin

 

Scene from Charles Le Bargy and André Calmettes’ film L’Assassinat du Duc de Guise

Dec

1

  • Aleksandr Scriabin’s Piano Sonata No. 5 premiered in Moscow

3

  • Edward Elgar’s Symphony no.1 op.55 premiered in Manchester

10

  • Olivier Messiaen born (Avignon, France) French composer. Died 1992
  • Scriabin’s symphonic poem The Poem of Ecstasy premiered in New York

11

  • Elliott Carter born (New York, NY) American composer
  • Frederick Delius’s In a Summer Garden for orchestra premiered in London

13

  • Victor Babin born (Moscow) Russo-American pianist, composer. Worked as part of a duo with his wife Vitya Vronsky (1909-92). Died 1992

18

  • Claude Debussy’s suite Children’s Corner premiered in Paris

19

  • Bill Carlisle born (Wakefield, KY) American country singer, songwriter, comedian, guitarist. Brother of Cliff Carlisle (1904-83). Died 2003

20

  • Aleksandr Glazunov’s Introduction and Dance of Salomé op.90 premiered in St Petersburg

21

  • Arnold Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 2 premiered in Vienna

23

  • Leo Fall’s operetta Die geschiedene Frau premiered in Vienna. Lib. Victor Léon

24

  • Cladys ‘Jabbo’ Smith born (Pembroke, GA) American jazz trumpeter, bandleader (Charlie Johnson, Jabbo Smith’s Rhythm Aces; Claude Hopkins, Jabbo Smith Orchestra). Died 1991
  • François-Auguste Gevaert (80) dies

31

  • John Kirby born (Baltimore, MS) American jazz bassist, tubist, bandleader (Fletcher Henderson, Chick Webb, John Kirby Sextet). Died 1952
  • Sergei Prokofiev makes his public debut in St Petersburg

Date unknown

  • Hugo Alfvén’s Festspel premiered at the opening of the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm
  • Lucy Broadwood’s English Traditional Carols and Songs published
  • Max Fiedler appointed director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a post he holds until 1912
  • W. C. Handy and Harry Pace found publishing firm the Pace & Handy Music Company
  • Arturo Toscanini appointed principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, New York, a post he holds until 1915
  • Felix Weingartner appointed principal conductor of the Vienna Hofoper succeeding Gustav Mahler (until 1911) and of the Vienna Philharmonic (until 1927)

songs published

  • Black And White Rag (George Botsford); Shine On Harvest Moon (Jack Norworth, Nora Bayes); Take Me Out to the Ball Game (Jack Norworth, Albert Von Tilzer)

 

Sheet music for Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth’s Shine On Harvest Moon

1909

<19081910>

Jan

1

  • The insurance firm of (Charles) Ives and Myrick is formed

2

  • Béla Bartók makes his only appearance as conductor directing a movement of his Second Suite with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

3

  • Victor Borge born (Copenhagen) Danish pianist, conductor, comedian. Died 2000

9

  • Maurice Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit premiered in Paris

11

  • Talmadge ‘Tab’ Smith born (St Louis, MO) American jazz and r&b alto-saxophonist (Lucky Millinder, Count Basie, own bands). Died 1971

13

  • Ed Burke born (Fulton, OH) American jazz trombonist, violinist (Erskine Tate, Earl Hines, Duke Ellington, Coleman Hawkins and others). Died 1988
  • Quentin Jackson born (Springfield, OH) American jazz trombonist (McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and others). Died 1976
  • Henry Février’s opera Monna Vanna, lib. Maurice Maeterlinck, premiered in Paris

15

  • Gene Krupa born (Chicago, IL) American jazz bandleader, drummer, composer (Mound City Blue Blowers, Red Nichols, Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa Orchestra). Died 1973
  • Ernest Reyer (85) dies

23

  • Giacomo Puccini’s maid Doria Manfredi commits suicide by poisoning after being publicly accused by his wife, Elvira Bonturi, of having an affair with the composer. The autopsy revealed her to be a virgin, and Bonturi only escaped prison when Puccini offered Manfredi’s family a large sum in compensation.
  • Jean Sibelius’s Öinen ratsastus ja auringonnousu [Night Ride and Sunrise] for orchestra premiered in St Petersburg
  • James T. Tanner, Adrian Ross, Percy Greenbank, Ivan Caryll & Lionel Monckton’s musical Our Miss Gibbs opens in London (636 performances)
  • Scott Joplin records piano rolls for Master, including Wall Street Rag

25

  • Richard Strauss’s opera Elektra premiered in Dresden, lib. H. von Hofmannsthal

30

  • Igor Stravinsky’s Pogrebal′naya pesn′ [Funeral Song] for orchestra premiered in St Petersburg
  • Géza Zichy’s opera Rákóczi Ferenz premiered in Budapest

unk

  • Josef Suk’s A Summer’s Tale op.29 premiered in Prague

 

Richard Strauss – Elektra (Decca)

Feb

2

  • Jules Massenet’s incidental music for J. Dortzal’s play Perce-Neige et les sept gnomes premiered in Paris

3

  • Franco Alfano’s opera Il principe Zilah premiered in Genoa

4

  • Artie Bernstein born (Brooklyn, NY) American jazz bassist (Red Norvo, Benny Goodman, Dorsey Brothers). Died 1964

5

  • Grazyna Bacewicz born (Łódź, Poland) Polish composer, violinist. Died 1969

6

  • Igor Stravinsky’s Fantasticheskoye skertso (Scherzo fantastique) for orchestra premiered in St Petersburg

8

  • Mieczyslaw Karlowicz (32) dies in an avalanche whilst skiing in the Tatra mountains, Poland

9

  • Harald Genzmer born (Bremen) German composer, teacher. Died 2007
  • Carmen Miranda born (Marco de Canaveses, Portugal) Brazilian popular singer, actress. Died 1955
  • Isaac Albéniz’s Iberia Suite Book 4 premiered in Paris

11

  • Carl Nielsen’s Cantata In Celebration of the Year 1659 premiered in Copenhagen

19

  • Agnes “Sis” Cunningham born (Watonga, OK) American folk singer, musician, activist, co-founder of Broadside Magazine (Almanac Singers). Wife of Gordon Friesen (1909-96). Died 2004
  • Arnold Schoenberg completes his piano piece op.11 no.1, the first composition to dispense completely with traditional tonality

22

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ In the Fen Country premiered in London

27

  • Edgar Tinel’s opera Katharina premiered in Brussels

 

Mieczyslaw Karlowicz 1876-1909

Mar

1

  • Béla Bartók’s Suite no.1 for orchestra premiered in Budapest (complete work)

3

  • Gordon Friesen born (Weatherford, OK) American folk singer, publisher, co-founder of Broadside Magazine (Almanac Singers). Husband of Sis Cunningham (1909-2004). Died 1996

7

  • André Caplet’s Harp concerto The Masque of the Red Death premiered in Paris

9

  • Herschel Evans born (Denton, TX) American jazz tenor-saxophonist (Troy Floyd, Benny Moten, Lionel Hampton, Count Basie). Died 1939
  • Max Reger’s Sinfonischer Prolog zu einer Tragodie op.108 premiered in Cologne

13

  • Saunders King born (Staple, LA) American blues and R&B guitarist, singer. Died 2000

17

  • Italo Montemezzi’s opera Hellera premiered in Turin

25

  • Ruperto Chapí (57) dies
  • Walter Braunfels’s opera Prinzessin Brambilla premiered in Stuttgart

26

  • Louis Chauvin (27) dies of neurosyphilitic sclerosis
  • Gustav Holst’s Four Old English Carols op.20 premiered in Blackburn

27

  • Ben Webster born (Kansas City, MO) American jazz tenor-saxophonist, pianist, bandleader (Bennie Moten, Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington and others). Died 1973
  • Manuel de Falla’s Cuatro piezas españolas premiered in Paris

29

  • Aubrey ‘Moon’ Mullican born (Corrigan, TX) American country singer, songwriter, pianist. Died 1967

30

  • Gabriel Fauré’s Impromptu no.5 op.102 & Barcarolle no.9 op.101 premiered in Paris

 

Italo Montemezzi 1875-1952

Apr

3

  • Charles Tournemire’s Symphony No.2 premiered in Paris

4

  • Henry Kimball Hadley’s opera Safié premiered in Mainz

5

  • Asaf Zeynally born (Derbent, Dagestan, Russia) Azerbaijani composer, teacher. Died 1932

9

  • Ivan Dzerzhinsky born (Tambov, Russia) Russian composer, music administrator, politician. Died 1978
  • Claude Debussy’s Trois chansons de Charles d’Orléans premiered in Paris

10

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’s incidental music for E. Brieux’s play La foi premiered in Monte Carlo

14

  • Isabel Aretz born (Buenos Aires) Argentinian composer, writer, teacher, ethnomusicologist. Died 2005

19

  • Arnold Bax’s Into the Twighlight premiered in London

23

  • Mily Balakirev’s Symphony no.2 premiered in St Petersburg

27

  • Frank Bridge’s Phantasie Piano Trio , Piano Trio No.1 premiered in London

29

  • Mark Ambient, Alexander M. Thompson, Arthur Wimperis, Lionel Monckton & Howard Talbo’s musical The Arcadians opens in London (809 performances)

 

Henry Kimball Hadley 1871-1937

May

1

  • Jesse Price born (Memphis, TN) American jazz drummer (Count Basie, Harlan Leonard, Louis Armstrong, Stan Kenton and others). Died 1974
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s symphonic poem Isle of the Dead premiered in Moscow

3

  • J Rosamond Johnson, C. Hunter and Bob Cole’s musical The Red Moon premiered in New York

5

  • Jules Massenet’s opera Bacchus premiered in Paris, lib. C. Mendès

10

  • Maybelle Carter born (Nickelsville, VA) American country guitarist, autoharpist, banjoist, singer (Carter Family). Cousin of Sara Carter (1899-1979), mother of June Carter (1929-2003). Died 1978

11

  • Herbert Murrill born (London) English composer, organist, teacher, head of music at the BBC 1950-52. Died 1952

12

  • Leopold Stokowski makes his conducting debut in Paris

13

  • Ken Darby born (Hebron, NE) American popular songwriter, arranger, conductor. Died 1992
  • Nadia Boulanger’s cantata Roussalka premiered in Paris

18

  • Isaac Albéniz (48) dies from Bright’s Disease
  • Carl Nielsen’s Cantata for the National Exhibition at Aarhus premiered in Aarhus

20

  • Ernest Hogan (44) dies

26

  • Charlie McCoy born (Jackson, MS) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Brother of Joe McCoy (1905-50). Died 1950

27

  • Isador Goodman born (Cape Town) South African-Australian composer, pianist, conductor, teacher. Died 1982

30

  • Benny Goodman born (Chicago, IL) American jazz bandleader, clarinetist, composer (Ben Pollack, own bands). Died 1986

31

  • Marie Auguste Durand (78) dies

unk

  • Henry Kimball Hadley’s rhapsody The Culprit Fay op.62 premiered in Grand Rapids, MI

releases

  • Ada Jones & Billy Murray – Shine On Harvest Moon (Edison)

 

Leopold Stokowski 1882-1977

Jun

1

  • Giuseppe Martucci (53) dies

2

  • Robin Orr born (Brechin) Scottish composer, teacher. Died 2006

5

  • Alfred Uhl born (Vienna) Austrian composer, teacher. Died 1992

7

  • Frederick Delius’s A Mass of Life for choir and orchestra premiered in London, text F. Nietzsche

9

  • Max Reger’s Sonata for clarinet and piano no.3 op.107 premiered in Darmstadt

10

  • Erwin Dressel born (Berlin) German composer, pianist, arranger. Died 1972

12

  • Archie Bleyer born (new York, NY) American popular bandleader, arranger, founder of Cadence Records. Died 1989

14

  • Burl Ives born (Hunt, IL) American folk singer, actor, writer. Died 1995
  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1909 opens on Broadway (64 performances)

16

  • Willi Boskovsky (born Vienna) Austrian violinist, conductor. Died 1991

18

  • Ivory “Deek” Watson born (Mounds, IL) American popular singer, guitarist, trumpeter (Ink Spots). Died 1969

30

  • Paul Constantinescu born (Ploesti, Romania) Romanian composer. Died 1963

 

Nora Bayes 1880-1928, one of the stars of the 1909 Ziegfeld Follies

Jul

1

  • The United States Copywright Law comes into effect

13

  • Edward Elgar’s Elegy op.55 for strings premiered in London

15

  • Granville Bantock’s incidental music for Sophocles’s play Electra premiered in London

16

  • Teddy Bunn born (Freeport, NY) American jazz and R&B guitarist (Duke Ellington, Washboard Rhythm Kings, Spirits of Rhythm and others). Died 1978

23

  • Zygmunt Noskowski (63) dies

Aug

10

  • Leo Fender born (Fullerton, CA) American guitar designer and builder, founder of the Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company (1946). Died 1991
  • Claude Thornhill born (Terra Haute, IN) American popular and jazz bandleader, pianist, composer, arranger (Paul Whiteman, Benny Goodman, Ray Noble, Claude Thornhill Orchestra). Died 1965

11

  • Yuji Koseki born (Fukushima, Japan) Japanese composer. Died 1989

14

  • Hezekiah ‘Stuff’ Smith born (Portsmouth, OH) American jazz violinist, singer, bandleader (Coleman Hawkins, own bands). Died 1967

17

  • Larry Clinton born (Brooklyn, NY) American popular bandleader, trumpeter. Died 1985

22

  • Vitya Vronsky born (Yevpatoria, Ukraine) Russian-American classical pianist. Worked as part of a duo with her husband Victor Babin (1908-72). Died 1992

27

  • Lester Young born (Woodville, MS) American jazz tenor saxophonist, bandleader (Fletcher Henderson, Count Basie, own bands). Died 1959

Sep

6

  • Karl Michael Ziehrer’s operetta Die Gaukler premiered in Vienna

8

  • Frederick Delius’s A Dance Rhapsody no.1 for orchestra premiered in Hereford

9

  • Edward Elgar’s Go, song of mine op.57 for choir premiered in Hereford

11

  • Camille Erlanger’s opera Bacchus triomphant premiered in Bordeaux

15

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ cantata Willow-wood premiered in Liverpool

23

  • Lorenc Antoni born (Skopje, Albania) Albanian composer, ethnomusicologist, teacher, conductor. Died 1991

24

  • Carl Sigman born (Brooklyn, NY) American popular songwriter. Died 2000

25

  • Arnold Bax’s Fatherland premiered in Liverpool
  • A.M. Willner, Fritz Grünbaum, Basil Hood, Leo Fall & Adrian Ross’ musical The Dollar Princess opens in London, an adaptation of Leo Fall’s operetta Die Dollarprinzessin (see 2/11/1907) (428 performances)

27

  • Jean Berger born (Hamm, Germany) German-American pianist, composer, teacher. Died 2002

30

  • Max Reger’s String Quartet no.4 op.109 premiered in Frankfurt

 

Scene from the Willner, Grünbaum, Hood, Fall and Ross musical The Dollar Princess

Oct

7

  • Franz Léhar’s operetta Das Fürstenkind premiered in Vienna, lib. V. Léon
  • Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Zolotoy petushok [The Golden Cockerel] premiered in Moscow, lib. V.N. Bel′sky

13

  • Art Tatum born (Toledo, OH) American jazz pianist, arranger. Died 1956

15

  • Joaquín Turina’s Romantic Sonata on a Spanish theme op.3 premiered in Paris

16

  • Ferruccio Busoni’s Fantasia after J.S. Bach premiered in London

17

  • Cozy Cole born (East Orange, NJ) American jazz drummer (Jelly Roll Morton, Blanche Calloway, Benny Carter, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong and many others). Died 1981

18

  • Otto Ackermann born (Bucharest) Romanian conductor. Died 1960

22

  • Käte van Tricht born (Berlin) German organist, pianist, harpsichordist, teacher. Organist at Bremen cathedral 1933-74. Died 1996

23

  • Oscar Straus’s operetta Didi premiered in Vienna

27

  • Henry Townsend born (Shelby, MS) American blues singer, guitarist, pianist. Died 2006

30

  • Sebastian Peschko born (Berlin) German classical pianist. Died 1987

unk

  • Leopold Stokowski appointed principal conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

 

Ferruccio Busoni 1866-1924

Nov

6

  • Eugen d’Albert’s opera Izeÿl premiered in Hamburg

8

  • Charles Bordes (46) dies

10

  • Johnny Marks born (Mount Vernon, NY) American popular songwriter. Died 1985

11

  • Joseph Holbrooke’s opera Pierrot and Pierrette premiered in London

12

  • Franz Léhar’s operetta Der Graf von Luxemburg premiered in Vienna, lib. A.M. Willner and R. Bodanzky

14

  • Carl Nielsen’s incidental music for J. Aakjaer’s play Ulvens søn [The Wolf’s Son] premiered in Århus

15

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ song cycle On Wenlock Edge premiered in London

18

  • Johnny Mercer born (Savannah, GA) American popular songwriter, singer. Died 1976

22

  • Béla Bartók’s Suite no.2 for orchestra premiered in Budapest (complete work)

25

  • O’Neill Spencer born (?, OH) American jazz drummer (Mills Blue Rhythm Band, John Kirby). Died 1944

26

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Wasps premiered in Cambridge

28

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 premiered in New York

29

  • Lloyd Glenn born (San Antonio, TX) American R&B bandleader, pianist, arranger. Died 1985

30

  • Robert Nighthawk aka Robert Lee McCollum born (Helena, AR) American blues singer, guitarist, harmonica player. Died 1967

unk

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff sets out on his first American tour

 

First page of the score of Vaughan Williams’ Wasps Overture

Dec

1

  • Ebenezer Prout (74) dies

4

  • Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s opera Il segreto di Susanna premiered in Munich, lib. E. Golisciani
  • Carl Nielsen’s cantata In Memoriam P.S. Krøyer premiered in Copenhagen

7

  • Teddy Hill born (Birmingham, AL) American jazz bandleader, multi-instrumentalist, club manager (Luis Russell, own bands). Died 1978

8

  • Déodat de Séverac’s opera Le Coeur du moulin premiered in Paris

10

  • Erkki Melartin’s opera Aino premeired in Helsinki

15

  • Francisco Tárrega (57) dies, probably due to a stroke
  • Edward German’s operetta Fallen Fairies or The Wicked World premiered in London, lib. W.S. Gilbert (50 performances)

20

  • Vagn Holmboe born (Horsens, Denmark) Danish composer, teacher. Died 1996

21

  • Karel Halíř (50) dies

23

  • Oscar Straus’s operetta Das Tal der Liebe premiered in Vienna

releases

  • Fisk University Jubilee Quartet – Old Black Joe (Victor) recorded 9/12/09

Date unknown

  • Solomon Linda born (Pomeroy, South Africa) South African musician, singer, composer. Died 1962
  • Frank Bridge’s String Quartet No.1 premiered in London
  • W. C. Handy’s group invited to be the campaign band for Memphis mayoral candidate Edward H Crump. Campaign song Mr Crump, with changed words, becomes Memphis Blues
  • Cecil Sharp, George Butterworth & Maud Karpeles’s The Country Dance Book published in London in six parts (through to 1922)

songs published

  • By The Light Of The Silvery Moon (Edward Madden, Gus Edwards); Casey Jones (T. Lawrence Seibert, Eddie Newton); I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now (Will M. Hough, Frank R. Adams, Joseph E. Howard, Harold Orlob); The Whiffenpoof Song (Meade Minnigerode, George S. Pomeroy, Tod B. Galloway

1910

<19091911>

Jan

6

  • Jean Sibelius’ String quartet “Voces intimae” op.56 premiered in Berlin

8

  • Franz Léhar’s operetta Zigeunerliebe premiered in Vienna, lib. A.M. Willner and R. Bodanzky

13

  • The first radio broadcast of an opera is made from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York

14

  • Arnold Schoenberg’s Drei Klavierstücke & Das Buch der hängenden Gärten op.15 premiered in Vienna

15

  • Edward Elgar’s song The King’s Way (C.A. Elgar) premiered in London
  • Ruggero Leoncavallo’s opera Maià premiered in Rome, lib. A. Nessi

17

  • Sid Catlett born (Evansville, IN) American jazz drummer (Benny Carter, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Teddy Wilson). Died 1951

19

  • Ruggero Leoncavallo’s opera Malbruk premiered in Rome, lib. A. Nessi

22

  • Edward Elgar’s They are at rest for choir premiered in Windsor
  • Igor Stravinsky’s Feyerverk (Feu d’artifice [Fireworks]) for orchestra premiered in St Petersburg

23

  • Jean ‘Django’ Reinhardt born (Pont-à-Celles, Belgium) Franco-Roma jazz guitarist (Quintette de Hot Club du France). Died 1953

24

  • Ferruccio Busoni’s Sonatina in diem nativitatis Christi MCMXVII for piano premiered in Zurich

Feb

3

  • Blas Galindo born (San Gabriel, Mexico) Mexican composer, teacher. Died 1993

4

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Endymion’s Dream for soprano, tenor, 4 voices and orchestra premiered in Brighton, lib. C.R.B. Barrett

8

  • Anton Webern’s Five Movements for string quartet op.5 premiered in Vienna

16

  • Albert Heinrich Zabel (75) dies

19

  • Jules Massenet’s opera Don Quichotte premiered in Monte Carlo, lib. H. Cain
  • Frederick Lonsdale, Frank Curzon, Paul Rubens & Arthur Wimperis’ musical The Balkan Princess opens in London (176 performances)

24

  • Clyde Hart born (Baltimore, MD) American jazz pianist, arranger (Blanche Calloway, Andy Kirk, Stuff Smith, John Kirby, Stuff Smith and others). Died 1945

26

  • Max Reger’s String Quartet op.54 premiered in Trieste

unk

  • Claude Debussy’s Préludes Book 1 completed

 

Anton Webern 1883-1945

Mar

6

  • Sergei Prokofiev makes his debut public appearance in Moscow playing his Piano Sonata no.1 op.1 & Four Studies for piano op.2

9

  • Samuel Barber born (West Chester, PA) American composer. Died 1981

10

  • Carl Reinecke (85) dies

11

  • Billy Murray and the American Quartet record a session for Victor. Tracks cut include Casey Jones

12

  • Bela Bartók’s Two Romanian Dances op.8 premiered in Paris

16

  • James ‘Yank’ Rachell born (Brownsville, TN) American blues mandolin player, singer, guitarist. Died 1997

17

  • Joaquín Valverde Durán (64) dies
  • Umberto Giordano’s opera Mese Mariano premiered in Palermo
  • Zoltán Kodály’s Zongoramuzsika (9 pieces for piano) & Sonata for cello and piano premiered in Budapest

19

  • Béla Bartók’s String Quartet no.1 premiered in Budapest

26

  • Aleksandr Glazunov’s Finnish Fantasy op.88 premiered in St. Petersburg

28

  • Édouard Colonne (71) dies

 

Umberto Giordano 1867-1948

Apr

6

  • Gustav Holst’s A Somerset Rhapsody for orchestra premiered in London
  • Jean Sibelius’s incidental music for M. Lybeck’s play Ödlan [The Lizard] premiered in Helsinki

13

  • Wilhelm Peterson-Berger’s opera Arnljot premiered in Stockholm

14

  • Werner Wolf Glaser born (Cologne) German-Swedish composer, conductor, pianist. Died 2006

20

  • Gabriel Fauré’s song cycle La Chanson d’Eve op.95 premiered in Paris
  • Maurice Ravel’s Ma Mère l’Oye for two pianos premiered in Paris

26

  • Erland von Koch born (Stockholm) Swedish composer, teacher, choirmaster. Died 2009

30

  • Levi Celerio born (Manila) Filipino popular songwriter, singer, leaf player. Died 2002
  • Homesick James aka James A. Williamson born (Somerville, TN) American blues singer, guitarist (Elmore James). Died 2006

 

Gustav Holst 1874-1934

May

4

  • Bernhard Cossmann (87) dies
  • Manuel de Falla’s Trois Mélodies premiered in Paris
  • Claude Terrasse’s opera Le mariage de Télémaque premiered in Paris

8

  • Mary Lou Williams (Scruggs) born (Atlanta, GA) American jazz pianist, composer, arranger, bandleader (Andy Kirk, Duke Ellington, own groups). Died 1981
  • Max Reger’s Die Nonnen op.112 premiered in Dortmund

12

  • Gordon Jenkins born (Webster Groves, MO) American popular arranger, songwriter, pianist, conductor. Died 1984

17

  • Gabriel Fauré’s Preludes nos.1-3, op.103 premiered in Paris

18

  • Pauline García-Viardot (88) dies
  • Flor van Duyse (66) dies

23

  • Benjamin ‘Scatman’ Crothers born (Terre Haute, IN) American singer, pianist, actor, dancer, voice artist. Died 1986
  • Artie Shaw aka Arthur Jacob Arshawsky born (New York, NY) American jazz clarinetist, bandleader, composer, writer (Austin Wylie, Irving Aaronson, own bands). Died 2004

28

  • Aaron Thibeault ‘T-Bone’ Walker born (Linden, TX) American blues and R&B guitarist, singer, songwriter. Died 1975

29

  • Mily Balakirev (73) dies of pleurisy
  • Zoltán Kodály’s String Quartet no.1 premiered in Zürich

30

  • Gabriel Pierné’s opera On ne badine pas avec l’amour premiered in Paris

Jun

2

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s The Bamboula, rhapsodic dance for orchestra premiered in Norfolk, CT

4

  • Leo Fall and Adrian Ross’s musical The Girl in the Train opens in London (340 performances), an adaptation of Leo Fall’s operetta Die geschiedene Frau (see 23/12/1908)
  • Carl Nielsen’s incidental music for A. Oehlenschläeger’s play Hagbarth og Signe premiered in Copenhagen

6

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ La muse et le poète op.132 premiered in London

10

  • Howlin’ Wolf aka Chester Burnett born (White Station, MS) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1976

15

  • David Rose born (London) Anglo-American bandleader, composer, arranger, pianist, conductor. Died 1990

17

  • Clyde ‘Red’ Foley born (Blue Lick, KY) American country singer, songwriter, guitarist, radio host, actor. Died 1968
  • Herbert Owen Reed born (Odessa, MO) American composer, teacher, theorist.

18

  • Ray McKinley born (Fort Worth, TX) American jazz bandleader, singer, drummer (Smith Ballew, Dorsey Brothers, Jimmy Dorsey, Will Bradley, own bands, Glenn Miller Orchestra). Died 1995
  • Oskar Sala born (Berlin) German composer, electronic music pioneer, trautonium player and developer, physicist. Died 2002

25

  • Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Zhar′-ptitsa (L’oiseau de feu) [The Firebird] premiered in Paris

29

  • Frank Loesser born (New York, NY) American popular songwriter. Died 1969

Jul

2

  • Earl Robinson born (Seattle, WA) American folk songwriter, singer, film composer, activist. Died 1991

4

  • Champion Jack Dupree born (New Orleans, LA) American blues pianist, singer, songwriter, boxer. Died 1992
  • Louis-Albert Bourgault-Ducoudray (70) dies

10

  • Rafael Cepeda born (San Juan, Puerto Rico) Puerto Rican folk composer, bandleader. Died 1996

15

  • Washboard Sam aka Robert Brown born (Walnut Ridge, AR) American blues singer, songwriter, washboard player. Half-brother of Big Bill Broonzy (1893-1958). Died 1966

22

  • Leo Ascher’s operetta Vindobona, du herrliche Stadt premiered in Vienna

releases

  • Sophie Tucker – That Lovin’ Rag (Edison)

 

Sophie Tucker 1884-1966

Aug

1

  • Walter Scharf born (New York, NY) American film composer. Died 2003

2

  • Déodat de Séverac’s opera Héliogabale premiered in Béziers

4

  • William Schuman born (New York, NY) American composer, teacher, administrator. Died 1992

7

  • Freddie Slack born (Westby, WI) American jazz bandleader, pianist (Ben Pollack, Jimmy Dorsey, Will Bradley, own bands). Died 1965

12

  • Heinrich Sutermeister born (Deuerthalen, Switzerland) Swiss opera composer. Died 1995

14

  • Pierre Schaeffer born (Nancy, France) French composer, radio engineer, teacher, musicologist, coiner of the term ‘musique concrète’. Died 1995

17

  • Erkki Aaltonen born (Hämeenlinna, Finland) Finnish composer, violinist, teacher. Died 1990

18

  • Herman Berlinski born (Leipzig) German-American composer, keyboard player, musicologist, choir conductor. Died 2001

29

  • Tom Anderson born (Eshaness, Shetland) Scottish folk fiddler, teacher, composer. Died 1991

30

  • Arnold Bax’s In the Faery Hills premiered in London

31

  • Lauderic Caton born (Cedros, Trinidad & Tobago) Trinidadian jazz guitarist (Dick Katz, Ray Ellington, Ray Nance). Died 1999
  • Emils Darzinš (34) dies under the wheels of a train, probably suicide

 

Emils Darzinš 1875-1910

Sep

1

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on English Folk Songs premiered in London

3

  • Emil von Reznicek’s opera Der Artzt wider Willen premiered in Berlin

4

  • Remo Giazotto born (Rome) Italian musicologist, critic, writer, composer. Author of biographies of Albinoni, Vivaldi and Viotti. Died 1998

5

  • Franz Xaver Haberl (70) dies

6

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis premiered in Gloucester

12

  • Shep Fields born (New York, NY) American popular bandleader, clarinettist, tenor saxophonist. Died 1981
  • Gustav Mahler’s Symphony no.8 premiered in Munich

14

  • Rolf Liebermann born (Zurich) Swiss composer, opera director. Died 1999

15

  • August Enna’s opera Princessen på aerten premiered in Århus

23

  • Soulima Stravinsky born (Lausanne, Switzerland) Swiss-American pianist, composer. Son of Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971). Died 1994

24

  • Rudolf Dellinger (53) dies

30

  • Ferruccio Busoni’s Sonatina no.1 & Fantasia Contrappuntistica premiered in Basel

Oct

2

  • Alexander von Zemlinsky’s opera Kleider machen Leute premiered in Vienna

5

  • Karl Michael Ziehrer’s operetta Herr und Frau Biedermeyer premiered in Vienna

8

  • Jean Sibelius’s Dryaden [The Dryad] & In memoriam for orchestra premiered in Oslo

11

  • Francesco Balilla Pratella’s Manifesto of Futurist Musicians completed (published in 1912)

12

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony premiered in Leeds

13

  • Otto Joachim born (Düsseldorf) German-Canadian composer, viola player, electronic music pioneer. Died 2010

16

  • William Reed born (London) English composer, pianist, writer, theatre director, teacher. Died 2002

19

  • John Mills Jr born (Piqua, OH) American popular bass singer, guitarist (Mills Brothers). Son of John H Mills (1882-1967), brother of Herbert (1912-89), Harry (1913-82) and Donald (1915-99) Mills. Died 1936

20

  • Charlie Fuqua born (Indianapolis, IA) American popular singer, guitarist (Ink Spots). Died 1971

24

  • José María Usandizaga’s opera Mendi Mendian premiered in Bilbao

Nov

3

  • Leo Ascher’s operetta Der fromme Silvanus premiered in Vienna

5

  • Igor Stravinsky’s Suite from ‘The Firebird’ for orchestra premiered in St Petersburg (first version)
  • James T. Tanner, Adrian Ross, Percy Greenbank & Lionel Monckton’s musical The Quaker Girl opened in London (536 performances)

7

  • Victor Herbert’s musical Naughty Marietta opens on Broadway (136 performances)

10

  • Edward Elgar’s Violin Concerto op.61 premiered in London

20

  • Ottorino Respighi’s opera Semirama premiered in Bologna, lib. A. Cerè

25

  • Willie Smith born (Charleston, SC) American jazz alto-saxophonist (Jimmie Lunceford, Harry James, Duke Ellington, Billy May). Died 1967

26

  • Gialdino Gialdini’s opera La bufera premiered in Pola

30

  • Ernest Bloch’s opera Macbeth premiered in Paris, lib. E. Fleg

unk

  • Frank Bridge’s Three Sketches premiered in London
  • Wilhelm Furtwängler’s Te Deum premiered in Wroclaw
  • John Lomax’s Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads published

 

Scene from the 1911 Broadway production of Victor Herbert’s musical The Quaker Girl

Dec

4

  • Alex North aka Isadore Soifer born (Chester, PA) American film composer. Died 1991

5

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s symphonic poem Dreams op.6 premiered in St. Petersburg

7

  • Louis Prima born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz and popular singer, trumpeter, actor, bandleader. Died 1978
  • Edmundo Ros born (Port of Spain, Trinidad) Trinidadian popular and Latin bandleader, singer, percussionist, nightclub owner. Died 2011

8

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s The Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom premiered in Moscow
  • Edward Elgar’s Angelus op.56 for choir premiered in London

10

  • Giacomo Puccini’s opera La fanciulla del West premiered in New York, lib. G. Civinini and C. Zangarini

11

  • Noel Rosa born (Rio de Janeiro) Brazilian samba songwriter, singer, guitarist, banjo player. Died 1937

14

  • Albert ‘Budd’ Johnson born (Dallas, TX) American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, composer (Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines, Coleman Hawkins and others). Died 1984

15

  • John H. Hammond born (New York, NY) American record producer, talent scout, writer. Father of John Hammond Jr (b.1942). Died 1987
  • Edgard Varèse’s Bourgogne for orchestra premiered in Berlin (destroyed by composer)

17

  • Sy Oliver born (Battle Creek, MI) American jazz bandleader, trumpeter, arranger, composer, singer (Jimmie Lunceford, Tommy Dorsey, own bands). Died 1988

23

  • Oscar Straus’s operetta Mein junger Herr premiered in Vienna

28

  • Billy Williams born (Waco, TX) American Gospel & R&B singer, bandleader (Charioteers, Billy Williams Quartet). Died 1972
  • Frédéric Alfred d’Erlanger’s opera Noël premiered in Paris
  • Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera Königskinder premiered in New York, lib. E. Rosmer (second and final version)
  • Claude Terrasse’s ballet Les lucioles premiered in Paris

30

  • Paul Bowles born (New York, NY) American composer, author, translator. Husband of writer and playwright Jane Bowles (1917-73). Died 1999
  • Georges Hüe’s opera Le Miracle premiered in Paris

Date unknown

  • James Reese Europe founds the Clef Club in New York, a black musicians’ union
  • John Lomax’s Cowboy Songs and Frontier Ballads published in New York

songs published

  • Come Josephine In My Flying Machine (Fred Fisher, Alfred Bryan)

1911

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Jan

7

  • Karl Michael Ziehrer’s operetta In 50 Jahren premiered in Vienna

8

  • Florent Schmitt’s symphonic poem La tragedie de Salomé premiered in Paris

16

  • Wilhelm Berger (49) dies from complications following a stomach operation
  • Claude Debussy’s Rhapsody no.1 for clarinet and orchestra premiered in Paris

18

  • Gábor Darvas born (Szatmárnémeti, Hungary) Hungarian composer, musicologist. Died 1985

22

  • Roberto García Morillo born (Buenos Aires) Argentinian composer, critic, musicologist, teacher. Died 2003

26

  • Richard Strauss’ opera Der Rosenkavalier premiered in Dresden, lib. H. von Hofmannsthal

28

  • Albert Roussel’s Suite in f# minor op.14 premiered in Paris

30

  • Roy Eldridge born (Pittsburgh, PA) American jazz trumpeter, bandleader (Own bands, Gene Krupa, Artie Shaw, Coleman Hawkins). Died 1989
  • Claude Terrasse’s opera Pantagruel premiered in Paris

 

Richard Strauss 1864-1949

Feb

3

  • Jehan Alain born (Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France) French composer, organist. Brother of Olivier Alain (1918-94) and Marie-Claire Alain (b.1926). Died 1940

4

  • Hal Mooney born (Brooklyn, NY) American jazz and popular arranger, conductor, pianist, orchestra leader (Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Nina Simone and others). Died 1995

5

  • Jussi Björling born (Borlänge, Sweden) Swedish tenor singer. Died 1960
  • Claude Debussy’s Trois ballades de Villon premiered in Paris

12

  • Béla Bartók’s Román tánc [Romanian Dance] for orchestra premiered in Budapest

16

  • Edward Elgar’s Romance op.62 for bassoon and orchestra premiered in Hereford

20

  • Alexander Kopylov (56) dies

21

  • Gustav Mahler makes his final conducting appearance, at Carnegie Hall

25

  • Victor Herbert’s opera Natoma premiered in Philadelphia, PA

27

  • Cesar Cui’s opera The Captain’s Daughter premiered in St Petersburg

Mar

7

  • Louis Cottrell Jr. born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz clarinetist, tenor saxophonist. (Chris Kelly, Don Albert, Paul Barbarin and many others). Son of Louis Cottrell Sr. (1878-1927). Died 1978

8

  • Alan Hovhaness aka Alan Vaness Chakmakjian born (Somerville, MA) American composer, multi-instrumentalist. Died 2000

11

  • Enrique Granados’ piano suite Goyescas Book 1 premiered in Barcelona
  • Albert Roussel’s La ménace op.9 premiered in Paris

12

  • Max Reger’s String Sextet op.118 premiered in Leipzig

14

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ opera Déjanire premiered in Monte-Carlo, lib. L. Gallet and Saint-Saëns

15

  • Aleksandr Scriabin’s symphonic poem Prometheus: The Poem of Fire premiered in Moscow

16

  • Gustav Holst’s Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda – 3rd group: Hymn to the Dawn, Hymn to the Waters, Hymn to Vena, Hymn of the Travellers for choir and orchestra premiered in Blackburn

17

  • Ottorino Respighi’s Aretusa premiered in Bologna

20

  • Jean-Théodore Radoux (75) dies

22

  • Gustav Holst’s Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda – 2nd group: To Varuna, To Agni, Funeral Chant for choir and orchestra premiered in London

23

  • Ethel Smyth’s song The March of the Women premiered in London’s Albert Hall at a fundraiser for the suffragist Women’s Social and Political Union

25

  • Paul Lincke’s operetta Grigri premiered in Cologne

29

  • Félix-Alexandre Guilmant (74) dies

31

  • Freddie Green born (Charleston, SC) American jazz guitarist (Count Basie). Died 1987

 

Ethel Smyth 1858-1944

Apr

3

  • Jean Sibelius’s Symphony no.4 premiered in Helsinki

6

  • Guillermo Portabales born (Rodas, Cuba) Cuban singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 1970

7

  • Karol Szymanowski’s Symphony No. 2 premiered in Warsaw

8

  • Ichiro Fujiyama born (Tokyo) Japanese popular songwriter, singer, conductor, actor. Died 1993

10

  • Martin Denny born (New York, NY) American composer of ‘exotica’, pianist. Died 2005
  • Victor Lombardo born (London, Ontario) Canadian popular saxophonist, bandleader (Royal Canadians). Brother of Guy (1902-77), Carmen (1913-71) and Lebert (1905-93) Lombardo. Died 1994
  • Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (35) dies of pneumonia
  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Four Pieces for piano op.3 premiered in St Petersburg

15

  • Wilma Neruda (73) dies

21

  • Leonard Warren born (New York) American baritone singer. Died 1960

24

  • Alban Berg’s Piano sonata & String Quartet premiered in Vienna
  • Anton Webern’s Four Pieces for violin and piano op.7 premiered in Vienna

25

  • Arnold Bax’s Piano Sonata no.1 premiered in London

unk

  • Jascha Heifetz, aged 10, performs before 25,000 people in St Petersburg at an outdoor concert

 

Alban Berg 1885-1935

May

1

  • Leo Ascher’s operetta Das Goldene Strumpfband premiered in Vienna

2

  • Gustav Holst’s Invocation for cello and orchestra premiered in London

3

  • John ‘Yank’ Lawson born (Trenton, MO) American jazz trumpeter, bandleader (Ben Pollack, Bob Crosby, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, own bands). Died 1995

6

  • James A. Bland (56) dies of tuberculosis

8

  • Robert Johnson born (Hazlehurst, MS) American blues guitarist, singer, songwriter. Died 1938

9

  • Maurice Ravel’s Valses Nobles et Sentimentales premiered in Paris

16

  • César Franck’s oratorio Rébecca premiered in Paris

18

  • Big Joe Turner born (Kansas City, MO) American blues and R&B singer, songwriter. Died 1985
  • Gustav Mahler (50) dies of heart disease
  • Bela Bartók’s Four Dirges and Three Burlesques for piano premiered in Budapest

19

  • Maurice Ravel’s opera L’Heure Espagnol premiered in Paris, lib. Franc-Nohain

20

  • Milt Gabler born (New York, NY) American record producer, founder of Commodore Records, head of A&R at Decca. Died 2001
  • Vet Boswell born (Birmingham, AL) American popular singer (Boswell Sisters). Sister of Martha (1905-58) and Connee (1907-76) Boswell. Died 1988
  • Basil Hood, Adrian Ross & Franz Lehár’s operetta The Count of Luxembourg opens in London (240 performances)

22

  • Claude Debussy’s incidental music for G. D’Annunzio’s mystery play Le martyre de St Sébastien premiered in Paris

24

  • Granville Bantock’s symphonic poem Dante and Beatrice premiered in Glasgow
  • Edward Elgar’s Symphony no.2 op.63 premiered in London

29

  • W. S. Gilbert (74) dies while trying to save a drowning woman

Jun

1

  • Claudio Brindis de Salas Garrido (58) dies of tuberculosis

2

  • Pietro Mascagni’s opera Isabeau premiered in Buenos Aires, lib. L. Illica

6

  • Henry Kimball Hadley’s Symphony No. 4 op.64 premiered in Norfolk, VA

7

  • Franz Reizenstein born (Nuremberg) Anglo-German composer, pianist. Died 1968

8

  • Bruno Bartolozzi born (Florence) Italian composer, violinist, music theorist. Died 1980

9

  • Frederick May born (Dublin) Irish composer, pianist, music director. Died 1985

13

  • Igor Stravinsky’s opera Petrushka (Pétrouchka) premiered in Paris, lib. A. Benois

14

  • Johan Severin Svendsen (70) dies

16

  • Frederick Delius’s Songs of Sunset for choir and orchestra premiered in London, text E. Dowson

20

  • George Butterworth’s song cycle A Shropshire Lad premiered in London

22

  • Edward Elgar’s O hearken Thou (Intende voci orationis meae) op.64 for choir, organ and orchestra & Coronation March op.65 for orchestra premiered in London at the coronation of George V
  • Edward German’s Coronation March and Hymn for orchestra premiered in London at the coronation of George V

23

  • Hubert Parry’s Te Deum for coronation of George V for chorus and orchestra premiered in London

24

  • Portia White born (Truro, Nova Scotia) Canadian contralto singer. Died 1968

29

  • Bernard Herrmann born (New York, NY) American film composer. Died 1975

 

George Butterworth 1885-1916

Jul

2

  • Felix Mottl (54) dies of a heart attack

4

  • Mitch Miller born (Rochester, NY) American popular singer, musician, bandleader, television show host, record producer, head of A&R at Columbia 1950-64. Died 2010

6

  • Laverne Andrews born (Minneapolis, MN) American popular contralto singer (Andrews Sisters). Sister of Maxene (1916-95) and Patty (b.1918) Andrews. Died 1967

7

  • Gian Carlo Menotti born (Cadegliano, Italy) Italian-American composer, librettist. Died 2007

9

  • Enrique Granados’s opera Liliana premiered in Barcelona, lib. A. Mestres

10

  • Charles ‘Cootie’ Williams born (Mobile, AL) American jazz trumpeter, bandleader (Fletcher Henderson, Chick Webb, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, own bands). Died 1985

16

  • Ginger Rogers aka Virginia McMath born (Independence, MO) American dancer, singer, actress. Died 1995

29

  • Ján Cikker born (Banská Bystrica, Slovakia) Slovak composer, teacher. Died 1989

releases

  • Sophie Tucker – Some Of These Days (Edison Amb.)

Aug

2

  • Bob Cole (43) commits suicide

14

  • Toots Mondello born (Boston, MA) American jazz alto-saxophonist (Mal Hallett, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong and others). Died 1992

15

  • Buster Brown born (Cordele, GA) American blues and R&B singer, harmonica player. Died 1976

22

  • Kate McTell aka Ruthy Kate Williams born (Savannah, GA) American blues singer, nurse. Wife of Blind Willie McTell (1901-59). Died 1991

Sep

1

  • Kômei Abe born (Hiroshima, Japan) Japanese composer, teacher, conductor, cellist, clarinetist. Died 2006

2

  • Floyd Council born (Chapel Hill, NC) American blues guitarist, singer. Died 1976

13

  • Bill Monroe born (Rosine, KY) American bluegrass singer, mandolin player, bandleader, songwriter. ‘Father of Bluegrass’ (Monroe Brothers, Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys). Brother of Charlie Monroe (1903-75). Died 1996

14

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs premiered in Worcester

19

  • Allan Pettersson born (Västra Ryd, Sweden) Swedish composer. Died 1980

22

  • J Rosamond Johnson and J. Leubrie Hill’s musical Hello, Paris premiered in New York

Oct

3

  • Paul Sarebresole (36) dies

6

  • Max Reger’s Eine Lustspielouvertüre op.120 premiered in Boston

7

  • Vaughn Monroe born (Akron, OH) American popular singer, trumpeter, bandleader, actor, broadcaster. Died 1973

10

  • Max Reger’s String Quartet no.5 op.121 premiered in Dresden

11

  • Jean Sibelius’s Scènes historiques I for orchestra premiered in Helsinki

12

  • Max Reger’s Die Weihe der Nacht op.119 premiered in Berlin

14

  • Riccardo Zandonai’s Conchita premiered in Milan

19

  • Piano Red aka William Lee Perryman, Dr Feelgood born (Hampton, GA) American blues and R&B pianist, disc jockey. Brother of Speckled Red (1892-1973). Died 1985

20

  • Oscar Straus’s operetta Die kleine Freundin premiered in Vienna

24

  • Sonny Terry born (Greensboro, GA) American blind blues harmonica player. Died 1986

26

  • Mahalia Jackson born (New Orleans, LA) American Gospel singer, civil rights activist. Died 1972

29

  • Nelson Cavaquinho born (Rio de Janeiro) Brazilian samba singer, composer. Died 1986

Nov

3

  • Vladimir Ussachevsky born (Hailar, China) Russo-American composer, electronic music pioneer, teacher. Died 1990

20

  • Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde premiered in Munich

23

  • Wilhelm Kienzl’s opera Der Kuhreigen premiered in Vienna

24

  • Erik Bergman born (Uusikaarlepyy, Finland) Finnish composer, teacher, conductor. Died 2006
  • Franz Léhar’s operetta Eva premiered in Vienna, lib. A.M. Willner and R. Bodanzky

28

  • Gustav Holst’s Hymns from the Rig-Veda op.24 premiered in London

 

Wilhelm Kienzl 1857-1941

Dec

3

  • Nino Rota born (Milan) Italian film composer. Died 1979

6

  • Gustav Holst’s Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda – 1st group: Battle Hymn, To the Unknown God, Funeral Hymn for choir and orchestra premiered in Newcastle

12

  • Stanley Bate born (Plymouth) English composer, pianist. Died 1959

14

  • Lindley ‘Spike’ Jones born (Long Beach, CA) American popular singer, bandleader, comedian. Died 1965

15

  • Stan Kenton born (Wichita, KS) American jazz bandleader, pianist, arranger. Died 1979
  • Albéric Magnard’s opera Bérénice premiered in Paris

16

  • John Barbirolli makes his public debut playing solo cello at a concert at the Queen’s Hall, London
  • Ivan Zajc’s opera Oče naš premiered in Zagreb

18

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Thirteen Preludes op.32 premiered in St Petersburg

21

  • Paul Burkhard born (Zürich) Swiss composer. Died 1977

22

  • Al Jolson makes his first recordings for Victor

23

  • Edmund Eysler’s operetta Der Frauenfresser premiered in Vienna
  • Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera Das Wunder premiered in London, lib. C. von Heisterbach and M. Maeterlinck
  • Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s opera I gioielli della Madonna premiered in Berlin, lib. E. Golisciani and C. Zangarini

25

  • Eric Gilder born (London) English composer, teacher, musicologist, conductor, pianist. Died 2000

29

  • Camille Erlanger’s opera L’Aube rouge premiered in Rouen

31

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Four Pieces for piano op.4 premiered in St Petersburg

Date unknown

  • Scott Joplin’s opera Treemonisha published (piano score only)
  • Cecil Sharp Founds the English Folk Dance Society
  • Cecil Sharp’s English Folk Carols published in London
  • Alexander von Zemlinsky appointed conductor at the Deutsches Landestheater in Prague, a post he holds until 1927

songs published

  • Alexander’s Ragtime Band (Irving Berlin); (On) Moonlight Bay (Edward Madden, Percy Wenrich); Oh, You Beautiful Doll (A. Seymour Brown, Nat D. Ayer); Roamin’ In The Gloamin’ (Harry Lauder)

releases

  • Billy Murray – Alexander’s Ragtime Band (Edison)

 

Sheet music for Irving Berlin’s “Alexander’s

1912

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Jan

5

  • Engelbert Humperdinck suffers a severe stroke

6

  • Hans Richter-Haaser born (Dresden) German pianist, composer. Died 1980

8

  • Arkady Filippenko born (Kiev) Ukrainian composer. Died 1983

13

  • Emil Ábrányi’s opera Paolo és Francesca premiered in Budapest

17

  • Bob Zurke born (Detroit, MI) American jazz pianist, arranger, composer (Bob Crosby). Died 1944

25

  • Otakar Ostrcil’s opera Poupe premiered in Prague

29

  • Maurice Ravel’s ballet Ma mère l’oye premiered in Paris

31

  • Jack Judge and Harry Williams’ It’s a Long Way to Tipperary first sung in Stalybridge

releases

  • Harry Lauder – Roamin’ In The Gloamin’ (Victor) recorded 18/10/11

 

Sheet music for Jack Judge and Harry Williams’ “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary”

Feb

2

  • Burton Lane born (New York, NY) American popular songwriter. Died 1997

4

  • Arnold Schoenberg’s Sechs Kleine Klavierstücke premiered in Berlin

5

  • Zoltán Pongrácz born (Diószeg, Hungary) Hungarian composer, teacher. Died 2007

6

  • Eugen d’Albert’s opera Die verschenkte Frau premiered in Vienna

7

  • Alfred Desenclos born (Le Portel, France) French composer. Died 1971
  • Sylvio Lazzari’s opera La Lépreuse premiered in Paris

11

  • Rudolf Firkusny born (Napajedla, Czech Rep) Czech-American classical pianist. Died 1994

12

  • Paul Bascomb born (Birmingham, AL) American jazz tenor-saxophonist (Erskine Hawkins, Count Basie) Brother of Dud Bascomb (1916-72). Died 1986

13

  • Arthur Rollini born (New York) American jazz tenor-saxophonist (Benny Goodman, Will Bradley and others) Brother of Adrian Rollini (1903-56). Died 1995

14

  • Aleksandr Glazunov’s Piano Concerto no.1 premiered in St. Petersburg

17

  • Jules Massenet’s opera Roma premiered in Monte Carlo, lib. H. Cain

19

  • Saul Chaplin (Kaplan) born (Brooklyn, NY) American film composer, film producer. Died 1997

22

  • Hans Huber’s opera Der Simplicius premiered in Basel
  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s Symphony no. 7 premiered in London

24

  • Leo Ascher’s operetta Hoheit tanzt Walzer premiered in Vienna
  • Alexander Glazunov’s Piano Concerto No. 1 op.92 premiered in St Petersburg
  • Isidore de Lara’s opera Les Trois masques premiered in Marseilles

25

  • Leos Janácek’s cantata Amarus premiered in Brno

28

  • Carl Nielsen’s Symphony no. 3 & Violin Concerto op.33 premiered in Copenhagen

 

Sylvio Lazzari 1857-1944

Mar

1

  • Walter Davis born (Grenada, MS) American blues singer, pianist. Died 1963
  • George Grossmith (64) dies

5

  • Alexander Borodin’s Piano Quintet premiered in St Petersburg
  • Aleksandr Scriabin’s Piano Sonata no.7 premiered in Moscow

11

  • Xavier Montsalvatge born (Girona, Spain) Catalan composer, critic, teacher. Died 2002
  • Edward Elgar’s masque The Crown of India premiered in London, lib. H. Hamilton

12

  • Louis Vierne’s Organ Symphony No. 3 op.28 premiered in Paris

13

  • Arnold Bax’s Enchanted Summer premiered in London

14

  • Les Brown born (Reinerton, PA) American popular bandleader, composer. Died 2001

15

  • Sam ‘Lightnin’ Hopkins born (Centerville, TX) American blues guitarist, singer, songwriter. Died 1982

16

  • Jean Sibelius’s Rakastava for strings premiered in Helsinki

19

  • Aleksandr Scriabin’s Piano Sonata no.6 premiered in Moscow

20

  • Géza Zichy’s opera Radostó premiered in Budapest

22

  • Kosaku Yamada’s Overture in D major completed, Japan’s first western-style orchestral work

23

  • Reinhold Glière’s Symphony No.3 Ilya Murometz premiered in Moscow
  • Leos Janácek’s cantata Cartak on the Solan premiered in Prostejov

25

  • Edgar Bainton’s Sunset at Sea, Op. 20 premiered in London. Text – Reginald Buckley

27

  • Arnold Bax’s Festival Overture premiered in London

29

  • Jean Sibelius’s Scènes historiques II for orchestra premiered in Helsinki
  • Karel Weis’s opera Utok na mlýn premiered in Prague

unk

  • Hart A. Wand publishes Dallas Blues, a jazz standard and the first published blues song

releases

  • Fred Van Eps – Red Pepper – A Spicy Rag / Lobster’s Promenade (Victor) recorded 19/12/11

 

Sheet music for Lloyd Garrett and Hart A Wand’s Dallas Blues

Apr

2

  • Herbert Mills born (Piqua, OH) Popular tenor singer (Mills Brothers). Brother of John Jr. (1910-36), Harry (191382) and Donald (1915-99) Mills, son of John H. Mills (1882-1967). Died 1989

5

  • Carlos Guastavino born (Santa Fe, Argentina) Argentinian composer. Died 2000

7

  • Jack Lawrence aka Jacob Lewis Schwartz born (Brooklyn, NY) American popular songwriter. Died 2009

11

  • John Levy born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz bassist, manager, founder of agency John Levy Enterprises (Ben Webster, Erroll Garner, Billie Holiday, George Shearing). Died 2012

12

  • Ferruccio Busoni’s opera Die Brautwahl premiered in Hamburg, lib. Busoni

15

  • Wallace Hartley (33) dies during the sinking of the Titanic

21

  • Arthur William Foote’s String Quartet No.3 op.70 premiered in Boston

22

  • Kathleen Ferrier born (Higher Walton, Lancs) English contralto singer. Died 1953
  • Paul Dukas’ ballet La Péri premiered in Paris
  • Isidore de Lara’s opera Naïl premiered in Paris
  • Maurice Ravel’s ballet Adelaïde premiered in Paris

30

  • František Kmoch (63) dies

 

Wallace Hartley 1878-1912

May

1

  • Gustav Holst’s Beni Mora, oriental suite for orchestra premiered in London
  • Scott Joplin records piano rolls, including Scott Joplin’s New Rag

2

  • James Reese Europe and the Clef Club Orchestra play Carnegie Hall, New York, the first African American ensemble to do so

10

  • Percy Grainger’s Green Bushes (Passacaglia on an English Folksong) premiered in Auchen, Germany

12

  • Lester Bihari born (Pottstown, PA) American record executive, co-founder of  Modern Records. Brother of Julius (1913-84), Saul (1918-75) and Joe (b.1925) Bihari. Died 1983

13

  • Gil Evans born (Toronto, Canada) Canadian jazz composer, arranger, pianist, bandleader (Claude Thornhill, Miles Davis and others). Died 1988

15

  • Arthur Berger born (New York, NY) American composer, writer, journalist, teacher. Co-founder of the magazine Perspectives of New Music (1962). Died 2003

16

  • Joseph Holbrooke’s opera The Children of Don premiered in London, the first part of  The Cauldron of Anwyn trilogy

17

  • Richard Tauber makes his stage debut in Freiburg

18

  • Perry Como born (Canonsburg, PA) American popular singer. Died 2001

19

  • Alphonse Hasselmans (67) dies

21

  • Franz Liszt’s Ungaria-Kantate for chorus and orchestra premiered in Weimar

23

  • Jean Françaix born (Le Mans, France) French composer, pianist, arranger. Died 1997

26

  • Jan Blockx (61) dies following a stroke

31

  • Alfred Deller born (Margate, Kent) English countertenor singer. Died 1979

Jun

6

  • Robert Levin born (Oslo) Norwegian pianist, composer. Died 1996

8

  • Maurice Ravel’s ballet symphony Daphnis et Chloé premiered in Paris

9

  • Ingolf Dahl aka Walter Ingolf Marcus born (Hamburg) German-American composer, pianist, conductor, teacher. Died 1970
  • Edgar Evans born (Cardigan) Welsh tenor singer. Died 2007

17

  • Don Gillis born (Cameron, MO) American conductor, composer, teacher. Died 1978

20

  • Lovey’s Trinidad String Band make the first ever Calypso recordings for Victor in New York. Tracks cut include Campos petrolíferos; 666; La libre; ¿Y cómo le va?; Manuelita; Mari-Juana; Trinidad Paseo & Sarah

24

  • Ruggero Leoncavallo’s operetta La reginetta delle rose premiered in Rome and Naples, lib. G. Forzano

25

  • Arnold Bax’s Prelude to Adonais premiered in London
  • Hubert Parry’s ballet Proserpine premiered in London

26

  • Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 premiered in Vienna

28

  • Eleazar de Carvalho born (Iguatu, Brazil) Brazilian composer, conductor, teacher. Died 1996
  • Sergiu Celibidache born (Roman, Romania) Romanian conductor. Died 1996

29

  • José Pablo Moncayo born (Guadalajara, Mexico) Mexican pianist, percussionist, composer, conductor, teacher. Died 1958

Jul

5

  • Mack David born (New York, NY) American popular lyricist, songwriter. Brother of Hal David (b.1921). Died 1993

9

  • Hamilton Clarke (72) dies

14

  • Woody Guthrie born (Okemah, OK) American folk singer, songwriter, guitarist, writer, broadcaster. Died 1967

16

  • Edward Elgar’s anthem Great is the Lord op.67 premiered in London

23

  • Gustav Holst’s Phantastes suite premiered in London

24

  • Nikolai Myaskovsky’s Symphony No.2 premiered in Moscow

releases

  • Al Jolson – Ragging The Baby To Sleep / Moving Man, Don’t Take My Baby Away (Victor) recorded 17/4/12

 

Sheet music for L Wolfe Gilbert and Lewis F Muir’s Waiting for the Robert E Lee

Aug

7

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano concerto no. 1 premiered in Moscow

9

  • Igor Markevitch born (Kiev) Franco-Ukrainian composer, conductor. Died 1983
  • Anne Brown born (Baltimore, MD) American soprano singer. Died 2009

10

  • Henry Kimball Hadley’s opera The Atonement of Pan premiered in San Francisco

13

  • Jules Massenet (70) dies of cancer

17

  • Armen Tigranian’s opera Anush premiered in Gyumri, Armenia

18

  • Franz Schreker’s opera Der ferne Klang premiered in Frankfurt am Main

20

  • Niyazi (Hajibeyov) born (Tbilisi) Azerbaijani composer, conductor. Son of Zulfugar Hajibeyov (1884-1950). Died 1984

23

  • Gene Kelly born (Pittsburgh, PA) American actor, popular singer, dancer, choreographer, film director. Died 1996

Sep

1

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (37) dies of pneumonia

2

  • Johnnie Lee Wills born (Hall Co, TX) American country bandleader, singer, fiddler, banjo player (Texas Playboys, Johnnie Lee Wills & His Boys). Brother of Bob Wills (1905-75). Died 1984

3

  • Arnold Schoenberg’s 5 Pieces for orchestra premiered in London
  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s incidental music for L.N. Parker’s play Drake premiered in Cambridge

5

  • John Cage born (Los Angeles, CA) American composer, music theorist, writer. Died 1992
  • Roscoe Holcomb born (Daisy, KY) American folk singer, banjo player, coal miner. Died 1981

6

  • Wayne Barlow born (Elyria, OH) American composer, organist, choir director, teacher. Professor at the Eastman School of Music 1937-78. Died 1996

11

  • Edward Elgar’s Suite from The Crown of India op.66 for orchestra premiered in Hereford

12

  • Hubert Parry’s Ode on the Nativity for chorus and orchestra premiered in Hereford
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols premiered in Hereford

16

  • Ruggero Leoncavallo’s opera Zingari premiered in London, lib. E. Cavicchioli and G. Emanuel

19

  • Kurt Sanderling born (Orzysz, Poland) German conductor.

21

  • György Sándor born (Budapest) Hungarian classical pianist. Died 2005

26

  • René Hall born (Morgan City, LA) American jazz, R&B and popular guitarist, arranger, talent scout, session player (Joseph Robichaux, Earl Hines, Sam Cooke). Died 1988

27

  • Tauno Marttinen born (Helsinki) Finnish composer. Died 2008
  • Memphis Blues self-published by WC Handy

releases

  • Heidelberg Quintet – Waiting For The Robert E Lee / Billy Murray – Take Me To The Cabaret (Victor) recorded 11/7/12; 8/7/12

 

W. C. Handy 1873-1958

Oct

1

  • Edward Elgar’s The Music Makers op.69 for choir and orchestra premiered in Birmingham

11

  • Max Reger’s Romantische Suite op.125 premiered in Dresden
  • Leopold Stokowski makes his debut as principal conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra

12

  • Max Reger’s An die Hoffnung op.124 premiered in Eisenach

13

  • Joaquín Turina’s 3 Danzas andaluzas op.8 premiered in Cadiz

15

  • Nellie Lutcher born (Lake Charles, LA) American blues and R&B singer, pianist. Sister of Joe Lutcher (1919-2006). Died 2007

16

  • Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire premiered in Berlin

19

  • Richard Temple (66) dies

21

  • Don Byas born (Muskogee, OK) American jazz tenor saxophonist, bandleader (Lionel Hampton, Don Redman, Andy Kirk, Count Basie). Died 1972
  • Georg Solti born (Budapest) Anglo-Hungarian conductor. Died 1997
  • The Ziegfeld Follies Of 1912, Broadway revue opened born (88 performances)

25

  • Richard Strauss’ opera Ariadne auf Naxos premiered in Stuttgart, lib. H. von Hofmannsthal (first version)

27

  • Conlon Nancarrow born (Texarkana, AR) American composer, best known for his work with modified player-pianos. Died 1997

28

  • Edgar Tinel (58) dies

 

Lillian Lorraine, star of the Ziegfeld Follies of 1912

Nov

4

  • Vadim Salmanov born (St Petersburg) Russian composer. Died 1978

6

  • King Kolax born (Kansas City, MO) American jazz and R&B trumpeter, singer, bandleader, session player (Billy Eckstine, Sonny Parker, own bands). Died 1991
  • Mykola Lysenko (70) dies

10

  • August Enna’s opera Nattergallen premiered in Copenhagen

12

  • Eugen d’Albert’s opera Liebesketten premiered in Vienna

13

  • Riccardo Zandonai’s Melenis premiered in Milan

18

  • Kosaku Yamada’s Symphony in F major, “Triumph and Peace“ completed, Japan’s first symphony

21

  • Eleanor Powell born (Springfield, MS) American actress, dancer. Died 1982
  • Vincent d’Indy’s choral work Le chant de la cloche op.18 premiered in Brussels

24

  • Teddy Wilson born (Austin, TX) American jazz bandleader, pianist (Benny Carter, Benny Goodman, own bands). Died 1986

 

Ada Jones 1873-1922

Dec

1

  • Sirvart Kalpakyan Karamanuk born (Istanbul) Armenian composer, pianist, teacher. Died 2008
  • Franz Léhar’s operetta Rosenstock und Edelweiss premiered in Vienna, lib. J. Bauer

5

  • Hubert Parry’s Symphonic Fantasia ‘1912’ aka Symphony no.5 premiered in London

7

  • Daniel Jones born (Pembroke) Welsh composer. Died 1993

10

  • Irving Fazola (Prestopnik) born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz clarinetist (Louis Prima, Sharkey Bonano, Ben Pollack, Bob Crosby). Died 1949

13

  • Luiz Gonzaga born (Exu, Brazil) Brazilian folk accordionist, singer, songwriter, poet. Died 1989

14

  • Claude Terrasse’s opera Miss Alice des P.T.T. premiered in Paris

15

  • Franz Simandl (72) dies
  • Edward Elgar’s Cantique op.3 for orchestra premiered in London

18

  • Camille Erlanger’s opera La Sorcière premiered in Paris

23

  • Engelbert Humperdinck’s incidental music for M. Maeterlinck’s play Der blaue Vogel premiered in Berlin

28

  • Carl Nielsen’s Symphony no. 3 premiered in Copenhagen

29

  • Peggy Glanville-Hicks born (Melbourne) Australian composer, pianist, critic. Died 1990

31

  • Louis Armstrong, aged 11, fires a gun during a New Year’s Eve celebration and is sent to reform school (possibly apocryphal)

date unknown

  • George Butterworth’s song cycle Bredon Hill and Other Songs published
  • John Lomax elected president of the American Folklore Society
  • Flat discs outsell cylinders for the first time. Columbia ceases manufacture of wax cylinders

songs published

  • Dallas Blues (Hart A Wand); It’s A Long Way To Tipperary (Jack Judge, Harry H. Williams); The Memphis Blues (George A. Norton, WC Handy); My Melancholy Baby (George A. Norton, Ernie Burnett); Waiting For The Robert E. Lee (L. Wolfe Gilbert, Lewis F. Muir)

1913

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Jan

4

  • Leo Ascher’s operetta Die goldene Hanna premiered in Vienna

5

  • Dulcie Holland born (Sydney) Australian composer, teacher. Died 2000

7

  • Louis Aubert’s opera Le fôret bleu premiered in Geneva

17

  • Carl Baermann II (73) dies

18

  • Danny Kaye aka David Daniel Kaminsky born (Brooklyn, NY) American actor, popular singer, comedian. Died 1987

24

  • Norman Dello Joio aka Nicodemo DeGioioborn (New York, NY) American composer, organist. Died 2008

25

  • Witold Lutoslawski born (Warsaw) Polish composer, pianist, conductor. Died 1994

26

  • Jimmy Van Heusen aka Edward Chester Babcock born (Syracuse, NY) American popular songwriter. Died 1990
  • Claude Debussy’s Images for orchestra premiered in its complete version in Paris

27

  • Milton Adolphus born (New York, NY) American composer, pianist. Died 1988
  • John Philip Sousa’s operetta The American Maid premiered in Rochester, NY, lib. L. Liebling

unk

  • Ricardo Nepomuceno’s Nocturne op.33 premiered in Rio de Janeiro

releases

  • Ada Jones – Row! Row! Row! / I’ve Got The Finest Man (Victor) recorded 1/11/12

 

Fred Van Eps 1878-1960

Feb

7

  • Oskar Danon born (Sarajevo) Bosnian composer, conductor, teacher. Died 2009

11

  • Lili Boulanger’s Pour les Funérailles d’un Soldat premiered in Paris

17

  • René Leibowitz born (Warsaw) French composer, conductor. Died 1972

21

  • Scott Joplin records piano rolls, including Kismet Rag

23

  • Arnold Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder premiered in Vienna

24

  • Paul Rubens, Arthur Wimperis & Cecil Raleigh’s musical The Sunshine Girl opens in London (336 performances)

26

  • Felix Draeseke (77) dies following a stroke
  • Béla Bartók’s Két kép [Two Pictures] for orchestra premiered in Budapest

28

  • Erik Satie’s Coco Chérie premiered in Paris

 

Lili Boulanger 1893-1918

Mar

2

  • Celedonio Romero born (Cienfuegos, Cuba) Cuban classical guitarist, composer, poet. Died 1996

4

  • Arnold Bax’s Christmas Eve on the Mountains premiered in London
  • Gabriel Fauré’s opera Pénélope premiered in Monte Carlo, lib. R. Fauchois
  • Gustav Holst’s The Cloud Messenger for choir and orchestra premiered in London

11

  • Luigi Russolo publishes his futurist treatise on ‘noise music’, The Art of Noises

12

  • Josef Bayer (61) dies

13

  • Lightnin’ Slim aka Otis Hicks born (St Louis, MO) American blues singer, guitarist. Died 1974
  • Kemani Tatyos Ekserciyan (54) dies of cirrhosis

15

  • Franz Schreker’s opera Das Spielwerk und die Prinzessin premiered in Frankfurt

19

  • Edmund Eysler’s operetta Der lachende Ehemann premiered in Vienna

27

  • Jean Sibelius’s Barden [The Bard] for orchestra premiered in Helsinki

30

  • Frankie Laine aka Francesco Paolo LoVecchio born (Chicago, IL) American popular singer, songwriter, actor. Died 2007

31

  • Etta Baker born (Caldwell County, NC) American blues singer, guitarist. Died 2006
  • Alban Berg’s Fünf Orchesterlieder & Anton Webern’s Six Pieces for large orchestra op.6 premiered in Vienna. Fights break out between supporters and opponents

Apr

1

  • Manuel de Falla’s opera La Vida Breve premiered in Madrid, lib. C. Fernández Shaw
  • The first annual Georgia Old-Time Fiddlers Convention is held in Atlanta, GA. Fiddlin’ John Carson finishes fourth (he would win the crown seven times between 1914 and 1922)

3

  • Albert Roussel’s ballet Le festin de l’araignée premiered in Paris

4

  • Cecil Gant born (Nashville, TN) American R&B singer, pianist. Died 1951
  • Gene Ramey born (Austin, TX) American jazz bassist (Jay McShann 1938-43 and many others). Died 1984
  • Alessandro Parisotti (59) dies

5

  • Three of Claude Debussy’s Préludes Book 2 premiered in Paris including Clair de lune
  • Erik Satie’s Véritables Préludes flasques (pour un chien) premiered in Paris

10

  • Rued Langgaard’s Symphony No.1 ’Klippepastoraler’ premiered in Berlin
  • Italo Montemezzi’s opera L’amore dei tre re premiered in Milan

14

  • Jean Fournet born (Rouen) French conductor. Died 2008

19

  • Ottorino Respighi’s Ouverture carnevalesca premiered in Bologna

24

  • Violet Archer aka Balestreri born (Montreal) Canadian composer, teacher, pianist, organist and percussionist. Died 2000
  • Hubert Parry’s God is our hope for chorus and orchestra premiered in London

25

  • Earl Bostic born (Tulsa, OK) American jazz and R&B saxophonist. Died 1965
  • Jules Massenet’s opera Panurge premiered in Paris, lib. M. Boukay and G. Spitzmüller

30

  • Werner Meyer-Eppler born (Antwerp) German physicist, sound and acoustics pioneer and information theorist. Died 1960

unk

  • Nikolai Roslavets’s Violin Sonata No.1 completed

May

1

  • Walter Susskind born (Prague) Anglo-Czech composer. Died 1980

6

  • Carmen Cavallaro born (New York, NY) American popular and light pianist. Died 1989
  • Gyula Dávid born (Budapest) Hungarian viola player, composer. Died 1977

15

  • Claude Debussy’s ballet Jeux premiered in Paris

16

  • Woody Herman born (Milwaukee, WI) American jazz bandleader, clarinetist, soprano saxophonist (Isham Jones, own orchestras). Died 1987

18

  • Charles Trenet born (Narbonne, France) French popular singer, songwriter. Died 2001

29

  • Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Vesna svyashchennaya (Le sacre du printemps) [The Rite of Spring] premiered in Paris. A riot breaks out with fighting between opponents and supporters drowning out the music

releases

  • Van Eps Trio – Florida Rag / William H. Reitz – La Kraquette (Victor) recorded 26/7/12; 13/1/13

 

Igor Stravinsky – The Great Ballets (Philips)

Jun

1

  • Frank Proffitt born (Laurel Bloomery, TS) American folk banjo player, singer, farmer. Died 1965

2

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ Ouverture d’un opéra-comique inachevé premiered in London

3

  • Carl Nielsen’s incidental music for A. Oehlenschläeger’s play Sankt Hansaftenspil [Midsummer Eve play] premiered in Copenhagen

4

  • Gustave Charpentier’s opera Julien premiered in Paris, lib. Charpentier

5

  • Erik Satie’s Descriptions automatiques for piano premiered in Paris

10

  • Tikhon Khrennikov born (Yelets, Russia) Russian composer, actor, politician. Died 2007

12

  • Maurice Ohana born (Casablanca) Anglo-French composer. Died 1992

16

  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1913 Broadway revue (108 performances)

18

  • Sammy Cahn born (New York, NY) American popular songwriter. Died 1993

23

  • Helen Humes born (Louisville, KY) American blues and R&B singer (Harry James, Count Basie). Died 1981

28

  • George Lloyd born (St Ives, Cornwall) English composer, market gardener. Died 1998

30

  • Rosendo Mendizabal (45) dies

 

Ann Pennington 1893-1971, star of the Ziegfeld Follies of 1913

Jul

4

  • Joseph Holbrooke’s opera Dylan, Son of the Wave premiered in London, the second part of The Cauldron of Anwyn trilogy

5

  • Smiley Lewis aka Overton Lemons born (DeQuincey, LA) American R&B singer, guitarist. Died 1966

7

  • Joe ‘Pinetop’ Perkins born (Belzoni, MS) American blues pianist, singer. Died 2011

15

  • Lloyd Estel “Cowboy” Copas born (Adams County, OH) American country singer, songwriter. Died 1963

16

  • Sigismund Bachrich (72) dies

22

  • Licia Albanese born (Bari) Italian-American soprano singer.

23

  • Ernest van der Eyken born (Antwerp) Belgian composer, conductor, viola player. Died 2010

25

  • Kurt Atterberg’s Symphony no.2 premiered in Sonderhausen, Germany

Aug

7

  • George Van Eps born (Plainfield, NJ) American jazz guitarist, session player, writer of teaching books (Freddy Martin, Benny Goodman, Ray Noble). Son of Fred Van Eps (1878-1960). Died 1998
  • David Popper (69) dies

16

  • Henry Cowell’s incidental music for T. Kanno’s play Creation Dawn premiered in Carmel, CA

18

  • Jimmy Preston born (Chester, PA) American R&B saxophonist, drummer, bandleader. Died 1984

19

  • Harry Mills born (Piqua, OH) American popular baritone singer (Mills Brothers). Brother of John Jr. (1910-36), Herbert (1912-89) and Donald (1915-99) Mills, son of John H. (1882-1967) Mills. Died 1982

28

  • Jean Briquet, Adolph Philipp, Paul Hervé, Adolf Philipp & Edward A. Paulton’s musical Adele opens on Broadway (196 performances)

Sep

5

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 premiered in Pavlosk, Russia

8

  • Victor Herbert’s musical Sweethearts opens on Broadway (272 performances)

9

  • Julius Bihari born (Pottstown, PA) American record executive, co-founder of  Modern Records. Brother of Lester (1912-83), Saul (1918-75) and Joe (b.1925) Bihari. Died 1984

10

  • Cliff Leeman born (Portland, ME) American jazz drummer, percussionist, session player (Artie Shaw, Charlie Barnet, Woody Herman and many others). Died 1986
  • Jean Sibelius’s Luonnotar for soprano and orchestra premiered in Gloucester

13

  • Alfred R. Gaul (76) dies
  • Karl Michael Ziehrer’s operetta Fürst Casimir premiered in Vienna

15

  • Henry Brant born (Montreal) Canadian-American composer. Died 2008

17

  • Alfred Sormann (52) dies

24

  • Max Reger’s Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue in E minor op.127 premiered in Wroclaw

28

  • Vivian Fine born (Chicago) American composer, pianist. Died 2000

unk

  • Jimmy Dorsey makes his professional debut, aged 9, playing with J. Carson McGee’s King Trumpeters in New York
  • Art Hickman’s orchestra formed in San Francisco, an early precursor to the Big Bands

 

Sergei Prokofiev 1891-1953

Oct

1

  • George Butterworth’s A Shropshire Lad rhapsody premiered in London
  • Edward Elgar’s Falstaff op.68 for orchestra premiered in Leeds

3

  • Karl Michael Ziehrer’s operetta Der Husarengeneral premiered in Vienna

6

  • Richard Dyer-Bennet born (Leicester) Anglo-American folk singer, voice teacher. Died 1991

8

  • Paul Rubens, James T. Tanner, Adrian Ross, Percy Greenbank, Arthur Wimperis & Sidney Jones’s musical The Girl from Utah opened in London (195 performances)

11

  • Franz Léhar’s operetta Die ideale Gattin premiered in Vienna, lib. J. Brammer and A. Grünwald (revision of Der Göttergatte)

12

  • The Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde of Donaueschingen begins its annual series of concerts of modern music
  • Max Reger’s Vier Tondichtungen nach Arnold Böcklin op.120 premiered in Essen

16

  • Cesar Bresgen born (Florence) Austrian composer, teacher. Worked as a composer for the Hitler Youth. Died 1988

20

  • Polk Miller (69) dies

23

  • Frederick Delius’s Two Pieces for Small Orchestra: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring & Summer Night on the River premiered in Leipzig

24

  • Tito Gobbi born (Bassano del Grappa, Italy) Italian baritone singer. Died 1984

26

  • Charlie Barnet born (New York, NY) American jazz bandleader, saxophonist, composer. Died 1991

30

  • Max Reger’s Eine Ballettsuite op.130 premiered in Wroclaw

unk

  • Charles Wakefield Cadman’s Piano Trio in D major premiered in Minneapolis
  • The Edison Diamond Disc Record introduced, an 80 RPM flat disc system incompatible with the standard 78s of the day. Manufacturing ceases in 1929

 

Charles Wakefield Cadman 1881-1946

Nov

3

  • Hans Bronsart von Schellendorff (83) dies

5

  • Paul Lincke’s operetta Grigri premiered in Chemnitz

8

  • Arnold ‘Gatemouth’ Moore born (Yazoo City, MS) American blues and Gospel singer, preacher. Died 2004

11

  • Aleksandr Scriabin’s Piano Sonata no.10 premiered in Moscow

15

  • Gus Johnson born (Tyler, TX) American jazz drummer (Jay McShann, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and many others). Died 2000

16

  • Sergei Bortkiewicz’s Piano Concerto No.1 premiered in Berlin
  • Paul von Klenau’s opera Sulamith premiered in Munich

19

  • Ataúlfo Argenta born (Castro Urdiales, Spain) Spanish conductor, pianist. Died 1958
  • Walter Braunfels’s opera Ulenspiegel premiered in Stuttgart

22

  • Benjamin Britten born (Lowestoft) English composer, conductor, pianist, founder of the Aldeburgh Festival (1948). Died 1976

23

  • Raymond Hanson born (Sydney) Australian composer, teacher. Died 1976

27

  • Uzeyir Hajibeyov’s opera Arshin Mal Alan premiered in Baku

Dec

4

  • Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s opera L’amore medico premiered in Dresden, lib. E. Golisciani

5

  • Five of Claude Debussy’s Préludes Book 2 premiered in Paris including Ondine

7

  • Leos Janáček’s piano suite In the Mists premiered in Kroměříž, Czech Rep

10

  • Morton Gould born (Richmond Hill, NY) American composer, conductor, pianist. Died 1996
  • Maurice Ravel’s A la manière de… premiered in Paris

13

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Kolokola (The Bells) op.35 premiered in St Petersburg

15

  • Pietro Mascagni’s opera Parisina premiered in Milan, lib. G. D’Annunzio

18

  • Erik Satie’s ballet Les pantins dansent premiered in Paris

23

  • Edmund Eysler’s operetta Ein Tag im Paradies premiered in Vienna

29

  • James Reese Europe and his orchestra make their first recordings for Victor

 

Maurice Ravel 1875-1934

Date unknown

  • Lili Boulanger becomes the first woman to win the Prix de Rome with her cantata Faust et Hélène

songs published

  • Ballin’ The Jack (James Henry Burris, Chris Smith); Danny Boy (Frederick Weatherly, trad); El Cóndor Pasa (Daniel Alomía Robles); Memphis Blues (WC Handy, GA Norton); Peg O’ My Heart (Alfred Bryan, Fred Fisher); The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine (Ballard MacDonald, Harry Carroll)

1914

<1913 1915>

Jan

3

  • Raoul Pugno (61) dies

5

  • François Cellier (64) dies

9

  • Kenny Clarke born (Pittsburgh, PA) American jazz drummer (Roy Eldridge, Edgar Hayes, Teddy Hill, Benny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, Modern Jazz Quartet, Francy Boland). Died 1985
  • Alexander Glazunov’s incidental music for the play The King of the Jews op.95 premiered in Moscow

10

  • Joe Hill arrested in Salt Lake City for the murders of John G. and Arling Morrison

14

  • Jules Massenet’s incidental music for G. Rivollet’s play Jérusalem premiered in Monte Carlo
  • Erik Satie’s Chapitres tournés en tous sens premiered in Paris
  • Igor Stravinsky’s Tri stikhotvoreniya iz yaponskoy liriki (Trois poésies de la lyrique japonaise) [Three Japanese Lyrics] for soprano and accompaniment premiered in Paris

16

  • Buddy Moss born (Jewell, GA) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1984

21

  • Dimitris Dragatakis born (Platanoussa, Greece) Greek composer, viola player, administrator. Died 2001
  • Edward Elgar makes his first recording for the Gramophone Company (HMV) in Hayes, conducting the premiere of  Carissima for orchestra

23

  • George W. Johnson (67) dies of pneumonia

24

  • Gian Francesco Malipiero’s opera Canossa premiered in Rome

27

  • Andrew ‘Smokey’ Hogg born (Westconnie, TX) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1960

30

  • Franz Léhar’s operetta Endlich allein premiered in Vienna, lib. A.M. Willner and R. Bodanzky

31

  • Jean Roger-Ducasse’s opera Orphée premiered in St Petersburg

unk

  • Igor Stravinsky moves to Switzerland

Feb

5

  • William S. Burroughs born (St Louis, MO) American writer, poet, lyricist, spoken word performer. Died 1997
  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata no.2 op.14 & Ballade for cello and piano op.15 premiered in Moscow
  • José María Usandizaga’s opera Las golondrinas premiered in Madrid

8

  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s Irish Rhapsody no.4 op.141 ‘The fisherman of Lough Neagh and what he saw’ for orchestra premiered in Amsterdam

9

  • Ernest Tubb born (Crisp, TX) American country singer, songwriter. Died 1984

10

  • Larry Adler born (Baltimore, MD) American harmonica player, writer. Died 2001

11

  • Josh White born (Greenville, SC) American folk and blues singer, guitarist, songwriter, activist, actor. Died 1969
  • Matt Dennis born (Seattle, WA) American popular songwriter, singer, pianist, bandleader, arranger. Died 2002

12

  • Tex Beneke born (Fort Worth, TX) American jazz and popular singer, saxophonist, bandleader (Glenn Miller Orchestra). Died 2000

13

  • In New York ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) established to protect the copyrighted musical compositions of its members

17

  • Ernő Dohnányi’s Variationen über ein Kinderlied [Variations on a Nursery Tune] for piano and orchestra premiered in Berlin

18

  • Pee Wee King aka Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski born (Milwaukee, WN) American country singer, songwriter. Died 1999

19

  • Riccardo Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini premiered in Turin

21

  • Hubert Parry’s incidental music for Aristophanes’s play The Acharnians premiered in Oxford
  • Oscar Straus’s operetta Die himmelblaue Zeit premiered in Vienna

23

  • Jules Massenet’s opera Cléopâtre premiered in Monte Carlo, lib. L. Payen

27

  • Winifred Atwell born (Tunapuna, Trinidad) Anglo-Trinidadian popular pianist. Died 1983
  • Adrian Boult makes his conducting debut in Liverpool
  • Karl Michael Ziehrer’s operetta Das dumme Herz premiered in Vienna

 

Riccardo Zandonai 1883-1944

Mar

1

  • Barrett Deems born (Springfield, IL) American jazz drummer (Jimmy Dorsey, Louis Armstrong, Red Norvo, Muggsy Spanier). Died 1998

4

  • Benjamin Dwight Allen (83) dies

6

  • Kirill Kondrashin born (Moscow) Russian conductor. Died 1981

10

  • Gustav Holst’s Hymn to Dionysus for choir and orchestra premiered in London

12

  • Ferruccio Busoni’s Nocturne symphonique op.43 & Red Indian Fantasy op.44 premiered in Berlin

14

  • Lee Hays born (Little Rock, AR) American folk singer, songwriter, activist, playwright, poet (Almanac Singers, Weavers). Died 1981
  • Robert Pete Williams born (Zachary, LA) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1980

17

  • Amilcare Ponchielli’s opera I mori di Valenza premiered in Monte Carlo, lib. A. Ghislanzoni (completed by Annibale Ponchielli)

18

  • César Guerra-Peixe born (Petrópolis, Brazil) Brazilian violinist, composer, musicologist, writer. Died 1993
  • Edgar Bainton’s The Vindictive Staircase, Op. 29 premiered in London. Text – W. W. Gibson
  • Gustav Holst’s Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda – 4th group: Hymn to Agni, Hymn to Soma, Hymn to Manas, Hymn to Indra for choir and orchestra premiered in London

20

  • Arnold Bax’s Four Orchestral Sketches premiered in London

21

  • Paul Tortelier born (Paris) French cellist, composer. Died 1990
  • Claude Debussy’s Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé premiered in Paris
  • André Messager’s opera Béatrice premiered in Monte Carlo, lib. G.-A. de Caillavet and R. de Flers

22

  • Reynaldo Hahn’s opera Miousic premiered in Paris

23

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Phantasy Quintet premiered in London

27

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ A London Symphony premiered in London

28

  • Erik Satie’s Croquis et agaceries d’un gros bonhomme en bois premiered in Paris

29

  • Camille Howard born (Galveston, TX) American R&B singer, pianist. Died 1993

30

  • Sonny Boy Williamson aka John Lee Curtis Williamson born (Glendora, MS) American blues singer, harmonica player, songwriter. Died 1948
  • Jean Sibelius’s Arioso for soprano and strings premiered in Turku

Apr

1

  • Franz Schmidt’s opera Notre Dame premiered in Vienna

2

  • Enrique Granados’ piano suite Goyescas Book 2 premiered in Paris

3

  • Franco Alfano’s opera L’ombra di Don Giovanni premiered in Milan

4

  • Leos Janáček’s The Seventy Thousand premiered in Prague

19

  • Christian Sinding’s opera Der heilige Berg premiered in Dessau

21

  • Luigi Russolo gives his first concert of ‘noise music’ in Milan amidst demonstrations, things being hurled at the stage and fights. 11 people are hospitalised

30

  • Edward Elgar’s Give unto the Lord op.70 for choir, organ and orchestra premiered in London

 

Luigi Russolo 1885-1947 with his ‘mechanical orchestra’

May

6

  • Alfred Bachelet’s opera Scémo premiered in Paris
  • Gustav Holst’s The Homecoming premiered in Morecambe

7

  • Felix Weingartner’s opera Kain und Abel premiered in Darmstadt

9

  • Carlo Maria Giulini born (Barletta, Italy) Italian conductor. Died 2005
  • Hank Snow born (Brooklyn, Nova Scotia) Canadian country singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 1999

10

  • Lillian Nordica (56) dies of hypothermia and pneumonia following the shipwreck of the Tasman in Australia
  • Ernst von Schuch (67) dies
  • Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera Die Marketenderin premiered in Cologne, lib. R. Misch

14

  • Richard Strauss’ ballet Josephs-Legende op.63 premiered in Paris

15

  • Henri Rabaud’s opera Mârouf, savetier du Caire premiered in Paris

18

  • Boris Christoff born (Plovdiv, Bulgaria) Bulgarian bass singer. Died 1993
  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1 premiered in St Petersburg

20

  • Luigi Russolo’s second concert of ‘noise music’ in Genoa passes off peacefully

22

  • Sun Ra aka Herman Poole Blount born (Birmingham, AL) American jazz bandleader, keyboard player, composer. Died 1993

26

  • Ziggy Elman aka Harry Aaron Finkelman born (Philadelphia, PA) American jazz trumpeter (Benny Goodman). Died 1968
  • Darius Milhaud’s Première suite symphonique op.12 premiered in Paris
  • Igor Stravinsky’s opera Solovey (Le rossignol) [The Nightingale] premiered in Paris, lib. Stravinsky and S. Mitusov

31

  • Akira Ifukube born (Kushiro, Japan) Japanese film composer. Died 2006

 

Lillian Nordica 1857-1914

Jun

4

  • Jean Sibelius’s Aallottaret [The Oceanides] for orchestra premiered in Norfolk, CT

11

  • Paul Graener’s opera Don Juans letztes Abenteuer premiered in Leipzig

12

  • Bill Kenny born (Philadelphia, PA) American popular tenor singer (Ink Spots). Died 1978
  • Paul Hindemith’s Andante and Scherzo op.1 premiered in Frankfurt

15

  • Efrem Zimbalist marries Alma Gluck

16

  • Louis Armstrong, aged 13, released from reform school having learned to read music and play the cornet

28

  • Lester Flatt born (Overton Co, TN) American bluegrass singer, guitarist, songwriter (Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs). Died 1979
  • Edward Elgar’s song The Chariots of the Lord (J. Brownlie) premiered in London

 

Alma Gluck 1884-1938

Jul

8

  • Billy Eckstine born (Pittsburgh, PA) American jazz and popular baritone singer, bandleader, trumpeter (Earl Hines, own band, solo). Died 1993

14

  • Billy Kyle born (Philadelphia, PA) American jazz pianist (Lucky Millinder, John Kirby, Louis Armstrong). Died 1966

21

  • Scott Joplin records piano rolls including Magnetic Rag

23

  • Harry Evans (41) dies

26

  • Ralph Blane aka Ralph Uriah Hunsecker born (Broken Arrow, OK) American popular songwriter, lyricist. Died 1995
  • Erskine Hawkins born (Birmingham, AL) American jazz trumpeter, bandleader (‘Bama State Collegians, Erskine Hawkins Orchestra). Died 1993

31

  • The Paris Opéra closes because of impending war

unk

  • Igor Stravinsky visits Russia for the last time for nearly fifty years

 

Sheet music for Scott Joplin’s Magnetic Rag

Aug

3

  • Gabriel Dupont (36) dies of tuberculosis

11

  • Hugh Martin born (Birmingham, AL) American film and theatre composer, songwriter, vocal coach. Died 2011
  • Pol Plançon (63) dies

15

  • Edward Elgar’s Sospiri op.70 for strings, harp and organ premiered in London

18

  • Anna Yesipova (63) dies

23

  • Harold Truscott born (Ilford) English composer, pianist, broadcaster. Died 1992

26

  • Rutland Boughton’s opera The Immortal Hour, lib. Boughton, premiered in Glastonbury at the inaugural Glastonbury Festival (ran until 1926)

28

  • Anatoly Lyadov (59) dies

unk

  • Percy Grainger moves to the United States

Sep

3

  • Albéric Magnard (49) dies when his house is set on fire by German soldiers

13

  • Leonard Feather born (London) Anglo-American jazz pianist, composer, writer, critic. Died 1994

14

  • Mae Boren Axton born (Bardwell, TX) American country songwriter, disc jockey. Died 1997

21

  • Leroy ‘Slam’ Stewart born (Englewood, NJ) American jazz and R&B bassist (Slim and Slam and many others). Died 1987

24

  • Andrzej Panufnik born (Warsaw) Polish composer, pianist, conductor, teacher. Died 1991

28

  • Stevan Stojanovic Mokranjac (62) dies

unk

  • St. Louis Blues by WC Handy published

 

Sheet music for W.C. Handy’s “St Louis Blues”

Oct

10

  • Ivory Joe Hunter born (Kirbyville, TX) American blues, R&B and country singer, pianist, songwriter. Died 1974
  • Joaquín Turina’s opera Margot premiered in Madrid

19

  • Gerd Sannemüller born (Heilbad Heiligenstadt, Germany) German composer, pianist, musicologist, teacher. Died 2008

28

  • Richard Heuberger (64) dies

Nov

2

  • Felicitas Kukuck born (Hamburg) German composer, pianist, teacher. Died 2001

12

  • Hubert Parry’s symphonic poem From Death to Life premiered in Brighton

13

  • Alma Gluck records a session for Victor. Tracks cut include Carry Me Back to Old Virginny, the first recording by a classical musician to sell a million

19

  • Oscar Straus’s operetta Rund um die Liebe premiered in Vienna

25

  • Eddie Boyd born (Stovall, MS) American blues singer, pianist, songwriter. Died 1994

30

  • Manuel de Falla’s incidental music for G. Martínez Sierra’s play La pasión premiered in Madrid

releases

  • American Quartet – It’s a long, long way to Tipperary / Arthur Pryor’s Band – Soldiers of the king (Victor) recorded 15/9/14; 10/6/14

Dec

3

  • Edward ‘Corky’ Cornelius born (Indianapolis, IA) American jazz trumpeter (Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Casa Loma Orchestra). Died 1943
  • Irving Fine born (Boston, MA) American composer. Died 1962
  • Hartmann von An der Lan-Hochbrunn (50) dies

7

  • Edward Elgar’s Carillon op.75 for speaker and orchestra premiered in London, lib. E. Cammaerts

8

  • Irving Berlin and H.B. Smith’s musical Watch your Step opens in New York

14

  • Giovanni Sgambati (73) dies
  • Havergal Brian’s Festal Dance premiered in Birmingham

15

  • Len Spencer (47) dies

17

  • Leo Ascher’s operetta Was tut man nicht alles aus Liebe premiered in Vienna

18

  • Connie ‘Pee Wee’ Crayton born (Liberty Hill, TX) American blues and R&B guitarist, singer. Died 1985

25

  • Bernhard Stavenhagen (52) dies

26

  • Ivan Zajc (82) dies

28

  • Roebuck ‘Pops’ Staples born (Winona, MS) American Gospel, R&B and soul singer, songwriter, guitarist (Staple Singers). Father of  Cleotha (b.1934), Yvonne (b.1936), Mavis (b.1939) and Pervis (b.1935) Staples. Died 2000

unk

  • Max Steiner arrives in New York having emigrated from Austria via England

Date unknown

  • Malcolm Sargent appointed organist at St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, Leics, a post he holds until 1924
  • Franz Schmidt appointed professor at the Vienna Conservatory, becoming director in 1925 and retiring in 1937
  • Cecil Sharp’s English Folk Chanteys published in London
  • Paul Vidal appointed director of the Opéra-Comique, Paris, a post he holds until 1919
  • The Performing Right Society (PRS) founded in London

songs published

  • St. Louis Blues; The Yellow Dog Blues (both W. C. Handy); They Didn’t Believe Me (Herbert Reynolds, Jerome Kern); Twelfth Street Rag (Euday L. Bowman)

 

Nikolai Medtner 1880-1951

1915

<19141916>

Jan

1

  • Henry Adler born (New York, NY) American jazz drummer, teacher, writer. Died 2008

2

  • Karl Goldmark (84) dies

6

  • Bob Copper born (Rottingdean, Sussex) English folk singer, song collector, writer (Copper Family). Died 2004

7

  • Chano Pozo born (Havana) Cuban Latin and jazz percussionist, composer, dancer. Died 1948

8

  • Max Reger’s Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart op.132 & Eine vaterländische Ouvertüre op.140 premiered in Wiesbaden

10

  • Woodrow Wilson ‘Buddy’ Johnson born (Darlington, SC) American jazz bandleader, pianist (Buddy Johnson Orchestra). Brother of Ella Johnson (1923-2004). Died 1977

14

  • Manuel de Falla’s Siete Canciones Populares Españolas premiered in Madrid
  • Alberto Franchetti’s opera Notte di leggenda premiered in Milan, lib. G. Forzano

15

  • Oscar Straus’s operetta Die schöne Unbekannte premiered in Vienna

21

  • Louis Gregh (71) dies

24

  • Ottorino Respighi’s Sinfonia drammatica premiered in Rome

25

  • Ewan MacColl aka James Miller born (Salford) English folk singer, songwriter, song collector, activist. Father of Kirsty MacColl (1959-2000), husband of Joan Littlewood (1914-2002) and Peggy Seeger (b.1935). Died 1989
  • Rudolf Tillmetz (68) dies
  • Umberto Giordano’s opera Madame Sans-Gêne premiered in New York

27

  • Jack Brymer born (South Shields) English classical clarinettist, teacher, writer, broadcaster. Died 2003

28

  • Gabriel Fauré’s Le Jardin clos op.106 premiered in Paris
  • Maurice Ravel’s Piano Trio premiered in Paris

29

  • John Serry, Sr. aka Giovanni Serrapica born (Brooklyn, NY) American classical accordionist, composer, arranger, teacher. Died 2003
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Sonhar for cello and piano premiered in Friburgo, Brazil

31

  • Bobby Hackett born (Providence, RI) American jazz trumpeter, guitarist (Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman). Died 1976
  • Alan Lomax born (Austin, TX) American folklorist, musicologist, song collector, writer. Son of John Lomax (1867-1948). Died 2002

Feb

3

  • Bill Miller born (Brooklyn, NY) American jazz and popular pianist (Frank Sinatra). Died 2006

4

  • Ray Evans born (Salamanca, NY) American popular lyricist. Died 2007

6

  • Ruggero Leoncavallo’s operetta La candidata premiered in Rome and Turin, lib. G. Forzano

7

  • Carlo Felice Cillario born (Mendoza, Argentina) Argentinian-Italian conductor. Died 2007

11

  • Percy Grainger makes his US concert debut in New York

12

  • Émile Waldteufel (77) dies

15

  • Taft Jordan born (Florence, SC) American jazz trumpeter (Washboard Rhythm Kings, Chick Webb, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and others). Died 1981

18

  • Marcel Landowski born (Pont l’Abbe, France) French composer, music administrator, founder of the Orchestre de Paris (1967). Died 1999

19

  • Leo Ascher’s operetta Botschafterin Leni premiered in Vienna

24

  • Frederick Delius’s Violin Sonata no.1 premiered in Manchester

27

  • Nikolai Myaskovsky’s Symphony No.3 premiered in Moscow

releases

  • Van Eps Banjo Orchestra – Old Folks Rag / Prince’s Orchestra – Valse Marie (Columbia) recorded 25/9/14; 9/14

Mar

7

  • Sergei Prokofiev makes his debut concert appearance outside Russia, in Rome

10

  • Charles Groves born (London) English conductor. Died 1992

12

  • Heinrich Schülz-Beuthen (76) dies in an asylum

14

  • Alexander Brott aka Joël Brod born (Montreal) Canadian composer, conductor, violinist, teacher. Father of Boris (b.1944) and Denis (b.1950) Brott. Died 2005
  • Carlos Surinach born (Barcelona) Catalan-American composer, conductor. Died 1997

18

  • Al Hall born (Jacksonville, FL) American jazz bassist (Teddy Wilson, Errol Garner, Benny Goodman). Died 1988

19

  • Franz Xaver Neruda (71) dies

20

  • Sviatoslav Richter born (Zhytomyr, Ukraine) Russian classical pianist. Died 1997
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe born (Cotton Plant, AR) American Gospel singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1973
  • Ildebrando Pizzetti’s opera Fedra premiered in Milan

26

  • Flip Phillips aka Joseph Edward Filipelli born (Brooklyn, NY) American jazz tenor saxophonist, clarinettist, bandleader (Woody Herman, Jazz at the Philharmonic). Died 2001

27

  • Robert Lockwood Jr. born (Turkey Scratch, AR) American blues guitarist, singer. Died 2006

28

  • Jay Livingston born (McDonald, PA) American popular songwriter, singer. Died 2001

unk

  • Pablo Casals makes his first recordings for Columbia. Tracks cut include Gabriel Faure’s Apres un Reves

 

Pablo Casals 1876-1973

Apr

1

  • Johann Joseph Abert (82) dies

2

  • Aleksandr Scriabin makes his final public appearance in St Petersburg

4

  • Muddy Waters aka McKinley Morganfield born (Issaquena County, MS) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1983
  • Gustav Holst’s Nunc dimittis for 8 voices premiered in London

7

  • Billie Holiday aka Eleanora Fagan born (Baltimore, MD) American jazz singer. Died 1959
  • Manuel de Falla’s incidental music for G. Martínez Sierra’s play Amanecer premiered in Madrid

12

  • Theodore Roosevelt ‘Hound Dog’ Taylor born (Natchez, MS) American blues singer, guitarist. Died 1975

13

  • Carl Nielsen’s Serenata invano premiered in Copenhagen

15

  • Manuel de Falla’s opera El amor brujo premiered in Madrid, lib. G. Martínez Sierra

18

  • Paul Rubens, Percy Greenbank & Fred Thompson’s musical To-Night’s the Night opens in London (460 performances)

19

  • Dorian Le Gallienne born (Melbourne) Australian composer, teacher, critic. Died 1963

24

  • Paul Rubens, Frederick Lonsdale, Gladys Unger, Ernest Steffan & Adrian Ross’ musical Betty opens in London (391 performances)
  • Komitas Vardapet arrested by the Turkish government at the beginning of the Armenian Genocide. Released due to pressure from leading Turks and the US ambassador, and moved to Paris in 1919

 

Komitas Vardapet 1869-1935

26

  • Johnny Shines born (Frayser, TN) American blues singer, guitarist. Died 1992
  • Paul Hindemith’s String Quartet in C op.2 premiered in Frankfurt

27

  • Alexander Scriabin (43) dies of septicaemia

29

  • Donald Mills born (Piqua, OH) American popular tenor singer (Mills Brothers). Brother of John Jr. (1910-36), Herbert (1912-89) and Harry (1913-82) Mills, son of John H. (1882-1967) Mills. Died 1999

30

  • Mabel Scott born (Richmond, VA) American R&B and Gospel singer. Died 2000

unk

  • Arthur Bliss’s Piano Quartet premiered in London
  • Wilhelm Stenhammar’s Symphony No. 2 op.34 premiered in Gothenburg

May

6

  • George Perle born (Bayonne, NJ) American composer, music theorist, teacher. Died 2009

8

  • William Denis Browne wounded in the neck during the Dardanelles campaign. He rejoins his unit at the beginning of June

10

  • Frederick Delius’s North Country Sketches for orchestra premiered in London

13

  • Igor Stravinsky’s Three Pieces for string quartet premiered in Paris

15

  • Tom Brown’s Band from Dixieland begin a residency in Chicago, the first white jazz band to do so
  • Darius Milhaud’s String Quartet no.2 premiered in Paris

16

  • Eubie Blake meets Noble Sissle for the first time in Baltimore

17

  • Berthe di Vito-Delvaux born (Angleur, Belgium) Belgian composer, teacher. Died 2005

27

  • Virginia ‘Midge’ Williams born (Alensworth, CA) American jazz singer. Died 1952
  • Darius Milhaud’s Sonata for two violins and piano op.15 premiered in Paris

unk

  • Ottorino Respighi’s Il tramonto premiered in Rome

Jun

1

  • Bart Howard aka Howard Joseph Gustafson born (Burlington, IO) American popular songwriter. Died 2004

3

  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s Piano Concerto no.2 op.126 premiered in Norfolk, CT

4

  • William Denis Browne (26) killed during the Third Battle of Krithia, Gallipoli. He dies in no-man’s land after receiving wounds to the stomach and shoulder

6

  • Vincent Persichetti born (Philadelphia, PA) American composer, pianist, teacher. Died 1987

9

  • Les Paul aka Lester William Polsfuss born (Waukesha, WN) American popular guitarist, inventor, record producer, production pioneer. Died 2009

10

  • William Hayman Cummings (83) dies

12

  • Rubin ‘Zeke’ Zarchy born (New York, NY) American jazz trumpeter (Joe Haymes, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller). Died 2009

14

  • Frank Bridge’s Lament for Catherine written, as a tribute to a child he knew who drowned following the sinking of the Lusitania

15

  • Allan Reuss born (New York, NY) American jazz guitarist, session player (Benny Goodman, Paul Whiteman, Jack Teagarden, Jimmy Dorsey, Harry James and others). Died 1988

18

  • Vic Legley born (Hazebrouck, France) Belgian violinist, composer. Died 1994
  • Joan Trimble born (Enniskillen) Irish composer. Died 2000
  • AP Carter marries Sara Dougherty (Sara Carter)

19

  • Sergei Taneyev (58) dies of a heart attack
  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ Hail! California premiered in San Francisco

21

  • Ziegfeld Follies Of 1915 Broadway revue opens (104 performances)

25

  • Rafael Joseffy (62) dies

27

  • Harry “The Hipster” Gibson born (New York, NY) American jazz and R&B singer, pianist, songwriter. Died 1991

28

  • David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards born (Shaw, MS) American blues singer, guitarist. Died 2011

 

Sheet music for Gene Buck and Louis A Hirsch’s Hello Frisco, one of the songs featured in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1915

Jul

1

  • Willie Dixon born (Vicksburg, MS) American blues and R&B songwriter, bassist, singer, record producer, boxer (Big Three Trio). Died 1992

6

  • Edward Elgar’s Polonia op.76 for orchestra premiered in London

9

  • David Diamond born (Rochester, NY) American composer. Died 2005
  • Joe Liggins born (Guthrie, OK) American R&B, jazz and blues pianist, bandleader (Honeydrippers). Brother of Jimmy Liggins (1922-83). Died 1987

10

  • Milt Buckner born (St Louis, MO) American jazz pianist, organist, arranger (McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton). Died 1977

13

  • Paul “Hucklebuck” Williams born (Lewisburg, TN) American R&B saxophonist, composer, bandleader. Died 2002

15

  • Frankie Yankovic born (Davis, WV) American polka accordionist, bandleader. Died 1998

18

  • Marshall Hall (53) dies following an appendectomy

27

  • Johan Adam Krygell (79) dies

31

  • George Forrest born (Brooklyn, NY) American popular songwriter, writer. Died 1999
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Suite for strings premiered in Rio de Janeiro

Aug

3

  • Mercy Dee Walton born (Waco, TX) American blues and R&B pianist, singer, songwriter. Died 1962

5

  • Edmund Eysler, Sigmund Romberg, Herbert Reynolds & Edgar Smith’s musical The Blue Paradise opens on Broadway (356 performances)

6

  • Jacques Abram born (Lufkin, TX) American classical pianist. Died 1998

15

  • Morey Field born (Cleveland, OH) American jazz drummer (Ben Pollack, Benny Goodman, Eddie Condon). Died 1971

16

  • Al Hibbler born (Tyro, MS) American blind jazz, popular and R&B singer (Jay McShann, Duke Ellington). Died 2001
  • Murray McEachern born (Toronto) Canadian jazz alto saxophonist, trombonist (Benny Goodman, Casa Loma Orchestra). Died 1982

22

  • Augustin Barié (31) dies of a brain haemorrhage

24

  • Wynonie Harris born (Omaha, NE) American R&B singer, guitarist, dancer. Died 1969

26

  • Humphrey Searle born (Oxford) English composer, writer, cataloguer of Franz Liszt’s works. Died 1982

Sep

3

  • Memphis Slim aka John Len Chatman born (Memphis, TN) American blues singer, pianist, songwriter. Died 1988
  • Knut Nystedt born (Oslo) Norwegian composer, organist.

12

  • Billy Daniels born (Jacksonville, FL) American jazz and pop singer. Died 1988

15

  • Al Casey born (Louisville, KY) American jazz guitarist (Fats Waller, Teddy Wilson, King Curtis). Died 2005
  • Jelly Roll Morton’s Jelly Roll Blues published in Los Angeles (copyright date), the first jazz piece to be published

26

  • Max von Schillings’ opera Mona Lisa premiered in Stuttgart, lib. B. Dvorsky

29

  • Rudi Stephan (28) killed in battle at Tarnapol, Russia
  • Victor Herbert’s musical The Princess Pat opens on Broadway

 

Poster for Jelly Roll Morton’s “Jelly Roll Blues”

Oct

2

  • Russell Alexander (38) dies

5

  • Otto Malling (67) dies of tuberculosis
  • Jose Maria Usandizaga (28) dies of tuberculosis

6

  • Max Reger’s Sonata for violin and piano no.9 op.139 premiered in Dortmund

8

  • Ludolf Nielsen’s opera Isabella premiered in Copenhagen

10

  • Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison born (Columbus, OH) American jazz trumpeter (Count Basie). Died 1999
  • Vítezslav Novák’s opera Zvíkovský rarásek premiered in Prague

11

  • Carl Nielsen’s In memoriam Franz Neruda premiered in Copenhagen

12

  • José Bragato born (Udine, Italy) Italian-Argentinian cellist, composer, conductor.

24

  • Claude Debussy’s Berceuse héroique premiered in Paris

26

  • August Bungert (70) dies

28

  • Richard Strauss’ Eine Alpensinfonie premiered in Berlin

30

  • Pierre Wissmer born (Geneva) Swiss composer, teacher. Died 1992

Nov

2

  • Douglas Lilburn born (Wanganui, New Zealand) New Zealand composer, teacher. Died 2001

6

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Sinfonietta op.5 premiered in Moscow

10

  • Claude Debussy’s Etudes premiered in Paris

13

  • Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Berceuse premiered in Rio de Janeiro at the first concert dedicated solely to his works

14

  • Billy Bauer born (New York, NY) American jazz guitarist (Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, Lennie Tristano, Lee Konitz). Died 2005
  • Teodor Leszetycki (85) dies

19

  • Joe Hill (36) executed by firing squad for the murders of John G. and Arling Morrison, widely considered to be a grave miscarriage of justice

26

  • Earl Wild born (Pittsburgh, PA) American classical and jazz pianist, composer. Died 2010

29

  • Billy Strayhorn born (Dayton, OH) American jazz pianist, composer, arranger (Duke Ellington). Died 1967
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Pequena Suite for cello and piano premiered in Rio de Janeiro

30

  • Brownie McGhee born (Knoxville, TN) American blues singer, guitarist, actor. Brother of Stick McGhee (1917-61). Died 1996

 

Joe Hill 1879-1915

Dec

2

  • Claude Debussy’s En blanc et noir premiered in Paris

4

  • Eddie Heywood born (Atlanta, GA) American jazz pianist, bandleader, composer (Benny Carter, Billie Holiday). Died 1989

5

  • Carl Donnell “Kansas” Fields born (Chapman, KS) American jazz drummer (King Kolax, Jimmy Noone, Roy Eldridge, Ella Fitzgerlad, Benny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie). Died 1995
  • Darius Milhaud’s Poème sur un cantique de Camargue op.13 premiered in Paris

6

  • Jean Sibelius’ Sonatina op.80 premiered in Helsinki

8

  • Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 & Two Serenades for violin and orchestra premiered in Helsinki

9

  • Elisabeth Schwarzkopf born (Jarocin, Poland) Anglo-German soprano singer. Died 2006

12

  • Frank Sinatra born (Hoboken, NJ) American popular singer, actor. Father of Nancy Sinatra (b.1940). Died 1988

14

  • Jerry Daniels born (Indianapolis, IA) American popular tenor singer, guitarist, ukelele player (Ink Spots). Died 1995

16

  • Georgy Sviridov born (Fatezh, Russia) Russian composer. Died 1998

18

  • Edgard Varèse leaves Paris bound for the US

19

  • Édith Piaf (Gassion) born (Paris) French popular singer. Died 1963

22

  • Felix Slatkin born (St Louis, MO) American conductor, violinist. Died 1963

23

  • Guy Bolton, Philip Bartholomae, Jerome Kern & Schuyler Green’s musical Very Good Eddie opens on Broadway (341 performances)

25

  • Una Mae Carlisle born (Xenia, OH) American jazz singer, pianist, songwriter. Died 1956
  • Pete Rugolo born (San Piero Patti, Italy) Italian-American jazz composer, arranger (Stan Kenton). Died 2011
  • Irving Berlin and H.B. Smith’s musical Stop! Look! Listen! opens in New York

28

  • Rutland Boughton’s cantata Bethlehem premiered in Street, Somerset, lib. Boughton

29

  • Edward Elgar’s incidental music for V. Pearn’s play The Starlight Express op.78 premiered in London

Date unknown

  • Arnold Dolmetsch’s The Interpretation of the Music of the 17th and 18th Centuries published in London
  • Herbert Howells becomes the first person in the UK to receive radium treatment after being diagnosed with Grave’s Disease and given six months to live
  • Freddie Keppard and Bill Johnson’s Original Creole Orchestra turn down an offer to make a record for Victor
  • Julius Klengel’s Hymnus for 12 Cellos op.15 published in Leipzig
  • Clarence Williams and Armand Piron set up a publishing company in New Orleans

Songs published

  • Jelly Roll Blues (Ferdinand Morton); Joe Turner Blues (WC Handy); Keep the Home Fires Burning (Lena Guilbert Ford, Ivor Novello); Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag (George Asaf, Felix Powell); Paper Doll (Johnny S. Black)

 

1916

<1915 1917>

Jan

1

  • Marvin Camras born (Chicago, IL) American engineer, inventor, pioneer of wire and magnetic tape recording. Died 1995

3

  • Maxene Andrews born (Minneapolis, MN) American popular singer (Andrews Sisters). Sister of Laverne (1911-67) and Patty (b.1918) Andrews. Died 1995

4

  • Bulee ‘Slim’ Gaillard born (Detroit, MI) American jazz & R&B singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter, actor. Died 1991

6

  • Philip Bezanson born (Athol, MA) American composer, teacher. Died 1975

12

  • Jay McShann born (Muskogee, OK) American jazz bandleader, pianist, singer. Died 2006

13

  • Bernard Greenhouse born (Newark, NJ) American classical cellist, teacher (Beaux Arts Trio). Died 2011

14

  • Maxwell Davis born (Independence, KS) American saxophonist, record producer, music director at Modern & Aladdin Records (Fletcher Henderson, Jay McShann). Died 1970
  • Franz Léhar’s operetta Der Sterngucker premiered in Vienna, lib. F. Löhner
  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s opera The Critic (An Opera Rehearsed) premiered in London, lib. L.C. James

15

  • Artie Shapiro born (Denver, CO) American jazz bassist (Joe Marsala, Eddie Condon, Chu Berry, Paul Whiteman, Jack Teagarden, Benny Goodman and others). Died 2003
  • Modest Ilyich Tchaikovsky (65) dies
  • Heinrich Berté’s operetta Das Dreimäderlhaus, with music by Franz Schubert, premiered in Vienna

17

  • Granville Bantock’s Hebridean Symphony premiered in Glasgow

20

  • Henry Cowell’s incidental music for F.L. Giffin’s play Red Silence premiered in San Francisco

22

  • Henri Dutilleux born (Angers, France) French composer, teacher, head of music production for Radio France 1945-63.

28

  • Enrique Granados’s opera Goyescas premiered in New York, lib. F. Periquet
  • Ethel Smyth’s opera The Boatswain’s Mate premiered in London

29

  • Edward Elgar’s Une voix dans le désert op.77 for speaker and orchestra premiered in London, lib. E. Cammaerts
  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Scythian Suite premiered in St Petersburg

30

  • Henry Burstow (89) dies

 

Granville Bantock 1868-1946

Feb

1

  • Carl Nielsen’s Symphony no. 4 premiered in Copenhagen

4

  • Adolphe Biarent (44) dies

5

  • Daniel Santos born (Santurce, Puerto Rico) Puerto Rican popular singer, songwriter. Died 1992
  • Carl Nielsen’s incidental music for E. Christiansen’s play Faedreland premiered in Copenhagen

8

  • Jimmy Skidmore born (London) English jazz tenor saxophonist (George Shearing, Humphrey Lyttleton). Died 1998

10

  • Darius Milhaud’s Trois poèmes en prose de Lucile de Chateaubriand op.10 premiered in Paris

11

  • Alexander Taneyev’s opera Metel‘ premiered in St Petersburg

16

  • Bill Doggett born (Philadelphia, PA) American jazz and R&B pianist, organist. Died 1996
  • Charles Fowlkes born (New York, NY) American jazz baritone saxophonist (Tiny Bradshaw, Lionel Hampton, Arnett Cobb, Count Basie). Died 1980

23

  • Felix Weingartner’s opera Dame Kobold premiered in Darmstadt

28

  • Svend Asmussen born (Copenhagen) Danish jazz violinist.

29

  • Dinah Shore born (Winchester, TN) American pop and jazz singer, actress. Died 1994

 

Alexander Taneyev 1850-1918

Mar

1

  • George Gershwin signs his first publishing contract with the Harry von Tilzer Publishing Company
  • Nick LaRocca moves to Chicago to join Johnny Stein’s Band

2

  • Bernard Stevens born (London) English composer, teacher. Died 1983

3

  • Stein’s Dixie Jass Band’s first gig at Schiller’s Café in Chicago

5

  • Ian Parrott born (London) English composer, teacher, writer.
  • Eugen d’Albert’s opera Die toten Augen premiered in Dresden

6

  • Red Callender born (Haynesville, VA) American jazz bassist, tuba player (Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Art Tatum, Charles Mingus and many others). Died 1992

12

  • Charles Tournemire’s Symphony No.4 premiered in Paris

15

  • Harry James born (Albany, GA) American jazz and popular bandleader, trumpeter (Ben Pollack, Benny Goodman, own bands). Died 1983

17

  • Ray Ellington born (London) English jazz bandleader, singer, drummer, part of the Goon Show cast 1951-60. Died 1985

21

  • Walter ‘Choker’ Campbell born (Shelby, MS) American R&B bandleader, saxophonist. Died 1993

24

  • Enrique Granados (48) among fifty killed when passenger ship Sussex sunk by a German U-Boat

28

  • Hubert Parry’s setting of William Blake’s Jerusalem premiered in London
  • Cole Porter and T.L. Riggs’s musical See America First premiered in New York

30

  • Jean Sibelius’ Two Pieces for violin or cello and orchestra op.77 premiered in Helsinki

unk

  • Maurice Ravel made a driver in the French army’s motor transport corps

 

Sheet music for Hubert Parry and William Blake’s Jerusalem

Apr

2

  • Oleg Lundstrem born (Chita, Russia) Russian jazz composer, conductor, bandleader, violinist. Died 2005
  • Hans Huber’s opera Die schöne Bellinda premiered in Berne
  • Erik Satie’s Choses vues à droite et à gauche & Trois Poèmes d’amour premiered in Paris

6

  • Max Reger’s Quintet for clarinet and strings op.146 premiered in Stuttgart

9

  • Claude Debussy’s Noël des enfants qui n’ont plus de maison premiered in Paris
  • Manuel de Falla’s Noches en los jardines de España for piano and orchestra premiered in Madrid

11

  • Alberto Ginastera born (Buenos Aires) Argentinian composer, teacher. Died 1983

12

  • Russell Garcia born (Oakland, CA) American film and television composer, arranger, conductor.

14

  • Denis ApIvor born (Westmeath, Ireland) Irish-Welsh composer. Died 2004

16

  • Scott Joplin records piano rolls for Connorized, including Maple Leaf Rag & Magnetic Rag

20

  • Béla Bartók’s Két portré [Two Portraits] for orchestra premiered in Budapest

22

  • Yehudi Menuhin born (New York, NY) American-Swiss-British violinist, conductor. Died 1999

27

  • Ruggero Leoncavallo’s opera Goffredo Mameli premiered in Genoa, lib. Leoncavallo and G. Belvederi

30

  • Robert Shaw born (Red Bluff, CA) American conductor. Died 1999

 

Manuel de Falla 1876-1946

May

10

  • Milton Babbitt born (Philadelphia, PA) American composer, electronic musician, teacher.

11

  • Max Reger (43) dies of heart failure

13

  • Paul Rubens, Seymour Hicks, Adrian Ross & Sidney Jones’s musical The Happy Day opened in London

14

  • Lloyd “Skip” Martin born (Robinson, IL) American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger (Count Basie, Charlie Barnet, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Les Brown and others). Died 1976

16

  • Dud Bascomb born (Birmingham, AL) American jazz trumpeter (Erskine Hawkins). Brother of Paul Bascomb (1912-86). Died 1972
  • Erik Satie’s Trois mélodies premiered in Paris

17

  • Paul Quinichette born (Denver, CO) American jazz tenor saxophonist (Jay McShann, Louis Jordan, Count Basie and others). Died 1983

25

  • Moondog aka Louis Hardin born (Marysville, KS) American blind composer, multi-instrumentalist, poet, inventor, street musician. Died 1999

Jun

5

  • Stein’s Dixie Jass Band, minus drummer Johnny Stein, plays its first gig in Chicago under its new name, the Original Dixieland Jass Band

6

  • James Bodie Davis born (Greenville, SC) American Gospel singer (Dixie Hummingbirds). Died 2007
  • John Mehegan born (Wethersfield, CT) American jazz pianist, writer, critic, teacher. Died 1984

8

  • Freddie Webster born (Cleveland, OH) American jazz trumpeter (Benny Carter, Cab Calloway, Earl Hines, Jimmie Lunceford). Died 1947

10

  • Max Vogrich (64) dies

12

  • Ziegfeld Follies Of 1916 Broadway revue opens (112 performances)

17

  • Einar Englund born (Ljugarn, Finland) Finnish composer. Died 1999
  • Terry Gilkyson born (Phoenixville, PA) American folk singer, songwriter (Easy Riders). Died 1999

24

  • Carl Nielsen’s incidental music for H. Rode’s Prologen ved Mindefesten for Shakespeare [Prologue to the Shakespeare Memorial Celebrations] premiered in Elsinore, Denmark

26

  • Karlrobert Kreiten born (Bonn) German-Dutch classical pianist. Died 1943

28

  • Paul Hindemith’s Concerto for cello and orchestra op.3 premiered in Frankfurt

 

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band

Jul

7

  • Lloyd ‘Tiny’ Grimes born (Newport News, VA) American jazz and R&B guitarist, bandleader (Art Tatum, Rocking Highlanders). Died 1989

12

  • Sam “The Man” Taylor born (Lexington, TN) American jazz and R&B saxophonist (Lucky Millinder, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner and others). Died 1990

18

  • Darius Milhaud’s Trois poèmes op.37 premiered in Paris

25

  • Alfred Hill’s String Quartet No. 4 completed

29

  • Charlie Christian born (Dallas, TX) American jazz guitarist (Benny Goodman 1939-41). Died 1942

 

Alfred Hill 1869-1960

Aug

2

  • Hamish MacCunn (48) dies

3

  • Claude Demetrius born (Bath, ME) American popular, R&B and rock songwriter. Died 1988
  • Oscar Asche & Frederic Norton’s musical Chu Chin Chow opens in London (2,238 performances)

5

  • George Butterworth (31) killed by a sniper at the Somme

8

  • Friedrich Baumfelder (80) dies
  • Franz Eckert (64) dies of stomach cancer in Seoul

9

  • Mike Bryan born (Byhalia, MS) American jazz guitarist (Red Nichols, Benny Goodman). Died 1972
  • Marion Harris makes her first recordings for Victor

14

  • Rutland Boughton’s opera The Round Table premiered in Glastonbury, lib. R. Buckley and Boughton

18

  • Moura Lympany born (Saltash) English concert pianist. Died 2005

24

  • Léo Ferré born (Monaco) French popular singer, songwriter. Died 1993

29

  • Frank Osmond Carr (58) dies of a heart attack

 

Page from a 1917 edition of The Tatler illustrating some of the costumes used in Oscar Asche & Frederic Norton’s musical Chu Chin Chow

Sep

2

  • Ruggero Leoncavallo’s operetta Prestami tua moglie premiered in Montecatini, lib. E. Corradi

10

  • Friedrich Gernsheim (77) dies

12

  • William ‘Cat’ Anderson born (Greenville, SC) American jazz trumpeter (Duke Ellington). Died 1981

13

  • Dick Haymes born (Buenos Aires) Argentinian-American popular singer, actor (Harry James). Died 1980

15

  • Julius Fucík (44) dies

16

  • Madurai Shanmukhavadivu “MS” Subbulakshmi born (Madurai, India) Indian Carnatic singer. Died 2004

Oct

3

  • David Mann born (Philadelphia, PA) American popular songwriter. Died 2002

12

  • Karol Szymanowski’s Masques op.34 premiered in St Petersburg

15

  • Calvin Boze born (Trinity Co, TX) American R&B trumpeter, bandleader. Died 1970
  • Al Killian born (Birmingham, AL) American jazz trumpeter (Don Redman, Count Basie, Charlie Barnet, Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington). Died 1950

16

  • Peter Dodds McCormick (c.82) dies
  • Richard Strauss’s opera Ariadne auf Naxos premiered in Vienna, lib. H. von Hofmannsthal (second and final version)

19

  • Karl-Birger Blomdahl born (Växjö, Sweden) Swedish composer, conductor. Died 1968
  • Emil Gilels born (Odessa) Russian classical pianist, teacher. Died 1985

26

  • Charles ‘Crown Prince’ Waterford born (Jonesboro, AR) American R&B Singer (Andy Kirk, Jay McShann). Died 2007

27

  • Variety magazine prints an article describing “Jass” bands

28

  • Bill Harris born (Philadelphia, PA) American jazz trombonist (Benny Goodman, Charlie Barnet, Eddie Condon, Woody Herman). Died 1973

29

  • Hadda Brooks aka Hattie Hapgood born (Los Angeles, CA) American R&B singer, pianist, songwriter. Died 2002

31

  • Alcide Nunez fired from Stein’s Dixie Jass Band (Original Dixieland Jazz Band) due to his drinking and unreliability

Nov

5

  • Jean Sibelius’s incidental music for H. von Hofmannsthal’s play Jokamies [Everyman] premiered in Helsinki

6

  • Ray Conniff born (Attleboro, MA) American bandleader, arranger. Died 2002
  • Irving Berlin, Victor Herbert and H. Blossom’s musical revue The Century Girl opens in New York

7

  • Lee DeForest’s experimental 2XG radio station in New York broadcasts 1916 election results

10

  • Billy May born (Pittsburgh, PA) American jazz and popular songwriter, arranger, trumpeter, bandleader (Charlie Barnet, Glenn Miller). Died 2004

16

  • Herb Abramson born (Brooklyn, NY) American record executive, co-founder of Atlantic Records. Died 1999

17

  • Frederick Delius’s String Quartet premiered in London (3 movement version)

18

  • Vítezslav Novák’s opera Karlstejn premiered in Prague

19

  • Erik Satie’s Trois Valses distinguées du précieux dégoûté premiered in Paris

21

  • Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov’s opera Olye iz Nordlanda premiered in Moscow

23

  • Eduard Nápravník (77) dies
  • Gabriel Fauré’s Barcarolle no.12 op.106 & Nocturne no.12 op.107 premiered in Paris
  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ Elégie op.143 premiered in Paris

24

  • John Francis Barnett (79) dies

26

  • Valentino Bucchi born (Florence) Italian composer. Died 1976

Dec

2

  • Charlie Ventura born (Philadelphia, PA) American jazz bandleader, tenor saxophonist (Gene Krupa). Died 1992

5

  • Hans Richter (73) dies
  • Arnold Bax’s Moy Mell: An Irish Tone Poem premiered in London
  • Gustav Holst’s opera Savitri premiered in London, lib. Holst

6

  • Wilhelm Kienzl’s opera Das Testament premiered in Vienna

10

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s The Ugly Duckling, Humoresque Scherzo op.12b for bassoon quartet, Five Poems for voice and piano op.23, Sarcasms for piano op.17 & Toccata op.11 premiered in St Petersburg

11

  • Perez Prado born (Matanzas, Cuba) Cuban mambo bandleader, composer. Died 1989

12

  • Hubert Parry’s The Chivalry of the Sea for chorus and orchestra premiered in London

15

  • Buddy Cole born (Irving, IL) American popular and jazz bandleader, pianist. Died 1964
  • Hilding Rosenberg’s Adagio from withdrawn Symphony premiered in Stockholm

18

  • Paul Hindemith’s Eight Waltzes op.6 premiered in Frankfurt

21

  • Claude Debussy’s En Blanc et Noir premiered in Paris

25

  • Oscar Moore born (Austin, TX) American jazz guitarist (Nat Cole Trio, Three Blazers). Brother of Johnny Moore (1906-69). Died 1981
  • Alfred Bruneau’s opera Les Quatre journées premiered in Paris

26

  • Helmut Eder born (Linz, Austria) Austrian composer, teacher. Died 2005

28

  • Eduard Strauss (81) dies
  • Harry Lauder’s son John killed in action at Poiziers

29

  • Max Bruch’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra premiered in Philadelphia
  • Ernest Bloch’s String Quartet no.1 premiered in New York

31

  • Ernst Rudorff (76) dies

Date unknown

  • Carl Nielsen gets a teaching job at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen
  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s Clarinet Sonata op.129 premiered in London

Songs published

  • Beale Street Blues (W. C. Handy); Bugle Call Rag (Eubie Blake, Carey Morgan); Joe Turner Blues (Walter Hirsch, W. C. Handy); Pretty Baby (Gus Kahn, Tony Jackson, Egbert Van Alstyne); Roses of Picardy (Frederick Weatherly, Haydn Wood); Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty (A. J. Mills, Fred Godfrey, Bennett Scott); That Funny Jas Band From Dixieland (Henry I. Marshal); When you want ’em, you can’t get ’em, when you’ve got ’em, you don’t want ’em (George Gershwin & M. Roth)

 

Tony Jackson 1876-1921

1917

<19161918>

Jan

1

Hilding Rosenberg’s 3 Intermezzi premiered in Stockholm

5

Bela Bartók’s Four Slovak Folk Songs premiered in Budapest

10

Jerry Wexler born (Bronx, NY) American record producer, record executive (Atlantic), journalist. Died 2008

13

Albert Niemann (85) dies

14

Billy Butterfield born (Middleton, OH) American jazz trumpeter, cornetist, bandleader (Austin Wylie, Bob Crosby, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman). Died 1988

17

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band begin a residency at Reisenweber’s Restaurant in New York

21

Billy Maxted born (Racine, WN) American jazz pianist, arranger (Red Nichols, Ben Pollack, Benny Goodman, Claude Thornhill). Died 2001

Alfredo Casella’s Elegia eroica premiered in Rome

22

Arthur Collins & Byron G Harlan record a session for Victor. Tracks cut include That Funny Jas Band from Dixieland, the first recorded song to mention jazz in the title

23

Frederic Lee Beckett born (Nettleton, MS) American jazz trombonist (Andy Kirk, Lionel Hampton and others). Died 1946

24

Avery Parrish born (Birmingham, AL) American jazz pianist, songwriter (Erskine Hawkins). Part-paralysed in a Los Angeles bar fight in 1942 and never played again. Died 1959

30

Alexander von Zemlinsky’s opera Eine florentinische Tragödie premiered in Stuttgart

31

The Original Dixieland Jass Band record a session for Columbia in New York but the results are deemed unreleasable and are scrapped. The existence of this session is disputed.

 

Gus Kahn and Henry Marshall’s “That Funny Jas Band From Dixieland” sheet music

Feb

5

Leos Janácek’s cantata The Eternal Gospel premiered in Prague

8

Camille Saint-Saëns’s incidental music for A. de Musset’s play On ne badine pas avec l’amour premiered in Paris

10

Emile Pessard (73) dies

Harold Fraser-Simson, James W. Tate, Harry Graham & Frederick Lonsdale’s musical The Maid of the Mountains opens in London (1352 performances)

13

Heitor Villa-Lobos’s String Quartet no.2 premiered in Rio de Janeiro

18

Sergei Prokofiev’s Five Poems for voice and piano op.27 premiered in Moscow

20

Jerome Kern, Guy Bolton & P. G. Wodehouse’s musical Oh, Boy! opens on Broadway (463 performances)

21

Tadd Dameron born (Cleveland, OH) American jazz bandleader, pianist, composer, arranger. Died 1965

24

Myra Taylor born (Bonner Springs, KS) American jazz singer, songwriter, actress (Baby Dodds, Lil Hardin, Lonnie Johnson, Harlan Leonard, Eubie Blake, solo). Died 2011

25

Paul Rubens (41) dies of tuberculosis

26

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band record their first issued material for Victor. Line-up: Nick LaRocca (cor) Eddie Edwards (tb) Larry Shields (cl) Henry Ragas (p) Tony Spargo (d). Tracks cut include Livery Stable Blues & Dixie Jass Band One-Step

 

Original Dixieland Jass Band – Livery Stable Blues (Victor)

Mar

2

John Gardner born (Manchester) English composer, teacher.

4

Julius Bechgaard (73) dies

6

Paul Hindemith’s Three Movements for cello and piano op.8 premiered in Frankfurt

9

Claude Debussy’s Sonata for flute, viola and harp premiered in Paris

11

Pierre Mascagni’s La Ballata di Maggio premiered in Florence

Ottorino Respighi’s Fontane de Roma premiered in Rome

Erik Satie’s Heures séculaires et instantanées premiered in Faubourg St. Honoré

12

Leonard Chess aka Lejzor Czyz born (Motal, Belarus) Polish-American record executive, co-founder of Chess and Checker records. Brother of Phil Chess (b.1921). Died 1969

17

Brian Boydell born (Howth, Ireland) Irish composer, teacher, conductor, broadcaster, writer. Died 2000

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band’s debut 78 released on Victor, regarded as the first jazz record (see 26/2/17)

18

Riccardo Brengola born (Naples) Italian classical violinist, teacher. Died 2004

Charles Villiers Stanford’s Irish Rhapsody no.5 op.147 for orchestra premiered in London

19

Dillon ‘Curley’ Russell born (New York, NY) American jazz bassist (Tadd Dameron, Charlie Parker, Art Blakey). Died 1986

Dinu Lipatti born (Bucharest) Romanian composer, pianist. Died 1950

20

Vera Lynn born (London) English popular singer.

Edward Elgar’s ballet The Sanguine Fan op.81 premiered in London

23

Johnny Guarnieri born (New York, NY) American jazz pianist (Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, June Christy and others). Died 1985

Oscar Shumsky born (Philadelphia, PA) American classical violinist, conductor, teacher. Died 2000

Ernest Bloch’s Three Jewish Poems for orchestra premiered in Boston

25

Camille Saint-Saëns’s Sept Improvisations for organ op.150 premiered in Marseille

26

Arnold Bax’s Elegiac Trio premiered in London

27

Rufus Thomas born (Cayce, MS) American R&B, soul and funk singer, comedian, disc jockey. Father of Carla Thomas (b. 1942). Died 2001

Giacomo Puccini’s opera La rondine premiered in Monte Carlo, lib. G. Adami

30

Rudolf Brucci born (Zagreb) Croatian composer, teacher. Died 2002

Victor de Sabata’s opera Il Macigno premiered in Milan

releases

Original Dixieland Jazz Band – Dixieland Jass Band One Step / Livery Stables Blues (Victor) recorded 26/2/17

 

Arnold Bax 1883-1853

Apr

1

Scott Joplin (48) dies, probably of syphilis

Edgard Varèse makes his US conducting debut in New York

3

Bill Finegan born (Newark, NJ) American jazz bandleader, pianist, arranger, composer, teacher (Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Sauter-Finegan Orchestra). Died 2008

7

Manuel de Falla’s pantomime El corregidor y la molinera premiered in Madrid, lib. G. Martínez Sierra

12

Helen Forrest born (Atlantic City, NJ) American jazz and popular singer (Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James). Died 1999

13

Carl Nielsen’s Chaconne op.32 premiered in Copenhagen

14

Edward Elgar’s Le drapeau belge op.79 for speaker and orchestra premiered in London, lib. E. Cammaerts

15

August Enna’s opera Gloria Arsena premiered in Copenhagen

16

Bobby Robinson born (Union, SC) American record producer, founder of Fire, Fury and Red Robin Records. Died 2011

17

Spyridon Samaras (55) dies

22

Charles Ives’ Sonata no.3 for violin and piano premiered in New York

25

Ella Fitzgerald born (Newport News, VA) American jazz singer, bandleader (Chick Webb). Died 1996

27

Denzil Best born (New York, NY) American jazz drummer, composer (Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Illinois Jacquet, George Shearing, Erroll Garner and others). Died 1965

29

Florence Farr (56) dies of breast cancer

30

Bea Wain born (New York, NY) American jazz and popular singer.

Pietro Mascagni’s opera Lodoletta premiered in Rome, lib. G. Forzano

unk

George M Cohan’s Over There published

Wilbur Sweatman’s Jazz Band make their first recordings for Pathe. Line-up: Wilbur Sweatman (cl) Piccolo Jones, Vess Williams (as) Henry Minton (ts) Charlie Thorpes (bars) Frank Withers (bs). Tracks cut include Dancing An American Rag; I Wonder Why; Joe Turner Blues & A Bag Of Rags

releases

Arthur Collins & Byron G Harlan – That Funny Jas Band from Dixieland / American Quartet – The Honolulu hicki boola boo (Victor) recorded 12/1/17; 22/1/17

 

Wilbur Sweatman 1882-1961

May

3

Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo for cello and orchestra & the Israel Symphony premiered in New York

5

Claude Debussy’s Violin Sonata premiered in Paris

11

Ferruccio Busoni’s operas Arlecchino oder Die Fenster, lib. Busoni & Turandot, lib. Busoni, premiered in Zürich

12

Béla Bartók’s ballet A fából faragott királyfi [The Wooden Prince] premiered in Budapest

13

James Penberthy born (Melbourne) Australian composer, journalist. Died 1999

14

Lou Harrison born (Portland, OR) American composer. Died 2003

15

Jodie Edwards aka Butterbeans marries Susie Hawthorne on stage in Greenville, SC

16

Vera Rózsa born (Budapest) Anglo-Hungarian alto and mezzo-soprano singer, voice teacher. Died 2010

18

Erik Satie’s ballet Parade premiered in Paris

19

Petar Stojanović’s opera Das Liebchen am Dache premiered in Vienna

25

Jimmy Hamilton born (Dillon, SC) American jazz clarinetist, tenor saxophonist, composer, arranger, teacher (Lucky Millinder, Teddy Wilson, Duke Ellington). Died 1994

27

Gustav Holst’s Three Festival Choruses: Let all mortal flesh, Turn back O Man, A Festival Chime for choir and orchestra premiered in Thaxted

28

Papa John Creach born (Beaver Falls, PA) American rock violinist (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna). Died 1994

Edgar Villchur born (New York, NY) American scientist, educator, writer. Inventor of the acoustic suspension loudspeaker and pioneer of hearing aid technology. Died 2011

31

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band record a session for Columbia. Tracks cut include Darktown Strutters’ Ball & Indiana

unk

James P Johnson cuts his first piano rolls for Universal in New York

Ernest John Moeran, working as a despatch rider, wounded in the Battle of Arras and discharged

Jun

4

Robert Merrill born (Brooklyn, NY) American baritone singer. Died 2004

Earl Fuller’s Famous Jazz Band make their first recordings for Victor. Line-up: Walter Kahn (tp) Harry Raderman (tb) Ted Lewis (cl) Earl Fuller (p) John Lucas (d). Tracks cut include Slippery Hank & Yah-de-dah

6

Georgi Atanasov’s opera Gergana premiered in Sofia

7

Dean Martin aka Dino Paul Crocetti born (Steubenville, OH) American popular singer, actor, comedian. Died 1995

11

Edward Elgar’s The Fringes of the Fleet for 4 baritones and orchestra premiered in London, lib. R. Kipling

12

Teresa Carreño (63) dies

Hans Pfitzner’s opera Palestrina premiered in Munich, lib. Pfitzner

Joaquín Turina’s Mujeres espanolas op.17 premiered in Paris

18

Jovdat Hajiyev born (Shaki, Azerbaijan) Azerbaijani composer, teacher. Died 2002

19

Dave Lambert born (Boston, MA) American jazz singer (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross). Died 1966

20

Hugo Alpen (74) dies

27

Prenkë Jakova born (Shkodër, Albania) Albanian composer, teacher, author of the first Albanian opera, Mrika. Died 1969

28

The American Quartet record a session for Victor in Camden, NJ. Tracks cut include Over There. Line-up: John Bieling, Billy Murray (tenor) Steve Porter (baritone) William F. Hooley (bass)

30

Lena Horne born (Brooklyn, NY) American jazz singer, actress (Noble Sissle, Charlie Barnet). Died 2010

 

Hans Pfitzner 1869-1949

Jul

16

Philipp Scharwenka (70) dies

John Lomax fired from his job at the University of Texas

18

Henri Salvador born (Cayenne, French Guiana) French popular singer, broadcaster. Died 2008

unk

Noble Sissle makes his first recordings for Pathé. Tracks cut include A Little Bit O’ Honey & Stay In Your Own Back Yard

releases

Arthur Fields – Everybody Loves A ‘Jass’ Band (Edison) recorded 15/3/17

 

Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake (seated)

Aug

3

Antonio Lauro born (Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela) Venezuelan composer, guitarist. Died 1986

6

Hidayat Inayat Khan born (London) English composer, conductor, Sufi scholar and teacher.

7

Mose Vinson born (Holly Springs, MS) American boogie-woogie, blues and jazz pianist. Died 2002

Basil Hood (53) dies

10

James Charles ‘J. C.’ Heard born (Dayton, OH) American jazz drummer (Teddy Wilson, Benny Carter, Charlie Parker, Erroll Garner and others). Died 1988

13

Earl Fuller’s Famous Jazz Band record a session for Victor in New York. Tracks cut include Jazzin’ around; A coon band contest; The old grey mare & Beale Street blues

16

Sigmund Romberg, & Rida Johnson Young’s musical Maytime opens on Broadway (492 performances)

18

Henry Cowell’s opera The Building of Bamba premiered in Halcyon, CA, lib. Varian

22

John Lee Hooker born (Coahoma County, MS) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 2001

23

Sollie ‘Tex’ Williams born (Ramsey, IL) American country singer, guitarist. Died 1985

unk

Eubie Blake makes his first recordings for Pathé in New York. Tracks cut include Hungarian Rag – One Step & American Jubilee

 

Earl Fuller’s Famous Jazz Band: Harry Raderman, Ted Lewis, John Lucas, Earl Fuller, Walter Kahn

Sep

1

Velma Middleton born (St Louis, MO) American jazz singer (Louis Armstrong). Died 1961

2

Laurindo Almeida born (Sao Paulo) Brazilian classical and jazz guitarist (Stan Kenton). Died 1995

5

Art Rupe born (Greensberg, PA) American record executive, founder of Speciality Records.

8

Charles-Edouard Lefebvre (74) dies

13

Robert Ward born (Cleveland, OH) American composer, teacher.

14

Zoltán Kodály’s incidental music for Z. Móricz’s play Pacsirtaszó [Lark Song] premiered in Budapest

Fred Thompson, Percy Greenbank, Lionel Monckton, Howard Talbot & Adrian Ross’ musical The Boy opens in London (801 performances)

15

Richard Arnell born (London) English composer. Died 2009

17

Isang Yun born (Tongyeong, South Korea) Korean-German composer, activist. Died 1995

18

The ukulele is patented by the Honolulu Ad Club in an attempt to stop copies being made outside of Hawaii

22

(to 25th) WC Handy’s Memphis Orchestra make their first recordings for Columbia over four days. Line-up: WC Handy (cor) Edward Alexander, Darnell Howard, William Tyler (vln) Sylvester Bevard (tb) Henry Graves (cel) Charles Harris, Nelson Kincaid (cl, ts) Alex Poole (cl, as) Charles Hillman (p) Archie Walls (b) Jasper Taylor (d, xyl). Tracks cut include Sweet Child; Old Town Pump; Bunch Of Blues; Moonlight Blues; Livery Stable Blues; That Jazz Dance Everyone Is Crazy About; Hooking Cow Blues; Ole Miss Rag; Snaky Blues & Fuzzy Wuzzy Rag

30

Buddy Rich born (New York, NY) American jazz drummer, bandleader (Bunny Berigan, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, own band). Died 1987

releases

American Quartet – Over There / I May Be Gone For A Long Long Time (Victor) recorded 28/6/17; 22/6/17

Earl Fuller’s Famous Jazz Band – Slippery Hank / Yah-de-dah (Victor) recorded 4/6/17

Original Dixieland Jazz Band – Darktown Strutters’ Ball / Indiana (Columbia) recorded 31/5/17

 

WC Handy’s Memphis Orchestra

Oct

2

Francis Jackson born (Malton, Yorks) English organist, composer.

4

Edward Elgar’s The Spirit of England op.80 for choir and orchestra premiered in Birmingham (parts 2 and 3 premiered 3/5/16 in Leeds)

10

Thelonious Monk born (Rocky Mount, NC) American jazz pianist, composer. Died 1982

11

Maurice Ravel’s Trois chansons pour choeur mixte sans accompagnement premiered in Paris

18

George Webb born (London) English jazz pianist, bandleader. Died 2010

19

John Alden Carpenter’s Symphony no.1 “Sermons in Stone” premiered in Chicago

21

John Birks ‘Dizzy’ Gillespie born (Cheraw, SC) American jazz trumpeter, composer, bandleader (Teddy Hill, Cab Calloway, Earl Hines, Billy Eckstine, own bands). Died 1993

24

Leopold Stokowski makes his first recordings conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra for Victor. Tracks cut include Brahms’ Hungarian dance no.5 & Hungarian dance no.6

26

Modest Musorgsky’s opera Sorochinskaya yarmarka [Sorochintsï Fair] premiered in St Petersburg, lib. Musorgsky. Completed by César Cui

Jean Sibelius’ Six Songs op.88 premiered in Helsinki

27

Jascha Heifetz, aged 17, makes his US debut at Carnegie Hall, New York

28

Alexander Glazunov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 op.100 premiered in St Petersburg

29

Victor Herbert’s musical Eileen opens on Broadway

30

Anna Marly née Anna Yurievna Betulinskaya born (St Petersburg) Franco-Russian popular singer, songwriter, writer of the Free French anthem Chant des Partisans. Died 2006

Nov

2

Bernhard Sekles’s opera Scheherezade premiered in Mannheim

6

Ferruccio Busoni’s Sonatina no.3 for piano premiered in Zürich

7

Howard Rumsey born (Brawley, CA) American jazz bassist, bandleader (Stan Kenton, Charlie Barnet, Barney Bigard, Lighthouse All Stars).

9

Jascha Heifetz makes his first recordings for Victor in Camden, NJ with pianist André Benoist. Tracks cut include Riccardo Drigo’s Valse bluette; Henri Wieniawski’s Scherzo-tarantelle & Franz Schubert’s Ave Maria aka Ellens Gesang

10

Gabriel Fauré’s Violin Sonata no.2 op.108 premiered in Paris

11

Tofig Guliyev born (Baku, Azerbaijan) Azerbaijani composer, conductor, teacher, music director. Died 2000

Aleksandr Glazunov’s Piano Concerto no.2 premiered in Petrograd

12

Jo Stafford born (Coalinga, CA) American popular singer. Died 2008

14

Leos Janácek’s The Fiddler’s Child premiered in Prague

26

Nesuhi Ertegun born (Istanbul, Turkey) Turkish-American record producer, executive at Atlantic Records. Brother of Ahmet Ertegun (1923-2006). Died 1989

29

Merle Travis born (Rosewood, KY) American country singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 1983

Gustav Holst’s Phantasy on British Folk Songs premiered in London

Carl Nielsen’s Theme with Variations op.40 premiered in Copenhagen

30

Emil Ábrányi’s opera Don Quijote premiered in Budapest

unk

Arthur Benjamin joins the Royal Flying Corps

Noble Sissle records a session for Pathé. Tracks cut include Can’t Yo’ Heah Me Callin’, Caroline & Little Alabama Coon

releases

Earl Fuller’s Famous Jazz Band – The old grey mare / Beale Street blues (Victor) recorded 13/8/17

 

Jascha Heifetz 1901-87

Dec

1

Edgard Varèse makes his American conducting debut with Berlioz’s Requiem in New York

3

Wilbur Sweatman’s Jazz Band record a session for Pathé. tracks cut include Boogie Rag

7

Ludwig Minkus (91) dies of pneumonia

Arnold Bax’s ballet From Dusk Till Dawn premiered in London

11

Francis Poulenc’s Rapsodie nègre premiered in Paris

15

Bela Bartók’s Five Slovak Folk Songs premiered in Vienna

18

Eddie Vinson born (Houston, TX) American jazz and R&B saxophonist, singer (Cootie Williams, own bands). Died 1988

26

Henry Kimball Hadley’s opera Azora, the Daughter of Montezuma premiered in Chicago

28

Leo Ascher’s operetta Bruder Leichtsinn premiered in Vienna

31

Irving Berlin and George M. Cohan’s musical revue The Cohan Revue of 1918 opens in New York

Date unknown

Furry Lewis loses a leg in a railway accident

Cecil Sharp & O.D. Campbell’s English Folk-Songs from the Southern Appalachians published in London

songs published

The Darktown Strutters’ Ball (Shelton Brooks); Good-bye-ee (R. P. Weston, Bert Lee); Livery Stable Blues (Alcide Nunez, Ray Lopez); Oh It’s A Lovely War (Maurice Scott); Over There (George M. Cohan); Rose Room (Harry Williams, Art Hickman); Tiger Rag (Harry De Costa, Edwin B. Edwards, Nick La Rocca, Tony Sbarbaro, Henry Ragas, Larry Shields)

 

Sheet music for George M Cohan’s Over There

1918

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Jan

1

James Reese Europe and his 15th Infantry regimental band arrive in France

Franz Léhar’s operetta A pacsirta [The Lark] premiered in Budapest, lib. F. Martos

12

Zoltán Kodály’s Régi magyar katonadalok [Old Hungarian Soldiers’ Songs] for chamber orchestra premiered in Budapest

15

Arthur Honegger’s Six Poèmes premiered in Paris

19

Gabriel Fauré’s Cello Sonata no.1 op.109 premiered in Paris

Sylvio Lazzari’s opera Le Sautériot premiered in Chicago

Jean Sibelius’s Jääkärien marssi [Jäger March] for male chorus and orchestra premiered in Helsinki

20

Juan García Esquivel born (Tampico, Mexico) Mexican easy listening composer, bandleader, pianist. Died 2002

Charles Villiers Stanford’s Verdun: Solemn March and Heroic Epilogue op.151 for orchestra premiered in London

24

Gottfried von Einem born (Berne) Austrian composer. Died 1996

Ferruccio Busoni’s Sonatina no.4 in diem Nativitatis Christi MCMXVII premiered in Zürich

27

Lyle “Skitch” Henderson born (Halstad, MN) American popular and classical bandleader, composer, conductor, pianist. NBC Radio and TV 1951-66. Founder of the New York Pops Orchestra (1983). Died 2005

Elmore James born (Holmes County, MS) American blues guitarist, singer, songwriter. Died 1963

28

Bob Hilliard born (New York, NY) American popular lyricist. Died 1971

30

Daniël de Lange (76) dies

unk

Lead Belly gaoled for killing Will Stafford, a relative, in a fight over a woman. He is released after serving 7 years of a 35 year sentence

 

James Reese Europe and band in Paris

Feb

5

Gara Garayev born (Baku, Azerbaijan) Azerbaijani composer, teacher. Died 1982

7

Alexander Taneyev (68) dies

Leopold Auer leaves Russia for New York

9

Igor Stravinsky’s Trois pièces faciles & Cinq pièces faciles for piano 4 hands premiered in Paris

11

Béla Bartók’s Román népi táncok [Romanian Folk Dances] for orchestra premiered in Budapest

Carl Nielsen’s Pan and Syrinx premiered in Copenhagen

15

Hank Locklin born (McLellan, FL) Country singer, songwriter. Died 2009

Miguel Marqués (74) dies

Carl Nielsen’s incidental music for J. Sigurjónsson’s play Løgneren [The Liar] premiered in Copenhagen

16

Patty Andrews born (Minneapolis, MN) American popular singer (Andrews Sisters). Sister of Laverne (1911-67) and Maxene (1916-95) Andrews.

20

Phil Moore born (Portland, OR) American jazz pianist, arranger, bandleader. Died 1987

23

Sophie Menter (71) dies

 

Carl Nielsen 1865-1931

Mar

3

Bela Bartók’s String Quartet No. 2 premiered in Budapest

6

Howard McGhee born (Tulsa, OK) American jazz trumpeter, bandleader (Lionel Hampton, Andy Kirk, Charlie Barnet, Charlie Parker and others). Died 1987

Paul Hindemith’s Piano Quintet in e minor op.7 premiered in Frankfurt

8

Lili Boulanger’s Clairières dans le Ciel premiered in Paris

9

Saul Bihari born (St Louis, MO) American record executive, co-founder of Modern Records. Brother of Lester (1912-83), Julius (1913-84) and Joe (b.1925) Bihari. Died 1975

10

Eugen d’Albert’s opera Der Stier von Olivera premiered in Leipzig

Arnold Bax’s In memoriam: An Irish Elegy premiered in London

11

Granville Bantock’s incidental music for H.R. Barber’s play The Cortege premiered in London

13

César Cui (83) dies of cerebral apoplexy

Al Jolson reocrds a session for Columbia. Tracks cut include Rock-a-bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody

15

Lili Boulanger (24) dies of Crohn’s disease

19

Arthur Honegger’s Violin Sonata no.1 premiered in Paris

Francis Poulenc’s Poèmes sénégalais premiered in Paris

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band record a session for Victor in New York. Tracks cut include At The Jazz Band Ball & Ostrich Walk

20

Marian McPartland (née Turner) born (Slough, Berks) English jazz pianist, composer, writer, broadcaster.

Bernd Alois Zimmermann born (Bliesheim, Germany) German composer, teacher. Died 1970

21

‘Sir’ Charles Thompson born (Springfield, OH) American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader.

23

Granville ‘Stick’ McGhee born (Knoxville, TN) American blues and R&B guitarist, singer, songwriter. Brother of Brownie McGhee (1915-96). Died 1961

Théo Ysaÿe (53) dies

Charles Wakefield Cadman’s opera Shanewis premiered in New York

25

Claude Debussy (55) dies of cancer

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band record a session for Victor in New York. Tracks cut include Tiger Rag & Skeleton Jangle

26

Andy Hamilton born (Port Maria, Jamaica) Anglo-Jamaican jazz saxophonist, composer.

29

Pearl Bailey born (Southampton County, VA) American popular and jazz singer, actress. Died 1990

Wilbur Sweatman’s Jazz Band record a session for Columbia. Tracks cut include Everybody’s Crazy ‘Bout The Doggone Blues & Regretful Blues

30

José María Usandizaga’s opera La llama (completed by brother Ramón Usandizaga) premiered posthumously in Madrid

31

Robert Fischhof (61) dies

Apr

3

Sixten Ehrling born (Malmö, Sweden) Swedish conductor, teacher. Died 2005

4

Paul von Klenau’s opera Kjarten und Gudrun premiered in Mannheim

6

Big Walter Horton born (Horn Lake, MS) American blues harmonica player. Died 1981

7

Michael ‘Peanuts’ Hucko born (Syracuse, NY) American jazz clarinetist, bandleader (Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong and others). Died 2003

9

Richard Strauss’s ballet Der Bürger als Edelmann premiered in Berlin

15

Sergei Prokofiev’s Visions Fugitives & Piano Sonata no.3 premiered in St Petersburg

17

Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata no.4 premiered in St Petersburg

19

Granville Bantock’s incidental music for Oscar Wilde’s play Salome premiered in London

21

Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 ‘Classical’ premiered in St Petersburg

22

Mitja Nikisch makes his concert debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

24

A posthumous concert of the works of William Denis Browne is held at the Wigmore Hall, London

25

Franz Schreker’s opera Die Gezeichneten premiered in Frankfurt

26

Cecil Coles (29) shot dead by a sniper on the Western Front

27

Arnold Bax’s Folk-Tale premiered in London

unk

Charles Villiers Stanford’s Piano Trio No. 3 op.158 completed

 

Franz Schreker 1878-1934

May

7

Zoltan Kodály’s Belated Melodies op.6, Duo op.7 for violin and cello, Sonata for Solo Cello op.8 & String Quartet no.2 op.10 premiered in Budapest

Sergei Prokofiev leaves St Petersburg bound for New York, via Vladivostok and Tokyo (where he played some concerts). He arrives in New York in September

15

Eddy Arnold born (Henderson, TN) American country singer, songwriter. Died 2008

17

Birgit Nilsson born (Västra Karup, Sweden) Swedish soprano singer. Died 2005

18

Toivo Kuula (34) accidentally shot dead during the victory celebrations following the end of the Finnish civil war

19

Gustav Holst’s This have I done for my true love for choir premiered in Thaxted

24

Evan Williams (50) dies

Béla Bartók’s opera A Kékszakállú herceg vára [Bluebeard’s Castle] premiered in Budapest, lib. B. Balázs

31

Wilbur Sweatman’s Jazz Band record a session for Columbia. Tracks cut include Darktown Strutter’s Ball & Goodbye Alexander

 

Bela Bartók – Duke Bluebeard’s Castle (EMI)

Jun

1

Frank Cordell born (Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey) English composer, arranger, conductor. Died 1980

4

Marcelo Koc born (Vitebsk, Belarus) Polish-Argentinian composer. Died 2006

7

Arnold Bax’s String Quartet no.1 premiered in London

10

Patachou aka Henriette Ragon born (Paris) French cabaret singer, actress.

Arrigo Boito (76) dies

13

Wild Bill Moore born (Houston, TX) American R&B saxophonist, bandleader (Slim Gaillard, Jack McVea, Joe Turner, Dexter Gordon). Died 1983

14

John Simmons born (Haskell, OK) American jazz bassist (Teddy Wilson, Roy Eldridge, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and others). Died 1979

15

Haji Khanmammadov born (Derbent, Dagestan, Russia) Azerbaijani composer, music administrator. Died 2005

Paul Graener’s opera Theophano premiered in Munich

17

Billy Garland born (Flowood, MS) American blues singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 1960

18

Ziegfeld Follies Of 1916 Broadway revue opens

19

Joe Glazer born (New York, NY) American folk singer, songwriter, trade union activist. Died 2006

25

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band record a session for Victor in New York. Tracks cut include Bluin’ The Blues; Fidgety Feet (War Cloud) & Sensation Rag

26

Roger Voisin born (Anger, France) Franco-American classical trumpeter, teacher. Died 2008

releases

Original Dixieland Jazz Band – At The Jazz Band Ball / Ostrich Walk (Victor) recorded 19/3/18

 

Sheet music for Gene Buck and Dave Stamper’s Garden of My Dreams as featured in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1918

Jul

5

George Rochberg born (Paterson, NJ) American composer. Died 2005

6

Eugene List born (Philadelphia, PA) American concert pianist, teacher. Died 1985

9

Herbert Brün born (Berlin) German-American composer, electronic music pioneer, teacher. Died 2000

17

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band record a session for Victor in New York. Tracks cut include Mournin’ Blues; Clarinet Marmalade Blues & Lazy Daddy

22

Marion Harris records a session for Victor in Camden, NJ. Tracks cut include After You’ve Gone

24

Ruggiero Ricci born (San Bruno, CA) American classical violinist.

31

Hank Jones born (Vicksburg, MS) American jazz pianist, bandleader, composer (Coleman Hawkins, Billy Eckstine, Andy Kirk, Charlie Parker, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman and many others). Brother of Thad Jones (1923-86) and Elvin Jones (1927-2004). Died 2010

Arthur Benjamin’s aeroplane is shot down over Germany by Hermann Goering and he is interned in a POW camp near Berlin

Aug

3

Leos Janácek’s Schoolmaster Halfar premiered in Luhacovice

7

Frank Culley born (Salisbury, MD) American R&B saxophonist, bandleader. Died 1991

10

Arnett Cobb born (Houston, TX) American jazz & R&B tenor-saxophonist, bandleader (Lionel Hampton). Died 1989

11

Darius Milhaud’s Symphonie de chambre no.1 premiered in Rio de Janeiro

Sergei Prokofiev arrives in the United States

13

Olivier Alain born (Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France) French composer, organist, pianist, musicologist. Brother of Jehan Alain (1911-40) and Marie-Claire Alain (b.1926). Died 1994

15

(Mario del) Tránsito Cocomarola born (Corrientes, Argentina) Argentinian folklorist, folk composer, musician. Died 1974

Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Naufrágio de Kleônicos premiered in Rio de Janeiro

17

Ike Quebec born (Newark, NJ) American jazz tenor saxophonist (Benny Carter, Coleman Hawkins, Cab Calloway). Died 1963

Wilbur Sweatman’s Jazz Band record a session for Columbia. Tracks cut include Those Draftin’ Blues & Rock A Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody

18

Gilbert ‘Cisco’ Houston born (Wilmington, DE) American folk singer, songwriter (Almanac Singers). Died 1961

19

Jimmy Rowles born (Spokane, WA) American jazz pianist, session player (Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald). Died 1996

Irving Berlin’s musical revue Yip, Yip, Yaphank opens in New York

21

Orville Gibson (62) dies of chronic endocarditis

24

Harry Vann Walls born (Millersboro, KY) American R&B pianist, bandleader. Died 1999

25

Leonard Bernstein born (Lawrence, MA) American composer, conductor, pianist. Died 1990

31

Alan Jay Lerner born (New York, NY) American popular lyricist. Died 1986

releases

Original Dixieland Jazz Band – Tiger Rag / Skeleton Jangle (Victor) recorded 25/3/18

Sep

7

Morfydd Llwyn Owen (26) dies of appendicitis

8

Bill Graham born (Kansas City, MO) American jazz baritone saxophonist (Paul Quinchette, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Mercer Ellington and others)

13

Dick Haymes born (Buenos Aires) Argentinian actor, singer. Died 1980

14

Israel “Cachao” López born (Havana) Cuban mambo bassist, composer. Died 2008

18

Ernest Farrar (33) killed at the Battle of Epehy Ronssoy near Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France

19

Liza Lehmann (56) dies

21

Tommy Potter born (Philadelphia, PA) American jazz bassist (Billy Eckstine, Charlie Parker and others). Died 1988

22

Henryk Szeryng born (Żelazowa Wola, Poland) Polish classical violinist. Died 1988

28

Igor Stravinsky’s opera-ballet Histoire du soldat premiered in Lausanne, lib. C.F. Ramuz

29

Gustav Holst’s The Planets suite for orchestra premiered in London (private performance)

releases

Original Dixieland Jazz Band – Sensation Rag / Bluin’ The Blues (Victor) recorded 25/6/18

 

Playbill for the premiere of Stravinsky’s opera Histoire du Soldat

Oct

5

Jimmy Blanton born (Chattanooga, TN) American jazz bassist (Duke Ellington 1939-41). Died 1941

7

Hubert Parry (70) dies of Spanish flu

Wilbur Sweatman’s Jazz Band record a session for Columbia. Tracks cut include Dallas Blues

11

Jerome Robbins born (New York, NY) American choreographer, film director. Died 1988

15

Antonio Cotogni (87) dies

16

Felix Arndt (29) dies of influenza

Kosaku Yamada’s Choreographic Symphony, “Maria Magdalena” premiered in New York

19

Henry Kimball Hadley’s opera Bianca premiered in New York

24

Alexandre Charles Lecocq (86) dies

Jean Sibelius’s Oma maa [Our Native Land] for chorus and orchestra premiered in Helsinki

29

Rudolf Tobias (45) dies

31

Frederick Delius’s Cello Sonata premiered in London

 

Rudolf Tobias 1873-1918 as featured on an Estonian banknote

Nov

1

Italo Montemezzi’s opera La nave premiered in Milan

3

Pandit Pran Nath born (Lahore, Pakistan) Indian classical singer, teacher. Died 1996

9

Hubert Parry’s Elegy for Brahms for orchestra premiered in London

11

Jürg Baur born (Düsseldorf) German composer. Died 2010

18

Asmahan aka Amal al-Atrash born (on a ship between Turkey and Lebanon) Syrian popular singer, actress. Died 1944

20

Igor Stravinsky’s Kolïbel′nïye (Berceuses du chat) [4 Cat’s Cradle Songs] & Pribautki (Pribaoutki) [4 songs] for voice and accompaniment premiered in Paris

24

Wild Bill Davis born (Glasgow, MO) American jazz organist, pianist, arranger (Louis Jordan, Johnny Hodges, Duke Ellington and others). Died 1995

Hans Huber’s opera Frutta di mare premiered in Basel

29

Sergei Prokofiev plays his first New York concert

30

Gabriel Fauré’s Une châtelaine en sa tour op.110 premiered in Paris

Dec

2

Arthur Honegger’s ballet Le Dit des Jeux du Monde premiered in Paris

12

Joe Williams born (Cordele, GA) American jazz baritone singer (Jimmy Noone, Coleman Hawkins, Lionel Hampton, Count Basie). Died 1999

14

Giacomo Puccini’s one-act operas Il tabarro, Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi premiered in New York

19

Professor Longhair aka Roy Byrd born (Bogalusa, LA) American R&B pianist, singer, songwriter. Died 1980

Josef Bohuslav Foerster’s opera Nepremozeni premiered in Prague

21

David “Panama” Francis born (Miami, FL) American jazz drummer (Lucky Millinder, Cab Calloway and many others). Died 2001

25

Eddie Safranski born (Pittsburgh, PA) American jazz bassist (Stan Kenton). Died 1974

26

George Edward “Butch” Ballard born (Camden, NJ) American jazz drummer, teacher (Louis Armstrong, Cootie Williams, Count Basie, Duke Ellington).

Bertram Luard-Selby (65) dies

30

Jimmy Jones born (Memphis, TN) American jazz pianist, arranger, session player (Stuff Smith, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Clifford Brown, Duke Ellington and many others). Died 1982

unk

Sam Lanin’s first band, the Roseland Orchestra, becomes the first house band at the newly opened Roseland Ballroom on Broadway, New York

date unknown

The Paul Whiteman Orchestra formed in San Francisco. Alumni include Bix Beiderbecke, Bunny Berrigan, Bing Crosby, Eddie Lang, Gussie Mueller, Jack Teagarden, Frankie Trumbauer and Joe Venuti

songs published

After You’ve Gone (Henry Creamer, Turner Layton); At The Jazz Band Ball; Clarinet Marmalade; Fidgety Feet (all Edwin B. Edwards, Nick LaRocca, Tony Spargo, Larry Shields); Ja-Da (Bob Carleton); Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody (Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young, Jean Schwartz)

1919

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Jan

3

Herbie Nichols born (New York, NY) American jazz pianist, composer. Died 1963

7

Sergei Prokofiev’s Old Grandmother’s Tales for piano op.31 premiered in New York

11

Ed McCurdy born (Willow Hill, PA) American Folk singer, songwriter, actor. Died 2000

Frederick Delius’s Eventyr for orchestra premiered in London

12

Bohuslav Martinu’s cantata Czech Rhapsody premiered in Prague

16

Rudolf Dittrich (57) dies

19

Israel Crosby born (Chicago, IL) American jazz bassist (Ahmad Jamal, George Shearing). Died 1962

23

Millard Lampell born (Paterson, NJ) American screenwriter, songwriter, librettist (Almanac Singers). Died 1997

24

Leon Kirchner born (Brooklyn, NY) American composer. Died 2009

28

Arthur William Foote’s Scherzo for Flute and String Quartet premiered in Boston

30

Frederick Delius’s Violin Concerto premiered in London

Rubin Goldmark’s Requiem on Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address premiered in New York

unk

Ignacy Jan Paderewski becomes Prime Minister of Poland

Joseph Samuels makes his first recordings for Pathé in New York. Although he made around 400 recordings between 1919 and 1925, almost nothing is known about Samuels save the fact that he was probably from Tennessee and may have died in 1953.

Johnny Stein’s Original New Orleans Jazz Band record for Gennett. Line-up: Achille Baquet (cl) Frank Christian (cor) Jimmy Durante (p) Frank Lhotak (tb) Johnny Stein (d). Tracks cut include He’s Had No Loving for a Long, Long Time / Ja Da.

releases

Marion Harris – After You’ve Gone / Henry Burr – I’m glad I can make you cry (Victor) recorded 22/7/18; 23/10/18

Feb

1

Frederick Delius’s String Quartet premiered in London (4 movement version)

3

Eugene ‘Snooky’ Young born (Dayton, OH) American jazz trumpeter (Jimmie Lunceford, Count Basie). Died 2011

6

Wilbur Sweatman’s Jazz Band record a session for Columbia. Tracks cut include Ja Da & A Good Man’s Hard To Find

8

Buddy Morrow aka Muni Zudekoff born (New Haven, CT) American jazz trombonist, bandleader (Eddie Condon, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey and others). Died 2010

9

Francis Poulenc’s Trois Mouvements perpétuels premiered in Paris

13

Tennessee Ernie Ford born (Bristol, TN) American country singer, broadcaster. Died 1991

18

Henry Ragas (28) dies of spanish flu

21

Zakaria Paliashvili’s opera Abesalom da Eteri premiered in Tbilisi

Wilhelm Peterson-Berger’s opera Domedagsprofeterna premiered in Stockholm

22

Giovanni Bolzoni (77) dies

Carl Nielsen’s incidental music for A. Oehlenschläeger’s play Aladdin premiered in Copenhagen

27

Roman Haubenstock-Ramati born (Kraków) Polish composer, music editor, painter. Died 1994

releases

Original Dixieland Jazz Band – Clarinet Marmalade Blues / Mournin’ Blues (Victor) recorded 17/7/18

 

Francis Poulenc 1899-1963

Mar

6

Gialdino Gialdini (75) dies

9

Darius Milhaud’s Symphony no.2 op.49 premiered in Paris

11

Mercer Ellington born (Washington, DC) American jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, bandleader. Son of Duke Ellington (1899-1974). Died 1996

14

Gabriel Fauré’s Ballade for piano and orchestra premiered in Paris

17

Nat ‘King’ Cole born (Montgomery, AL) American jazz and popular singer, pianist, actor. Died 1965

18

Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera Gaudeamus: Szenen aus dem deutschen Studentenleben premiered in Darmstadt, lib. R. Misch

19

Lennie Tristano born (Chicago, IL) American jazz pianist, composer, teacher, bandleader. Died 1978

21

Edward Elgar’s Sonata op.82 for violin and piano premiered in Worcester

25

Charles Villiers Stanford’s A Song of Agincourt op.168 for orchestra premiered in London

26

Edward German’s Theme and Six Diversions for orchestra premiered in London

28

Jacob Avshalomov born (Qingdao, China) Russo-American composer, conductor, teacher. Son of Aaron Avshalomov (1894-1965).

30

Darius Milhaud’s Chanson bas op.44 & Trois poèmes de Léo Latil op.2 premiered in Paris

Sergei Prokofiev’s Four Pieces op.32 premiered in New York

31

Ferruccio Busoni’s Sarabande and Cortège op.51 premiered in Zürich

Wilbur Sweatman’s Jazz Band record a session for Columbia. Tracks cut include I’ll Say She Does / Lucille & Slide Kelly Slide

unk

Matthijs Vermeulen’s Symphony no.1 premiered in Arnhem

 

Matthijs Vermeulen 1888-1967

Apr

3

Ervin Drake (Druckman) born (New York, NY) American popular songwriter.

5

Darius Milhaud’s String Quartet no.4 premiered in Paris

Jean Sibelius’ Ute hörs stormen premiered in Viipuri

7

Jimmy ‘T-99′ Nelson born (Philadelphia, PA) American blues singer, songwriter. Died 2007

10

Gabriel Fauré’s musical comedy Masques et bergamasques premiered in Monte Carlo, lib. R. Fauchois

Reynaldo Hahn’s opera Nausicaa premiered in Monte Carlo

11

Gabriel Fauré’s Fantaisie op.111 premiered in Paris

Maurice Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin premiered in Paris

12

István Anhalt born (Budapest) Hungaro-Canadian composer, teacher.

Igor Stravinsky’s Suite from ‘The Firebird’ for orchestra premiered in Geneva (second version)

14

Karel Berman born (Jindřichův Hradec, Czech Rep) Czech bass singer, composer, opera director. Died 1995

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band play their proper debut British gig at the London Palladium (an earlier show at the Hippodrome consisted of just one number during a variety performance)

16

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band record the first of seven sessions for EMI Columbia in London. Tracks cut include Barnyard Blues / At the Jazz Band Ball.

17

Granville Bantock’s incidental music for A. Bennet’s play Judith premiered in Eastbourne

André Messager’s opera Monsieur Beaucaire premiered in Birmingham, lib. F. Lonsdale and A. Ross

18

Sergei Rachmaninoff makes his first recordings for Edison

19

Merce Cunningham born (Centralia, WA) American dancer, choreographer. Died 2009

21

Bela Bartók’s Suite for Piano op.14, Five Songs op.16 & Three Studies op.18 premiered in Budapest

22

Benjamin ‘Bull Moose’ Jackson born (Cleveland, OH) American R&B singer, saxophonist. Died 1989

23

Bülent Arel born (Istanbul) Turkish electronic music composer, teacher, painter, sculptor. Died 1990

Rutland Boughton’s opera The Moon Maiden premiered in Glastonbury, lib. Boughton

24

Camille Erlanger (55) dies

Albert Coates leaves the Soviet Union for Britain

May

3

Pete Seeger born (New York, NY) American folk singer, songwriter, activist, broadcaster (Almanac Singers, Weavers). Son of Charles Seeger (1886-1979), half-brother of Mike (1933-2009) and Peggy (b.1935) Seeger.

5

Séamus Ennis born (Finglas, Ireland) Irish Uilleann piper, singer, folk song collector. Died 1982

Soltan Hajibeyov born (Shusha, Azerbaijan) Azerbaijani composer, teacher. Cousin of Uzeyir Hajibeyov (1885-1948). Died 1974

9

James Reese Europe (38) stabbed to death by his band’s 16-year-old snare drummer, Herbert Wright, in Boston

12

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band record the second of seven sessions for EMI Columbia in London. Tracks cut include Ostrich Walk / Sensation Rag.

17

Antonio Aguilar Barraza born (Villanueva, Mexico) Mexican popular singer, actor, writer. Died 2007

Maurice Ravel’s Alborada del gracioso premiered in Paris

Charles Villiers Stanford’s 2 sonatas op.165 for violin and piano premiered in London

18

Margot Fonteyn born (Reigate) English ballerina. Died 1991

19

Georgie Auld born (Toronto) Canadian-American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, bandleader. Died 1990

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band record the third of seven sessions for EMI Columbia in London. Tracks cut include Look At ’Em Doing It / Tiger Rag.

21

Edward Elgar’s String Quartet op.83 & Piano Quintet op.84 premiered in London

24

Herbie Fields born (Asbury Park, NJ) American jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, bandleader (Lionel Hampton, own bands). Died 1958

Nadezhda Rimskaya-Korsakova (70) dies

31

Jean Sibelius’s Promootiomarssi [Academic March] for orchestra premiered in Helsinki

unk

Louis Armstrong joins Fate Marable’s orchestra performing on the Mississippi river boats. He stays until September 1921

Jun

1

Manuel Klein (42) dies

2

Ernest Ford (61) dies

Paul Hindemith stages a ‘composition evening’ of his own works in Frankfurt

George White’s Scandals Broadway revue opens (128 performances)

5

Ottorino Respighi’s ballet La Boutique fantasque premiered in London

Anton Webern’s Five Songs from “Der siebente Ring” op.3 premiered in Vienna

8

Francis Poulenc’s song cycle Le Bestiaire premiered in Paris

17

Galina Ustvolskaya born (Petrograd) Russian composer. Died 2006

Manuel de Falla’s El sombrero de tres picos for orchestra premiered in Madrid

20

Arthur Honegger’s String Quartet no.1 premiered in Paris

22

Ella Johnson born (Darlington, SC) American jazz and R&B singer. Sister of Buddy Johnson (1915-77). Died 2004

23

Arnold Bax’s The Enchanted Fiddle premiered in London

The Louisiana Five record a session for Columbia. Tracks cut include I Ain’t Got Time To Have The Blues & Alcoholic Blues

24

Darius Milhaud’s Les soirées de Petrograde op.55 premiered in Paris

Jul

14

Claude Trenier born (Mobile, AL) American R&B singer (Treniers). Died 1983

Cliff Trenier born (Mobile, AL) American R&B singer (Treniers). Died 2003

Reynaldo Hahn’s opera Fête triomphale premiered in Paris

20

Arnold Fishkind born (Bayonne, NJ) American jazz bassist, session player (Jack Teagarden, Les Brown, Lennie Tristiano, Charlie Barnet and others). Died 1999

22

Manuel de Falla’s The Three-cornered Hat premiered in London

27

Riccardo Zandonai’s La via della finestra premiered in Pesaro

Aug

4

Ferdinand Thieriot (81) dies

7

Kim Borg born (Helsinki) Finnish bass singer, teacher, composer. Died 2000

9

Ruggero Leoncavallo (62) dies

11

Ginette Neveu born (Paris) French classical violinist. Died 1949

13

George Shearing born (London) Anglo-American jazz pianist, bandleader. Died 2011

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band record the fourth of seven sessions for EMI Columbia in London. Tracks cut include Satanic Blues / Lasses Candy.

24

Niels Viggo Bentzon born (Copenhagen) Danish composer, pianist. Died 2000

Benny Moré born (Santa Isabel de las Lajas, Cuba) Cuban popular singer. Died 1963

Sep

3

Arnold Bax’s Scherzo for orchestra premiered in London

6

John Malachi born (Red Springs, NC) American jazz pianist (Billy Eckstein, Illinois Jacquet, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan and others). Died 1987

10

Lex van Delden aka Alexander Zwaap born (Amsterdam) Dutch composer. Died 1988

11

William Arundel Orchard’s opera Dorian Gray premiered in Sydney

15

Art Hickman and his orchestra make their first recordings for Columbia in New York. A number of sessions are recorded over the course of two weeks. Line-up: Steve Douglas (vln) Walt Roesner (tp) Fred Kaufman (tb) Clyde Doerr (as, bars, ob, cl) Bert Ralton (ss, ts, cl) Frank Ellis (p) Vic King, Ben Black, Marc Mojica (bjo) Bela Spiller (b) Art Hickman (d, p). Tracks cut include Hold Me / Dance It Again With Me.

16

Sven-Erik Bäck born (Stockholm) Swedish composer. Died 1994

17

Douglas Furber, Charles Cuvillier, Fred Thompson & Worton David’s musical Afgar opens in London (300 performances)

27

Adelina Patti (76) dies

releases

Original Dixieland Jazz Band – Fidgety Feet / Lazy Daddy (Victor) recorded 25/6/18; 17/7/18

 

Art Hickman and His Orchestra

Oct

2

John W. Duarte born (Sheffield) English composer, guitarist, writer. Died 2004

5

Jean Louis Nicodé (66) dies

6

Cole Porter’s revue Hitchy-Koo opens on Broadway (56 performances)

7

Fritz Kreisler’s operetta Apple Blossoms premiered in New York

8

Hal Singer born (Tulsa, OK) American jazz and R&B saxophonist, bandleader, session player (Oran Page, Earl Hines, Charlie Watts, Duke Ellington and others).

10

Richard Strauss’ opera Die Frau ohne Schatten premiered in Vienna, lib. H. von Hofmannsthal

11

Art Blakey born (Pittsburgh, PA) American jazz drummer, bandleader (Fletcher Henderson, Billy Eckstine, Jazz Messengers). Died 1990

Jean Sibelius’s Jordens sång [Song of the Earth] for chorus and orchestra premiered in Turku

16

Ruggero Leoncavallo’s operetta A chi la giarrettiera? premiered in Rome, lib. Leoncavallo

17

The Radio Corporation of America is founded (RCA)

Alban Berg’s Four Pieces for clarinet and piano op.5 premiered in Vienna

18

Anita O’Day aka Anita Belle Colton born (Chicago, IL) American jazz singer (Gene Krupa, Stan Kenton). Died 2006

19

Gustav Holst’s Japanese Suite op.33 premiered in London

21

Frederick Delius’s opera Fennimore and Gerda premiered in Frankfurt, lib. Delius

24

Bohuslav Martinu’s Prelude in e-flat minor premiered in Prague

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra is inaugurated

26

Eugen d’Albert’s opera Revolutions-hochzeit premiered in Leipzig

27

Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto op.85 premiered in London

Paul Hindemith’s Sonata no.1 for cello and piano op.11 premiered in Frankfurt

unk

Eric Coates’s suite Summer Days premiered in London

 

1965 EMI recording of Jacqueline Du Pré playing Elgar’s Cello Concerto

Nov

4

Hugo Alfvén’s Symphony No.4 premiered in Stockholm

8

Igor Stravinsky’s Suite from ‘Histoire du soldat’ for septet & Three Pieces for 2 clarinets premiered in Lausanne

12

Heitor Villa-Lobos’s String Quartet no.3 premiered in Rio de Janeiro

18

Georgia Carroll born (Blooming Grove, TX) American big band singer, actress (Kay Kyser). Died 2011

James Montgomery, Joseph McCarthy & Harry Tierney’s musical Irene opens on Broadway (675 performances)

20

Ben Selvin’s Novelty Orchestra record a session for Victor in New York. Tracks cut include Dardanella which sold a reputed five million copies and a further two million of the sheet music

23

Cláudio Santoro born (Manaus, Brazil) Brazilian composer, violinist. Died 1989

24

Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 & Six Humoresques for violin and orchestra opp.87 & 89 premiered in Helsinki

Arnold Bax’s Piano Sonata no.2 premiered in London

26

Tom Archia aka Texas Tom born (Groveton, TX) American jazz tenor saxophonist (Milt Larkin, Roy Eldridge, Howard McGhee). Died 1977

28

Charles Griffes’s Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan premiered in Boston

unk

Sergei Bortkiewicz and his family flee Russia for Constantinople

 

Selvin’s Novelty Orchestra (Ben Selvin centre top on violin)

Dec

4

Ignacy Jan Paderewski resigns as Prime Minister of Poland and is appointed Polish ambassador to the League of Nations

6

Gideon Klein born (Prerov, Czech Rep) Czech composer, pianist. Died 1945

Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Pesnya solov′ya (Chant du rossignol) [Song of the Nightingale] premiered in Geneva (concert performance)

8

Mieczysław Weinberg born (Warsaw) Polish-Russian composer. Died 1996

9

Granville Bantock’s ballet The Great God Pan premiered in Glasgow

10

Claude Debussy’s ballet La boîte à joujoux premiered in Paris

13

Pietro Mascagni’s operetta Sì premiered in Rome, lib. C. Lombardo and A. Franci

14

Vincent d’Indy’s Symphony no.3 “Sinfonia brevis de Bello Gallico” premiered in Paris

16

Luigi Illica (62) dies

18

Horatio Parker (56) dies of pneumonia

19

Cleofonte Campanini (59) dies

21

Louis Diémer (76) dies

22

Lil Green born (Clarksdale, MS) American blues singer, songwriter. Died 1954

23

Joe Lutcher born (Lake Charles, LA) American R&B saxophonist. Brother of Nellie Lutcher (1915-2007). Died 2006

John Alden Carpenter’s The Birthday of the Infanta premiered in Chicago

24

Henry Coker born (Dallas, TX) American jazz trombonist (Benny Carter, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, Count Basie, Ray Charles and others). Died 1979

25

Naushad Ali born (Lucknow, India) Indian Bollywood film music composer. Died 2006

27

Gabriel Fauré’s Mirages op.113 premiered in Paris

 

John Alden Carpenter 1876-1951

Date unknown

Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra formed in Kansas City, MO (disbanded 1932)

John Lomax’s Songs of the Cattle Trail and Cow Camp published in New York

Yuri Shaporin appointed music director of the Bolshoi Drama Theatre, a post he holds until 1928

Jāzeps Vītols founds the Latvian Conservatory of Music (later renamed the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music) and teaches there until 1944

songs published

Dardanella (Felix Bernard, Johnny S Black, Fred Fisher); I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate (Armand J. Piron); Royal Garden Blues (Clarence Williams, Spencer Williams); Swanee (Irving Caesar, George Gershwin)

1920

<1919 1921>

Jan

3

Arthur Honegger’s symphonic poem Le chant du Nigamon premiered in Paris

5

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli born (Brescia) Italian classical pianist. Died 1995

8

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band record the fifth of seven sessions for EMI Columbia in London. Tracks cut include My Baby’s Arms; Tell Me & I’ve Got My Captain Working For Me Now.

9

Al Jolson records a session for Columbia. Tracks cut include Swanee

10

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band record the sixth of seven sessions for EMI Columbia in London. Tracks cut include I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles; Mammy O’ Mine &  I’ve Lost My Heart In Dixieland.

Mamie Smith records a trial session for Victor in New York but nothing comes from it

12

Ted Lewis makes his first recordings as leader for Columbia in New York. Tracks cut include When My Baby Smiles At Me & Bo-la-bo

14

Michael Heming born (London) English composer. Died 1942

16

Reginald de Koven (60) dies

Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud, Germaine Tailleferre, Louis Durey, Francis Poulenc and Georges Auric proclaimed as ‘Les Six’

Bela Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances premiered in Cluj

19

Luciano Chailly born (Ferrara) Italian composer, music director. Father of Riccardo Chailly (b.1953). Died 2002

21

John Henry Maunder (61) dies

Franz Schreker’s opera Der Schatzgräber premiered in Frankfurt

24

Jimmy Forrest born (St Louis, MO) American jazz and R&B tenor saxophonist (Jay McShann, Andy Kirk, Duke Ellington). Died 1980

26

Sergei Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes op.34 premiered in New York

29

Paul Gayten born (New Orleans, LA) American R&B bandleader, pianist, composer, talent scout, producer. Died 1991

Emil von Reznicek’s opera Ritter Blaubart premiered in Darmstadt

31

Henry Kimball Hadley’s opera Cleopatra’s Night premiered in New York

Richard Strauss’ Le Bourgeois gentilhomme premiered in Vienna

 

Irving Caesar & George Gershwin’s “Swanee” sheet music

Feb

2

Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Pesnya solov′ya (Chant du rossignol) [Song of the Nightingale] premiered in Paris (staged performance)

7

Oscar Brand born (Winnipeg, Manitoba) Canadian folk singer, songwriter, writer, broadcaster.

Igor Stravinsky’s Quatre chants russes – 4 songs for voice and piano premiered in Paris

12

Oscar Straus’s operetta Der letzte Walzer premiered in Berlin

13

Boudleaux Bryant born (Shellman, GA) American country songwriter. Wrote with wife Felice Bryant (1925-2003). Died 1987

Joaquín Turina’s Danzas fantasticas op.22 premiered in Madrid

14

Erik Satie’s symphonic drama Socrate premiered in Paris

Mamie Smith makes her first recordings for Okeh in New York, the first African-American woman to do so. Line-up: Mamie Smith (vo) Ed Cox (cor) Dope Andrews (tb) Ernest Elliott (cl) Leroy Parker (vln) Willie “The Lion” Smith (p). Tracks cut include You Can’t Keep A Good Man Down / That Thing Called Love

16

Karsten Andersen born (Fredrikstad, Norway) Norwegian conductor. Died 1997

18

Rolande Falcinelli born (Paris) French organist, pianist, composer, teacher. Died 2006

21

Frederick Delius’s Double Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra premiered in London

Darius Milhaud’s ballet Le Bœuf sur le toit premiered in Paris

23

Hall Overton born (Bangor, MI) American classical and jazz composer, pianist, teacher. Died 1972

Guglielmo Marconi starts first UK radio broadcasts from Chelmsford

26

Frederick Delius’s The Song of the High Hills for choir and orchestra premiered in London

Paul Hindemith’s Three Hymns of Walt Whitman op.14 premiered in Frankfurt

Leos Janáček’s The Czech Legion premiered in Kromeriz

28

Paul Hindemith’s In einer Nacht…/Träume und Erlibnisse op.15 premiered in Stuttgart

Arthur Honegger’s Violin Sonata no.2 premiered in Paris

releases

Selvin’s Novelty Orchestra – Dardanella / My Isle of Golden Dreams (Victor) recorded 20/11/19

Mar

3

Wilhelm Stenhammar’s Serenade op.31 premiered in Gothenburg

10

Charles Tournemire’s Symphony No.5 premiered in The Hague

11

Darius Milhaud’s Machines agricoles op.56 premiered in Paris

12

Julius Buths (68) dies

21

Leos Janáček’s The Ballad of Blanik premiered in Brno

23

Geoffrey Bush born (London) English composer, organist, teacher, writer, musicologist. Died 1998

25

Gustav Holst’s The Hymn of Jesus for choir and orchestra premiered in London

26

Marion Harris makes her first recordings for Columbia after leaving Victor. Tracks cut include Left All Alone Blues

unk

Franz Schreker appointed director of the Hochschüle für Musik in Berlin, a post he holds until June 1932

 

Marion Harris 1896-1944

Apr

4

Jean Sibelius’s Maan virsi [Hymn to the Earth] for chorus and orchestra premiered in Helsinki

7

Ravi Shankar born (Benares, India) Indian sitar player, composer. Father of Norah Jones (b.1979) and Anoushka Shankar (b.1981).

8

Carmen McRae born (New York, NY) American jazz singer, songwriter, pianist, actress. Died 1994

Charles Griffes (35) dies of influenza

August Enna’s opera Komedianter premiered in Copenhagen

Zoktan Kodály’s Serenade op.12 premiered in Budapest

9

Art Van Damme born (Norway, MI) American jazz accordionist, session player, broadcaster. Died 2010

10

Paul Hindemith’s Violin Sonata op.11 premiered in Frankfurt

Francis Poulenc’s Suite en ut premiered in Paris

11

Ottorino Respighi’s symphonic poem Ballata delle Gnomidi premiered in Rome

13

Ken Nordine born (Cherokee, IO) American spoken word artist, jazz poet, voiceover artist.

16

Bela Bartók’s Sonatina for piano premiered in Bratislava

Marion Harris records a session for Columbia. Tracks cut include St Louis Blues / Homesickness Blues

17

Maurice Ravel’s Deux mélodies hébraïques premiered in Paris

19

Frank Fontaine born (Cambridge, MA) American comedian, popular singer. Died 1978

20

Charles Villiers Stanford’s An Irish Concertino op.161 for violin, cello and orchestra premiered in Bournemouth

21

Bruno Maderna born (Venice) Italian conductor, composer. Died 1973

23

Louis Barron born (Minneapolis, MN) American electronic music pioneer, engineer. Worked with wife Bebe (1925-2008). Died 1989

Leoš Janáček’s opera Výlety páně Broučkovy [The Excursions of Mr Brouček] premiered in Prague, lib. Janáček

27

Igor Stravinsky’s Ragtime for jazz orchestra premiered in London

28

Paul Graener’s opera Schirin und Gertraude premiered in Dresden

29

Harold Shapero born (Lynn, MA) American composer.

unk

Sergei Prokofiev moves to Paris

 

Igor Stravinsky 1882-1971

May

3

John Lewis born (LaGrange, IL) American jazz pianist, composer (Dizzy Gillespie, Modern Jazz Quartet). Died 2001

Ernst Krenek’s Piano Sonata no.1 premiered in Salzburg

6

Hortense Schneider (87) dies

11

Beryl Bryden born (Norwich) English jazz singer, washboard player (Chris Barber, Lonnie Donegan, Humphrey Lyttleton and others). Died 1998

13

Gareth Morris born (Clevedon, Somerset) English classical flautist, teacher. Died 2007

Felix Weingartner’s operas Die Dorfschule & Meister Andrea premiered in Vienna

14

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band record the seventh of seven sessions for EMI Columbia in London. Tracks cut include Sphinx;  Alice Blue Gown &  Soudan.

15

Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Pulcinella premiered in Paris

17

Sergei Rachmaninoff records a session for Victor in Camden, NJ including Prelude In G Minor op.23/5

21

Bill Barber born (Hornell, NY) American jazz tuba player, session player (Miles Davis, John Coltrane and others). Died 2007

23

Helen O’Connell born (Lima, OH) American jazz singer, actress (Jimmy Dorsey). Died 1993

25

Georg Jarno (51) dies

26

Peggy Lee aka Norma Deloris Egstrom born (Jamestown, ND) American jazz and pop singer, songwriter, actress (Benny Goodman, solo). Died 2002

Sergei Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes premiered in New York

28

Frederick Delius’s An Arabesque for choir and orchestra premiered in Newport, Gwent, text J.P. Jacobsen

Franz Léhar’s operetta Die blaue Mazur premiered in Vienna, lib. B. Jenbach and L. Stein

30

Vladimir Horowitz makes his debut public appearance in Kiev

releases

Ted Lewis and his Band – When My Baby Smiles at Me / Kentucky Serenaders – Rose of Washington Square (Columbia) recorded 12/1/20; 1/3/20

Jun

1

Arthur Honegger’s overture Aglavaine et Sélisette premiered in Paris

4

Britt Woodman born (Los Angeles, CA) American jazz trombonist (Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus). Died 2000

5

A revival of John Gay’s 1728 The Beggar’s Opera, restored and arranged by Frederic Austin, opens in London (1463 performances)

6

Karel Weis’s opera Lesetinský kovár premiered in Prague

7

Erik Satie’s dramatic symphony Socrate premiered in Paris

George White’s Scandals Of 1920 Broadway revue opens (134 performances)

9

Vincent d’Indy’s opera La légende de Saint-Christophe premiered in Paris, lib. d’Indy

10

Bonnie Davis aka Melba Smith born (Bessemer, AL) American R&B singer. Mother of Melba Moore (b.1945). Died 1976

11

Shelly Manne born (New York, NY) American jazz drummer, bandleader (Stan Kenton and others). Died 1984

Hazel Scott born (Port of Spain, Trinidad) Trinidadian-American jazz and classical pianist, actress. First black woman to have her own US TV show (1950). Died 1981

19

Johnny Douglas born (London) English film composer, arranger, conductor, broadcaster. Died 2003

20

Danny Cedrone born (Jamesville, NY) American country and rock guitarist (Bill Haley and His Comets). Died 1954

22

Ziegfeld Follies of 1920 Broadway revue opens (123 performances)

Ferruccio Busoni’s Sonatina for piano no.6 “super Carmen” premiered in London

27

Wilfrid Holland born (Hull) English composer, Conductor, pianist, teacher. Died 2005

unk

Karol Szymanowski’s ballet Mandragora premiered in Warsaw

 

Mary Eaton 1901-48, a performer in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1920

Jul

11

Karl Michael Ziehrer’s operetta Die verliebte Eskadron premiered in Vienna

20

Isaac Stern born (Kremenetz, Ukraine) Ukrainian-American classical violinist. Died 2001

23

Amália Rodrigues born (Lisbon) Portuguese fado singer, actress. Died 1999

28

Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, G. Campbell and L. Fields’s musical Poor Little Ritz Girl premiered in New York (93 performances)

Aug

3

Charlie Shavers born (New York, NY) American jazz trumpeter (John Kirby, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman). Died 1971

8

Jimmy Witherspoon born (Gurdon, AR) American blues and R&B singer. Died 1997

9

The Paul Whiteman Orchestra makes its first recordings for Victor in Camden, NJ. Tracks cut include Wang-Wang Blues

10

Mamie Smith records her second session for Okeh, the first where she is accompanied by Johnny Dunn’s Jazz Hounds. Line-up: Mamie Smith (vo) Johnny Dunn (cor) Dope Andrews (tb) Ernest Elliott (cl) Leroy Parker (vln) Perry Bradford (p). Tracks cut include Crazy Blues / It’s Right Here For You

12

Percy Mayfield born (Minden, LA) American R&B singer, songwriter. Died 1984

16

Rutland Boughton’s opera The Birth of Arthur premiered in Glastonbury, lib. R. Buckley and Boughton

17

George Duvivier born (New York, NY) American jazz bassist, session player (Lucky Millinder, Cab Calloway, Bud Powell, Eddie Davis and others). Died 1985

18

Nikolai Myaskovsky’s Symphony No. 5 premiered in Moscow

20

Rutland Boughton’s opera The Seraphic Vision premiered in Glastonbury, lib. L. Housman

8MK Radio station in Detroit becomes the first in the world to broadcast regular news reports

23

Paul Whiteman and his Ambassador Orchestra record a session for Victor. Tracks cut include Whispering, a two million seller

27

Sociedad Radio Argentina airs a live performance of Richard Wagner’s opera Parsifal from the Teatro Coliseo in Buenos Aires

29

Charlie Parker born (Kansas City, MO) American jazz alto- and tenor-saxophonist, composer, bandleader (Jay McShann, Earl Hines, Billy Eckstine, Dizzy Gillespie, own bands). Died 1955

Gustav Jenner (54) dies

30

Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Symphony no. 1 “O Imprevisto” premiered in Rio de Janeiro

unk

Nikolai Roslavets’s Violin Sonata No.4 completed

releases

Marion Harris – St Louis Blues / Homesickness Blues (Columbia) recorded 16/4/20

 

Mamie Smith 1883-1946

Sep

5

Peter Racine Fricker born (London) English composer, teacher. Died 1990

7

Al Caiola born (Jersey City, NJ) American jazz and popular guitarist, session player.

11

Joaquín Turina’s Sinfonia sevillana premiered in Madrid

12

Mamie Smith & Her Jazz Hounds – The Road Is Rocky / Fare Thee Honey Blues (Okeh) recording date

16

Enrico Caruso makes his final recordings for Victor in Camden, NJ. Tracks cut include Gioacchino Rossini’s Domine Deus & Crucifixus

19

Karen Surenovich Khachaturian born (Moscow) Russian composer. Nephew of Aram Khachaturian (1903-78).

Alexander Lazarevich Lokshin born (Biysk, Russia) Russian composer. Died 1987

23

Alexander Arutiunian born (Yerevan) Armenian composer, pianist.

30

Ghazaros (Lazar) Saryan born (Rostov, Russia) Armenian composer, teacher. Died 1998

 

Joaquín Turina 1882-1949

Oct

2

Max Bruch (82) dies

9

Yusef Lateef aka William Huddleston born (Chattanooga, TN) American jazz flautist, saxophonist, oboist, composer, bandleader, teacher.

13

Albert Hague (Marcuse) born (Berlin) German-American popular songwriter, actor. Died 2001

Pablo Casals conducts the first concert of his Orquesta Pau Casals in Barcelona

16

Alberto Nepomuceno (56) dies

23

Maurice Ravel’s La Valse premiered in Paris

26

Darius Milhaud’s Second Orchestral Suite premiered in Paris

29

Arnold Bax’s symphonic poem The Garden of Fand premiered in Chicago

unk

Léon Theremin firsts demonstrates the ‘etherphone’ (later known as the Termenvox, Thereminvox or simply the Theremin)

Nov

2

KDKA in Pittsburgh begins broadcasting as the first commercial radio station in the US

Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji’s Piano Sonata No.1 premiered in London

4

Paul-Henri-Joseph Lebrun (57) dies

5

Jerome Richardson born (Oakland, CA) American jazz bassist, bandleader, session player (Charles Mingus, Lionel Hampton, Earl Hines and others). Died 2000

(& 6th) Mamie Smith & Her Jazz Hounds record 2 sessions for Okeh in New York. Tracks cut include Mem’ries Of Mammy / If You Don’t Want Me Blues & Don’t Care Blues / Loving Sam From Alabam

8

Maurice Ravel’s ballet Le tombeau de Couperin premiered in Paris

11

Annisteen Allen born (Champaign, IL) American blues and R&B singer (Lucky Millinder, Joe Morris). Died 1992

15

Gustav Holst’s The Planets suite for orchestra given its first public performance in London

18

Arnold Bax’s November Woods premiered in Manchester

19

Gottfried Eschenbach (78) dies

20

Ottorino Respighi’s ballets La pentola magica; La pirrica & Fantasia indiana premiered in Rome

23

Arnold Bax’s Symphonic Variations premiered in London

Igor Stravinsky’s Concertino for string quartet premiered in New York

25

Arthur Honegger’s puppet ballet Vérité? Mensonge? premiered in Paris

26

John Alden Carpenter’s symphonic poem A Pilgrim Vision premiered in Philadelphia

27

Ottorino Respighi’s ballets Canzoni arabe & Scherzo veneziano premiered in Rome

unk

Lucille Hegamin makes her first recordings for Arto, making her the second blues singer after Mamie Smith to record. Line-up: Lucille Hegamin (vo) Ralph Euscudero (tu) Clarence Harris (as) Bill Hegamin (p) Charlie Irvis (tb) Wesly Johnson (tp) Kaiser Marshall (d). Tracks cut include Jazz Me Blues / Everybody’s Blues

releases

Mamie Smith & Her Jazz Hounds – Crazy Blues / It’s Right Here For You (Okeh) recorded 10/8/20

Paul Whiteman and his Ambassador Orchestra – Whispering / The Japanese sandman (Victor) recorded 23/8/20; 19/8/20

 

Lucille Hegamin 1894-1970 with her band

Dec

1

Alfred Bruneau’s opera Le Roi Candaulepremiered in Paris

2

Robert Moevs born (Le Crosse, WN) American composer, teacher. Died 2007

Géo Voumard born (Biel, Switzerland) Swiss jazz pianist, composer, co-founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival (1967). Died 2008

Arthur Honegger’s Viola Sonata premiered in Paris

4

Walter Braunfels’s opera Die Vögel premiered in Munich

Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s opera Die tote Stadt premiered in Hamburg and Cologne

6

Dave Brubeck born (Concord, CA) American jazz pianist, composer, bandleader.

11

Eddie Johnson born (Napoleonville, LA) American blues and jazz tenor saxophonist (Cootie Williams, Louis Jordan, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald). Died 2010

Enrico Caruso suffers a throat haemorrhage during a performance in New York

12

Maurice Ravel’s La Valse premiered in Paris

13

Ruggero Leoncavallo’s opera Edipo re premiered in Chicago, lib. G. Forzano (completed by G. Pennacchio)

14

Clark Terry born (St Louis, MO) American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, teacher, composer (Charlie Barnet, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones).

Darius Milhaud’s Sérénade for orchestra op.62 premiered in Winterthur

21

Jerome Kern, Clifford Grey & Guy Bolton’s musical Sally opens on Broadway (570 performances)

24

Dave Bartholomew born (Edgard, LA) American R&B singer, trumpeter, composer, arranger, producer.

releases

Paul Whiteman and his Ambassador Orchestra – Wang-wang blues / Anytime, anyday, anywhere (Victor) recorded 9/8/20; 23/8/20

 

Guy Bolton 1884-1979

Date unknown

Eureka Brass Band founded in New Orleans by Willie Wilson (disbands in 1975). Alumni include George Lewis, Peter Bocage & Percy Humphrey

Josef Matthias Hauer’s book Vom Wesen der Musikalischen (On the Essence of Music) published in Vienna, laying out his twelve-tone theory of composition

The Pace & Handy Music Company is renamed Handy Brothers Music Company when Harry Pace leaves the partnership

Cecil Sharp’s English Folk Songs published in London

Silver Leaf Quartet (or Quartette) founded in Norfolk, VA. Gospel group. Recorded 1928-31 and disbanded in 1979.

Igor Stravinsky moves to France

The Paul Whiteman Orchestra relocates from San Francisco to New York

Clarence Williams moves to Chicago and opens three record stores

songs published

Crazy Blues (Perry Bradford); I Belong To Glasgow (Will Fyffe); Margie (Benny Davis, Con Conrad, J. Russel Robinson); Palesteena (Con Conrad, J. Russell Robinson); Rose Of Washington Square (Ballard MacDonald, James F. Hanley); Wang Wang Blues (Leo Wood, Gus Mueller, Buster Johnson, Henry Busse); Whispering (Malvin Schonberger, John Schonberger

II.20th Century

1a.Peter Dawson

 

Peter Dawson (bass-baritone)

Peter Dawson

 

Background information

Birth name

Peter Smith Dawson

Also known as

J.P. McCall, Will Strong, Will Danby, Hector Grant, Arthur Walpole, Robert Woodville, Evelyn Byrd, Peter Allison, Denton Toms, Charles Weber, Arnold Flint, Gilbert Mundy, Geoffrey Baxter, Alison Miller

Born

31 January 1882(1882-01-31) Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Died

27 September 1961(1961-09-27) (aged 79)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Genres

Opera, oratorio, song

Occupations

bass-baritone singer, songwriter

Years active

1899–1950s

Peter Smith Dawson (31 January 1882 – 27 September 1961) was an Australian bass-baritone and songwriter.[1] Dawson gained worldwide renown through song recitals and many best-selling recordings of operatic arias, oratorio solos and rousing ballads during a career spanning almost 60 years.

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