Symphony History

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Music releaseMusic Premiere

1783-11-04 W.A. Mozart's Symphony No. 36 is premiered in Linz, Austria.

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
  • 1792-02-23 Joseph Haydn's 94th Symphony in G premieres
  • 1794-02-10 Joseph Haydn's 99th Symphony in E premieres
  • 1794-03-03 1st performance of Joseph Haydn's 101st Symphony in D
  • 1795-02-02 Joseph Haydn's 102nd Symphony in B premieres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1800-04-02 1st performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's 1st Symphony in C

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1854-02-16 Franz Liszt's symphony "Orpheus" premieres

Composer/Pianist Franz Liszt
Composer/Pianist
Franz Liszt
  • 1858-11-09 1st performance of NY Symphony Orchestra

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1865-12-17 Franz Schubert's "Unfinished Symphony" premieres

Composer Franz Schubert
Composer
Franz Schubert

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1878-02-10 Peter Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony in F premieres

  • 1881-09-03 Anton Bruckner completes his 6th Symphony
  • 1881-10-22 Boston Symphony Orchestra gives its first concert
  • 1883-12-02 John Brahms' 3rd Symphony in F premieres
  • 1884-12-30 Anton Bruckner's 7th Symphony in E, premieres in Leipzig
  • 1885-10-25 John Brahms' 4th Symphony in E premieres
  • 1886-02-23 Tsjaikovski's symphony "Manfred" premieres
  • 1886-05-19 Camille Saint-Saëns' 3rd Symphony in C premieres
  • 1888-11-17 Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony premieres in St Petersburg
  • 1889-02-12 Caesar Franck's Symphony in D premieres
  • 1889-11-20 Gustav Mahler's 1st Symphony
  • 1892-12-18 Anton Bruckner's 8th Symphony premieres
  • 1893-10-28 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky conducts first performance of his Symphony Number Six in B minor, "Pathetique"
  • 1893-12-16 Anton Dvorak's "New World Symphony" premieres
  • 1894-04-09 1st performance of Anton Bruckner's 5th Symphony in B in Graz
  • 1895-03-04 Gustav Mahler's 2nd Symphony premieres in Berlin
  • 1895-04-14 1st performance of Gustav Mahler's (incomplete) 2nd Symphony
  • 1895-12-13 First complete execution of Gustav Mahler's 2nd Symphony
  • 1897-03-09 Premiere of (parts of) Gustav Mahler's 3rd Symphony (Berlin)
  • 1901-03-14 1st performance of Anton Bruckner's 6th Symphony in A
  • 1901-11-28 Gustav Mahler's 4th Symphony in G premieres
  • 1902-01-25 Aleksandr Skriabin's 2nd Symphony in C premieres in St Petersburg
  • 1902-03-08 1st performance of Jean Sibelius' 2nd Symphony
  • 1903-02-11 Anton Bruckner's 9th Symphony premieres in Vienna
  • 1904-01-31 Bela Bartok's symphony "Kossuth" premieres
  • 1904-02-28 Vincent d'Indy's 2nd Symphony in B, premieres
  • 1904-10-18 Gustav Mahler's 5th symphony premieres in Cologne
  • 1906-05-27 1st outlining of Gustav Mahler's 6th symphony, in Essen
  • 1907-09-25 Jean Sibelius' 3rd Symphony premieres
  • 1908-09-19 Gustav Mahler's 7th Symphony premieres in Prague
  • 1908-12-03 Edward Elgar's 1st Symphony in A premieres
  • 1910-09-12 Gustav Mahler's 8th Symphony premieres in Munich with 1028 musicians
  • 1911-12-29 San Francisco Symphony forms
  • 1912-06-26 Gustav Mahler's 9th Symphony premieres in Vienna
  • 1915-12-08 Jean Sibelius' 5th Symphony in E premieres
  • 1916-02-11 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents its 1st concert
  • 1917-05-03 1st performance of Ernest Bloch's symphony "Israel"
  • 1922-01-26 Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Pastoral Symphony" premieres in London
  • 1923-02-19 Jean Sibelius' 6th Symphony premieres

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1923-05-30 Howard Hanson's 1st Symphony "Nordic" premieres

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • 1924-12-14 Respighi's symphony "Pini di Roma" premieres in Paris
  • 1926-04-03 1st performance of Jean Sibelius' 7th Symphony in C
  • 1926-05-12 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 1st Symphony premieres in Leningrad
  • 1927-04-22 1st performance of Roger Sessions' Symphony in E
  • 1927-05-05 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 1st Symphony premieres in Berlin
  • 1927-12-04 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 2nd Symphony premieres in Moscow
  • 1928-11-02 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 1st Symphony, L Stokovski premieres in Philadelphia
  • 1930-10-22 1st concerto of BBC Symphony Orchestra, under Adrian Boult
  • 1930-11-28 Howard Hanson's 2nd Symphony "Romantic" premieres
  • 1932-01-10 "Mickey Mouse" & "Silly Symphony" comics syndicated
  • 1935-04-10 Vaughan Williams' 4th Symphony premieres in London
  • 1936-04-26 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 4th Symphony
  • 1937-10-21 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 5th Symphony premieres
  • 1937-11-13 NBC forms first full-sized symphony orchestra exclusively for radio
  • 1937-11-21 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 5th Symphony premieres in Lenningrad
  • 1937-12-25 Arturo Toscanini conducts 1st Symphony of the Air over NBC Radio
  • 1938-03-26 NBC radio performance of Howard Hanson's 3rd Symphony
  • 1939-02-24 Roy Harris' 3rd Symphony premieres in Boston
  • 1939-12-03 Dmitri Shostakovich's 6th Symphony premieres
  • 1941-02-22 Paul Creston's 1st Symphony premieres
  • 1941-03-29 1st performance of Benjamin Britten's "Requiem Symphony"
  • 1941-05-16 1st US/radio performance of Bennett's "Symphony in D for the Dodgers"
  • 1941-07-19 BBC World Service begins playing V(ictory) ("...-" in Morse code) (opening of Beethoven's 5th symphony)
  • 1941-11-17 Virgil Thomson's 2nd Symphony, premieres
  • 1941-12-21 David Diamond's 1st Symphony premieres
  • 1941-12-27 Siberia: Dmitri Sjostakovitsj completes his 7th Symphony
  • 1942-03-05 Dmitri Shostakovitch' 7th Symphony premieres in Siberia
  • 1942-06-29 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 7th Symphony premieres
  • 1942-07-19 Dmitri Shostakovitch' 7th Symphony premieres in USA
  • 1942-08-09 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 7th Symphony performed in Leningrad
  • 1943-11-03 Dmitri Sjostakovitch's 8th Symphony premieres in Moscow
  • 1943-12-03 Howard Hanson's 4th Symphony premieres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1944-03-03 1st performance of corporal Samuel Barber's 2nd Symphony

Composer Samuel Barber
Composer
Samuel Barber
  • 1944-03-05 1st performance of Walter Piston's 2nd Symphony

Birthdays in Music


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1770-12-16 Ludwig van Beethoven, Bonn, Germany, composer (5th Symphony, Ode to Joy), (d. 1827)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1797-01-31 Franz Peter Schubert, Lichtenthal Austria, composer (Unfinished Symphony)

Composer Franz Schubert
Composer
Franz Schubert

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1811-10-22 Franz Liszt, Hungarian romantic composer and virtuoso pianist (Faust Symphony), born in Raiding, Hungary (d. 1886)

Composer/Pianist Franz Liszt
Composer/Pianist
Franz Liszt
  • 1841-09-08 Antonín Dvořák, Nelahozeves Czech, composer (New World Symphony). Dies 1904
  • 1868-08-07 Granville Bantock, English composer/conductor (Hebridean Symphony)
  • 1880-09-09 Viking Eggeling, Sweden, artist/filmmaker (Diagonal Symphony)
  • 1882-04-18 Leopold Stokowski, conductor (Cincinnati Symphony), born in London, England
  • 1882-07-10 Ima Hogg, Texas art patron/founder of Houston Symphony
  • 1887-09-16 Nadia Boulanger, conductor (1st woman to conduct Boston Symphony)
  • 1888-12-19 Fritz Reiner, Budapest Hungary, US conductor (Chicago Symphony Orch)
  • 1890-03-20 Lauritz Melchior, Copenhagen Denmark, baritone tenor (National Symphony)
  • 1890-08-05 Erich Kleiber, conductor (NBC Symphony 1945-46), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1899-08-01 William Steinberg, German-American conductor (Boston Symphony 1969-71), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1978)
  • 1901-08-13 Ian Whyte, composer and conductor (BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra), born in Dunfermline, Scotland (d. 1960)
  • 1901-10-03 Masao Oki, Japanese composer (Symphony No.5 Atomic Bomb), born in Iwata, Shizuoka (d. 1971)
  • 1903-04-30 Gunther AR Raphael, German composer (Symphony Breve)
  • 1903-07-04 Flor Peeters, Antwerp Belgium, organist/composer (Lied Symphony)
  • 1904-02-06 Claudio Arrau, Chile, composer/pianist (Boston Symphony Orchestra)
  • 1908-04-05 George Schick, Prague Czech, conductor (Chicago Symphony)
  • 1927-08-11 Raymond Leppard, conductor (St Louis Symphony Orch), born in London, England
  • 1928-03-24 Byron "Yanks" Janis, McKeesport Pa, pianist (NBC Symphony Orch)
  • 1929-04-06 Andre Previn, conductor (London Symphony)/pianist, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1930-03-06 Lorin Maazel, French conductor (NBC Symphony Orch 1941), born in Neuilly France, (d. 2014)
  • 1930-07-25 Maureen Forrester, contralto (Ressurection Symphony), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1932-03-21 Joseph Silverstein, violinist (Denver Symphony Orch), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1935-09-01 Seiji Ozawa, Hoten Manchuria, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra)
  • 1936-07-09 David Joel Zinman, American composer/conductor (Balt Symphony-1983), born in NYC, New York
  • 1940-05-06 Murray Sidlin, American conductor (National Symphony 1973-77), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1947-06-02 Mark Elder, British opera and symphony conductor
  • 1958-07-05 Paul Daniel, British opera and symphony conductor
  • 1958-07-19 David Robertson, American symphony orchestra conductor
  • 1968-03-06 Michael Romeo, American musician (Symphony X)
  • 1971-07-19 Russell Allen, American musician (Symphony X)

Weddings in Music

  • 1996-09-23 Oscar-nominated actor of "The Buddy Holly Story" Gary Busey (52) weds former stuntwoman from Dallas Tiani Warden (29) at Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas

Deaths in Music

  • 1869-03-08 Louis Hector Berlioz, French composer (Symphony Fantastic), dies at 65
  • 1896-10-11 Anton Bruckner, Austrian composer (Te Deum, Wagner Symphony), dies at 72
  • 1962-02-17 Bruno Walter, symphony conductor (NY Philharmonic), dies at 85
  • 1963-11-15 Fritz Reiner, Hung/US conductor (Chicago Symphony Orch), dies at 74
  • 1971-04-18 Masao Oki, Japanese composer (Symphony No.5 Atomic Bomb), dies at 69
  • 1978-05-16 William Steinberg, German-American conductor (Boston Symphony 1969-71), dies at 78
  • 1979-04-29 Julia Perry, American composer (Soul Symphony), dies at 55
  • 1985-03-07 George Schick, Czech conductor (Chicago Symphony), dies at 76
  • 2008-02-13 Roger Voisin, Trumpet player, Boston Symphony (b. 1918)