On This Day

Musicians Born in 1888

  • Jan 10 Emile van Bosch, Belgian-Dutch opera singer (Fair Folks), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1940)
  • Jan 12 Claude Delvincourt, composer

Lead Belly

Jan 20 Lead Belly [Huddie William Ledbetter], American blues 12 string guitarist (Rock Island Line), born in Mooringsport, Louisiana (d. 1949)

  • Feb 2 Candelario Huízar, Mexican violist, horn player, and classical and canción composer ("Surco"), born in Jerez, Zacatecas, Mexico (d. 1970)
  • Feb 8 Matthijs Vermeulen, Dutch composer and music journalist, born in Helmond, Netherlands (d. 1967)
  • Feb 20 Vasyl Barvinsky, Ukrainian pianist, composer, conductor, musicologist ("Béla Bartók in Lviv"), and teacher (Lysenko Higher Institute of Music, 1915-48), born in Ternopil, Russian Empire (now Ukraine (d. 1963)
  • Feb 26 Ida Cox (nee Prather), American blues singer and vaudeville performer, born in Habersham County, Georgia (d. 1967) [birth year disputed, may be 1894 or 1896]
  • Feb 27 Lotte Lehmann, German soprano (Der Rosenkavalier; Fidelio), born in Perleberg Germany (d. 1976)
  • Mar 7 Alcide "Slow Drag" Pavageau, American jazz guitarist and double-bassist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1969)
  • Mar 10 Krsto Odak, Croatian composer, born in Siverić (d. 1965)
  • Mar 12 Hall Johnson, American composer (Hall Johnson Choir), born in Athens, Georgia (d. 1970)
  • Mar 12 Hans Knappertsbusch, German conductor (Bavarian State Opera, 1922-36), born in Elberfeld, Germany (d. 1965)
  • Apr 8 Victor Schertzinger, American composer and director (Uptown NY), born in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania (d. 1941)
  • Apr 9 Florence Price, American composer (Wanamaker Prize, 1932) and 1st African-American woman to have a composition played by a major orchestra, born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1953)
  • Apr 12 Heinrich Neuhaus, Soviet pianist (The Art of Piano Playing), born in Elisavetgrad, Russian Empire (d. 1964)
  • Apr 19 William Axt, American film score composer (The Prisoner of Zenda), born in NYC, New York (d. 1959)
  • May 10 Max Steiner, Austrian-American film score composer (King Kong; Casablanca: Gone With The Wind), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1971)

Irving Berlin

May 11 Irving Berlin [Israel Beilin], Russian-American composer and lyricist considered one of the greatest songwriters in history ("Always"; "God Bless America"; "White Christmas"; "Cheek To Cheek"), born in Talachyn, Belarus, Russian Empire (d. 1989) [1] [2]

  • May 21 May Aufderheide, American ragtime composer (Dusty Rag), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1972)
  • May 27 Louis Durey, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1979)
  • Jun 3 Tom Brown, American dixieland jazz trombonist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1958)
  • Jun 8 Poul Schierbeck, Danish organist and composer, born in Copenhagen (d. 1949)
  • Jun 9 Adrian Shaposhnikov, Russian composer, born in St Peterberg (d. 1967)
  • Jun 9 Hugo Kauder, Austrian composer, born in Tovačov (d. 1972)
  • Jun 17 Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1953)
  • Aug 1 Vito Frazzi, Italian composer, born in San Secondo Parmense (d. 1975)
  • Aug 2 Oscar Rasbach, American composer, born in Dayton, Kentucky (d. 1975)
  • Aug 4 Philip Greeley Clapp, American composer and educator (University of Iowa, 1919-54), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1954)
  • Aug 6 Heinrich Schlusnus, German baritone, born in Braubach (d. 1952)
  • Aug 15 Albert Spalding, American violinist and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1953)
  • Aug 16 Armand J. Piron, American jazz violinist and composer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1943)
  • Aug 20 George Sklavos, Greek composer, born in Brailov, Romania (d. 1976)
  • Sep 12 Maurice Chevalier, French actor and singer ("Thank Heaven For Little Girls"), born in Paris (d. 1972)
  • Oct 3 Roy Webb, American film score composer (films of Val Lewton), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1982)
  • Oct 6 Max Butting, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1976)
  • Oct 11 Piero Coppola, Italian pianist and composer, born in Milan, Italy (d. 1971)
  • Oct 14 Ernest Pingoud, Finnish composer, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1942)
  • Oct 31 Harold Vincent Milligan, American musician and composer, born in Astoria, Oregon (d. 1951)
  • Nov 3 William Denis Browne, British composer, born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England (d. 1915)
  • Nov 8 David Monrad Johansen, Norwegian composer, born in Vefsn, Norway (d. 1974)
  • Nov 16 Burnet Corwin Tuthill, American composer (Laurentia), born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • Dec 3 Ion Nonna Otescu, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1940)
  • Dec 5 Áskell Snorrason, Icelandic composer, born in Öndolfsstaðir, Iceland (d. 1970)
  • Dec 6 Emiliana de Zubeldía, Spanish-Mexican concert pianist, composer - chiefly for guitar (Landscape Basko),and educator (Academy of Music at the University of Sonora, 1947-87), born in Salinas de Oro, Spain (d. 1987)
  • Dec 19 (Frederick) "Fritz" Reiner, Hungarian-American conductor (Cincinnati Symphony, 1922-31; Pittsburgh Symphony, 1938-48; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1953-63), and educator (Curtis Institute), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1963) [1]
  • Dec 27 (Raffaele Attilio) "Tito" Schipa, Italian tenor and composer (La Rondine), born in Lecce, Italy (d. 1965)
  • Dec 28 Gabriel von Wayditch, composer