Birthdays in Music in 1897

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  • Jan 5 Theo Mackeben, German pianist/composer (Lady Fanny, Bel Ami)
  • Jan 9 Luis Gianneo, composer
  • Jan 10 Albert Moeschinger, composer
  • Jan 22 Josef Stanislav, composer
  • Jan 22 Rosa Ponselle, opera diva (Casta Diva, La Forza del Destino)
  • Jan 22 "Blind" Willie Johnson American blues/spiritual singer and guitarist
  • Feb 7 Quincy Porter, composer, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Feb 11 Yves de La Casiniere, composer
  • Feb 14 Jorgen Bentzon, composer

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Feb 27 Marian Anderson, American contralto and celebrated singer (My Lord, What a Morning), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)

  • Mar 3 Jose Moreno Gans, composer
  • Mar 11 Henry Dixon Cowell, Menlo Park California, composer (New Musical Resources)
  • Apr 7 Harald Sigurd Johan Saeverud, composer [OS]
  • Apr 8 Herbert Eimert, German composer/musicologist (Glockenspiel)
  • Apr 16 Arthur Charles Ernest Hoeree, composer
  • Apr 16 Jaap Vranken, Dutch organist/composer (Stabat Mater)
  • Apr 17 Harald Saeverud, Bergen Norway, composer (Saline) [NS]
  • Apr 24 Gyorgy Kosa, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1984)
  • Apr 25 Haro Levoni Step'anyan, composer
  • May 2 J. Fred Coots, American songwriter (d. 1985)
  • May 14 Sidney Bechet, American jazz clarinetist/saxophonist/band leader
  • May 16 Walther Geiser, composer
  • May 29 Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Brno Austria, movie composer (Violanta)
  • May 29 Ignace Lilien, composer
  • Jun 3 Memphis Minnie, blues musician, born in Algiers, Louisiana (d. 1973)
  • Jun 7 George Szell, Hungarian-born American conductor (Cleveland Orchestra, 1946-70), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1970)
  • Jun 12 Alexandre Tansman, composer (Dyptique), born in Łódź, Poland
  • Jun 25 Hans Barth, German-born American composer, born in Leipzig (d. 1956)
  • Jun 29 Ottmar Gerster, composer
  • Jul 5 Paul Ben-Haim, [Frankenburger], Israeli composer, born in Munich. Germany
  • Jul 25 Hermann Ambrosius, composer
  • Aug 12 Manuel Blancafort, composer
  • Aug 12 Ramon Gonzalez Barron, composer
  • Aug 15 Marion Eugene Bauer, composer
  • Aug 16 Vicente Ascone, composer
  • Aug 24 Fred Rose, American songwriter and music publishing executive, born in Evansville, Indiana (d. 1954)
  • Aug 25 Jaroslav Ridky, composer
  • Sep 3 Francisco Paolo Mignone, composer

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Sep 8 Jimmie Rodgers [James Charles], American country singer and singing brakeman, born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 1933)

Country Singer Jimmie Rodgers
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  • Sep 13 Gaspar Cassado Moreu, composer
  • Sep 18 Pablo Sorozabal Marialcurrena, composer
  • Sep 20 Efim Golishev, composer
  • Oct 10 Lamar Stringfield, composer
  • Oct 11 Arvo Hannikainen, Finnish composer, born in Jyväskylä, Finland (d. 1942)
  • Oct 16 Harrison Kerr, composer
  • Oct 24 Lazar Weiner, Russian-born American composer, born in Cherkasy, Russian Empire (d. 1982)
  • Oct 30 Agustín Lara, Mexican composer and one of the most popular songwriters of his era (Granada, Solamente Una Vez), born in Tlacotalpan, Veracruz (d. 1970)
  • Nov 3 Karel Salmon, composer
  • Nov 4 Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez, Brazilian conductor/composer (Imbapara)
  • Nov 12 Karl Marx, German composer/conductor
  • Nov 18 Jules Buffano, pianist (Jimmy Durante Show), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Nov 20 Margaret Sutherland, composer
  • Nov 30 Andreas Nezertis, composer
  • Nov 30 Quinto Maganini, American composer (The Argonauts), born in Fairfield, California (d. 1974)
  • Dec 6 John Axel Fernstrom, composer
  • Dec 8 Leslie Heward, composer
  • Dec 9 Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold, British actress (Gigi, Music Man), born in London, England (d. 1987)
  • Dec 18 Fletcher Henderson, American arranger and composer (d. 1952)
  • Dec 29 Hermann Heiss, composer