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1783-11-04 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Symphony No. 36" premieres in Linz, Austria

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfgang 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

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

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1832-11-15 Felix Mendelssohn's "Symphony No. 5 (Reformation)" premieres

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn

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1841-03-31 1st performance of Robert Schumann's 1st Symphony in B

Composer Robert Schumann
Composer
Robert Schumann

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

Composer & Pianist Franz Liszt
Composer & Pianist
Franz Liszt

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1865-12-17 Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished Symphony" premieres in Vienna with Johann von Herbeck conducting

Composer Franz Schubert
Composer
Franz Schubert

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1868-05-09 Anton Bruckner's 1st Symphony in C, premieres

Composer Anton Bruckner
Composer
Anton Bruckner

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1876-11-04 Johannes Brahms' 1st Symphony in C premieres in Karlsruhe, Grand Duchy of Baden

Composer and Conductor Johannes Brahms
Composer and Conductor
Johannes Brahms

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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 Johannes Brahms' "3rd Symphony in F" premieres with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 1884-12-30 Anton Bruckner's 7th Symphony in E, premieres in Leipzig
  • 1885-04-30 Henry Lee Higginson starts the "Popular Music" series with the Boston Symphony, which evolves into the Boston Pops Orchestra 1900

  • 1885-10-25 Johannes Brahms' 4th Symphony in E premieres
  • 1886-02-23 Tchaikovsky's "Manfred" symphony premieres
  • 1886-05-19 Camille Saint-Saëns' 3rd Symphony in C premieres at St. James Hall, London, with the composer conducting
  • 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 premieres in Budapest and is not well received
  • 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"
  • 1893-12-15 Preview performance of Antonín Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 - "New World Symphony" draws a crowd to Carnegie Hall, New York [1]
  • 1893-12-16 Antonín Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 - "New World Symphony" premieres at Carnegie Hall, New York
  • 1894-04-09 1st performance of Anton Bruckner's 5th Symphony in B in Graz
  • 1895-01-25 New Haven Symphony Orchestra of Connecticut performs its first concert
  • 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)

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1897-05-18 Paul Dukas' symphonic scherzo "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice" (used in Disney's Fantasia film) premieres, based on poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Social Philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Social Philosopher
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • 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

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1902-03-08 1st performance of Jean Sibelius' 2nd Symphony, his most popular, by the Helsinki Philharmonic Society

Composer Jean Sibelius
Composer
Jean Sibelius

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1904-01-13 Bela Bartok's symphonic poem "Kossuth" premieres in Budapest

Composer and Pianist Béla Bartok
Composer and Pianist
Béla Bartok

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1904-02-28 Vincent d'Indy's 2nd Symphony in B, premieres

Composer Vincent d'Indy
Composer
Vincent d'Indy
  • 1904-10-18 Gustav Mahler's 5th symphony premieres in Cologne

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1905-10-15 Claude Debussy's symphonic sketch "La Mer" premieres in Paris

Composer Claude Debussy
Composer
Claude Debussy

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1908-12-03 Edward Elgar's 1st Symphony in A performed by the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Hans Richter, premieres in Manchester, England

Composer Edward Elgar
Composer
Edward Elgar

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1909-02-12 Symphony in B minor "Polonia", by polish composer Ignacy Jan Paderewski has its public premiere with the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister
Ignacy Jan Paderewski

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

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson

  • 1924-03-24 1st performance of Jean Sibelius' 7th Symphony in C at the Konsertföreningenin in Stockholm
  • 1924-12-14 Respighi's symphony "Pini di Roma" premieres in Paris

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1926-05-12 Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st Symphony premieres in Leningrad

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1941-03-29 1st performance of Benjamin Britten's "Requiem Symphony"

  • 1941-05-16 1st US radio performance of Robert Russell Bennett''s "Symphony in D for the Dodgers"
  • 1941-07-19 BBC World Service begins playing V(ictory) ("...-" in Morse code) (opening of Ludwig van Beethoven's 5th symphony)

Birthdays in Music

  • 1632-11-28 Jean-Baptiste Lully, Italian-born French composer (Miserere Suites de Symphonies et Trios, born in Florence, Grand Duchy of Tuscany (d. 1687)
  • 1770-11-08 Friedrich Witt, German cellist and composer (Jena Symphony; , The Suffering Saviour), born in Niederstetten, Germany (d. 1836)

Person of interestLudwig van Beethoven

1770-12-16 Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer (5th Symphony, Ode to Joy), born in Bonn, Electorate of Cologne (d. 1827)

Person of interestFranz Schubert

1797-01-31 Franz Schubert, Austrian composer (Unfinished Symphony), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1828)

Composer Franz Schubert
Composer
Franz Schubert

Person of interestFelix Mendelssohn

1809-02-03 (Jacob Ludwig) Felix Mendelssohn [Bartholdy], German composer and pianist (Italian Symphony; Songs Without Words), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1847)

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn

Person of interestFranz Liszt

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
  • 1822-12-10 César Franck, Belgian composer and organist (Symphonic Variations), born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1890)

Person of interestAnton Bruckner

1824-09-04 Anton Bruckner, Austrian composer (Te Deum, Wagner Symphony), Wagner disciple and "monumental bore", born in Ansfelden, Austria (d. 1896)

Composer Anton Bruckner
Composer
Anton Bruckner
  • 1832-10-22 Leopold Damrosch, German-American composer, and conductor (New York Oratorio Society; New York Symphony), born in Poznań, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1885)
  • 1835-10-09 Camille Saint-Saëns, French composer (Samson et Dalila; Organ Symphony), born in Paris (d. 1921)
  • 1839-01-09 John Knowles Paine, American composer (Symphony No. 2 - In Spring), born in Portland, Maine (d. 1906)
  • 1841-09-08 Antonín Dvořák, Czech composer (Slavonic Dances; New World Symphony; Cello Concerto in b, Op. 104), born in Nelahozeves, Czech Republic (d. 1904)
  • 1844-02-21 Charles-Marie Widor, French organist (Saint-Sulpice, 1870-1933), composer (10 organ symphonies), and professor (American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, 1921-34), born in Lyon, France (d. 1937)

Person of interestVincent d'Indy

1851-03-27 Vincent d'Indy, French composer (Symphony on a French Mountain Air), and teacher, born in Paris (d. 1931)

Composer Vincent d'Indy
Composer
Vincent d'Indy
  • 1860-07-07 Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer (Symphony No. 2 - "Resurrection"), and conductor (New York Philharmonic, 1909-11), born in Kalischat, Bohemia (now Austria) (d. 1911)
  • 1862-01-30 Walter Damrosch, German-American conductor (New York Symphony, 1885-1928; commissioned Gershwin's Piano Concerto), and composer (The Man Without A Country), born in Breslau, Silesia (d. 1950) [1]
  • 1864-08-31 Max Wilhelm Zach, Polish-American violinist and conductor (Boston Symphony 1896-1907; St. Louis Symphony, 1907-21), born in Lemberg, Galicia (now L’vov, Ukraine) (d. 1921)
  • 1867-03-25 Arturo Toscanini, Italian conductor (La Scala; NBC Symphony Orchestra), born in Parma, Italy (d. 1957)
  • 1867-09-05 Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, American pianist and composer (Gaelic Symphony), born in Henniker, New Hampshire (d. 1944)
  • 1868-08-07 Granville Bantock, English composer and conductor (Hebridean Symphony), born in London (d. 1946)
  • 1870-01-03 Henry Eichheim, American composer (Bali -Symphonic Variations), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1942)
  • 1871-10-14 Alexander von Zemlinsky, Austrian composer, conductor, and arranger (The Mermaid; Lyric Symphony), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1942)
  • 1872-03-10 Felix Borowski, British-American composer, educator (Chicago Musical College, 1896-1925), and musicologist (Chicago Symphony, 1908-56), born in Burton-in-Kendal, England (d. 1956)
  • 1874-07-26 Serge Koussevitzky, Russian-American conductor (Boston Symphony, 1924-49), born in Vyshny Volochyok, Russia (d. 1951)
  • 1875-02-07 Erkki Melartin, Finnish composer (Juhlamarssi; Summer Symphony; Fantasia Apocaliptica), born in Käkisalmi, Grand Duchy of Finland (d. 1937)
  • 1876-01-29 [William] Havergal Brian, British composer ("Gothic" symphony), born in Dresden, Staffordshire (d. 1972)
  • 1876-09-15 Bruno Walter, German symphony conductor (NY Philharmonic), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1962)
  • 1876-12-11 Mieczysław Karłowicz, Polish composer and conductor (Rebirth Symphony, Op. 7), born in Vishnyeva, Russian Empire (now Belarus) (d. 1909)
  • 1877-02-24 Rudolph Ganz, Swiss-American pianist, conductor (St. Louis Symphony, 1921-27), composer, and educator (Chicago Musical College, 1928-54), born in Zurich, Switzerland (d. 1972)
  • 1878-02-07 Ossip Gabrilovich, Russian-American pianist, conductor (Detroit Symphony, 1918-36), and composer, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1936)
  • 1878-02-28 Artur Kapp, Estonian organist, composer (Peace Symphony; Paradise and Peri), and educator, born in Suure-Jaani, Russian Empire (now Estonia) (d. 1952)
  • 1880-02-18 Eric De Lamarter, American organist, composer and conductor (Chicago Symphony), born in Lansing, Michigan (d. 1953)
  • 1882-07-10 Ima Hogg, American society leader, Texas art patron and founder of Houston Symphony, born in Mineola, Texas (d. 1975)
  • 1882-10-06 Karol Maciej Szymanowski, Polish pianist and composer (Symphony No. 3 - Song Of The Night), born in Tymoszówka, Russian Empire (now Tymoshivka, Ukraine) (d. 1937)
  • 1885-08-15 Andrey Filippovich Pashchenko, Russian composer (A Symphonic Mystery, for Theremin and Orchestra), born in Rostov-on-Don (d. 1972)
  • 1886-05-24 Paul Paray, French organist, conductor (Detroit Symphony, 1951-62), and composer, born in Le Tréport, France (d. 1979)
  • 1886-05-28 Nikolai Sokoloff, Russian-American violinist and conductor (Cleveland Orchestra, 1918-32; Seattle Symphony, 1938-41; co-founder & dircetor of La Jolla Music Society, 1941-65), born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1965)
  • 1886-06-09 Kōsaku Yamada, Japanese composer (Nagauta Symphony), and conductor, born in Tokyo (d. 1965)
  • 1887-08-26 Luis Abraham Delgadillo, Nicaraguan pianist and composer (Inca Symphony), born in Managua (d. 1961)
  • 1887-09-16 Nadia Boulanger, French composer and conductor (1st woman to conduct Boston Symphony), born in Paris, France (d. 1979)
  • 1888-12-19 Fritz Reiner, Hungarian-American conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1953-63), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1963) [1]
  • 1889-04-08 Adrian Boult, British conductor (BBC Symphony Orchestra, 1930-50; London Philharmonic, 1950-59), born in Chester, England (d. 1983)
  • 1889-04-30 Rudolph Simonsen, Danish composer (Symphony No. 2 - Hellas), and educator (Copenhagen Conservatory, 1916-47), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1947)
  • 1890-03-20 Lauritz Melchior, Danish-American baritone tenor (National Symphony), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1973)
  • 1890-08-05 Erich Kleiber, conductor (NBC Symphony 1945-46), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1891-09-29 Fabien Sevitzky [Koussevitzky], Russian-American conductor (Indianapolis Symphony), born in Vishny Volotchok, Russia (d. 1967)
  • 1891-11-10 Carl W. Stalling, American film composer (Disney's Silly Symphonies; Warner Brothers Cartoons), born in Lexington, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • 1893-01-03 Godfried Devreese, Belgian violinist, composer (Gothic Symphony), and conductor, born in Kortrijk, Belgium (d. 1972)
  • 1893-09-21 Moses Pergament, Finnish-Swedish classical composer (The Jewish Song Choral Symphony) and music critic, born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1977)
  • 1893-12-16 Vladimir Golschmann, French-American conductor (St. Louis Symphony, 1931-57), born in Paris, France (d. 1972)
  • 1895-05-11 William Grant Still, American composer ("Afro-American" Symphony), born in Woodville, Mississippi (d. 1978)
  • 1898-01-22 Gustaf Paulson, Swedish organist and composer (The Resurrection Symphony), born in Hälsingborg, Sweden (d. 1966)
  • 1899-04-07 Robert Casadesus, French concert pianist and composer (Symphony No. 7 - "Israel"), born in Paris (d. 1972)
  • 1899-08-01 William Steinberg, German-American conductor (Boston Symphony 1969-71), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1978)
  • 1900-11-07 Efrem Kurtz, Russian conductor (Houston Symphony 1948-54), born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1995)
  • 1901-08-13 Ian Whyte, Scottish composer and conductor (BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra), born in Dunfermline, Scotland (d. 1960)
  • 1901-10-03 Masao Oki, Japanese composer (Symphony No.5 "Hiroshima"), born in Iwata, Shizuoka (d. 1971)
  • 1901-10-03 Masao Ohki, Japanese composer (Idea of the Night; Hiroshima Symphony), born in Iwata, Japan (d. 1971)
  • 1901-12-26 Victor Hely-Hutchinson, British composer (Carol Symphony), born in Cape Town, Cape Colony (d. 1947)
  • 1902-12-19 Leonard Hirsch, Irish violinist/orchestra leader (RAF Symphony Orchestra), born in Dublin (d. 1995) [1]
  • 1903-02-06 Claudio Arrau, Chilean pianist (Boston Symphony Orchestra), born in Chillán, Chile (d. 1991)
  • 1903-04-30 Günter Raphael, German composer (Symphony Breve), born in Berlin (d. 1960)
  • 1903-07-04 Flor Peeters, Flemish organist and composer (Lied Symphony), born in Tielen, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • 1903-07-05 Irwin Fischer, American composer and organist (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), born in Iowa City, Iowa (d. 1977)
  • 1904-06-03 Jan Peerce [Jacob Pincus Perelmuth], American tenor (NBC Symphony, 1938-55; NY Metropolitan Opera, 1941-67; "Bluebird of Happiness"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1905-09-09 Vytautas Bacevičius [Bacewicz], Lithuanian avant garde composer (Della Guerra Symphony), born in Łódź, Russian Empire (now Poland) (d. 1970)
  • 1906-03-28 Murray Adaskin, Canadian violinist, composer, conductor (Saskatoon Symphony), and teacher (University of Saskatchewan), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2002)
  • 1906-04-09 Antal Doráti, Hungarian-American conductor (Minneapolis Symphony, 1949-1960; National Symphony, 1970-77), and composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1988)
  • 1906-09-19 Massimo Freccia, Italian-American conductor (New Orleans Symphony, 1944-52: Baltimore Symphony, 1952-59), born in Valdibure, Pistoia, Italy (d. 2004)
  • 1906-11-19 Henri Temianka, Scottish-born Polish composer (California Chamber Symphony), born in Greenock, Scotland (d. 1992)
  • 1907-02-16 Fernando Previtali, Italian composer and conductor (Rome Radio Symphony), born in Adria, Veneto (d. 1985)
  • 1907-04-01 Walter Kaufmann, German-American conductor (Winnipeg Symphony, 1948-57), composer (Navaratnam), and musicologist (The Ragas of South India), born in Karlsbad, Germany (d. 1984)
  • 1908-04-05 George Schick, Czech conductor (Chicago Symphony, 1950-56; Metropolitan Opera, 1958-69), and educator, born in Prague, Austria-Hungary (now Czech Republic) (d. 1985)
  • 1909-07-01 Vera Brodsky Lawrence, American concert pianist (CBS Symphony) and musicologist (Joplin; Gottschalk), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1996)
  • 1912-06-17 Don Gillis, American composer (Symphony 5½ - A Symphony for Fun), born in Cameron, Missouri (d. 1978)
  • 1912-09-19 Kurt Sanderling, German conductor (East Berlin Symphony 1960-77), born in Arys, German Empire (d. 2011)
  • 1912-10-21 Sir Georg Solti [György Stern], Hungarian-British conductor, winner of 31 Grammy awards (Chicago Symphony, 1969-91), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1997)
  • 1914-03-18 César Guerra-Peixe, Brazilian violinist and composer (Brasilia Symphony), born in Petrópolis, Brazil (d. 1993)
  • 1914-07-28 Carmen Dragon, American composer and conductor (Hollywood Bowl Symphony), born in Antioch, California (d. 1984)
  • 1914-09-24 Andrzej Panufnik, Polish-British composer and conductor (Symphony No. 3 - Sinfonia Sacra), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1991)
  • 1915-05-29 Igor Buketoff, American conductor (Iceland Symphony Orchestra 1964-65), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2001)
  • 1915-08-30 Robert Strassburg, American composer, conductor and educator (Leaves of Grass: A Choral Symphony), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1915-11-26 Earl Wild, American composer and pianist (Caesar's Hour, 1952-56; NBC Symphony, 1937-44), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • 1917-02-01 Edward Simons, American classical violinist and conductor (Rockland Symphony, 1962-2017), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1918-04-03 Sixten Ehrling, Swedish pianist, conductor (Royal Opera of Stockholm, 1953-60; Detroit Symphony, 1963-73), and educator (Juilliard, 1973-87), born in Malmö, Sweden (d. 2005)
  • 1918-06-05 Branimir Sakač, Croatian composer (Matrix Symphony), born in Zagreb (d. 1979)
  • 1919-02-11 Israel Baker, American concert and session violinist (NBC Symphony; Paramount Studios Orchestra), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2011)
  • 1919-10-14 Joseph de Pasquale, American violist (Boston Symphony, 1949-64: Philadelphia Orchestra, 1964-96), and educator (Curtis Institute, 1965-2015), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • 1920-07-21 Isaac Stern, American-Ukrainian violinist (debut San Francisco Symphony), born in Kremenets, Ukraine, Soviet Union (d. 2001)
  • 1923-08-26 Wolfgang Sawallisch, German conductor (Vienna Symphony, 1960-70; Philadelphia Orchestra, 1993-2003), and pianist, born in Munich, Germany (d. 2013)
  • 1923-12-12 David Leon Kaplan, American-Canadian music professor (University of Saskatchewan, 1960-82), conductor (Saskatoon Symphony, 1962-72), and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1924-03-25 Julia Perry, American classical composer (Soul Symphony; Cask of Amontillado; Homunuclus C.F.), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1979)
  • 1925-07-12 Yasushi Akutagawa, Japanese composer (Orpheus of Hiroshima, Ellora Symphony), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1989)
  • 1925-11-15 Jurriaan Andriessen, Dutch pianist and composer (Berkshire Symphonies; Les Cloches des Clochards), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • 1926-03-30 Werner Torkanowsky, conductor (New Orleans Symphony, 1963-77; Bangor Symphony, 1981-92), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1992)
  • 1926-05-15 [Jean-Josephat] Clermont Pépin, Canadian pianist and composer (Implosion Symphony), born in Saint-Georges, Quebec (d. 2006)
  • 1926-05-30 Edouard Van Remoortel, Belgian conductor (1958-62 St Louis Symphony), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1977)
  • 1927-07-11 Herbert Blomstedt, American conductor (Dresdner Staatskapelle, 1975-85; San Francisco Symphony 1985-95), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1927-08-11 Raymond Leppard, conductor (St Louis Symphony Orchestra), born in London, England
  • 1928-03-24 Byron "Yanks" Janis, American concert pianist (debut with NBC Symphony Orchestra at age 15), born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania

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

  • 1687-03-22 Jean-Baptiste Lully, Italian-born French composer (Miserere Suites de Symphonies et Trios), dies at 54

Person of interestLudwig van Beethoven

1827-03-26 Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer (5th Symphony, Ode to Joy), dies of liver disease at 56

  • 1836-01-03 Friedrich Witt, German cellist and composer (Jena Symphony; , The Suffering Saviour), dies at 65

Person of interestFelix Mendelssohn

1847-11-04 (Jacob Ludwig) Felix Mendelssohn [Bartholdy], German composer and pianist (Italian Symphony; Songs Without Words), dies at 38, after a series of strokes

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn

Person of interestHector Berlioz

1869-03-08 Hector Berlioz, French composer (Symphony Fantastic), dies at 65

Composer Hector Berlioz
Composer
Hector Berlioz
  • 1885-02-15 Leopold Damrosch, German-American composer, and conductor (New York Oratorio Society; New York Symphony), dies at 52

Person of interestFranz Liszt

1886-07-31 Franz Liszt, Hungarian romantic composer and virtuoso pianist (Faust Symphony), dies of heart disease at 74

Composer & Pianist Franz Liszt
Composer & Pianist
Franz Liszt
  • 1890-11-08 Caesar Franck, Belgian organist and composer (Symphonic Variations), dies at 67

Person of interestAnton Bruckner

1896-10-11 Anton Bruckner, Austrian composer (Te Deum, Wagner Symphony), Wagner disciple and "monumental bore", dies at 72

Composer Anton Bruckner
Composer
Anton Bruckner
  • 1904-05-01 Antonín Dvořák, Czech composer (Slavonic Dances; New World Symphony; Cello Concerto in b, Op. 104), dies at 62
  • 1906-04-25 John Knowles Paine, American composer (Symphony No. 2 - In Spring), dies at 67
  • 1909-02-08 Mieczysław Karłowicz, Polish composer and conductor (Rebirth Symphony, Op. 7), dies in an avalanche while on a skiing excursion at 32
  • 1911-05-18 Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer (Symphony No. 2 - "Resurrection"), and conductor (New York Philharmonic, 1909-11), dies of heart disease at 50
  • 1921-02-03 Max Wilhelm Zach, Polish-American violinist and conductor (Boston Symphony 1896-1907; St. Louis Symphony, 1907-21), dies at 56
  • 1921-12-16 Camille Saint-Saëns, French composer (Samson et Dalila; Organ Symphony), dies of a heart attack at 86
  • 1936-09-14 Ossip Gabrilovich Russian-American pianist, conductor (Detroit Symphony, 1918-36), and composer, dies of stomach cancer at 58
  • 1937-02-14 Erkki Melartin, Finnish composer (Juhlamarssi; Summer Symphony; Fantasia Apocaliptica), dies at 62
  • 1937-03-12 Charles-Marie Widor, French organist (Saint-Sulpice, 1870-1933), composer (10 organ symphonies), and professor (American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, 1921-34), dies at 93
  • 1937-03-29 Karol Maciej Szymanowski, Polish pianist and composer (Symphony No. 3 - Song Of The Night), dies of tuberculosis at 54
  • 1942-03-15 Alexander von Zemlinsky, Austrian composer, conductor, and arranger (The Mermaid; Lyric Symphony), dies from a stroke at 70 [1]
  • 1942-05-25 Emanuel Feuermann, cellist (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), dies at 39
  • 1944-12-27 Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, American pianist and composer (Gaelic Symphony), dies at 77
  • 1946-10-16 Granville Bantock, English composer and conductor (Hebridean Symphony), dies at 78
  • 1947-03-11 Victor Hely-Hutchinson, British composer (Carol Symphony), dies of pneumonia at 45
  • 1947-03-28 Rudolph Simonsen, Danish composer (Symphony No. 2 - Hellas), and educator (Copenhagen Conservatory, 1916-47), dies at 57
  • 1950-12-22 Walter Damrosch, German-American conductor (New York Symphony, 1885-1928; commissioned Gershwin's Piano Concerto), and composer (The Man Without A Country), dies at 88
  • 1951-06-04 Serge Koussevitzky, Russian-American conductor (Boston Symphony, 1924-49), dies at 76
  • 1952-01-14 Artur Kapp, Estonian composer (Peace Symphony; Paradise and Peri), and educator, dies at 73
  • 1953-05-17 Eric De Lamarter, American organist, composer and conductor (Chicago Symphony), dies at 73
  • 1956-09-06 Felix Borowski, British-American composer, educator (Chicago Musical College, 1896-1925), and musicologist (Chicago Symphony, 1908-56), dies at 84
  • 1959-06-03 Ole Windingstad, Norwegian conductor (Brooklyn's Scandinavian Symphony Orchestra, 1913-39), pianist and composer, dies after a heart attack at 73
  • 1962-02-17 Bruno Walter, German symphony conductor (NY Philharmonic), dies at 85
  • 1963-11-15 Fritz Reiner, Hungarian-American conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1953-63), dies of pneumonia at 74 [1]
  • 1965-09-25 Nikolai Sokoloff, Russian-American conductor (Seattle Symphony), dies at 79
  • 1965-12-29 Kōsaku Yamada, Japanese composer (Nagauta Symphony), and conductor, dies of a heart attack at 79
  • 1966-12-17 Gustaf Paulson, Swedish organist and composer (The Resurrection Symphony), dies at 68
  • 1970-01-15 Vytautas Bacevičius [Bacewicz], Lithuanian avant garde composer (Della Guerra Symphony), dies at 64
  • 1971-04-18 Masao Ohki, Japanese composer (Idea of the Night; Hiroshima Symphony), dies of cancer at 69
  • 1972-03-01 Vladimir Golschmann, French-American conductor (St. Louis Symphony, 1931-57), dies at 78 [1]
  • 1972-06-04 Godfried Devreese, Belgian violinist, composer (Gothic Symphony), and conductor, dies at 79
  • 1972-08-02 Rudolph Ganz, Swiss-American pianist, conductor (St. Louis Symphony, 1921-27), composer, and educator (Chicago Musical College, 1928-54), dies at 95
  • 1972-09-19 Robert Casadesus, French concert pianist and composer (Symphony No. 7 - "Israel"), dies at 73
  • 1972-11-28 [William] Havergal Brian, British composer ("Gothic" symphony), dies at 96
  • 1972-11-29 Carl W. Stalling, American film composer (Disney's Silly Symphonies; Warner Brothers Cartoons), dies at 81
  • 1973-03-18 Lauritz Melchior, Danish-American baritone tenor (National Symphony), dies at 82
  • 1975-08-19 Ima Hogg, American society leader, Texas art patron and founder of Houston Symphony, dies at 93
  • 1975-11-01 Philip James, American composer, conductor (New Jersey Symphony, 1922-29; Bamberger Little Symphony, 1929-36), and educator (NYU, 1934-56), dies at 85
  • 1977-03-05 Moses Pergament, Finnish-Swedish classical composer (The Jewish Song Choral Symphony) and music critic, dies at 83
  • 1977-05-07 Irwin Fischer, American composer and organist (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), dies at 73
  • 1977-05-16 Edouard Van Remoortel, Belgian conductor (St Louis Symphony, 1958-62), dies at 50
  • 1978-01-10 Don Gillis, American composer (Symphony 5½ - A Symphony for Fun), dies at 65
  • 1978-05-16 William Steinberg, German-American conductor (Pittsburgh Symphony, 1952-76; Boston Symphony, 1969-71), dies at 78
  • 1978-12-03 William Grant Still, American composer ("Afro-American" Symphony), dies at 83
  • 1979-04-29 Julia Perry, American classical composer (Soul Symphony; Cask of Amontillado; Homunuclus C.F.) dies at 55
  • 1979-10-10 Paul Paray, French organist, conductor (Detroit Symphony, 1951-62), and composer, dies at 93
  • 1979-10-22 Nadia Boulanger, French composer and conductor (1st woman to conduct Boston Symphony), dies at 92
  • 1979-12-29 Branimir Sakač, Croatian composer (Matrix Symphony), dies at 61
  • 1983-02-22 Adrian Boult, British conductor (BBC Symphony Orchestra, 1930-50; London Philharmonic, 1950-59), dies at 93
  • 1984-03-28 Carmen Dragon, American composer and conductor (Hollywood Bowl Symphony) dies of cancer at 69
  • 1984-09-09 Walter Kaufmann, German-American conductor (Winnipeg Symphony, 1948-57), composer (Navaratnam), and musicologist (The Ragas of South India), dies at 77
  • 1984-12-15 Jan Peerce [Jacob Pincus Perelmuth], American tenor (NBC Symphony, 1938-55; NY Metropolitan Opera, 1941-67; "Bluebird of Happiness"), dies at 80
  • 1985-03-07 George Schick, Czech conductor (Chicago Symphony, 1950-56; Metropolitan Opera, 1958-69), and educator, dies at 76
  • 1986-07-04 Flor Peeters, Flemish organist and composer (Lied Symphony), dies at 83
  • 1988-11-13 Antal Doráti, Hungarian-American conductor (Minneapolis Symphony, 1949-1960), dies at 82
  • 1988-12-08 Herbert "Tubo" Rhoad, American baritone a cappella singer (Persuasions - "Street Corner Symphony"), dies at 44
  • 1989-01-31 Yasushi Akutagawa, Japanese composer (Orpheus of Hiroshima, Ellora Symphony), dies at 63
  • 1991-06-09 Claudio Arrau, Chilean pianist (Boston Symphony Orchestra), dies following surgery at 88
  • 1991-10-27 Andrzej Panufnik, Polish-British composer and conductor (Symphony No. 3 - Sinfonia Sacra), dies at 77
  • 1992-10-20 Werner Torkanowsky, conductor (New Orleans Symphony, 1963-77; Bangor Symphony, 1981-92), dies of cancer at 66
  • 1992-11-07 Henri Temianka, Scottish-born Polish composer (California Chamber Symphony) dies at 85
  • 1993-11-26 César Guerra-Peixe, Brazilian violinist and composer (Brasilia Symphony), dies at 79
  • 1996-08-19 Jurriaan Andriessen, Dutch pianist and composer (Berkshire Symphonies; Les Cloches des Clochards), dies at 70
  • 1996-09-18 Vera Brodsky Lawrence, American concert pianist (CBS Symphony) and musicologist (Joplin; Gottschalk), dies at 87
  • 1997-09-05 Sir Georg Solti [György Stern], Hungarian-British conductor, winner of 31 Grammy awards (Chicago Symphony, 1969-91), dies at 84
  • 2001-09-07 Igor Buketoff, American conductor (Iceland Symphony Orchestra 1964-65), dies at 86
  • 2001-09-22 Isaac Stern, American-Ukrainian violinist (debut San Francisco Symphony), dies at 81
  • 2002-05-06 Murray Adaskin, Canadian violinist, composer, conductor (Saskatoon Symphony), and teacher (University of Saskatchewan), dies at 96
  • 2003-10-25 Robert Strassburg, American composer, conductor and educator (Leaves of Grass: A Choral Symphony), dies at 88
  • 2004-08-29 Hans Vonk, Dutch conductor (The Hague Philharmonic, 1980-1991; St. Louis Symphony, 1996-2002), dies from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS - Lou Gehrig's Disease) at 62
  • 2004-11-16 Massimo Freccia, Italian-American conductor (New Orleans Symphony, 1944-52: Baltimore Symphony), 1952-59, dies at 98
  • 2005-02-13 Sixten Ehrling, Swedish pianist, conductor (Royal Opera of Stockholm, 1953-60; Detroit Symphony, 1963-73), and educator (Juilliard, 1973-87), dies at 86
  • 2006-09-02 [Jean-Josephat] Clermont Pépin, Canadian pianist and composer (Implosion Symphony), dies of liver cancer at 80
  • 2008-02-13 Roger Voisin, Trumpet player, Boston Symphony (b. 1918)
  • 2010-11-12 Henryk Górecki, Polish composer (Symphony No. 3 - Symphony of Sorrowful Songs), dies from complications arising from a lung infection at 76
  • 2011-09-18 Kurt Sanderling, German conductor (East Berlin Symphony 1960-77), dies at 98
  • 2011-12-25 Israel Baker, American concert and session violinist (NBC Symphony; Paramount Studios Orchestra), dies at 92
  • 2013-02-08 James DePreist, American conductor (Mitropoulos Prize, 1964, Oregon Symphony, 1980-2003), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • 2013-02-22 Wolfgang Sawallisch, German conductor (Vienna Symphony, 1960-70; Philadelphia Orchestra, 1993-2003), and pianist, dies aged 89
  • 2014-01-20 Claudio Abbado, Italian conductor (La Scala, 1969-86; London Symphony, 1979-87; Berlin Philharmonic, 1989-2002), dies of stomach cancer at 80
  • 2015-04-06 David Leon Kaplan, American-Canadian music professor (University of Saskatchewan, 1960-82), conductor (Saskatoon Symphony, 1962-72), and composer, dies at 91
  • 2015-06-22 Joseph de Pasquale, American violist (Boston Symphony, 1949-64: Philadelphia Orchestra, 1964-96), and educator (Curtis Institutu, 1965-2015), dies at 95
  • 2015-07-21 Paul Freeman, American conductor and composer (Chicago Sinfonietta, 1987 -2011; Czech National Symphony, 1996-2007), dies at 79
  • 2015-09-05 Jacques Israelievitch, French-Canadian classical violinist, concertmaster (St. Louis Symphony, 1978-88; Toronto Symphony, 1988-2008), and music director (Koffler Chamber Orchestra, 2005-14), dies of lung cancer at 67
  • 2016-11-15 Jules Eskin, American cellist (Boston Symphony, 1964-2016), dies of cancer at 85 [1]
  • 2018-06-26 Edward Simons, American classical violinist and conductor (Rockland Symphony, 1962-2017), dies at 101
  • 2019-02-25 Hans Kox, Dutch composer (Dorian Gray; Symphony No. 4 - "Tasmanian"), and educator, dies at 88
  • 2019-02-28 André Previn, German-American conductor (London Symphony), film score composer (My Fair Lady), and jazz pianist, dies at 89
  • 2019-10-22 Raymond Leppard, British-American harpsichordist and conductor (Indianapolis Symphony, 1987-2001), dies at 93
  • 2020-06-23 Ryan Anthony, American trumpet player (Canadian Brass, 2000-03; Dallas Symphony, 2006-20), dies of cancer at 51
  • 2020-08-02 Leon Fleisher, American pianist and conductor (Annapolis Symphony 1970-82), dies of cancer at 92 [1]