Symphony History

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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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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

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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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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
  • 1885-10-25 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
  • 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 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)
  • 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, his most popular, by the Helsinki Philharmonic Society
  • 1903-02-11 Anton Bruckner's 9th Symphony premieres in Vienna
  • 1904-01-13 Bela Bartok's symphonic poem "Kossuth" premieres in Budapest
  • 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

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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
  • 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

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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

Birthdays in Music

  • 1632-11-28 Jean-Baptiste Lully, Italian-born French composer (Miserere Suites de Symphonies et Trios), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1687)

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 Peter Schubert, Austrian composer (Unfinished Symphony), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1828)

Composer Franz Schubert
Composer
Franz Schubert

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
  • 1824-09-04 Anton Bruckner, Austrian composer (Te Deum, Wagner Symphony), Wagner disciple and "monumental bore", born in Ansfelden, Austria (d. 1896)
  • 1841-09-08 Antonín Dvořák, Czech composer (New World Symphony), born in Nelahozeves, Czech Republic (d. 1904)
  • 1868-08-07 Granville Bantock, English composer and conductor (Hebridean Symphony), born in London (d. 1946)
  • 1874-07-26 Serge Koussevitzky, Russian-American conductor (Boston Symphony), born in Vyshny Volochyok, Russia (d. 1951)
  • 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)
  • 1880-02-18 Eric De Lamarter, American organist, composer and conductor (Chicago Symphony), born in Lansing, Michigan (d. 1953)
  • 1880-09-09 Viking Eggeling, Swedish artist/filmmaker (Diagonal Symphony)
  • 1882-07-10 Ima Hogg, American society leader, Texas art patron and founder of Houston Symphony, born in Mineola, Texas (d. 1975)
  • 1886-05-28 Nikolai Sokoloff, Russian-American conductor (Seattle Symphony), born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1965)
  • 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, US conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1963)
  • 1889-04-30 Rudolph Hermann Simonsen, Danish composer (Symphony Number 2, Hellas), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1947)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 1895-05-11 William Grant Still, American composer ("Afro-American" Symphony), born in Woodville, Mississippi (d. 1978)
  • 1899-08-01 William Steinberg, German-American conductor (Boston Symphony 1969-71), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1978)
  • 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 Atomic Bomb), born in Iwata, Shizuoka (d. 1971)
  • 1901-12-26 Victor Hely-Hutchinson, British composer (Carol Symphony), born in Cape Town, Cape Colony (d. 1947)
  • 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)
  • 1906-04-09 Antal Dorati, Hungarian-American conductor (Minneapolis Symphony 1949-1960), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1988)
  • 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)
  • 1908-04-05 George Schick, Czech conductor (Chicago Symphony), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 1985)
  • 1912-09-19 Kurt Sanderling, German conductor (East Berlin Symphony 1960-77), born in Arys, German Empire (d. 2011)
  • 1914-03-18 César Guerra-Peixe, Brazilian violinist and composer (Brasilia Symphony), born in Petrópolis, Brazil (d. 1993)
  • 1915-05-29 Igor Buketoff, American conductor (Iceland Symphony Orchestra 1964-65), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2001)
  • 1918-06-05 Branimir Sakač, Croatian composer (Matrix Symphony), born in Zagreb (d. 1979)
  • 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), born in Munich, Germany (d. 2013)
  • 1925-07-12 Yasushi Akutagawa, Japanese composer (Orpheus of Hiroshima, Ellora Symphony), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1989)
  • 1926-03-30 Werner Torkanowsky, conductor (New Orleans Symphony), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 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, McKeesport Pa, pianist (NBC Symphony Orchestra)
  • 1928-06-25 William Joseph Russo, American trombonist, jazz, classical and theater composer (Titans Symphony) and educator, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1929-04-06 André Previn, German born American conductor (London Symphony), film scorer (My Fair Lady) and pianist, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2019)
  • 1930-03-06 Lorin Maazel, French conductor (NBC Symphony Orch 1941), born in Neuilly France, (d. 2014)
  • 1930-07-25 Maureen Forrester, Canadian operatic contralto (Ressurection Symphony), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2010)
  • 1932-03-21 Joseph Silverstein, American violinist, concertmaster and conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1932-11-21 Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Danish composer (Symphony and Antiphony), born in Copenhagen; (d. 2016)
  • 1933-12-06 Henryk Górecki, Polish composer (Symphony No. 3 - Symphony of Sorrowful Songs), born in Czernica, Poland (d. 2010)
  • 1935-09-01 Seiji Ozawa, Hoten Manchuria, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra)
  • 1936-04-09 Jerzy Maksymiuk, Polish pianist, composer and conductor (BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra 1983-93), born in Grodno, Poland
  • 1936-07-09 David Joel Zinman, American composer and conductor (Baltimore Symphony, 1985-98), born in NYC, New York
  • 1936-11-21 James DePreist, American conductor (Mitropoulos Prize, 1964, Oregon Symphony, 1980-2003), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • 1937-06-07 Neeme Järvi, Estonian-American conductor (Gothenburg Symphony 1982-2004, Detroit Symphony 1990-2005), born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • 1938-05-10 Maxim Shostakovich, Russian conductor (Atlanta Symphony), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Soviet Union
  • 1940-05-06 Murray Sidlin, American conductor (National Symphony 1973-77), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1941-03-08 Ivana Loudova, Czech composer (Vocal Symphony), born in Chlumec nad Cidlinou (d. 2017)
  • 1942-11-18 Jeffrey Siegel, pianist (Chicago Symphony), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1944-09-01 Leonard Slatkin, American conductor (Detroit Symphony), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1947-06-02 Mark Elder, British opera and symphony conductor
  • 1955-01-19 Simon Rattle, English orchestra conductor (Birmingham Symphony Orchestra), born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 1956-10-16 Marin Alsop, American conductor and 1st woman to head a major American orchestra (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra), born in NYC, New York
  • 1958-07-05 Paul Daniel, British opera and symphony conductor, born in Birmingham
  • 1958-07-19 David Robertson, American symphony orchestra conductor, born in Malibu, California
  • 1958-09-17 Manfred Honeck, Austrian conductor (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), born in Nenzing, Austria
  • 1960-07-17 Dawn Upshaw, American soprano (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs), born in Nashville, Tennesee
  • 1968-03-06 Michael Romeo, American musician (Symphony X)
  • 1971-07-19 Russell Allen, American rock vocalist (Symphony X; Trans-Siberian Orchestra), born in Long Beach, California

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

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

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
  • 1896-10-11 Anton Bruckner, Austrian composer (Te Deum, Wagner Symphony), Wagner disciple and "monumental bore", dies at 72
  • 1904-05-01 Antonín Dvořák, Czech composer (Slavic Dancing, New World Symphony), dies at 62
  • 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 Hermann Simonsen, Danish composer (Symphony Number 2, Hellas), dies at 57
  • 1951-06-04 Serge Koussevitzky, Russian-American conductor (Boston Symphony), dies at 76
  • 1953-05-17 Eric De Lamarter, American organist, composer and conductor (Chicago Symphony), dies 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), dies at 74
  • 1965-09-25 Nikolai Sokoloff, Russian-American conductor (Seattle Symphony), dies at 79
  • 1971-04-18 Masao Oki, Japanese composer (Symphony No.5 Atomic Bomb), dies at 69
  • 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
  • 1975-08-19 Ima Hogg, American society leader, Texas art patron and founder of Houston Symphony, dies at 93
  • 1977-05-07 Irwin Fischer, American composer and organist (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), dies at 73
  • 1977-05-16 Edouard Van Remoortel, Belgian conductor (1958-62 St Louis Symphony), dies at 50
  • 1978-05-16 William Steinberg, German-American conductor (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 composer (Soul Symphony), dies at 55
  • 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
  • 1985-03-07 George Schick, Czech conductor (Chicago Symphony), dies at 76
  • 1986-07-04 Flor Peeters, Flemish organist and composer (Lied Symphony), dies at 83
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 2013-02-08 James DePreist, American conductor (Mitropoulos Prize, 1964, Oregon Symphony, 1980-2003), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • 2019-02-28 André Previn, German born American conductor (London Symphony), film scorer (My Fair Lady) and pianist, dies at 89