Symphony History (Part 2)

Events in Music

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1941-12-27 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 7th Symphony in Siberia

  • 1942-06-22 European broadcast première of Dmitri Shostakovich's 7th Symphony in London conducted by Sir Henry J. Wood and the London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 1942-07-19 US première of Dmitri Shostakovich' 7th Symphony in NYC by the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini in a concert broadcast nationwide on NBC radio
  • 1942-08-09 Dmitri Shostakovich's 7th Symphony, dedicated to city of Leningrad is performed in Leningrad during siege by Nazi forces. Performed by starving musicians and broadcast to German forces by loudspeaker.
  • 1943-11-03 Dmitri Shostakovich's 8th Symphony premieres in Moscow

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1943-12-03 Howard Hanson's 4th Symphony premieres

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson

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

Composer Samuel Barber
Samuel Barber

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1946-04-24 One-act ballet "Symphonic Variations" choreographed by Frederick Ashton with music by César Franck danced by Sandler's Wells Ballet debuts at Covent Garden, London

Choreographer Frederick Ashton
Frederick Ashton

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1946-08-17 Arthur Honegger's 3rd Symphony "Liturgique" premieres

Composer Arthur Honegger
Arthur Honegger

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1946-10-18 Aaron Copland's 3rd Symphony premieres

Composer Aaron Copland
Aaron Copland

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1946-12-20 Darius Milhaud's 2nd Symphony, premieres

Composer Darius Milhaud
Darius Milhaud

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1949-07-09 Benjamin Britten's Jump Symphony premieres

  • 1950-10-27 Paul Creston's 3rd Symphony "Triumph of St Joan" premieres
  • 1950-10-30 David Diamond's 3rd Symphony, premieres
  • 1950-11-23 Howard Swanson's "Short Symphony" premieres
  • 1951-03-30 1st performance of Walter Piston's 4th Symphony commissioned to mark the University of Minnesota's centennial, debuts by the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti conducting
  • 1952-01-30 Paul Creston's 4th Symphony, premieres
  • 1953-10-25 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 10th Symphony
  • 1953-11-06 Masao Oki's symphony "Atomic Bomb" premieres
  • 1953-12-17 Dmitri Shostakovich's 10th Symphony premieres in Leningrad
  • 1955-01-14 Heitor Villa-Lobos' 8th Symphony premieres by the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by the composer, in Carnegie Hall, New York City
  • 1955-11-25 Walter Piston's 6th Symphony, composed to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Boston Symphony, premieres, led by Charles Munch
  • 1956-02-24 Walter Piston's 5th Symphony, commissioned by the Juilliard School of Music for their 50th anniversary, premiere performance by the Juilliard Orchestra, conducted by Jean Morel
  • 1957-03-08 1st performance of David Diamond's 6th Symphony in Boston

  • 1957-04-04 Heitor Villa-Lobos' 10th Symphony premieres French Radio National Orchestra, conducted by the composer, in Paris
  • 1957-10-30 Dmitri Shostakovich's 11th Symphony premieres in Moscow
  • 1957-12-26 Roger Sessions' 3rd Symphony premieres in London

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1959-01-30 Paul Hindemith's symphony "Pittsburgh" premieres

Composer Paul Hindemith
Paul Hindemith

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1965-10-06 The Supremes release "I Hear a Symphony"

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross

Birthdays in Music

  • 1931-03-05 Barry Tuckwell, Australian horn player (London Symphony, 1955-68), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1931-10-20 Jules Eskin, American cellist (Boston Symphony, 1964-2016), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1932-01-25 Constance Weldon, American symphonic tuba player (Boston Pops; Concertgebouw) and educator, born in Winter Haven, Florida (d. 2020)
  • 1932-03-21 Joseph Silverstein, American violinist, concertmaster and conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1955-84), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1932-11-21 Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Danish composer (Symphony and Antiphony), born in Copenhagen; (d. 2016)
  • 1933-06-26 Claudio Abbado, Italian conductor (La Scala, 1969-86; London Symphony, 1979-87; Berlin Philharmonic, 1989-2002), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2014)
  • 1933-12-06 Henryk Górecki, Polish composer (Symphony No. 3 - Symphony of Sorrowful Songs), born in Czernica, Poland (d. 2010)
  • 1934-02-24 Shuko Mizuno, Japanese composer (Symphonic Metamorphoses), born in Tokushima, Japan
  • 1935-06-24 Jiří Teml, Czech composer (People and Sources Symphony), born in Vimperk, Czechoslovakia
  • 1935-09-01 Seiji Ozawa, Japanese conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1973-2002), born in Mukden, Manchuria
  • 1936-01-02 Paul Freeman, American conductor and composer (Chicago Sinfonietta, 1987 -2011; Czech National Symphony, 1996-2007), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2015)
  • 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
  • 1940-02-20 Christoph Eschenbach, German pianist and conductor (Houston Symphony, 1988-99; Philadelphia Orchestra, 2003-08: National Symphony 2010-17), born in Breslau, Germany (now Wrocław, Poland)
  • 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)
  • 1941-07-28 Riccardo Muti, Italian conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra, 1980-92; La Scala, 1986-2005; Chicago Symphony 2010-present), born in Naples, Kingdom of Italy
  • 1942-06-18 Hans Vonk, Dutch conductor (The Hague Philharmonic, 1980-1991; St. Louis Symphony, 1996-2002), born in Amsterdam (d. 2004)
  • 1942-11-18 Jeffrey Siegel, American pianist (Chicago Symphony), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1944-03-02 Leif Segerstam, Finnish violinist, conductor, and composer of 342 symphonies (...and counting!), born in Vaasa, Finland
  • 1944-09-01 Leonard Slatkin, American conductor (St. Louis Symphony, 1979-96; Detroit Symphony, 2008-19), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1944-10-01 Herbert "Tubo" Rhoad, American baritone a cappella singer (Persuasions - "Street Corner Symphony"), born in Bamberg, South Carolina (d. 1988)
  • 1944-12-21 Michael Tilson Thomas, American conductor (San Francisco Symphony, 1995-2020), and composer (Shówa/Shoáh), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1947-06-02 Mark Elder, British opera and symphony conductor
  • 1947-08-19 Gerard Schwarz, American classical trumpeter and conductor (Seattle Symphony, 1985-2011), born in Weehawken, New Jersey
  • 1953-02-20 Riccardo Chailly, conductor (West Berlin Symphony), born in Milan, Italy
  • 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, 2007-present), 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, Tennessee
  • 1962-12-08 Rodolfo Saglimbeni, Venezuelan conductor (Municipal Symphony Orchestra of Caracas, 2003-present), born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela
  • 1968-03-06 Michael Romeo, American musician (Symphony X)
  • 1969-05-17 Ryan Anthony, American trumpet player (Canadian Brass, 2000-03; Dallas Symphony, 2006-20), born in Whittier, California (d. 2020)
  • 1970-03-12 Roy Khan [Khantatat], Norwegian symphonic metal singer (Kamelot, 1997-2011; Conception, since 2018), born in Norway
  • 1971-07-19 Russell Allen, American rock vocalist (Symphony X; Trans-Siberian Orchestra), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1972-01-14 Predrag Gosta, Serbian-American conductor (Makris Symphony Orchestra, 2015-present), harpsichordist, and baritone, born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia)
  • 1972-03-05 Luca Turilli, Italian symphonic metal composer, guitarist and keyboard player (Rhapsody), born in Trieste, Italy
  • 1975-08-31 Daniel Harding, British conductor (Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, 2007 to present), born in Oxford, England
  • 1978-11-18 Andris Nelsons, Latvian conductor (Boston Symphony; Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra), born in Riga, Latvia
  • 1980-02-23 Rafael Payare, Venezuelan conductor (San Diego Symphony, 2019-present), born in Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela
  • 1980-10-31 Alondra de la Parra, Mexican-American conductor (Queensland Symphony, 2015-present), and founder and artistic director of the New York-based Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas (2004-11), born in NYC, New York
  • 1985-12-10 Grace Chatto, British electronic-pop singer and cellist (Clean Bandit - "Rather Be"; "Symphony"), born in London

Weddings in Music

Deaths in Music