On This Day

January 1894 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 4 Wesley La Violette, composer
  • Jan 7 Jose Rozo Contreras, Colombian composer (d. 1976)
  • Jan 11 Jaroslav Vogel, Czech composer and conductor (d. 1970)
  • Jan 16 Irving Mills [Isadore Minsky], American jazz music publisher, manager (Duke Ellington, 1926-48), singer and lyricist, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1985)
  • Jan 20 Walter Hamor Piston, Jr., American two-time Pulitzer Prize winning composer (Incredible Flutist), music theorist, and educator (Harvard, 1926-60), born in Rockland, Maine (d. 1876)
  • Jan 31 Isham Jones, American musician, bandleader ("Star Dust") and songwriter ("It Had To Be You", "I'll See You in My Dreams"), born in Coalton, Ohio (d. 1956)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 21 Guillaume Lekeu, Belgian composer (Épithalame), dies of typhoid fever at 24