On This Day

Year 1895 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 25 New Haven Symphony Orchestra of Connecticut performs its first concert

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 27 Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov's revival of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet "Swan Lake" premieres in St. Petersburg

  • Mar 4 Gustav Mahler's 2nd Symphony premieres in Berlin
  • Apr 14 1st performance of Gustav Mahler's (incomplete) 2nd Symphony
  • Aug 10 1st Queen's Hall Promenade Concerto (Wagner's "Rienzi")
  • Dec 13 First complete execution of Gustav Mahler's 2nd Symphony

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 1 Nathaniel Shilkret, American conductor, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 3 Boris Mykolayovich Lyatoshyns'ky, Ukrainian composer and the father of modern Ukrainian music, born in Zhytomyr, Russian Empire (d. 1968)
  • Jan 3 Mihail Andricu, composer
  • Jan 5 Elizabeth Cotten, American folk and blues guitarist and songwriter ("Freight Train"), born in Carrboro, North Carolina (d. 1987)
  • Jan 7 Clara Haskil, Romanian pianist, born in Bucharest (d. 1960)
  • Jan 13 Fortunio Bonanova, Palma de Mallorca Spain, opera singer
  • Jan 20 Eva Jessye, American singer, actress, songwriter (Hallelujah) and 1st black woman to receive international distinction as a choral conductor, born in Coffeyville, Kansas (d. 1992)
  • Jan 27 Claudio Carneyro, composer
  • Jan 27 Joseph Rosenstock, conductor (Nippon Phil Orch 1936-41), born in Kraków, Poland
  • Jan 27 Harry Ruby [Harry Rubenstein], American composer and screenwriter, born in NYC, New York (d. 1974)
  • Feb 3 Nick Kenny, Astoria columnist/songwriter (Nick Kenny Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 7 Irving Aaronson, American jazz pianist and big band leader, born in New York City (d. 1963)
  • Feb 11 Viktor Nikolayevich Trambitsky, composer
  • Feb 25 Henri Martelli, French composer, born in Bastia, Corsica, France (d. 1980)
  • Feb 28 Guiomar Novaes, Brazil, pianist (Brazilian Order of Merit)
  • Mar 3 Alexander Nicolaas Voormolen, Dutch composer (d. 1980)
  • Mar 4 Bjarne Brustad, Norwegian composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1978)
  • Mar 7 Juan Jose Castro, composer
  • Mar 21 Zlatko Baloković, Croatian violinist (d. 1955)
  • Mar 23 Dane Rudhyar, composer
  • Apr 1 Alberta Hunter, blues singer/composer (Downhearted Blues)
  • Apr 3 Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Italian composer, born in Florence (d. 1968)
  • Apr 4 Arthur Murray [Moses Teichman], American ballroom dancer and businessman (Arthur Murray Dance Party), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • Apr 7 Eduardo Toldra, composer
  • Apr 8 Sigurdur Thordarson, composer
  • Apr 9 Mance Lipscomb, American blues musician (Shine On, Harvest Moon), born in Navasota, Texas (d. 1976)
  • Apr 9 Rudolf Kattnigg, Austrian composer, born in Carinthia, Austria (d. 1955)
  • Apr 13 Olga Rudge, American concert violinist, born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • Apr 14 Wiktor Labunski, Polish-American composer, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1974)
  • Apr 20 Emile Christian, American jazz trombonist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1973)
  • Apr 29 Malcolm Sargent, English conductor (Promenade Concerts), born in Bath Villas, Ashford, Kent (d. 1967)
  • May 1 Leo Sowerby, American organist and composer (Pulitzer Prize for Music, 1946), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1968)
  • May 2 Lorenz Hart, American lyricist (I Could Write A Book, My Funny Valentine) and half of the Broadway musical team Rodgers and Hart, born in Harlem, New York (d. 1943)
  • May 11 William Grant Still, American composer ("Afro-American" Symphony), born in Woodville, Mississippi (d. 1978)
  • May 14 Renato Lunelli, composer
  • May 19 Albert Hay Malotte, composer
  • May 19 Cecil Gray, Scottish composer and music critic (d. 1959)
  • May 27 Marij Kogoj, Slovenian composer, born in Trieste (d. 1956)
  • Jun 5 August Baeyens, Flemish composer (Coriolanus), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1966)
  • Jun 14 Cliff Edwards "Ukulele Ike", American singer (54th Street Revue, When You Wish Upon a Star), born in Hannibal, Missouri (d. 1971)
  • Jun 17 Slavko Osterc, Slovenian composer, born in Veržej, Slovenia (d. 1941)
  • Jun 28 Kazimierz Sikorski, Polish composer, born in Zurich, Switzerland (d. 1986)
  • Jul 3 Oles' Semyonovich Chishko, Russian-Ukrainian composer, born in Dvorichnyi Kut, Ukraine (d. 1976)
  • Jul 4 Irving Caesar, American songwriter (Sometimes I'm Happy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • Jul 5 Gordon Jacob, English composer, born in London (d. 1984)
  • Jul 10 Carl Orff, German composer (Carmina Burana; Mozart Prize 1969), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1982)
  • Jul 12 Kirsten Flagstad, Norwegian soprano (Wagner), born in Hamar, Norway (d. 1962)
  • Jul 12 Oscar Hammerstein II, American lyricist who worked with Richard Rodgers (Sound of Music), born in NYC, New York (d. 1960)
  • Jul 25 Yvonne Printemps, French singer and actress (Paris Waltz, Voyage to America), born in Ermont, France (d. 1977)
  • Aug 16 Jacinto Guerrero, Spanish musician and composer, born in Ajofrín, Toledo (d. 1951)
  • Aug 22 Paul Taylor White, composer (Adante & Rondo for Cello), born in Bangor, Maine (d. 1973)
  • Aug 31 Joseph Moiseyevich Schillinger, composer
  • Sep 1 Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar, Indian musician (d. 1974)
  • Sep 11 Harry Tobias, American songwriter, born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • Sep 16 Karol Rathaus, German-Austrian composer, born in Ternopil, Austria-Hungary (d. 1954)
  • Sep 28 Dave Franklin, American composer (The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down), born in New York City (d. 1970)
  • Oct 11 Jakov Gotovac, Croatian conductor and composer (Ero the Joker), born in Split, Austria-Hungary (now Croatia) (d. 1982)
  • Oct 21 Shukichi Mitsukuri, Japanese composer (10 Haikai de Basho), born in Tokyo (d. 1971)
  • Oct 28 John Boles, American singer and actor (Babes in Baghdad), born in Greenville, Texas (d. 1969)
  • Nov 5 Walter Gieseking, German pianist and composer, born in Lyon, France (d. 1956)
  • Nov 8 Hermann Schey, German-Dutch singer, born in Bunzlau, Silesia, Germany (d. 1981)
  • Nov 11 Jakov Gotovac, Croatian composer, born in Split, Austria-Hungary (d. 1982)

Person of interestPaul Hindemith

Nov 16 Paul Hindemith, German composer (Mathis der Maler), born in Hanau (d. 1963)

Composer Paul Hindemith
Paul Hindemith
  • Nov 18 Ernst Levy, Swiss composer, born in Basel (d. 1981)
  • Nov 25 Wilhelm Kempff, German pianist and composer (Unter dem Zimbelstern), born in Jüterbog, Brandenburg, Germany (d. 1991)
  • Nov 28 José Iturbi, Spanish pianist and conductor, born in Valencia, Spain (d. 1980)
  • Nov 29 Lodovico Rocca, composer
  • Nov 30 Johann Nepomuk David, composer
  • Dec 2 Harriet Cohen, British pianist, born in London (d. 1967)
  • Dec 5 Henriëtte Bosmans, Dutch pianist and composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1952)
  • Dec 9 Conchita Supervía, Spanish opera singer, born in Barcelona (d. 1936)
  • Dec 21 Paul Hoffer, German composer, born in Barmen, Germany (d. 1949)

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 11 Dutch exotic dancer, courtesan and accused spy Mata Hari (18) weds Dutch colonial army Captain Rudolph MacLeod in Amsterdam

Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy Mata Hari
Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy
Mata Hari

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 20 Businessman Harvey Firestone (26) weds composer Idabelle Smith (21)

Tire Industrialist Harvey Firestone
Tire Industrialist
Harvey Firestone

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 10 Benjamin Louis Paul Godard, composer, dies at 45
  • Jan 22 Edward Solomon, English composer, dies at 39
  • Feb 4 Faustina Hasse Hodges, English-American composer, dies at 71
  • Feb 24 Ignaz Lachner, German composer, dies at 87
  • Mar 17 Adolphe Nibelle, French composer (Le Loup-Garou (The Werewolf)), dies at 69
  • May 21 Franz von Suppé, Austrian composer (Poet und Bauer), dies at 76
  • Jun 15 Richard Genee, composer, dies at 72
  • Jun 23 Joseph Paul Skelly, composer, dies at 44
  • Jul 2 William Rockstro, composer, dies at 72
  • Jul 14 Alexander Ewing, composer, dies at 65
  • Aug 6 George Frederick Root, American songwriter (The Battle Cry of Freedom), dies at 74
  • Sep 10 Harrison Millard, American composer, dies at 64
  • Sep 15 Jan Kleczyński Sr., Polish pianist and composer, dies at 58
  • Oct 8 Charles Oberthur, composer, dies at 76
  • Oct 25 Charles Hallé, Anglo-German pianist, conductor and founder (Halle Orchestra), dies at 76
  • Nov 1 Aleksander Zarzycki, composer, dies at 61
  • Nov 11 Julius Tausch, German composer, dies at 68
  • Nov 25 Edmond van der Straeten, Belgian lawyer and musicologist, dies at 68