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Events in Music

  • Jan 5 Isaac Albéniz' opera "Pepita Jiminez" premieres in Barcelona

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Feb 1 Giacomo Puccini's Opera "La Boheme" premieres in Turin

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Composer
Giacomo Puccini
  • Mar 23 Umberto Giordano's opera "Andrea Chénier" premieres in Milan
  • Mar 28 The opera "Andrea Chenier" is produced (Milan)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 13 John Philip Sousa's "El Capitan" premieres at the Tremont Theatre in Boston

  • Apr 20 1st public film showing in US John Philip Sousa's "El Capitan" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 23 Vitascope system of movie projection 1st shown at Koster & Bial's Music Hall (NYC)
  • Apr 25 Fight in Central Dance Hall starts fire at Cripple Creek, Colorado
  • Apr 25 Sidney Jones & Harry Greenbacks musical premieres in London
  • May 20 The six ton chandelier of the Palais Garnier opera house in Paris falls on the crowd resulting in the death of one and the injury of many others
  • Dec 25 "Stars & Stripes Forever" written by John Philip Sousa

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 1 Maurice Jacobson, composer
  • Jan 1 Yitzhak Edel, composer
  • Jan 2 Ernst-Lothar von Knorr, composer
  • Jan 8 Jaromir Weinberger, composer (Bird's Opera), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Jan 9 Warwick Braithwaite, New Zealand-born British conductor (d. 1971)
  • Jan 15 Jacobo Ficher, composer
  • Jan 17 Harry Reser, American banjo player and bandleader (Sammy Kaye Show), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1965)
  • Jan 20 Elmer R Diktonius, Finnish musicologist/author (Janne Kubik)
  • Jan 20 George Burns [Nathan Birnbaum], American actor, comedian and singer (Oh God, Burns and Allen), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • Feb 16 Alexander Brailowsky, Russian pianist (Chopin)
  • Feb 22 Nacio Herb Brown, US composer
  • Feb 26 Eduard Flipse, Dutch conductor/composer
  • Feb 29 Wladimir Rudolfovich Vogel, composer
  • Mar 1 Dimitri Mitropoulos, Athens Greece, conductor/composer
  • Mar 7 Erwin Bodky, German-American composer, born in Ragnit, East Prussia (d. 1958)
  • Mar 12 Jesse "Lone Cat" Fuller, San Francisco Blues Great
  • Mar 26 Richard Flury, composer
  • Apr 6 Juan Tomas Perez, composer
  • Apr 8 Karl Hermann Pillney, composer
  • Apr 8 Yip Harburg, American lyricist (d. 1981)
  • Apr 29 Jacques Leon Wolfe, composer
  • Apr 30 Gary Davis, US blues and folk guitarist (A Little More Faith), born in Laurens, South Carolina
  • May 11 Josip Slavenski, composer
  • May 17 Brazilio da Cunha Luz Itibere, composer
  • May 28 Marius Monnikendam, Dutch choir composer
  • Jun 19 Walter Lang, Swiss composer (d. 1966)
  • Jun 30 Wilfred Pelletier, conductor (Voice of Firestone), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jul 4 Adolf Hallis, composer
  • Aug 2 Lorenzo Herrera, Venezuelan singer and composer (d. 1960)
  • Aug 6 Cyril Mockridge, composer
  • Aug 13 Leo[nhard] Pappenheim, conductor
  • Aug 19 Eino Mauno Aleksanteri Linnala, composer
  • Aug 21 Blossom Rock [Edith Marie Blossom MacDonald], American actress (Grandmamma-Addams Family), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1978)
  • Aug 26 Richard Hammond, American composer, born in England (d. 1980)
  • Aug 27 Leon Theremin, electronic musical instruments inventor [o.s. 15-08]
  • Sep 4 Antonin Artaud, Marseilles France, songwriter/dir (Theatre Seraphin)
  • Sep 6 Frutuoso de Lima Viana, composer
  • Sep 6 Vladimir Nikitich Kashperov, composer
  • Sep 8 Howard Dietz, American lyricist and librettist (d. 1983)
  • Sep 9 Fritz Reutter, German composer (d. 1963)
  • Sep 10 Adele Astaire [Lady Charles Cavendish], American dancer and entertainer, sister of Fred Astaire (Last Man on Earth, Millie), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1981)
  • Sep 13 Tadeusz Szeligowski, Polish composer (The Peacock and the Girl), born in L'vov, Ukraine (d. 1963)
  • Sep 25 Roberto Gerhard, composer
  • Oct 6 Otto Siegl, Austrian composer, born in Graz (d. 1978)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 28 Howard Hanson, American classical music composer and conductor (Nordic), born in Wahoo, Nebraska (d. 1981)

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • Oct 30 Anatoly Grigor'yevich Novikov, composer
  • Oct 31 Ethel Waters, American actress (Beulah), singer (Stormy Weather), born in Chester, Pennslyvania (d. 1977)
  • Nov 16 Lawrence Tibbett, baritone (Metropolitan 1923-50), born in Bakersfield, California
  • Nov 20 Mykhaylo Verikivsky, composer
  • Nov 22 Mario La Broca, composer
  • Nov 23 Joris Vriamont, Flemish author/music publisher
  • Nov 23 Ruth Etting, American dancer, singer and actress (Roman scandals), born in David City, Nebraska (d. 1978)
  • Nov 25 Virgil Thomson, composer/music critic (4 Saints in 3 Acts), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Nov 28 Lilia Skala, Austrian actress (House of Games, Flashdance, Charly), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1994)
  • Dec 1 Petko Staynov, composer
  • Dec 3 Boleslaw Szabelski, composer
  • Dec 6 Arnold Foster, composer
  • Dec 6 Ira Gershwin, lyricist ('S Wonderful, I Got Rhythm)
  • Dec 7 Juan Maria Thomas Sabater, composer
  • Dec 21 Leroy Robertson, composer
  • Dec 23 Alberto Hemsi, composer
  • Dec 28 Roger Huntington Sessions, composer (Black Masks), born in Brooklyn, New York

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 28 Joseph Barnby, composer, dies at 57
  • Feb 4 Henry David Leslie, composer, dies at 73
  • Feb 12 Charles Louis Ambrose Thomas, French composer (Mignon), dies at 84
  • Feb 13 Karl Reinthaler, composer, dies at 73
  • Apr 5 John Rogers Thomas, composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 12 Alexander Ritter, composer, dies at 62
  • Apr 30 Antonio Cagnoni, composer, dies at 68
  • May 12 Juan Morel Campos, composer, dies at 38
  • May 20 Clara Schumann, German pianist and composer of the Romantic era, dies of a stroke at 76
  • Jun 7 Pavlos Carrer, Greek composer (b. 1829)
  • Jun 11 Friedrich Gottlieb Schwencke, composer, dies at 72
  • Jul 6 Alexander Sergeyevich Famintsin, composer, dies at 54
  • Aug 18 Frederick Nichols Crouch, composer, dies at 88
  • Sep 1 Johannes Habert, composer, dies at 62
  • Sep 16 Carlos Gomez, composer, dies at 60
  • Sep 20 Gottfried Conradi, composer, dies at 76
  • Sep 23 Louis-Gilbert Duprez, composer, dies at 89
  • Oct 11 Anton Bruckner, Austrian composer (Te Deum, Wagner Symphony), Wagner disciple and "monumental bore", dies at 72
  • Nov 12 Spyridon Xyndas, composer, dies at 84
  • Nov 13 Antonio Peña y Goñi, Spanish composer, dies at 50
  • Nov 22 Leon Leopold Lewandoski, composer, dies at 65