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Year 1897 in Music History

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 10 Vincent d'Indy's "Istar" premieres in Amsterdam & Brussels

Composer Vincent d'Indy
Composer
Vincent d'Indy
  • Feb 5 1st showing of a motion picture in Hawaii at the Hawaiian Opera House
  • Mar 9 Premiere of (parts of) Gustav Mahler's 3rd Symphony (Berlin)
  • Mar 12 Vincent d'Indy's opera "Fervaal" premieres in Brussels
  • May 18 Irish Music Festival 1st held in Dublin
  • Aug 3 John McNally's musical "Good Mr Best" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 18 Gustave Kecker/Hugh Martin's musical "Belle of New York City" premieres in NYC

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Oct 8 Emperor Franz Joseph I names Gustav Mahler Director of the Vienna Court Opera

Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph I
Austro-Hungarian Emperor
Franz Joseph I

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 5 Theo Mackeben, German pianist & composer (Lady Fanny, Bel Ami), born in Starogard Gdański, Poland (d. 1953)
  • Jan 9 Luis Gianneo, Argentine pianist, organist, conductor, composer, and teacher, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1968)
  • Jan 10 Albert Moeschinger, Swiss composer, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1985)
  • Jan 22 Josef Stanislav, Czech pianist and composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1971)
  • Jan 22 Rosa Ponselle [Ponzillo], American soprano opera diva ("Casta Diva"; La Forza del Destino - "Leonora"; Metropolitan Opera, 1918-37), born in Meriden, Connecticut (d. 1986)
  • Jan 22 "Blind" Willie Johnson, American gospel blues singer and guitarist ("Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground"), born in Pendleton, Texas (d. 1945)
  • Feb 7 Quincy Porter, American composer, teacher, and Pulitzer Prize winner (1954), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1966)
  • Feb 11 Yves de La Casiniere, composer
  • Feb 14 Jørgen Bentzon, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1951)
  • Feb 22 Bob Ysaguirre, American jazz double bass and tuba player (Don Redman Orchestra), born in Belize, British Honduras (now Belize City, Belize) (d. 1982)

Person of interestMarian Anderson

Feb 27 Marian Anderson, American contralto and celebrated singer (My Lord, What a Morning), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)

  • Mar 3 Jose Moreno Gans, composer
  • Mar 6 Knudåge Riisager, Danish composer (director of the Royal Danish Academy of Music 1956-67), born in Kunda, Estonia (d. 1974)
  • Mar 11 Henry Dixon Cowell, Menlo Park California, composer (New Musical Resources)
  • Mar 25 "Sweet" Emma Barrett, American Dixieland jazz pianist and singer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1983)
  • Apr 7 Harald Sigurd Johan Sæverud, Norwegian composer, born in Bergen (d. 1992)
  • Apr 8 Herbert Eimert, German composer/musicologist (Glockenspiel)
  • Apr 16 Arthur Charles Ernest Hoérée, Belgian-French composer, born in St. Gilles, Brussels, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • Apr 16 Jaap Vranken, Dutch organist and composer (Stabat Mater), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1956)
  • Apr 17 Harald Saeverud, Norwegian composer (Saline), born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1992)
  • Apr 24 György Kósa, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1984)
  • Apr 25 Haro Levoni Step'anian, Armenian composer, born in Ganja, Azerbaijan (d. 1966)
  • May 2 John Frederick Coots, American songwriter, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)
  • May 14 Sidney Bechet, American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist and band leader, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1959)
  • May 16 Walther Geiser, composer
  • May 29 Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Austrian-American composer (Violanta, The Adventures of Robin Hood), born in Brünn, Austria-Hungary (d. 1957)
  • May 29 Ignace Lilien, Dutch-Austrian composer, born in Lemberg (now in Lviv, Ukraine) (d. 1964)
  • Jun 3 Memphis Minnie, blues musician, born in Algiers, Louisiana (d. 1973)
  • Jun 7 George Szell, Hungarian-born American conductor (Cleveland Orchestra, 1946-70), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1970)
  • Jun 12 Alexandre Tansman, Polish composer (Dyptique), born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1986)
  • Jun 20 Elisabeth Hauptmann, German writer (co-author of The Threepenny Opera), born in Peckelsheim, Westphalia, German Empire (d. 1973)
  • Jun 25 Hans Barth, German-born American composer, born in Leipzig (d. 1956)
  • Jun 29 Ottmar Gerster, German composer (rector of the Liszt Music Academy in Weimar), born in Braunfels, Germany (d. 1969)
  • Jul 5 Paul Ben-Haim [Frankenburger], Israeli composer, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1984)
  • Jul 25 Hermann Ambrosius, German composer, born in Hamburg (d. 1983)
  • Aug 12 Manuel Blancafort, composer
  • Aug 12 Ramon Gonzalez Barron, composer
  • Aug 15 Marion Eugene Bauer, American composer, born in Walla Walla, Washington (d. 1955)
  • Aug 16 Vicente Ascone, Italian composer, born in Siderno, Italy (d. 1979)
  • Aug 24 Fred Rose, American songwriter and music publishing executive (Nashville's Acuff-Rose Music), born in Evansville, Indiana (d. 1954)
  • Aug 25 Jaroslav Řídký, Czech composer, born in Reichenberg, Czech Republic (d. 1956)
  • Sep 3 Francisco Mignone, Brazilian composer, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1986)

Person of interestJimmie Rodgers

Sep 8 Jimmie Rodgers [James Charles], American country singer and singing brakeman, born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 1933)

Country Singer Jimmie Rodgers
Country Singer
Jimmie Rodgers
  • Sep 10 David L. Snell, American pianist and composer for films (MGM Studio), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1967) 
  • Sep 13 Gaspar Cassadó, Spanish cellist and composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1966)
  • Sep 18 Pablo Sorozábal, Spanish composer, born in San Sebastián, Spain (d. 1988)
  • Sep 20 Efim Golishev, Ukrainian painter and composer, born in Kherson, Ukraine (d. 1970)
  • Oct 10 Lamar Stringfield, American composer, born in Raleigh, North Carolina (d. 1959)
  • Oct 11 Arvo Hannikainen, Finnish composer, born in Jyväskylä, Finland (d. 1942)
  • Oct 16 Harrison Kerr, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1978)
  • Oct 24 Lazar Weiner, Russian-born American composer, born in Cherkasy, Russian Empire (d. 1982)
  • Oct 30 Agustín Lara, Mexican composer and one of the most popular songwriters of his era (Granada, Solamente Una Vez), born in Tlacotalpan, Veracruz (d. 1970)
  • Nov 3 Karel Salmon, Israeli composer, born in Heidelberg, Germany (d. 1974)
  • Nov 4 Oscar Lorenzo Fernández, Brazilian conductor and composer (Imbapara), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1948)
  • Nov 12 Karl Marx, German composer/conductor
  • Nov 18 Jules Buffano, American composer and pianist (Jimmy Durante Show), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1960)
  • Nov 20 Margaret Sutherland, Australian composer (Haunted Hills; The Young Kabbarli), born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 1984)
  • Nov 30 Andreas Nezertis, composer
  • Nov 30 Quinto Maganini, American composer (The Argonauts), born in Fairfield, California (d. 1974)
  • Dec 6 John Axel Fernstrom, Swedish composer, born in Yichang, China (d. 1961)
  • Dec 8 Leslie Heward, English composer, born in Liversedge, Yorkshire (d. 1943)
  • Dec 18 Fletcher Henderson, American pianist, arranger and composer (Benny Goodman Orchestra), born in Cuthbert, Georgia (d. 1952)
  • Dec 29 Hermann Heiss, German composer, born in Darmstadt (d. 1966)

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 23 Woldemar Bargiel, German composer, dies at 68
  • Mar 10 Teodulo Mabellini, Italian composer, dies at 79
  • Mar 11 Berthold Tours, Dutch-English composer, dies at 58

Person of interestJohannes Brahms

Apr 3 Johannes Brahms, German composer and conductor (Hung Dances), dies at 63

Composer and Conductor Johannes Brahms
Composer and Conductor
Johannes Brahms
  • Apr 8 George Garrett, English composer, dies at 62
  • Apr 23 Clement Harris, English composer, killed fighting in the Greco-Turkish war at 25
  • May 2 William Cleaver Francis Robinson, composer, dies at 63
  • May 10 William Thomas Best, English organist and composer, dies at 70
  • May 21 Karol Mikuli, composer, dies at 77
  • Jul 12 Félix Godefroid, Belgian harpist and composer, dies at 78
  • Sep 20 Karel Bendl, Czech composer, dies at 59
  • Oct 8 Martin Pluddemann, composer, dies at 43
  • Oct 11 Leon Boelmann, French organist/composer (Suite Gothique), dies at 35
  • Oct 17 Isidor Dannström, Swedish composer, dies at 84
  • Oct 21 Paul Kuczynski, Polish composer, dies at 50
  • Nov 6 Édouard Deldevez, French violinist and composer, dies at 80
  • Nov 9 Moritz Heuzenroeder, composer, dies at 48
  • Nov 10 Moritz Heuzenroeder, German pianist and composer who settled in Australia, dies at 47 [1]