On This Day

Year 1897 in Music History

Events in Music

  • 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
  • May 18 Paul Dukas' symphonic scherzo "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice" (used in Disney's Fantasia film) premieres, based on poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • 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
  • Oct 8 Emperor Franz Joseph I names Gustav Mahler Director of the Vienna Court Opera