1897 in Music

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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 Brussells
  • May 18 Irish Music Festival 1st held (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
  • Oct 8 Emperor Franz Joseph I names Gustav Mahler Director of the Vienna Court Opera

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 5 Theo Mackeben, German pianist/composer (Lady Fanny, Bel Ami)
  • Jan 9 Luis Gianneo, composer
  • Jan 10 Albert Moeschinger, composer
  • Jan 22 Josef Stanislav, composer
  • Jan 22 Rosa Ponselle, opera diva (Casta Diva, La Forza del Destino)
  • Jan 22 "Blind" Willie Johnson American blues/spiritual singer and guitarist
  • Feb 7 Quincy Porter, composer, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Feb 11 Yves de La Casiniere, composer
  • Feb 14 Jorgen Bentzon, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1951)

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 11 Henry Dixon Cowell, Menlo Park California, composer (New Musical Resources)
  • Apr 7 Harald Sigurd Johan Saeverud, composer [OS]
  • 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/band leader
  • May 16 Walther Geiser, composer
  • May 29 Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Austrian-American movie composer (Violanta; The Adventures of Robin Hood), born in Brünn, Austria-Hungary (d. 1959)
  • May 29 Ignace Lilien, composer
  • 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 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, composer
  • Aug 16 Vicente Ascone, composer
  • Aug 24 Fred Rose, American songwriter and music publishing executive, born in Evansville, Indiana (d. 1954)
  • Aug 25 Jaroslav Ridky, composer
  • 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 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, composer
  • 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, composer
  • Nov 4 Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez, Brazilian conductor/composer (Imbapara)
  • Nov 12 Karl Marx, German composer/conductor
  • Nov 18 Jules Buffano, pianist (Jimmy Durante Show), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Nov 20 Margaret Sutherland, composer
  • Nov 30 Andreas Nezertis, composer
  • Nov 30 Quinto Maganini, American composer (The Argonauts), born in Fairfield, California (d. 1974)
  • Dec 6 John Axel Fernstrom, composer
  • Dec 8 Leslie Heward, composer
  • Dec 18 Fletcher Henderson, American arranger and composer (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, composer, dies at 58
  • Apr 3 Johannes Brahms, German composer and conductor (Hung Dances), dies at 63
  • 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 Dannstrom, composer, dies at 84
  • Oct 21 Paul Kuczynski, Polish composer, dies at 50
  • Nov 6 Edouard Deldevez, composer, dies at 80
  • Nov 9 Moritz Heuzenroeder, composer, dies at 48