On This Day

April 1899 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 7 Robert Casadesus, French concert pianist and composer (Symphony No. 7 - "Israel"), born in Paris (d. 1972)
  • Apr 13 Alexander Alexandrovich Davidenko, Soviet composer, born in Odessa (d. 1934)
  • Apr 21 Clement D'Hooghe, Belgian composer, born in Temse, Belgium (d. 1951)
  • Apr 21 Randall Thompson, American composer (Trip to Nahant), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)

Duke Ellington

Apr 29 Edward "Duke" Ellington, American bandleader, composer and pianist ("Take the A Train"; "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1974)

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • Apr 29 Yngve Sköld, Swedish composer, born in Vallby, Södermanland County, Sweden (d. 1992)

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 17 Hans Balatka, Moravian-American conductor (Milwaukee Musikverein; Chicago Oratorio Society), author (Condensed History of Music), and composer, dies at 74