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Year 1900 in Music History

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 6 Maurice Ravel's "Albaradode Gracioso" premieres in Paris

Composer and Pianist Maurice Ravel
Composer and Pianist
Maurice Ravel

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jan 14 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Tosca" premieres in Rome

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Composer
Giacomo Puccini
  • Feb 2 Gustave Charpentiers opera "Louise" premieres in Paris
  • Mar 16 AL meets in Chicago, Ban Johnson announces AL league will be Chicago White Stockings, Washington Senators, Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Blues, Boston Americans, Philadelphia Athletics and Baltimore Orioles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 16 Isadora Duncan giver her first dance performance in Europe, in London

  • May 5 "The Billboard" began weekly publication
  • May 22 Edwin S Votey patents pneumatic piano player

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 2 Jean Sibelius' "Finlandia" premieres in Helsinki

Composer Jean Sibelius
Composer
Jean Sibelius
  • Aug 27 Gabriel Fauré's opera/cantata "Prométhée" premieres in Beziers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 3 Edward Elgar/Cardinal Newmans oratorium premieres in Birmingham

Composer Edward Elgar
Composer
Edward Elgar
  • Dec 12 National Negro Anthem, "Lift Every Voice & Sing", composed

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 1 Xavier Cugat, Spanish American bandleader (married Abbe Lane, Charo), born in Girona, Catalonia (d. 1990)
  • Jan 3 Maurice Jaubert, French composer, born in Nice (d. 1940)
  • Jan 6 Pierre-Octave Ferroud, French composer (Sarabande, Jeunesse), born in Chasselay, Rhône, France (d. 1936)
  • Jan 7 John Brownlee, Australian operatic baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1937-57), born in Geelong, Victoria (d. 1969)
  • Jan 9 Joseph Frederick Wagner, American conductor & composer, born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1974)
  • Jan 11 Wilbur De Paris, American swing and Dixieland jazz trombone player, born in Crawfordsville, Indiana (d. 1973)
  • Jan 12 Vaino Hannikainen, Finnish composer, born in Jyväskylä, Finland (d. 1960)
  • Jan 13 Yasuji Kiyose, Japanese composer, born in Yokkaichi, Oita Prefecture (d. 1981)
  • Jan 20 Boris Semyonovich Shekhter, Russian composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1961)
  • Jan 22 Franz Salmhofer, Austrian conductor (Vienna State Opera, 1945-54), and composer (mostly of ballet and opera), born in Vienna (d. 1975)
  • Jan 22 Juan Tizol, Puerto Rican jazz trombonist (Duke Ellington), and composer ("Caravan"; "Perdido"), born in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico (d. 1984)
  • Jan 23 William Ifor Jones, Welsh conductor & organist, born in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales (d. 1988)
  • Jan 26 Karl Ristenpart, German conductor, born in Kiel, Germany (d. 1967)
  • Jan 28 Michael Dewar Head, composer
  • Jan 29 Marco Tajcevic, composer
  • Jan 30 Isaak Iosifovich Dunayevsky, Soviet operetta & film composer, born in Lokhvitsa, Russian Empire (d. 1955)
  • Feb 3 Mabel Mercer, English cabaret vocalist who influenced Frank Sinatra ("Fly Me To The Moon"), born in Burton upon Trent, England (d. 1984)
  • Feb 6 Roy Smeck, American musician, born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • Feb 8 Guy Douglas Hamilton Warrack, composer
  • Feb 9 Walter Page, American jazz double bassist, saxophonist, tuba player, and bandleader (Blue Devils; Count Basie Orchestra), born in Gallatin, Missouri (d. 1957)
  • Feb 13 Joseph "Wingy" Manone American jazz trumpeter, composer, singer, and bandleader ("Tar Paper Stomp"; "Downright Disgusted Blues"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1982)
  • Feb 20 Antonio Veretti, composer
  • Feb 23 Elinor Remick Warren, American composer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1991)
  • Feb 25 Hartzell "Tiny" Parham, American jazz pianist, theater organist, and bandleader, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (d. 1943)
  • Mar 1 Donald Keith Falkner, singer
  • Mar 2 Kurt J Weill, German composer/Bertolt Brecht collaborator (Mahogany), born in Dessau, Germany
  • Mar 7 Evald Aav, Estonian composer (Vikerlased), born in Tallinn (d. 1939) [OS 22 Feb]
  • Mar 12 Zoltán Vásárhelyi, Hungarian violinist, teacher, and choral conductor, born in Kecskemét, Hungary (d. 1977)
  • Mar 14 Ernest Hill, American jazz double-bassist, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1964)
  • Mar 15 Colin McPhee, Canadian composer (H2O, Mechanical Principles) and musicologist (Bali), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1964)
  • Mar 17 Alfred Newman, American film music arranger, conductor and composer, winner of 9 Academy Awards (The Robe; How The West Was Won; Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1970)
  • Mar 21 Paul Klecki/Kletzki, Polish violinist/composer/conductor
  • Mar 23 Jose Antonio Calcano, composer
  • Mar 24 Algeria Junius "June" Clark, American jazz trumpeter and cornetist, born in Long Branch, New Jersey (d. 1963)
  • Mar 26 Isadore Freed, Russian American composer, born in Brest-Litovsk, Russia (d. 1960)
  • Mar 28 Achille Longo, Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1954)
  • Apr 2 Heinrich Besseler, German musicologist, born in Hörde, Germany (d. 1969)
  • Apr 6 Andres Sas, Belgian Peruvian composer, born in Paris (d. 1967)
  • Apr 6 Leo Robin, American songwriter ("Thanks For The Memory"; "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1984)
  • Apr 14 Salvatore Baccaloni, Italian opera singer and actor (Merry Andrew, Rock-a-Bye Baby), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1969)
  • Apr 20 Fred Raymond, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1954)
  • Apr 23 Ary Verhaar, Dutch composer, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1994)
  • Apr 23 Henry Barraud, French composer, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1997)
  • May 5 Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, German composer and conductor (Hassan gewinnt), born in Berlin (d. 1973)
  • May 14 Leo Smit, Dutch composer who died in a Nazi extermination camp, born in Amsterdam (d. 1943)
  • May 17 Nicolai Berezowsky, Russian-American composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1953)
  • May 28 Tommy Ladnier, American jazz musician, born in Mandeville, Louisiana (d. 1939)
  • Jun 2 David Wynne, Welsh composer (Owain ab Urien), born in Penderyn (d. 1983)
  • Jun 9 Fred Waring, American musician and conductor (name behind the Waring Blender), born in Tyronne, Pennsylvania (d. 1984)
  • Jun 12 Amadeo Roldán, Cuban composer and violinist, born in Paris (d. 1939)
  • Jun 15 Otto Luening, German American conductor, composer and electronic music pioneer (Sonority Canon), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1996)
  • Jun 15 Paul J Mares, American jazz trumpetist/composer (Farewell blues)
  • Jun 17 Hermann Reuter, German composer, born in Stuttgart (d. 1985)
  • Jun 21 Gunnar Ek, Swedish composer and musician, born in Asarum Blekinge (d. 1981)
  • Jun 22 Jennie Tourel, mezzo-soprano (Met Opera 1943-47), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • Jul 8 George Antheil, American composer (Airplane Sonata), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Jul 9 Robert Oboussier, Swiss composer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1957)
  • Jul 10 [Elsie] Evelyn Laye, English singer & actress (Bitter Sweet, Merry Widow), born in London, England (d. 1996)
  • Jul 10 Mitchell Parish [Michael Pashelinsky], American lyricist (Stardust; It's Wonderful), born in Lithuania, Russian Empire (d. 1993)
  • Jul 13 George Lewis, American musician (d. 1969)
  • Jul 27 Hans Haug, Swiss composer, born in Luasanne (d. 1967)
  • Jul 28 Maurice Johnstone, English brass band composer, born in Manchester, England (d. 1976)
  • Jul 29 Alexander Vasil'yevich Mosolov, composer [OS]
  • Jul 29 Don Redman, American jazz musician and orchestra leader (Sugar Hill Times), born in Piedmont, West Virginia (d. 1964)
  • Jul 31 Erich Katz, German-born American composer and musicologist, born in Posen, Prussia (d. 1973)
  • Aug 2 Helen Morgan [Riggins], American singer and actress (Applause, Show Boat), born in Danville, Illinois (d. 1941)
  • Aug 2 Marinus Adam, Dutch conductor and composer, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1977)
  • Aug 5 Bodi Rapp [Johanna PAC Goetmakers], Dutch mezzo-soprano and teacher
  • Aug 8 Victor Young, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show, In Old California), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 11 Alexander Mosolov, composer (Zavod) [NS], born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • Aug 12 Jose Ignacio Prieto Arrizubieta, composer
  • Aug 18 Walter O'Keefe, songwriter, radio and TV host (Mayor of Hollywood), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1983)
  • Aug 23 Ernst Krenek, Austrian-American composer (Johnny Spielt Auf), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1991)
  • Aug 23 Malvina Reynolds, American folk singer and songwriter (Morningtown Ride), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1978)
  • Aug 25 Mary Bruce, American tap dance teacher, born in Chicago (d. 1995)
  • Aug 27 Shalva Mikhailovich Taktakishvili, Russian composer, born in Kvemo-Khviti, Georgia (d. 1965)
  • Sep 1 Kazimierz Wilkomirski, composer
  • Sep 12 Eric Harding Thiman, English composer, born in Ashford, Kent (d. 1975)
  • Sep 19 Solomon Pimsleur, French composer, born in Parigi, France (d. 1962)
  • Sep 20 Uuno Klami, Finnish composer (Psalmus; Kalevala Suite), born in Virolahti, Finland (d. 1961)
  • Sep 20 Wilhelm Weismann, German composer, born in Alfdorf, Germany (d. 1980)
  • Oct 8 Zeno Vancea, Romanian composer, born in Bocsa, Romania (d. 1990)
  • Oct 13 Marius-François Gaillard, French pianist (DeBussy), conductor and composer (La passion noire), born in Paris (d. 1973)
  • Oct 13 Gerald Marks, American songwriter (All of Me), born in Saginaw, Michigan (d. 1997)
  • Oct 19 Theodoro Valcarcel, composer
  • Oct 19 Erna Berger, German soprano (d. 1990)
  • Oct 20 Rodolfo Halffter, composer
  • Oct 24 Karl Ottó Runólfsson, Icelandic composer, born in Reykjavik, Iceland (d. 1970)
  • Nov 4 Luigi Lucioni, Italian-American landscape painter (opera stars), born in Malnate, Italy (d. 1988)
  • Nov 7 Efrem Kurtz, Russian conductor (Houston Symphony 1948-54), born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1995)
  • Nov 8 Georges Lonque, Belgian composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1967)
  • Nov 8 Mihailo Vukdragović, Serbian composer (d. 1967)

Person of interestAaron Copland

Nov 14 Aaron Copland, American composer (Billy the Kid; Appalachian Spring), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1990)

Composer Aaron Copland
Composer
Aaron Copland
  • Nov 22 Hugo Godron, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1971)
  • Nov 24 Cornelius Kee, composer
  • Nov 25 Arthur Schwartz, American composer (I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plans; That's Entertainment), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1984)
  • Nov 27 Léon Barzin, Belgian-American conductor (NY City Ballet 1948-58), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1999)
  • Nov 27 Robert Blum, Swiss composer, born in Zurich (d. 1994)
  • Dec 12 Sammy Davis Sr., American vaudeville dancer (Mr. Wonderful), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 1988)
  • Dec 13 Jonel Perlea, Romanian opera conductor, born in Ograda, Romania (d. 1970)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 3 Edwin George Monk, English church organist and composer, dies at 80
  • Feb 3 Ottokar Eugen Novacek, composer, dies at 33
  • Mar 10 Johann Peter Emilius Hartmann, composer, dies at 94
  • Mar 19 Charles-Louis Hanon, French composer and piano pedagogue (The Virtuoso Pianist in 60 Exercises), dies at 80
  • Apr 20 Mebel Mercer, popular British singer, dies
  • Apr 21 Heinrich Vogl, composer, dies at 55
  • May 10 Richard Storrs Willis, American composer, mostly of hymns ("Carol"; "Fairest Lord Jesus"), dies at 81
  • May 20 Gustav Heinrich Graben-Hoffman, composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 11 Charles Swinnerton Heap, English composer, dies at 53
  • Jun 21 Polibo Fumagalli, Italian composer, dies at 69
  • Aug 19 Jean-Baptiste Accolay, Belgian composer, dies at 67
  • Oct 9 Heinrich von Herzogenberg, Austrian composer, dies at 57
  • Oct 14 Sandor Erkel, Hungarian composer and son of Ferenc Erkel, dies at 54
  • Oct 15 Zdenek Fibich, Czech classical composer (Šárka, The Bride of Messina), dies at 49
  • Nov 22 Arthur Sullivan, English operatic composer (Mikado, Pirates of Penzance), dies at 58
  • Dec 8 Henry Russell, composer, dies at 87