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Year 1901 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Feb 25 George Cohan's musical "Governor's Son" premieres in NYC

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Mar 14 1st performance of Anton Bruckner's 6th Symphony in A

Composer Anton Bruckner
Composer
Anton Bruckner

Music releaseMusic Premiere

May 29 Ignacy Jan Paderewski's opera "Manru" has its world premiere in Dresden

Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister
Ignacy Jan Paderewski

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 19 Edward Elgar's "Pomp & Circumstance March" premieres in Liverpool

Composer Edward Elgar
Composer
Edward Elgar

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Oct 27 1st complete performance of Claude Debussy's orchestral composition "Nocturnes"

Composer Claude Debussy
Composer
Claude Debussy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 11 Maurice Ravel composition "Jeux d'eau" premieres

Composer and Pianist Maurice Ravel
Composer and Pianist
Maurice Ravel

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Nov 20 Opera "Grisélidis" by Jules Massenet, Armand Silvestre and Eugène Morand premieres in Paris

Composer Jules Massenet
Composer
Jules Massenet

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Nov 21 Richard Strauss' opera "Feuersnot" premieres in Dresden

Composer and Conductor Richard Strauss
Composer and Conductor
Richard Strauss
  • Nov 28 Gustav Mahler's 4th Symphony in G premieres

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 2 Torsten Ralf, Swedish operatic tenor (Daphne - "Apollo"), born in Malmö, Sweden (d. 1954)
  • Jan 10 Pauline Starke, American actress (Dante's Inferno, Dance Magic), born in Joplin, Missouri (d. 1977)
  • Jan 17 Vasily Petrovich Shirinsky, composer
  • Jan 22 Hans-Erich Apostel, Austrian composer (Sonata Ritmica)
  • Jan 26 Ervin Major, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1967)
  • Jan 31 Blaž Arnič, Slovenian composer, born near Mount Raduha, Austria-Hungary (d. 1970)
  • Feb 2 Jascha Heifetz, US violin virtuoso (Carnegie Hall), born in Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Feb 15 James "Kokomo" Arnold, American blues slide guitarist, and singer, born in Lovejoy's Station, Georgia (d. 1968) [some research gives birth year as 1896]
  • Feb 16 Wayne King, American saxophonist and bandleader, known as the Waltz King ("The Waltz You Saved for Me"), born in Savannah Illinois (d. 1985)
  • Feb 20 Jimmy Yancey, American boogie-woogie jazz and blues pianist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1951) [birth year disputed - documentation ranges from 1894-1903]
  • Feb 20 Fred Robinson, American jazz trombonist (Louis Armstong's Hot Five; Fats Waller; Cab Calloway), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1984)
  • Feb 25 Federico Ghisi, composer
  • Mar 15 Theo Uden Masman Dutch big band leader (The Ramblers), born in Cheribon, Dutch East Indies (d. 1965)
  • Mar 17 Piotr Perkowski, Polish composer, born in Oweczacze (now Druzhne), Ukraine (d. 1990)
  • Mar 27 Albert Henneberg, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1991)
  • Apr 1 Boris Koutzen, Russian violinist, composer, and educator, born in Uman, Russia (now Ukraine) (d. 1966)
  • Apr 2 Anis Fuleihan, American composer, born in Kyrenia, Cyprus (d. 1970)
  • Apr 6 Willem Pelemans, Flemish composer, and music critic, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1991) [some sources give birthdate as April 8]
  • Apr 11 Theodor Rogalski, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1954)
  • Apr 16 Karel Albert, Flemish composer (Marieken van Nymeghen), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1987)
  • Apr 18 Al Lewis, American lyricist, songwriter and music publisher ("Blueberry Hill"; "You Gotta Be a Football Hero"), born in New York City (d. 1967)
  • Apr 21 Julián Bautista, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1961)
  • Apr 25 Ernst Gernot Klussmann, German composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1975)
  • May 1 Heinz Roemheld, American film composer (Yankee Doodle Dandy; Ruby Gentry), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1985)
  • May 5 Blind Willie McTell, American ragtime singer and guitarist, born in Thomson, Georgia (d. 1959)
  • May 7 Marcel Poot, Belgian baron and composer, born in Vilvoorde, Belgium (d. 1988)
  • May 12 Hyam Greenbaum, British violinist, composer and conductor of the 1st TV orchestra (BBC), born in England (d. 1942)
  • May 17 Werner Egk, German composer (Die Zaubergeige), born in Donauwörth, Germany (d. 1983)
  • May 18 Harry Robert Wilson, American composer, born in Salina, Kansas (d. 1968)
  • May 18 Henri Sauguet [Poupard], French organist and composer (Symphonie Expiatoire; La Chotta), born in Bordeaux (d. 1989)
  • May 19 Manuel Ivo Cruz, Portuguese composer and founder of Philharmonic Orchestra of Lisbon, born in Corumbá, Brazil (d. 1985)
  • May 21 Horace Heidt, American orchestra leader (Swift Show Wagon), born in Alameda, California (d. 1986)
  • May 21 Sam Jaffe, American music and film producer (Born Free, The Fighting Sullivans), born in Harlem, New York (d. 2000)
  • May 23 Edmund Rubbra, English composer (Morning Watch), born in Northampton, England
  • May 24 Frank Signorelli, American jazz pianist (Original Dixieland Jazz Band), born in New York City (d. 1975)
  • May 25 Milenko Živković, Yugoslavian composer, born in Beograd (d. 1964)
  • May 31 Alfredo Antonini, American conductor and composer (d. 1983)
  • Jun 10 Frederick Loewe [Friedrich Löwe], Austrian-born American composer (My Fair Lady; Camelot), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1988)
  • Jun 16 Conrad Beck, Swiss composer, born in Lohn, Schaffhausen (d. 1989)
  • Jun 22 Jack Whiting, American actor and singer (Marge & Gower Champion Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1961)
  • Jun 24 Harry Partch, American composer (Revelations in the Courthouse Park; Delusion Of The Fury), born in Oakland, California (d. 1974)
  • Jun 25 Adolf Brunner, Swiss composer (Markus-Passion), born in Zurich, Switzerland (d. 1992)
  • Jun 26 William Busch, British composer, born in London (d. 1945)
  • Jun 29 Hendrik Diels, Flemish conductor, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1974)
  • Jun 29 Nelson Eddy, American baritone (Duets with Jeanette MacDonald), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1967)
  • Jul 14 Gerald Finzi, British composer (Dies natalis), born in London, England
  • Jul 15 John Wesley Work III, African-American composer, musicologist and scholar of African-American folklore and music, born in Tullahoma, Tennessee (d. 1967)
  • Jul 16 Fritz Mahler, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1973)
  • Jul 22 Charles Weidman, American choreographer and modern dancer (Candide), born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 1975)
  • Jul 28 Rudy Vallee, American singer and one of the earliest crooners (Vagabond Dreams, My Time Is Your Time), born in Island Pond, Vermont (d. 1986)
  • Jul 28 Sándor Vándor, Hungarian Jewish composer, born in Miskolc, Hungary (d. 1945) [1]
  • Aug 3 Bernard Reichel, Swiss composer, born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland (d. 1992)

Person of interestLouis Armstrong

Aug 4 Louis Armstrong, American jazz trumpeter and singer (Hello Dolly; What A Wonderful World), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1971)

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong
  • Aug 5 Juan Carlos Paz, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1972)
  • Aug 13 Ian Whyte, Scottish composer and conductor (BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra), born in Dunfermline, Scotland (d. 1960)
  • Aug 15 Byron Arnold, American composer, born in Vancouver, Washington (d. 1971)
  • Aug 15 Sulho Ranta, Finnish composer, born in Peräseinäjoki, Finland (d. 1960)
  • Aug 17 Henri Tomasi, French classical and film music composer (Requiem for Peace; The Silence of the Sea), born of Marseille, France (d. 1971)
  • Aug 26 Jimmy Rushing, American blues pianist and singer, known as"Mr. Five By Five", born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1972)
  • Aug 28 Paul Henry Lang, Hungarian-American critic and musicologist (NY Herald Tribune), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1991)
  • Sep 3 Eduard van Beinum, Dutch musician and conductor, born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1959)
  • Sep 5 Mieczyslaw Kolinski, Polish-Canadian composer (Encounterpoint), educator, and ethno-musicologist, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1981)
  • Sep 12 Ernst Pepping, German composer, born in Duisburg, Germany (d. 1981)
  • Sep 20 Leo Justinus Kauffmann, Alsatian composer, born in Dannemarie, France (d. 1944)
  • Oct 3 Masao Oki, Japanese composer (Symphony No.5 "Hiroshima"), born in Iwata, Shizuoka (d. 1971)
  • Oct 3 Masao Ohki, Japanese composer (Idea of the Night; Hiroshima Symphony), born in Iwata, Japan (d. 1971)
  • Oct 7 Ralph Rainger, composer
  • Oct 8 Eivind Groven, Norwegian composer and ethnomusicologist, born in Eidsborg, Norway (d. 1977)
  • Oct 11 Emil Hlobil, Czech composer, born in Veselí nad Lužnicí (d. 1987)
  • Oct 18 Vladimir Grigor'yevich Zakharov, Soviet-Russian composer, born in Bogodukhov, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1956)
  • Oct 20 Hans-Otto Borgmann, composer
  • Oct 24 Gilda Gray [Marianna Michalska], Polish-born American actress and dancer, born in Krakau, Galicia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1959)
  • Oct 29 Daniele Amfiteatrov, Russian-Italian pianist, conductor and Hollywood film score composer, born in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1983)
  • Nov 8 Szymon Laks, Polish composer (head of prisoners orchestra at Auschwitz), born in Warsaw (d. 1983)
  • Nov 14 (John) Morton Downey, American pop tenor, known as "The Irish Nightengale", songwriter, radio and television host, born in Wallingford, Connecticut
  • Nov 17 Max Zehnder, Swiss composer, born in Turgi (d. 1972)
  • Nov 22 Joaquín Rodrigo, Spanish composer, born in Sagunto, Spain (d. 1999)
  • Nov 25 Tibor Serly, Hungarian violinist and composer (American Elegy), born in Losonc, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1978)
  • Dec 1 Dorothy James, composer
  • Dec 1 Ilona Feher, Hungarian-Jewish violinist (d. 1988)
  • Dec 2 Staf Nees, Flemish composer (Maria-oratorio), born in Mechelen, Belgium (d. 1965)
  • Dec 5 Hanns Jelinek, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1969)
  • Dec 19 Dimitar Nenov, Bulgarian composer, pianist and architect, born in Razgrad, Bulgaria (d. 1953)
  • Dec 22 Andre Kostelanetz, Russian-American conductor (Lincoln Portrait), born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1980)
  • Dec 26 Victor Hely-Hutchinson, British composer (Carol Symphony), born in Cape Town, Cape Colony (d. 1947)

Person of interestMarlene Dietrich

Dec 27 Marlene Dietrich, German American actress and singer (The Blue Angel, Shanghai Express), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1992)

Actress and Singer Marlene Dietrich
Actress and Singer
Marlene Dietrich

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 11 Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov, composer, dies at 34
  • Jan 13 Carlo Angeloni, Italian composer, dies at 66
  • Jan 16 Jules Barbier, French opera librettist (b. 1825)
  • Jan 24 Simon Hassler, German-American composer, dies at 68

Person of interestGiuseppe Verdi

Jan 27 Giuseppe Verdi, Italian composer (Rigoletto, La Traviata), dies at 77

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Composer
Giuseppe Verdi
  • Feb 7 Benjamin Edward Woolf, composer, dies at 64
  • Feb 14 Edward John Hopkins, English organist and composer, dies at 82
  • Feb 17 Ethelbert Nevin, American pianist and composer (The Rosary; Narcissus), dies of a stroke at 38
  • Feb 25 Jose Rogel, Spanish composer, dies at 71
  • Mar 8 Peter Benoit, Flemish composer/conductor (High Mass), dies at 66
  • Mar 10 Vasily Georgiyevich Wrangell, Russian composer, dies at 38
  • Mar 31 John Stainer, English composer (The Crucifixion), dies at 60
  • Apr 3 Richard D'Oyly Carte, English opera impresario (Gilbert & Sullivan operas), dies at 56
  • Apr 11 Ivar Hallström, Swedish composer, dies at 74
  • Apr 27 Richard Redhead, English composer, dies at 81
  • Jun 23 Charles Kensington Salaman, composer, dies at 87
  • Jul 17 John Farmer, English composer, dies at 64
  • Jul 18 Alfredo Carlo Piatti, composer, dies at 79
  • Aug 17 Edmond Audran, French composer, dies at 61
  • Aug 18 Richard Kleinmichel, composer, dies at 54
  • Aug 22 Gunnar Wennerberg, Swedish poet and composer, dies at 83
  • Oct 24 Paul Henrion, French composer, dies at 82
  • Nov 6 Bohdan Borkowski, Polish composer, dies at 48
  • Nov 11 Antonio Zamara, Austrian harpist, teacher, and composer, dies at 72
  • Nov 25 Josef Gabriel Rheinberger, German composer/music theorist, dies at 62
  • Dec 15 Elias Álvares Lobo, Brazilian composer, dies at 67