1901 in Music

Events in Music

  • Feb 25 George Cohan's musical "Governor's Son" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 14 1st performance of Anton Bruckner's 6th Symphony in A

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Composer Claude Debussy
Composer
Claude Debussy
  • Nov 20 Opera "Grisélidis" is produced (Paris)
  • Nov 21 Richard Strauss' opera "Feuersnot" premieres in Dresden
  • Nov 28 Gustav Mahler's 4th Symphony in G premieres

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 2 Torsten Ralf, Swedish tenor (Daphne)
  • 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 16 Wayne King, Savannah Ill, saxophonist/bandleader (Waltz King)
  • Feb 25 Federico Ghisi, composer
  • Mar 18 Piotr Perkowski, composer
  • Mar 23 Edmund Rubbra, composer [or May 23]
  • Mar 27 Albert Henneberg, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1991)
  • Apr 1 Boris Koutzen, composer
  • Apr 2 Anis Fuleihan, American composer, born in Kyrenia, Cyprus (d. 1970)
  • Apr 6 Willem Pelemans, Flemish composer/music reviewer
  • 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 NYC, New York (d. 1967)
  • Apr 21 Julian Bautista, composer
  • Apr 25 Ernst Gernot Klussmann, German composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1975)
  • May 1 Heinz Eric Roemheld, American film composer (d. 1985)
  • May 5 Blind Willie McTell, American ragtime singer and guitarist (d. 1959)
  • May 7 Marcel Poot, Belgian baron and composer, born in Vilvoorde, Belgium (d. 1988)
  • May 12 Hyam Greenbaum, composer
  • May 17 Werner Egk, Auchsesheim Germany, composer (Die Zaubergeige)
  • May 18 Harry Robert Wilson, composer
  • May 18 Henri-Pierre Sauguet, composer (La Chotte), born in Bordeaux, France
  • May 19 Manuel Ivo Cruz, Portuguese composer and founder of Philharmonic Orchestra of Lisbon, born in Corumbá, Brazil (d. 1985)
  • May 21 Horace Heidt, Alameda California, orchestra leader (Swift Show Wagon)
  • May 23 Edmund Rubbra, Northampton England, composer (Morning Watch) [or 3/23]
  • May 25 Milenko Zivkovic, composer
  • 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 (Oedipus), 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, Nebraska, modern dancer/choreographer (Candide)
  • Jul 28 Rudy Vallee, Vt, singer (Vagabond Dreams, My Time Is Your Time)
  • Jul 28 Sandor Vandor, composer
  • 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), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1971)

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong
  • Aug 5 Juan Carlos Paz, composer
  • Aug 13 Ian Whyte, Scottish composer and conductor (BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra), born in Dunfermline, Scotland (d. 1960)
  • Aug 15 Byron Arnold, composer
  • Aug 15 Sulho Ranta, Finnish composer, born in Peräseinäjoki, Finland (d. 1960)
  • 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, composer, 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 Atomic Bomb), born in Iwata, Shizuoka (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, composer
  • 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, composer
  • Nov 8 Szymon Laks, Polish composer (head of prisoners orchestra at Auschwitz), born in Warsaw (d. 1983)
  • Nov 14 Morton Downey, Wallingford Ct, singer (Star of the Family)
  • Nov 17 Max Zehnder, Swiss composer, born in Turgi (d. 1972)
  • Nov 17 Raymond Chevreuille, Belgian composer
  • Nov 22 Joaquin Rodrigo, Sagunto Spain, composer
  • Nov 25 Tibor Serly, Losonc Hungary, violinist/composer (American Elegy)
  • Dec 1 Dorothy James, composer
  • Dec 1 Ilona Feher, Hungarian-Jewish violinist (d. 1988)
  • Dec 2 Staf Gustaf Frans Nees, Belgian composer
  • Dec 5 Hanns Jelinek, composer
  • Dec 19 Dimitar Nenov, Bulgarian composer, pianist and architect, born in Razgrad, Bulgaria (d. 1953)
  • Dec 22 Andre Kostelanetz, Russian-American conductor (Lincoln Portrarit), 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 Woodbridge Nevin, composer, dies 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, 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, composer, dies at 72
  • Nov 25 Josef Gabriel Rheinberger, German composer/music theorist, dies at 62
  • Dec 15 Elias Alvares Lobo, composer, dies at 67