On This Day

Year 1902 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 25 Aleksandr Skriabin's 2nd Symphony in C premieres in St Petersburg
  • Feb 18 Opera "Hunchback of Notre Dame" premieres in Monte Carlo

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Feb 18 Jules Massenet's opera "Le jongleur de Notre-Dame" premieres in Monte Carlo

Composer Jules Massenet
Composer
Jules Massenet

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Mar 8 1st performance of Jean Sibelius' 2nd Symphony, his most popular, by the Helsinki Philharmonic Society

Composer Jean Sibelius
Composer
Jean Sibelius

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Mar 18 Italian operatic tenor Enrico Caruso becomes 1st well-known performer to make a record

Operatic Tenor Enrico Caruso
Operatic Tenor
Enrico Caruso

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Mar 18 Arnold Schoenberg's "Verklärte Nacht" premieres in Vienna

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg

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Apr 5 Maurice Ravel's "Pavane pour une infante defunte" premieres in Paris

Composer and Pianist Maurice Ravel
Composer and Pianist
Maurice Ravel

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Apr 30 Claude Debussy's only completed opera "Pelléas et Mélisande" premieres in Paris

Composer Claude Debussy
Composer
Claude Debussy
  • Jun 16 "The Wizard of Oz" musical first opens in Chicago, Illinois

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Jun 23 Monument to composer Gioachino Rossini unveiled in Santa Croce, Florence

  • Nov 25 Franz Lehar's opera "Wiener Frauen" premieres in Vienna

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Dec 29 "The Entertainer" is one of several piano rag compositions copyrighted for Scott Joplin by the US Copyright Office

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 3 Preston Jackson [James Preston McDonald], American jazz trombonist (Preservation Hall Jazz Band), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1983)
  • Jan 5 Pierre Palla, Dutch pianist & organist, born in Venlo, Netherlands (d. 1968)
  • Jan 6 Mark Brunswick, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)
  • Jan 8 Gret Palucca, German dancer/choreography (Silent Song)
  • Jan 9 Rudolph Bing, Austrian-born opera impresario (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1997)
  • Jan 11 Maurice Duruflé, French organist (St. Etienne-du-Mond, 1929-75), composer (Requiem, Op. 9), and teacher (Paris Conservatory, 1943-70), born in Louviers (d. 1986)
  • Jan 13 Louis "Putney" Dandridge American jazz pianist and singer (Heatin' Up Harlem), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1946)
  • Jan 16 Evelyn Danzig [Levine], American composer (Scarlet Ribbons), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1996)
  • Jan 23 Benny Waters, American jazz saxophonist & clarinetist, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1998)
  • Feb 1 Carlo Borbolla, Cuban pianist, organist, and composer, born in Manzanillo, Cuba (d. 1990)

Person of interestLangston Hughes

Feb 1 Langston Hughes, American poet (Weary Blues), playwright (Mulatto), and librettist (Troubled Island), born in Joplin, Missouri (d. 1967)

Poet and Playwright Langston Hughes
Poet and Playwright
Langston Hughes
  • Feb 5 Bronislaw Kaper, Polish film composer and Academy Award winner (Green Dolphin Street, Lili), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1983)
  • Feb 6 George Brunies, American musician, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1974)
  • Feb 9 Blanche Calloway, American jazz vocalist, band leader (Twelve Clouds of Joy), civil rights activist, and broadcaster, born in Rochester, New York (d. 1978)
  • Feb 12 William D. Revelli, American band leader, born in Spring Gulch, Colorado (d. 1994)
  • Feb 13 Valentin Ruiz Aznar, Spanish choirmaster, composer, and priest, born in Borja, Zaragoza, Spain (d. 1972)
  • Feb 14 Fred Scott, American vocalist & actor (Melody of the Plains, Vincent Lopez), born in Fresno, California (d. 1991)
  • Feb 18 Walter Herbert, German-born conductor and impresario (d. 1975)
  • Feb 19 John Bubbles, rhythm tap dancer (No Maps on My Taps), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Feb 21 Bob [Hijman] Scholte, Dutch vocalist [or 1909]
  • Feb 22 Hanns Neupert, German piano builder/author (Das Klavichord)
  • Feb 26 Rudolf Moralt, German conductor (Vienna Philharmonic)
  • Mar 21 Eddie James "Son" House, folk blues musician (Delta Blues)
  • Mar 25 Sten Broman, Swedish composer and actor, born in Uppsala, Uppsala län (d. 1983)
  • Mar 28 Paul Godwin, Polish-Dutch violinist, born in Sosnowitz, Russian Empire (d. 1982)
  • Mar 28 Jaromír Vejvoda, Czech composer (Beer Barrel Polka), born in Zbraslav, Czech Republic (d. 1988)
  • Mar 29 William Walton, English composer (Troilus & Cressida, Wise Virgins), born in Oldham, Lancashire (d. 1983)
  • Mar 30 Ted Heath, British musician and band leader (d. 1969)
  • Apr 2 Danilo Svara, Slovenian composer, born in San Giuseppe, Trieste, Italy (d. 1981)
  • Apr 3 Henri Garat, French actor and singer (Les dieux s'amusent, Congress Dances), born in Paris, France (d. 1959)
  • Apr 3 Siguringi Eirikur Hjorleifsson, Icelandic composer, born in Bergskot, Grindavík (d. 1975)
  • Apr 8 Josef Krips, conductor (London Symph 1954-63), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Apr 9 František Suchý, Czech oboist and composer (Moravian Wind Quintet), born in Libina, Bohemia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1977)
  • Apr 17 Anton Beuving, Dutch lyricist (Ketelbinkie), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands d. 1977)
  • Apr 20 Veselin Stoyanov, Bulgarian composer, born in Shumen, Bulgaria (d. 1969)
  • Apr 29 Theodore Chanler, American composer, born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1961)
  • Apr 30 André-François Marescotti, Swiss organist and composer, born in Carouge, Switzerland (d. 1995)
  • Apr 30 Rudolf Wittelsbach, Swiss pianist and composer, born in Constantinople, Turkey (d. 1972)
  • May 3 Hugo Friedhofer, American composer, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1981)
  • May 4 Cvjetko Rihtman, Bosnian composer, born in Rijeka, Croatia (d. 1989)
  • May 16 Jan Kiepura, Polish vocalist and actor (Her Wonderful Lie, Give Us this Night), born in Sosnowiec, Poland (d. 1966)
  • May 17 John Vincent, American composer, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1977)
  • May 18 [Robert] Meredith Willson, American composer (Music Man), born in Mason City, Iowa (d. 1984)
  • May 23 Mark Lothar, German composer (The Story of the Lazy Bear), born in Berlin (d. 1985)
  • May 25 Helvi Leiviskä, Finnish composer, born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1982)
  • May 27 Celius Dougherty, American pianist and composer, born in Glenwood, Minnesota (d. 1986)
  • May 31 Billy Mayerl, composer
  • May 31 Henk Schaer [Hendricus Schaareman], Dutch actor and conductor (Majoor Barbara, Lijmen), born in Delft, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • May 31 Ralph Walter Wood, composer
  • Jun 6 Avraham Daus, Israeli composer, born in Berlin (d. 1974)
  • Jun 6 Jimmie Lunceford, American saxophonist and bandleader, born in Fulton, Mississippi (d. 1947)
  • Jun 9 Nehemiah "Skip" James, American Delta blues singer, guitarist and piano player ("I'm So Glad"), born in Bentonia, Mississippi (d. 1969)
  • Jun 10 Gaston Brenta, Belgian composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1969)
  • Jun 11 Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebalin, Soviet composer, born in Omsk, Russia (d. 1963)
  • Jun 17 Sammy Fain, American popular music composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1989)
  • Jun 19 Guy Lombardo, Canadian-American orchestra leader (Auld Lang Syne), born in London, Ontario, Canada (d. 1977)
  • Jun 21 Wilhelm Maler, German composer, born in Heidelberg, Germany (d. 1976)
  • Jun 26 Antonia Brico, Dutch-American conductor and pianist, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1989)
  • Jun 26 Hugues Cuénod, Swiss tenor and musical educator, born in Corseaux-sur-Vevey, Switzerland (d. 2010)

Person of interestRichard Rodgers

Jun 28 Richard Rodgers, American composer (Rodgers & Hammerstein), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)

Composer Richard Rodgers
Composer
Richard Rodgers

Person of interestGeorge Murphy

Jul 4 George Murphy, American politician (US Senator, California), actor and dancer (MGM Parade), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1992)

Actor and US Senator George Murphy
Actor and US Senator
George Murphy
  • Jul 7 James McCartney, father of Beatle Paul McCartney
  • Jul 18 Karel Mengelberg, Dutch composer and conductor, born in Utrecht (d. 1984)
  • Jul 18 Chill Wills, American singer and actor (Frontier Circus, Rounders), born in Seagoville, Texas (d. 1978)
  • Jul 20 Jimmy Kennedy, Irish singer-songwriter (Teddy Bears' Picnic, My Prayer), born in Omagh, Ireland (d. 1984)
  • Jul 22 Vladimir Nikolayevich Kryukov, Russian composer, born in Moscow (d. 1960)
  • Jul 23 Walter Burle Marx, Brazilian pianist and composer, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1990)
  • Jul 24 Hans Chemin-Petit, German composer, born in Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany (d. 1981)
  • Aug 3 Judson Laire, American actor and singer (Papa-Mama, Adm Broadway Revue), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • Aug 3 Ray Block, French orchestra leader (Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason), born in Alsace-Lorraine (d. 1982)
  • Aug 6 Michal Vilec, composer
  • Aug 9 Zino Francescatti, French violinist (NY Phil-1939), born in Marseille, France (d. 1991)
  • Aug 16 Stefan Boleslaw Poradowski, Polish composer (Double Bass Concerto), born in Wloclawek (d. 1967)
  • Aug 18 Julius Kalaš, Czech composer (Nepokořenĺ -The Proud Ones), born in Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1967)
  • Aug 21 Renato Fasano, Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1979)
  • Aug 25 Stefan Wolpe, German composer (Zeus & Elidco), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1972)
  • Aug 27 Herbert Menges, English composer, born in Hove, East Sussex, England (d. 1972)
  • Aug 30 Arnold Maria Walter, Canadian composer, born in Hanušovice, Moravia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1973)
  • Sep 11 Alice Tully, American singer and patroness (Carnegie Hall), born in Corning, New York (d. 1993)
  • Sep 14 Giorgos Papasideris Greek country singer, composer and lyricist, born in Salamis Island, Greece (d. 1977)
  • Sep 25 Jeno Takacs, Austrian composer, born in Cinfalva, Hungary (d. 2005)
  • Oct 6 Mihovil Logar, Serbian composer  (A Would-be Lady), born in Rijeka, Croatia (d. 1998)
  • Oct 7 Willemina J H "Mascha" ter Weene, dancer/ballerina
  • Oct 15 William Edmundson, American vocalist (Southernaires), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Oct 21 Hilarion Rubio, Filipino composer, born in Bacoor, Cavite (d. 1985)
  • Oct 23 Otmar Nussio, Swiss conductor and composer (Boccaccio Suite), born in Grossetto, Italy; (d. 1990)
  • Oct 23 Otto J. Gombosi, Hungarian-American musicologist, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1955)
  • Oct 25 Eddie Lang [Salvatore Massaro], American jazz guitarist known as the "father of jazz guitar", born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1933)
  • Oct 30 Armin Kaufmann, Austrian composer, born in Bukowina (d. 1980)
  • Nov 1 Eugen Jochum, German conductor (Hamburg Orchestra), born in Babenhausen, Augsburg, Germany (d. 1987)
  • Nov 10 Antonio Maria Valencia, Colombian composer, born in Cali, Colombia (d. 1952)
  • Nov 16 Marcel Boereboom, Belgian musicologist, born in Stalhille, Jabbeke, Belgium (d. 1985)
  • Nov 18 Barbara Giuranna, Italian pianist and composer, born in Palermo, Italy (d. 1998)
  • Nov 22 Emanuel Feuermann, cellist (Chicago Symph Orchestra), born in Kolomyja, Galicia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1942)
  • Nov 27 Giuseppe Savagnone, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Italy (d. 1984)
  • Dec 2 Miroslav Ponc, Czech composer, born in Vysoké Mýto (d. 1976)
  • Dec 6 Virgilio Mortari, Italian composer, born in Passirana, Italy (d. 1993)
  • Dec 13 Paul Kurzbach, German composer, born in Hohndorf, Germany (d. 1997)
  • Dec 14 Viola Wells [Evans], American jazz, blues, and gospel singer, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1984)
  • Dec 19 Leonard Hirsch, Irish violinist/orchestra leader (RAF Symphony Orchestra), born in Dublin (d. 1995) [1]

Weddings in Music

  • Mar 9 Composer Gustav Mahler marries Alma Schindler in Vienna

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 18 Filippo Marchetti, composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 1 Salomon Jadassohn, German pianist & composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 2 Emanuil Manolov, composer, dies at 42
  • Feb 25 Carl Ignaz Franz Umlauf, Austrian zither player and composer, dies at 77
  • Mar 17 George William Warren, composer, dies at 73
  • Jul 6 Leopoldo Miguez, Brazilian composer, dies at 51
  • Jul 18 John White, American composer, dies at 47
  • Aug 3 August Klughardt, German composer, dies at 54
  • Sep 7 Franz Wullner, composer, dies at 70
  • Sep 14 Reinhold Finsterbusch, German singer, organist, composer, and choral director (Jesu Tod und Begräbnis), dies at 76
  • Sep 29 Iosif Ivanovici, composer, dies
  • Oct 24 Władysław Zaremba, Ukrainian composer, dies at 69
  • Oct 31 Jean-Baptist Colyns, Belgian violinist and composer, dies at 67
  • Nov 22 Septimus Winner, composer, dies at 75
  • Dec 5 Henry Stephen Cutler, American composer, dies at 78