1904 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 13 Bela Bartok's symphonic poem "Kossuth" premieres in Budapest
  • Jan 21 Leos Janacek's opera "Jenufa" premieres in Brno

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Feb 17 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Madama Butterfly" premieres in Milan

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Composer
Giacomo Puccini
  • Feb 25 J M Synge's "Riders to the Sea" opens at Irish National Theater Society
  • Feb 28 Vincent d'Indy's 2nd Symphony in B, premieres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 18 First performance of Edward Elgar's "In the South (Alassio)"

Composer Edward Elgar
Composer
Edward Elgar
  • Sep 26 Charles Kleins "Music Master" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 18 Gustav Mahler's 5th symphony premieres in Cologne

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 7 Broadway musical "Little Johnny Jones" written by George M. Cohan, featuring the song "Yankee Doodle Dandy" opens in New York

Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer George M. Cohan
Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer
George M. Cohan
  • Nov 17 George Cohan's musical "Little Johnny Jones" premieres in NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 2 James Melton, Moultrie Ga, opera tenor (Ford Festival)
  • Jan 3 Boris Kochno, Russian ballet dancer (La Chatte)
  • Jan 5 Erica Morini, concert violinist (d. 1995), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Jan 10 Jesus Garcia Leoz, composer
  • Jan 10 Ray Bolger, American actor and dancer (Wizard of Oz), born in Dorchester, Massachusetts (d. 1987)
  • Jan 12 Mississippi Fred McDowell, American jazz artist
  • Jan 13 Richard Addinsell, composer (Taming of Shrew), born in London, England
  • Jan 16 Max Vredenburg, composer
  • Jan 20 Alexandra Danilova, Peterhof Russia, ballerina (Turning Point)

Person of interestGeorge Balanchine

Jan 22 George Balanchine, Russian-American ballet composer and choreographer who founded the New York City Ballet, born in St. Petersburgh, Russian Empire (d. 1983) [OS=Jan 9]

Ballet Choreographer George Balanchine
Ballet Choreographer
George Balanchine
  • Jan 23 Theodor Schaefer, Czech composer, born in Telč (d. 1969)
  • Feb 2 Jose Enrique Pedreira, composer
  • Feb 3 Luigi Dallapiccola, Pisino Istria, Italian composer
  • Feb 4 Predrag Milosevic, composer
  • Feb 8 Igor' Fyodorovich Belza, composer
  • Feb 20 Armin Loos, German-born American composer, born in Darmstadt (d. 1971)
  • Feb 21 Armand Preud'homme, Flemish organist/poet
  • Feb 29 Alan Richardson, composer
  • Feb 29 Jimmy Dorsey, Shenandoah Pa, orchestra leader (Stage Show)
  • Feb 29 Rukmini Devi Arundale, Indian dancer and founder of Kalakshetra (d. 1986)

Person of interestGlenn Miller

Mar 1 Glenn Miller, American bandleader and jazz composer (Glenn Miller Orchestra-In the Mood), born in Clarinda, Iowa (d. 1944)

Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer Glenn Miller
Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer
Glenn Miller
  • Mar 4 Joseph Schmidt, Austrian-Hungarian tenor and actor (Der Liebesexpreß, A Star Fell from Heaven), born in Storozhynets , Austria-Hungary (d. 1942)
  • Mar 19 Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern, Polish composer and cultural attache, born in Lviv, Poland (d. 1957)
  • Mar 21 Nikolaos Skalkottas, composer
  • Mar 26 Hermann Schroeder, composer
  • Mar 30 Akarova, [Marguerite Acarin], Belgian dancer (Les Biches)
  • Apr 3 Sally Rand, American burlesque dancer, vedette and actress known for her ostrich feather fan and balloon bubble dances, born in Elkton, Missouri (d. 1979)
  • Apr 3 Peter Van Steeden, composer and orchestra leader (Break the Bank), born in Amsterdam (d. 1990)
  • Apr 8 John Antill, Australian composer (Corroboree), born in Sydney (d. 1986)
  • Apr 9 Sharkey Bonano, American jazz musician, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1972)
  • Apr 10 Nick Stuart, Romanian-born American bandleader and actor (Secrets of Chinatown), born in Abrudbánya, Alsó-Fehér County, Austria-Hungary (d. 1973)
  • Apr 23 Leslie French, British actor and singer (Death in Venice, More than a Miracle), born in Bromley, Kent, England (d. 1999)
  • Apr 29 Russ Morgan, orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • May 2 Georgi Dimitrov, Bulgarian composer, born in Belogradchik, Bulgaria (d. 1979)
  • May 4 Umm Kulthum [Ibrahim], Egyptian singer and actress, born in Tummāy al-Zahāyrah, Egypt (d. 1975)

Person of interestFats Waller

May 21 Fats Waller [Thomas Wright], American jazz singer and composer (Ain't Misbehavin'), born in NYC, New York (d. 1943)

Jazz Musician and Songwriter Fats Waller
Jazz Musician and Songwriter
Fats Waller
  • May 25 Kurt George Hugo Thomas, composer
  • May 26 George Formby, British singer and comedian, born in Wigan, Lancashire, England (d. 1961)
  • May 26 Vlado Perlemuter, Polish pianist (d. 2002)
  • May 28 Shalva Mikhaylovich Mshvelidze, composer
  • Jun 3 Jan Peerce, [Jacob Pincus Perelmuth], American tenor (NY Met Opera), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 11 Clarence "Pinetop" Smith, American jazz pianist and singer (Boogie Woogie Piano), born in Troy, Alabama (d. 1929)
  • Jun 11 Emil František Burian, Czech author and composer, born in Plzeň, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1959)
  • Jun 12 Eino Roiha, Finnish composer, born in Vyborg (d. 1955)
  • Jun 14 Benno Ammann, Swiss composer, born in Gersau, Sweden (d. 1986)
  • Jun 18 Manuel Rosenthal, French composer (Bootleggers), born in Paris, France (d. 2003)
  • Jun 19 Balis Dvarionas, composer
  • Jun 23 Willie Mae "Mother" Smith, gospel singer/evangelist folk artist
  • Jun 24 Phil Harris [Wonga Philip], American actor and singer (Anything Goes, Robin Hood), born in Linton, Indiana (d. 1995)
  • Jun 28 Włodzimierz Poźniak, Polish composer, born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1967)
  • Jul 2 Carl Weinrich, composer
  • Jul 4 Artur Malawski, Polish composer, born in Przemyśl, Poland (d. 1957)
  • Jul 4 Seger Pillot Ellis, American jazz pianist and vocalist, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1995)
  • Jul 5 Franz Adolf Syberg, Danish composer, born in Kerteminde, Funen, Denmark (d. 1955)
  • Jul 6 Robert Whitney, Newcastle-on-Tyne England, conductor (Sospiro do Roma)
  • Jul 8 Bill Challis, arranger/pianist
  • Jul 10 Iša Krejčí, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1968)
  • Jul 15 Dorothy Fields, American lyricist (I'm in the Mood for Love), born in Allenhurst, New Jersey (d. 1974)
  • Jul 16 Goffredo Petrassi, Italian composer (Beatitudines), born in Zagarolo, Italy (d. 2003)
  • Jul 17 Jef Alpaerts, Flemish pianist/conductor
  • Jul 23 Adone Zecchi, Italian composer, born in Bologna (d. 1995)
  • Jul 24 Leo Arnaud, French-American composer (Bugler's Dream), born in Lyon, France (d. 1991)
  • Jul 26 Jack Westrup, English composer, born in London (d. 1975)
  • Jul 27 Anton Dolin [Sydney Francis Patrick Chippendall Healey-kay], British dancer (Girl From Petrovka), born in Slinfold, Sussex, England (d. 1983)
  • Aug 8 István Szelényi, Hungarian pianist and composer, born in Altsohl, Austria-Hungary (d. 1972)
  • Aug 11 Jess Stacy, jazz pianist, born in Bird's Point, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • Aug 13 Charles "Buddy" Rogers, American musician and actor (An Innocent Affair, Wings), born in Olathe, Kansas (d. 1999)
  • Aug 17 Leopold Nowak, Austrian musicologist (d. 1991)
  • Aug 21 [William] Count Basie, jazz musician and band leader ( "One O'Clock Jump"), born in Red Bank, New Jersey (d. 1984)
  • Sep 6 Lyubomir Pipkov, Bulgarian composer, born in Lovech, Bulgaria (d. 1974)
  • Sep 8 Carlos Sanchez Malaga, composer
  • Sep 12 Gavril Nikolayevich Popov, Soviet Russian composer, born in Novocherkassk, Russia (d. 1972)
  • Sep 14 Richard Mohaupt, German composer (Bucolica), born in Wrocław, Poland (d. 1957)
  • Sep 23 Wallace "Scotty" Scott, rock vocalist (Whispers)
  • Sep 24 Cemal Reşit Rey, Turkish composer, born in Jerusalem, Ottoman Empire (d. 1985)
  • Oct 1 Vladimir Horowitz, Russian-American pianist (Carmen), born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1989)
  • Oct 9 Carl Parrish, American composer, born in Plymouth, Pennsylvania (d. 1965)
  • Oct 14 Karel Srom, Czech composer, born in Plzeň (d. 1981)
  • Oct 16 Reginald Dixon, Sheffield, Britain, theatre organist, (d. 1985)
  • Oct 22 Paul Arma, Hungarian-French composer, born in Budapest (d. 1987)
  • Oct 28 Louis de Meester, composer
  • Oct 30 Alfred Gradstein, composer
  • Nov 3 Gideon Fagan, composer
  • Nov 3 Janis Kalnins, composer
  • Nov 14 Alexey Semyonovich Zhivotov, composer
  • Nov 14 Dick Powell [Richard Ewing Powell], American singer, actor, producer and director (Cry Danger, Dick Powell Theater), born in Mountain View, Arkansas (d. 1963)
  • Nov 15 Tilly Losch, Austrian dancer and actress (Duel in the Sun, Garden of Allah), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1975)
  • Nov 16 Eddie Condon, Goodland Ind, jazz guitarist (Eddie Condon's Floor Show)
  • Nov 18 Guido Santorsola, composer
  • Nov 21 Coleman Hawkins, virtually created tenor saxophone for jazz
  • Nov 25 Herbert Reynolds Inch, composer
  • Nov 25 Toni Ortelli, Italian composer and alpinist (d. 2000)
  • Nov 29 Piet Ketting, pianist/conductor/composer (Glorify Kokila)
  • Dec 6 Eve Denise Curie, French pianist/author/daughter of Madame Curie
  • Dec 7 Konstantin Sokolsky, Russian singer (d. 1991)
  • Dec 18 Wilf Carter, Canadian country and western singer, born in Port Hilford, Nova Scotia (d. 1996)
  • Dec 24 Daniel K Womack, singer/guitarist
  • Dec 30 Dmitry B Kabalevsky, composer (In the Fire) [OS 17 Dec], born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • Dec 31 Nathan Milstein, Odessa Russia, concert violinist (Philadelphia Orch 1942)

Weddings in Music

  • Feb 2 US blues singer Gertrude Pridgett marries comic William Rainey

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 14 Ragtime composer Scott Joplin (35) weds Freddie Alexander (19) in Arkansas

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 15 Eduard Lassen, composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 24 Franz Coenen, composer, dies at 77
  • Jan 27 Adam Minchejmer, composer, dies at 73
  • Feb 20 Gustav Adolf Heinze, Dutch composer, dies at 83
  • May 1 Antonín Dvořák, Czech composer (Slavic Dancing, New World Symphony), dies at 62
  • May 14 Richard Hol, Dutch composer, organist and conductor, dies at 78
  • Aug 4 Arnold Krug, German composer, dies at 54
  • Aug 6 Eduard Hanslick, German music critic, dies at 78
  • Aug 30 Kate Fanny Loder, English composer and pianist, dies at 79
  • Sep 30 Sigurd Lie, Norwegian composer and conductor, dies of tuberculosis at 33
  • Oct 17 Nikolai Amani, Russian composer, dies at 32
  • Oct 20 Henry Hiles, English composer, dies at 77
  • Oct 25 Teresa Milanollo, Italian composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 3 Gaston Henri Charles Antoine Serpette, composer, dies at 57
  • Nov 30 Aldine Silliman Kieffer, American composer, dies at 64
  • Dec 25 Vilhelm Svedbom, Swedish composer, dies at 61