Year 1904 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 13 Béla Bartók's symphonic poem "Kossuth" premieres by the Budapest Philharmonic Society in Budapest
  • Jan 21 Leos Janacek's opera "Jenufa" premieres in Brno
  • Feb 17 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Madama Butterfly" premieres at La Scala in Milan, Italy
  • 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
  • Mar 18 First performance of Edward Elgar's "In the South (Alassio)"
  • May 17 Maurice Ravel's song cycle "Shéhérazade" premieres with Jeanne Hatto as soprano, at the Salle Nouveau Théâtre, Paris, France
  • Sep 26 Charles Kleins "Music Master" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 18 Gustav Mahler's 5th symphony premieres in Cologne, Germany
  • Nov 7 George M. Cohan's 1st full-length musical "Little Johnny Jones", featuring the songs "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "Give My Regards To Broadway", opens at the Liberty Theatre, NYC; runs for 52 performances be before going on tour

Musicians Married in 1904

  • Feb 2 US blues singer Gertrude Pridgett marries comic William Rainey
  • Jun 14 Ragtime composer Scott Joplin (35) weds Freddie Alexander (19) in Arkansas

Musicians Who Died in 1904

  • Jan 15 Eduard Lassen, Belgian-Danish 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 (Slavonic Dances; New World Symphony; Cello Concerto in b, Op. 104), dies at 62

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