On This Day

January 1904 in Music History

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jan 13 Bela Bartok's symphonic poem "Kossuth" premieres in Budapest

Composer and Pianist Béla Bartok
Composer and Pianist
Béla Bartok
  • Jan 21 Leos Janacek's opera "Jenufa" premieres in Brno

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 2 James Melton, American pop (1920-30's) and operatic tenor (Metropolitan Opera, 1942-50), born in Moultrie, Georgia (d. 1961)
  • Jan 3 Boris Kochno, Russian ballet dancer (La Chatte)
  • Jan 4 Erik Chisholm, Scottish conductor, composer (Hindustani Piano Concerto), and educator (South African College of Music, 1949-65), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1965)
  • Jan 5 Erica Morini, Austrian concert violinist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1995)
  • Jan 10 Jesus Garcia Leoz, Spanish composer, born in Olite, Spain (d. 1953)
  • Jan 10 Ray Bolger, American dancer, actor, and singer (Wizard of Oz - "Scarecrow"; Partridge Family - "Grandpa Renfrew"), born in Dorchester, Massachusetts (d. 1987)
  • Jan 12 "Mississippi" Fred McDowell, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Rossville, Tennessee (d. 1972)
  • Jan 13 Richard Addinsell, composer (Taming of Shrew), born in London, England
  • Jan 16 Max Vredenburg, Dutch composer and music critic, born in Brussels, Netherlands (d. 1976)
  • Jan 18 Anthony Galla-Rini, American concert accordionist,and arranger, born in Manchester, Connecticut (d. 2006)
  • Jan 21 Robert "Juice" Wilson, American jazz violinist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1972)

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 & pedagogue, born in Telč, Czech Republic (d. 1969)

Deaths in Music

  • 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