On This Day

Year 1907 in Music History

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 5 Arnold Schoenberg's 1st string quartet premieres in Vienna

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg
  • Mar 5 1st radio broadcast of a musical composition aired
  • May 10 Paul Dukas' opera "Ariane et Barbe Bleue" premieres in Paris

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Sep 25 Jean Sibelius' 3rd Symphony premieres

Composer Jean Sibelius
Composer
Jean Sibelius

Music concertMusic Concert

Nov 25 Jules Massenet's opera "Thaïs" has its first American performance in New York

Composer Jules Massenet
Composer
Jules Massenet
  • Dec 3 George Cohan's musical "Talk of the Town" premieres in NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 1 Erich Schmid, composer
  • Jan 2 Salvador Ley, composer
  • Jan 7 Nicanor Zabaleta, Spanish harpist, born in San Sebastián, Spain (d. 1993)
  • Jan 17 Henk Badings, Dutch opera composer (Orestes), born in Bandung, Java, Dutch East Indies (d. 1987)
  • Jan 18 Janos Ferencsik, Hungarian conductor (Budapest Opera), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1984)
  • Jan 26 Eddie Ballantine, American orchestra leader (Don McNeill TV Club), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • Jan 28 Constantin Regamey, composer
  • Jan 31 Benny Morton, American jazz trombonist (Teddy Wilson Sextet), born in New York City (d. 1985)
  • Jan 31 Emanuel Sayles, American jazz banjo player (Preservation Hall Jazz Band), born in Donaldsonville, Louisiana (d. 1986)
  • Feb 1 Camargo Guarnieri, Brazilian composer, born in Tietê, São Paulo (d. 1993)
  • Feb 7 Raymond “Coco” Colignon, Belgian jazz pianist, organist, and bandleader, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1987)
  • Feb 10 Walter "Foots" Thomas, American saxophonist, flutist, and arranger (Cab Calloway Orchestra), born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, (d. 1981)
  • Feb 13 Catalina "Katy" de la Cruz, Filipino jazz and torch song singer, born in Bustos, Bulacan, Philippine Islands (d. 2004)
  • Feb 15 Jean Langlais, French organist, and composer (Missa Salve Regina), born in La Fontenelle, Brittany, France (d. 1991)
  • Feb 16 Fernando Previtali, Italian composer and conductor (Rome Radio Symphony), born in Adria, Veneto (d. 1985)
  • Feb 17 Alec Wilder, American classical, jazz, and pop music composer (The Churkendoose), and musicologist (American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1980)
  • Feb 17 Marjorie Lawrence, Australian-American operatic soprano (Wagner; Interrupted Melody), born in Deans Marsh, Australia (d. 1979)
  • Feb 20 Nadine Conner, California, soprano (Carmen, Pamina-Magic Flute)
  • Feb 27 Mildred Bailey [Rinker], American jazz singer known as "The Queen of Swing" ("ockin' Chair"; "Please Be Kind"), born in Tekoa, Washington (d. 1951)
  • Mar 7 Juan Francisco Giacobbe, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1990)
  • Mar 9 Henry Leland Clarke, American composer, born in Dover, New Hampshire (d. 1992)
  • Mar 10 Robert de Roos, composer
  • Mar 15 James "Jimmy" McPartland, American cornetist and musician (Magic Horn), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • Mar 15 Zarah Leander, Swedish actress and singer, born in Karlstad, Värmland County, Sweden (d. 1981)
  • Mar 19 Elizabeh LeFanu Maconochy, composer
  • Mar 19 Marc Vaubourgoin, composer
  • Mar 26 Leigh Harline, American composer and conductor, born in Salt Lake City (d. 1969)
  • Mar 26 Louis Saguer, German born French composer (Lili Merveille), born in Charlottenburg, Germany (d. 1991)
  • Mar 28 Herb Hall, American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist (d. 1996)
  • Mar 29 Braguinha [Carlos Alberto Ferreira Braga], Brazilian songwriter, born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 2006)
  • Apr 1 Walter Kaufmann, German-American conductor (Winnipeg Symphony, 1948-57), composer (Navaratnam), and musicologist (The Ragas of South India), born in Karlsbad, Germany (d. 1984)
  • Apr 18 Miklós Rózsa, Hungarian-American classical and film music composer (Spellbound; A Double Life; Ben-Hur), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1995)
  • Apr 19 Gino Contilli, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1978)
  • Apr 20 William Dollar, American ballet dancer and choreographer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1986)
  • Apr 21 Antoni Szalowski, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1973)
  • Apr 21 Beatrice Kay, American singer and actress (Sister Sue-Calvin & Col), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • Apr 21 Antoni Szałowski, Polish-French composer (The Resurrection of Lazarus; 2 Pieces for Ondes Martenot), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1973)
  • Apr 24 Václav Trojan, Czech composer, born in Plzeň, Czech Republic (d. 1983)
  • Apr 25 Vasily Pavlovich Solov'yov-Sedoy, Russian composer, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1979)
  • Apr 29 Tino Rossi, French singer ("Deux Amours"; "Marlene"), born in Ajaccio, Corsica, France (d. 1983)
  • May 1 Kate Smith, American singer ("God Bless America"), born in Greenville, Virginia (d. 1986)
  • May 5 Yoritsune Matsudaira, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 2001)
  • May 7 Jef van Durme, Belgian composer, born in Kemzeke-Waas, Belgium (d. 1965)
  • May 10 Harilaos Perpessas, composer
  • May 15 Josef Alexander, composer
  • May 18 Clifford Curzon, British classical pianist (Royal Academy of Music MacFarren Gold Medal), born in London, England
  • May 27 Felix de Nobel, Dutch orchestra leader and pianist, born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1981)
  • Jun 3 Antonio Emmanvilovich Spadavecchia, Russian composer, born in Odessa (d. 1988)
  • Jun 4 Marjan Kozina, Slovene composer, born in Novo mesto, Slovenia (d. 1966)
  • Jun 11 Marino Barreto, Cuban pianist and singer, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1995)
  • Jun 12 Giorgio Nataletti, Italian composer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1972)
  • Jun 18 Benny Payne, American jazz pianist (Cab Calloway; Billy Daniels Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1986)
  • Jun 20 Jimmy Driftwood, American folk songwriter and musician, born in Mountain View, Arkansas (d. 1998)
  • Jun 24 José de Lima Siquiera, Brazilian conductor, and composer, born in Conceição, State of Paraíba, Brazil (d. 1985)
  • Jul 3 Gene Gutche, German-born composer, born in Berlin (d. 2000)
  • Jul 4 Howard Taubman, American music and theater critic, born in Manhattan (d. 1996)
  • Jul 8 Kishio Hirao, composer
  • Jul 14 (Henry) "Rubberlegs" Williams, American vaudeville dancer, and blues and jazz singer, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1962)
  • Jul 18 Yvonne Desportes, French composer, born in Coburg, Germany (d. 1993)
  • Jul 19 Günter Bialas, German composer, born in Bielschowitz, Prussian Silesia (d. 1995)
  • Jul 22 Zubir Said, Singaporean composer who composed Singapore's national anthem (d. 1987)
  • Jul 24 Hughie Charles, English songwriter and impresario, born in Manchester, England (d. 1995)
  • Jul 25 Johnny Hodges, American saxophonist, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1970)
  • Jul 26 Gioconda de Vito, Italian-British violinist, born in Martina Franca, Italy (d. 1994)
  • Aug 3 Lawrence Brown, American trombonist (Duke Ellington Orchestra), born in Lawrence, Kansas (d. 1988)
  • Aug 8 Benny Carter, American musician and composer (Easy Money, King Carter), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 14 Stanley Adams, American lyricist and songwriter (What a Diff'rence a Day Makes), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1994)
  • Aug 16 Alexander Uriah Boskovich, Israeli composer, born in Kolozsvár, Transylvania, Austria-Hungary (d. 1964)
  • Aug 17 Marian Viktorovich Koval, Russian composer, born in Pristan Voznesenya, Olonets district, Russian Empire (d. 1971)
  • Aug 17 Zygmunt Mycielski, Polish composer and music critic, born in Przeworsk, Habsburg Empire (now Poland) (d. 1987)
  • Aug 18 Enoch Light, American orchestra leader (Gulf Road Show with Bob Smith), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 1978)
  • Aug 18 Howard Swanson, American composer known for his settings of poems of Langston Hughes, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1978)
  • Aug 18 Otto Mortensen, Danish composer and musicologist, born in Copenhagen (d. 1986)
  • Aug 19 Zygmunt Mycielsky, Polish composer and music critic, born in Przeworsk, Austrian Galicia (d. 1987) [1]
  • Aug 19 Jiří Srnka, Czech classical and film score composer, born in Písek, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1982)
  • Aug 20 Anatole Fistoulari, Ukrainian conductor, born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1995)
  • Sep 5 Sunnyland Slim [Albert Luandrew], American blues pianist, born in Vance, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • Sep 7 Ahmet Adnan Saygun, Turkish composer, born in İzmir, Ottoman Empire (d. 1991)
  • Sep 9 Truman "Pinky" Tomlin, American singer and actor (Sing While You're Able, With Love and Kisses), born in Eros, Arkansas (d. 1987)
  • Sep 23 Jarmila Novotna, soprano (Met Opera)/President of Czechoslovakia (1957-68)
  • Sep 24 Pierre Moulaert, Belgian composer, born in Saint-Gilles, Belgium (d. 1967)
  • Sep 25 Jan Felderhof, Dutch violinist and composer, born in Busum, Netherlands (d. 2006)
  • Sep 29 Gene Autry, American cowboy singer, songwriter, actor, musician, ("Back In The Saddle Again"; "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer") and business tycoon (owner MLB Angels team, 1961-97), born near Tioga, Texas (d. 1998)
  • Sep 30 Arnold Elston, American composer, and educator, born in New York (d. 1971)
  • Oct 1 Oedoen Partos, Hungarian-Israeli violist (Israel Philharmonic, 1938-56), composer, and teacher, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1977)
  • Oct 5 Mrs. Miller [Elva Ruby Connes], American singer (A Lover's Concerto), born in Joplin, Missouri (d. 1997)
  • Oct 12 Wolfgang Fortner, German composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1987)
  • Oct 14 Allan Jones, American actor and singer (A Day at the Races, Showboat), born in Old Forge, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • Oct 19 Roger Wolfe Kahn, American bandleader (d. 1962)
  • Oct 26 Giovanni Salviucci, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1937)
  • Oct 27 Helmut Walcha, a blind German organist (church music), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1991)
  • Nov 1 Rio Gebhardt, German musician and composer, born in Heilbronn (d. 1944)
  • Nov 3 Jim [James Geoffrey Cutcliffe] Hepburn, English tap-dancer and socialist, born in London (d. 1995)
  • Nov 3 Joe Turner, American jazz pianist, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1990)
  • Nov 7 Chepín [Electo Rosell], Cuban violinist, bandleader, and composer (Orquesta Chepín-Chovén), born in Santiago, Cuba (d. 1984)
  • Nov 9 Burrill Phillips, American composer (Play Ball), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1988)

Person of interestJane Froman

Nov 10 Jane Froman, American singer (Jane Froman's USA Canteen), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1980)

Singer Jane Froman
Singer
Jane Froman
  • Nov 18 Compay Segundo, Cuban musician (Buena Vista Social Club), born in Siboney, Cuba (d. 2003)
  • Nov 22 Bernard Naylor, English Canadian composer, born in Cambridge, England (d. 1986)
  • Nov 30 Gyorgy Ranki, composer

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 1 Cyrill Kistler, German composer, educator, and music theorist, dies at 58
  • Jan 3 Josef Foerster, Czech composer, and music teacher, dies at 73
  • Jan 7 Anton Urspruch, composer, dies at 56
  • Jan 14 Karl von Perfall, German composer, dies at 82
  • Feb 5 Ludwig Thuille, Austrian composer (sextet for piano and wind quintet), dies of a heart attack at 45
  • Feb 24 Otto Goldschmidt, German composer, dies at 77
  • Mar 7 Victor Alphonse Duvernoy, French pianist and composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 28 Pavel Ivanovich Blaramberg, Russian composer, dies at 65
  • Apr 26 Pietro Platania, Italian composer, dies at 79
  • May 11 John Albert Delany, Australian composer, dies at 54
  • Jun 4 Agathe Backer Grøndahl, Norwegian pianist, composer, and teacher, dies at 59
  • Jul 7 James McGranahan, American composer, dies at 67
  • Aug 5 Gentil Theodoor Antheunis, Flemish poet, dies at 66
  • Aug 15 Joseph Joachim, German violinist (Hungarian Concerto), dies at 76
  • Sep 4 Edvard Grieg, Norwegian composer (Peer Gynt Suite), dies at 64
  • Sep 17 Ignaz Brull, Moravian-born composer, dies at 60
  • Oct 3 Alfred Reisenauer, German pianist and composer, dies at 43
  • Oct 4 Alfredo Keil, Portuguese composer, dies at 57
  • Oct 9 Romualdo Marenco, composer, dies at 66
  • Oct 25 Edmund Hart Turpin, English composer, dies at 72
  • Nov 11 Henry Gadsby, English musician and composer, dies at 64
  • Nov 15 Horatio Richmond Palmer, American composer and choir director, dies at 73
  • Nov 21 Gaetano Braga, composer, dies at 78
  • Nov 28 Ricardo Castro Herrera, composer, dies at 43