1908 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 13 Rhoads Opera House fire in Boyertown, PA killing 171 people.
  • Jan 25 John Blockx's opera "Baldie" premieres in Antwerp
  • Sep 19 Gustav Mahler's 7th Symphony premieres in Prague
  • Nov 4 Brooklyn Academy of Music opens in NYC
  • Nov 14 Oscar Strauss' musical "Der tapfere Soldat" premieres in Vienna
  • Nov 16 Arturo Toscanini begins conducting NY's Metropolitan Opera
  • Dec 3 Edward Elgar's 1st Symphony in A premieres

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 107

  • Jan 2 Janis Kepitis, composer
  • Jan 6 Menachem Avidom, Israeli composer, born in Stanislaviv, Austria-Hungary (d. 1995)
  • Jan 7 Red Allen, American musician (d. 1967)
  • Jan 12 Jose Limon, Mexican/US dancer (I, Odysseus)
  • Jan 14 Russ Columbo [Ruggiero Eugenio di Rodolfo Colombo], American baritone, violinist and actor (You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1934)
  • Jan 15 Roberta Bitgood, composer
  • Jan 20 Wilfred Conwell Bain, composer
  • Jan 26 Stéphane Grappelli, French jazz violinist who founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France, born in Paris, France (d. 1997)
  • Jan 27 Oran Page, American musician (d. 1954)
  • Jan 28 Paul Misraki, French composer and songwriter (d. 1998)
  • Jan 31 Atahualpa Yupanqui, Argentine folk musician, born in Pergamino, Argentine (d. 1992)
  • Feb 1 Edward Staempfli, composer
  • Feb 2 Pavel Sivic, Slovenian composer, born in Radovljica, Slovenia (d. 1995)
  • Feb 2 Renzo Rossellini, Italian composer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1982)
  • Feb 4 Emmanuel "Manny" Klein, American jazz trumpeter, born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • Feb 8 Grigor Eghiazaryan, composer
  • Feb 10 Jean Coulthard, composer
  • Feb 13 Gerald Strang, Claresholm Canada, composer
  • Mar 3 Riccardo Nielsen, composer
  • Mar 7 Tomas de Manzarraga, composer
  • Mar 9 Luiz Cosme, Brazilian composer, born in Porte Alegre (d. 1965)
  • Mar 13 Helen Sinclair Glatz, English composer, born in Border country in England (d. 1996)
  • Mar 14 Nikolay Petrovich Rakov, composer
  • Mar 17 Radie Britain, composer
  • Mar 18 Louis Gaste, songwriter
  • Mar 26 Hank Sylvern, American orchestra leader (Jane Froman's USA Canteen), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 30 Camille Schmit, composer
  • Mar 30 Kurt Bruggemann, composer
  • Mar 31 Red Norvo, American jazz vibraphonist known as "Mr. Swing" (Congo Blues, Knockin' on Wood), born in Beardstown, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • Apr 5 George Schick, Czech conductor (Chicago Symphony), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 1985)
  • Apr 5 Herbert von Karajan, Austrian conductor (Berlin Philharmonic), born in Salzburg (d. 1989)
  • Apr 6 Vano Il'ich Muradeli, composer
  • Apr 7 Percy Faith, conductor (Summer Place)
  • Apr 9 Fred Lohse, German composer, born in Leipzig (d. 1987)
  • Apr 11 Karel Ančerl, Czechoslovak conductor (Prague/Toronto), born in Tučapy, Czech Republic (d. 1973)
  • Apr 15 Eden Ahbez, American songwriter (Nature Boy), born in Brooklyn, New York (d.1995)
  • Apr 18 Joseph Keilberth, German conductor (Bayreuther Festspiele)
  • Apr 18 Eric Spear, British film and TV composer (Coronation Street theme)
  • Apr 20 Lionel Hampton, American jazz vibraphone player and actor, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2002)
  • Apr 23 Frederick Hawkins, American dancer and choreographer, born in Trinidad, Colorado (d. 1994)
  • Apr 29 Philippe Brun, jazz trumpeter
  • May 6 Necil Kazim Akses, composer
  • May 7 Wouter Paap, Dutch composer (d. 1981)
  • May 15 Lars-Eric Vilner Larsson, Akarp Sweden, composer (Linden)
  • May 17 Sigismund Toduta, composer
  • May 24 Kresimir Fribec, composer
  • May 27 Harold Rome, composer (Fanny, Pins & Needles)
  • Jun 12 Marina Semenova, Russian ballerina
  • Jun 14 John Scott Trotter, orchestra leader (George Gobel Show), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Jun 17 John Verrall, composer
  • Jun 24 Hugo Distler, composer
  • Jun 24 Guru Gopinath, Indian classical dancer (d 1987)
  • Jun 27 Hans de Jong, musician/conductor (De Damrakkertjes)
  • Jun 29 Rene Gerber, Swiss composer, born in Travers (d. 2006)
  • Jun 29 Leroy Anderson, US composer (Syncopated Clock), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1975)
  • Jun 30 Lucino Tinio Sacramento, composer
  • Jul 1 Peter Anders, German opera singer
  • Jul 6 Leonce Grass, Flemish singer/conductor

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Jul 8 Louis Jordan, American musician, songwriter and bandleader (Caldonia), born in Brinkley, Arkansas (d. 1975)

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  • Jul 12 Johan Franco, composer
  • Jul 17 Rudolf Petzold, composer
  • Jul 20 Gunnar de Frumerie, composer
  • Jul 24 Cootie Williams, American trumpeter (d. 1985)
  • Jul 25 Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Indian musician (d. 2003)
  • Jul 28 Zbigniew Turski, composer
  • Aug 1 Miloslav Kabelac, composer
  • Aug 4 Kurt Eichhorn, conductor
  • Aug 6 George Singer, composer
  • Aug 6 Svend Erik Tarp, composer
  • Aug 17 Kurt Hessenberg, composer
  • Aug 18 Milan Ristic, composer
  • Aug 30 Willie Bryant, singer (Sugar Hill Times), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Aug 31 Peter Conrad Baden, composer
  • Sep 5 Joaquin Maria Nin-Culmell, Cuban-Spanish composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2004)
  • Sep 6 Paul Lavalle, American bandleader (Cities Service Band of America), born in Beacon, New York (d. 1997)
  • Sep 7 Max Kaminsky, trumpeter
  • Sep 10 Raymond Harry Warnow Scott, American composer ('The Toy Trumpet'), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 13 Ray Burns Green, composer
  • Sep 14 Bernie Green, American orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey Show, Garry Moore Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 17 Franz J A Grothe, German composer
  • Sep 25 Eugen Suchon, composer
  • Sep 28 Marin Goleminov, composer
  • Sep 30 David Oistrakh, Odessa Russia, violinist/prof (Moscow Conservatory)
  • Oct 1 Herman David Koppel, composer
  • Oct 8 Paul Van Buskirk Yoder, American composer, born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1990)
  • Oct 9 Lee Wiley, American jazz singer (Night in Manhattan), born in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma (d. 1975)
  • Oct 10 John Waldo Green, American composer (Body & Soul, Guy Lombardo's arranger), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 11 Armen Carapetyan, composer
  • Oct 19 Nils Geirr Tveitt, composer
  • Oct 19 Patrick Cairns "Spike" Hughes, British jazz musician/composer (Elegy)
  • Oct 21 Alexander Schneider, Vilna Lith, violinist (Budapest String Quartet)
  • Oct 21 Howard Ferguson, composer
  • Oct 30 Franco Margola, composer
  • Oct 30 Stuart Hamblen, Texas, singer/composer (This Old House)
  • Nov 19 Mikhail Ivanovich Chulaki, composer
  • Nov 24 Ray Carter, American orchestra leader (Arthur Murray Dance Party), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 26 Philipp Mohler, composer
  • Nov 28 Roberto Lupi, composer
  • Dec 1 Georgios Kasassoglou, Greek musician (d. 1984)
  • Dec 3 Halsey Stevens, Scott NY, composer (Triskelion)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 23 Edward Alexander MacDowell, US composer (Indian Suite), dies at 47
  • Feb 14 Georges Jean Pfeiffer, composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 24 Anatol' Vakhnyanyn, composer, dies at 66
  • Mar 11 Peter Milne, Scottish composer, dies at 83
  • Apr 4 Josef Sucher, composer, dies at 64
  • Apr 5 Gaetano Coronaro, composer, dies at 55
  • May 12 Melesio Morales, composer, dies at 69
  • Jun 5 Luca Fumagalli, composer, dies at 71
  • Jun 8 Johan Lindegren, composer, dies at 66
  • Jun 21 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian composer (Sheherazade), dies at 64 (OS 8 Jun)
  • Jul 10 Phoebe Knapp, American hymn writer and organist, dies at 69
  • Jul 14 William Mason, composer, dies at 79
  • Jul 18 Jaime Nunó, Spanish composer (Mexican national anthem), dies at 83
  • Jul 20 Federico Chueca, composer, dies at 62
  • Aug 13 Ira D. Sankey, American evangelist, composer and singer (Gospel Hymns), dies at 67
  • Aug 20 Louis Varney, composer, dies at 64
  • Sep 20 Pablo Martin Melitou de Sarasate y Navascuez, composer, dies at 64
  • Sep 20 Pablo de Sarasate, Spanish violinist/composer (Spanish Dancer), dies at 64
  • Nov 8 Victorien Sardou, French opera author (Madame Sans-Gene), dies at 77
  • Nov 19 Albert Dietrich, German composer and conductor, dies at 79
  • Dec 23 Eduard Wachmann, composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 23 Francois A Gevaert, Belg/Dutch composer (Diable au Moulin), dies at 68
  • Dec 24 Francois-Auguste Gevaert, Belgian musicologist/composer, dies at 80