On This Day

April 1908 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 5 George Schick, Czech conductor (Chicago Symphony, 1950-56; Metropolitan Opera, 1958-69), and educator, born in Prague, Austria-Hungary (now Czech Republic) (d. 1985)
  • Apr 5 Herbert von Karajan, Austrian conductor (Berlin Philharmonic, 1955-89), born in Salzburg, Austria-Hungary (d. 1989)
  • Apr 6 Vano Il'ich Muradeli, composer
  • Apr 7 Percy Faith, Canadian-American pop and easy listening composer and bandleader ("Theme from A Summer Place"), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1976)
  • Apr 9 Fred Lohse, German composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1987)
  • Apr 11 Karel Ančerl, Czechoslovak conductor (Czech Philharmonic, 1950-68; Toronto Symphony, 1968-73), composer, and Auschwitz survivor, born in Tučapy, Czech Republic (d. 1973)
  • Apr 15 Eden Ahbez [George Aberle], American songwriter ("Nature Boy"; "Lonely Island"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1995)
  • Apr 16 Ray Ventura, French jazz pianist and big band leader ("Tout va très bien, Madame la Marquise"), born in Paris, France (d. 1979)
  • Apr 18 Eric Spear, British film and TV composer (Coronation Street theme), born in Croydon, Surrey (d. 1966)
  • Apr 19 Joseph Keilberth, German conductor (Bayreuther Festspiele), born in Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (d. 1968)
  • Apr 20 Lionel Hampton, American jazz vibraphone player, pianist, drummer, 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, French jazz trumpeter, born in Paris (d. 1994)

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 4 Josef Sucher, Hungarian composer and conductor (Aus alten Märchen), dies at 64
  • Apr 5 Gaetano Coronaro, Italian conductor, pedagogue, and composer (La Creola), dies at 55