On This Day

Year 1909 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 31 Gustav Mahler conducts New York Philharmonic for his 1st time
  • Jun 12 "Shine On, Harvest Moon" by Ada Jones & Billy Murray hits #1
  • Nov 4 Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari's opera "Il Segreto di Susanna" (Susanna's Secret) is first produced in Munich
  • Nov 28 Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3, one of the genres most difficult, premieres at the New Theatre in New York City, with the composer as soloist and the New York Symphony Society conducted by Walter Damrosch

Musicians Who Died in 1909

  • Jan 15 Ernest Reyer, composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 3 Johann Georg Herzog, composer, dies at 86
  • Feb 8 Edouard Silas, Dutch composer, dies at 80
  • Feb 8 Mieczysław Karłowicz, Polish composer and conductor (Rebirth Symphony, Op. 7), dies in an avalanche while on a skiing excursion at 32
  • Mar 22 Gyula Erkel, Hungarian composer, son of Ferenc Erkel, dies at 66

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