On This Day

Year 1910 in Music History

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 19 English premiere of Richard Strauss' "Elektra"

Composer and Conductor Richard Strauss
Composer and Conductor
Richard Strauss
  • Mar 27 Fire during a barn-dance in Ököritófülpös, Hungary, killed 312

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jun 25 Igor Stravinsky's ballet "The Firebird" premieres at the Opéra de Paris, Paris

Composer Igor Stravinsky
Composer
Igor Stravinsky
  • Sep 12 Gustav Mahler's 8th Symphony ("Symphony of A Thousand") premieres in Munich with 1028 musicians

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Sep 19 George M. Cohan's musical "Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford" premieres in NYC

Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer George M. Cohan
Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer
George M. Cohan
  • Dec 28 Opera "Konigskinder" is produced (NYC)

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 5 Hugh Brannum, American actor and singer (Captain Kangaroo - "Mr. Green Jeans"; The Fred Waring Show - "Lumpy"), born in Sandwich, Illinois (d. 1987)
  • Jan 8 Galina Ulanova, ballerina (Bolshoi), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • Jan 9 Dick Henry Jurgen, American swing music bandleader, born in Sacramento, California (d. 1995)
  • Jan 10 Jean Martinon, French conductor & composer, born in Lyon, France (d. 1976)
  • Jan 11 Izler Solomon, conductor, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Jan 14 Renier van der Velden, Belgian composer, born in Borgerhout, Belgium (d. 1993)
  • Jan 17 Sidney “Big Sid” Catlett, American jazz drummer (Louis Armstrong), born in Evansville, Indiana (d. 1951)
  • Jan 20 Ennio Porrino, Italian composer, born in Cagliari, Italy (d. 1959)
  • Jan 20 Nina Verchinina, Russian-Brazilian dancer & choreographer, born in Russia (d. 1995)
  • Jan 21 Eua Sunthornsanan, Thai composer and bandleader (d. 1981)

Person of interestDjango Reinhardt

Jan 23 Django Reinhardt, Belgium born Romani-French jazz guitarist and composer considered the most significant European Jazz musician, born in Liberchies, Pont-à-Celles, Belgium (d. 1953)

Jazz Guitarist Django Reinhardt
Jazz Guitarist
Django Reinhardt
  • Jan 25 Hendrik Willem Hans Osieck, Dutch pianist and composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 2000)
  • Jan 26 Marijan Lipovsek, Slovenian pianist, composer, and teacher, born in Ljubljana, Austria-Hungary (now Slovenia) (d. 1995)
  • Feb 3 Blas Galindo Dimas, San Gabriel Mexico, composer (A la Patria)
  • Feb 9 Herbert "Peanuts" Holland, American swing jazz trumpeter, born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1979)
  • Feb 16 Miguel Bernal Jiménez, Mexican organist, composer and pedagogue (Tata Vasco; Tres Cartas de México), born in Morelia, Mexico (d. 1956)
  • Feb 17 Alfred Mendelsohn, Romanian composer, and conductor (Romanian National Opera, 1944-63), and teacher, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1966)
  • Feb 21 Al Sears, American jazz and R&B saxophonist (Duke Elllington Orchestra; Johnny Hodges - "Castle Rock"), born in Macomb, Illinois (d. 1990)
  • Feb 24 Clyde Hart, American swing and bebop jazz piano player and arranger (Stuff Smith; Lionel Hampton; Roy Eldridge), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1945)
  • Feb 28 Roman Maciejewski, Polish composer (Requiem - Missa pro defunctis), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1988)
  • Mar 7 Josef Veselka, Czech choral conductor (Prague Philharmonic Choir, 1959-81), and pedagogue, born in Nové Město na Moravě, Czechoslovaia (d. 1992)

Person of interestSamuel Barber

Mar 9 Samuel Barber, American composer (School for Scandal; Adagio For Strings), born in West Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1981)

Composer Samuel Barber
Composer
Samuel Barber
  • Mar 13 Sammy Kaye, American orchestra leader (Swing and Sway With Sammy Kaye), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1987)
  • Mar 24 Jacques Chailley, French musicologist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1999)
  • Mar 25 Mario Peragallo, Italian composer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1996)
  • Mar 25 Magda Olivero, Italian soprano (Adriana Lecouvreur; La Voix Humaine), born in Saluzzo, Italy (d. 2014)
  • Apr 1 Harry Carney, American tenor and baritone jazz saxophonist (Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1927-74), born in Boston, Massachussets (d. 1974)
  • Apr 3 Homesick James [Williamson], American blues slide guitarist and singer (Elmore James band, 1955-62), born in Somerville, Tennessee (d. 2006) [date of birth variously reported as 1905, 1910, and 1914; surname also disputed]
  • Apr 10 Abu-Bakr Khairat, Egyptian composer, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1963)
  • Apr 14 Werner Wolf Glaser, German-Swedish composer, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 2006)
  • Apr 18 Sylvia Fisher, Australian operatic soprano (Albert Herring Opera), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1996)
  • Apr 26 Erland von Koch, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm (d. 2009)
  • Apr 26 Ernst Tittel, Austrian organist and composer, born in Sternberg, Moravia (d. 1969)
  • May 3 Alceo Galliera, Italian composer, born in Milan (d. 1996)
  • May 8 Mary Lou Williams, American jazz pianist and composer (Zodiac Suite), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1981)
  • May 11 Jorge Croner de Vasconcelos, Portuguese composer (d. 1974)
  • May 12 Gordon Jenkins, American arranger and orchestra leader (Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra), born in Webster Groves, Missouri (d. 1984)
  • May 23 Artie Shaw [Arthur Arshawsky], American bandleader, jazz clarinetist and actor ("Begin the Beguine"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • May 23 Benjamin "Scatman" Crothers, American singer, musician ("Television Blues"), and actor (Chico and the Man; The Shining), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (d. 1986)
  • May 24 Marģeris Zariņš, Latvian composer and writer, born in Jaunpiebalga, Russian Empire (d. 1993)
  • May 24 Nils-Eric Fougstedt, Finnish composer (Angoscia, Trittico sinfonico), born in Raisio, Finland (d. 1961)
  • May 27 Earl "Jock" Caruthers American jazz saxophonist (Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra, 1932-47), born in Monroe, Mississippi (d. 1971)

Person of interestT-Bone Walker

May 28 T-Bone Walker, American blues guitarist ("Funky Town"; "Well Done"), born in Linden, Texas (d. 1975)

Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter T-Bone Walker
Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
T-Bone Walker
  • May 28 Arthur Trappier, American jazz drummer (Blanche Calloway: Fats Waller), born in Georgetown, South Carolina (d. 1975)
  • Jun 6 Toshitsugu Ogiwara, Japanese composer, born in Osaka, Japan (d. 1992)
  • Jun 10 Howlin' Wolf [Chester Arthur Burnett], American blues singer, guitarist, and harmonica player ("Smokestack Lightnin'"; "Killing Floor"), born in White Station, Mississippi (d. 1976)
  • Jun 10 Robert Still, English composer, born in London (d. 1971)
  • Jun 11 Carmine Coppola, American composer and conductor (The Godfather II, Apocalypse Now), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • Jun 14 Rudolf Kempe, German conductor (Tonhalle Orchestra, 1965-72), born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1976)
  • Jun 15 Berend Giltay, Dutch composer, born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1975)
  • Jun 15 David Rose, American Emmy Award-winning composer ("The Stripper"; "Holiday For Strings"), and orchestra leader (The Red Skelton Show), born in London, England
  • Jun 16 Ilona Massey, actress and singer (Ilona Massey Show), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1974)
  • Jun 17 H. Owen Reed, American composer, born in Odessa, Missouri (d. 2014)
  • Jun 17 Red Foley, American country singer (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), born in Blue Lick, Kentucky (d. 1968)
  • Jun 18 Ray McKinley, American orchestra leader and jazz drummer (Glenn Miller Time), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1995)
  • Jun 21 Bela Tardos, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1966)
  • Jun 21 Charles Jones, composer, born in Tamworth, Ontario, Canada (d. 1997)
  • Jun 22 Wilhelm Demian, Romanian composer and conductor, born in Braşov
  • Jun 22 Peter Pears, English tenor (Death in Venice), born in Farnham, England (d. 1986)
  • Jun 23 Milt Hinton, American jazz bassist (Cab Calloway) and session musician, born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 2000)
  • Jun 24 Denis Dowling, New Zealand-born British operatic baritone, born in Ranfurly, South Island (d. 1996)
  • Jun 27 Karel Reiner, Czech composer, born in Žatec, Bohemia (d. 1979)
  • Jun 29 Frank Loesser, American songwriter and composer (Guys And Dolls, Baby It's Cold Outside), born in NYC, New York (d. 1969)
  • Jul 2 Earl Robinson, American composer, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1991)
  • Jul 2 William Douglas Denny, American composer, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1980)
  • Jul 4 Champion Jack [William Thomas] Dupree, American boxer and pianist, born in Irish Channel, New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1992)
  • Jul 6 Dorothy Kirsten, American operatic soprano (Time to Sing, Chevy Show), born in Montclair, New Jersey (d. 1992)
  • Jul 9 Harold Fox, American fashion designer and musician (d. 1996)
  • Jul 14 Peter Stadlen, pianist/critic
  • Jul 15 Ronald Binge, British composer (Elizabethan Serenade, Sailing By), born in Derby, England (d. 1979)
  • Jul 20 Vilém Tauský, Czech conductor and composer (d. 2004)
  • Aug 1 Walter Scharf, American film composer, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2003)
  • Aug 4 William Schuman, American composer (Pulitzer Prize, 1943), and administrator (Juilliard, 1945-61; Lincoln Center, 1961-68), born in New York City (d. 1992)
  • Aug 6 Friedrich Schroder, composer
  • Aug 12 Heinrich Sutermeister, Swiss composer (Romeo & Juliet)
  • Aug 14 Pierre Schaeffer, French electronics engineer and composer, born in Nancy, France (d. 1995)
  • Aug 15 Hugo Winterhalter, American composer, born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (d. 1973)
  • Aug 17 Erkki Aaltonen, Finnish composer, born in Hämeenlinna, Finland (d. 1990)
  • Aug 18 Herman Berlinski, Polish-American organist, composer and choral conductor (The Tetragrammaton), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 2001) [1]
  • Aug 24 Bernhard Heiden [Levi], German-American composer, born in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany (d. 2000)
  • Aug 29 Robert Pineda-Duque, Colombian composer, born in El Santuario, Colombia (d. 1977)
  • Sep 2 Bruce Boyce, singer/teacher
  • Sep 3 Dorothy Maynor, American soprano and founder (Harlem School of Arts), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1996)
  • Sep 14 Lehman Engel, American conductor and composer (Streetcar Named Desire), born in Jackson, Mississippi (d. 1982)
  • Sep 18 Josef Tal, Israeli composer (Israeli art music), born in Pinne, German Poland (d. 2008)
  • Sep 18 Leon Stein, American composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • Sep 19 Arthur Mullard, English actor, comedian and singer (Romany Jones), born in London (d. 1995)
  • Sep 22 Klement Slavicky, Czech composer (Siymfonietta No. 4 - Pax hominibus in universo orbi), born in Tovačov, Moravia (d. 1999)
  • Sep 23 Soulima Stravinsky, Swiss-American pianist, composer, and son of Igor Stravinsky, born in Lausanne, Switzerland (d. 1994)
  • Sep 24 Frank Pelleg [Pollack], Czech-Israeli harpsichordist, pianist, conductor and educator, born in Prague, Austria-Hungary (d. 1968) [1]
  • Oct 9 Phil Hanna, American singer (Once Upon a Tune), born in River Forest, Illinois (d. 1957)
  • Oct 10 Alan Frank, English composer and music publisher, born in London (d. 1994)
  • Oct 10 Milt Larkin, American jazz trumpeter and band leader, born in Navasota, Texas (d. 1996)
  • Oct 11 Eugene John Weigel, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1998)
  • Oct 13 Art Tatum [Arthur Tatum Jr], American jazz pianist and composer, born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1956)
  • Oct 13 Otto Joachim, German-Canadian composer, born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 2010)
  • Oct 16 William Leonard "Will" Reed, British pianist and composer, born in South London (d. 2002)
  • Oct 18 Vojislav Vuckovic, composer
  • Oct 28 Arthur Altman, American songwriter (All or Nothing at All), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • Nov 6 Arthur Cohn, American composer and writer on music, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1998)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 28 Jose Garcia Robles, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • Feb 15 Albert Fuchs, Swiss-German composer, dies at 51
  • Feb 16 Albert Heinrich Zabel, composer, dies at 75
  • Mar 10 Carl Reinecke, German pianist, composer and teacher (Undine Sonata), dies at 85
  • Mar 17 Joaquin Valverde Durán, Spanish composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 27 David Duffle Wood, composer, dies at 72
  • Mar 28 Édouard Colonne, French violinist and conductor, dies at 71
  • May 18 Florimond Van Duyse, Belgian composer, dies at 66
  • May 18 Pauline Viardot, French pianist, mezzo-soprano, and composer (Cendrillon), dies at 88
  • May 20 Jean-Baptiste Theodore Weckerlin, French composer, dies at 88
  • May 29 Mily Balakirev, Russian pianist and composer (Islamej; Tamara), dies at 73
  • Jun 16 Wendelin Weißheimer, German composer and conductor, dies at 72
  • Jun 28 Gustave Leon Huberti, Belgian composer, dies at 67
  • Jul 1 Marius Petipa, French ballet dancer/choreographer (Casse-noisette), dies at 92
  • Jul 4 Louis Bourgault-Ducoudray, composer, dies at 70
  • Jul 21 Johan Peter Selmer, Norwegian composer, dies at 66
  • Aug 5 Wojciech Gawronski, Polish composer, dies at 42
  • Aug 16 Charles Lenepveu, French composer, dies at 69
  • Aug 20 Arthur Coquard, French composer, dies at 64
  • Aug 31 Emīls Dārziņš, Latvian composer, dies at 34
  • Sep 5 Franz Xaver Haberl, German priest and musicologist (Magister choralis), dies at 70
  • Sep 5 Julian Edwards, American composer, dies at 54
  • Sep 24 Rudolf Dellinger, German Bohemian composer, dies at 53
  • Oct 17 Julia Ward Howe, American poet and author (Battle Hymn of the Republic), dies at 91
  • Oct 25 Hermann Kipper, German music teacher and composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 10 Pablo Hernandez Salces, composer, dies at 76