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Events in Music

  • Jan 26 Richard Strauss's opera "Die Rosenkavalier" premieres, Dresden
  • Feb 5 Society of Dutch Composers forms in Amsterdam
  • Feb 25 Victor Herbert's opera "Natoma" premieres in Philadelphia
  • Mar 13 Ivan Caryll's musical "Pink Lady" premieres in NYC
  • May 19 Maurice Ravel's opera "L'Heure Espagnole" premieres in Paris
  • Nov 18 Opera "Lobetanz" first American performance
  • Dec 7 Leslie J Stuart's musical "Betsy" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 23 Opera "I Gioielli Della Madonna" is produced (Berlin)
  • Dec 29 San Francisco Symphony forms

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 1 Endre Szervanszky, composer [or Dec 27]
  • Jan 6 Yannis Andreou Papaioannou, composer
  • Jan 8 Andrej Ocenas, composer
  • Jan 14 George Amadee Tremblay, composer
  • Jan 14 Helmut Degen, composer
  • Jan 17 Hermann Pfrogner, Austrian musicologist (Zerrissene Orpheus)
  • Jan 18 Gabor Darvas, composer
  • Jan 22 Bruno Kreisky, Austrian bandleader/chancellor (1970-83)
  • Jan 22 Roberto Garcia Morillo, composer
  • Jan 22 Suzanne Danco, Belgian opera singer
  • Jan 23 Dan Smith, harmonica/gospel singer
  • Jan 26 Norbert Schultze, composer
  • Jan 27 Benay Venuta [Benvenuta Rose Crooke], American actress, singer and dancer (Annie Get Your Gun, Call Me Mister), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1995)
  • Jan 30 Roy Eldridge, American jazz trumpet player (Gene Krupa, Artie Shaw), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1989)
  • Feb 2 Jean-Jacques Grunenwald, French organist/composer
  • Feb 2 Johan J "Jussi" Bjorling, Swedish tenor
  • Feb 3 Jehan [Ariste] Alain, French organist/composer
  • Feb 3 Jesse Thomas, blues singer
  • Feb 19 Nikola Hercigonja, composer
  • Feb 20 Robert Guyn McBride, composer (Mexican Rhapsody), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Feb 24 Konrad Lechner, composer
  • Mar 3 Francesco Siciliani, opera composer
  • Mar 6 Roland Jacobi Leich, composer
  • Mar 7 Stefan Kisielewski, composer
  • Mar 8 Alan Hovhaness, Armenian-American composer (Lousadzak, Ukiyo), born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 2000)
  • Mar 9 Ramon Campbell Batista, Chilean physician composer, born in Quilpué, Chile (d. 2000)
  • Mar 13 Jose Ardevol, Cuban composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1981)
  • Mar 17 Raffaele d' Alessandro, composer
  • Mar 30 Dennis Gomm, British composer and musician (d. 1995)
  • Mar 31 Elisabeth Grümmer, German soprano (d. 1986)
  • Apr 1 Gunther Rennert, opera director and producer, born in Essen, Germany
  • Apr 2 Charles "Honi" Coles, American actor and tap dancer (Tito Suarez-Dirty Dancing), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • Apr 3 Watkins Shaw, British musicologist, born in Bradford, Yorkshire (d. 1996)
  • Apr 5 Goddard Lieberson, English composer and President of Columbia Records, born in Hanley, Staffordshire, England (d. 1977)
  • Apr 6 Phyllis Margaret Duncan Tate, composer
  • Apr 10 Martin Denny, musician (Exotica), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • Apr 13 Nino Sanzogno, Italian composer, born in Venice (d. 1983)
  • Apr 16 Christine McIntyre, American actress and singer (The Three Stooges, The Rangers' Round-Up), born in Nogales, Arizona (d. 1984)
  • Apr 19 Francesco Maria Saraceni, composer
  • Apr 21 Leonard Warren, American baritone (Met-1939-60) who died on stage, born in NYC, New York (d. 1960)
  • Apr 30 Hans Studer, Swiss composer, born in Murii (d. 1984)
  • May 2 Lillian Rambach, teacher violinist
  • May 3 John Rhea "Yank" Lawson, American jazz trumpeter (Dogtown Blues, Stormy Weather), born in Trenton, Missouri (d. 1995)

Person of interestRobert Johnson

May 8 Robert Johnson, American blues singer (King of Delta Blues Singers), born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi (d. 1938)

Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson
Singer and guitarist
Robert Johnson
  • May 13 Maxine Sullivan [Marietta Williams], American jazz vocalist and performer (Going Places), born in Homestead, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • May 14 Hans Vogt, German composer, born in Danzig (d. 1992)
  • May 18 Joe Turner, KC, blues singer (Corrine Corrina, Shake Rattle & Roll)
  • May 23 Boris Kremenliev, composer
  • Jun 7 Franz Reizenstein, German-British composer, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1968)
  • Jun 7 Silas Roy Crain, American singer, Founder of Soul Stirrers Gospel Quartet, born in Augustine, Texas (d. 1996)
  • Jun 10 Ralph Kirkpatrick, American musician, musicologist and harpsichordist (Domenico Scarlatti), born in Leominster, Massachusetts (d. 1984)
  • Jun 22 Guus Jansen, Dutch jazz organist, pianist, composer (Net als Toen), born in Heiloo, the Netherlands (d. 1990)
  • Jun 27 V. K. Narayana Menon, Indian classical dance scholar, born in Kerala, India (d. 1997)
  • Jun 29 Bernard Herrmann, American composer (Citizen Kane; Psycho; Taxi Driver), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)
  • Jul 1 Alvino Rey, orchestra leader (King Family), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jul 6 Laverne Andrews, American singer (Andrews Sisters), born in Mound, Minnesota (d. 1967)
  • Jul 7 Gian-Carlo Menotti, Italian composer (Amahl & Night Visitors)
  • Jul 7 Joan Perry [Elizabeth Rosiland Miller], American film actress, model, and singer (Hands of a Stranger), born in Pensacola, Florida (d. 1996)
  • Jul 8 Gertrude Niesen, American actress, comedian, and songwriter (Start Cheering, Rookies on Parade), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)

Person of interestGinger Rogers

Jul 16 Ginger Rogers [Virginia McMath], American actress, dancer and singer (Top Hat, Kitty Foyle), born in Independence, Missouri (d. 1995)

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
  • Jul 20 William Dillard, trumpeter/singer
  • Jul 29 Jan Cikker, Slovak composer, born in Banská Bystrica, Austria-Hungary
  • Jul 31 George Liberace, American violinist (Liberace Show), born in Menasha, Wisconsin (d. 1983)
  • Aug 1 Kenneth Loveless, priest folk musician (d. 1995)
  • Aug 14 Jan Koetsier, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (d. 2006)
  • Aug 23 Carl Dolmetsch, French music director (Haslemere Festival), born in Fontenay-sous-Bois, France (d. 1997)
  • Aug 25 Jacopo Napoli, Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1994)
  • Aug 26 Lester Lanin, orchestra leader (40 Beatle Hits)
  • Sep 1 Komei Abe, Japanese composer, born in Hiroshima (d. 2006)
  • Sep 2 Rene Amengual, composer
  • Sep 11 Bola de Nieve, Cuban pianist (d. 1971)
  • Sep 13 Bill Monroe, Rosine Ky, country singer (Blue Moon of Kentucky)
  • Sep 15 Silas Hogan, blues singer/guitarist
  • Sep 19 Gustaf Allan Pettersson, composer
  • Sep 19 Weldon Hart, American composer (d. 1957)
  • Sep 20 Frank De Vol, American composer (theme songs to Family Affair, The Brady Bunch), born in Moundsville, West Virginia (d. 1999)
  • Sep 20 Jan Mul, Dutch composer, born in Haarlem (d. 1971)
  • Sep 25 Lionel Henry Nowak, composer
  • Oct 1 Irwin Kostal, orchestra leader (Garry Moore Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 7 Jo Jones, American jazz drummer, born in Chicago, Illinois (1985)
  • Oct 7 Vaughn Monroe, singer/orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Oct 7 Shura Cherkassky, Ukrainian classical pianist (d. 1995)
  • Oct 13 Ticker Freeman, pianist (Dinah Shore Show), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Oct 19 George Cates, American orchestra leader (Lawrence Welk Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 21 Vladimir Ussachevsky, Manchurian/US composer (Creation) [NS=Nov 3]
  • Oct 24 Sonny Terry, blind Piedmont blues musician, born in Greensboro, Georgia (d. 1986)

Person of interestMahalia Jackson

Oct 26 Mahalia Jackson, gospel singer (Whole World in his Hands), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Gospel Singer Mahalia Jackson
Gospel Singer
Mahalia Jackson
  • Nov 3 Vladimir Ussachevsky, Hailar Manchuria, composer (Creation)
  • Nov 4 Ssamu Shimizu, composer
  • Nov 12 Buck Clayton, American jazz trumpet player (d. 1991)
  • Nov 30 Jorge Negrete [Moreno], Mexican singer and actor (The Rebel, La madrina del diablo), born in Guanajuato, Mexico (d. 1953)
  • Dec 3 Dana Suesse, songwriter (You Ought to be in Pictures)
  • Dec 3 Nino Rota, composer (Torquemada), born in Milan, Italy
  • Dec 5 Władysław Szpilman, Polish pianist (d. 2000)
  • Dec 8 Nikos Gatsos, Greek poet and lyricist (d. 1992)
  • Dec 12 Anna Russell, composer
  • Dec 14 Spike Jones [Lindley Armstrong Jones], American bandleader (Der Fueher's Face, Cocktails For Two), born in Long Beach, California (d. 1965)
  • Dec 15 Stan Kenton, [Newcomb], Wichita Ks, jazz musician (Music 55)
  • Dec 21 Paul Burkhard, composer
  • Dec 27 Endre Szervanszky, composer [or Jan 1]

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 11 Actress Hattie McDaniel (16) weds pianist Howard Hickman (30)


Deaths in Music

  • Jan 9 Edwin Arthur Jones, American composer (Song of our Saviour), dies at 57
  • Jan 15 Wilhelm Berger, German composer, pianist and conductor, dies at 49
  • Jan 24 Carl Eilhardt, composer, dies at 67
  • Feb 20 Alexander Alexandrovich Kopilov, composer, dies at 56
  • Feb 20 Peter Nicolai von Wilm, composer, dies at 76
  • Mar 20 Jean-Theodore Radoux, Belgian composer, dies at 75
  • Mar 29 Felix Alexandre Guilmant, composer, dies at 74
  • Apr 10 Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis, composer, dies at 35
  • May 18 Gustav Mahler, Austr composer (Children's Death Songs), dies at 50
  • Jun 14 Johan Severin Svendsen, composer, dies at 70
  • Jun 18 Franjo Zaver Kuhac, composer, dies at 76
  • Jul 2 Felix Mottl, Austrian conductor and composer (Agnes Bernauer), dies at 54
  • Jul 25 Filippo Capocci, composer, dies at 71
  • Aug 10 Carl Lumbye, Danish composer, dies at 70
  • Aug 16 Karl Munzinger, composer, dies at 68
  • Sep 18 Russian Premier Peter Stolypin (1906-11), shot and murdered at the Kiev Opera House aged 49
  • Oct 5 Charles-Theodore Malherbe, composer, dies at 58
  • Nov 3 Salvador Giner y Vidal, composer, dies at 79
  • Nov 9 Edmund Schuecker, composer, dies at 50
  • Dec 11 Thomas Ball, US sculptor/painter/singer, dies at 92
  • Dec 18 Alberto Randegger, Italian composer, dies at 79
  • Dec 23 Karl L Hoschna, composer, dies at 34