1912 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jun 26 Gustav Mahler's 9th Symphony premieres in Vienna

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Sep 3 Arnold Schoenberg's "Funf Orchesterstucke" premieres

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg

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Sep 27 W. C. Handy publishes "Memphis Blues", considered the 1st blues song

Musician and Father of the Blues W. C. Handy
Musician and Father of the Blues
W. C. Handy

Music concertMusic Concert

Nov 7 The Deutsche Opernhaus (now Deutsche Oper Berlin) opens in the Berlin neighborhood of Charlottenburg, with a production of Beethoven's Fidelio.

  • Dec 12 Rudolf Friml and Otto Harbach's musical "Firefly" premieres in New York City

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 2 Andre Ameller, composer
  • Jan 2 Barbara Pentland, Winnipeg Canada, composer
  • Jan 7 Günter Wand, German conductor, composer (d. 2002)
  • Jan 8 Rudolf G Escher, Dutch composer (True Face of Peace)
  • Jan 17 Orest Alexandrovich Evlahkov, composer
  • Feb 2 Burton Lane, Broadway composer (Finian's Rainbow)
  • Feb 4 Erich Leinsdorf, Austrian-born American conductor, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1993)
  • Feb 5 Zoltan Pongracz, composer
  • Feb 8 Simon Jurovsky, composer
  • Feb 11 Rudolf Firkusny, Napajedla Czechoslovakia, pianist (Julliard)
  • Feb 16 Machito "Frank Grillo", Florida, bandleader (created salsa music)
  • Feb 19 Saul Chaplin, American composer (d. 1997)
  • Feb 21 Nikita Magaloff, Russian/Swiss pianist (Arkadia 598-Schubert)
  • Feb 24 Julius Kowalski, composer
  • Mar 11 Xavier Montsalvatge, Spanish composer (El gato con botas)
  • Mar 12 Paul Weston [Wetstein], American orchestra leader (Jim Nabors Hour, Crescent City Suite), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1996)
  • Mar 13 Ernst Hess, Swiss composer, born in Schaffhausen (d. 1968)
  • Mar 13 Igor Youskevitch, dancer
  • Mar 14 Les Brown, Reinerton Pa, American bandleader (d. 2001)

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Mar 15 Lightnin' [Sam] Hopkins, American blues musician (Ball of Twine), born in Centerville, Texas (d. 1982)

Blues Singer Lightnin Hopkins
Blues Singer
Lightnin Hopkins
  • Mar 19 Russ Case, Hamburg Iowa, orchestra leader (Julius La Rosa Show)
  • Mar 27 Reuel Lahmer, composer
  • Mar 27 Robert Watson Hughes, composer
  • Apr 2 Herbert Mills, American singer, (The Mills Brothers), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1989)
  • Apr 6 Endre Szekely, composer
  • Apr 14 Belinda Quirey, dance historian/teacher
  • Apr 14 Piet van Egmond, Dutch organist/conductor (Neth Chamber Orchestra)
  • Apr 21 Feike P Asma, Dutch organist
  • Apr 22 Gavalda Miguel Querol, composer
  • Apr 22 Kathleen Mary Ferrier, England, contralto (Orfeo Ed Evridice)
  • May 1 Anna Pollak, mezzo-soprano
  • May 1 Felipe Padilla de Leon, composer
  • May 3 Virgil Fox, American organist (d. 1980)
  • May 4 Lou Brown, orchestra leader (Jerry Lewis Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 10 Erik Jorgensen, composer
  • May 12 Marshall Royal, jazz sax/clarinet
  • May 13 Gil Evans, Canadian musician (d. 1988)
  • May 15 Arthur Victor Berger, American composer (Ideas of Order), born in NYC, New York
  • May 17 Sandor Vegh, violinist teacher conductor
  • May 18 Perry Como, [Pierino], Canonsburg Pa, singer/TV (Perry Como Show)
  • May 24 Joan Hammond, Australian operatic soprano, born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1996)
  • May 25 Eddie Maxwell, singer (Yes We Have No Bananas)
  • May 31 Alfred Deller, English countertenor (d. 1979)
  • Jun 9 Edgar Evans, Welsh tenor (Covent Garden Opera Company), born in Cardiganshire (d. 2007)
  • Jun 9 Ingolf Dahl, composer (Andante & Arioso), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Jun 11 Mukhtar Ashrafi, composer
  • Jun 12 Eddie Williams, blues/Jazz Bassist
  • Jun 19 Jerry Jerome, American saxophonist (Words & Music), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 19 Virginia MacWatters, American soprano (d. 2005)
  • Jun 22 Vit Nejedly, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1945)
  • Jun 28 Sergiu Celibidache, conductor
  • Jun 29 Jose Pablo Moncayo Garcia, composer (Huapango), born in Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Jun 30 [J] Tibor de Machula, Hungarian/Dutch cellist
  • Jul 7 Tiny Alma, [Catharina E J Stam], operetta singer (Vienna Blood)
  • Jul 8 Jacques Stehman, composer
  • Jul 14 Woodrow Wilson "Woodie" Guthrie, folk singer (This Land Is Your Land)
  • Jul 16 Ray Barr, American pianist (Vincent Lopez Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 27 Igor Markevitch, conductor (Le Paradis Perdu), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • Jul 27 Vernon Elliott, British bassoonist and composer (d. 1996)
  • Aug 4 David Raksin, American composer renown for his work in film and TV (Laura, Modern Times), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • Aug 10 Herman Strategier, Dutch organist/composer/conductor
  • Aug 21 Bruce Trent [William Butters], British singer and actor (The Passing Show, Band Waggon), born in St. Helier, Channel Islands (d. 1995)
  • Aug 23 Gene Kelly, American dancer and actor (An American in Paris, Going My Way), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • Aug 31 Ramon Vinay, Chilean operatic tenor, born in Chillán, Chile (d. 1996)
  • Sep 5 John Cage, American composer (Imaginary Landscape No 1/O'O), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1992)
  • Sep 6 Wayne Barlow, composer
  • Sep 15 Gisela Hernandez Gonzalo, composer
  • Sep 19 Kurt Sanderling, Arys Germany, conductor (E Berlin Symph 1960-77)
  • Sep 21 György Sándor, Hungarian pianist (d. 2005)
  • Sep 27 Tauno Marttinen, composer
  • Oct 3 Gabriel Julian, original pianist of Bobby Byrne Orchestra, arranger for Glenn Miller and founder Alabama Cavaliers Jazz Ens
  • Oct 4 Alfonso Letelier-Llonas, composer
  • Oct 13 Hugo David Weisgall, Ivancice Moravia, composer (4 Impressions)
  • Oct 21 Carlos Don Byas, US jazz saxophonist
  • Oct 21 Georg Solti, conductor (Fidelio), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Oct 27 Conlon Nancarrow, American composer (Soundings 4), born in Texarkana, Arkansas (d. 1997)
  • Oct 31 Dale Evans, American actress and singer (Roy Rogers Show), born in Uvalde, Texas (d. 2001)
  • Nov 2 Jouko Paavo Kalervo Tolonen, Finnish composer, born in Porvoo, Finland (d. 1986)
  • Nov 4 Vadim Nikolayevich Salmanov, composer
  • Nov 8 Jean-Louis Martinet, composer
  • Nov 10 Salvador Contreras, Mexican composer ( Grupo de los cuatro), born in Cuerámaro, Guanajuato (d. 1982)
  • Nov 21 Eleanor Powell, American actress and tap dancer (Born to Dance, Born to Dance), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1982)
  • Nov 24 Theodore "Teddy" Wilson, US jazz pianist/arranger
  • Nov 26 Gunnar Johannes Sonstevold, composer
  • Nov 29 Viola Smith, American drummer (one of the first professional female drummers)
  • Nov 30 Constant Stotijn, Dutch oboist (Residence Orchestra)
  • Dec 1 Terence Beckles, pianist/teacher
  • Dec 7 Daniel Jones, composer
  • Dec 25 Leighton Noble, singer/bandleader
  • Dec 25 Werner Fussan, composer
  • Dec 29 Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Australian composer (Triad), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 15 Louis van Westerhoven, Dutch actor, singer and opera director (Youth), dies at 58
  • Apr 30 František Kmoch, Czech composer, dies at 63
  • May 26 Jan Blockx, Belgian opera composer (Bride of the Sea), dies at 61
  • Aug 13 Jules EF Massenet, French opera composer (Werther, Manon), dies at 70
  • Aug 19 Alfonse Hasselmans, composer, dies at 67
  • Sep 1 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, African-British composer (Hiawatha's Wedding Feast), dies at 37
  • Sep 30 Mary Frances Allitsen, composer, dies at 63
  • Oct 3 Guido Papini, composer, dies at 65
  • Oct 8 Wilhelm Kuhe, composer, dies at 88
  • Oct 30 Jan Karol Gali, composer, dies at 56
  • Nov 6 Mykola Vytal'yevich Lysenko, composer, dies at 70
  • Nov 11 Joseph Wieniawski, composer, dies at 75