1912 in Music

Events in Music

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

Music concertMusic Concert

Sep 3 Arnold Schoenberg's "Funf Orchesterstucke" (Five Pieces for Orchestra) premieres in London at a Promenade Concert

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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 [Francisco "Frank" Grillo], Latin jazz musician and creator of Cubop and salsa music (Afro-Cubans), born in Havana, Cuba - NB: birth date and location disputed (d. 1984)
  • 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 pianist and 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, Russian-Ukrainian ballet dancer, born in Pyriatyn, Poltava Oblast, Ukraine (d. 1994)
  • Mar 14 Les Brown, American big band leader (His Band of Renown - "Sentimental Journey"), born in Reinerton, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)

Person of interestLightnin Hopkins

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, born in Maple, Ontario
  • Mar 27 Robert Watson Hughes, Scottish-Australian composer, born in Levan, Inverclyde, Scotland (d. 2007)
  • 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 Asma, Dutch organist and conductor, born in Den Helder, Amsterdam (d. 1984)
  • 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, born in Princeton, Illinois (d. 1980)
  • May 4 Lou Brown, American orchestra leader (Jerry Lewis Show), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 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, Soviet-Uzbek composer, born in Bukhara, Uzbekistan (d. 1975)
  • 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, Romanian conductor, composer, educator (Munich Philharmonic 1979-1996), born in Roman, Moldavia, Romania (d. 1996)
  • Jun 29 José Pablo Moncayo, Mexican composer (Huapango), born in Guadalajara, Mexico (d. 1958)
  • 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] Woody Guthrie, American folk singer (This Land Is Your Land), born in Okemah, Oklahoma (d. 1967)
  • Jul 16 Ray Barr, American pianist (Vincent Lopez Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)
  • Jul 27 Igor Markevitch, Russian conductor (Le Paradis Perdu), born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1983)
  • Jul 27 Vernon Elliott, British bassoonist and composer, born in London (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, American composer, born in Elyria, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • Sep 15 Gisela Hernandez Gonzalo, composer
  • Sep 19 Kurt Sanderling, German conductor (E Berlin Symph 1960-77), born in Arys, German Empire (d. 2011)
  • Sep 21 György Sándor, Hungarian pianist, born in Budapest (d. 2005)
  • Sep 27 Tauno Marttinen, Finnish composer, born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 2008)
  • 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 Weisgall, American composer (4 Impressions), born in Ivančice, Czech Republic (d. 1997)
  • Oct 21 Carlos Don Byas, US jazz saxophonist
  • Oct 21 Georg Solti, Hungarian-born conductor (Fidelio), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1997)
  • 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, Russian composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1978)
  • 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 and conductor, dies at 63
  • May 26 Jan Blockx, Belgian opera composer (Bride of the Sea), dies at 61
  • Aug 13 Jules 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, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 65
  • Oct 8 Wilhelm Kuhe, composer, dies at 88
  • Oct 30 Jan Karol Gali, composer, dies at 56
  • Nov 6 Mykola Lysenko, Ukranian composer, conductor and ethnomusicologist, dies at 70
  • Nov 11 Joseph Wieniawski, composer, dies at 75