Year 1919 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 18 Composer and statesman Ignacy Jan Paderewski becomes Polish Prime Minister
  • Feb 3 Herbert and Blossom's musical "Velvet Lady" premieres in New York City
  • Mar 5 Louis Hirsch & Harold Atteridge's musical premieres in NYC
  • Apr 19 Opera "Monsieur Beaucaire" is produced (London)
  • May 17 Maurice Ravel's orchestral piece "Alborada del gracioso" premieres in Paris by the Pasdeloup Orchestra
  • Oct 10 Richard Strauss and Hugo van Hofmannsthal's opera "Die Frau ohne Schatten" (The Woman Without A Shadow), premieres in Vienna, Austria
  • Oct 23 Orchestra Hall, designed by C. Howard Crane opens in Detroit, Michigan; home of the Detroit Symphony, 1919-39 and 1989 to present, also known as The Paradise Theater, featuring top jazz performers and films, 1941-51
  • Oct 23 Romberg & Atteridge's musical "Passing Show" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 26 B C Hilliam's musical "Buddies" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 26 Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, his last notable work, premieres at Queen's Hall, London
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Musicians Married in 1919

  • Dec 19 Composer and songwriter Cole Porter (28) weds socialite Linda Lee Thomas (36)

Musicians Who Died in 1919

  • Jan 16 Jaroslav Jeremiáš, Czech pianist and composer, dies at 19
  • Feb 2 Xavier Henry Napoleon Leroux, French composer, dies at 55
  • Feb 21 Giovanni Bolzoni, Italian composer and violinist, dies at 77
  • Feb 24 Josephine McGill, composer, dies at 41
  • Mar 5 Jozef Surzynski, composer, dies at 67

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