October 1919 in Music History

Events in Music

Music Premiere

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

Music Premiere

Oct 26 Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, his last notable work, premieres at Queen's Hall, London

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 3 Walter Gieseler, German composer, born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1999)
  • Oct 8 Hal Singer, American jazz and R&B saxophonist ("Corn Bread"), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2020) [1]
  • Oct 9 Rezső Sugár, Hungarian composer (Savonarola), and pedagogue, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1988)
  • Oct 11 Art Blakey, American drummer (Billy Eckstine Band; Jazz Messengers), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1990)
  • Oct 12 Andre Casanova, composer, born in Paris (d. 2009)
  • Oct 14 Joseph de Pasquale, American violist (Boston Symphony, 1949-64: Philadelphia Orchestra, 1964-96), and educator (Curtis Institute, 1965-2015), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • Oct 18 Anita O'Day [Colton], American jazz singer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • Oct 18 Camilla Williams, American operatic soprano, born in Danville, Virginia (d. 2012)
  • Oct 23 Katie Lee, American folk singer, environmentalist and author (Colorado River Songs), born in Aledo, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • Oct 27 Babs Gonzales [Lee Brown], American be-bop jazz vocalist, poet, and songwriter ("Oop-Pop-A-Da"), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1980)

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 3 Daniel Brink Towner, American hymn composer, dies at 69
  • Oct 5 Jean Louis Nicodé, Prussian pianist and composer, dies at 66
  • Oct 16 Charles Harford Lloyd, British organist and composer, dies on his 70th birthday
  • Oct 21 Sven August Körling, Swedish composer, dies at 77