February 1921 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Feb 17 Arthur Honegger's chamber piece "Pastorale D'ete" premieres

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 5 John Pritchard, British conductor (Cologne Opera, 1978-8; San Francisco Opera, 1986-89), born in Walthamstow, Essex, England (d. 1989)
  • Feb 10 Adrian Cruft, British composer, born in London, England (d. 1987)
  • Feb 13 Wardell Gray, American swing and bebop jazz tenor saxophonist, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1955)
  • Feb 14 Jeanne Demessieux, French organist and composer (Te Deum), born in Montpellier, France (d. 1968)

Vera-Ellen (1921-1981)

Feb 16 American actress and dancer (White Christmas; Big Leaguer; On the Town), born in Norwood, Ohio

  • Feb 19 Claude Rene Georges Pascal, French composer, born in Paris, France (d. 2017)
  • Feb 20 Mervin Shiner, American honky-tonk country and hillbilly singer, born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 20 Ruth Gipps, British prolific conductor and composer, born in Bexhill-on-Sea, England (d. 1999)
  • Feb 24 Ingvar Lidholm, Swedish composer (Toccata e Canto), born in Jönköping, Sweden (d. 2017)
  • Feb 26 Betty Hutton [Elizabeth June Thornburg], American actress, dancer, singer and comedian (Greatest Show on Earth), born in Battle Creek, Michigan (d. 2007)
  • Feb 27 András Szőllősy, Hungarian composer, and musicologist (cataloged works of Béla Bartók), born in Orăştie, Hungary (d. 2007)
  • Feb 28 Donald H. White, American composer (Lyric Suite for Euphonium and Winds; Tuba Sonata) and educator, born in Narberth, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • Feb 28 Vladimir Sommer, Czech composer, born in Dolní Jiřetín, Czech Republic (d. 1997)

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 2 Luigi Mancinelli, composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 3 Max Wilhelm Zach, Polish-American violinist and conductor (Boston Symphony 1896-1907; St. Louis Symphony, 1907-21), dies at 56
  • Feb 15 Hans Haym, German conductor, dies at 60