February 1927 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Feb 16 Noël Coward's "Marquise" premieres in London

  • Feb 17 Deems Taylor's opera "The King's Henchman", with libretto by Edna St. Vincent Millay, premieres at the Metropolitan Opera, NYC
  • Feb 18 1st US radio broadcast of "Cities Service Concerts"
  • Feb 21 Franz Lehár's opera "Der Zarewitsch" premieres

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 2 Richard Vance Maxfield, composer
  • Feb 2 Stan Getz [Stanley Gayetski], American big band, bebop, cool jazz, and bossa nova tenor saxophonist (Woody Herman; Getz/Gilberto), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • Feb 3 Val Doonican [Michael Valentine], Irish singer and entertainer, born in Waterford (d. 2015)
  • Feb 7 John Buller, British composer, born in London (d. 2004)
  • Feb 7 Juliette Gréco, French singer (Sous le ciel de Paris) and actress, born in Montpellier, France (d. 2020) [1]
  • Feb 7 Laurence "Laurie" Johnson, British film and television score composer (Dr. Strangelove; The Avengers), born in Hampstead, England
  • Feb 8 Zdeněk Zouhar, Czech composer, and teacher, born in Kotvrdovice, Czechoslovakia[(d. 2011)
  • Feb 9 Joe Maneri, American jazz composer, saxophone and clarinet player (Boston Microtonal Society), born in Brooklyn, NYC (d. 2009)
  • Feb 10 Brian Priestman, British conductor and teacher, born in Birmingham, England (d. 2014)

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Feb 10 American opera soprano (Porgy & Bess, Aida; Metropolitan Opera. 1961-85), born in Laurel, Mississippi

  • Feb 11 Michel Sénéchal, French operatic tenor, and educator, born in Paris (d. 2018)
  • Feb 15 Gottfrid Gräsbeck, Finnish choral director, and composer, born in Turku, Finland (d. 2010)
  • Feb 21 Pierre Mercure, Canadian composer (Kaléidoscope), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1966)
  • Feb 22 David Ahlstrom, American composer, born in Lancaster, New York (d. 1992)
  • Feb 22 Guy Mitchell [Albert George Cernik], American singer and actor (Red Garters; 3 Redheads from Seattle), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • Feb 23 Ivan Hrušovský, Slovak composer and educator (Rytmus), born in Bratislava, Slovakia (d. 2001)
  • Feb 25 Jacques-Louis Monod, French pianist, conductor, and composer (Cantus Contra Cantum), born in Asnières, France (d. 2020)
  • Feb 25 Ralph Stanley, American bluegrass musician, born in Dickenson County, Virginia (d. 2016)
  • Feb 25 René Thomas, Belgian jazz guitarist, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1975)
  • Feb 26 Donald Gramm, American concert and opera bass-baritone, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1983)
  • Feb 28 Don Helms, American steel guitarist (Hank Williams's Drifting Cowboys; Patsy Cline), born in New Brockton, Alabama (d. 2008)

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 4 Thomas Laub, Danish organist and composer, dies at 74
  • Feb 5 Inayat Khan, Indian singer, musicologist, and philosopher (founder of Sufi Order - London, 1914), dies at 44
  • Feb 6 Daniel François Scheurleer, Dutch musicologist and banker, dies at 71
  • Feb 19 Robert Fuchs, Austrian composer, and teacher (Vienna Conservatory, 1875-1912), dies at 80
  • Feb 23 Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsson, Icelandic composer (Lofsöngur - National Anthem of Iceland), dies at 79