On This Day in Music for January 13

Events in Music

  • 1882 Richard Wagner completes his opera "Parsifal"
  • 1903 Rhodes Opera House burns in Boyertown, Pennsylvania killing 170
  • 1904 Béla Bartók's symphonic poem "Kossuth" premieres by the Budapest Philharmonic Society in Budapest
  • 1914 IWW-leader/songwriter Joe Hill arrested "Girl from Utah" East-Prussia
  • 1945 Sergei Prokofiev's 5th Symphony premieres by the USSR State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Prokofiev, in the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory
  • 1949 "Along 5th Avenue" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 180 performances
  • 1962 "Do Re Mi" closes at St James Theater NYC after 400 performances
  • 1962 Chubby Checker's song "The Twist", credited with starting The Twist Dance Craze, goes to #1 in the charts two years after first reaching number one spot
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Musicians Born on Jan 13

  • 1683 Johann Christoph Graupner, German harpsichordist and Baroque composer, born in Hartmannsdorf, Saxony (d. 1760)
  • 1690 Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel, German composer and librettist, born in Grünstädtel, Saxony (d. 1749)
  • 1727 Johann Christoph Schmügel, German organist and composer (baptized in Pritzier, Swedish Pomerania (now Germany) (d. 1798)
  • 1734 Luca Sorkocevic, composer
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