On This Day in Music for January 26

Events in Music

  • 1911 Richard Strauss's opera "Die Rosenkavalier" premieres at the Königliches Opernhaus in Dresden, Germany
  • 1936 Joseph Stalin views Dmitri Shostakovich's opera "Lady Macbeth" but he and his officials leave early and the play is denounced in state press
  • 1957 Francis Poulenc's opera "Dialogue des Carmelites" premieres at La Scala, in Milan
  • 1961 "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" by Elvis Presley hits #1
  • 1962 Bishop Burke of Buffalo Catholic dioceses declares Chubby Checker's "The Twist" to be impure and bans it from all Catholic schools
  • 1962 David Diamond's 7th Symphony, premieres in Philadelphia
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Musicians Who Died on Jan 26

  • 1706 Guillaume Poitevin, French serpent (now obscure bass wind instrument) player, maître de chapelle and composer, dies at 59
  • 1795 Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, German composer and 5th son of Johann Sebastian Bach, dies at 62
  • 1798 Christian Gottlob Neefe, German composer, conductor and tutor of Ludwig van Beethoven, dies at 49
  • 1803 Georg von Pasterwiz, Austrian composer, dies at 72
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