On This Day

Events in Music in 1897

Music History

Jan 10 Vincent d'Indy's "Istar" premieres in Amsterdam & Brussels

  • Feb 5 1st showing of a motion picture in Hawaii at the Hawaiian Opera House
  • Mar 9 Premiere of (parts of) Gustav Mahler's 3rd Symphony (Berlin)
  • Mar 12 Vincent d'Indy's opera "Fervaal" premieres in Brussels
  • May 18 Irish Music Festival 1st held in Dublin

Music History

May 18 Paul Dukas' symphonic scherzo "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice" (used in Disney's Fantasia film) premieres, based on poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • Aug 3 John McNally's musical "Good Mr Best" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 18 Gustave Kecker/Hugh Martin's musical "Belle of New York City" premieres in NYC

Appointment of Interest

Oct 8 Emperor Franz Joseph I names Gustav Mahler Director of the Vienna Court Opera