On This Day

Events in Music in 1902

  • Jan 25 Aleksandr Skriabin's 2nd Symphony in C premieres in St Petersburg
  • Feb 18 Opera "Hunchback of Notre Dame" premieres in Monte Carlo

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Feb 18 Jules Massenet's opera "Le jongleur de Notre-Dame" premieres in Monte Carlo

Composer Jules Massenet
Composer
Jules Massenet

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Mar 8 1st performance of Jean Sibelius' 2nd Symphony, his most popular, by the Helsinki Philharmonic Society

Composer Jean Sibelius
Composer
Jean Sibelius

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Mar 18 Italian operatic tenor Enrico Caruso becomes 1st well-known performer to make a record

Operatic Tenor Enrico Caruso
Operatic Tenor
Enrico Caruso

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Mar 18 Arnold Schoenberg's "Verklärte Nacht" premieres in Vienna

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg

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Apr 5 Maurice Ravel's "Pavane pour une infante defunte (Pavane for A Dead Princess)" premieres in Paris, performed by Spanish pianist Ricardo Viñes

Composer and Pianist Maurice Ravel
Composer and Pianist
Maurice Ravel

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Apr 30 Claude Debussy's only completed opera "Pelléas et Mélisande" premieres in Paris

Composer Claude Debussy
Composer
Claude Debussy
  • Jun 16 "The Wizard of Oz" musical first opens in Chicago, Illinois

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Jun 23 Monument to composer Gioachino Rossini unveiled in Santa Croce, Florence

  • Nov 25 Franz Lehar's opera "Wiener Frauen" premieres in Vienna

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Dec 29 "The Entertainer" is one of several piano rag compositions copyrighted for Scott Joplin by the US Copyright Office

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin