Events in Music in 1902

  • Jan 25 Aleksandr Skriabin's 2nd Symphony in C premieres in St Petersburg

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

  • Feb 18 Opera "Hunchback of Notre Dame" premieres in Monte Carlo

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

Music History

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

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

Music History

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

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

  • May 14 Italian tenor Enrico Caruso makes his Covent Garden debut opposite Nellie Melba in Verdi's opera "Rigoletto" in London
  • 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, Italy

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

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Dec 29 Scot Joplin copyrights "The Entertainer" and several other piano rag compositions through the US Copyright Office