On This Day

Events in Music in 1909

Music History

Jan 25 Richard Strauss' premier of "Elektra" in Dresden

Music Premiere

Feb 12 Symphony in B minor "Polonia", by Polish composer Ignacy Jan Paderewski has its public premiere with the Boston Symphony Orchestra

  • Mar 31 Gustav Mahler conducts New York Philharmonic for his 1st time
  • Jun 12 "Shine On, Harvest Moon" by Ada Jones & Billy Murray hits #1
  • Nov 4 Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari's opera "Il Segreto di Susanna" (Susanna's Secret) is first produced in Munich
  • Nov 28 Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3, one of the genres most difficult, premieres at the New Theatre in New York City, with the composer as soloist and the New York Symphony Society conducted by Walter Damrosch