Events in Music in 1938

  • Jan 10 Eduard van Beinum becomes world's 1st conductor at Concert Hall
  • Jan 16 1st jazz concert held at Carnegie Hall (Benny Goodman)
  • Feb 4 "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder opens on Broadway
  • Mar 16 Noel Coward's musical "Operette" premieres in London

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Mar 26 NBC radio performance of Howard Hanson's 3rd Symphony

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson

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May 2 Ella Fitzgerald records "A-Tisket, A-Tasket"

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald

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Sep 20 Dmitri Shostakovich's Suite for jazz orchestra, premieres

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Oct 9 Aaron Copland's & Eugene Loring's ballet "Billy the Kid" premieres in Chicago

Composer Aaron Copland
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Aaron Copland
  • Oct 10 Premier of Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st String Quartet
  • Oct 25 The Archbishop of Dubuque, Francis J. L. Beckman, denounces Swing music as "a degenerated musical system... turned loose to gnaw away at the moral fiber of young people", warning that it leads down a "primrose path to hell".