On This Day

Events in Music in 1938

  • Jan 10 Eduard van Beinum becomes world's 1st conductor at Concert Hall

Music concertMusic Concert

Jan 16 1st jazz concert held at Carnegie Hall, performed by Benny Goodman and his band

Clarinetist and Bandleader Benny Goodman
Clarinetist and Bandleader
Benny Goodman

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Feb 4 "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder opens on Broadway

Playwright and Writer Thornton Wilder
Playwright and Writer
Thornton Wilder

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Mar 16 Noël Coward's musical "Operette" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward

Music concertMusic Concert

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

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • Apr 8 Walter Piston's 1st Symphony in E, premieres in Boston, by the Boston Symphony, conducted by the composer

Music releaseMusic Recording

May 2 American singer Ella Fitzgerald records "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" with Chick Webb and His Orchestra

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald

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May 12 Arthur Honegger and Paul Claudel's oratorio "Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher" (Joan of Arc at the Stake) premieres in Basel, Switzerland

Composer Arthur Honegger
Composer
Arthur Honegger
French Soldier and National Heroine Joan of Arc
French Soldier and National Heroine
Joan of Arc

Music releaseMusic Premiere

May 28 Paul Hindemith's opera "Mathis der Maler" premieres in Zurich

Composer Paul Hindemith
Composer
Paul Hindemith
  • May 30 Walter Piston's dance work, The Incredible Flutist, written for the Boston Pops Orchestra, which premieres it, Arthur Fiedler conducting
  • Jun 25 "A Tisket A Tasket" by Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb hits #1
  • Jul 21 Paul Hindemith and Leonide Massine's ballet Nobilissima Visione premieres in London

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

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Oct 16 Aaron Copland's & Eugene Loring's ballet "Billy the Kid" premieres in Chicago

Composer Aaron Copland
Composer
Aaron Copland
  • 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".