Events in Music in 1938

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

Music Concert

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

Music History

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

Music Premiere

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

Radio History

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

Music Premiere

Apr 8 Walter Piston's 1st Symphony in E, premieres in Boston, by the Boston Symphony, conducted by the composer

Music Recording

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

Music History

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

Music Premiere

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

  • 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
  • Sep 20 Emlyn Williams' semi-autobiographical comedic play "Corn is Green," premieres in London; runs for 600 performances

Music History

Oct 10 Premier of Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st String Quartet

Music History

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

  • Oct 25 American Archbishop of Dubuque (Iowa), 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".
  • Nov 28 Dmitri Shostakovich's Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 2 premieres in Moscow, USSR