On This Day

Events in Music in 1941

  • Jan 3 Sergei Rachmaninov's "Symphonic Dances" premieres in Philadelphia

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Jan 20 Bela Bartok's 6th string quartet, premieres in NYC

Composer and Pianist Béla Bartok
Composer and Pianist
Béla Bartok

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Feb 7 Frank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey orchestra record "Everything Happens to Me"

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader Tommy Dorsey
Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader
Tommy Dorsey

Music releaseMusic Recording

Feb 15 Duke Ellington first records "Take the A Train"

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • Feb 22 Paul Creston's 1st Symphony premieres

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Feb 27 13th Academy Awards: "Rebecca", James Stewart & Ginger Rogers win

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
Actor James Stewart
Actor
James Stewart
  • Mar 14 Xavier Cugat & orchestra record "Babalu"

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Mar 16 Russian composer and pianist Dmitri Shostakovich receives the Stalin Prize

  • Mar 19 Jimmy Dorsey & orchestra record "Green Eyes" & "Maria Elena"

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Mar 24 Glenn Miller begins work on his 1st movie for 20th Century Fox

Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer Glenn Miller
Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer
Glenn Miller

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Mar 29 1st performance of Benjamin Britten's "Requiem Symphony"

  • Mar 29 WPAT radio in NJ begins broadcasting (country music format)
  • May 7 Glenn Miller records "Chattanooga Choo Choo" for RCA
  • May 13 Willy Lewis' US jazz band performs in Switzerland
  • May 15 Nazi occupiers in Netherlands forbid Jewish music
  • May 16 1st US radio performance of Bennett's "Symphony in D for the Dodgers"
  • May 21 Singer Johan Heesters visits Dachau concentration camp

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Jul 2 Noël Coward's "Blithe Spirit" premieres in London

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

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Jul 19 BBC World Service begins playing V(ictory) ("...-" in Morse code) (opening of Ludwig van Beethoven's 5th symphony)

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Oct 29 Cole Porter's musical "Let's Face It" premieres in New York City

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter