On This Day

Events in Music in 1941

  • Jan 3 Sergei Rachmaninoff's final composition "Symphonic Dances" premieres in Philadelphia, with Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra

Music History

Jan 20 Béla Bartók's 6th string quartet, premieres in NYC

Music Recording

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

Music History

Feb 15 Greek-American singer Maria Callas makes her professional opera debut as Beatrice, in Franz von Suppé's "Boccaccio" at the Olympia Theatre in Athens, Greece

  • Feb 22 Paul Creston's 1st Symphony premieres
  • Mar 14 Xavier Cugat & orchestra record "Babalu"

Music History

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

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

Sports History

Mar 24 Glenn Miller begins work on his 1st movie "Sun Valley Serenade", starring Sonja Henie and John Payne, for 20th Century Fox

Music 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, it becomes 1st record to be designated "gold"
  • 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 Robert Russell Bennett''s "Symphony in D for the Dodgers"
  • May 21 Singer Johan Heesters visits Dachau concentration camp

Music History

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

Music History

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

Music Premiere

Oct 29 Cole Porter's musical "Let's Face It" opens at the Imperial Theatre, NYC; runs 547 performances