On This Day

Events in Music in 1942

  • Jan 24 Musical "Star & Garter" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 28 Revival of George Gershwin's "Porgy & Bess" opens on The Majestic Theatre, NYC, with Anne Brown & Todd Duncan
  • Feb 8 Stravinsky's "Danses Concertantes" premieres in Los Angeles

Music History

Feb 19 Tommy Dorsey & his orchestra record "I'll Take Tallulah"

Music Premiere

Mar 5 World première of Dmitri Shostakovich' 7th Symphony in Kuybyshev, Russia

Music History

Apr 8 Arnold Schoenberg & Tudor's ballet "Pillar of Fire" premieres in NYC

  • Apr 9 Alexander Gretchaninov's 4th Symphony premieres at Carnegie Hall, NYC, with John Barbirolli conducting the New York Philharmonic

Music Premiere

May 14 World premiere performance of Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait" with: Andre Kostelanetz conducting the Cincinnati Symphony in Cincinnati, Ohio

Music History

May 29 Bing Crosby records "White Christmas", world's best-selling single (estimated 100 million copies sold)

Film Premiere

May 29 "Yankee Doodle Dandy", based on life of George M. Cohan, directed by Michael Curtiz, starring James Cagney and Joan Lesley, premieres in NYC (Academy Awards Best Actor 1943)

  • Jun 8 Bing Crosby records "Silent Night"
  • Jun 22 European broadcast première of Dmitri Shostakovich's 7th Symphony in London conducted by Sir Henry J. Wood and the London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Jul 5 1st performance of Heitor Villa-Lobos' Chôros 6/9/11
  • Jul 19 US première of Dmitri Shostakovich' 7th Symphony in NYC by the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini in a concert broadcast nationwide on NBC radio
  • Jul 20 Time puts Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich on its cover

Music Premiere

Jul 24 Irving Berlin's musical "This Is The Army" premieres in NYC

  • Aug 9 Dmitri Shostakovich's 7th Symphony, dedicated to city of Leningrad, performed in Leningrad by starving musicians and broadcast to German forces over loudspeakers during siege by Nazi forces
  • Oct 16 Aaron Copland and Agnes de Mille's ballet "Rodeo," premieres in NYC
  • Oct 23 All 12 passengers and crewmen aboard an American Airlines DC-3 airliner killed when it is struck by a U.S. Army Air Forces bomber near Palm Springs, California. Amongst the victims is composer Ralph Rainger ("Thanks for the Memory")