On This Day

Events in Music in 1944

Music Concert

Jan 18 The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time - performers include Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Lionel Hampton, Mildred Bailey, Red Norvo, Roy Eldridge, Jack Teagarden, and Benny Goodman, via remote hook-up. [1]

Music History

Jan 28 Leonard Bernstein's "Jeremiah" premieres in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Music History

Feb 7 Bing Crosby records "Swinging on a Star" for Decca Records (Academy Award Best Original Song)

  • Feb 25 Alexander Gretchaninov's "Missa Oecumenica" (Ecumenical Mass) premieres in Boston with Serge Koussevitzky conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra; the composer wrote the work in memory of the conductor's wife Natalie (1880-1942)

Music Premiere

Mar 3 1st performance of corporal Samuel Barber's 2nd Symphony

Music Premiere

Mar 5 1st performance of Walter Piston's 2nd Symphony by the National Symphony, in Washington, D.C.

Music Premiere

Apr 2 Dmitri Shostakovich's 8th Symphony premieres in NY

  • May 3 "Going My Way", directed by Leo McCarey and starring Bing Crosby premieres in New York (Academy Award for Best Picture, 1945)
  • May 9 Country singer Jimmie Davis becomes Governor of Louisiana
  • Jun 18 Farewell concert of conductor Willem Mengelberg in Paris
  • Aug 20 "Anna Lucasta" opens on Broadway
  • Aug 21 Grieg, Wright and Forrest's musical "Song of Norway" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 28 1st TV Musical comedy (The Boys from Boise)
  • Oct 5 Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg's musical "Bloomer Girl" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 8 Samuel Barber's "Capricorn Concerto" premieres
  • Oct 21 Walter Piston's "Fugue for a Victory Tune" premieres in NYC

Music History

Oct 30 Aaron Copland's ballet score "Appalachian Spring" premieres in Washington, D.C. with Martha Graham dancing lead role

Film Premiere

Nov 22 Film musical "Meet Me In St Louis", starring Judy Garland, and directed by Vincente Minnelli, premieres at Loew’s State Theater on Washington Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri

Music History

Nov 23 Arnold Schoenberg's "Ode to Napoleon" premieres in NYC

Music Premiere

Dec 1 Béla Bartòk's Concerto for orchestra, premieres

Music History

Dec 15 Bandleader Major Glenn Miller, lost over the English Channel