1912

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Jan

5

  • Engelbert Humperdinck suffers a severe stroke leaving his left hand permanently paralysed

6

  • Hans Richter-Haaser born (Dresden) German pianist, composer. Died 1980

7

  • Günter Wand born (Elberfeld, Germany) German conductor, composer, teacher. Died 2002

8

  • Arkady Filippenko born (Kiev) Ukrainian composer. Died 1983

12

  • James ‘Trummy’ Young born (Savannah, GA) American jazz trombonist, singer. Worked with Earl Hines, Jimmie Lunceford, Benny Goodman and Louis Armstrong. Died 1984

13

  • Emil Ábrányi’s opera Paolo és Francesca premiered in Budapest. Lib.Emil Ábrányi Sr.

17

  • Bob Zurke born (Detroit, MI) American jazz pianist, arranger, composer. Worked with Bob Crosby. Died 1944

18

  • Hermann Winkelmann (62) dies in Vienna

25

  • Luis Eduardo ‘Lucho’ Bermudez born (Carmen de Bolivar, Colombia) Columbian folk and popular music composer, conductor, clarinet player, arranger, bandleader. Died 1994
  • Otakar Ostrcil’s opera Poupe [bud], lib. František Xaver Svoboda, premiered in Prague

29

  • Maurice Ravel’s ballet Ma mère l’oye [Mother Goose] premiered in Paris

30

  • Florence St. John (56) dies in London

31

  • Jack Judge and Harry Williams’ It’s a Long Way to Tipperary first sung in Stalybridge

releases

  • Harry Lauder – Roamin’ In The Gloamin’ (Victor)
Sheet music for Jack Judge and Harry Williams' "It's a Long Way to Tipperary"

Sheet music for Jack Judge and Harry Williams’ “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary”

Feb

2

  • Burton Lane born (New York, NY) American popular songwriter. Died 1997

4

  • Arnold Schoenberg’s Sechs Kleine Klavierstücke [six small piano pieces] premiered in Berlin

5

  • Zoltán Pongrácz born (Diószeg, Hungary) Hungarian composer, teacher. Died 2007

6

  • Eugen d’Albert’s opera Die verschenkte Frau [the wife given away], lib. Rudolph Lothar, premiered in Vienna

7

  • Alfred Desenclos born (Le Portel, France) French composer. Died 1971
  • Sylvio Lazzari’s opera La Lépreuse [the leper], lib. Henry Bataille, premiered in Paris

11

  • Rudolf Firkušný born (Napajedla, Czech Rep) Czech-American concert pianist, teacher. Died 1994

12

  • Paul Bascomb born (Birmingham, AL) American jazz tenor-saxophonist. Worked with Erskine Hawkins and Count Basie. Brother of Dud Bascomb (1916-72). Died 1986

13

  • Arthur Rollini born (New York) American jazz tenor-saxophonist. Worked with Benny Goodman, Will Bradley and others. Brother of Adrian Rollini (1903-56). Died 1995

14

  • Aleksandr Glazunov’s Piano Concerto no.1 premiered in St. Petersburg

17

  • Jules Massenet’s opera Roma premiered in Monte Carlo, lib. H. Cain

19

  • Saul Chaplin (Kaplan) born (Brooklyn, NY) American film composer, film producer. Died 1997

21

  • Nikita Magaloff born (St Petersburg) Russian concert pianist, teacher. Died 1992

22

  • Hans Huber’s opera Der Simplicius premiered in Basel. Lib. Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy
  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s Symphony no. 7 premiered in London

24

  • Leo Ascher’s operetta Hoheit tanzt Walzer [Her Highness Dances the Waltz], lib. Julius Brammer and Alfred Grünwald, premiered in Vienna
  • Alexander Glazunov’s Piano Concerto No. 1 op.92 premiered in St Petersburg
  • Isidore de Lara’s opera Les Trois masques [the three masks], lib. Charles Méré, premiered in Marseilles

25

  • Leos Janácek’s cantata Amarus premiered in Brno

28

  • Carl Nielsen’s Symphony no. 3 & Violin Concerto op.33 premiered in Copenhagen

Sylvio Lazzari 1857-1944

Mar

1

  • Walter Davis born (Grenada, MS) American blues singer, pianist. Died 1963
  • George Grossmith (64) dies in Folkestone, Kent

5

  • Alexander Borodin’s Piano Quintet premiered in St Petersburg
  • Aleksandr Scriabin’s Piano Sonata no.7 premiered in Moscow

11

  • Xavier Montsalvatge born (Girona, Spain) Catalan composer, critic, teacher. Died 2002
  • Edward Elgar’s masque The Crown of India premiered in London, lib. H. Hamilton

12

  • Paul Weston born (Springfield, MA) American popular music composer, arranger, conductor, pianist. Died 1996
  • Louis Vierne’s Organ Symphony No. 3 op.28 premiered in Paris

13

  • Arnold Bax’s Enchanted Summer for two sopranos, chorus and orchestra premiered in London

14

  • Les Brown born (Reinerton, PA) American popular bandleader, composer. Died 2001

15

  • Sam ‘Lightnin’ Hopkins born (Centerville, TX) American blues guitarist, singer, songwriter. Died 1982

16

  • Jean Sibelius’s Rakastava for strings premiered in Helsinki

17

  • Domenico Mustafà (82) dies in Montefalco, Italy

19

  • Aleksandr Scriabin’s Piano Sonata no.6 premiered in Moscow

20

  • Géza Zichy’s opera Radostó premiered in Budapest. Lib. Zichy

22

  • Kosaku Yamada’s Overture in D major completed, Japan’s first western-style orchestral work

23

  • Reinhold Glière’s Symphony No.3 Ilya Murometz premiered in Moscow
  • Leos Janácek’s cantata Cartak on the Solan premiered in Prostejov

25

  • Edgar Bainton’s Sunset at Sea op. 20 for chorus and orchestra premiered in London. Text – Reginald Buckley

27

  • Robert Hughes born (Levan, Ayrshire) Scottish-Australian composer, music administrator. Died 2007
  • Arnold Bax’s Festival Overture premiered in London

29

  • Jean Sibelius’s Scènes historiques II for orchestra premiered in Helsinki
  • Karel Weis’s opera Utok na mlýn [the attack on the mill], lib. Karel Weis and Rudolf Batka, premiered in Prague

publications

  • Hart A. Wand publishes Dallas Blues, a jazz standard and generally accepted as the first published blues song

releases

  • Al Jolson – That haunting melody / Rum tum tiddle (Victor)
  • Fred Van Eps – Red Pepper – A Spicy Rag / Lobster’s Promenade (Victor)

Sheet music for Lloyd Garrett and Hart A Wand’s Dallas Blues

Apr

2

  • Herbert Mills born (Piqua, OH) Popular tenor singer. Member of the Mills Brothers. Brother of John Jr. (1910-36), Harry (1913-82) and Donald (1915-99) Mills, son of John H. Mills (1882-1967). Died 1989

5

  • Carlos Guastavino born (Santa Fe, Argentina) Argentinian composer. Died 2000

7

  • Jack Lawrence aka Jacob Lewis Schwartz born (Brooklyn, NY) American popular songwriter. Died 2009

8

  • Emily Soldene (73) dies in London following a heart attack

11

  • John Levy born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz bassist, manager. Founder of agency John Levy Enterprises. Worked with Ben Webster, Erroll Garner, Billie Holiday and George Shearing. Died 2012

12

  • Ferruccio Busoni’s opera Die Brautwahl [The choice of a bride] premiered in Hamburg, lib. Busoni

15

  • Wallace Hartley (33) dies during the sinking of the RMS Titanic

17

  • Marta Eggerth born (Budapest) Hungarian soprano singer, actress.

21

  • Arthur William Foote’s String Quartet No.3 op.70 premiered in Boston

22

  • Kathleen Ferrier born (Higher Walton, Lancs) English contralto singer. Died 1953
  • Paul Dukas’ ballet La Péri premiered in Paris
  • Isidore de Lara’s opera Naïl premiered in Paris. Lib. Jules Bois
  • Maurice Ravel’s ballet Adelaïde premiered in Paris

30

  • František Kmoch (63) dies in Kolín, Czech Rep

unk

  • The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Arthur Nikisch becomes the first European orchestra to play in the US

Wallace Hartley 1878-1912

May

1

  • Gustav Holst’s Beni Mora, oriental suite for orchestra premiered in London
  • Scott Joplin records piano rolls, including Scott Joplin’s New Rag

2

  • James Reese Europe and the Clef Club Orchestra play Carnegie Hall, New York, the first African American ensemble to do so

10

  • Percy Grainger’s Green Bushes (Passacaglia on an English Folksong) for orchestra premiered in Auchen, Germany

12

  • Lester Bihari born (Pottstown, PA) American record executive. Co-founder of  Modern Records. Brother of Julius (1913-84), Saul (1918-75) and Joe (b.1925) Bihari. Died 1983
  • Marshall Royal born (Sapulpa, OK) American jazz clarinettist, alto-saxophonist. Worked with Les Hite, Lionel Hampton and Count Basie. Brother of Ernie Royal (1921-83). Died 1995

13

  • Gil Evans born (Toronto, Canada) Canadian jazz composer, arranger, pianist, bandleader. Worked with Claude Thornhill, Miles Davis, his own groups and others. Died 1988

15

  • Arthur Berger born (New York, NY) American composer, writer, journalist, teacher. Co-founder of the magazine Perspectives of New Music (1962). Died 2003

16

  • Joseph Holbrooke’s opera The Children of Don, lib. Howard de Walden, premiered in London, the first part of  The Cauldron of Anwyn trilogy

17

  • Richard Tauber makes his stage debut in Freiburg

18

  • Perry Como born (Canonsburg, PA) American popular singer. Died 2001

19

  • Alphonse Hasselmans (67) dies suddenly in Paris

21

  • Franz Liszt’s Ungaria-Kantate for chorus and orchestra premiered in Weimar

23

  • Jean Françaix born (Le Mans, France) French composer, pianist, arranger. Died 1997

24

  • Joan Hammond born (Christchurch, New Zealand) Australian soprano singer, singing teacher, golfer. Died 1996

26

  • Jan Blockx (61) dies in Antwerp following a stroke

28

  • Dave Barbour born (Long Island, NY) American jazz and popular songwriter, guitarist, banjo player, arranger, actor. Worked with Benny Goodman and wife Peggy Lee. Died 1965

31

  • Alfred Deller born (Margate, Kent) English countertenor singer. Died 1979
James Reese Europe's  Clef Club Orchestra photographed in 1912

James Reese Europe’s Clef Club Orchestra photographed in 1912

Jun

6

  • Robert Levin born (Oslo) Norwegian pianist, composer. Died 1996

8

  • Maurice Ravel’s ballet symphony Daphnis et Chloé premiered in Paris

9

  • Ingolf Dahl aka Walter Ingolf Marcus born (Hamburg) German-American composer, pianist, conductor, teacher. Died 1970
  • Edgar Evans born (Cardigan) Welsh tenor singer. Died 2007

13

  • Nina Mae McKinney born (Lancaster, SC) American actress, jazz singer, dancer. The first black woman to sign a long term Hollywood contract (Five years with MGM in 1930). Died 1967

17

  • Don Gillis born (Cameron, MO) American conductor, composer, teacher. Died 1978

20

  • Lovey’s Trinidad String Band make the first ever Calypso recordings for Victor in New York. Eight tracks are cut and issued across four discs. Titles: Campos petrolíferos / 666La libre / ¿Y cómo le va?Manuelita / Mari-Juana Trinidad Paseo / Sarah

24

  • Ruggero Leoncavallo’s operetta La reginetta delle rose [the queen of the roses] premiered in Rome and Naples, lib. G. Forzano

25

  • Arnold Bax’s Prelude to Adonais for orchestra premiered in London
  • Hubert Parry’s ballet Proserpine premiered in London

26

  • Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 premiered in Vienna

28

  • Eleazar de Carvalho born (Iguatu, Brazil) Brazilian composer, conductor, teacher. Died 1996
  • Sergiu Celibidache born (Roman, Romania) Romanian conductor. Died 1996

29

  • José Pablo Moncayo born (Guadalajara, Mexico) Mexican pianist, percussionist, composer, conductor, teacher. Died 1958
Lovey's Trinidad String Band

Lovey’s Trinidad String Band

Jul

5

  • Mack David born (New York, NY) American popular lyricist, songwriter. Brother of Hal David (b.1921). Died 1993

9

  • Hamilton Clarke (72) dies in Banstead asylum, Surrey

12

  • Will Bradley aka Wilbur Schwictenberg born (Newton, NJ) American big band leader, trombonist. Led his own groups and worked with Johnny Carson’s television orchestra. Died 1989

14

  • Woodrow Wilson ‘Woody’ Guthrie born (Okemah, OK) American folk singer, songwriter, guitarist, writer, broadcaster. Died 1967

16

  • Edward Elgar’s anthem Great is the Lord op.67 premiered in London

21

  • Antonio Magini-Coletti (57) dies in Rome

23

  • Gustav Holst’s Phantastes suite for orchestra premiered in London

24

  • Nikolai Myaskovsky’s Symphony No.2 premiered in Moscow

26

  • Buddy Clark aka Samuel Goldberg born (Dorchestrer, MA) American popular singer. Died 1949

27

  • Igor Markevitch born (Kiev) Franco-Ukrainian conductor, composer. Died 1983

releases

  • Al Jolson - Ragging The Baby To Sleep / Moving Man, Don’t Take My Baby Away (Victor)

Sheet music for L Wolfe Gilbert and Lewis F Muir’s Waiting for the Robert E Lee

Aug

4

  • David Raksin born (Philadelphia) American film composer, teacher. Died 2004

7

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano concerto no. 1 premiered in Moscow

9

  • Igor Markevitch born (Kiev) Franco-Ukrainian composer, conductor. Died 1983
  • Anne Brown born (Baltimore, MD) American soprano singer. Died 2009

10

  • Henry Kimball Hadley’s opera The Atonement of Pan premiered in San Francisco. Lib. Joseph D. Redding

13

  • Jules Massenet (70) dies in Paris of cancer

14

  • Marion Hood (58) dies in Kent

17

  • Armen Tigranian’s opera Anush premiered in Gyumri, Armenia. lib. Tigranian after Hovhannes Tumanyan

18

  • Franz Schreker’s opera Der ferne Klang [the distant sound], lib. Schreker, premiered in Frankfurt am Main

20

  • Niyazi Hajibeyov born (Tbilisi) Azerbaijani composer, conductor. Son of Zulfugar Hajibeyov (1884-1950). Died 1984

23

  • Gene Kelly born (Pittsburgh, PA) American dancer, actor, popular singer, choreographer, film director. Died 1996
Franz Schreker 1878-1934

Franz Schreker 1878-1934

Sep

1

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (37) dies in London of pneumonia

2

  • Johnnie Lee Wills born (Hall Co, TX) American country and western swing bandleader, singer, fiddler, banjo player. Member of the Texas Playboys and Johnnie Lee Wills & His Boys. Brother of Bob Wills (1905-75). Died 1984

3

  • Arnold Schoenberg’s 5 Pieces for orchestra premiered in London
  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s incidental music for L.N. Parker’s play Drake premiered in Cambridge

5

  • John Cage born (Los Angeles, CA) American composer, music theorist, writer. Died 1992
  • Roscoe Holcomb born (Daisy, KY) American folk singer, banjo player, guitarist, harmonica player, coal miner. Died 1981

6

  • Wayne Barlow born (Elyria, OH) American composer, organist, choir director, teacher. Professor at the Eastman School of Music 1937-78. Died 1996

11

  • Edward Elgar’s Suite from The Crown of India op.66 for orchestra premiered in Hereford

12

  • Hubert Parry’s Ode on the Nativity for chorus and orchestra premiered in Hereford
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols for chorus and orchestra premiered in Hereford

16

  • Ruggero Leoncavallo’s opera Zingari premiered in London, lib. E. Cavicchioli and G. Emanuel

19

  • Kurt Sanderling born (Orzysz, Poland) German conductor. Died 2011

21

  • György Sándor born (Budapest) Hungarian classical pianist. Died 2005

26

  • René Hall born (Morgan City, LA) American jazz, R&B and popular guitarist, arranger, talent scout, session player. Worked with Joseph Robichaux, Earl Hines, Sam Cooke and others. Died 1988

27

  • Tauno Marttinen born (Helsinki) Finnish composer. Died 2008

publications

  • Memphis Blues self-published by WC Handy

releases

  • Heidelberg Quintet – Waiting For The Robert E Lee / Billy Murray – Take Me To The Cabaret (Victor)
W. C. Handy 1873-1958

W. C. Handy 1873-1958

Oct

1

  • Edward Elgar’s The Music Makers op.69 for choir and orchestra premiered in Birmingham

8

  • Wilhelm Kuhe (88) dies in London

11

  • Emmerich Kálmán’s operetta Der Zigeunerprimas [The Gypsy Band Leader], lib. Julius Wilhelm and Fritz Grünbaum, premiered in Vienna
  • Max Reger’s Romantische Suite op.125 for orchestra premiered in Dresden
  • Leopold Stokowski makes his debut as principal conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra

12

  • Max Reger’s An die Hoffnung op.124 [to hope] for alto and orchestra premiered in Eisenach

13

  • Joaquín Turina’s 3 Danzas andaluzas op.8 for piano premiered in Cadiz

15

  • Nellie Lutcher born (Lake Charles, LA) American blues and R&B singer, pianist. Sister of Joe Lutcher (1919-2006). Died 2007

16

  • Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire op.21 [Pierrot in the Moonlight] for soprano reciter and accompaniment premiered in Berlin

19

  • Richard Temple (66) dies in London

21

  • Don Byas born (Muskogee, OK) American jazz tenor saxophonist, bandleader. Worked with Lionel Hampton, Don Redman, Andy Kirk and Count Basie. Died 1972
  • Georg Solti born (Budapest) Anglo-Hungarian conductor. Died 1997
  • The Ziegfeld Follies Of 1912 Broadway revue opens (88 performances)

25

  • Richard Strauss’ opera Ariadne auf Naxos premiered in Stuttgart, lib. H. von Hofmannsthal (first version)

27

  • Conlon Nancarrow born (Texarkana, AR) American composer, best known for his work with modified player-pianos. Died 1997

28

  • Edgar Tinel (58) dies in Brussels

Lillian Lorraine, star of the Ziegfeld Follies of 1912

Nov

4

  • Vadim Salmanov born (St Petersburg) Russian composer. Died 1978

6

  • King Kolax aka William Little born (Kansas City, MO) American jazz and R&B trumpeter, singer, bandleader, session player. Worked with Billy Eckstine, Sonny Parker and his own bands. Died 1991
  • Mykola Lysenko (70) dies in Kiev

10

  • August Enna’s opera Nattergallen [nightingale], lib. Kai Friis-Møller, premiered in Copenhagen

11

  • Józef Wieniawski (75) dies in Brussels

12

  • Eugen d’Albert’s opera Liebesketten [love chains], lib. Rudolf Lothar, premiered in Vienna

13

  • Riccardo Zandonai’s opera Melenis, lib. M. Spiritini and C. Zangarini, premiered in Milan

18

  • Kosaku Yamada’s Symphony in F major, “Triumph and Peace completed, Japan’s first symphony

21

  • Eleanor Powell born (Springfield, MS) American film actress, dancer. Died 1982
  • Vincent d’Indy’s choral work Le chant de la cloche op.18 [the song of the bell] premiered in Brussels

24

  • Teddy Wilson born (Austin, TX) American jazz bandleader, pianist. Worked with Benny Carter, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday and his own groups. Died 1986

Ada Jones 1873-1922

Dec

1

  • Sirvart Kalpakyan Karamanuk born (Istanbul) Armenian composer, pianist, teacher. Died 2008
  • Franz Léhar’s operetta Rosenstock und Edelweiss premiered in Vienna, lib. J. Bauer

2

  • Rudolf Friml’s operetta The Firefly, lib. Otto Harbach, premiered in New York

5

  • Hubert Parry’s Symphonic Fantasia ‘1912’ aka Symphony no.5 premiered in London

7

  • Daniel Jones born (Pembroke) Welsh composer. Died 1993

10

  • Irving Fazola (Prestopnik) born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz clarinetist. Worked with Louis Prima, Sharkey Bonano, Ben Pollack and Bob Crosby. Died 1949

13

  • Luiz Gonzaga born (Exu, Brazil) Brazilian folk accordionist, singer, songwriter, poet. Died 1989

14

  • Claude Terrasse’s opera Miss Alice des P.T.T. premiered in Paris. Lib. Tristan Bernard and Maurice Vaucaire

15

  • Franz Simandl (72) dies in Vienna
  • Edward Elgar’s Cantique op.3 for orchestra premiered in London

18

  • Camille Erlanger’s opera La Sorcière [the sorceror], lib. Victorien Sardou and André Sardou, premiered in Paris

23

  • Engelbert Humperdinck’s incidental music for M. Maeterlinck’s play Der blaue Vogel [the blue bird] premiered in Berlin

28

  • Carl Nielsen’s Symphony no. 3 premiered in Copenhagen

29

  • Peggy Glanville-Hicks born (Melbourne) Australian composer, pianist, critic. Died 1990

31

  • Louis Armstrong, aged 11, fires a gun during a New Year’s Eve celebration and is sent to reform school (possibly apocryphal)

date unknown

  • John Lomax elected president of the American Folklore Society
  • Flat discs outsell cylinders for the first time. Columbia ceases manufacture of wax cylinders

publications

  • George Butterworth’s song cycle Bredon Hill and Other Songs published

songs published

  • Dallas Blues (Hart A Wand); It’s A Long Way To Tipperary (Jack Judge, Harry H. Williams); The Memphis Blues (George A. Norton, WC Handy); My Melancholy Baby (George A. Norton, Ernie Burnett); Waiting For The Robert E. Lee (L. Wolfe Gilbert, Lewis F. Muir)

One response to “1912

  1. Excellent page. I use it very often for my academic work and my radio program.
    I would like you to include this information on 1912:

    25 th january
    Luis Eduardo (Lucho) Bermudez born (Carmen de Bolivar, Colombia), composer, conductor, clarinet player of colombian popular music.

    Thank you

    M.M. Federico Demmer Colmenares
    Percussionist, University Teacher, radio producer

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