1898-99

<1896-1897 1900>

Jan 1898

1

  • Viktor Ullmann born (Prague) Austrian composer, conductor, pianist, critic. Died 1944

3

  • Fred Rich born (Warsaw) Polish-American jazz and popular bandleader, pianist, record company executive. Died 1956

5

  • Richard Heuberger’s opera Der Opernball [The Opera Ball], lib. Viktor Hirschfeld and Heinrich von Waldberg, premiered in Vienna

7

  • Al Bowlly born (Maputo, Mozambique) English jazz and popular singer, bandleader, songwriter, guitarist. Died 1941
  • Heinrich Lichner (68) dies in Wroclaw
  • Aleksandr Glazunov’s ballet Raymonda premiered in St Petersburg
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Sadko premiered in Moscow, lib. Rimsky-Korsakov, V. Stasov, V. Yastrebtsev, N. Shtrup, N. Findeyzen and V.N. Bel′sky

9

  • Gracie Fields born (Rochdale) English popular singer, actress. Died 1979

10

  • Arthur Johnston born (New York, NY) American songwriter, arranger, pianist. Died 1954

11

  • Gaetano Capocci (86) dies in Rome

16

  • Antoine François Marmontel (81) dies in Paris

22

  • Gabriel Fauré’s Andante op.75 for violin and piano premiered in Paris

23

  • Georg Kulenkampff born (Bremen) German concert violinist, teacher. Died 1948

28

  • Vittorio Rieti born (Alexandria, Egypt) Italian composer, teacher. Died 1994

31

  • Arthur William Foote’s Piano Quintet op.38 premiered in Boston

Feb 1898

1

  • Orville Gibson is granted his only patent, for a radically redesigned mandolin

3

  • Lil Hardin aka Lil Armstrong born (Memphis, TN) American jazz bandleader, pianist, composer, singer. Worked with King Oliver & Louis Armstrong. Married to Louis Armstrong from 1924 to 1931. Died 1971
  • Carl Nielsen’s String Quartet no.1; Six Songs op.10 for voice and piano; & Humoresque-Bagatelles op.11 for piano premiered in Copenhagen

5

  • Will Shade aka Son Brimmer born (Memphis, TN) American blues multi-instrumentalist, bandleader. Led The Memphis Jug Band. Died 1966

7

  • Moran Lee Dock Boggs born (Norton, VA) American country singer, banjo player, songwriter, coal miner. Died 1971

10

  • Bertolt Brecht born (Augsburg, Germany) German playwright, writer, librettist, theatre director. Died 1956

12

  • Roy Harris born (Chandler, OK) American composer, teacher. Died 1979

16

  • Edward German’s incidental music for Shakespeare’s play Much Ado about Nothing premiered in London

19

  • August Bungert’s opera Kirke, lib. Bungert after Homer,  premiered in Dresden (first part of Die Odyssee cycle)

20

  • Jimmy Yancey born (Chicago, IL) American boogie-woogie and jazz pianist, composer. Died 1951

25

  • Dorothy Howell born (Birmingham) English composer, pianist, teacher. Died 1982

26

  • Sid Harkreader born (Gladeville, TN) American country fiddler, string band leader, early associate of Uncle Dave Macon. Died 1988

27

  • Leo Watson born (Kansas City, MO) American jazz singer, drummer, trombonist. Worked with Spirits of Rhythm, Gene Krupa & Artie Shaw. Died 1950

Mar 1898

5

  • Ben Selvin born (New York, NY) American popular and jazz musician, bandleader, record producer. Credited as being the most recorded bandleader of all time using at least 30 pseudonyms as well as waxing under his own name. Died 1980
  • Vincent d’Indy’s String Quartet No.2 op.45 premiered in Paris
  • Maurice Ravel’s Sites auriculaires [atrial sites] for two pianos premiered in Paris

8

  • Richard Strauss’ tone poem Don Quixote premiered in Cologne

9

  • Michał Bergson (77) dies in London

11

  • Irving Milfred ‘Miff’ Mole born (Roosevelt, NY) American jazz bandleader, trombonist. Worked with The Original Memphis Five, Red Nichols, Paul Whiteman & Benny Goodman. Died 1961
  • Dikran Tchouhadjian (c.60) dies in Izmir, Turkey

12

  • Amparo Iturbi born (Valencia) Spanish concert pianist. Died 1969

13

  • Guy Ropartz’s Psalm XXXVI for chorus, organ and orchestra premiered in Nancy

15

  • Julius Schulhoff (72) dies in Berlin

17

  • Arnold Schoenberg’s String quartet in D premiered at members only concert of the Wiener Tonkünstlerverein, his first performed work

20

  • Antonín Dvořák’s symphonic poem Holoubek [The Wild Dove] op.110 premiered in Brno
  • Leos Janácek’s cantata Amarus premiered in Brno

23

  • Reynaldo Hahn’s opera L’Île du rêve [The island of dreams], lib. Georges Hartmann and André Alexandre, premiered in Paris

28

  • Anton Seidl (47) dies in New York

Apr 1898

5

  • Herb Flemming aka Nicolaiih El-Michelle born (Butte, MT) American jazz trombonist, singer. Worked with James Reese Europe, Johnny Dunn, Josephine Baker and Fats Waller among others. Died 1976

7

  • Giuseppe Verdi’s Laudi alla Vergine Maria [Praises to the Virgin Mary]; Te Deum & Stabat mater for chorus and orchestra premiered in Paris

9

  • Paul Robeson born (Princeton, NJ) American bass-baritone singer, actor, activist. Died 1976

16

  • Gabriel Fauré’s Sicilienne op.78 for cello and piano premiered in Paris

18

  • Maurice Ravel’s Menuet antique op.7 for piano premiered in Paris

21

  • Louis Théodore Gouvy (78) dies in Leipzig

23

  • Mily Balakirev’s Symphony in C premiered in St Petersburg

26

  • Constantin Bakaleinikoff born (Moscow) Russian-American composer. Brother of Mischa (1890-1960) and Vladimir (1885-1953) Bakaleinikoff. Died 1966

30

  • Gabriel Fauré’s Dolly Suite for piano four hands op.56 & Arpège op.76 two songs for voice and piano premiered in Paris

May 1898

6

  • Jascha Horenstein born (Kiev) Ukrainian-American conductor. Died 1973

7

  • Guiseppe Verdi’s Quattro Pezzi Sacri [Four Sacred Pieces] for chorus premiered in Paris

13

  • Emile Pessard’s opera La Dame de trèfle [The Queen of Clubs], lib. Charles-Victor Nicolaie and Maurice Froyez, premiered in Paris

14

  • Arthur James ‘Zutty’ Singleton born (Bunkie, LA) American jazz drummer. Worked with Papa Celestin, Luis Russell, Fate Marable, Charlie Creath, Louis Armstrong, Mezz Mezzrow, Sidney Bechet, Slim Gaillard, Hot Lips Page and many others. Died 1975

15

  • Ede Reményi (70) dies on stage during a concert in San Francisco

16

  • Jean Antoine Zinnen (71) dies in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

21

  • Seymour Hicks, Harry Nicholls, Ivan Caryll, Aubrey Hopwood & Harry Greenbank’s musical A Runaway Girl opens in London (593 performances)

22

  • Rito Selvaggi born (Noicattaro, Italy) Italian composer, pianist, conductor, teacher, poet. Died 1972

24

  • Ethel Smyth’s opera Fantasio premiered in Weimar. Lib. Smyth and Henry Brewster
  • Karl Michael Ziehrer’s operetta Der schöne Rigo [The handsome Rigo], lib. Leopold Krenn and Carl Lindau, premiered in Vienna

26

  • Ernst Bacon born (Chicago, IL) American composer, pianist, conductor. Died 1990

28

  • Andy Kirk born (Newport, KY) American jazz bandleader, saxophonist, tubist. Worked with Terrence Holder’s Dark Clouds of Joy & Andy Kirk’s Twelve Clouds of Joy. Died 1992
  • Lew Stone born (London) English dance bandleader, arranger, pianist. Died 1969
  • Arthur Sullivan’s musical The Beauty Stone premiered in London, lib. Arthur Wing Pinero and Joseph-William Comyns Carr

Jun 1898

3

  • Nikolay Afanas’yev (77) dies in St Petersburg

6

  • Ninette de Valois aka Edris Stannus born (Blessington, Ireland) Anglo-Irish ballet dancer, choreographer, teacher, director. Founder of the Royal Ballet (1931), the Birmingham Royal Ballet (1946 as Sadler’s Wells Theatre Ballet) and the Royal Ballet School (1931). Died 2001

7

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ Caprice Héroïque op.106 for 2 pianos premiered in St Petersburg

8

  • Owen Hall, Harry Greenbank & Sidney Jones’s musical A Greek Slave opens in London (349 performances)

15

  • Thomas Armstrong born (Peterborough) English conductor, organist, teacher. Died 1994

19

  • Antonín Dvořák’s opera Jakobín [The Jacobin] premiered in Prague, lib. M. Červinková-Riegrová (second and final version)
  • Pietro Mascagni’s cantata A Giacomo Leopardi premiered in Recanati

20

  • Isaac Albéniz’s opera Merlin premiered in Madrid, lib. F.B. Money-Coutts (concert performance)

21

  • Gabriel Fauré’s incidental music for M. Maeterlinck’s play Pelléas et Mélisande premiered in London

26

  • Big Bill Broonzy born (Scott, MS) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1958. Other dates claimed include 1893 and 1903. Since he was drafted into the army in 1917, the latter seems very dubious

Jul 1898

4

  • Gertrude Lawrence born (London) English actress, singer, dancer. Died 1952

6

  • Hanns Eisler born (Leipzig) Austro-German composer, activist. Died 1962

9

  • Marcel Delannoy born (Essonne, Drance) French composer, critic. Died 1962

15

  • Norman Demuth born (Croydon) English composer, musicologist, biographer. Died 1968
  • Noel Gay born (Wakefield, Yorks) English songwriter, theatre producer. Died 1954

16

  • Ralph Escudero born (Manati, Puerto Rico) Puerto Rican jazz tuba player. Worked with Wilbur Sweatman, Fletcher Henderson & McKinney’s Cotton Pickers. Died 1970

18

  • Emil Hartmann (62) dies in Copenhagen

20

  • Joseph Emmett Mainer born (Weaverville, NC) American country fiddler. Brother of Wade Mainer (1907-2011). Died 1971

21

  • Sara Carter (Dougherty) born (Coeburn, VA) American country singer, guitarist, autoharp player. Founder member of The Carter Family. Wife of AP Carter (1891-1960). Died 1979

26

  • Eduard Tauwitz (82) dies in Prague

28

  • Gabriel Fauré’s Fantaisie op.79 for flute and piano premiered in Paris

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  • Valdemar Poulsen invents the Telegraphone, the first magnetic wire recorder

Aug 1898

15

  • Charles Tobias born (Worcester, MA) American popular songwriter. Died 1970

17

  • Carl Zeller (56) dies in Baden bei Wien, Austria of pneumonia

21

  • Niccolò van Westerhout (40) dies in Naples

24

  • Fred Rose born (Evansville, IA) American country songwriter, publisher. Co-founder of the Acuff-Rose publishing company with Roy Acuff. Died 1954

29

  • John Philip Sousa’s operetta The Charlatan premiered in Montreal, lib. C. Klein

30

  • Henry Kid Rena born (New Orleans) American jazz trumpeter, bandleader. Worked with Kid Ory and the Eureka Brass Band. Died 1949

31

  • Robert Scott Fishe (28) commits suicide by gunshot in Jamaica where he was dying of incurable tuberculosis

Sep 1898

1

  • Marilyn Miller aka Mary Ellen Reynolds born (Evansville, IN) American theatre singer, actress, dancer. Died 1936

9

  • William Chatterton Dix (61) dies in Cheddar, Somerset

10

  • Blanche Roosevelt (44) dies in London of injuries sustained the previous year in a carriage accident in Monte Carlo

11

  • Adolphe Samuel (74) dies in Ghent

12

  • Salvador Bacarisse born (Madrid) Spanish composer, broadcaster. Member of the Grupo de los Ocho (Group of eight). Died 1963
  • Alma Moodie born (Rockhampton, Queensland) Australian classical violinist. Died 1943

13

  • Roger Désormière born (Vichy) French conductor. Died 1963

14

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Ballade in a for orchestra premiered in Gloucester

15

  • Hubert Parry’s A Song of Darkness and Light for chorus and orchestra premiered in Gloucester

26

  • George Gershwin born (Brooklyn, NY) American composer, pianist. Brother of Ira Gershwin (1896-1983). Died 1937
  • Victor Herbert’s operetta The Fortune Teller, lib. Harry Bache Smith, opens on Broadway (40 performances)

27

  • Vincent Youmans born (New York, NY) American composer, theatre producer. Died 1946

30

  • Laureano Fuentes (73) dies in Santiago de Cuba

Oct 1898

1

  • Karl Rankl born (Gaaden, Austria) Austrian conductor, composer. Died 1968

2

  • Achille-Félix Montaubry (71) dies in Angers, France

5

  • Edward Elgar’s cantata Caractacus op.35 for choir and orchestra premiered in Leeds

7

  • Alfred Wallenstein born (Chicago, IL) American cellist, conductor. Died 1983
  • Engelbert Humperdinck’s Maurische Rhapsodie for orchestra premiered in Leeds

8

  • Clarence Williams born (Plaquemine, LA) American jazz bandleader, pianist, composer, publisher, singer. Died 1965

10

  • Conrad Leonard born (London) English composer, pianist, arranger. Died 2003

14

  • Maurice Martenot born (Paris) French inventor, cellist, teacher. Invented in 1928 the early electronic instrument the ondes Martenot. Died 1980

17

  • Shinichi Suzuki born (Nagoya, Japan) Japanese violinist, violin teacher, writer. Died 1998

18

  • Lotte Lenya aka Karoline Wilhelmine Charlotte Blamauer born (Vienna) Austrian mezzo-soprano singer, actress. Wife of Kurt Weill (1900-50). Died 1982
  • Raffaele Fiorini (70) dies in Bologna

22

  • Marcel Mihalovici born (Bucharest) Franco-Romanian composer. Died 1985

28

  • Eugen d’Albert’s opera Die Abreise [the departure], lib. Ferdinand Sporck, premiered in Frankfurt

29

  • Emmanuel Bondeville born (Rouen) French composer, music administrator. Died 1987

Nov 1898

1

  • Sippie Wallace aka Beulah Belle Thomas born (Houston, TX) American blues singer, songwriter. Sister of George W Thomas (1885-1930) & Hersal Thomas (1909-26). Died 1986

4

  • Charles Jerome Hopkins (62) dies in Clover Hill, MD of a brain haemorrhage

7

  • Max Alvary (42) dies in Großtabarz, Germany four years after a serious fall forced his retirement
  • Sylvio Lazzari’s opera Armor premiered in Prague. Lib. Lazzari and Ernest Jaubert

8

  • William Christian Sellé (84) dies in Richmond, Surrey following a heart attack
  • Franco Alfano’s opera La fonte di Enschir [The source of the Enschir], lib. Luigi Illica, premiered in Wroclaw

11

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast for tenor, 4 voices and orchestra premiered in London, lib. H.W. Longfellow
  • Enrique Granados’ opera María del Carmen premiered in Madrid, lib. J. Feliu y Codina

17

  • Umberto Giordano’s opera Fedora premiered in Milan. Lib. Arturo Colautti

18

  • Hidemaro Konoye born (Tokyo) Japanese composer, conductor. Died 1973
  • Wilhelm Kienzl’s opera Don Quixote premiered in Berlin. Lib. Kienzl after Cervantes

22

  • Pietro Mascagni’s opera Iris premiered in Rome, lib. L. Illica

30

  • Boyd Senter born (Lincoln, NE) American jazz bandleader, clarinetist, saxophonist. Died 1982

Dec 1898

3

  • Lev Knipper born (Tblisi) Russian composer, NKVD agent. Died 1974

4

  • Antonín Dvořák’s symphonic poem Píseň bohatýrská [A Hero’s Song] op.111 premiered in Vienna

5

  • Grace Moore born (Del Rio, TN) American soprano singer, actress. Died 1947
  • Jean Sibelius’ orchestral suite Kung Kristian II premiered in Helsinki

7

  • Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Motsart i Sal′yeri [Mozart and Salieri] premiered in Moscow, lib. A. Pushkin

10

  • André Messager’s opera Véronique premiered in Paris, lib. G. Duval and A. Vanloo

13

  • George Frederick Bristow (73) dies in New York

15

  • Fernando Remacha born (Tudela, Spain) Spanish composer, teacher. Member of the Group of Eight Spanish Republican composers. Died 1984
  • Fritz Werner born (Berlin) German conductor, choirmaster, organist, composer. Died 1977

16

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s opera Dream Lovers premiered in Croydon, lib. P.L. Dunbar

17

  • Aleksandr Scriabin’s Rêverie op.24 for orchestra premiered in St Petersburg

20

  • Arnold Schoenberg’s String Quartet in D major premiered in Vienna

24

  • Warren ‘Baby’ Dodds born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz drummer. Worked with King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton & Johnny Dodds. Brother of Johnny Dodds (1892-1940). Died 1959

26

  • Arturo Toscanini leads his first concert as artistic director of La Scala, Milan, a post he holds until 1908

27

  • Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Boyarïnya Vera Sheloga [The Noblewoman Vera Sheloga] premiered in Moscow, lib. Rimsky-Korsakov

29

  • Georg Goltermann (74) dies in Frankfurt

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  • Deutsche Grammophon founded in Hanover by Emile Berliner

1898 (date unknown)

  • The Folk-Song Society founded in London
  • Victor Herbert appointed principal conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, a post he holds until 1904
  • The sousaphone, an adaptation of the tuba for marching bands, developed by John Philip Sousa and C.G. Conn

songs published

  • When You Were Sweet Sixteen (James Thornton)

releases

  • Arthur Collins – Zizzy Ze Zum Zum (Edison)
  • Edison Male Quartette – My Old Kentucky Home (Edison)
  • Haydn Quartet – She Was Bred In Old Kentucky (Berliner)
  • Steve Porter – On The Banks Of The Wabash (Berliner)
The Haydn Quartet : John Bieling (tenor), Harry Macdonough (tenor), S H Dudley (baritone), William F Hooley (bass)

The Haydn Quartet : John Bieling (tenor), Harry Macdonough (tenor), SH Dudley (baritone), William F Hooley (bass)

Jan 1899

1

  • Josef Bohuslav Foerster’s opera Eva premiered in Prague. Lib. Foerster

6

  • Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatte born (Moscow) Russian-Canadian composer, violinist, pianist. Died 1974

7

  • Francis Poulenc born (Paris) French composer, pianist. Member of ‘Les Six’ group of composers. Died 1963

10

  • Daniel Guilet born (Rostov-on-Don, Russia) Russian-French-American classical violinist, teacher (Beaux Arts Trio). Died 1990
  • Albert Becker (64) dies in Berlin
  • Géza Zichy’s opera Roland mester premiered in Budapest. Lib. Zichy

14

  • Herbert Sumsion born (Gloucester) English organist, composer, festival organiser. Died 1995
  • Emmanuel Chabrier’s opera Briséïs premiered in Berlin, lib. C. Mendès and E. Mikhaël

17

  • Karl Goldmark’s opera Die Kriegsgefangene [The prisoners of war] premiered in Vienna, lib. E. Schlicht

21

  • Alexander Tcherepnin born (St Petersburg) Russo-American composer, pianist. Died 1977

25

  • Sleepy John Estes born (Ripley, TN) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1977

28

  • Ernest Chausson’s Chanson perpétuelle op.37 for soprano and orchestra premiered in Paris

30

  • Enrique Granados’s incidental music for A. Gual’s play Blancaflor premiered in Barcelona

Feb 1899

4

  • Eduard Holst (55) dies in New York
  • Edvard Grieg’s Symphonic Dances op.64 for orchestra premiered in Oslo

8

  • Alonzo ‘Lonnie’ Johnson born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz and blues guitarist, singer, songwriter. Died 1970

14

  • Lovro von Matačić born (Sušak, Croatia) Croatian conductor, composer. Died 1985

15

  • Georges Auric born (Hérault, France) French composer, pianist. Member of ‘Les Six’ group of composers. Died 1983

17

  • Harvey Oliver Brooks born (Philadelphia) American jazz pianist, composer, bandleader, arranger. The first African-American to compose a Hollywood film score. Died 1968

26

  • Harry Greenbank (33) dies in Bornemouth, probably of tuberculosis
  • Anton Bruckner’s Symphony no.6 premiered in Vienna (complete version)

27

  • Claude Debussy’s Reverie for piano premiered in Paris

28

  • Hubert Parry’s incidental music for P.M.T. Craigie’s play A Repentance premiered in London

Mar 1899

3

  • Richard Strauss’ tone poem Ein Heldenleben [a hero’s life] premiered in Frankfurt

5

  • Patrick Hadley born (Cambridge) English composer, conductor, teacher. Died 1973

10

  • Grete von Zieritz born (Vienna) Austro-German composer, pianist. Died 2001

13

  • Pancho Vladigerov born (Zürich) Bulgarian composer, pianist, teacher. Died 1978

15

  • Scott Joplin records piano rolls for Chase and Baker, including Original Rags

16

  • Horatio Parker’s motet Adstant angelorum chori op.45 for chorus premiered in New York

21

  • Isidore de Lara’s opera Messaline premiered in Monte-Carlo. Lib. Paul-Armand Silvestre and Eugene Morand
  • Albert Lortzing’s opera Regina premiered in Berlin. Lib. Lortzing

26

  • William Baines born (Horbury, Yorkshire) English pianist, composer. Died 1922

30

  • Frederick Delius’s (5 of) Seven Danish Songs for voice and piano premiered in London

31

  • Leo Borchard born (Moscow) Russo-German conductor. Died 1945
Scott Joplin 1867-1917

Scott Joplin 1867-1917

Apr 1899

7

  • Robert Casadesus born (Paris) French pianist, composer. Husband of Gaby Casadesus (1901-99), father of Jean Casadesus (1927-72). Died 1972

19

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff makes his British debut at the Queen’s Hall in London conducting his own works

21

  • Randall Thompson born (New York, NY) American choral composer, teacher. Died 1984

23

  • Riccardo Drigo’s ballet Les Dryades prétendues [the alleged Dryads] premiered in St Petersburg

26

  • Jean Sibelius’s Symphony no.1 & Atenarnes sång [Song of the Athenians] for chorus, wind, brass, bass and percussion premiered in Helsinki

29

  • Edward Kennedy ‘Duke’ Ellington born (Washington, DC) American jazz composer, pianist, bandleader. Died 1974

May 1899

1

  • Jón Leifs born (Reykjavik) Icelandic composer, conductor, writer, teacher. Died 1968
  • Paul Lincke’s operetta Frau Luna premiered in Berlin. Lib. Heinrich Bolten-Baeckers and Hans Brennecke
  • Carl Nielsen’s String Quartet no.3 premiered in Copenhagen

2

  • Hubert J. Foss born (Croydon, Surrey) English pianist, composer, music editor. Died 1953
  • Hugo Alfvén’s Symphony No.2 premiered in Stockholm

4

  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s Concert Variations upon an English Theme ‘Down among the dead men’ op.71 for piano and orchestra premiered in London

5

  • Paul Barbarin born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz drummer. Worked with King Oliver, Luis Russell, Louis Armstrong, Red Allen and others. Died 1969

6

  • Billy Cotton born (London) English popular bandleader, entertainer. Died 1969

8

  • Jack Bland born (Sedalia, MO) American jazz banjoist, bandleader. Led The Mound City Blue Blowers. Died 1968

10

  • Fred Astaire (Austerlitz) born (Omaha, NE) American dancer, film and theatre actor, popular singer. Brother of (Adele Astaire 1896-1981). Died 1987

19

  • Alexander Taneyev’s opera Mest’ Amura [Cupid’s Revenge], lib. Tatiana Sciepkina-Kupernik, premiered in St Petersburg

21

  • Mitja Nikisch born (Leipzig) German classical and popular pianist, bandleader. Died 1936

24

  • Edward Elgar’s To her beneath whose steadfast star for choir premiered in Windsor, text F.W.H. Myers
  • Jules Massenet’s opera Cendrillon premiered in Paris, lib. H. Cain

27

  • Maurice Ravel’s Shéhérazade, ouverture de féerie [Scheherazade, overture of fairyland] for orchestra premiered in Paris

30

  • Frederick Delius’s symphonic poem La ronde se déroule [The round unfolds]; Mitternachtslied Zarathustras [Midnight Song of Zarathustra] for choir and orchestra (text F. Nietzsche) & Légende for violin and orchestra premiered in London at the first British concert of his music

Jun 1899

1

  • Werner Janssen born (New York, NY) American conductor, composer. Died 1999

3

  • Johann Strauss II (73) dies in Vienna of pneumonia

10

  • Ernest Chausson (44) dies in Limay, France, after crashing his bicycle

11

  • Joseph ‘Kaiser’ Marshall born (Savannah, GA) American jazz drummer. Worked with Fletcher Henderson and many others. Died 1948
  • George Frederick McKay born (Harrington, WA) American composer, writer, teacher. Died 1970

13

  • Carlos Chávez born (Popotla, Mexico) Mexican composer, conductor, teacher, writer. Founded the Symphony Orchestra of Mexico in 1928. Died 1978

19

  • Edward Elgar’s Variations on an Original Theme op.36 ‘Enigma’ for orchestra premiered in London

21

  • Pavel Haas born (Brno, Czech Rep) Czech composer. Died 1944
  • Edward Elgar’s song Dry those fair, those crystal eyes (lyrics, H. King) premiered in London

23

  • Alexander Veprik born (Balta, Ukraine) Russian composer, teacher. Died 1958

30

  • Harry Shields born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz clarinetist. Worked with Tom Brown and Sharkey Bonano. Brother of Larry Shields (1893-1953). Died 1971
Edward Elgar 1857-1934

Edward Elgar 1857-1934

Jul 1899

1

  • Thomas A. Dorsey aka Georgia Tom born (Villa Rica, GA) American Gospel and blues singer, pianist, guitarist, composer. Died 1993

10

  • André Souris born (Marchienne-au-Pont, Belgium) Belgian composer, conductor, musicologist, writer. Died 1970

16

  • Edward Elgar’s Minuet op.21 for orchestra & Three Characteristic Pieces op.10 for orchestra premiered in New Brighton

17

  • James Cagney born (New York, NY) American actor, singer, dancer. Died 1986

22

  • Siegfried Saloman (82) dies in Dalarö, Sweden

26

  • Karl Michael Ziehrer’s operetta Die Landstreicher [the tramp], lib. Leopold Krenn and Karl Lindau, premiered in Vienna
  • Frantz Jehin-Prume (60) dies in Montreal

30

  • John Woods Duke born (Cumberland, MD) American composer, pianist. Died 1984
  • Gerald Moore born (Watford, Hertfordshire) English pianist. Died 1987

Aug 1899

1

  • William Steinberg born (Cologne) German-American conductor. Died 1978

Sep 1899

4

  • James Scott Skinner makes his first recordings for Berliner in Glasgow

6

  • Billy Rose born (New York, NY) American impresario, lyricist. Died 1966

9

  • Maria Yudina born (Nevel, Russia) Russian pianist, teacher. Died 1970

13

  • Ephraim Amu born (Abenase, Ghana) Ghanaian composer, musicologist, teacher. Died 1995
  • Frank ‘Big Boy’ Goudie born (Youngsville, LA) American jazz tenor saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter. Worked with Papa Celestin and Noble Sissle. Died 1964
  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Solemn Prelude for orchestra premiered in Worcester

16

  • Hans Swarowsky born (Budapest) Austrian conductor, teacher. Died 1975

18

  • Scott Joplin records piano rolls for Columbia, including Maple Leaf Rag

24

  • Eduardo Hernández Moncada born (Xalapa, Mexico) Mexican conductor, pianist, composer. Died 1995

25

  • Ricard Lamote de Grignon born (Barcelona) Catalan composer, conductor. Died 1962

26

  • William Levi Dawson born (Anniston, AL) American composer, conductor, choirmaster, teacher. Died 1990

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  • Felix Draeseke’s oratorio cycle Christus op.70-73 completed, with three full oratorios (The manifestation of the Christ, Christ the Prophet and Death and Triumph of the Lord) and a prelude (The Birth and Death of the Lord)

Oct 1899

1

  • Lajos Bárdos born (Budapest) Hungarian composer, conductor, teacher, musicologist. Professor at Franz Liszt Academy of Music from 1928 to 1967. Died 1986

3

  • August Enna’s opera Lamia premiered in Antwerp. Lib. H. O. Rode

5

  • Edward Elgar’s Sea Pictures op.37 for alto and orchestra premiered in Norwich
  • Edward German’s symphonic suite The Seasons premiered in Norwich

6

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s The Song of Hiawatha overture premiered in Norwich

9

  • Goebel Reeves born (Sherman, TX) American folk singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 1959

10

  • Allan James Foley (64) dies in London

12

  • GW Johnson’s common law wife Roskin Stuart dies after being found beaten and unconscious in their shared New York apartment. Johnson is tried for first degree murder but acquitted

14

  • William ‘Red’ McKenzie born (St Louis, MO) American jazz comb player, kazoo player, bandleader. Led The Mound City Blue Blowers. Died 1948

15

  • Johann Nepomuk Fuchs (57) dies in Bad Vöslau, Austria

19

  • Sidonie Goossens born (Wallasey) English classical harpist. Daughter of Eugène Goossens fils (1867-1958), sister of Eugene Aynsley Goossens (1893-1962). Died 2004
  • Claude Debussy marries Lily Texier in Paris

21

  • Edward Morton, Harry Greenbank & Sidney Jones’s musical San Toy opened in London (768 performances)
  • Jean Sibelius’s Islossningen i Uleå älv [The Breaking of the Ice on the Oulu River] for speaker, chorus and orchestra premiered in Helsinki

22

  • Ernst Mielck (21) dies in Locarno, Switzerland of tuberculosis

23

  • John Philip Sousa’s operetta Chris and the Wonderful Lamp premiered in New Haven, CT, Lib. G. MacDonough

26

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s The Death of Minnehaha for soprano, baritone, 4 voices and orchestra premiered in Hanley, Staffordshire. Lib. H.W. Longfellow
  • Johann Strauss II’s operetta Wiener Blut [Viennese blood] premiered in Vienna, lib. V. Léon and L. Stein

31

  • Ted Shapiro born (New York, NY) American popular songwriter, pianist, publisher. Died 1980
  • Enrique Granados’ Marcha de los vencidos [March of the vanquished] for orchestra & Suite on Gallician Themes for orchestra premiered in Barcelona

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  • Thomas Beecham makes his conducting debut in St Helens

Nov 1899

2

  • Edvard Grieg’s Haugtussa [The Mountain Maid] op.67 for voice and piano premiered in Oslo

3

  • Rezső Seress born (Budapest) Hungarian songwriter, pianist, singer, trapeze artist. Co-wrote Gloomy Sunday. Died 1968
  • Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Tsarskaya nevesta [The Tsar’s Bride] premiered in Moscow, lib. I.F. Tyumenev

4

  • Kirk McGee born (Franklin, TN) American country banjo player, fiddler, singer. Worked with brother Sam (1894-1975) as The McGee Brothers. Died 1983
  • Jean Sibelius’ Scènes historiques I op.25 for orchestra & Finlandia op.26 for orchestra premiered in Helsinki

7

  • Dmitry Pokrass born (Kiev) Russian popular songwriter, film composer, conductor. Died 1978

9

  • Mezz Mezzrow aka Milton Mesirow born (Chicago, IL) American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, bandleader. Died 1972

11

  • Owen Hall, Leslie Stuart, Paul Rubens & Edward Boyd-Jones’ musical Florodora opens in London (455 performances)

14

  • Cesar Cui’s opera The Saracen premiered in St Petersburg. Lib. Cui

17

  • Toscha Seidel born (Odessa) Russian violin virtuoso. Died 1962

18

  • Eugene Ormandy aka Jenő Blau born (Budapest) Hungaro-American conductor, violinist. Died 1985
  • Scott Joplin records piano rolls for Chase and Baker including Maple Leaf Rag

22

  • Hoagy Carmichael born (Bloomington, IA) American popular songwriter, singer, pianist, actor. Died 1981

23

  • Antonín Dvořák’s opera Čert a Káča [The Devil and Kate] premiered in Prague, lib. A. Wenig

24

  • Scott Joplin’s ballet The Ragtime Dance premiered in Sedalia, MO

25

  • Robert Lowry (73) dies in Plainfield, NJ
  • Jean Sibelius’ Karelia Suite op.11 for orchestra premiered in Helsinki

26

  • Max von Schillings’s opera Der Pfeifertag [piper day] premiered in Schwerin, Germany, lib. F. von Sporck

29

  • Arthur Sullivan’s operetta The Rose of Persia premiered in London, lib. B. Hood

30

  • Hans Krása born (Prague) Czech composer. Died 1944

Dec 1899

1

  • Violinist Fritz Kreisler and the Berlin Philharmoniker play their first concert together

2

  • Peter Herman Adler born (Jablonec nad Nisou, Czech Rep) American conductor, opera director. Died 1990
  • John Barbirolli born (London) English conductor, cellist. Died 1970

5

  • Sonny Boy Williamson II aka Aleck Rice Miller born (Glendora, MS) American blues singer, harmonica player, songwriter. Birth date disputed. 1908 and 1912 suggested. Died 1965
  • Bolesław Woytowicz born (Dunaivtsi, Ukraine) Polish pianist, composer, teacher. Died 1980

8

  • Richard Strauss’ Zwei Männerchöre [Two male choirs] premiered in Vienna

9

  • Siro Rodriguez born (Santiago de Cuba) Cuban percussionist. Member of the Trio Matamoros. Died 1981
  • George Henschel’s opera Nubia premiered in Dresden. Lib. Max Kalbeck

11

  • Julio de Caro born (Buenos Aires) Argentinian tango composer, musician, bandleader. died 1980
  • Marietta Piccolomini (65) dies in Florence of pneumonia

13

  • Yusef Greiss born (Cairo) Egyptian composer, teacher. Died 1961

16

  • Noel Coward born (London) English actor, playwright, songwriter, popular singer. Died 1973

17

  • Paul Lincke’s operetta Im Reiche des Indra [In the realm of Indra], lib. Leopold Ely and Heinrich Bolten-Baeckers, premiered in Berlin

18

  • Gussie Davis (36) dies in New York

21

  • Charles Lamoureux (65) dies in Paris

26

  • Cecil Sharp witnesses a troupe of Morris Dancers in Headington Quarry, Oxford kindling his interest in traditional English folk dance forms

30

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor marries Jessie Walmisley in London

31

  • Silvestre Revueltas born (Durango, Mexico) Mexican composer, violinist, conductor. Died 1940

1899 (date unknown)

  • The American Quartet formed. Disbanded 1925. Alumni include Billy Murray & Steve Porter
  • Otto Malling appointed director of the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen
  • The Serbian Music School founded in Belgrade by Stevan Stojanovic Mokranjac (its first director), Stanislav Binički and Cvetko Manojlović

publications

  • Edvard Grieg’s Lyric Pieces Book 9 op.68 published

songs published

  • Cake Walk In The Sky (Ben Harney); Maple Leaf Rag (Scott Joplin); O Sole Mio! (Giovanni Capurro, Edoardo di Capua)

releases

  • Albert Campbell – My Wild Irish Rose (Berliner)
  • Arthur Collins – Hello! Ma Baby (Edison)
  • George J Gaskin – My Wild Irish Rose (Columbia)
  • Haydn Quartet – Because (Berliner)
  • Vess Osman – A Bunch Of Rags (Columbia)
  • Len Spencer – Everything Is Ragtime Now (Columbia)
Arthur Collins 1864-1933

Arthur Collins 1864-1933

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