1901

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Jan

9

  • Ishman Bracey born (Byram, MS) American blues singer, guitarist. Died 1970

11

  • Vasily Kalinnikov (34) dies in Yalta, Ukraine, of tuberculosis

17

  • Pietro Mascagni’s opera Le maschere [the masks] premiered simultaneously in Rome, Milan, Venice, Turin, Genoa and Verona (and 2 days later in Naples) lib. L. Illica

22

  • Hans Erich Apostel born (Karlsruhe) Austrian composer. Died 1972

27

  • Giuseppe Verdi (87) dies in Milan following a stroke

31

  • Blaž Arnic born (Luče, Slovenia) Slovenian composer, teacher. Died 1970
Pietro Mascagni - Le Maschere (Gala)

Pietro Mascagni – Le Maschere (Gala)

Feb

2

  • Jascha Heifetz born (Vilnius) Lithuanian-American classical violinist. Died 1987
  • Albert Roussel’s Horn Quintet premiered in Paris

7

  • Benjamin Edward Woolf (64) dies in Boston, MA

11

  • Claude Jones born (Boley, OK) American jazz trombonist. Worked with McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, Fletcher Henderson, Don Redman, Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington. Died 1962

13

  • The Strauss Orchestra disbands in Vienna

15

  • James ‘Kokomo’ Arnold born (Lovejoys Station, GA) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1968

17

  • Ethelbert Nevin (38) dies in New Haven, CT
  • Gustav Mahler’s cantata Das klagende Lied [the plaintive song] for chorus and orchestra premiered in Vienna

20

  • Gabriel Pierné’s opera La Fille de Tabarin [The Girl from Tabarin], lib. Victorien Sardou and Paul Ferrier, premiered in Paris

23

  • Enrique Granados’s opera Picarol premiered in Barcelona, lib. A. Mestres

Albert Roussel 1869-1937

Mar

2

  • Ernest Chausson’s Vêpres pour le commun des vierges op.31 [Vespers for the ordinary maidens] for organ premiered in Paris

3

  • Joseph Callaerts (62) dies in Antwerp
  • Karel Weis’s opera Der polnische Jude [The Polish Jew], lib. Viktor Hirschfeld and Richard Batka, premiered in Prague

4

  • Carl Nielsen’s Festive Prelude to the New Century for piano premiered in Copenhagen

5

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Heroic Elegy and Triumphal Epilogue for orchestra premiered in London

7

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’s opera Lola premiered in Paris, lib. S. Bordèse
  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s Violin Concerto no.1 op.74 premiered in Bournemouth
  • Claude Terrasse’s opera Les travaux d’Hercule [the labours of Hercules], lib. Louis-Robert Pellevé de la Motte-Angot de Flers and Gaston-Armand de Caillavet, premiered in Paris

8

  • Peter Leonard Leopold Benoit (66) dies in Antwerp
  • Aleksandr Scriabin’s Symphony No. 1 premiered in Moscow

9

  • Karl Michael Ziehrer’s operetta Die drei Wünsche [The Three Wishes], lib. Leopold Krenn and Carl Lindau, premiered in Vienna

10

  • Jules Massenet’s overture Brumaire premiered in Paris
  • Charles Tournemire’s Symphony No.1 premiered in Marseilles

14

  • Louis Lacombe’s opera La Reine des eaux [The Queen of Water], lib. Charles-Louis-Étienne Nuitter, premiered in Sonderhausen

17

  • Alfred Newman born (New Haven, CT) American film composer, conductor, arranger. Brother of Emil (1911-84) and Lionel (1916-89) Newman. Father of David (b.1954) and Thomas (b.1955) Newman. Uncle of Randy Newman (b.1943). Died 1970
  • Leos Janácek’s Kacena divoká [The Wild Duck] for chorus premiered in Brno

18

  • Scott Joplin records piano rolls for Universal Music Co., including Sunflower Slow Drag

20

  • August Bungert’s opera Nausikaa premiered in Dresden. Lib. Bungert after Homer (second part of Die Odyssee cycle)

23

  • Edvard Grieg’s Five Songs op.69 & Five Songs op.70 for voice and piano premiered in Copenhagen

27

  • Enrique Santos Discépolo born (Buenos Aires) Argentinian tango musician, composer. Died 1951
  • Albert Henneberg born (Stockholm) Swedish composer. Died 1991

29

  • Aleksandr Scriabin’s Symphony no.1 op.26 premiered in Moscow

31

  • John Stainer (60) dies in Verona of heart failure
  • Antonín Dvořák’s opera Rusalka premiered in Prague, lib. J. Kvapil
Carl Nielsen 1865-1931

Carl Nielsen 1865-1931

Apr

3

  • Richard D’Oyly Carte (56) dies in London of oedema

4

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Serenade in A minor for orchestra premiered in Bournemouth

7

  • Charles Ives’s Easter Carol for choir and organ premiered in New York

11

  • Ivar Hallström (74) dies in Stockholm

13

  • Maurice Ravel’s Sérénade grotesque for piano premiered in Paris

14

  • Alice Barnett (54) dies in London of bronchial pneumonia
  • Henry Burr makes his major stage debut at St John opera house, Newfoundland

16

  • Karel Albert born (Antwerp) Belgian composer. Died 1987

20

  • Mykola Lysenko’s opera Koza-Dereza [the goat], lib. Lyudmyla A . Vasilyevska, premiered in Kiev

21

  • Julián Bautista born (Madrid) Spanish composer, conductor. Member of the Group of Eight. Died 1961

26

  • Georges Hüe’s opera Le Roi de Paris [the King of Paris], lib. Henri Bouchut, premiered in Paris

27

  • Arthur Sullivan, Edward German & Basil Hood’s operetta The Emerald Isle opens in London (205 performances)

29

  • Alfred Bruneau’s opera L’Ouragan [the hurricane], lib. Émile Zola, premiered in Paris

publications

  • Porter Steele’s song High Society published

Alfred Bruneau 1857-1934

May

2

  • Franz Rummel (48) dies in Berlin
  • Johann Strauss II’s ballet Aschenbrödel [Cinderella] premiered in Berlin

3

  • Hugo Friedhofer born (San Francisco) American film composer. Died 1981

5

  • Blind Willie McTell born (Thomson, GA) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter, harmonica player. Died 1959

7

  • Marcel Poot born (Vilvoorde, Belgium) Belgian composer, teacher, organist, journalist. Died 1988

8

  • Vladimir Sofronitsky born (St Petersburg) Russian concert pianist, teacher. Died 1961

9

  • Gottfried von Preyer (94) dies in Vienna

10

  • Paul Dukas’ Piano Sonata in e flat minor premiered in Paris

12

  • Harold ‘Scrappy’ Lambert born (New Brunswick, NJ) American dance band singer, comedian, radio director. Worked with Ben Bernie, Red Nichols and Sam Lanin. Died 1987

15

  • Edmond Hall born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz clarinetist, bandleader. Worked with Buddy Petit, Claude Hopkins, Red Allen, Teddy Wilson, Eddie Condon and Louis Armstrong. Died 1967
  • John Wesley Work III born (Tullahoma, TN) American composer, teacher, musicologist. Died 1967

17

  • Werner Egk born (Auchsesheim, Germany) German composer, conductor. Died 1983

18

  • Henri Pierre Sauguet (Poupard) born (Bordeaux) Composer, pianist, composer. Died 1989

20

  • Jimmy Blythe born (Louisville, KY) American jazz pianist. Died 1931
  • Betty Fibichová (55) dies in Prague

21

  • Horace Heidt born (Alameda, CA) American big band leader, pianist, radio personality. Died 1986

22

  • William McKie born (Melbourne) Anglo-Australian organist, conductor, composer, arranger. Organist at Westminster Abbey (1941-63) and musical director of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation (1953). Died 1984

23

  • Edmund Rubbra born (Northampton) English composer. Died 1986
  • Gustav Holst’s Ave Maria for 8 voices premiered in London

24

  • Frank Signorelli born (New York, NY) American jazz pianist, composer. Worked with The Original Memphis Five, Bix Beiderbecke, Paul Whiteman, Phil Napoleon, Miff Mole and others. Died 1975

29

  • Ignacy Jan Paderewski’s opera Manru premiered in Dresden, lib. A. Nossig

30

  • Frankie Trumbauer born (Carbondale, IL) American jazz saxophonist, bandleader, composer, woodwind player. Worked with Jean Goldkette, Paul Whiteman and The Three Ts. Died 1956
  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s opera Much Ado about Nothing (The Marriage of Hero) premiered in London, lib. J.R. Sturgis

31

  • Alfredo Antonini born (Milan) Italo-American conductor, composer. Died 1983
  • The Wigmore Hall, London opens – then known as the Bechstein Hall. The name was changed in 1917 due to the Great War

Wigmore Hall, London

Jun

1

  • Georg Vierling (80) dies in Wiesbaden
  • Carl Nielsen’s Cantata for the Students’ Association premiered in Copenhagen
  • Universal Edition publishers founded in Vienna

5

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Quintet for clarinet, horn, violin, cello and piano in D major premiered in London

6

  • Véra Korène aka Rébecca Véra Korestzky born (Bakhmut, Russia) Franco-Russian actress, singer, theatre director. Died 1996

8

  • Lou Black born (Rock Island, IL) American jazz banjo player. Worked with The New Orleans Rhythm Kings. Died 1965

10

  • Frederic Loewe born (Vienna) Austro-American popular songwriter. Died 1988

13

  • Hubert Parry’s Ode to Music for chorus and orchestra premiered in London

16

  • Conrad Beck born (Lohn, Switzerland) Swiss composer. Head of music at Radio Basel 1933-63. Died 1989

17

  • Cornelius Gurlitt (81) dies in Dresden
  • James T. Tanner, Harry Nicholls, Adrian Ross, Percy Greenbank, Ivan Caryll & Lionel Monckton’s musical The Toreador opens in London (675 performances)

20

  • Edward Elgar’s overture Cockaigne op.40 premiered in London

23

  • Charles Kensington Salaman (87) dies in London
  • Ernest Bloch’s Vivre Aimer for orchestra premiered in Geneva

24

  • Marcel Mule born (Aube, France) French classical saxophonist, teacher. Died 2001
  • Harry Partch born (Oakland, CA) American composer, musical instrument inventor, music theorist. Died 1974
  • Ottorino Respighi’s Prelude, Chorale and Fugue for orchestra premiered in Bologna

28

  • Maurice Ravel’s cantata Myrrha premiered in Paris

29

  • Nelson Eddy born (Providence, RI) American popular baritone singer, film actor. Died 1967

30

  • Francesco Graziani (73) dies in Fermo, Italy
  • André Caplet wins the Prix de Rome with his cantata Myrrha. Maurice Ravel is placed second with his setting of the same text
Fred. Wright Jr and Gertie Millar in a scene from the Tanner and Nicholls musical The Toreador

Fred. Wright Jr and Gertie Millar in a scene from the Tanner and Nicholls musical The Toreador

Jul

3

  • Ruth Crawford Seeger born (East Liverpool, OH) American composer. Wife of Charles Seeger (1886-1979), mother of Mike Seeger (1933-2009) and Peggy Seeger (b.1935), stepmother of Pete Seeger (b.1919). Died 1953

4

  • Alexander Glazunov’s Variations on a Russian Theme for string quartet premiered in Pavlovsk

6

  • Antonín Dvorák appointed director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York

14

  • Gerald Finzi born (London) English composer. Died 1956

18

  • Carlo Alfredo Piatti (79) dies in Bergamo

28

  • Rudy Vallée born (Island Pond, VT) American popular bandleader, singer, actor. Died 1986

releases

  • Vess Ossman – Rusty Rags (Berliner) recorded 16/5/1901
Vess Ossman – Rusty Rags (Victor 3367)

Vess Ossman – Rusty Rags (Victor 3367)

Aug

4

  • Louis Armstrong born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, singer, actor. Worked with King Oliver, Fletcher Henderson and his own bands. Died 1971

5

  • Juan Carlos Paz born (Buenos Aires) Argentinian composer, theorist, writer. Died 1972
  • Albin Swoboda, Sr. (64) dies in Vienna

8

  • Gaby Casadesus née l’Hôte born (Marseilles) French classical pianist, teacher. Wife of Robert Casadesus (1899-1971), mother of Jean Casadesus (1927-72)

15

  • Ned Washington born (Scranton, PA) American lyricist. Died 1976

16

  • Olav Kielland born (Trondheim) Norwegian composer, conductor, pianist. Died 1985

17

  • Henri Tomasi born (Marseille) French composer, conductor. Died 1971
  • Edmond Audran (61) dies in Tierceville, France

24

  • Gunnar Wennerberg (83) dies in Läckö, Sweden

25

  • Charlie Burse born (Decatur, AL) American blues ukulele player, guitarist, banjo player. Worked with The Memphis Jug Band. Died 1965

Edmond Audran 1840-1901

Sep

2

  • Phil Napoleon born (Boston, MA) American jazz trumpeter, bandleader. Led The Original Memphis Five. Died 1990

3

  • Eduard van Beinum born (Arnhem) Dutch conductor. Died 1959
  • Friedrich Chrysander (75) dies in Hamburg

9

  • James Blades born (Peterborough) English classical percussionist, teacher, writer. Died 1999

11

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

12

  • Ernst Pepping born (Duisburg, Germany) German composer, teacher. Died 1981

14

  • Edward Elgar’s Chanson de nuit and Chanson de matin op.15 for orchestra premiered in London

22

  • Manuel de Falla’s Segunda serenata andaluza for piano Suite Fantástica for piano premiered in Cádiz

23

  • George Whitefield Chadwick’s opera Judith premiered as a concert performance in Worcester, MA, lib. W.C. Langdon

26

  • Ted Weems born (Pitcairn, PA) American popular and jazz bandleader, violinist, trombonist. Died 1963

29

  • Adelaide Borghi-Mamo (75) dies in Bologna
George Whitefield Chadwick 1854-1931

George Whitefield Chadwick 1854-1931

Oct

2

  • Alice Prin aka Kiki born (Châtillon-sur-Seine, France) French cabaret singer, actress, painter, model, writer. Died 1953
  • Rudolph Koenig (68) dies in Paris

3

  • The Victor Talking Machine Company founded by Eldridge R. Johnson and (disputed) Emile Berliner

5

  • George Dance & Howard Talbot’s musical A Chinese Honeymoon opens in London (1075 performances)

7

  • Ralph Rainger born (New York, NY) American popular songwriter. Died 1942

8

  • Eivind Groven born (Lårdal, Norway) Norwegian composer, music theorist. Died 1977

9

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s The Blind Girl of Castél-Cuillé for choir and orchestra premiered in Leeds, lib. H.W. Longfellow

10

  • Scott Joplin records piano rolls, including The Easy Winners

11

  • Emil Hlobil born (Prague) Czech composer, teacher. Died 1987
  • Bert Williams and George Walker make their first recordings for Victor including (Williams and Walker) Good morning, Carrie & (Williams solo) When it’s all going out and nothing coming in

17

  • Lee Collins born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz trumpeter. Worked with the Tuxedo Brass Band, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Luis Russell, Johnny Dodds, Art Hodes, Mezz Mezzrow and others. Died 1960
  • Leslie Thompson born (Kingston, Jamaica) Anglo-Jamaican jazz trumpeter, trombonist, bassist, bandleader. Died 1987

18

  • Annette Hanshaw born (New York, NY) American jazz singer. Died 1985

19

  • Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March nos.1&2 op.39/1,2 for orchestra premiered in Liverpool

20

  • Frank Churchill born (Rumford, ME) American popular composer, particularly for animated Disney films. Died 1942
  • Adelaide Hall born (Brooklyn, NY) American jazz and musical theatre singer, actress, dancer. Worked on Broadway, in Paris and in London and with the likes of Duke Ellington, Bill Robinson and Art Tatum. Died 1993

21

  • Edward Elgar’s incidental music for G. Moore’s play Grania and Diarmid premiered in Dublin

22

  • Frederic Archer (63) dies in Pittsburgh, PA

23

  • Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Pskovityanka [The Maid of Pskov] premiered in Moscow, lib. Rimsky-Korsakov (standard version)
  • Camille Saint-Saëns’s opera Les barbares [the barbarians] premiered in Paris, lib. V. Sardou and P.B. Gheusi

25

  • Roy Fox born (Denver, CO) American dance band leader, cornettist. Died 1982

26

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Toussaint overture premiered in London
  • Edward Elgar’s songs In the DawnSpeak, Music premiered in London

27

  • Claude Debussy’s Nocturnes for orchestra premiered in Paris

31

  • Edward Elgar’s song Come, gentle night (lyrics: C. Bingham) premiered in London
The Victor Talking Machine Company's original range of phonographs

The Victor Talking Machine Company’s original range of phonographs

Nov

1

  • Pianist Christopher Booth records the ragtime piano solo Creole Belles in Philadelphia for Victor. It is believed to be the first recorded piano rag, but is never issued

4

  • Gabriel Fauré’s incidental music for G. Clemenceau’s play Le voile du bonheur [the veil of happiness] premiered in Paris

5

  • The Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra plays its first concert

9

  • Hand Pfitzner’s opera Die Rose vom Liebesgarten [the rose garden of love] premiered in Elbergeld, lib. J. Grun
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto no.2 premiered in St Petersburg

14

  • James Henry Mapleson (71) dies in London of Bright’s Disease

16

  • Jesse Stone born (Atchison, KA) American R&B songwriter, pianist, producer, arranger. Died 1999

18

  • Lillian Fuchs born (New York) American viola player, teacher, composer. Died 1995

20

  • Jules Massenet’s opera Grisélidis premiered in Paris, lib. A. Silvestre and E. Morand

21

  • Giacomo Vaghi born (Como, Italy) Italian bass singer. Died 1978
  • Richard Strauss’ opera Feuersnot premiered in Dresden, lib. E. von Wolzogen

22

  • Joaquin Rodrigo born (Valencia, Spain) Spanish composer, pianist. Died 1999

24

  • Cesar Cui’s opera Pir vo vremja čumy [A Feast in Time of Plague], lib. Aleksandr Pushkin, premiered in Moscow

25

  • Tibor Serly born (Lučenec, Slovakia) Hungarian violist, violinst, composer. Died 1978
  • Josef Rheinberger (62) dies in Munich
  • Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 premiered in Munich

César Cui – A Feast in the Time of Plague (Chandos)

Dec

2

  • Edward Elgar’s Concert Allegro op.46 for piano premiered in London

7

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Suite No. 2 op.17 for two pianos premiered in Moscow

9

  • Jules Massenet’s ballet Les rosati premiered in Paris

12

  • Guglielmo Marconi makes first transatlantic radio broadcast

14

  • Frederick Delius’s Paris: a Nocturne (The Song of a Great City) for orchestra premiered in Elberfeld

15

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Cello Sonata op.19 premiered in Moscow

17

  • Antonín Dvořák’s Symfonická báseň [Symphonic Poem] op.14 for orchestra premiered in Vienna

19

  • Carl Nielsen’s incidental music for G. Wied and J. Petersen’s play Atalanta premiered in Copenhagen

22

  • Andre Kostelanetz born (St Petersburg) Russo-American conductor, arranger. Died 1980

24

  • Lev Ivanov (67) dies in St Petersburg

26

  • Victor Hely-Hutchinson born (Cape Town) Anglo-South African composer, organist, teacher. Died 1947

28

  • Harry F Olson born (Mount Pleasant, IO) American electronic and acoustic engineer, inventor. Developed the first electronic synthesizer, the RCA Mark II Sound Synthesizer (with Herbert Belar). Died 1982
Guglielmo Marconi 1874-1937

Guglielmo Marconi 1874-1937

date unknown

publications

  • Edvard Grieg’s Lyric Pieces Book 10 op. 71 published
  • Carrie Jacobs-Bond’s Seven Songs as Unpretentious as the Wild Rose published in Chicago including I Love You Truly
  • Leoš Janáček and František Bartoš’s Národní písně moravské v nově nasbírané [Moravian Folksongs Newly Collected] (2057 songs and dances) published in Prague
  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s Songs of Erin, 50 Irish folksongs published in London

songs published

  • High Society (Porter Steele); When It’s All Goin’ Out And Nothin’ Comin’ In (Bert Williams, George Walker)

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