1902

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Jan

1

  • A new copyright law goes into effect in Germany extending protection to 30 years beyond the death of the composer

3

  • Preston Jackson born (New Orleans) American jazz trombonist. Worked with Erskine Tate, Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Noone, Johnny Dodds and others. Died 1983

4

  • Felipe Pedrell’s opera trilogy Los Pirineos [the Pyrenees], lib. Victor Balaguer y Cireira, premiered in Barcelona

9

  • Rudolf Bing born (Vienna) Anglo-Austrian opera impresario, arts administrator. Died 1997
  • Mel Stitzel born (Germany) German-American jazz pianist. Worked with the New Orleans Rhythm Kings. Died 1952

11

  • Maurice Duruflé born (Louviers, France) French composer, organist, teacher. Died 1986
  • Claude Debussy’s Pour le piano for piano premiered in Paris

12

  • Emil von Reznicek’s opera Till Eulenspiegel, lib. von Reznicek, premiered in Karlsruhe

13

  • Putney Dandridge born (Richmond, VA) American jazz bandleader, pianist, singer. Worked with Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson and his own bands. Died 1946

18

  • Filippo Marchetti (70) dies in Rome
  • James T. Tanner, Adrian Ross & Lionel Monckton’s musical A Country Girl opens in London (729 performances)
  • Edward Elgar’s Funeral March op.42/2 for orchestra premiered in London

23

  • Gabriel Fauré’s Elégie for cello and orchestra premiered in Monte Carlo

25

  • Franz Schmidt’s Symphony No.1 premiered in Vienna
  • Aleksandr Scriabin’s Symphony No. 2 premiered in St Petersburg

30

  • Ernő Dohnányi’s Symphony no.1 premiered in Manchester

Felip Pedrell 1841-1922

Feb

1

  • Salomon Jadassohn (70) dies in Leipzig

5

  • Bronisław Kaper born (Warsaw) Polish-American film composer. Died 1983

6

  • George Brunies born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz trombonist. Worked with The Reliance Brass Band, New Orleans Rhythm Kings, Ted Lewis, Muggsy Spanier and Eddie Condon. Brother of Albert (1900-78) and Merritt (1895-1973) Brunies. Died 1974

7

  • Laurent Menager (67) dies in Luxembourg

15

  • Felix Weingartner’s opera cycle Orestes premiered in Leipzig. Lib. Weingartner

16

  • Charles Ives’ Anthem: Religion for voice and piano premiered in New York

17

  • Orville “Hoppy” Jones born (Chicago, IL) American popular bass singer, cellist. Founder member of The Ink Spots. Died 1944

18

  • Jules Massenet’s opera Le jongleur de Notre-Dame [the juggler of Notre Dame] premiered in Monte Carlo, lib. M. Léna

19

  • John W. Bubbles aka John William Sublett born (Louisville, KY) American vaudeville entertainer, dancer, singer. Died 1986

20

  • Eugen d’Albert’s opera Der Improvisator [the improviser], lib. Gustav Kastropp, premiered in Berlin
  • Max Reger’s Symphonic Fantasy and Fugue op.57 premiered in Berlin

26

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’s incidental music for V. Hugo’s play Les burgraves premiered in Paris

releases

  • Len Spencer – Arkansaw Traveler (Victor) recorded 23/11/01
Max Reger 1873-1916

Max Reger 1873-1916

Mar

8

  • Jean Sibelius’s Impromptu for female chorus and orchestra; Symphony no.2 & Overture in a premiered in Helsinki

9

  • Gustav Mahler marries Alma Schindler in Vienna

10

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Bucolic Suite for orchestra premiered in Bournemouth

11

  • Chauncey Morehouse born (Niagara Falls, NY) American jazz drummer, session player. Worked with Jean Goldkette, Adrian Rollini, Frankie Trumbauer and many others. Died 1980
  • Alberto Franchetti’s opera Germania premiered in Milan, lib. L. Illica

12

  • Romeo Nelson born (Springfield, TN) American boogie-woogie pianist. Died 1974

16

  • Leon Roppolo born (Lutcher, LA) American jazz clarinetist. Worked with The New Orleans Rhythm Kings and The Halfway House Orchestra. Died 1943
  • Guitar Slim aka Alec Seward born (Charles City, VA) American blues guitarist, singer, songwriter (no relation to Guitar Slim aka Eddie Jones 1926-59). Died 1972

18

  • Enrico Caruso makes his first recordings for the Gramophone & Typewriter Company in Milan
  • Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht [transfigured night] op.4 for string sextet & Four Songs op.2 for voice and piano premiered in Vienna

21

  • Eddie James ‘Son’ House born (Riverton, MS) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1988
  • Santo Pecora born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz trombonist. Worked with The New Orleans Rhythm Kings, Sharkey Bonano and Wingy Manone. Died 1984
  • Billy Pigg born (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) English Northumbrian piper. Died 1968
  • Louis Lacombe’s opera Der Kreuzritter [The Crusaders], lib. Louis-François Nicolaïe, premiered in Sonderhausen

24

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s cantata Spring premiered in Moscow

29

  • William Walton born (Oldham) English composer, conductor. Died 1983

30

  • Riccardo Drigo’s ballet La Côte d’Azur premiered in Monte Carlo

Riccardo Drigo 1846-1930

Apr

1

  • Paul Lincke’s operetta Lysistrata premiered in Berlin. Lib. Heinrich Bolten-Baeckers and Max Neumann

2

  • Edward German’s operetta Merrie England premiered in London. Lib. Basil Hood

3

  • Alessandro Moreschi becomes the first and only castrato singer to make sound recordings when he is captured by the Gramophone & Typewriter Company singing with the Sistine Chapel Choir in Rome (including four solo pieces)

4

  • Karl Pilß born (Vienna) Austrian composer, conductor, choirmaster, pianist, painter. Died 1979

5

  • Maurice Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante défunte [pavane for a dead princess] for orchestra Jeux d’eau [water games] for piano premiered in Paris

8

  • Josef Krips born (Vienna) Austrian conductor, violinist. Died 1974
  • Maria Maksakova born (Astrakhan, Russia) Russian mezzo-soprano singer. Died 1974

9

  • Jean Sibelius’s Tulen synty [The Origin of Fire] for baritone, male chorus and orchestra premiered in Helsinki
  • Ethel Smyth’s opera Der Wald [the forest], lib. Smyth and Henry Brewster, premiered in Berlin

12

  • Manuel de Falla’s zarzuella Los amores de la Inés [the loves of Inés] premiered in Madrid, lib. E. Dugi

15

  • Gustav Holst’s children’s operetta Fairy Pantomime of Cinderella premiered in London. Lib. Holst

18

  • Charles Ives’s The Celestial Country for choir and orchestra premiered in New York
  • Max Reger’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano op.49 premiered in Munich

24

  • Rube Bloom born (New York, NY) American popular songwriter, pianist, bandleader, writer. Died 1976
  • Johannes Brahms’s Eleven Chorale Preludes op.122 for organ premiered in Berlin
  • Gustav Holst’s Symphony in F ‘The Cotswolds’ premiered in Bournemouth
  • Franz Schreker’s opera Flammen [flame], lib. Dora Leen, premiered in Vienna

26

  • Władysław Daniłowski aka Walter Dana born (Warsaw) Polish jazz and popular music composer, pianist, singer, promoter. Died 2000

30

  • Claude Debussy’s opera Pelléas et Mélisande premiered in Paris, lib. M. Maeterlinck

releases

  • Enrico Caruso – E Lucevan Le Stelle (From Puccini’s Tosca) (G&T) recorded 11/4/02
Enrico Caruso 1873-1921

Enrico Caruso 1873-1921

May

1

  • Max Reger’s Romance for violin and small orchestra op.50 premiered in Munich

10

  • Edward Elgar’s May Song for orchestra premiered in Worcester
  • Paul Rubens’ musical Three Little Maids, with additional songs by Percy Greenbank and Howard Talbot, opens in London (348 performances)

11

  • Bidú Sayão born (Botafogo, Brazil) Brazilian soprano singer. Died 1999
  • Max Reger’s Sonata for organ no.2 op.60 premiered in Merseberg

12

  • Sergei Rachmaninov marries Natalia Satina in Moscow

13

  • Zenón Rolón (45) dies in Morón, Argentina

14

  • Enrico Caruso makes his first appearance at Covent Garden, London, in Verdi’s opera Rigoletto
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ choral work Rest premiered in London

18

  • Meredith Willson born (Mason City, IO) American classical and popular composer, songwriter, playwright. Died 1984

19

  • Lubka Kolessa born (Lviv, Ukraine) Ukrainian classical pianist, teacher. Died 1997
  • Monette Moore born (Gainesville, TX) American blues and jazz singer. Died 1962
  • Scott Joplin records piano rolls, including Cleopha

25

  • Helvi Leiviskä born (Helsinki) Finnish composer, teacher, librarian, writer. Died 1982

27

  • The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (Kungliga Filharmonikerna) is founded

31

  • Billy Mayerl born (London) English pianist, composer, teacher. Died 1959

Hilda Moody, star of Paul Rubens’ musical Three Little Maids

Jun

1

  • Charles Ives leaves his position as organist at the Central Presbyterian Church in New York

6

  • Chris Columbus born (Greenville, NC) American jazz drummer, bandleader. Worked with Louis Jordan, Duke Ellington and his own bands. Father of Sonny Payne (1926-79). Died 2002
  • Jimmie Lunceford born (Fulton, MS) American jazz bandleader, saxophonist, teacher. Led The Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra. Died 1947

7

  • Ed Cuffee born (Norfolk, VA) American jazz trombonist. Worked with McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, Clarence Williams, Fletcher Henderson and Count Basie. Died 1959

8

  • Arthur Sullivan’s Te Deum for chorus and orchestra premiered posthumously in London at a service marking the end of the Boer War

9

  • Nehemiah Curtis ‘Skip’ James born (Bentonia, MS) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1969
  • Gustav Mahler’s Symphony no.3 premiered in Krefeld

11

  • Joseph “Kaiser” Marshall born (Savannah, GA) American jazz drummer. Worked with Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and others. Died 1948
  • Vissarion Shebalin born (Omsk) American composer, teacher. Died 1963

13

  • Oliviero De Fabritiis born (Rome) Italian conductor, composer. Died 1982

17

  • Sammy Fain born (New York, NY) American popular songwriter. Died 1989
  • Karl Piutti (56) dies in Leipzig

18

  • Louis Alter born (Haverhill, MA) American popular songwriter, pianist. Died 1980

19

  • Guy Lombardo born (London, Ontario) Canadian-American popular bandleader, violinist . Led Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians. Brother of Carmen (1903-71), Lebert (1905-93) and Victor (1911-94) Lombardo. Died 1977

20

  • Caspar Joseph Brambach (68) dies in Bonn

26

  • Artemi Ayvazyan born (Baku, Azerbaijan) Armenian composer, conductor, founder of the Armenian State Jazz Orchestra. Died 1975
  • Antonia Brico born (Rotterdam) Dutch-American conductor, pianist, teacher. The first woman to conduct the New York Philharmonic in 1938. Died 1989

28

  • Richard Rodgers born (Queens, NY) American popular composer, songwriter. Died 1979
  • Joe “Fox” Smith born (Ripley, OH) American jazz trumpeter. Worked with Mamie Smith, Fletcher Henderson and McKinney’s Cotton Pickers. Died 1937

unk

  • Emma Calvé makes her first recordings for G&T in London (possibly May or July)
Gustav Mahler 1860-1911

Gustav Mahler 1860-1911

Jul

6

  • Louis Vola born (La Seyne-sur-Mer, France) French jazz bassist. Worked with the Quintette du Hot Club de France. Died 1990

13

  • Benjamin Bilse (85) dies in Legnica, Poland

16

  • Heinrich Hofmann (60) dies in Tabarz, Germany

19

  • Buster Bailey born (Memphis, TN) American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist. Worked with WC Handy, King Oliver, Fletcher Henderson, Noble Sissle, John Kirby and Red Allen. Died 1967

20

  • Jimmy Kennedy born (Omagh) Irish lyricist. Died 1984
  • Rose Thisse-Derouette born (Liège) Belgian composer, conductor, musicologist, folklorist, teacher. Died 1989

21

  • Omer Simeon born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist. Worked with Charlie Elgar, Jelly Roll Morton, Erskine Tate, Earl Hines, Jimmie Lunceford and Wilbur de Paris. Died 1959

releases

  • Arthur Collins – Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home (Columbia)

Original sheet music for Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home (Hughie Cannon)

Aug

2

  • August Klughardt (54) dies in Roßlau, Germany

6

  • Luis Russell born (Careening Bay, Panama) American jazz bandleader, pianist. Worked with Doc Cook, King Oliver, his own bands and Louis Armstrong. Died 1963

9

  • Zino Francescatti born (Marseilles) French classical violinist, teacher. Died 1991
  • Hubert Parry’s I was glad: coronation anthem for Edward VII premiered in London

11

  • George H. Jessop & Sidney Jones’s musical My Lady Molly opens in Brighton

13

  • Pietro Mascagni leaves the post of director of the Gioachino Rossini music school in Pesaro

16

  • Stefan Bolesław Poradowski born (Włocławek, Poland) Polish composer, teacher, violinist, conductor. Died 1967

17

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’s incidental music for J. Dieulafoy’s play Parysatis premiered in Béziers

23

  • Teresa Stolz (68) dies in Milan

25

  • Stefan Wolpe born (Berlin) German-American composer. Died 1972

27

  • Herbert Menges born (Hove, Sussex) English conductor, composer. Died 1972

29

  • Edward Elgar’s hymn O Mightiest of the Mighty premiered in London, text S. Childs Clarke

Sidney Jones 1861-1946

Sep

4

  • Edward Elgar’s Enfants d’un rêve [Dream Children] op.43 for orchestra premiered in London
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ songs Linden Lea Blackmore by the Stour premiered in Rotherham. Linden Lea is his first published work

7

  • Franz Wüllner (70) dies in Braunfels, Germany

10

  • Granville Bantock’s Witch of Atlas for orchestra premiered in Worcester

11

  • Barbecue Bob Hicks born (Walnut Grove, GA) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Brother of Charlie Hicks (Lincoln) (1900-63). Died 1931
  • Émile Bernard (58) dies in Paris

25

  • Jenő Takács born (Siegendorf) Austrian composer, teacher, painist. Died 2005
Franz Wüllner 1832-1902

Franz Wüllner 1832-1902

Oct

2

  • Edward Elgar’s Coronation Ode op.44 for choir and orchestra premiered in Sheffield
  • Pietro Mascagni’s incidental music for H. Caine’s play The Eternal City premiered in London

3

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Meg Blane for mezzosoprano, 4 voices and orchestra premiered in Sheffield, lib. R. Buchanan

6

  • Mihovil Logar born (Rijeka, Croatia) Slovenian composer, teacher, writer. Died 1998

11

  • The Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Co., Limited is founded in Kalamazoo, NY. Orville Gibson himself sells his patent rights for $2500 in 1904
  • Karl Michael Ziehrer’s operetta Der Fremdenführer [the tourist guide], lib. Leopold Krenn and Carl Lindau, premiered in Vienna

12

  • Jimmy Archey born (Norfolk, VA) American jazz trombonist. Worked with King Oliver, Luis Russell, Benny Carter, Claude Hopkins, Noble Sissle, Mezz Mezzrow, his own bands and Earl Hines. Died 1967

14

  • Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Serviliya [Servilia] premiered in St Petersburg, lib. Rimsky-Korsakov

15

  • Andriy Shtoharenko born (Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine) Ukrainian composer, teacher. Died 1992
  • Emile Pessard’s opera L’Armée des vierges [the army of virgins], lib. Ernest Depré and Louis Héral, premiered in Paris

23

  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s Irish Rhapsody no.1 op.78 for orchestra premiered in Norwich

25

  • Eddie Lang born (Philadelphia, PA) American jazz guitarist, composer. Worked with Joe Venuti, Lonnie Johnson and others. Died 1933
  • Jean Sibelius’ Den 25 oktober 1902. Till Thérèse Hahl for chorus premiered in Helsinki

29

  • The Dinwiddie Colored Quartet record in Philadelphia the first of two sessions for Victor, thought to be the first ever disc recordings by a black vocal group. The second session is cut two days later. Sterling Rex (tenor) Clarence Meredith (tenor) Harry B. Cruder (bass) J. Mantell Thomas (bass)

31

  • Julia Lee born (Boonville, MO) American R&B and blues singer. Died 1958

Orville Gibson 1856-1918

Nov

1

  • Eugen Jochum born (Babenhausen, Germany) German conductor. Died 1987

3

  • Jean Sibelius’s En saga for orchestra premiered in Helsinki

6

  • Francesco Cilea’s opera Adriana Lecouvreur premiered in Milan. Lib. Arturo Colautti
  • Paul Lincke’s operetta Nakiris Hochzeit [Nakiri’s wedding], lib. Heinrich Bolten-Baeckers, premiered in Berlin

7

  • Jesús Maria Sanromá born (Carolina, Puerto Rico) Puerto Rican concert pianist. Died 1984

12

  • Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera Dornröschen [Sleeping Beauty] premiered in Frankfurt, lib. E. Ebeling and B. Filhès

15

  • Ivan Caryll, Paul Rubens, Wilhelm Meyer Lutz, Edward Jones, Cecil Cook, Adrian Ross & Claude Aveling’s musical The Girl from Kays opens in London (432 performances)

21

  • Arthur Schutt born (Reading, PA) American jazz pianist, arranger. Worked with Red Nichols and The Dorsey Brothers. Died 1965
  • Franz Léhar’s operetta Wiener Frauen [Viennese women] premiered in Vienna, lib. O. Tann-Bergler and E. Norini

22

  • Emanuel Feuermann born (Kolomyia, Ukraine) German cellist, teacher. Died 1942
  • Septimus Winner (75) dies in Philadelphia

27

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ songs Entlaubet ist der Walde [defoliated is the forest] & Whither Must I Wander? premiered in London

28

  • Henry Jolles born (Berlin) German pianist, composer. Died 1965
  • Carl Nielsen’s opera Saul og David premiered in Copenhagen, lib. E. Christiansen

releases

  • Enrico Caruso – Celeste Aida (From Verdi’s Aida) (G&T)

Poster for Caryll, Rubens, Lutz, Jones, Cook, Ross & Aveling’s musical The Girl from Kays

Dec

1

  • Fyodor Stravinsky (59) dies in St Petersburg
  • Carl Nielsen’s Symphony no. 2 premiered in Copenhagen

9

  • Eduard Nápravník’s opera Francesca da Rimini premiered in St Petersburg. Lib. Josef Palecek and Yevgeny Petrovich Ponomaryev

16

  • Karl Goldmark’s opera Götz von Berlichingen premiered in Vienna, lib. J.W. von Willner
  • Reynaldo Hahn’s opera La Carmélite premiered in Paris. Lib. Catulle Mendes

20

  • Jenő Huszka’s operetta Bob herceg [Prince Bob], lib. Ferenc Martos and Károly Bakonyi, premiered in Budapest
  • Franz Léhar’s operetta Der Rastelbinder [the tinkers] premiered in Vienna, lib. V. Léon

21

  • Peetie Wheatstraw aka William Bunch born (Ripley, TN) American blues singer, pianist, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1941

25

  • Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Kashchey bessmertnïy [Kashchey the Deathless] premiered in Moscow, lib. Rimsky-Korsakov and S. Rimsky-Korsakov

26

  • J.D. “Jelly Jaw” Short born (Port Gibson, MS) American blues singer, guitarist, harmonica player. Died 1962

27

  • Sam Coslow born (New York, NY) American popular songwriter, film producer, publisher, financial analyst. Died 1982

29

  • Scott Joplin records piano rolls, including Elite Syncopations; The Entertainer & A Breeze From Alabama
Scott Joplin - The Entertainer. Original sheet music

Scott Joplin – The Entertainer. Original sheet music

Date unknown

  • James A. Bland returns to Washington, DC from Europe, penniless despite his 20 years of European success

publications

  • (to 1905) Charles Villiers Stanford’s The Complete Collection of Irish Music as noted by George Petrie published in London in 3 volumes

songs published

  • Because (Edward Teschemacher, Guy d’Hardelot); Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home (Hughie Cannon); The Entertainer (Scott Joplin); In The Good Old Summer Time (Ren Shields, George Evans); Jennie Lee (Arthur J. Lamb, Harry Von Tilzer); Land Of Hope And Glory (Arthur C. Benson, Edward Elgar)
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