1903

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Jan

1

  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s Flourish of Trumpets for the Imperial Coronation Durbar premiered in Delhi

2

  • Edith North Johnson born (St Louis, MO) American blues singer. Died 1988

3

  • Aleksandr Glazunov’s Symphony No. 7 & tone poem From the Middle Ages op.79 premiered in St Petersburg

4

  • Carroll Gibbons born (Clinton, MA) American dance band leader, composer, arranger. Died 1954

6

  • Maurice Abravanel born (Thessaloniki, Greece) Greco-Swiss-American conductor. Died 1993

7

  • Vincent d’Indy’s opera L’étranger [the stranger] premiered in Brussels, lib. d’Indy

13

  • Hans Pfitzner’s String Quartet op.13 premiered in Vienna

18

  • Berthold Goldschmidt born (Hamburg) Anglo-German composer, conductor. Died 1996

19

  • Boris Blacher born (Yingkou, China) German composer, teacher. Died 1975
  • Ervin Nyiregyházi born (Budapest) Hungarian-American concert pianist, composer. Died 1987

20

  • Georges Hüe’s opera Titania premiered in Paris. Lib. Louis Gallet and André Corneau

21

  • The first west-east transatlantic radio broadcast is made from the United States to England

22

  • Robin Milford born (Oxford) English composer, teacher. Died 1959
  • L Frank Baum & Paul Tietjen’s musical The Wizard of Oz opens on Broadway (293 performances)
  • Edward German’s operetta A Princess of Kensington premiered in London, lib. Basil Hood

28

  • Augusta Holmès (55) dies in Paris
  • Robert Planquette (54) dies in Paris

29

  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s Clarinet Concerto op.80 premiered in Bournemouth

31

  • Meyer Lutz (73) dies in London of bronchitis
The Wizard of Oz 1903 poster

The Wizard of Oz 1903 poster

Feb

3

  • Ivy Priaulx Rainier born (Howick, South Africa) Anglo-South African composer, violinist, gardener. Died 1986
  • The Orchestre Symphonique de Québec is founded in Quebec City, Canada, by Joseph Vézina

5

  • Ivan Galamian born (Tabriz, Iran) Iranian-Armenian violinist, teacher. Died 1981

6

  • Claudio Arrau born (Chillán, Chile) Chilean classical pianist. Died 1991

7

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’s incidental music for Racine’s play Andromaque premiered in Paris

10

  • Matvey Blanter born (Pochep, Russia) Russian film composer, songwriter. Died 1990
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Ten Preludes for piano op.23 premiered in Moscow

11

  • Hans Redlich born (Vienna) Austrian composer, conductor, writer. Died 1968
  • Anton Bruckner’s Symphony no. 9 premiered in Vienna

12

  • Todd Duncan born (Danville, KY) American baritone singer, actor. Died 1998

17

  • Joseph Parry (61) dies in Penarth, Wales
  • Emile Pessard’s opera L’Epave [the wreck], lib. Ernest Depré, premiered in Paris

18

  • Will Marion Cook, Jesse A. Shipp, & Paul Laurence Dunbar’s musical In Dahomey opens on Broadway, the first black-written and cast musical to do so (53 performances)

20

  • Edmund Eysler’s operetta Bruder Straubinger [Brother Straubinger], lib. Moritz West and Ignatz Schnitzer, premiered in Vienna

21

  • Francis ‘Scrapper’ Blackwell born (Indianapolis, IN) American blues guitarist, singer. Died 1962
  • Eric Fogg born (Manchester) English composer, conductor. Died 1939
  • Jeno Hubay’s opera Moharózsa [moss rose], lib. Max Rothauser, premiered in Budapest

22

  • Hugo Wolf (42) dies in a Viennese asylum

23

  • Friedrich Grützmacher (70) dies in Dresden
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme of Chopin op.22 for piano premiered in Moscow
  • Arnold Schoenberg’s symphonic poem Pelleas und Melisande completed

25

  • Giacomo Puccini is badly injured in motor accident near Lucca. He is  found with leg injuries underneath his overturned car

unk

  • Fritz Kreisler makes his first recordings in Berlin for the Gramophone & Typewriter Company
  • Francesco Tamagno makes his first recordings in Ospedaletti, Italy for the Gramophone & Typewriter Company

releases

  • Haydn Quartet – In The Good Old Summertime (Victor)
Sergei Rachmaninoff 1873-1943

Sergei Rachmaninoff 1873-1943

Mar

1

  • Hugo Wolf’s opera Manuel Venegas premiered in Mannheim, lib. M. Hoernes

2

  • Gabriel Fauré appointed music critic for the newspaper Le Figaro in Paris

7

  • Charles Lecocq’s opera Yetta premiered in Paris. Lib. Fernand Beissier

8

  • Avril Coleridge-Taylor born (London) English pianist, conductor, composer. Daughter of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912). Died 1998
  • Georges Enesco’s Rumanian Rhapsodies nos.1 and 2 op.11 for orchestra premiered in Bucharest

9

  • Georgia White born (Sandersville, GA) American blues singer, pianist. Death date unknown – c. 1980

10

  • Bix Beiderbecke born (Davenport, IO) American jazz cornetist, pianist, composer. Worked with The Wolverines, Jean Goldkette, Frankie Trumbauer and Paul Whiteman. Died 1931

11

  • Lawrence Welk born (Strasburg, ND) American popular bandleader, accordion player, television personality. Died 1992

12

  • Frédéric Alfred d’Erlanger’s Violin concerto premiered in London
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ cantata Willow-wood premiered in London

14

  • George H. Jessop & Sidney Jones’s operetta My Lady Molly opens in London (342 performances)

19

  • Pista Dankó (44) dies in Szeged, Hungary from a lung complaint

23

  • Paul Dukas’ Variations, interlude et final sur un thème de Rameau for piano premiered in Paris

25

  • Frankie Carle aka Francis Carlone born (Providence, RI) American popular bandleader, pianist, composer. Died 2001

27

  • Bela Bartók’s Piano Fantasy I premiered in Budapest
  • Wilhelm Peterson-Berger’s opera Lyckan [happiness], lib. Peterson-Berger, premiered in Stockholm

28

  • Rudolf Serkin born (Cheb, Czech Rep) Austro-American concert pianist. Died 1991

George Enescu 1881-1955

Apr

3

  • James ‘Bubber’ Miley born (Aiken, SC) American jazz trumpeter. Worked with The Carolina Five, Mamie Smith’s Jazz Hounds and Duke Ellington. Died 1932

4

  • Enrique Granados’s opera Follet premiered in Barcelona, lib. A. Mestres (concert performance)

5

  • Leo Rowsome born (Dublin) Irish Uilleann piper, pipe maker, teacher. Died 1970

13

  • Bela Bartók’s Study for the Left Hand for piano premiered in Nagyszentmiklos, Hungary

15

  • Sergey Nikiforovich Vasilenko’s opera Skazaniye o grade velikom Kitezhe i tikhom ozere Svetoyare [Legend of the Great City of Kitezh and the Quiet Lake Svetoyar] premiered in Moscow, lib. N. Manïkin-Nevstroyev

16

  • Claude Terrasse’s opera Le sire de Vergy [The lord of Vergy], lib. Louis-Robert Pellevé de la Motte-Angot de Flers and Gaston-Armand de Caillavet, premiered in Paris

17

  • Gregor Piatigorsky born (Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine) Russian-American cellist

25

  • Carl Gustav Sparre Olsen born (Stavanger) Norwegian composer, violinist, writer. Died 1984

30

  • Hubert Parry’s War and Peace for chorus and orchestra premiered in London

unk

  • Raoul Pugno makes his first recordings as a pianist for the Gramophone and Typewriter Company in Paris. He records four pieces composed by Handel, Scarlatti, Chopin and himself
Sergey Nikiforovich Vasilenko 1872-1956

Sergey Nikiforovich Vasilenko 1872-1956

May

1

  • Luigi Arditi (80) dies in Hove, Sussex
  • Max Reger’s Quintet for piano and strings op.64 premiered in Munich

2

  • Newell Spiegle Willcox born (Sherburne, NY) American jazz and big band trombonist. Worked with Paul Whiteman, Jean Goldkette and Joe Venuti. Died 1999
  • Edward Elgar’s Weary wind of the west for choir premiered in Morecambe, text T.E. Brown

3

  • Bing Crosby born (Tacoma, WA) American popular singer, actor. Brother of Bob Crosby (1913-93). Died 1977

7

  • Émile Durand (73) dies in Paris

9

  • Giuseppe Cremonini (36) dies in Cremona
  • Leslie Stuart, Paul Rubens, Henry Hamilton, Paul M. Potter and Charles H. Taylor’s musical The School Girl opens in London (333 performances)

12

  • Lennox Berkeley born (Oxford) English composer. Father of Michael Berkeley (b.1948). Died 1989

16

  • Sibyl Sanderson (38) dies in Paris of pneumonia

17

  • Emil Ábrányi’s opera A ködkirály premiered in Budapest. Lib. Á. Pásztor
  • Albert Roussel’s symphonic prelude Résurrection premiered in Paris

20

  • Wilhelm Peterson-Berger’s opera Ran premiered in Stockholm. Lib. Peterson-Berger

25

  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s Irish Rhapsody no.2 op.84 ‘The Lament for the Son of Ossian’ for orchestra premiered in Amsterdam

28

  • Walter Goehr born (Berlin) German composer, conductor. Father of Alexander Goehr (b.1932). Died 1960
  • Marguerite Monnot born (Decize, France) French popular songwriter, composer. Died 1961
Sibyl Sanderson 1864-1903

Sibyl Sanderson 1864-1903

Jun

1

  • Percy Whitlock born (Chatham, Kent) English organist, composer, writer. Died 1946

2

  • Mario Pilati born (Naples) Italian composer, teacher, critic. Died 1938
  • Valaida Snow born (Chattanooga, TN) American jazz trumpeter, singer. Died 1956

3

  • Arthur ‘Montana’ Taylor born (Butte, MT) American boogie-woogie pianist. Died 1954

6

  • Aram Khachaturian born (Tbilisi) Armenian composer. Died 1978

12

  • Emmett Hardy born (Gretna, LA) American jazz cornetist. Worked with The New Orleans Rhythm Kings. Died 1925

18

  • Jeanette MacDonald born (Philadelphia, PA) American popular soprano singer, actress. Died 1965

22

  • Ben Pollack born (Chicago, IL) American jazz bandleader, drummer. Worked with The New Orleans Rhythm Kings and The Ben Pollack Orchestra. Died 1971

26

  • St. Louis Jimmy Oden born (Nashville, TN) American blues singer, songwriter, pianist. Died 1977

28

  • Adrian Rollini born (Larchmont, NY) American jazz bass saxophonist, pianist, bandleader. Worked with The California Ramblers and The Dorsey Brothers. Brother of Arthur Rollini (1912-95). Died 1956

29

  • Rentaro Taki (23) dies in Oita, Japan of tuberculosis

Rentaro Taki 1879-1903

Jul

4

  • Charlie Monroe born (Rosine, KY) American bluegrass and country guitarist. Worked with The Monroe Brothers and The Kentucky Pardners. Brother of Bill Monroe (1911-96). Died 1975
  • Flor Peeters born (Tielen, Belgium) Belgian composer, organist, teacher. Died 1986

16

  • Carmen Lombardo born (London, Ontario) Canadian popular singer, saxophonist, composer. Worked with The Royal Canadians. Brother of Guy (1902-77), Lebert (1905-93) and Victor (1911-94) Lombardo. Died 1971

30

  • Hilton Jefferson born (Danbury, CT0 American jazz and big band alto saxophonist. Worked with Chick Webb, Fletcher Henderson, McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington and Rex Stewart. Died 1968
  • Rosine Stoltz (88) dies in Paris
Rosine Stoltz 1815-1903

Rosine Stoltz 1815-1903

Aug

7

  • Saburō Moroi born (Tokyo) Japanese composer, teacher, music theorist. Died 1977

15

  • Joe Garland born (Norfolk, VA) American jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger. Worked with Elmer Snowden, Jelly Roll Morton, Mills Blue Rhythm Band, Louis Armstrong and others. Died 1977
  • Monk Hazel born (Harvey, LA) American jazz drummer, bandleader. Worked with Emmett Hardy and The Halfway House Orchestra. Died 1968

17

  • Abram Chasins born (New York) American composer, pianist, teacher, musicologist, broadcaster, administrator, author. Died 1987
  • Joseph Joachim records five pieces of violin music in Berlin for Gramophone & Typewriter Ltd

18

  • Lucienne Boyer born (Paris) French popular singer. Died 1983

20

  • António Fortunato de Figueiredo born (Loutolim, Goa) Indian conductor, violinist. Died 1981

25

  • Cyril Scott’s Symphony No.2 premiered in London

26

  • Jimmy Rushing born (Oklahoma City, OK) American jazz and blues singer, pianist. Worked with Walter Page, Bennie Moten and Count Basie. Died 1972
  • Wilhelm Elsner (33) dies suddenly in Prague

29

  • Enrico Bevignani (61) dies in Naples

Joseph Joachim 1831-1907

Sep

2

  • Billy Murray makes his first recordings for Victor, cutting four songs in Philadelphia

4

  • Hermann Zumpe (53) dies in Munich

10

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s The Atonement for choir and orchestra premiered in Hereford, lib. A. Parsons
  • Hubert Parry’s Voces clamantium for chorus and orchestra premiered in Hereford

11

  • Theodor W. Adorno born (Frankfurt) German musicologist, sociologist, philospher, critic. Died 1969

15

  • Roy Acuff born (Maynardville, TN) American country singer, songwriter, fiddler, music publisher. Co-founder of Acuff-Rose Music with Fred Rose (1898-1954). Died 1992

16

  • Joe Venuti born (Philadelphia, PA) American jazz bandleader, violinist, composer. Died 1978

18

  • Theodor Kirchner (79) dies in Hamburg

27

  • Southern Railway Fast Mail train No. 97 derails near Danville, VA, providing the inspiration for the country standard The Wreck of the Old 97

unk

  • Frederick Delius marries artist Jelka Rosen in Grez-sur-Loing, France

The wreck of the Southern Railway Fast Mail train No. 97

Oct

1

  • Vladimir Horowitz born (Kiev) Russian-American classical pianist. Died 1989

8

  • Carl Nielsen’s Helios Overture premiered in Copenhagen

10

  • Vernon Duke aka Vladimir Dukelsky born (Parafianovka, Belarus) Russo-American popular songwriter. Died 1969

13

  • Victor Herbert’s musical Babes in Toyland opens on Broadway (192 performances). Lib. Glen MacDonough

14

  • Edward Elgar’s oratorio The Apostles op.49 for choir and orchestra premiered in Birmingham, lib. Elgar

15

  • Charles Remue born (Brussels) Belgian jazz clarinettist, alto saxophonist, bandleader. Died 1971

16

  • Buck Washington born (Louisville, KY) American jazz and popular pianist, singer. Died 1955
  • Big Joe Williams born (Crawford, MS) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1982

17

  • Ivan Caryll and Henry Hamilton’s musical The Duchess of Dantzic opens in London (236 performances)

19

  • Vittorio Giannini born (Philadelphia, PA) American composer, violinist. Died 1966

26

  • Victorin de Joncières (64) dies in Paris
  • Herbert Oakeley (73) dies in Eastbourne, Sussex
  • Richard Strauss’ Taillefer op.52 for orchestra premiered in Heidelberg
  • James T. Tanner, Adrian Ross, Percy Greenbank, Ivan Caryll & Lionel Monckton’s musical The Orchid opens in London (559 performances)

29

  • Vivian Ellis born (London) English popular composer. Died 1996

30

  • August Bungert’s opera Odysseus Tod [Odysseus’s death], lib. Bungert after Homer, premiered in Dresden (fourth part of Die Odyssee cycle)
Victor Herbert 1859-1924

Victor Herbert 1859-1924

Nov

5

  • The Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra gives its inaugural performance under Emil Oberhoffer
  • Max Reger’s Sonata for violin and piano no.4 op.72 premiered in Munich

6

  • Jenő Huszka’s operetta Aranyvirág [Gold flower], lib. Ferenc Martos and Károly Bakonyi, premiered in Budapest

11

  • Eugen d’Albert’s opera Tiefland [lowlands], lib. Rudolph Lothar, premiered in Prague

14

  • Scott Joplin records piano rolls for QRS in St Louis, MO, including Palm Leaf Rag

17

  • Cesar Cui’s opera Mademoiselle Fifi premiered in Moscow. Lib. Cui

20

  • Hart Pease Danks (69) dies in Philadelphia

23

  • Enrico Caruso makes his first appearance at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, in Verdi’s opera Rigoletto

27

  • Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s opera Le donne curiose [the curious woman] premiered in Munich, lib. L. Sugana

29

  • The opera house of the Brooklyn Academy of Music is destroyed by fire

30

  • Ernest Chausson’s opera Le roi Arthus [King Arthur] premiered in Brussels, lib. Chausson
Eugen d'Albert 1864-1932

Eugen d’Albert 1864-1932

Dec

2

  • Victor Roger (50) dies in Paris
  • Jean Sibelius’ Kuolema [death] op.44 for orchestra premiered in Helsinki

4

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams begins collecting folk songs, starting with Bushes and Briars

5

  • Johannes Heesters born (Amersfoort, Netherlands) Dutch actor, singer. Died 2011

7

  • Julius Otto Grimm (76) dies in Münster

10

  • Ivan Caryll, Seymour Hicks & Percy Greenbank’s musical The Earl and the Girl opens in London (371 performances)

13

  • Carlos Montoya born (Madrid) Spanish flamenco guitarist, composer. Died 1993

14

  • Béla Bartók makes his Berlin performance debut

17

  • Ray Noble born (Brighton) English popular bandleader, composer, arranger, actor. Died 1978

19

  • Umberto Giordano’s opera Siberia premiered in Milan. Lib. Luigi Illica

20

  • Kornél Ábrányi (81) dies in Budapest

21

  • Gavriil Musicescu (56) dies in Iași, Romania
  • Mykola Lysenko’s opera Taras Bul’ba premiered in Kiev. Lib. Mykhailo Starytsky

22

  • Paul Agricole Genin (71) dies in Paris

28

  • Earl Hines born (Pittsburgh, PA) American jazz pianist, bandleader, composer. Worked with Lois Deppe, Jimmy Noone and Louis Armstrong and led his own bands). Died 1983

29

  • Clyde McCoy born (Ashland, KY) American jazz trumpeter, bandleader. Co-founder of Down Beat magazine in 1935. Inventor of the wah-wah pedal. Died 1990

31

  • Nathan Milstein born (Odessa) Russo-American classical violinist. Died 1992

releases

  • Arthur Collins – Any Rags? (Victor)

Mykola Lysenko 1842-1912

Date unknown

songs published

  • Palm Leaf Rag (Scott Joplin); (You’re The Flower Of My Heart) Sweet Adeline (Richard H. Gerard, Henry W. Armstrong); The Wreck Of The Old ’97 (Henry C. Work)
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