1906

<1905 1907>

Jan

1

  • George M. Cohan’s musical Forty-five Minutes from Broadway opens in New York (90 performances)

4

  • Frankie Newton born (Emory, VA) American jazz trumpeter. Worked with Chick Webb, Charlie Barnet, Andy Kirk and Lucky Millinder. Died 1954

5

  • Bill Davison born (Defiance, OH) American jazz cornet player. Worked with Eddie Condon. Died 1989

6

  • Bobby Stark born (New York, NY) American jazz trumpeter. Worked with McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, Chick Webb and Fletcher Henderson. Died 1945
  • Maurice Ravel’s Miroirs [Reflections] for piano premiered in Paris

7

  • Henry “Red” Allen born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz trumpeter, singer, bandleader. Worked with King Oliver, Luis Russell, Fletcher Henderson, Mills Blue Rhythm Band, Louis Armstrong, his own bands and others. Died 1967

10

  • Johannes Paul Thilman born (Dresden) German composer, teacher. Died 1973

13

  • The first radio is advertised for sale, in Scientific American magazine. The Electro Importing Company claim a range of one mile for the $7.50 unit

15

  • Alessandro Cicognini born (Pescara) Italian film composer. Died 1995
  • Rezső Kókai born (Budapest) Hungarian composer, teacher, music director. Died 1962

18

  • Gustav Mahler’s song Lob des hohen Verstandes [praise the high understanding] premiered in Vienna
  • Max Reger’s Gesang der Verklärten op.71 [Song of the blessed] for chorus and orchestra premiered in Aachen
  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s Symphony no.6 op.94 ‘In Memoriam G.F. Watts’ premiered in London

21

  • Gunnar Johansen born (Copenhagen) Danish-American pianist, composer, teacher. Died 1991

23

  • Charles Hunter (29) dies in St Louis, MO of tuberculosis

24

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s operas Francesca da Rimini, lib. M. Tchaikovsky & Skupoy rïtsar′ [The Miserly Knight], lib. A.S Pushkin both premiered in Moscow
  • Igor Stravinsky marries his cousin Ekaterina Nosenko in St Petersburg

27

  • Radamés Gnattali born (Porto Alegre, Brazil) Brazilian composer, conductor, arranger. Died 1988
  • Ernest Bloch’s symphonic poems Hiver [winter] & Printemps [spring] premiered in Geneva
  • Leos Janáček’s piano sonata 1. X. 1905 premiered in Brno

28

  • Gabriel Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine op.11 for chorus and piano or organ premiered in Paris

31

  • Benjamin Frankel born (London) English composer. Died 1973
  • Roosevelt Sykes born (Elmar, AK) American blues singer, pianist, songwriter. Died 1983
  • Paul Dresser (48) dies in New York of a brain haemorrhage

Paul Dresser 1857-1906

Paul Dresser 1857-1906


Feb

1

  • Hildegarde Loretta Sell born (Adell, WN) American cabaret singer. Died 2005

3

  • Gabriel Fauré’s Barcarolle no.7 for piano op.90 premiered in Paris

6

  • Karol Szymanowski’s Concert Overture op.12 premiered in Warsaw

9

  • Karol Szymanowski’s Fantasia op.14 for piano premiered in Warsaw

11

  • Yves Baudrier born (Paris) French film composer, writer. Died 1988

18

  • Vincent d’Indy’s Jour d’été à la montagne [Summer day in the mountains] for orchestra premiered in Paris

19

  • Grace Williams born (Barry) Welsh composer. Died 1977

20

  • Will Marion Cook, Bert Williams, Jesse A Shipp & Alexander Rogers’s musical comedy Abyssinia opens on Broadway (48 performances)

21

  • Isidore de Lara’s opera Sanga premiered in Nice. Lib. Eugène Morand and Paul de Choudens

24

  • Engelbert Humperdinck’s Festgesang (Endlos und machtvoll durch die Zeiten) [Festival Chorus (endless and powerful throughout the ages)] for chorus premiered in Berlin
  • Camille Saint-Saëns’s opera L’ancêtre [the ancestor] premiered in Monte Carlo, lib. L. Augé de Lassus

25

  • Boris Papandopulo born (Bad Honnef, Germany) Croatian composer, conductor. Died 1991
  • Anton Arensky (44) dies in St Petersburg of tuberculosis

26

  • Manuel Fernandez Caballero (70) dies in Madrid

unk

  • Leo Ornstein and his family emigrate to New York from Russia

Poster for Cook, Williams, Shipp & Rogers’s musical comedy Abyssinia


Mar

2

  • Theodore Roosevelt Darby aka Blind Teddy Darby born (Henderson, KY) American blues singer, songwriter, guitarist, deacon. Died 1975

3

  • Barney Bigard born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz clarinetist, tenor saxophonist. Worked with King Oliver, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Cozy Cole. Died 1980
  • Claude Debussy’s Images book 1 for piano premiered in Paris

10

  • Georges Bizet’s opera Don Procopio premiered in Monte Carlo, lib. C. Cambiaggio
  • Maurice Ravel’s Sonatine for piano premiered in Lyon
  • Oscar Straus’s operetta Hugdietrichs Brautfahrt [Hugdietrichs wedding journey], lib. Fritz Oliven, premiered in Vienna

11

  • Aleksandr Glazunov’s Russian Fantasy op.86 for balalaika ensemble premiered in St Petersburg

13

  • Frank Teschemacher born (Kansas City, MO) American jazz clarinetist, alto-saxophonist. Worked with The McKenzie-Condon Chicagoans, Jan Garber and Benny Meroff. Died 1932

14

  • Ulvi Cemal Erkin born (Istanbul) Turkish composer, teacher. Died 1972

19

  • Alberto Franchetti’s opera La figlia di lorio [the daughter of Jorio] premiered in Milan, lib. G. D’Annunzio
  • Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s opera I quatro rusteghi [the four curmudgeons] premiered in Munich, lib. L. Sugana and G. Pizzolato

23

  • Gabriel Fauré’s Piano Quintet no.1 op.89 premiered in Brussels

24

  • Jean Sibelius’s Symphony no.3 & Pan och Echo [Pan and Echo] for orchestra premiered in Helsinki

25

  • Jean Sablon born (Nogent-sur-Marne, France) French popular singer, actor. Died 1994
  • Curley Weaver born (Covington, GA) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1962

26

  • John Philip Sousa’s operetta The Free Lance premiered in Springfield, MA, lib. H.B. Smith

27

  • Charles ‘Pee Wee’ Russell born (Maplewood, MO) American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist. Worked with Jean Goldkette, Red Nichols, Louis Prima and Eddie Condon. Died 1969
  • Camille Erlanger’s opera Aphrodite premiered in Paris. Lib. Louis Ferdinand de Gramont

28

  • Murray Adaskin born (Toronto) Canadian composer, conductor, teacher. Died 2002
  • Maurice Ravel’s Rhapsodie Espagnole [Spanish rhapsody] for orchestra premiered in Paris

31

  • David Heneker born (Southsea, Hants) English theatre composer, writer. Died 2001

Alberto Franchetti 1860-1942


Apr

3

  • Walter “Fats” Pichon born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz bandleader, pianist, singer, songwriter. Died 1967
  • Billy Taylor born (Washington, DC) American jazz bassist. Worked with Elmer Snowden, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Coleman Hawkins, Cootie Williams, Barney Bigard and many others. Died 1986

5

  • Lord Buckley aka Richard Buckley born (Stockton, CA) American Beat Poet, comedian. Died 1960

7

  • Max Reger’s Suite im alten Stil op.93 [Suite in the Old Style] for violin and piano premiered in Berlin

9

  • Antal Doráti born (Budapest) Hungaro-American conductor, composer. Died 1988

10

  • Frédéric Alfred d’Erlanger’s opera Tess premiered in Naples. Lib. Luigi Illica after Thomas Hardy

11

  • Edvard Grieg records six piano rolls in Leipzig

13

  • Lawrence ‘Bud’ Freeman born (Chicago, IL) American jazz tenor saxophonist, clarinettist. Worked with The McKenzie-Condon Chicagoans, Red Nichols, Joe Venuti, Eddie Condon, Tommy Dorsey and others. Died 1991

16

  • Jakob Gimpel born (Lviv, Ukraine) Polish concert pianist, teacher. Brother of Bronislav Gimpel (1911-79). Died 1989

17

  • Edvard Grieg records three more piano rolls in Leipzig

18

  • Eurreal ‘Little Brother’ Montgomery born (Kentwood, LA) American blues and jazz pianist, singer. Died 1985

19

  • Alex Hill born (Little Rock, AR) American jazz pianist, arranger. Worked with Mutt Carey, Jimmy Noone and many others. Died 1937

22

  • Eric Fenby born (Scarborough) English composer, conductor, pianist, teacher, publisher. Assistant to Frederick Delius from 1928-34. Died 1997

25

  • Zoltán Gárdonyi born (Budapest) Hungarian composer, teacher, musicologist. Died 1986
  • John Knowles Paine (67) dies in Cambridge, MA of pneumonia

26

  • Leopold Spinner born (Lviv, Ukraine) Anglo-Ukrainian composer, music editor. Died 1980
  • Victor Herbert conducts a benefit concert at the San Francisco Hippodrome for victims of the earthquake of April 18th

1913 advert for Grieg’s piano rolls


May

1

  • Buddy Bolden plays his final engagement at a Labor Day parade in New Orleans

9

  • Helen Lemmens-Sherrington (71) dies in Brussels
  • Isaac Albéniz’s Iberia Suite Book 1 for piano premiered in Paris

11

  • J.C. (Jack) Higginbotham born (Social Circle, GA) American jazz trombonist. Worked with Luis Russell, Benny Carter, Fletcher Henderson, Louis Armstrong and Red Allen. Died 1973
  • Gottardo Aldighieri (82) dies in Verona

12

  • Edward Elgar’s Evening Scene for choir premiered in Morecambe, text C. Patmore
  • Jean Sibelius’s Vapautettu kuningatar [The Captive Queen] for chorus and orchestra premiered in Helsinki

15

  • Johnny Williams born (Alexandria, LA) American blues singer, songwriter, guitarist, minister. Died 2006
  • Robert Planquette’s operetta Le Paradis de Mahomet [Mohammed’s paradise], lib. Henri Blondeau, premiered in Paris

19

  • Andria Balanchivadze born (St Petersburg) Georgian composer. Son of  Meliton Balanchivadze (1862-1937), brother of George Balanchine (1904-83). Died 1992

23

  • Lucha Reyes aka Maria de luz Flores born (Guadalajara, Mexico) Mexican mariachi singer. Died 1944

24

  • Heinrich Reimann (56) dies in Berlin
  • Walter Braunfels’s opera Falada premiered in Essen. Lib.K. Wolfskehl
  • Frederick Delius’s Sea Drift for choir and orchestra premiered in Essen, text W. Whitman

27

  • Gustav Mahler’s Symphony no.6 premiered in Essen

28

  • Cesar Cui’s children’s opera The Snow Hero premiered in Yalta. Lib.Marina Polh

30

  • William Hurlstone (30) dies in London following an asthma attack

Walter Braunfels 1882-1954


Jun

1

  • Walter Legge born (London) English classical record producer, administrator, critic. Died 1979

3

  • Josephine Baker aka Freda Carson born (St Louis, MO) American jazz singer, dancer, actress. Died 1975

8

  • Christian Frederik Emil Horneman (65) dies in Copenhagen

14

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Symphonic Variations on an African Air premiered in London

18

  • Kay Kyser born (Rocky Mount, NC) American popular bandleader, singer, radio presenter. Died 1985

20

  • Otakar Ostrcil’s opera Sirotek premiered in Prague. Lib. Jaroslav Kvapil

21

  • Grete Sultan born (Berlin) German classical pianist. Died 2005

releases

  • Bert Williams – Nobody (Columbia)

Bert Williams 1875-1922

Bert Williams 1875-1922


Jul

1

  • Manuel Patricio Rodríguez García (101) dies in London

7

  • Anton Karas born (Vienna) Austrian zither player, composer. Died 1985

8

  • Ivan Melnikov (74) dies in St Petersburg

9

  • Elisabeth Lutyens born (London) English composer, teacher. Died 1983

17

  • Georg Wilhelm Rauchenecker (62) dies in Wuppertal

19

  • Klaus Egge born (Gransherad, Norway) Norwegian composer, critic. Died 1979
  • Gustav Holst’s Two Songs without Words: Country Song, Marching Song for chamber orchestra premiered in London

21

  • Daniel Ayala Pérez born (Abala, Mexico) Mexican composer, violinist, conductor. Died 1975

29

  • Alexandre Luigini (56) dies in Paris

30

  • Ľudovít Rajter born (Pezinok, Slovakia) Slovak conductor, composer, teacher. Died 2000

Alexandre Luigini 1850-1906

Alexandre Luigini 1850-1906


Aug

6

  • Vic Dickenson born (Xenia, OH) American jazz trombonist. Worked with Blanche Calloway, Claude Hopkins, Benny Carter, Count Basie and others. Died 1984

17

  • Carmelo Pace born (Valletta) Maltese composer, teacher. Died 1993

22

  • The first Victor Victrola, a phonographic record player, is manufactured

23

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Norfolk Rhapsody no.1 for orchestra premiered in London

A 1906 Victor Victrola, the first machine with an internal horn


Sep

1

  • Franz Biebl born (Freudenberg, Germany) German composer, choirmaster, teacher. Died 2001
  • Giuseppe Giacosa (58) dies in Colleretto Giacosa, Italy

4

  • Alexander Moyzes born (Kláštor pod Znievom, Slovakia) Slovak composer, teacher. Died 1984

5

  • Sunnyland Slim aka Albert Luandrew born (Vance, MS) American blues pianist, singer, songwriter. Died 1995

7

  • Philip Herschkowitz born (Iasi, Romania) Romanian composer, teacher, music theorist. Died 1989

12

  • Hubert Parry’s The Soul’s Ransom for chorus and orchestra premiered in Hereford

15

  • Engelbert Humperdinck’s incidental music for Shakespeare’s play Das Wintermärchen [A Winter’s Tale] premiered in Berlin

17

  • Blind James Campbell born (Nashville, TN) American blues singer, guitarist. Died 1981

22

  • Julius Stockhausen (80) dies in Frankfurt

24

  • Victor Herbert’s musical The Red Mill opens on Broadway (274 performances). Lib. Henry Blossom and Brown Forman

25

  • Jaroslav Ježek born (Prague) Czech composer, pianist, conductor. Died 1942
  • Dmitri Shostakovich born (St Petersburg) Russian composer, pianist. Died 1975

26

  • The first concert using the Telharmonium, the first music synthesizer, is presented at Telharmonic Hall, Broadway

30

  • Mireille Hartuch born (Paris) French popular singer, songwriter, actress. Died 1996
  • Jean-Henri Ravina (88) dies in Paris

The Teleharmonium

The Teleharmonium


Oct

3

  • Edward Elgar’s oratorio The Kingdom op.51 for choir and orchestra premiered in Birmingham, lib. Elgar

9

  • Janis Ivanovs born (Riga, Latvia) Latvian composer. Died 1983
  • Carl Nielsen’s incidental music for H. Drachmann’s play Herr Oluf han rider [Master Oluf Rides] premiered in Copenhagen

10

  • Paul Creston born (New York, NY) American composer, teacher. Died 1985

15

  • Victoria Spivey born (Houston, TX) American blues singer, songwriter, pianist. Died 1976

18

  • Johnny Temple born (Canton, MS) American blues singer, guitarist. Died 1968

20

  • Edmund Eysler’s operetta Künstlerblut [Artist’s blood], lib. Leo Rosenstein and Carl Lindau, premiered in Vienna

21

  • Tomojirō Ikenouchi born (Tokyo) Japanese composer, teacher. Died 1991

22

  • Kees van Baaren born (Enschede) Dutch composer, teacher. Died 1970
  • Charles Lynch born (Cork) Irish classical pianist. Died 1984
  • Zoltán Kodály’s Nyári este [Summer Evening] for orchestra premiered in Budapest

23

  • Vladimir Stasov (82) dies in St Petersburg
  • Max Reger’s Serenade for orchestra op.95 premiered in Cologne

24

  • Sandy Williams born (Summerville, SC) American jazz trombonist. Worked with Horace Henderson, Fletcher Henderson, Chick Webb and Rex Stewart. Died 1991

26

  • Engelbert Humperdinck’s incidental music for Shakespeare’s play Der Sturm [The Tempest] premiered in Berlin

27

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

31

  • Louise Talma born (Arcachon, France) Franco-American composer. Died 1996
  • Jules Massenet’s opera Ariane premiered in Paris, lib. C. Mendès

Poster for Jules Massenet's opera Ariane

Poster for Jules Massenet’s opera Ariane


Nov

2

  • Claire Delbos born (Paris) French violinist, composer. First wife of Olivier Messiaen (1908-91). Died 1959

3

  • Alma Rosé born (Vienna) Austrian classical violinist. Daughter of Arnold Rosé (1863-1946). Died 1943

4

  • Arnold Cooke born (Gomersal, Yorks) English composer. Died 2005
  • Willie Love born (Duncan, MS) American blues pianist, singer. Died 1953

9

  • Pete Brown born (Baltimore, MD) American jazz bandleader, alto-saxophonist, session player. Worked with Frankie Newton, John Kirby, Alim Gaillard and others. Died 1963

11

  • Francis ‘Muggsy’ Spanier born (Chicago, IL) American jazz bandleader, trumpeter, cornettist. Died 1967
  • Carl Nielsen’s opera Maskarade premiered in Copenhagen, lib. V. Andersen
  • Ethel Smyth’s opera The Wreckers premiered in Leipzig. Lib. Henry Bennet Brewster

12

  • Bukka (Booker) White born (Houston, MS) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1977
  • Liza Lehmann’s opera The Vicar of Wakefield premiered in Manchester. Lib. Laurence Housman after Oliver Goldsmith
  • Max Reger’s Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue op.96 for piano premiered in Cologne

19

  • Stan Hugill born (Hoylake, Cheshire) English folk singer, song collector, writer. Died 1992
  • Henri Temianka born (Greenock) Scottish violin virtuoso, conductor, author, teacher. Died 1992

21

  • Mariano Padilla y Ramos (64) dies in Paris

Poster for the centenary production (2006) of Ethel Smyth's opera The Wreckers

Poster for the centenary production (2006) of Ethel Smyth’s opera The Wreckers


Dec

1

  • Franz Léhar’s operetta Peter und Paul reisen ins Schlaraffenland [Peter and Paul go to paradise] premiered in Vienna, lib. F. Grünbaum and R. Bodanzky

3

  • Hugo Alfvén’s Symphony No.3 premiered in Gothenburg

5

  • Ahn Eak-tai born (Pyongyang) Korean conductor, composer, cellist. Died 1965

6

  • Max Reger’s Six Pieces for piano op.94 premiered in Berlin
  • Gabriel Fauré’s Dolly, suite for orchestra op.56 premiered in Monte Carlo

8

  • Max von Schillings’s opera Moloch premiered in Dresden, lib. E. Gerhäuser

9

  • Freddy Martin born (Cleveland, OH) American big band leader, tenor saxophonist. Died 1983

10

  • Harold Adamson born (Greenville, NJ) American popular lyricist. Died 1980

11

  • Hans Pfitzner’s incidental music for I. von Stach’s play Das Christ-Elflein premiered in Munich

13

  • Arnold Bax’s An Irish Overture premiered in Bournemouth

17

  • Fernando Lopes Graça born (Tomar, Portugal) Portuguese composer, teacher, conductor, critic. Died 1994

20

  • Aleksandr Scriabin makes his American debut in New York

21

  • Adalbert von Goldschmidt (58) dies in Vienna

22

  • Aleksandr Glazunov’s Symphony No. 8 premiered in St Petersburg

23

  • Ross Lee Finney born (Wells, MN) American composer, teacher. Died 1997

24

  • Franz Waxman born (Chorzow, Poland) German film composer. Died 1967
  • Reginald Fessenden makes the first radio broadcast in Brant Rock, MI: a poetry reading, a violin solo, and a speech

25

  • Victor Herbert’s musicals The Magic Knight & Dream City open on Broadway (102 performances). Lib. Edgar Smith

27

  • Oscar Levant born (Pittsburgh, PA) American pianist, composer, author, comedian, actor. Died 1972

28

  • Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly premiered in Paris, lib. G. Giacosa and L. Illica (fourth and definitive version)

29

  • Jean Sibelius’s Pohjolan tytär [Pohjola’s Daughter] for orchestra premiered in St Petersburg

30

  • Eugène Goossens, père (61) dies in Liverpool
  • Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera Bübchens Weihnachtstraum [Bübchens Christmas Dream] premiered in Berlin, lib. G. Falke

publications

  • Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály’s Hungarian Folk Songs published
  • James Scott’s Frog Legs Rag published

Belá Bartók and Zoltán Kodály


Date unknown

  • Freddie Keppard founds the Olympia Orchestra in New Orleans. Disbanded c.1918
  • Wilhelm Stenhammar founds the Gothenburg Symphony, Sweden’s first professional orchestra, and remains its director and chief conductor until 1922

publications

  • The English Hymnal published, edited by Percy Dearmer and Ralph Vaughan Williams

songs published

  • Cheyenne (Harry H. Williams, Egbert Van Alstyne); Frog Legs Rag (James Scott); Keep On The Sunny Side (Jack Drislane, Theodore F. Morse)

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