1907

<1906 1908>

Jan

1

  • Cyrill Kistler (58) dies in Bad Kissingen, Germany

4

  • Joe Marsala born (Chicago) American jazz clarinettist, bandleader, songwriter. Died 1978

5

  • Franz Léhar’s operetta Mitislaw der Moderne premiered in Vienna, lib. F. Grünbaum and R. Bodanzky

6

  • Jean Sibelius’ Grevinnans konterfej [The Countess’ portrait] for reciter and strings premiered in Vaasa

7

  • Nicanor Zabaleta born (San Sebastian, Spain) Spanish harpist, teacher. Died 1993

11

  • Anton Urspruch (56) dies in Frankfurt

12

  • Maurice Ravel’s song cycle Histoires naturelles [natural histories] for voice and paino premiered in Paris
  • Gabriel Fauré’s Impromptu no.4 op.91 & Barcarolle no.8 op.96 for piano premiered in Paris

16

  • Martin Scherber born (Nuremberg) German composer, teacher. Died 1974

17

  • Henk Badings born (Bandung, Indonesia) Dutch composer. Died 1987

19

  • Beniamino Cesi (61) dies in Naples

24

  • Isidore “Tuts” Washington born (New Orleans) American blues pianist, singer, songwriter. Worked with Smiley Lewis and solo. Died 1984

26

  • María Luisa Anido born (Morón, Argentina) Argentinian classical guitarist, composer. Died 1996
  • Arnold Schoenberg’s Six Lieder op.3 for voice and piano premiered in Vienna

31

  • Benny Morton born (New York, NY) American jazz trombonist. Worked with Fletcher Henderson, Count Basie, Billie Holiday and the Jazz Giants. Died 1985
  • Paul Rubens & Austen Hurgon’s musical Miss Hook of Holland opens in London (462 performances)
Isabel Jay (1879-1927) as Sally in Rubens and Hurgon's musical Miss Hook of Holland

Isabel Jay (1879-1927) as Sally in Rubens and Hurgon’s musical Miss Hook of Holland

Feb

1

  • Camargo Guarnieri born (São Paulo) Brazilian composer. Died 1993
  • Sándor Veress born (Cluj-Napoca, Romania) Hungarian-Swiss composer, teacher, music theorist. Died 1992

2

  • Alfred Bruneau’s opera Naïs Micoulin premiered in Monte Carlo. Lib. Bruneau after Emile Zola

3

  • Josef Suk’s Asrael Symphony, op. 27 premiered in Prague

5

  • Ludwig Thuille (45) dies in Munich
  • Arnold Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 1 premiered in Vienna

7

  • Jules Massenet’s opera Thérèse premiered in Monte Carlo, lib. J. Claretie

8

  • Gustav Mahler’s song Liebst du um Schönheit [If you love for beauty] premiered in Vienna
  • Arnold Schoenberg’s Kammersinfonie no.1 [chamber symphony no.1] premiered in Vienna

12

  • Roberta Martin born (Helena, AR) American Gospel singer, composer, pianist, arranger. Led the Roberta Martin Singers. Died 1969

15

  • Jean Langlais born (La Fontenelle, France) French composer, organist. Died 1991

16

  • Alec Wilder born (Rochester, NY) American composer, songwriter. Died 1980

20

  • Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii [Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya] premiered in St Petersburg, lib. V.N. Bel′sky

21

  • Frederick Delius’s opera A Village Romeo and Juliet premiered in Berlin, lib. Delius

22

  • Rex Stewart born (Philadelphia, PA) American jazz cornettist, bandleader, writer, composer. Worked with Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, his own bands and others. Died 1967
  • Maurice Ravel’s Introduction et Allegro for harp, string quartet, flute and clarinet premiered in Paris

24

  • Otto Goldschmidt (77) dies in London

25

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Fifteen Songs op.26 premiered in Moscow

27

  • Mildred Bailey born (Tekoah, WN) American jazz singer. Worked with Paul Whiteman, Red Norvo and solo. Died 1951

28

  • Rosina Brandram (62) dies in Southend, Essex of pulmonary disease

Ludwig Thuille 1861-1907

Mar

1

  • Kurt Adler born (Jindřichův Hradec, Czech Rep) Austrian pianist, conductor. Died 1977
  • August Manns (81) dies in London

2

  • Emil Ábrányi’s opera Monna Vanna premiered in Budapest. Lib. Emil Ábrányi sr.
  • Oscar Straus’s operetta Ein Walzertraum [a waltz dream], lib. Felix Dormann and Leopold Jacobson, premiered in Vienna

7

  • Alphonse Duvernoy (64) dies in Paris

11

  • Jessie Matthews born (London) English actress, dancer, singer. Died 1981

13

  • Buddy Bolden is arrested and charged with ‘insanity’

14

  • Władysław Żeleński’s opera Stara basn [old fairy tale], lib. Aleksander Bandrowski-Sas, premiered in Lviv

15

  • Zarah Leander born (Karlstad, Sweden) Swedish actress, singer. Died 1981
  • Jimmy McPartland born (Chicago, IL) American jazz cornetist. Worked with the Wolverine Orchestra, Ben Pollack and others. Brother of Dick McPartland (1905-57). Died 1991

17

  • Ernesto Köhler (57) dies in St Petersburg
  • Aleksandr Glazunov’s Prelude and Fugue op.93 for organ premiered in St Petersburg

19

  • Elizabeth Maconchy born (Broxbourne) English composer. Died 1994

26

  • Leigh Harline born (Salt Lake City, UT) American film composer, songwriter. Died 1969

30

  • Edward German’s operetta Tom Jones premiered in Manchester, lib. R. Courtneidge, A.M. Thompson and C.H. Taylor after Henry Fielding

Władysław Żeleński 1837-1921

Apr

3

  • Désirée Artôt (71) dies in Paris

4

  • Lucile Grahn (87) dies in Munich

6

  • Joseph Joachim plays his farewell concert in Berlin

9

  • Owen Hall (53) dies in Harrogate, Yorkshire

12

  • Imogen Holst born (London) English composer, conductor, administrator, music director, writer. Daughter of Gustav Holst (1874-1934). Died 1984

13

  • Franz Schubert’s opera Fernando premiered in Vienna, lib. A. Stadler

15

  • Francesco Cilea’s opera Gloria premiered in Milan. Lib. Arturo Colautti

18

  • Miklós Rózsa born (Budapest) Hungaro-American film composer, teacher. Died 1995

19

  • Afrasiyab Badalbeyli born (Baku, Azerbaijan) Azerbaijani composer, conductor, critic. Died 1976
  • Karol Szymanowski’s Piano Sonata no.1 premiered in Warsaw

20

  • Vincent d’Indy’s Souvenirs op.62 for orchestra premiered in Paris

21

  • Beatrice Kay aka Hannah Beatrice Kuper born (New York) American actress, singer, vaudeville performer. Died 1986
  • Wade Mainer born (Buncombe Co, NC) American bluegrass banjo player, singer. Led the Sons of the Mountaineers. Died 2011

25

  • Ivan Zajc’s opera Prvi grijeh [The Original Sin], lib. Silvije Strahimir Kranjcevich, premiered in Zagreb

26

  • Dave Tough born (Oak Park, IL) American jazz drummer. Worked with Bud Freeman, Eddie Condon, Red Norvo, Tommy Dorsey, Bunny Berigan, Benny Goodman and others. Died 1948
  • Joseph Hellmesberger, Jr. (62) dies in Vienna

29

  • Tino Rossi born (Ajaccio) Corsican popular singer, actor. Died 1983
Francesco Cilea 1866-1950

Francesco Cilea 1866-1950

May

1

  • Hayes Alvis born (Chicago) American jazz bassist, tuba player, arranger. Worked with Jelly Roll Morton, Earl Hines, Jimmie Noone, Duke Ellington, Benny Carter, Louis Armstrong and others. Died 1972
  • Kate Smith born (Greenville, VA) American popular soprano singer. Died 1986

5

  • Yoritsune Matsudaira born (Tokyo) Japanese composer. Died 2001

10

  • Paul Dukas’ opera Ariane et Barbe-bleue [Ariane and Bluebeard] premiered in Paris, lib. M. Maeterlinck

12

  • Said Rustamov born (Yerevan, Armenia) Armenian composer, conductor, writer. Died 1983

15

  • Albert Ellmenreich (89) dies in Lübeck.
  • George Grossmith Jr, L. E. Berman, Adrian Ross, Basil Hood, P. G. Wodehouse, Ivan Caryll & Lionel Monckton’s musical The Girls of Gottenberg opens in London (303 performances)

17

  • Castor McCord born (Birmingham, AL) American jazz saxophonist. Worked with the Mills Blue Rhythm Band, Louis Armstrong and Eubie Blake. Twin brother of Ted McCord (1907-?). Died 1963
  • Ted McCord born (Birmingham, AL) American jazz saxophonist. Twin brother of Castor McCord (1907-63). Died ?

18

  • Clifford Curzon born (London) English concert pianist. Died 1982

22

  • Kurken Alemshah born (Bahçecik, Turkey) Armenian composer, conductor. Died 1947
George Grossmith, Jr. 1874-1935

George Grossmith, Jr. 1874-1935

Jun

2

  • Othar Turner born (Canton, MS) American fife player. Worked with the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band. Died 2003

4

  • Agathe Backer Grøndahl (59) dies in Oslo

5

  • Buddy Bolden diagnosed with schizophrenia and committed to the State Insane Asylum in Jackson, LA where he remains until his death in 1931
  • André Messager’s opera Fortunio premiered in Paris, lib. G.-A. de Caillavet and R. de Flers

6

  • Jascha Brodsky born (Kharkiv, Ukraine) Russian-American violinist, teacher. Died 1997

10

  • Dicky Wells born (Centerville, TN) American jazz trombonist . Worked with Count Basie. Died 1985

20

  • Jimmy Driftwood aka James Corbitt Morris born (Timbo, AR) American folk and country singer, songwriter, guitarist, environmentalist. Died 1998

27

  • Charles H. Taylor (47) dies in London

28

  • Jimmy Mundy born (Cincinatti, OH) American jazz tenor-saxophonist, arranger, composer. Worked with Earl Hines, Benny Goodman and others. Died 1983
  • Béla Bartók begins a tour of Transylvania collecting folk songs

unk

  • Vess Osman records a session for Columbia. Tracks cut include Maple Leaf Rag 
André Messager - Fortunio (Erato)

André Messager – Fortunio (Erato)

Jul

3

  • Gene Gutchë born (Berlin) German-American composer. Died 2000
  • J Rosamond Johnson, James Weldon Johnson and Bob Cole’s musical The Shoo-Fly Regiment opens in New York (23 performances)
  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ Fantaisie for violin and harp op.124 premiered in London

7

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Fantasiestück for cello and orchestra premiered in New Brighton

8

  • The Ziegfeld Follies of 1907 opens on Broadway (79 performances), the first of a series of revues that runs until 1931

10

  • Blind Boy Fuller aka Fulton Allen born (Wadesboro, NC) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1941

14

  • Henry ‘Rubberlegs’ Williams born (Atlanta, GA) American dancer, jazz singer. Died 1962

18

  • Yvonne Desportes born (Coburg, France) French composer, teacher, writer. Died 1993

19

  • Günter Bialas born (Bielszowice, Poland) German composer, teacher. Died 1995

20

  • Jean Pougnet born (Mauritius) Englsh concert violinist. Died 1968

25

  • Johnny Hodges born (Cambridge, MA) American jazz alto-saxophonist. Worked with Duke Ellington. Died 1970
  • Karl Höller born (Bamberg, Germany) German composer, teacher. Died 1987
  • Dmitri Klebanov born (Kharkiv, Ukraine) Ukrainian composer. Died 1987

31

  • Roy Milton born (Wynnewood, OK) American R&B bandleader, singer, drummer. Worked with Ernie Fields and led the Solid Senders. Died 1983
The chorus line from the first Ziegfeld Follies in 1907

The chorus line from the first Ziegfeld Follies in 1907

Aug

1

  • Hisato Ohzawa born (Kobe, Japan) Japanese composer, teacher, broadcaster. Died 1953

3

  • Lawrence Brown born (Lawrence, KS) American jazz trombonist. Worked with Duke Ellington. Died 1988

8

  • Benny Carter born (New York, NY) American jazz bandleader, saxophonist, trumpeter, composer, arranger. Worked with Fletcher Henderson and his own bands. Died 2003

12

  • Gladys Bentley born (Pennsylvania, PA) American blues singer. Died 1960

15

  • Joseph Joachim (76) dies in Berlin of actinomycosis

16

  • Alexander Uriah Boskovich born (Cluj, Romania) Romanian-Israeli composer, teacher. Died 1964

21

  • Hy Zaret born (New York, NY) American popular lyricist. Died 2007

24

  • Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March no.4 op.39/4 for orchestra premiered in London

26

  • Lester Lanin born (Philadelphia, PA) American popular and jazz bandleader. Brother of Sam Lanin (1891-1977). Died 2004

31

  • Karl Michael Ziehrer’s operetta Am Lido premiered in Vienna. Lib. Ottokar Tann-Bergler and Alfred Deutsch
Sheet music for Edward Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March no.4 op.39/4

Sheet music for Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March no.4 op.39/4

Sep

4

  • Edvard Grieg (64) dies in Bergen of heart failure
  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s incidental music for L. Binyon’s play Attila the Hun premiered in Cambridge

7

  • Ahmed Adnan Saygun born (Izmir, Turkey) Turkish composer, musicologist. Died 1991

11

  • Isaac Albéniz’s Iberia Suite Book 2 for piano premiered in Paris

17

  • Ignaz Brüll (60) dies in Vienna

23

  • Albert Ammons born (Chicago, IL) American boogie-woogie, jazz and blues pianist. Father of Gene Ammons (1925-74). Died 1949

25

  • Jean Sibelius’ suite for orchestra  Belshazzar’s Feast premiered in Helsinki

26

  • Hubert Parry’s symphonic poem The Vision of Life premiered in Cardiff

27

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Norfolk Rhapsodies nos.2 & 3 for orchestra premiered in Cardiff

29

  • Gene Autry born (Tioga, TX) American country and pop singer, songwriter, film actor. Died 1998
Ignaz Brüll 1846-1907

Ignaz Brüll 1846-1907

Oct

1

  • Ödön Pártos born (Budapest) Hungarian-Israeli viola player, composer, teacher. Died 1977

3

  • Alfred Reisenauer (43) dies in Liepāja, Latvia

4

  • Alfredo Keil (57) dies in Hamburg

5

  • Gustav Mahler leaves his job as director of the Vienna Hofoper

9

  • Romualdo Marenco (66) dies in Lugano, Switzerland

10

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Toward the Unknown Region for chorus and orchestra premiered in Leeds
  • Charles Dancla (89) dies in Tunis

12

  • Wolfgang Fortner born (Leipzig) German composer, conductor. Died 1987

15

  • Max Reger’s Variations and Fugue on a Theme of J.A. Hiller , op.100 for orchestra premiered in Cologne

17

  • Engelbert Humperdinck’s incidental music for Shakespeare’s play Was ihr wollt [Twelfth Night] premiered in Berlin

19

  • Roger Wolfe Kahn born (Morristown, NJ) American popular band leader, musician, test pilot. Died 1962

20

  • Carl Kress born (Newark, NJ) American jazz guitarist, record producer. Worked with Paul Whiteman, Bix Beiderbecke, Dorsey Brothers, Gordon Jenkins and many others. Died 1965

22

  • Frederick Delius’s Szántó for orchestra premiered in London
  • Jules Massenet’s incidental music for J. Aicard’s play Le manteau du roi [the coat of the King] premiered in Paris

27

  • Helmut Walcha born (Leipzig) German organist. Blind from age 19 after a reaction to the smallpox vaccine. Died 1991

28

  • Efrem Zimbalist makes his concert debut in Berlin

29

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Ballade in c for violin and piano premiered in Leeds
Efrem Zimbalist Sr 1889-1985

Efrem Zimbalist Sr 1889-1985


Nov

2

  • Leo Fall’s operetta Die Dollarprinzessin [the dollar princess] premiered in Vienna. Lib. Alfred Maria Willner and Fritz Grünbaum

4

  • Claude ‘Bennie’ Benjamin born (St Croix, VA) American popular songwriter. Died 1989
  • Draga Matkovic born (Zagreb) German classical pianist.

7

  • Alban Berg’s Double Fugue for string quartet and piano premiered in Vienna
  • Anton Webern’s Piano Quintet premiered in Vienna

8

  • Marie Sasse (73) dies in Paris
  • Karl Michael Ziehrer’s operetta Ein tolles Mädel [a great girl], lib. Wilhelm Sterk, premiered in Vienna

9

  • Umberto Giordano’s opera Marcella premiered in Milan. Lib. Lorenzo Stecchetti
  • Florent Schmitt & Robert d’Humires’s ballet La Tragédie de Salomé premiered in Paris

10

  • Jane Froman born (University City, MO) American popular singer, actress. Died 1980

12

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Harnham Down for orchestra premiered in Cardiff

13

  • Gustav Mahler’s song Starke Einbildungskraft [strong imagination] premiered in Stuttgart

18

  • Compay Segundo born (Siboney, Cuba) Cuban trova guitarist, songwriter. Appeared in the Wim Wenders film Buena Vista Social Club. Died 2003

21

  • Buck Ram born (Chicago) American popular songwriter, record producer, manager of the Platters and the Penguins. Died 1991
  • Gaetano Braga (78) dies in Milan

22

  • Edgar Bainton’s The Blessed Damozel op.11 for chorus and orchestra premiered in Newcastle. Text: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  • Erik Satie’s operetta Pousse l’amour [love grows] premiered in Paris, lib. M. de Féraudy and J. Kolb

25

  • Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 3 premiered in Helsinki

26

  • Rudolph Dunbar born (Nabacalis, Guyana) Guyanese conductor, clarinetist, composer, journalist. Died 1988

28

  • George Wettling born (Topeka, KS) American jazz drummer, bandleader. Worked with Artie Shaw, Eddie Condon, Muggsy Spanier and others. Died 1968
  • Ricardo Castro (43) dies in Mexico City of pneumonia

30

  • György Ránki born (Budapest) Hungarian composer. Died 1992
  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Variations on an Original Theme for cello premiered in Croydon
  • Edmund Eysler’s operetta Vera Violetta premiered in Vienna. Lib. Leo Rosenstein
  • Carl Nielsen’s String Quartet no.4, op.44 & Strophic Songs op.21 premiered in Copenhagen
Ricardo Castro 1864-1907

Ricardo Castro 1864-1907

Dec

3

  • Connee Boswell born (Kansas City, MO) American popular singer. One of the Boswell Sisters alongside Martha (1905-58) and Vet (1911-88) Boswell. Died 1976
  • Eugen d’Albert’s opera Tragaldabas premiered in Hamburg. Lib. Rudolf Spitzer

5

  • Leos Janácek’s Folk Nocturnes for soprano, alto and piano premiered in Brno

8

  • Tony Aubin born (Paris) French composer, conductor. Died 1981

9

  • Eva Nansen (47) dies in Lysaker, Norway of pneumonia

12

  • Roy Douglas born (Tunbridge Wells) English composer, arranger.
  • Fred Elizalde born (Manilla) Spanish-Fillipino composer, jazz bandleader, guitarist, pianist, conductor. Died 1979
  • Isidore de Lara’s opera Solea premiered in Cologne. Lib. De Lara

13

  • Gustav Mahler’s song Ich ging mit Lust durch einen grünen Wald [I walked with joy through a green forest] premiered in Stuttgart

18

  • Lawrence Lucie born (Emporia, VA) American jazz guitarist. Worked with Benny Carter, Fletcher Henderson, Coleman Hawkins and Louis Armstrong. Died 2009

21

  • Black Ace aka Babe Kyro Lemon Turner born (Hughes Springs, TX) American blues singer, guitarist. Died 1972
  • Gustav Mahler arrives in New York for the first time

25

  • Cab Calloway born (Rochester, NY) American jazz bandleader, singer, composer, actor. Brother of Blanche Calloway (1904-78). Died 1994

26

  • Harry Gold born (London) English jazz bandleader, saxophonist. Died 2005

27

  • Willem van Otterloo born (Winterswijk, Netherlands) Dutch composer, conductor, cellist. Died 1978

Gustav Mahler in New York

Date unknown

  • Béla Bartók appointed piano professor at the Royal Academy of Music, Budapest
  • Emil Hertzka appointed director of Viennese publisher Universal Edition, a position he holds until his death in 1933

publications

  • Sabine Baring-Gould and Cecil Sharp’s English Folk Songs for Schools published in London
  • Ferruccio Busoni’s The New Aesthetic of Music published
  • Cecil Sharp’s The Morris Book published in London in five parts (through to 1913)

songs published

  • Kansas City Rag (James Scott); Red Wing (Thurland Chattaway, Kerry Mills)

releases

  • Vess Ossman – Florida rag / Thomas Mills – Dixie Blossoms (Columbia)
  • Vess Ossman – Maple Leaf Rag / Walter Biedermann – Jigs and Reels Medley (Columbia)
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