1908

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Jan

1

  • Eileen Joyce born (Zeehan, Tasmania) Australian concert pianist. Died 1991
  • Edward Elgar’s carol A Christmas Greeting op.52 premiered in Hereford, text C.A. Elgar
  • Gustav Mahler makes his New York conducting debut with Wagner’s opera Tristan und Isolde

2

  • Isaac Albéniz’s Iberia Suite Book 3 for piano premiered in Paris
  • Karl Goldmark’s opera Ein Wintermärchen [A Winter’s Tale] premiered in Vienna, lib. A.M. Willner

6

  • Sviatoslav Knushevitsky born (Petrovsk) Russian cellist, teacher. Died 1963

9

  • Igor Stravinsky’s Pastorale for soprano and piano premiered in St Petersburg

14

  • Russ Columbo aka Ruggiero Eugenio di Rodolpho Colombo born (Camden, NJ) American popular singer, violinist, songwriter, actor. Died 1934

18

  • Frederick Delius’s Brigg Fair: An English Rhapsody for orchestra premiered in Liverpool

20

  • Claude Debussy marries Emma Moyse-Bardac in Paris

21

  • Franz Léhar’s operetta Der Mann mit den drei Frauen [the man with the three wives] premiered in Vienna, lib. J. Bauer

22

  • Hammie Nixon born (Brownsville, TN) American blues harmonica player, guitarist, kazoo and jug player. Worked with Sleepy John Estes. Died 1984
  • August Wilhelmj (62) dies in London

23

  • Edward MacDowell (47) dies in New York, possibly of alzheimer’s disease
  • Reinhold Glière’s Symphony No.2 premiered in Berlin

25

  • Uzeyir Hajibeyov’s opera Leyli and Majnun, lib. Uzeyir and Jeyhun Hajibeyov, premiered in Baku, the first Azerbaijani opera and the first written by a Muslim composer

26

  • Stephane Grappelli born (Paris, France) French jazz violinist, composer, pianist. Founder member of the Quintette du Hot Club de France. Died 1997

27

  • Oran ‘Hot Lips’ Page born (Dallas, TX) American jazz trumpeter, bandleader. Worked with Walter Page, Bennie Moten, Count Basie, his own bands and Artie Shaw. Died 1954

28

  • Paul Misraki born (Istanbul) French film composer, songwriter. Died 1998
Uzeyir Hajibeyov 1885-1948

Uzeyir Hajibeyov 1885-1948

Feb

3

  • Will Marion Cook, Jesse A Shipp & Alexander Rogers’s musical comedy Bandanna Land opens on Broadway (89 performances)

4

  • Manny Klein born (New York, NY) American jazz trumpeter. Worked with Paul Whiteman, Dorsey Brothers, Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw. Died 1994
  • Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony in E premiered in St Petersburg

7

  • Carl Nielsen’s incidental music for L.C. Nielsen’s play Willemoes premiered in Copenhagen
  • Arturo Toscanini appointed principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, New York, a post he holds until 1915

8

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 premiered in St Petersburg

9

  • Carl Nielsen’s incidental music for O. Benzon’s play Foraeldre [Parents] premiered in Copenhagen

13

  • Jules Massenet’s ballet Espada premiered in Monte Carlo

16

  • Machito aka Francisco Raúl Gutiérrez Grillo born (Havana or Tampa, FL) Cuban-American Latin jazz singer, percussionist, bandleader. Some sources say 1909 or 1912

20

  • Jean-Marie Beaudet born (Thetford Mines, Quebec) Canadian conductor, organist, pianist, teacher, radio producer. Died 1971
  • Ruby Elzy born (Pontotoc, MS) American soprano singer. Died 1943

21

  • Claude Debussy’s Images book 2 for piano premiered in Paris

22

  • Roaring Lion aka Rafael de Leon born (Aroquita, Trinidad) Trinidadian calypso singer, composer. Died 1999
  • Emmerich Kálmán’s operetta Tatárjárás [The Mongol Invasion], lib. Karl von Bakonyi and Andor Gábor, premiered in Budapest

27

  • Engelbert Humperdinck’s incidental music for Aristophanes’s play Lysistrata premiered in Berlin

28

  • Pauline Lucca (66) dies in Vienna

29

  • Albert A L’ Lloyd born (London) English folk singer, song collector, writer, co-founder of Topic Records. Died 1982
  • Igor Stravinsky’s Faun and Shepherdess op.2 premiered in St Petersburg

Will Marion Cook 1869-1944

Mar

7

  • Nathaniel Charles ‘Nat’ Gonella born (London) English jazz and big band leader, singer, trumpeter. Died 1998

8

  • Aleksandr Glazunov’s overture Song of Destiny op.84 premiered in St Petersburg
  • Jāzeps Vītols’s tone-poem Spriditis op.37 premiered in St Petersburg

12

  • Clara Novello (89) dies in London

15

  • Maurice Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnole [Spanish Rhapsody] for orchestra premiered in Paris

20

  • Carl Nielsen’s incidental music for L. Holstein’s play Tove premiered in Copenhagen
  • Karol Szymanowski’s Penthesilea op.18 for soprano and orchestra premiered in Lviv

21

  • Frederick Delius’s songs Twilight Fancies; The Bird’s Story & The Violet premiered in Liverpool

22

  • Max Reger’s Piano Trio op.102 premiered in Leipzig
  • Albert Roussel’s Symphony No. 1 premiered in Brussels

26

  • Louis Chauvin (27) dies in Chicago of neurosyphilitic sclerosis

31

  • Red Norvo aka Kenneth Norville born (Beardstown, IL) American jazz vibraphonist, bandleader. Worked with Paul Whiteman, Benny Goodman, Charlie Barnet and Woody Herman. Died 1999

unk

  • Anton Arensky’s ballet Egyptian Nights premiered in St Petersburg
Albert Roussel 1869-1935

Albert Roussel 1869-1935

Apr

4

  • Gustav Holst’s King Estmere for choir and orchestra premiered in London

5

  • Herbert von Karajan born (Salzburg) Austrian conductor. Died 1989

6

  • Carl Nielsen’s Saga-drøm [saga dream] for orchestra premiered in Copenhagen

7

  • Percy Faith born (Toronto) Canadian-American popular bandleader, composer, arranger. Died 1976

8

  • Tommy McClennan born (Yazoo City, MS) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1962

11

  • Karel Ančerl born (Tučapy, Czech Rep) Czech conductor. Died 1973
  • Spyridon Samaras’s opera Rhea premiered in Florence. Lib. Paul Milliet

12

  • Leos Janácek’s Marycka Magdónova for chorus premiered in Prostejov, Czech Rep

15

  • eden Ahbez aka Alexander Aberle born (New York, NY) American popular composer, musician, proto-hippie. Died 1995
  • Hermann Kotzschmar (78) dies in Portland, ME following a cerebral haemorrhage

20

  • Lionel Hampton born (Birmingham, AL) American jazz bandleader, composer, vibraphonist, pianist, drummer. Worked with Benny Goodman and his own bands. Died 2002

21

  • Alfred Lion born (Berlin) German-American record executive, record producer, founder of  Blue Note records (1939). Died 1987

23

  • Gustav Mahler leaves New York after his first season as conductor
Hermann Kotzschmar 1829-1908

Hermann Kotzschmar 1829-1908

May

3

  • William Glock born (London) English music critic, administrator, founder of the Dartington Summer School and controller of BBC music 1959-72. Died 2000

6

  • Necil Kazım Akses born (Istanbul) Turkish composer. Died 1999

13

  • Eugen Kapp born (Astrakhan, Russia) Estonian composer, teacher. Son of Artur Kapp (1878-1952). Died 1996

15

  • Lars-Erik Larsson born (Åkarp, Sweden) Swedish composer, teacher, conductor. Died 1986

24

  • Edward Elgar’s Marching Song for choir premiered in London, text Capt. de Courcy Stretton

25

  • The Teatro Colón opens in Buenos Aires

27

  • Harold Rome born (Hartford, CT) American popular songwriter. Died 1993

28

  • Henry Kimball Hadley’s rhapsody The Culprit Fay op.62 for orchestra premiered in Grand Rapids, MI
Henry Kimball Hadley 1871-1937

Henry Kimball Hadley 1871-1937

Jun

4

  • Jan Zdeněk Bartoš born (Dvůr Králové nad Labem, Czech Rep) Czech composer, teacher. Died 1981

9

  • Charles Ives marries poet Harmony Twichell in Hartford, CT

13

  • Blind Tom (Wiggins) (59) dies in Hoboken, NJ following a stroke

15

  • The Ziegfeld Follies of 1908 opens on Broadway (120 performances)

17

  • Igor Stravinsky’s Feu d’Artifice [fireworks] for orchestra premiered in St Petersburg
  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s Installation March op.108 for military band premiered in Cambridge

19

  • Louis van Waefelghem (68) dies in Paris

21

  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (64) dies in St Petersburg from angina

24

  • Hugo Distler born (Nuremberg) German composer. Died 1942

29

  • Leroy Anderson born (Cambridge, MA) American light classical and popular composer. Died 1975
  • Bela Bartók’s Fourteen Bagatelles op.6 for piano premiered in Berlin
Florenz Ziegfeld 1867-1932

Florenz Ziegfeld 1867-1932

Jul

1

  • Alvino Rey aka Alvin McBurney born (Oakland, CA) American jazz bandleader, guitarist, electric guitar pioneer. Worked with Horace Heidt and his own bands. Died 2004

8

  • Louis Jordan born (Brinkley, AR) American R&B, jazz and blues bandleader, singer, songwriter, saxophonist. Died 1975

9

  • Takashi Asahina born (Tokyo) Japanese conductor. Founder of  the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra. Died 2001

10

  • Hociel Thomas born (Houston, TX) American blues singer, pianist, composer. Daughter of George Thomas (1885-1936), niece of Sippie Wallace (1898-1986) and Hersal Thomas (1910-26). Died 1952
  • Phoebe Knapp (69) dies in Poland, ME

14

  • William Mason (79) dies in New York

16

  • Arnold Bax’s String Quintet in G premiered in London

18

  • Barry Gray born (Manchester) English film and television composer, arranger. Primarily known for his music for Gerry Anderson’s classic puppet series such as Thunderbirds. Died 1984

20

  • Federico Chueca (62) dies in Madrid

25

  • Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer born (Thanjavur, India) Indian Carnatic singer. Died 2003
Phoebe Knapp 1839-1908

Phoebe Knapp 1839-1908

Aug

1

  • Miloslav Kabelác born (Prague) Czech composer, conductor. Died 1979

11

  • Russell Procope born (New York) American jazz alto saxophonist, clarinettist. Worked with Billy Freeman, Chick Webb, Benny Carter, Fletcher Henderson, John Kirby and Duke Ellington. Died 1981

12

  • Nina Makarova born (Jurino, Russia) Russian composer. Wife of Aram Khachaturian (1903-78). Died 1976

13

  • Ira D. Sankey (67) dies in Brooklyn, NY

17

  • Kurt Hessenberg born (Frankfurt) German composer, teacher. Died 1994

26

  • Bernard Bierman born (New York, NY) American popular songwriter

30

  • Willie Bryant born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz bandleader, vocalist, disc jockey. Died 1964

31

  • Milan Ristić born (Belgrade) Serbian composer, teacher, radio producer. Died 1982
Ira D. Sankey 1840-1908

Ira D. Sankey 1840-1908

Sep

3

  • Frederick Lonsdale, Adrian Ross, Arthur Wimperis & Sidney Jones’s musical King of Cadonia opened in London

5

  • Joaquín Nin Culmell born (Berlin) Cuban-American composer, pianist. Died 2004

7

  • Max Kaminsky born (Brockton, MA) American jazz bandleader, trumpeter. Worked with George Wettling, Red Nichols, Benny Carter, Mezz Mezzrow, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Bud Freeman and others. Died 1994

9

  • Edward Elgar’s The Wand of Youth Suite no.2 op.1/2 for orchestra premiered in Worcester
  • Hubert Parry’s Beyond these voices there is peace for chorus and orchestra premiered in Worcester

10

  • Raymond Scott aka Harry Warnow born (Brooklyn, NY) American popular bandleader, composer, recording engineer, record producer, electronic music pioneer. Died 1994

13

  • Leon ‘Chu’ Berry born (Wheeling, WV) American jazz tenor-saxophonist. Worked with Sammy Stewart, Benny Carter, Teddy Hill, Fletcher Henderson and Cab Calloway. Died 1941

19

  • Gustav Mahler’s Symphony no. 7 premiered in Prague

20

  • Pablo de Sarasate (64) dies in Biarritz, France from bronchitis

25

  • Mehli Mehta born (Mumbai) Indian violinist, conductor. Father of Zubin Mehta (b.1936). Died 2002
  • Eugen Suchon born (Pezinok, Slovakia) Slovak composer. Died 1993

30

  • David Oistrakh born (Odessa) Russian classical violinist. Died 1974
Poster for Frederick Lonsdale, Adrian Ross, Arthur Wimperis & Sidney Jones's musical King of Cadonia

Poster for Frederick Lonsdale, Adrian Ross, Arthur Wimperis & Sidney Jones’s musical King of Cadonia

Oct

3

  • Johnny Burke born (Antioch, CA) American popular lyricist. Died 1964

6

  • Sammy Price born (Honey Grove, TX) American jazz and blues bandleader, pianist. Died 1992
  • Granville Bantock’s incidental music for Euripides’s play Hippolytus premiered in Manchester

8

  • Ole Olsen’s opera Lajla premiered in Oslo. Lib. Olsen

9

  • Lee Wiley born (Fort Gibson, OK) American jazz singer. Died 1975
  • Albert Roussel’s Violin Sonata no.1 op.11 premiered in Paris

10

  • Johnny Green born (New York) American popular songwriter, composer, arranger, conductor. Died 1989

11

  • Cartola aka Angenor de Oliveira born (Rio de Janeiro) Brazilian samba singer, composer, poet. Died 1980
  • Harmonica Frank Floyd born (Toccopola, MS) American blues singer, harmonica player, guitarist. Died 1984
  • Georges Marty (48) dies in Paris of liver disease

12

  • Scott Joplin records piano rolls for Universal Music, including Pineapple Rag

15

  • Max Reger’s Violin Concerto op.101 premiered in Leipzig

16

  • Joaquín Turina’s Sevilla op.2 for piano premiered in Seville

17

  • Edward Elgar’s The Reveille op.54 for choir premiered in Blackpool, text B. Harte

19

  • Geirr Tveitt born (Bergen) Norwegian composer, pianist. Died 1981
  • Patrick ‘Spike’ Hughes born (London) English jazz bassist, composer, bandleader, writer. Died 1987

21

  • Howard Ferguson born (Belfast) Anglo-Irish composer, musicologist, teacher. Died 1999

23

  • Edward MacDowell’s symphonic poem Lamia op.29 premiered in Boston

24

  • Karl Michael Ziehrer’s operetta Der Liebeswalzer [the love waltz], lib. Robert Bodanzky and Fritz Grünbaum, premiered in Vienna

30

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Sonata No. 1 premiered in Moscow

unk

  • Columbia introduces the two sided record

releases

  • Haydn Quartet – Take Me Out To The Ball Game (Victor)

Sheet music for Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer’s Take Me Out To The Ballgame

Nov

2

  • Rowland ‘Bunny’ Berigan born (Hilbert, WN) American jazz trumpeter, bandleader. Worked with Hal Kemp, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and his own band. Died 1942

4

  • Anton Webern’s Passacaglia op.1 for orchestra premiered in Vienna

7

  • Max Reger’s Six Recital Pieces for violin and piano op.103 premiered in Prague

8

  • Alban Berg’s Variations on an Original Theme for piano premiered in Vienna

14

  • Oscar Straus’s operetta Der tapfere Soldat [the brave soldier], lib. Rudolf Bernauer and Leopold Jacobson, premiered in Vienna

15

  • Katti Lanner (79) dies in London

17

  • Camille Saint-Saëns provides the score for Charles Le Bargy’s film L’Assassinat du Duc de Guise [The Assassination of the Duke of Guise], one of the first important soundtrack worls

18

  • Hubert Parry’s Eton Memorial Ode premiered in Eton

19

  • Jean-Yves Daniel-Lesur born (Paris) Composer, organist. Died 2002
  • Frederic ‘Keg’ Johnson born (Dallas, TX) American jazz trombonist. Worked with Louis Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson, Benny Carter, Cab Calloway and Ray Charles. Brother of Budd Johnson (1910-84). Died 1967

20

  • Albert Dietrich (79) dies in Berlin

22

  • Paul Taffanel (64) dies in Paris

25

  • Otakar Ostrcil’s opera Kunálovy oci [Kunálovy eyes], lib. Karel Mashek, premiered in Prague

28

  • Riccardo Zandonai’s opera Il grillo del focolare [the cricket on the hearth], lib. Cesare Hanau after Charles Dickens,  premiered in Turin

Scene from Charles Le Bargy and André Calmettes’ film L’Assassinat du Duc de Guise

Dec

1

  • Aleksandr Scriabin’s Piano Sonata No. 5 premiered in Moscow

3

  • Edward Elgar’s Symphony no.1 op.55 premiered in Manchester

10

  • Olivier Messiaen born (Avignon, France) French composer, otganist, teacher. Died 1992
  • Alexander Scriabin’s symphonic poem The Poem of Ecstasy premiered in New York

11

  • Elliott Carter born (New York, NY) American composer. Died 2012
  • Frederick Delius’s In a Summer Garden for orchestra premiered in London

13

  • Victor Babin born (Moscow) Russo-American pianist, composer. Worked as part of a duo with his wife Vitya Vronsky (1909-92). Died 1972

18

  • Claude Debussy’s suite Children’s Corner for orchestra premiered in Paris

19

  • Bill Carlisle born (Wakefield, KY) American country singer, songwriter, comedian, guitarist. Brother of Cliff Carlisle (1904-83). Died 2003

20

  • Benjamin Ipavec (78) dies in Graz
  • Aleksandr Glazunov’s Introduction and Dance of Salomé op.90 for orchestra premiered in St Petersburg

21

  • Arnold Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 2 premiered in Vienna

23

  • Leo Fall’s operetta Die geschiedene Frau [the divorced wife] premiered in Vienna. Lib. Victor Léon

24

  • Cladys ‘Jabbo’ Smith born (Pembroke, GA) American jazz trumpeter, bandleader. Worked with Charlie Johnson, Jabbo Smith’s Rhythm Aces; Claude Hopkins and the Jabbo Smith Orchestra. Died 1991
  • François-Auguste Gevaert (80) dies in Brussels

31

  • John Kirby born (Baltimore, MS) American jazz bassist, tubist, bandleader. Worked with Fletcher Henderson, Chick Webb and the John Kirby Sextet. Died 1952
  • Sergei Prokofiev makes his public debut in St Petersburg

Date unknown

  • Hugo Alfvén’s Festspel premiered at the opening of the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm
  • Max Fiedler appointed director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a post he holds until 1912
  • W. C. Handy and Harry Pace found publishing firm the Pace & Handy Music Company
  • Felix Weingartner appointed principal conductor of the Vienna Hofoper succeeding Gustav Mahler (until 1911) and of the Vienna Philharmonic (until 1927)

publications

  • Lucy Broadwood’s English Traditional Carols and Songs published

songs published

  • Black And White Rag (George Botsford); Shine On Harvest Moon (Jack Norworth, Nora Bayes); Take Me Out to the Ball Game (Jack Norworth, Albert Von Tilzer)

Sheet music for Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth’s Shine On Harvest Moon

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