1909

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Jan

1

  • The insurance firm of (Charles) Ives and Myrick is formed in New York

2

  • Béla Bartók makes his only appearance as conductor directing a movement of his Second Suite with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

3

  • Victor Borge born (Copenhagen) Danish pianist, conductor, comedian. Died 2000

9

  • Maurice Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit for piano premiered in Paris

11

  • Talmadge ‘Tab’ Smith born (St Louis, MO) American jazz and r&b alto-saxophonist. Worked with Lucky Millinder, Count Basie and his own bands. Died 1971

13

  • Ed Burke born (Fulton, OH) American jazz trombonist, violinist. Worked with Erskine Tate, Earl Hines, Duke Ellington, Coleman Hawkins and others. Died 1988
  • Quentin Jackson born (Springfield, OH) American jazz trombonist. Worked with McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and others. Died 1976
  • Henry Février’s opera Monna Vanna, lib. Maurice Maeterlinck, premiered in Paris

15

  • Gene Krupa born (Chicago, IL) American jazz bandleader, drummer, composer. Worked with the Mound City Blue Blowers, Red Nichols, Benny Goodman and led the Gene Krupa Orchestra. Died 1973
  • Ernest Reyer (85) dies in Le Lavandou, France

18

  • Robert Hausmann (56) dies in Vienna

20

  • Zulma Bouffar (67) dies in Couilly-Pont-aux-Dames, France

23

  • Giacomo Puccini’s maid Doria Manfredi commits suicide by poisoning after being publicly accused by his wife, Elvira Bonturi, of having an affair with the composer. The autopsy revealed her to be a virgin, and Bonturi only escaped prison when Puccini offered Manfredi’s family a large sum in compensation.
  • Jean Sibelius’s Öinen ratsastus ja auringonnousu [Night Ride and Sunrise] for orchestra premiered in St Petersburg
  • James T. Tanner, Adrian Ross, Percy Greenbank, Ivan Caryll & Lionel Monckton’s musical Our Miss Gibbs opens in London (636 performances)
  • Scott Joplin records piano rolls for Master, including Wall Street Rag

25

  • Richard Strauss’s opera Elektra premiered in Dresden, lib. H. von Hofmannsthal

26

  • Josef Suk’s symphonic poem Pohádka leta [A Summer’s Tale] op.29 premiered in Prague

30

  • Igor Stravinsky’s Pogrebal′naya pesn′ [Funeral Song] for orchestra premiered in St Petersburg
  • Géza Zichy’s opera Rákóczi Ferenz premiered in Budapest. Lib. Zichy
Richard Strauss - Elektra (Decca)

Richard Strauss – Elektra (Decca)

Feb

2

  • Jules Massenet’s incidental music for J. Dortzal’s play Perce-Neige et les sept gnomes [Snow White and the Seven Dwarves] premiered in Paris

3

  • Franco Alfano’s opera Il principe Zilah [Prince Zilah], lib. Luigi Illica, premiered in Genoa

4

  • Artie Bernstein born (Brooklyn, NY) American jazz bassist. Worked with Red Norvo, Benny Goodman and the Dorsey Brothers. Died 1964

5

  • Grazyna Bacewicz born (Łódź, Poland) Polish composer, violinist. Died 1969

6

  • Igor Stravinsky’s Fantasticheskoye skertso [Scherzo fantastique] for orchestra premiered in St Petersburg

8

  • Mieczyslaw Karlowicz (32) dies in an avalanche whilst skiing in the Tatra mountains, Poland

9

  • Harald Genzmer born (Bremen) German composer, teacher. Died 2007
  • Carmen Miranda born (Marco de Canaveses, Portugal) Brazilian popular singer, actress. Died 1955
  • Isaac Albéniz’s Iberia Suite Book 4 for piano premiered in Paris

11

  • Carl Nielsen’s Cantata In Celebration of the Year 1659 premiered in Copenhagen

19

  • Agnes “Sis” Cunningham born (Watonga, OK) American folk singer, musician, activist. Co-founder of Broadside Magazine, member of the Almanac Singers. Wife of Gordon Friesen (1909-96). Died 2004
  • Arnold Schoenberg completes his piano piece op.11 no.1, the first composition to dispense completely with traditional tonality

20

  • Oscar Alemán born (Resistencia, Argentina) Argentinian jazz guitarist, singer, dancer, teacher. Died 1980

22

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ In the Fen Country for orchestra premiered in London

27

  • Edgar Tinel’s opera Katharina premiered in Brussels. Lib.Eugeen de Lepeleer

Mieczyslaw Karlowicz 1876-1909

Mar

1

  • Béla Bartók’s Suite no.1 for orchestra premiered in Budapest (complete work)

3

  • Gordon Friesen born (Weatherford, OK) American folk singer, publisher. Co-founder of Broadside Magazine, member of the Almanac Singers. Husband of Sis Cunningham (1909-2004). Died 1996

7

  • André Caplet’s Harp concerto The Masque of the Red Death premiered in Paris

9

  • Herschel Evans born (Denton, TX) American jazz tenor-saxophonist. Worked with Troy Floyd, Benny Moten, Lionel Hampton and Count Basie. Died 1939
  • Max Reger’s Sinfonischer Prolog zu einer Tragodie op.108 [symphonic prologue to a tragedy] premiered in Cologne

13

  • Saunders King born (Staple, LA) American blues and R&B guitarist, singer. Died 2000

17

  • K P H Notoprojo born (Yogyakarta, Indonesia) Indonesian gamelan performer, composer, teacher. Died 2007
  • Italo Montemezzi’s opera Hellera premiered in Turin. Lib. Luigi Illica

18

  • Ljubica Marić born (Kragujevac, Serbia) Serbian composer, teacher. Died 2003

25

  • Ruperto Chapí (57) dies in Madrid
  • Walter Braunfels’s opera Prinzessin Brambilla premiered in Stuttgart. Lib. Braunfels

26

  • Gustav Holst’s Four Old English Carols op.20 premiered in Blackburn

27

  • Ben Webster born (Kansas City, MO) American jazz tenor-saxophonist, pianist, bandleader. Worked with Bennie Moten, Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington and others. Died 1973
  • Manuel de Falla’s Cuatro piezas españolas [four Spanish pieces] for piano premiered in Paris

29

  • Aubrey ‘Moon’ Mullican born (Corrigan, TX) American country singer, songwriter, pianist. Died 1967

30

  • Gabriel Fauré’s Impromptu no.5 op.102 for piano & Barcarolle no.9 op.101 for piano premiered in Paris

Italo Montemezzi 1875-1952

Apr

3

  • Charles Tournemire’s Symphony No.2 premiered in Paris

4

  • Henry Kimball Hadley’s opera Safié premiered in Mainz. Lib. Edward Oxenford

5

  • Asaf Zeynally born (Derbent, Dagestan, Russia) Azerbaijani composer, teacher. Died 1932

9

  • Ivan Dzerzhinsky born (Tambov, Russia) Russian composer, music administrator, politician. Died 1978
  • Claude Debussy’s Trois chansons de Charles d’Orléans for chorus premiered in Paris

10

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’s incidental music for E. Brieux’s play La foi [faith] premiered in Monte Carlo

14

  • Isabel Aretz born (Buenos Aires) Argentinian composer, writer, teacher, ethnomusicologist. Died 2005

19

  • Arnold Bax’s Into the Twilight for orchestra premiered in London

23

  • Mily Balakirev’s Symphony no.2 premiered in St Petersburg

27

  • Frank Bridge’s Phantasie Piano Trio , Piano Trio No.1 premiered in London

29

  • Mark Ambient, Alexander M. Thompson, Arthur Wimperis, Lionel Monckton & Howard Talbo’s musical The Arcadians opens in London (809 performances)
Henry Kimball Hadley 1871-1937

Henry Kimball Hadley 1871-1937

May

1

  • Jesse Price born (Memphis, TN) American jazz drummer. Worked with Count Basie, Harlan Leonard, Louis Armstrong, Stan Kenton and others. Died 1974
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s symphonic poem Isle of the Dead premiered in Moscow

3

  • J Rosamond Johnson, C. Hunter and Bob Cole’s musical The Red Moon premiered in New York

5

  • Jules Massenet’s opera Bacchus premiered in Paris, lib. C. Mendès

7

  • Joachim Andersen (62) dies in Copenhagen

10

  • Maybelle Carter born (Nickelsville, VA) American country guitarist, autoharpist, banjoist, singer. Member of the Carter Family. Cousin of Sara Carter (1899-1979), mother of June Carter (1929-2003). Died 1978

11

  • Herbert Murrill born (London) English composer, organist, teacher, head of music at the BBC 1950-52. Died 1952

12

  • Leopold Stokowski makes his conducting debut in Paris

13

  • Ken Darby born (Hebron, NE) American popular songwriter, arranger, conductor. Died 1992
  • Nadia Boulanger’s cantata Roussalka premiered in Paris

18

  • Isaac Albéniz (48) dies in Cambo-les-Bains, France from Bright’s Disease
  • Carl Nielsen’s Cantata for the National Exhibition at Aarhus premiered in Aarhus

20

  • Ernest Hogan (44) dies in New York

26

  • Charlie McCoy born (Jackson, MS) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Brother of Joe McCoy (1905-50). Died 1950

27

  • Isador Goodman born (Cape Town) South African-Australian composer, pianist, conductor, teacher. Died 1982

30

  • Benny Goodman born (Chicago, IL) American jazz bandleader, clarinetist, composer, arranger. Worked with Ben Pollack, and led his own big bands and small groups. Died 1986

31

  • Marie Auguste Durand (78) dies in Paris

releases

  • Ada Jones & Billy Murray – Shine On Harvest Moon (Edison)

Leopold Stokowski 1882-1977

Jun

1

  • Giuseppe Martucci (53) dies in Naples

2

  • Robin Orr born (Brechin) Scottish composer, teacher. Died 2006

4

  • Paul Nordoff born (Philadelphia, PA) American composer, pianist, teacher, music therapist. Co-developer of the Nordoff-Robbins music therapy method with Clive Robbins (1927-2011). Died 1977

5

  • Alfred Uhl born (Vienna) Austrian composer, teacher. Died 1992

7

  • Frederick Delius’s A Mass of Life for choir and orchestra premiered in London, text F. Nietzsche

9

  • Max Reger’s Sonata for clarinet and piano no.3 op.107 premiered in Darmstadt

10

  • Erwin Dressel born (Berlin) German composer, pianist, arranger. Died 1972

12

  • Archie Bleyer born (new York, NY) American popular bandleader, arranger. Founder of Cadence Records. Died 1989

14

  • Burl Ives born (Hunt, IL) American folk singer, actor, writer. Died 1995
  • The Ziegfeld Follies of 1909 opens on Broadway (64 performances)

16

  • Willi Boskovsky (born Vienna) Austrian violinist, conductor. Died 1991

18

  • Ivory “Deek” Watson born (Mounds, IL) American popular singer, guitarist, trumpeter. Member of the Ink Spots. Died 1969

22

  • Joshua Alexander ‘Joe’ Loss born (London) English popular dance band leader, violinist. Died 1990

24

  • Milton Katims born (Brooklyn, NY) American viola player, conductor, teacher. Died 2006

30

  • Paul Constantinescu born (Ploesti, Romania) Romanian composer. Died 1963

Nora Bayes 1880-1928, one of the stars of the 1909 Ziegfeld Follies

Jul

1

  • The United States Copywright Law comes into effect

4

  • Alec Templeton born (Cardiff) Welsh pianist, composer, radio broadcaster, satirist. Blind from birth. Died 1963

9

  • Manolo Caracol born (Seville) Spanish flamenco singer. Died 1973

13

  • Edward Elgar’s Elegy op.55 for strings premiered in London

15

  • Granville Bantock’s incidental music for Sophocles’s play Electra premiered in London

16

  • Teddy Bunn born (Freeport, NY) American jazz and R&B guitarist. Worked with Duke Ellington, Washboard Rhythm Kings, Spirits of Rhythm and others. Died 1978

22

  • Oscar Byström (87) dies in Stockholm

24

  • Washboard Willie aka William Hensley born (Columbus, GA) American blues washboard player, singer. Died 1991

23

  • Zygmunt Noskowski (63) dies in Warsaw
Zygmunt Noskowski  1846-1909

Zygmunt Noskowski 1846-1909

Aug

8

  • Emanuel Amiran-Pougatchov born (Warsaw) Polish-Israeli composer, teacher, civil servant. Died 1993

10

  • Leo Fender born (Fullerton, CA) American guitar designer and builder. Founder of the Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company (1946). Died 1991
  • Claude Thornhill born (Terra Haute, IN) American popular and jazz bandleader, pianist, composer, arranger. Worked with Paul Whiteman, Benny Goodman, Ray Noble and led the Claude Thornhill Orchestra. Died 1965

11

  • Yuji Koseki born (Fukushima, Japan) Japanese composer. Died 1989

14

  • Hezekiah ‘Stuff’ Smith born (Portsmouth, OH) American jazz violinist, singer, bandleader. Worked with Coleman Hawkins and his own bands. Died 1967

15

  • Hugo Winterhalter born (Wilkes-Barre, PA) American popular music conductor, arranger, composer. Died 1973

17

  • Larry Clinton born (Brooklyn, NY) American popular bandleader, trumpeter. Died 1985

22

  • Vitya Vronsky born (Yevpatoria, Ukraine) Russian-American classical pianist. Worked as part of a duo with her husband Victor Babin (1908-72). Died 1992

27

  • Lester Young born (Woodville, MS) American jazz tenor saxophonist, bandleader. Worked with Fletcher Henderson, Count Basie and his own bands. Died 1959

Sep

6

  • Karl Michael Ziehrer’s operetta Die Gaukler [the juggler], lib. Emil and Arnold Golz, premiered in Vienna

8

  • Frederick Delius’s A Dance Rhapsody no.1 for orchestra premiered in Hereford

9

  • Edward Elgar’s Go, song of mine op.57 for choir premiered in Hereford

11

  • Camille Erlanger’s opera Bacchus triomphant premiered in Bordeaux. Lib. Henri Cain

15

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ cantata Willow-wood premiered in Liverpool

20

  • Will Lamartine Thompson (61) dies in New York

23

  • Lorenc Antoni born (Skopje, Albania) Albanian composer, ethnomusicologist, teacher, conductor. Died 1991

24

  • Carl Sigman born (Brooklyn, NY) American popular songwriter. Died 2000

25

  • Arnold Bax’s Fatherland for tenor, chorus and orchestra premiered in Liverpool
  • A.M. Willner, Fritz Grünbaum, Basil Hood, Leo Fall & Adrian Ross’ musical The Dollar Princess opens in London, an adaptation of Leo Fall’s operetta Die Dollarprinzessin (see 2/11/1907) (428 performances)

27

  • Jean Berger born (Hamm, Germany) German-American pianist, composer, teacher. Died 2002

30

  • Max Reger’s String Quartet no.4 op.109 premiered in Frankfurt

Scene from the Willner, Grünbaum, Hood, Fall and Ross musical The Dollar Princess

Oct

6

  • Dudley Buck (70) dies in West Orange, NJ

7

  • Franz Léhar’s operetta Das Fürstenkind [The Prince’s child] premiered in Vienna, lib. V. Léon
  • Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Zolotoy petushok [The Golden Cockerel] premiered in Moscow, lib. V.N. Bel′sky

13

  • Art Tatum born (Toledo, OH) American jazz pianist, arranger. Died 1956

15

  • Joaquín Turina’s Romantic Sonata on a Spanish theme op.3 for piano premiered in Paris

16

  • Ferruccio Busoni’s Fantasia after J.S. Bach for piano premiered in London

17

  • William Randolph ‘Cozy’ Cole born (East Orange, NJ) American jazz drummer. Worked with Jelly Roll Morton, Blanche Calloway, Benny Carter, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong and many others. Died 1981

18

  • Otto Ackermann born (Bucharest) Romanian conductor. Died 1960

20

  • Monique Haas born (Paris) French concert pianist. Died 1987

22

  • Käte van Tricht born (Berlin) German organist, pianist, harpsichordist, teacher. Organist at Bremen cathedral 1933-74. Died 1996

27

  • Henry Townsend born (Shelby, MS) American blues singer, guitarist, pianist. Died 2006

30

  • Sebastian Peschko born (Berlin) German classical pianist. Died 1987

unk

  • Leopold Stokowski appointed principal conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Ferruccio Busoni 1866-1924

Ferruccio Busoni 1866-1924

Nov

1

  • Bruno Bjelinski born (Trieste) Croatian composer, teacher. Died 1992

2

  • Hans von Rokitansky (74) dies in Schloss Laubegg, Austria

6

  • Eugen d’Albert’s opera Izeÿl premiered in Hamburg. Lib. Rudolf Spitzer

8

  • Charles Bordes (46) dies in Toulon
  • The Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid is destroyed by fire

10

  • Johnny Marks born (Mount Vernon, NY) American popular songwriter. Died 1985

11

  • Joseph Holbrooke’s opera Pierrot and Pierrette premiered in London. Lib. Walter E. Grogan

12

  • Franz Léhar’s operetta Der Graf von Luxemburg [The Count of Luxembourg] premiered in Vienna, lib. A.M. Willner and R. Bodanzky

14

  • Carl Nielsen’s incidental music for J. Aakjaer’s play Ulvens søn [The Wolf’s Son] premiered in Århus

15

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ song cycle On Wenlock Edge premiered in London

18

  • Johnny Mercer born (Savannah, GA) American popular songwriter, singer. Died 1976

21

  • Lloyd Glenn born (San Antonio, TX) American r&b pianist, bandleader, arranger, session player, talent scout. Worked with Kid Ory, T-Bone Walker, Lowell Fulson, B B King and his own groups. Died 1985

22

  • Béla Bartók’s Suite no.2 for orchestra premiered in Budapest (complete work)

25

  • O’Neill Spencer born (Cedarville, OH) American jazz drummer. Worked with the Mills Blue Rhythm Band and John Kirby. Died 1944

26

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Wasps for orchestra premiered in Cambridge

28

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 premiered in New York at the start of his first American tour

30

  • Robert Nighthawk aka Robert Lee McCollum born (Helena, AR) American blues singer, guitarist, harmonica player. Died 1967

First page of the score of Vaughan Williams’ Wasps Overture

Dec

1

  • Ebenezer Prout (74) dies in London

4

  • Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s opera Il segreto di Susanna [Susanna’s secret] premiered in Munich, lib. E. Golisciani
  • Carl Nielsen’s cantata In Memoriam P.S. Krøyer premiered in Copenhagen

7

  • Teddy Hill born (Birmingham, AL) American jazz bandleader, multi-instrumentalist, club manager. Worked with Luis Russell and his own bands. Died 1978

8

  • Déodat de Séverac’s opera Le Coeur du moulin [the heart of the mill], lib. Charles Gueret, premiered in Paris

9

  • Casey Bill Weldon born (Pine Bluff, AR) American blues singer, steel guitarist, songwriter. Worked with the Memphis Jug Band and solo. Death date and place unknown

10

  • Erkki Melartin’s opera Aino premeired in Helsinki. Lib. Melartin

15

  • Francisco Tárrega (57) dies in Barcelona, probably following a stroke
  • Edward German’s operetta Fallen Fairies or The Wicked World premiered in London, lib. W.S. Gilbert (50 performances)

20

  • Vagn Holmboe born (Horsens, Denmark) Danish composer, teacher. Died 1996

21

  • Karel Halíř (50) dies in Berlin

23

  • Oscar Straus’s operetta Das Tal der Liebe [The Valley of Love], lib. Straus, premiered in Vienna

28

  • Leonard Ware born (Richmond, VA) American jazz guitarist, composer, session player. Died 1974

29

  • Carl Zerrahn (83) dies in Milton, MA

releases

  • Fisk University Jubilee Quartet – Old Black Joe (Victor)
Edward German 1862-1936

Edward German 1862-1936

Date unknown

  • Solomon Linda born (Pomeroy, South Africa) South African musician, singer, composer. Died 1962
  • W. C. Handy’s group is invited to be the campaign band for Memphis mayoral candidate Edward H Crump. Campaign song Mr Crump, with changed words, becomes Memphis Blues

publications

  • Cecil Sharp, George Butterworth & Maud Karpeles’s The Country Dance Book published in London in six parts (through to 1922)

songs published

  • By The Light Of The Silvery Moon (Edward Madden, Gus Edwards); Casey Jones (T. Lawrence Seibert, Eddie Newton); I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now (Will M. Hough, Frank R. Adams, Joseph E. Howard, Harold Orlob); The Whiffenpoof Song (Meade Minnigerode, George S. Pomeroy, Tod B. Galloway)

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