1910

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Jan

6

  • Jean Sibelius’ String quartet “Voces intimae” op.56 premiered in Berlin

8

  • Franz Léhar’s operetta Zigeunerliebe [Gypsy Love] premiered in Vienna, lib. A.M. Willner and R. Bodanzky

10

  • Jean Martinon born (Lyon) French conductor, composer. Died 1976

13

  • The first radio broadcast of an opera is made from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York when NBC transmit a performance of Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana

14

  • Jimmy Crawford born (Memphis, TN) American jazz drummer, session player. Worked with Jimmie Lunceford and many others. Died 1980
  • Arnold Schoenberg’s Drei Klavierstücke [three piano pieces] & Das Buch der hängenden Gärten op.15 [The Book of the Hanging Gardens] – 15 songs for voice and piano premiered in Vienna

15

  • Edward Elgar’s song The King’s Way (lyrics: C.A. Elgar) premiered in London
  • Ruggero Leoncavallo’s opera Maià premiered in Rome, lib. A. Nessi

17

  • Sid Catlett born (Evansville, IN) American jazz drummer. Worked with Benny Carter, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong and Teddy Wilson. Died 1951

19

  • Ruggero Leoncavallo’s opera Malbruk premiered in Rome, lib. A. Nessi

22

  • Edward Elgar’s They are at rest for choir premiered in Windsor
  • Igor Stravinsky’s Feyerverk (Feu d’artifice [Fireworks]) for orchestra premiered in St Petersburg

23

  • Jean ‘Django’ Reinhardt born (Pont-à-Celles, Belgium) Franco-Roma jazz guitarist. Member of the Quintette de Hot Club du France. Died 1953

24

  • Ferruccio Busoni’s Sonatina in diem nativitatis Christi MCMXVII for piano premiered in Zurich

31

  • Gustav Walter (75) dies in Vienna
Ferruccio Busoni 1866-1924

Ferruccio Busoni 1866-1924

Feb

3

  • Blas Galindo born (San Gabriel, Mexico) Mexican composer, teacher. Died 1993

4

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Endymion’s Dream for soprano, tenor, 4 voices and orchestra premiered in Brighton, lib. C.R.B. Barrett

8

  • Anton Webern’s Five Movements for string quartet op.5 premiered in Vienna

16

  • Albert Heinrich Zabel (75) dies in St Petersburg
  • Claude Debussy’s Préludes Book 1 for piano completed

19

  • Jules Massenet’s opera Don Quichotte premiered in Monte Carlo, lib. H. Cain after Cervantes
  • Frederick Lonsdale, Frank Curzon, Paul Rubens & Arthur Wimperis’ musical The Balkan Princess opens in London (176 performances)

24

  • Clyde Hart born (Baltimore, MD) American jazz pianist, arranger. Worked with Blanche Calloway, Andy Kirk, Stuff Smith, John Kirby, Stuff Smith and others. Died 1945

26

  • Jean Gilbert’s operetta Die keusche Susanne [Chaste Susanne], lib. Georg Okonkowski, premiered in Magdeburg, Germany
  • Max Reger’s String Quartet op.54 premiered in Trieste
Anton Webern 1883-1945

Anton Webern 1883-1945

Mar

6

  • Sergei Prokofiev makes his debut public appearance in Moscow playing his Piano Sonata no.1 op.1 & Four Studies for piano op.2

9

  • Samuel Barber born (West Chester, PA) American composer. Died 1981

10

  • Carl Reinecke (85) dies in Leipzig

11

  • Billy Murray and the American Quartet record a session for Victor. Tracks cut include Casey Jones

12

  • Bela Bartók’s Two Romanian Dances op.8 for piano premiered in Paris

13

  • Sammy Kaye born (Lakewood, OH) American big band leader, arranger, composer. Died 1987

16

  • James ‘Yank’ Rachell born (Brownsville, TN) American blues mandolin player, singer, guitarist. Died 1997
  • Emmerich Kálmán’s operetta Az obsitos [The Soldier on Leave], lib. Karl von Bakonyi, premiered in Budapest

17

  • Joaquín Valverde Durán (64) dies in Madrid
  • Umberto Giordano’s opera Mese Mariano [Mary’s month], lib. Salvatore Di Giacomo, premiered in Palermo
  • Zoltán Kodály’s Zongoramuzsika (9 pieces for piano) & Sonata for cello and piano premiered in Budapest

18

  • Giovanni Battista Lamperti (70) dies in Berlin

19

  • Béla Bartók’s String Quartet no.1 premiered in Budapest

26

  • Aleksandr Glazunov’s Finnish Fantasy op.88 for orchestra premiered in St. Petersburg

28

  • Édouard Colonne (71) dies in Paris

releases

  • Fisk University Jubilee Singers – Swing low, sweet chariot / Golden slippers (Victor)

Umberto Giordano 1867-1948

Apr

6

  • Gustav Holst’s A Somerset Rhapsody for orchestra premiered in London
  • Jean Sibelius’s incidental music for M. Lybeck’s play Ödlan [The Lizard] premiered in Helsinki

13

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

14

  • Werner Wolf Glaser born (Cologne) German-Swedish composer, conductor, pianist. Died 2006

20

  • Gabriel Fauré’s song cycle La Chanson d’Eve op.95 [Eve’s song] premiered in Paris
  • Maurice Ravel’s Ma Mère l’Oye [Mother Goose] for two pianos premiered in Paris

26

  • Erland von Koch born (Stockholm) Swedish composer, teacher, choirmaster. Died 2009

28

  • Everett Barksdale born (Detroit) American jazz and r&b guitarist, session player. Died 1986

30

  • Levi Celerio born (Manila) Filipino popular songwriter, singer, leaf player. Died 2002
  • Homesick James aka James A. Williamson born (Somerville, TN) American blues singer, guitarist. Worked with Elmore James. Died 2006
gustav holst 1874-1934

Gustav Holst 1874-1934

May

4

  • Bernhard Cossmann (87) dies in Frankfurt
  • Manuel de Falla’s Trois Mélodies for voice and piano premiered in Paris
  • Claude Terrasse’s opera Le mariage de Télémaque premiered in Paris. Lib. Maurice Donnay

8

  • Mary Lou Williams (Scruggs) born (Atlanta, GA) American jazz pianist, composer, arranger, bandleader. Worked with Andy Kirk, Duke Ellington and her own groups. Died 1981
  • Max Reger’s Die Nonnen op.112 [the nuns] for chorus and orchestra premiered in Dortmund

12

  • Gordon Jenkins born (Webster Groves, MO) American popular music arranger, songwriter, pianist, conductor. Died 1984
  • Giulietta Simionato born (Forli, Italy) Italian mezzo-soprano singer, teacher, opera director. Died 2010

17

  • Gabriel Fauré’s Preludes nos.1-3, op.103 for piano premiered in Paris

18

  • Pauline García-Viardot (88) dies in Paris
  • Flor van Duyse (66) dies in Ghent

20

  • Jean-Baptiste Weckerlin (88) dies in Guebwiller, France

23

  • Benjamin ‘Scatman’ Crothers born (Terre Haute, IN) American singer, pianist, actor, dancer, voice artist. Died 1986
  • Artie Shaw aka Arthur Jacob Arshawsky born (New York, NY) American jazz clarinetist, bandleader, composer, writer. Worked with Austin Wylie, Irving Aaronson and led his own bands. Died 2004

27

  • James Reese Europe’s Clef Club Orchestra plays its first concert at the newly opened Clef Club in Harlem, The club is founded by Europe as a black musicians’ union

28

  • Aaron Thibeault ‘T-Bone’ Walker born (Linden, TX) American blues and R&B guitarist, singer, songwriter. Died 1975

29

  • Mily Balakirev (73) dies in St Petersburg of pleurisy
  • Zoltán Kodály’s String Quartet no.1 premiered in Zürich

30

  • Gabriel Pierné’s opera On ne badine pas avec l’amour [You do not mess with love], lib. Gabriel Nigond and Louis Leloir, premiered in Paris
Gabriel Pierné 1863-1937

Gabriel Pierné 1863-1937

Jun

2

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s The Bamboula, rhapsodic dance for orchestra premiered in Norfolk, CT

4

  • Anton Dermota born (Kropa, Slovenia) Slovene tenor singer. Died 1989
  • Leo Fall and Adrian Ross’s musical The Girl in the Train opens in London (340 performances), an adaptation of Leo Fall’s operetta Die geschiedene Frau (see 23/12/1908)
  • Carl Nielsen’s incidental music for A. Oehlenschläeger’s play Hagbarth og Signe premiered in Copenhagen

6

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ La muse et le poète op.132 [the muse and the poet] for orchestra premiered in London

10

  • Howlin’ Wolf aka Chester Burnett born (White Station, MS) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1976

14

  • Rudolf Kempe born (Dresden) German conductor. Died 1976

15

  • David Rose born (London) Anglo-American bandleader, composer, arranger, pianist, conductor. Died 1990

16

  • Wendelin Weißheimer (72) dies in Nuremberg

17

  • Clyde ‘Red’ Foley born (Blue Lick, KY) American country singer, songwriter, guitarist, radio host, actor. Died 1968
  • Herbert Owen Reed born (Odessa, MO) American composer, teacher, theorist.

18

  • Ray McKinley born (Fort Worth, TX) American jazz bandleader, singer, drummer. Worked with Smith Ballew, Dorsey Brothers, Jimmy Dorsey, Will Bradley, his own bands and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Died 1995
  • Oskar Sala born (Berlin) German composer, electronic music pioneer, trautonium player and developer, physicist. Died 2002

25

  • Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Zhar′-ptitsa (L’oiseau de feu) [The Firebird] premiered in Paris

29

  • Frank Loesser born (New York, NY) American popular songwriter. Died 1969
Igor Stravinsky - The Firebird / Petrushka / The Rite of Spring (Deux-Elles)

Igor Stravinsky – The Firebird / Petrushka / The Rite of Spring (Deux-Elles)

Jul

2

  • Earl Robinson born (Seattle, WA) American folk songwriter, singer, film composer, activist. Died 1991

4

  • Champion Jack Dupree born (New Orleans, LA) American blues pianist, singer, songwriter, boxer. Died 1992
  • Louis-Albert Bourgault-Ducoudray (70) dies in Vernouillet, Eure-et-Loir, France

7

  • Emilio Usiglio (69) dies in Milan

10

  • Rafael Cepeda born (San Juan, Puerto Rico) Puerto Rican folk composer, bandleader. Died 1996

15

  • Washboard Sam aka Robert Brown born (Walnut Ridge, AR) American blues singer, songwriter, washboard player. Half-brother of Big Bill Broonzy (1893-1958). Died 1966

18

  • Lou Busch aka Joe Fingers Carr born (Louisville, KY) American ragtime piano player, record producer, songwriter. Died 1979

22

  • Leo Ascher’s operetta Vindobona, du herrliche Stadt [Vindobona, you glorious city], lib. Ascher, premiered in Vienna

releases

  • Sophie Tucker – That Lovin’ Rag (Edison)
Sophie Tucker 1884-1966

Sophie Tucker 1884-1966

Aug

1

  • Walter Scharf born (New York, NY) American film composer. Died 2003

2

  • Déodat de Séverac’s opera Héliogabale premiered in Béziers. Lib.Emile Sicard

4

  • William Schuman born (New York, NY) American composer, teacher, administrator. Died 1992

7

  • Freddie Slack born (Westby, WI) American jazz bandleader, pianist. Worked with Ben Pollack, Jimmy Dorsey, Will Bradley and his own bands. Died 1965

12

  • Heinrich Sutermeister born (Deuerthalen, Switzerland) Swiss opera composer. Died 1995

14

  • Pierre Schaeffer born (Nancy, France) French composer, radio engineer, teacher, musicologist. Coiner of the term ‘musique concrète’. Died 1995

17

  • Erkki Aaltonen born (Hämeenlinna, Finland) Finnish composer, violinist, teacher. Died 1990

18

  • Herman Berlinski born (Leipzig) German-American composer, keyboard player, musicologist, choir conductor. Died 2001

24

  • Tunde King born (Lagos) Nigerian juju singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 198?

29

  • Tom Anderson born (Eshaness, Shetland) Scottish folk fiddler, teacher, composer. Died 1991

30

  • Arnold Bax’s In the Faery Hills for orchestra premiered in London

31

  • Lauderic Caton born (Cedros, Trinidad & Tobago) Trinidadian jazz guitarist. Worked with Dick Katz, Ray Ellington and Ray Nance. Died 1999
  • Emils Darzinš (34) dies in Riga under the wheels of a train, probably suicide

Emils Darzinš 1875-1910

Sep

1

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on English Folk Songs for orchestra premiered in London

3

  • Kitty Carlisle aka Catherine Conn born (New Orleans) American musical theatre singer, actress, television personality. Died 2007

4

  • Remo Giazotto born (Rome) Italian musicologist, critic, writer, composer. Author of biographies of Albinoni, Vivaldi and Viotti. Died 1998

5

  • Julian Edwards (54) dies in New York of heart failure
  • Franz Xaver Haberl (70) dies in Regensburg, Germany

6

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis for orchestra premiered in Gloucester

12

  • Shep Fields born (New York, NY) American popular bandleader, clarinettist, tenor saxophonist. Died 1981
  • Gustav Mahler’s Symphony no.8 premiered in Munich

14

  • Rolf Liebermann born (Zurich) Swiss composer, opera director. Died 1999

15

  • August Enna’s opera Princessen på aerten [the princess and the pea], lib. P. A. Rosenberg after Hans Christian Andersen, premiered in Århus

18

  • Josef Tal aka Josef Grünthal born (Pniewy, Poland) German-Israeli composer, teacher. Died 2008

23

  • Soulima Stravinsky born (Lausanne, Switzerland) Swiss-American pianist, composer. Son of Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971). Died 1994

24

  • Rudolf Dellinger (53) dies in Dresden

30

  • Ferruccio Busoni’s Sonatina no.1 for piano & Fantasia Contrappuntistica for piano premiered in Basel
Gustav Mahler leading a rehearsal of his 8th symphony in Munich.

Gustav Mahler leading a rehearsal of his 8th symphony in Munich.

Oct

2

  • Alexander von Zemlinsky’s opera Kleider machen Leute [Clothes make the man], lib. Leo Hirschfeld, premiered in Vienna

5

  • Karl Michael Ziehrer’s operetta Herr und Frau Biedermeyer premiered in Vienna. Lib. Wilhelm Sterk

8

  • Jean Sibelius’s Dryaden [The Dryad] & In memoriam for orchestra premiered in Oslo

11

  • Francesco Balilla Pratella’s Manifesto of Futurist Musicians completed (published in 1912)

12

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony (symphony no.1) premiered in Leeds

13

  • Otto Joachim born (Düsseldorf) German-Canadian composer, viola player, electronic music pioneer. Died 2010

14

  • Georges Mathias dies in Paris on his 84th birthday

16

  • William Reed born (London) English composer, pianist, writer, theatre director, teacher. Died 2002

19

  • John Mills Jr born (Piqua, OH) American popular bass singer, guitarist. Member of the Mills Brothers. Son of John H Mills (1882-1967), brother of Herbert (1912-89), Harry (1913-82) and Donald (1915-99) Mills. Died 1936

20

  • Charlie Fuqua born (Indianapolis, IA) American popular singer, guitarist. Member of the Ink Spots. Died 1971

24

  • José María Usandizaga’s opera Mendi Mendian premiered in Bilbao. Lib. J. Power
José María Usandizaga 1887-1915

José María Usandizaga 1887-1915

Nov

3

  • Leo Ascher’s operetta Der fromme Silvanus [The pious Silvanus], lib. Ascher, premiered in Vienna

5

  • Igor Stravinsky’s Suite from ‘The Firebird’ for orchestra premiered in St Petersburg (first version)
  • James T. Tanner, Adrian Ross, Percy Greenbank & Lionel Monckton’s musical The Quaker Girl opened in London (536 performances)

7

  • Victor Herbert’s musical Naughty Marietta opens on Broadway (136 performances)

10

  • Edward Elgar’s Violin Concerto op.61 premiered in London

17

  • Frank Bridge’s Three Sketches for piano premiered in London

20

  • Ottorino Respighi’s opera Semirama premiered in Bologna, lib. A. Cerè

25

  • Willie Smith born (Charleston, SC) American jazz alto-saxophonist. Worked with Jimmie Lunceford, Harry James, Duke Ellington and Billy May. Died 1967

26

  • Gialdino Gialdini’s opera La bufera [the storm], lib. Gialdini, premiered in Pola

30

  • Ernest Bloch’s opera Macbeth premiered in Paris, lib. E. Fleg

unk

  • Wilhelm Furtwängler’s Te Deum premiered in Wroclaw

publications

  • John Lomax’s Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads published in New York

Scene from the 1911 Broadway production of Victor Herbert’s musical The Quaker Girl

Dec

4

  • Alex North aka Isadore Soifer born (Chester, PA) American film composer. Died 1991

5

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s symphonic poem Dreams op.6 premiered in St. Petersburg

7

  • Louis Prima born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz and popular singer, trumpeter, actor, bandleader. Died 1978
  • Edmundo Ros born (Port of Spain, Trinidad) Trinidadian popular and Latin bandleader, singer, percussionist, nightclub owner. Died 2011

8

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s The Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom op.31 for choir premiered in Moscow
  • Edward Elgar’s Angelus op.56 for choir premiered in London

10

  • Giacomo Puccini’s opera La fanciulla del West [The Girl of the Golden West] premiered in New York, lib. G. Civinini and C. Zangarini

11

  • Noel Rosa born (Rio de Janeiro) Brazilian samba songwriter, singer, guitarist, banjo player. Died 1937

14

  • Albert ‘Budd’ Johnson born (Dallas, TX) American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, composer. Worked with Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines, Coleman Hawkins and others. Died 1984

15

  • John H. Hammond born (New York, NY) American record producer, talent scout, writer. Father of John Hammond Jr (b.1942). Died 1987
  • Ernst Naumann (78) dies in Jena, Germany
  • Edgard Varèse’s Bourgogne for orchestra premiered in Berlin (destroyed by composer)

17

  • Donnell Clyde ‘Spade’ Cooley born (Pack Saddle Creel, OK) American western swing bandleader, violinist, actor. Died 1969
  • Sy Oliver born (Battle Creek, MI) American jazz bandleader, trumpeter, arranger, composer, singer. Worked with Jimmie Lunceford, Tommy Dorsey and his own bands. Died 1988

23

  • Oscar Straus’s operetta Mein junger Herr [my young master], lib. Felix Salten, premiered in Vienna

28

  • Billy Williams born (Waco, TX) American Gospel & R&B singer, bandleader. Member of the Charioteers and the Billy Williams Quartet. Died 1972
  • Frédéric Alfred d’Erlanger’s opera Noël premiered in Paris. Lib. Camille d’Erlanger
  • Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera Königskinder [King’s children] premiered in New York, lib. E. Rosmer (second and final version)
  • Claude Terrasse’s ballet Les lucioles [the fireflies] premiered in Paris

30

  • Paul Bowles born (New York, NY) American composer, author, translator. Husband of writer and playwright Jane Bowles (1917-73). Died 1999
  • Georges Hüe’s opera Le Miracle premiered in Paris. Lib. Pierre-Barthélémy Gheusi and André Mérane

Date unknown

songs published

  • Come Josephine In My Flying Machine (Fred Fisher, Alfred Bryan)

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