1911

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Jan

1

  • Roman Totenberg born (Lodz, Poland) Polish-American violinist, teacher. Died 2012

2

  • C. M. S. McLellan and Ivan Caryll’s musical comedy Marriage a la Carte opens on Broadway (64 performances)

7

  • Karl Michael Ziehrer’s operetta In 50 Jahren premiered in Vienna. Lib. Leopold Krenn and Carl Lindau

8

  • Florent Schmitt’s symphonic poem La tragedie de Salomé premiered in Paris

15

  • Näcip Cihanov aka Nazib Zhiganov born (Oral, Kazakhstan) Tatar composer, teacher, music administrator, politician. Died 1988

16

  • Wilhelm Berger (49) dies in Jena, Germany, from complications following a stomach operation
  • Claude Debussy’s Rhapsody no.1 for clarinet and orchestra premiered in Paris

18

  • Gábor Darvas born (Szatmárnémeti, Hungary) Hungarian composer, musicologist. Died 1985

20

  • Emil Newman born (New Haven, CT) American film composer, conductor, arranger. Brother of Alfred (1901-70) and Lionel (1916-89) Newman. Uncle of David (b.1954), Thomas (b.1955) and Randy (b.1943) Newman. Died 1984

22

  • Roberto García Morillo born (Buenos Aires) Argentinian composer, critic, musicologist, teacher. Died 2003

26

  • Richard Strauss’ opera Der Rosenkavalier premiered in Dresden, lib. H. von Hofmannsthal

28

  • Albert Roussel’s Suite in f# minor op.14 for piano premiered in Paris

29

  • Bronislav Gimpel born (Lviv, Ukraine) Polish- American violinist, teacher. Brother of Jakob Gimpel (1906-89). Died 1979

30

  • Roy Eldridge born (Pittsburgh, PA) American jazz trumpeter, bandleader . Led his own bands and worked with Gene Krupa, Artie Shaw and Coleman Hawkins. Died 1989
  • Claude Terrasse’s opera Pantagruel premiered in Paris. Lib. Alfred Jarry and Eugène Demolder
Richard Strauss 1864-1949

Richard Strauss 1864-1949

Feb

3

  • Jehan Alain born (Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France) French composer, organist. Brother of Olivier Alain (1918-94) and Marie-Claire Alain (b.1926). Died 1940

4

  • Hal Mooney born (Brooklyn, NY) American jazz and popular arranger, conductor, pianist, orchestra leader. Worked with Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Nina Simone and others. Died 1995

5

  • Jussi Björling born (Borlänge, Sweden) Swedish tenor singer. Died 1960
  • Claude Debussy’s Trois ballades de Villon [Three ballads from Villon] for voice and orchestra premiered in Paris

12

  • Béla Bartók’s Román tánc [Romanian Dance] for orchestra premiered in Budapest

16

  • Edward Elgar’s Romance op.62 for bassoon and orchestra premiered in Hereford

20

  • Alexander Kopylov (56) dies in St Petersburg

21

  • Gustav Mahler makes his final conducting appearance, at Carnegie Hall in New York

25

  • Victor Herbert’s opera Natoma, lib. Joseph D. Redding, premiered in Philadelphia, PA

27

  • Cesar Cui’s opera Kapitanskaja dočka [The Captain’s Daughter], lib. Cui after Pushkin, premiered in St Petersburg
The sheet music for Victor Herbert's opera Natoma

The sheet music for Victor Herbert’s opera Natoma

Mar

7

  • Louis Cottrell Jr. born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz clarinetist, tenor saxophonist. Worked with Chris Kelly, Don Albert, Paul Barbarin and many others. Son of Louis Cottrell Sr. (1878-1927). Died 1978

8

  • Alan Hovhaness aka Alan Vaness Chakmakjian born (Somerville, MA) American composer, multi-instrumentalist. Died 2000

11

  • Enrique Granados’ piano suite Goyescas Book 1 premiered in Barcelona
  • Albert Roussel’s La ménace op.9 for voice and orchestra premiered in Paris

12

  • Max Reger’s String Sextet op.118 premiered in Leipzig

14

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ opera Déjanire premiered in Monte-Carlo, lib. L. Gallet and Saint-Saëns

15

  • Aleksandr Verzhbilovich (61) dies in St Petersburg
  • Aleksandr Scriabin’s symphonic poem Prometheus: The Poem of Fire premiered in Moscow

16

  • Gustav Holst’s Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda – 3rd group: Hymn to the Dawn, Hymn to the Waters, Hymn to Vena, Hymn of the Travellers for choir and orchestra premiered in Blackburn

17

  • Ottorino Respighi’s Aretusa for mezzo-soprano and orchestra premiered in Bologna

18

  • Smiley Burnette aka Lester Alvin Burnett born (Summum, IL) American country singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor. Died 1967

20

  • Jean-Théodore Radoux (75) dies in Liège

22

  • Gustav Holst’s Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda – 2nd group: To Varuna, To Agni, Funeral Chant for choir and orchestra premiered in London

23

  • Ethel Smyth’s song The March of the Women premiered in London’s Albert Hall at a fundraiser for the suffragist Women’s Social and Political Union

29

  • Félix-Alexandre Guilmant (74) dies in Meudon, France

31

  • Freddie Green born (Charleston, SC) American jazz guitarist. Worked with Count Basie. Died 1987

Ethel Smyth 1858-1944

Apr

3

  • Jean Sibelius’s Symphony no.4 premiered in Helsinki

5

  • Goddard Lieberson born (Hanley, Staffordshire) Anglo-American music administrator, editor, composer. President of Columbia Records 1956-71 & 73-75. Died 1977

6

  • Guillermo Portabales born (Rodas, Cuba) Cuban singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 1970
  • Phyllis Tate born (Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire) English composer, music administrator. Died 1987

7

  • Willi Thern (63) dies in Budapest
  • Karol Szymanowski’s Symphony No. 2 premiered in Warsaw

8

  • Ichiro Fujiyama born (Tokyo) Japanese popular songwriter, singer, conductor, actor. Died 1993

10

  • Martin Denny born (New York, NY) American composer of ‘exotica’, pianist. Died 2005
  • Victor Lombardo born (London, Ontario) Canadian popular saxophonist, bandleader. Member of the Royal Canadians. Brother of Guy (1902-77), Carmen (1913-71) and Lebert (1905-93) Lombardo. Died 1994
  • Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (35) dies in Warsaw of pneumonia
  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Four Pieces for piano op.3 premiered in St Petersburg

15

  • Wilma Neruda (73) dies in Berlin

21

  • Leonard Warren born (New York) American baritone singer. Died 1960

24

  • Alban Berg’s Piano sonata & String Quartet premiered in Vienna
  • Anton Webern’s Four Pieces for violin and piano op.7 premiered in Vienna

25

  • Arnold Bax’s Piano Sonata no.1 premiered in London

30

  • Jascha Heifetz, aged 10, performs before 25,000 people in St Petersburg at an outdoor concert
Alban Berg 1885-1935

Alban Berg 1885-1935

May

1

  • Ralph Bass aka Ralph Basso born (New York) American r&b record producer, talent scout, executive. Worked for Black and White, Savoy, Federal and Chess. Died 1997
  • Leo Ascher’s operetta Das Goldene Strumpfband [The Golden Garter], lib. Ascher, premiered in Vienna

2

  • Gustav Holst’s Invocation for cello and orchestra premiered in London

3

  • John ‘Yank’ Lawson born (Trenton, MO) American jazz trumpeter, bandleader. Worked with Ben Pollack, Bob Crosby, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and his own bands. Died 1995

6

  • James A. Bland (56) dies in Philadelphia of tuberculosis

8

  • Robert Johnson born (Hazlehurst, MS) American blues guitarist, singer, songwriter. Died 1938

9

  • Jacques Singer born (Przemyśl, Poland) American conductor, violinist. Died 1980
  • Maurice Ravel’s Valses Nobles et Sentimentales for orchestra (or piano) premiered in Paris

13

  • Maxine Sullivan aka Marietta Williams born (Homestead, PA) American jazz singer. Died 1987

14

  • Hans Vogt born (Gdansk) German conductor, composer, teacher. Died 1992

16

  • César Franck’s oratorio Rébecca premiered in Paris

18

  • ‘Big’ Joe Turner born (Kansas City, MO) American blues and R&B singer, songwriter. Died 1985
  • Gustav Mahler (50) dies in Vienna of bacterial endocarditis
  • Bela Bartók’s Four Dirges and Three Burlesques for piano premiered in Budapest

19

  • Maurice Ravel’s opera L’Heure Espagnol [The Spanish Hour] premiered in Paris, lib. Franc-Nohain

20

  • Milt Gabler born (New York, NY) American record producer. Founder of Commodore Records, head of A&R at Decca. Died 2001
  • Vet Boswell born (Birmingham, AL) American popular singer. Member of the Boswell Sisters with sisters Martha (1905-58) and Connee (1907-76) Boswell. Died 1988
  • Basil Hood, Adrian Ross & Franz Lehár’s operetta The Count of Luxembourg opens in London (240 performances)

22

  • Claude Debussy’s incidental music for G. D’Annunzio’s mystery play Le martyre de St Sébastien premiered in Paris
  • Gustav Mahler’s funeral takes place in Vienna

24

  • Granville Bantock’s symphonic poem Dante and Beatrice premiered in Glasgow
  • Edward Elgar’s Symphony no.2 op.63 premiered in London

29

  • W. S. Gilbert (74) dies in Harrow after suffering a heart attack while trying to save a drowning woman
James A. Bland 1854-1911

James A. Bland 1854-1911

Jun

1

  • Claudio Brindis de Salas Garrido (58) dies in Buenos Aires of tuberculosis

2

  • Pietro Mascagni’s opera Isabeau premiered in Buenos Aires, lib. L. Illica

6

  • Henry Kimball Hadley’s Symphony No. 4 op.64 premiered in Norfolk, VA

7

  • Franz Reizenstein born (Nuremberg) Anglo-German composer, pianist. Died 1968

8

  • Bruno Bartolozzi born (Florence) Italian composer, violinist, music theorist. Died 1980

9

  • Frederick May born (Dublin) Irish composer, pianist, music director. Died 1985

13

  • Igor Stravinsky’s opera Petrushka (Pétrouchka) premiered in Paris, lib. A. Benois

14

  • Johan Severin Svendsen (70) dies in Copenhagen

16

  • Frederick Delius’s Songs of Sunset for choir and orchestra premiered in London, text E. Dowson

20

  • George Butterworth’s song cycle A Shropshire Lad premiered in London

22

  • Edward Elgar’s O hearken Thou (Intende voci orationis meae) op.64 for choir, organ and orchestra & Coronation March op.65 for orchestra premiered in London at the coronation of George V
  • Edward German’s Coronation March and Hymn for orchestra premiered in London at the coronation of George V

23

  • Hubert Parry’s Te Deum for coronation of George V for chorus and orchestra premiered in London

24

  • Portia White born (Truro, Nova Scotia) Canadian contralto singer. Died 1968

29

  • Bernard Herrmann born (New York, NY) American film composer. Died 1975

George Butterworth 1885-1916

Jul

2

  • Felix Mottl (54) dies in Munich following a heart attack

4

  • Mitch Miller born (Rochester, NY) American popular singer, musician, bandleader, television show host, record producer. Head of A&R at Columbia 1950-64. Died 2010

6

  • Laverne Andrews born (Minneapolis, MN) American popular contralto singer. Member of the Andrews Sisters with sisters Maxene (1916-95) and Patty (b.1918) Andrews. Died 1967

7

  • Gian Carlo Menotti born (Cadegliano, Italy) Italian-American composer, librettist. Died 2007

9

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

10

  • Charles ‘Cootie’ Williams born (Mobile, AL) American jazz trumpeter, bandleader. Worked with Fletcher Henderson, Chick Webb, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and led his own bands. Died 1985

16

  • Ginger Rogers aka Virginia McMath born (Independence, MO) American dancer, singer, actress. Died 1995

29

  • Ján Cikker born (Banská Bystrica, Slovakia) Slovak composer, teacher. Died 1989

releases

  • Sophie Tucker – Some Of These Days (Edison Amberol)
Sheet music for Shelton Brooks's song Some of These Days as recorded by Sophie Tucker

Sheet music for Shelton Brooks’s song Some of These Days as recorded by Sophie Tucker

Aug

2

  • Bob Cole (43) commits suicide by drowning in the Catskill Mountains

14

  • Toots Mondello born (Boston, MA) American jazz alto-saxophonist. Worked with Mal Hallett, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong and others. Died 1992

15

  • Buster Brown born (Cordele, GA) American blues and R&B singer, harmonica player. Died 1976

22

  • Kate McTell aka Ruthy Kate Williams born (Savannah, GA) American blues singer, nurse. Wife of Blind Willie McTell (1901-59). Died 1991

31

  • Arsenio Rodríguez aka Ignacio Arsenio Travieso Scull born (Matanzas, Cuba) Cuban dance composer, bandleader, percussionist. Blind from early childhood. Died 1970
Bob Cole 1868-1911

Bob Cole 1868-1911

Sep

1

  • Kômei Abe born (Hiroshima, Japan) Japanese composer, teacher, conductor, cellist, clarinetist. Died 2006

2

  • Floyd Council born (Chapel Hill, NC) American blues guitarist, singer. Died 1976

13

  • Bill Monroe born (Rosine, KY) American bluegrass singer, mandolin player, bandleader, songwriter. Known as the ‘Father of Bluegrass’. Led the Monroe Brothers and Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys. Brother of Charlie Monroe (1903-75). Died 1996

14

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs for baritone, chorus and orchestra premiered in Worcester

19

  • Allan Pettersson born (Västra Ryd, Sweden) Swedish composer. Died 1980

22

  • J Rosamond Johnson and J. Leubrie Hill’s musical Hello, Paris premiered in New York
Sheet music for Ralph Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs

Sheet music for Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs

Oct

3

  • Paul Sarebresole (36) dies in New Orleans

5

  • Charles Malherbe (58) dies in Cormeilles, France

6

  • Max Reger’s Eine Lustspielouvertüre op.120 premiered in Boston

7

  • Jonathan ‘Jo’ Jones born (Chicago) American jazz drummer. Worked with Walter Page, Count Basie and his own groups. Died 1985
  • Vaughn Monroe born (Akron, OH) American popular singer, trumpeter, bandleader, actor, broadcaster. Died 1973

10

  • Max Reger’s String Quartet no.5 op.121 premiered in Dresden

11

  • Jean Sibelius’s Scènes historiques I for orchestra premiered in Helsinki

12

  • Max Reger’s Die Weihe der Nacht op.119 [The consecration of the night] for alto, choir and orchestra premiered in Berlin

14

  • Riccardo Zandonai’s opera Conchita, lib. Maurizio Vaucaire and Carlo Zangarini, premiered in Milan

19

  • Piano Red aka William Lee Perryman, Dr Feelgood born (Hampton, GA) American blues and R&B pianist, disc jockey. Brother of Speckled Red (1892-1973). Died 1985

20

  • Oscar Straus’s operetta Die kleine Freundin [the little friend], lib. A.M. Wilner and L. Stein, premiered in Vienna

24

  • Sonny Terry born (Greensboro, GA) American blues harmonica player. Blind from the age of 16. Died 1986

26

  • Mahalia Jackson born (New Orleans, LA) American Gospel singer, civil rights activist. Died 1972

29

  • Nelson Cavaquinho born (Rio de Janeiro) Brazilian samba singer, composer. Died 1986
Riccardo Zandonai - Conchita (Opera D'oro)

Riccardo Zandonai – Conchita (Opera D’oro)

Nov

3

  • Vladimir Ussachevsky born (Hailar, China) Russo-American composer, electronic music pioneer, teacher. Died 1990

5

  • Roy Rogers aka Leonard Franklin Slye born (Cincinnati, OH) American film and television actor, country singer, guitarist. Died 1998

12

  • Wilbur Dorsey ‘Buck’ Clayton born (Parsons, KS) American jazz trumpeter. Worked with Teddy Weatherford and Li Jinhui in China, and Count Basie and his own groups in the US. Died 1991

14

  • Victor Jacobi’s operetta Leányvásár [The Marriage Market], lib. Miklós Bródy and Ferenc Martos, premiered in Budapest

20

  • Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde [The Song of the Earth] premiered in Munich

23

  • Wilhelm Kienzl’s opera Der Kuhreigen, lib. Richard Batka, premiered in Vienna

24

  • Erik Bergman born (Uusikaarlepyy, Finland) Finnish composer, teacher, conductor. Died 2006
  • Franz Léhar’s operetta Eva premiered in Vienna, lib. A.M. Willner and R. Bodanzky

28

  • Gustav Holst’s Hymns from the Rig-Veda op.24 for voice and piano premiered in London

releases

  • Billy Murray – Alexander’s Ragtime Band (Edison)

Wilhelm Kienzl 1857-1941

Dec

3

  • Nino Rota born (Milan) Italian film composer. Died 1979

6

  • Gustav Holst’s Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda – 1st group: Battle Hymn, To the Unknown God, Funeral Hymn for choir and orchestra premiered in Newcastle

12

  • Stanley Bate born (Plymouth) English composer, pianist. Died 1959

14

  • Lindley ‘Spike’ Jones born (Long Beach, CA) American popular singer, bandleader, comedian. Died 1965

15

  • Stan Kenton born (Wichita, KS) American jazz bandleader, pianist, arranger. Died 1979
  • Albéric Magnard’s opera Bérénice premiered in Paris. Lib. Magnard

16

  • John Barbirolli makes his public debut playing solo cello at a concert at the Queen’s Hall, London
  • Ivan Zajc’s opera Oče naš [our father], lib. J. Benesic, premiered in Zagreb

18

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Thirteen Preludes op.32 for piano premiered in St Petersburg

19

  • Lu Watters born (Santa Cruz, CA) American jazz trumpeter, bandleader. Worked with Bob Crosby and led the Yerba Buena Jazz Band. Died 1989

21

  • Paul Burkhard born (Zürich) Swiss composer. Died 1977

22

  • Al Jolson makes his first recordings for Victor in Camden, NJ

23

  • Edmund Eysler’s operetta Der Frauenfresser [the woman eater], lib. Eysler, premiered in Vienna
  • Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera Das Wunder [the wonder] premiered in London, lib. C. von Heisterbach and M. Maeterlinck
  • Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s opera I gioielli della Madonna [the jewels of the Madonna] premiered in Berlin, lib. E. Golisciani and C. Zangarini

25

  • Eric Gilder born (London) English composer, teacher, musicologist, conductor, pianist. Died 2000

27

  • Anna Russell born (London) English singer, pianist, comedian. Died 2006
  • Endre Szervánszky born (Kistétény, Hungary) Hungarian composer, clarinettist, teacher. Died 1977

29

  • Camille Erlanger’s opera L’Aube rouge [red dawn], lib. Arthur Bernède and Paul de Choudens, premiered in Rouen

31

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Four Pieces for piano op.4 premiered in St Petersburg

Date unknown

  • Cecil Sharp Founds the English Folk Dance Society
  • Alexander von Zemlinsky appointed conductor at the Deutsches Landestheater in Prague, a post he holds until 1927

publications

  • Scott Joplin’s opera Treemonisha published (piano score only)
  • Cecil Sharp’s English Folk Carols published in London

songs published

  • Alexander’s Ragtime Band (Irving Berlin); (On) Moonlight Bay (Edward Madden, Percy Wenrich); Oh, You Beautiful Doll (A. Seymour Brown, Nat D. Ayer); Roamin’ In The Gloamin’ (Harry Lauder)
Sheet music for Irving Berlin's "Alexander's Ragtime Band"

Sheet music for Irving Berlin’s “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”

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