1913

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Jan

1

  • Bruno Walter appointed ‘Generalmusikdirektor’ of the Monaco national theatre

4

  • Leo Ascher’s operetta Die goldene Hanna [The Golden Hannah], lib. Julius Brammer und Alfred Grünwald, premiered in Vienna

5

  • Dulcie Holland born (Sydney) Australian composer, teacher. Died 2000

7

  • Louis Aubert’s opera Le fôret bleu [the blue forest], lib. J. Chenevière, premiered in Geneva

13

  • Ottorino Respighi appointed professor of composition at the Liceo Musicale (Conservatory) of Santa Cecilia in Rome

17

  • Carl Baermann II (73) dies in Newton, MA

18

  • Danny Kaye aka David Daniel Kaminsky born (Brooklyn, NY) American actor, popular singer, comedian. Died 1987

24

  • Norman Dello Joio aka Nicodemo DeGioio born (New York) American composer, organist. Died 2008

25

  • Witold Lutoslawski born (Warsaw) Polish composer, pianist, conductor. Died 1994

26

  • Jimmy Van Heusen aka Edward Chester Babcock born (Syracuse, NY) American popular songwriter. Died 1990
  • Claude Debussy’s Images for orchestra premiered in its complete version in Paris

27

  • Milton Adolphus born (New York, NY) American composer, pianist. Died 1988
  • Valery Zhelobinsky born (Tambov, Russia) Russian composer, pianist, teacher. Died 1946
  • John Philip Sousa’s operetta The American Maid premiered in Rochester, NY, lib. L. Liebling

unk

  • Ricardo Nepomuceno’s Nocturne op.33 for piano premiered in Rio de Janeiro

releases

  • Ada Jones – Row! Row! Row! / I’ve Got The Finest Man (Victor)
Sheet music for William Jerome and Jimmie Monaco's song Row! Row! Row!

Sheet music for William Jerome and Jimmie Monaco’s song Row! Row! Row!

Feb

7

  • Oskar Danon born (Sarajevo) Bosnian composer, conductor, teacher. Died 2009

11

  • Lili Boulanger’s Pour les Funérailles d’un Soldat [for the funeral of a soldier] for baritone, chorus and piano premiered in Paris

17

  • René Leibowitz born (Warsaw) French composer, conductor. Died 1972

21

  • Scott Joplin records piano rolls, including Kismet Rag

23

  • Arnold Schoenberg’s cantata Gurre-Lieder for five solo singers, narrator, choir and orchestra premiered in Vienna

24

  • Paul Rubens, Arthur Wimperis & Cecil Raleigh’s musical The Sunshine Girl opens in London (336 performances)

26

  • Felix Draeseke (77) dies in Dresden following a stroke
  • Béla Bartók’s Két kép [Two Pictures] for orchestra premiered in Budapest

28

  • Erik Satie’s song Coco Chérie premiered in Paris
Lili Boulanger 1893-1918

Lili Boulanger 1893-1918

Mar

2

  • Celedonio Romero born (Cienfuegos, Cuba) Cuban classical guitarist, composer, poet. Died 1996

4

  • Arnold Bax’s Christmas Eve on the Mountains for orchestra premiered in London
  • Gabriel Fauré’s opera Pénélope premiered in Monte Carlo, lib. R. Fauchois
  • Gustav Holst’s The Cloud Messenger for choir and orchestra premiered in London

5

  • Gangubai Hangal born (Hangal, Karnataka, India) Indian classical singer. Died 2009

11

  • Luigi Russolo unveils his futurist treatise on ‘noise music’, L’Arte dei Rumori [The Art of Noises] in Milan

12

  • Josef Bayer (61) dies in Vienna

13

  • Lightnin’ Slim aka Otis Hicks born (St Louis, MO) American blues singer, guitarist. Died 1974
  • Kemani Tatyos Ekserciyan (54) dies in Istanbul of cirrhosis

15

  • Franz Schreker’s opera Das Spielwerk und die Prinzessin [The action and the Princess], lib. Schreker, premiered in Frankfurt

19

  • Smoky Dawson aka Herbert Henry Brown born (Collingwood, Victoria) Australian country singer, actor, guitarist, pianist, accordionist. Died 2008
  • Edmund Eysler’s operetta Der lachende Ehemann [The laughing husband], lib. Julius Brammer und Alfred Grünwald, premiered in Vienna

27

  • Jean Sibelius’s Barden [The Bard] for orchestra premiered in Helsinki

30

  • Frankie Laine aka Francesco Paolo LoVecchio born (Chicago, IL) American popular singer, songwriter, actor. Died 2007

31

  • Etta Baker née Reid born (Caldwell Co, NC) American folk and blues guitarist, banjo player. Died 2006
  • Alban Berg’s Fünf Orchesterlieder [five orchestra songs] for voice and orchestra & Anton Webern’s Six Pieces for large orchestra op.6 premiered in Vienna. Fights break out between supporters and opponents
Kemani Tatyos Ekserciyan 1858-1913

Kemani Tatyos Ekserciyan 1858-1913

Apr

1

  • Manuel de Falla’s opera La Vida Breve [brief life] premiered in Madrid, lib. C. Fernández Shaw
  • The first annual Georgia Old-Time Fiddlers Convention is held in Atlanta, GA. Fiddlin’ John Carson finishes fourth (he would win the crown seven times between 1914 and 1922)

3

  • Albert Roussel’s ballet Le festin de l’araignée [the feast of the spider] premiered in Paris

4

  • Cecil Gant born (Nashville, TN) American R&B singer, pianist. Died 1951
  • Gene Ramey born (Austin, TX) American jazz bassist. Worked with Jay McShann and many others. Died 1984
  • Alessandro Parisotti (59) dies in Rome

5

  • Three of Claude Debussy’s Préludes Book 2 for piano premiered by the composer in Paris including Clair de lune
  • Erik Satie’s Véritables Préludes flasques (pour un chien) [true preludes plates (for a dog)] for piano premiered in Paris
  • James T. Tanner, Albert Szirmai and Adrian Ross’s musical The Girl on the Film opens in London (232 performances). It is based on Walter Kollo, Willy Bredschneider, Rudolf Bernauer and Rudolf Schanzer’s German musical drama Filmzauber [Film Magic]

10

  • Rued Langgaard’s Symphony No.1 ‘Klippepastoraler’ premiered in Berlin
  • Italo Montemezzi’s opera L’amore dei tre re [Love of the Three Kings], lib. Sem Benelli, premiered in Milan

14

  • Jean Fournet born (Rouen) French conductor. Died 2008

17

  • Barton McGuckin (60) dies in Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire

19

  • Ottorino Respighi’s Ouverture carnevalesca premiered in Bologna

24

  • Violet Archer aka Balestreri born (Montreal) Canadian composer, teacher, pianist, organist and percussionist. Died 2000
  • Lillian Nordica gives her final performance at the Carnegie Hall in New York
  • Hubert Parry’s God is our hope for chorus and orchestra premiered in London

25

  • Earl Bostic born (Tulsa, OK) American jazz and R&B saxophonist. Died 1965
  • Jules Massenet’s opera Panurge premiered in Paris, lib. M. Boukay and G. Spitzmüller

30

  • Werner Meyer-Eppler born (Antwerp) German physicist, sound and acoustics pioneer and information theorist. Died 1960

unk

  • Nikolai Roslavets’s Violin Sonata No.1 completed
Rued Langgaard 1893-1952

Rued Langgaard 1893-1952

May

1

  • Walter Susskind born (Prague) Anglo-Czech composer. Died 1980

6

  • Carmen Cavallaro born (New York, NY) American popular and light music pianist. Died 1989
  • Gyula Dávid born (Budapest) Hungarian viola player, composer. Died 1977

15

  • Claude Debussy’s ballet Jeux [games] premiered in Paris

16

  • Woody Herman born (Milwaukee, WI) American jazz bandleader, clarinetist, soprano saxophonist. Worked with Isham Jones and his own orchestras. Died 1987

18

  • Charles Trenet born (Narbonne, France) French popular singer, songwriter. Died 2001

22

  • František Jílek born (Brno) Czech conductor. Died 1993

25

  • Eugene Onegin marries contralto Lilly Hoffmann in Stuttgart

29

  • Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Vesna svyashchennaya (Le sacre du printemps) [The Rite of Spring] premiered in Paris. A riot breaks out with fighting between opponents and supporters drowning out the music

releases

  • Van Eps Trio – Florida Rag / William H. Reitz – La Kraquette (Victor)
Fred Van Eps 1878-1960

Fred Van Eps 1878-1960

Jun

1

  • Frank Proffitt born (Laurel Bloomery, TS) American folk banjo player, singer, farmer. Died 1965

2

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ Ouverture d’un opéra-comique inachevé [Overture of an unfinished comic opera] premiered in London

3

  • Carl Nielsen’s incidental music for A. Oehlenschläeger’s play Sankt Hansaftenspil [Midsummer Eve play] premiered in Copenhagen

4

  • Bruno Bettinelli born (Milan) Italian composer, teacher. Died 2004
  • Gustave Charpentier’s opera Julien premiered in Paris, lib. Charpentier

5

  • Erik Satie’s Descriptions automatiques for piano premiered in Paris

10

  • Tikhon Khrennikov born (Yelets, Russia) Russian composer, actor, politician. Died 2007

11

  • Risë Stevens née Steenberg born (New York) American soprano singer, actress. Died 2013

12

  • Maurice Ohana born (Casablanca) Anglo-French composer. Died 1992
  • Claude Debussy’s complete set of the 12 Preludes Book 2 for piano premiered in London

14

  • Stanley Black aka Solomon Schwartz born (London) English film composer, bandleader, conductor, arranger, pianist. Died 2002

16

  • The Ziegfeld Follies of 1913 Broadway revue opens (108 performances)

17

  • Ingeborg Bronsart von Schellendorf (72) dies in Munich

18

  • Sammy Cahn born (New York, NY) American popular songwriter. Died 1993

23

  • Helen Humes born (Louisville, KY) American blues and R&B singer. Sang with Harry James, Count Basie and solo. Died 1981

28

  • George Lloyd born (St Ives, Cornwall) English composer, market gardener. Died 1998

30

  • Rosendo Mendizabal (45) dies in Buenos Aires

Ann Pennington 1893-1971, star of the Ziegfeld Follies of 1913

Jul

4

  • Joseph Holbrooke’s opera Dylan, Son of the Wave, lib. Thomas Scott-Ellis,  premiered in London, the second part of The Cauldron of Anwyn trilogy

5

  • Smiley Lewis aka Overton Lemons born (DeQuincey, LA) American R&B singer, guitarist. Died 1966
  • Lili Boulanger becomes the first woman to win the Prix de Rome with her cantata Faust et Hélène

7

  • Joe ‘Pinetop’ Perkins born (Belzoni, MS) American blues pianist, singer. Died 2011

15

  • Lloyd Estel “Cowboy” Copas born (Adams County, OH) American country singer, songwriter. Died 1963

16

  • Sigismund Bachrich (72) dies in Vienna

22

  • Licia Albanese born (Bari) Italian-American soprano singer.

23

  • Ernest van der Eyken born (Antwerp) Belgian composer, conductor, viola player. Died 2010

25

  • Kurt Atterberg’s Symphony no.2 premiered in Sonderhausen, Germany
Kurt Atterberg - Symphony no.2 (Swedish Society)

Kurt Atterberg – Symphony no.2 (Swedish Society)

Aug

2

  • Edric Connor born (Mayaro, Trinidad) Trinidadian calypso singer, actor, theatrical agent. Died 1968

7

  • George Van Eps born (Plainfield, NJ) American jazz guitarist, session player, writer of teaching books. Worked with Freddy Martin, Benny Goodman and Ray Noble. Son of Fred Van Eps (1878-1960). Died 1998
  • David Popper (69) dies in Baden, Austria

8

  • Axel Stordahl born (New York) American popular music arranger, songwriter. Died 1963

16

  • Henry Cowell’s incidental music for T. Kanno’s play Creation Dawn premiered in Carmel, CA

18

  • Jimmy Preston born (Chester, PA) American R&B saxophonist, drummer, bandleader. Died 1984

19

  • Harry Mills born (Piqua, OH) American popular baritone singer. Member of the Mills Brothers. Brother of John Jr. (1910-36), Herbert (1912-89) and Donald (1915-99) Mills, son of John H. (1882-1967) Mills. Died 1982

23

  • George Robert “Bob” Crosby born (Spokane, WA) American jazz and big band leader, singer, composer, radio personality. Brother of Bing Crosby (1903-77). Died 1993

26

  • Michael Maybrick (72) dies in Buxton, Derbyshire of heart failure

28

  • Jean Briquet, Adolph Philipp, Paul Hervé & Edward A. Paulton’s musical Adele opens on Broadway (196 performances)

29

  • Sylvia Fine born (Brooklyn, NY) American songwriter, composer, theatre producer. Wife of Danny Kaye (1913-87). Died 1991

releases

  • Al Jolson – You Made Me Love You (I Didn’t Want to Do It) / Pullman Porter’s Parade (Columbia)
Poster for Jean Briquet, Adolph Philipp, Paul Hervé, Adolf Philipp & Edward A. Paulton's musical Adele

Poster for Jean Briquet, Paul Hervé, Adolf Philipp & Edward A. Paulton’s musical Adele

Sep

5

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 premiered in Pavlosk, Russia

8

  • Victor Herbert, Robert B. Smith, Harry B. Smith and Fred De Gressac’s musical Sweethearts opens on Broadway (272 performances)

9

  • Julius Bihari born (Pottstown, PA) American record executive. Co-founder of  Modern Records. Brother of Lester (1912-83), Saul (1918-75) and Joe (b.1925) Bihari. Died 1984

10

  • Cliff Leeman born (Portland, ME) American jazz drummer, percussionist, session player. Worked with Artie Shaw, Charlie Barnet, Woody Herman and many others. Died 1986
  • Jean Sibelius’s Luonnotar [of nature] for soprano and orchestra premiered in Gloucester

13

  • Alfred R. Gaul (76) dies in Birmingham
  • Karl Michael Ziehrer’s operetta Fürst Casimir [Prince Casimir], lib. Max Neal and Max Ferner, premiered in Vienna

15

  • Henry Brant born (Montreal) Canadian-American composer. Died 2008

17

  • Jørgen Jersild born (Copenhagen) Danish composer, teacher. Died 2004
  • Alfred Sormann (52) dies in Gdansk

24

  • Max Reger’s Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue in E minor op.127 for organ premiered in Wroclaw

28

  • Vivian Fine born (Chicago) American composer, pianist. Died 2000

unk

  • Jimmy Dorsey makes his professional debut, aged 9, playing with J. Carson McGee’s King Trumpeters in New York
  • Art Hickman’s orchestra formed in San Francisco, an early precursor to the Big Bands
Sergei Prokofiev 1891-1953

Sergei Prokofiev 1891-1953

Oct

1

  • George Butterworth’s A Shropshire Lad rhapsody for orchestra premiered in London
  • Edward Elgar’s Falstaff op.68 for orchestra premiered in Leeds

3

  • Karl Michael Ziehrer’s operetta Der Husarengeneral [The Hussar General], lib. Oskar Friedmann and Fritz Lunzer, premiered in Vienna

6

  • Richard Dyer-Bennet born (Leicester) Anglo-American folk singer, guitarist, voice teacher. Died 1991

8

  • Walter Schumann born (New York) American film composer, conductor. Died 1958
  • Paul Rubens, James T. Tanner, Adrian Ross, Percy Greenbank, Arthur Wimperis & Sidney Jones’s musical The Girl from Utah opens in London (195 performances)

11

  • Franz Léhar’s operetta Die ideale Gattin [The ideal wife] premiered in Vienna, lib. J. Brammer and A. Grünwald (revision of Der Göttergatte)

12

  • The Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde of Donaueschingen begins its annual series of concerts of modern music
  • Max Reger’s Vier Tondichtungen nach Arnold Böcklin op.120 [Four Tone Poems after Arnold Böcklin] for orchestra premiered in Essen

16

  • Cesar Bresgen born (Florence) Austrian composer, teacher. Worked as a composer for the Hitler Youth. Died 1988

20

  • Polk Miller (69) dies in Richmond, VA

23

  • Frederick Delius’s Two Pieces for Small Orchestra: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring & Summer Night on the River premiered in Leipzig

24

  • Tito Gobbi born (Bassano del Grappa, Italy) Italian baritone singer. Died 1984

26

  • Charlie Barnet born (New York, NY) American jazz bandleader, saxophonist, composer. Died 1991

27

  • Boyd Raeburn born (Faith, SD) American jazz and big band leader, bass saxophonist. Died 1966

30

  • Max Reger’s Eine Ballettsuite op.130 for orchestra  premiered in Wroclaw

unk

  • Charles Wakefield Cadman’s Piano Trio in D major premiered in Minneapolis
  • The Edison Diamond Disc Record introduced, an 80 RPM flat disc system incompatible with the standard 78s of the day. Manufacturing ceases in 1929

Charles Wakefield Cadman 1881-1946

Nov

2

  • Harry Babbitt born (St Louis, MO) American dance band baritone singer. Worked with Kay Kyser. Died 2004

3

  • Marika Rökk born (Cairo) Austro-German actress, singer, dancer. Died 2004
  • Hans Bronsart von Schellendorff (83) dies in Munich

5

  • Paul Lincke’s operetta Grigri, lib. Heinrich Bolten-Baeckers, premiered in Chemnitz

8

  • Arnold ‘Gatemouth’ Moore born (Yazoo City, MS) American blues and Gospel singer, preacher. Died 2004

11

  • Aleksandr Scriabin’s Piano Sonata no.10 premiered in Moscow

15

  • Gus Johnson born (Tyler, TX) American jazz drummer. Worked with Jay McShann, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and many others. Died 2000

16

  • Sergei Bortkiewicz’s Piano Concerto No.1 premiered in Berlin
  • Paul von Klenau’s opera Sulamith, lib. Johann Gottfried Herder, premiered in Munich

17

  • Mathilde Marchesi (92) dies in London

19

  • Ataúlfo Argenta born (Castro Urdiales, Spain) Spanish conductor, pianist. Died 1958
  • Walter Braunfels’s opera Ulenspiegel premiered in Stuttgart. Lib. Braunfels

22

  • Benjamin Britten born (Lowestoft) English composer, conductor, pianist. Founder of the Aldeburgh Festival (1948). Died 1976

23

  • Raymond Hanson born (Sydney) Australian composer, teacher. Died 1976

27

  • Uzeyir Hajibeyov’s opera Arshin Mal Alan, lib. Hajibeyov, premiered in Baku
Sergei Bortkiewicz 1877-1952

Sergei Bortkiewicz 1877-1952

Dec

1

  • Mary Martin born (Weatherford, TX) American musical theatre actress, singer. Died 1990

4

  • Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s opera L’amore medico [the love doctor] premiered in Dresden, lib. E. Golisciani

7

  • Blind John Davis born (Hattiesburg, MS) American blues and jazz pianist, singer. Blind from age 7. Died 1985
  • Leos Janáček’s piano suite In the Mists premiered in Kroměříž, Czech Rep

9

  • Élie-Miriam Delaborde (74) dies in Paris

10

  • Morton Gould born (Richmond Hill, NY) American composer, conductor, pianist. Died 1996
  • Pannonica de Koenigswarter aka Kathleen Annie Pannonica Rothschild born (London) English jazz patron, writer. Member of the Rothschild dynasty, friend of Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk and others. Died 1988
  • Maurice Ravel’s A la manière de… [In the manner of …] parody pieces for piano premiered in Paris

13

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s choral symphony Kolokola [The Bells] op.35 premiered in St Petersburg

15

  • Pietro Mascagni’s opera Parisina premiered in Milan, lib. G. D’Annunzio

17

  • Stefano Gobatti (61) dies in Bologna

18

  • Erik Satie’s ballet Les pantins dansent [the puppets dance] premiered in Paris

23

  • Edmund Eysler’s operetta Ein Tag im Paradies [a day in paradise], lib. Leo Stein and Bela Jenbach, premiered in Vienna

29

  • James Reese Europe and his orchestra make their first recordings for Victor
Maurice Ravel 1875-1934

Maurice Ravel 1875-1934

Date unknown

songs published

  • Ballin’ The Jack (James Henry Burris, Chris Smith); Danny Boy (Frederick Weatherly, trad); El Cóndor Pasa (Daniel Alomía Robles); Memphis Blues (WC Handy, GA Norton); Peg O’ My Heart (Alfred Bryan, Fred Fisher); The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine (Ballard MacDonald, Harry Carroll)
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