1915

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Jan

1

  • Henry Adler born (New York, NY) American jazz drummer, teacher, writer. Died 2008

2

  • Karl Goldmark (84) dies in Vienna

5

  • Jeanne Gerville-Réache (32) dies in New York from food poisoning

6

  • Bob Copper born (Rottingdean, Sussex) English folk singer, song collector, writer. Member of the Copper Family. Died 2004

7

  • Chano Pozo born (Havana) Cuban Latin and jazz percussionist, composer, dancer. Died 1948

8

  • Max Reger’s Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart op.132 for orchestra & Eine vaterländische Ouvertüre op.140 [A patriotic overture] premiered in Wiesbaden

10

  • Charles Dean Dixon born (New York) American conductor. Died 1976
  • Woodrow Wilson ‘Buddy’ Johnson born (Darlington, SC) American jazz bandleader, pianist. Led the Buddy Johnson Orchestra. Brother of Ella Johnson (1923-2004). Died 1977

14

  • Manuel de Falla’s Siete Canciones Populares Españolas [Seven Popular Spanish Songs] for voice and piano premiered in Madrid
  • Alberto Franchetti’s opera Notte di leggenda [Night of legend] premiered in Milan, lib. G. Forzano

15

  • Guillaume Couture (63) dies in Montreal
  • Oscar Straus’s operetta Die schöne Unbekannte [The beautiful stranger], lib. Leopold Jacobson and Leo Walther Stein, premiered in Vienna

21

  • Louis Gregh (71) dies in Sainte-Mesme, France

24

  • Jan Hřímalý (70) dies in Moscow
  • Ottorino Respighi’s Sinfonia drammatica premiered in Rome

25

  • Ewan MacColl aka James Miller born (Salford) English folk singer, songwriter, song collector, activist. Father of Kirsty MacColl (1959-2000), husband of Joan Littlewood (1914-2002) and Peggy Seeger (b.1935). Died 1989
  • Rudolf Tillmetz (68) dies in Munich
  • Umberto Giordano’s opera Madame Sans-Gêne, lib. Renato Simoni, premiered in New York

27

  • Jack Brymer born (South Shields) English classical clarinettist, teacher, writer, broadcaster. Died 2003

28

  • Gabriel Fauré’s Le Jardin clos op.106 [The enclosed garden] for voice and piano premiered in Paris
  • Maurice Ravel’s Piano Trio premiered in Paris

29

  • John Serry, Sr. aka Giovanni Serrapica born (Brooklyn, NY) American classical accordionist, composer, arranger, teacher. Died 2003
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Sonhar for cello and piano premiered in Friburgo, Brazil

31

  • Bobby Hackett born (Providence, RI) American jazz trumpeter, guitarist. Worked with Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman. Died 1976
  • Alan Lomax born (Austin, TX) American folklorist, musicologist, song collector, writer. Son of John Lomax (1867-1948). Died 2002
Jeanne Gerville-Réache 1882-1915

Jeanne Gerville-Réache 1882-1915

Feb

3

  • Bill Miller born (Brooklyn, NY) American jazz and popular pianist. Worked with Frank Sinatra. Died 2006

4

  • Ray Evans born (Salamanca, NY) American popular lyricist. Died 2007

6

  • Ruggero Leoncavallo’s operetta La candidata [the candidate] premiered in Rome and Turin, lib. G. Forzano

7

  • Carlo Felice Cillario born (Mendoza, Argentina) Argentinian-Italian conductor. Died 2007

11

  • Percy Grainger makes his US concert debut in New York

12

  • Émile Waldteufel (77) dies in Paris

15

  • Taft Jordan born (Florence, SC) American jazz trumpeter. Worked with the Washboard Rhythm Kings, Chick Webb, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and others. Died 1981

18

  • Marcel Landowski born (Pont l’Abbe, France) French composer, music administrator. Founder of the Orchestre de Paris (1967). Died 1999

19

  • Leo Ascher’s operetta Botschafterin Leni [Ambassador Leni], lib. Bernhard Buchbinder, premiered in Vienna

23

  • Emmerich Kálmán’s operetta Zsuzsi kisasszony [Miss Suzy], lib. Martos Bródy, premiered in Budapest

24

  • Vítězslava Kaprálová born (Brno) Czech composer, conductor. Died 1940
  • Frederick Delius’s Violin Sonata no.1 premiered in Manchester

27

  • Nikolai Myaskovsky’s Symphony No.3 premiered in Moscow

releases

  • Van Eps Banjo Orchestra – Old Folks Rag / Prince’s Orchestra – Valse Marie (Columbia)
Sheet music for Wilbur Sweatman's Old Folks Rag

Sheet music for Wilbur Sweatman’s Old Folks Rag

Mar

4

  • Carlos Surinach born (Barcelona) Catalan composer, conductor, teacher. Died 1997

7

  • Sergei Prokofiev makes his debut concert appearance outside Russia, in Rome

10

  • Charles Groves born (London) English conductor. Died 1992

12

  • Heinrich Schülz-Beuthen (76) dies in a Dresden asylum

14

  • Alexander Brott aka Joël Brod born (Montreal) Canadian composer, conductor, violinist, teacher. Father of Boris (b.1944) and Denis (b.1950) Brott. Died 2005

18

  • Al Hall born (Jacksonville, FL) American jazz bassist. Worked with Teddy Wilson, Errol Garner and Benny Goodman. Died 1988

19

  • Franz Xaver Neruda (71) dies in Copenhagen

20

  • Sviatoslav Richter born (Zhytomyr, Ukraine) Russian concert pianist. Died 1997
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe born (Cotton Plant, AR) American Gospel singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1973
  • Ildebrando Pizzetti’s opera Fedra [Phaedra], lib. Pizzetti, premiered in Milan

25

  • Dorothy Squires born (Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire) Welsh popular singer. Died 1998

26

  • Flip Phillips aka Joseph Edward Filipelli born (Brooklyn, NY) American jazz tenor saxophonist, clarinettist, bandleader. Worked with Woody Herman and Jazz at the Philharmonic. Died 2001

27

  • Robert Lockwood Jr. born (Turkey Scratch, AR) American blues guitarist, singer. Died 2006

28

  • Jay Livingston born (McDonald, PA) American popular songwriter, singer. Died 2001

unk

  • Pablo Casals makes his first recordings for Columbia. Tracks cut include Gabriel Faure’s Apres un Reves [After a Dream]

Pablo Casals 1876-1973

Apr

1

  • Johann Joseph Abert (82) dies in Stuttgart

2

  • Aleksandr Scriabin makes his final public appearance in St Petersburg

4

  • Muddy Waters aka McKinley Morganfield born (Issaquena County, MS) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1983
  • Gustav Holst’s Nunc dimittis for 8 voices premiered in London

7

  • Billie Holiday aka Eleanora Fagan born (Baltimore, MD) American jazz singer. Worked with Teddy Wilson, her own bands and solo. Died 1959
  • Manuel de Falla’s incidental music for G. Martínez Sierra’s play Amanecer [dawn] premiered in Madrid

12

  • Theodore Roosevelt ‘Hound Dog’ Taylor born (Natchez, MS) American blues singer, guitarist. Died 1975

13

  • Carl Nielsen’s Serenata in vano for clarinet, bassoon, horn, cello and bass premiered in Copenhagen

15

  • Manuel de Falla’s opera El amor brujo [The love wizard] premiered in Madrid, lib. G. Martínez Sierra

18

  • Paul Rubens, Percy Greenbank & Fred Thompson’s musical To-Night’s the Night opens in London (460 performances)

19

  • Dorian Le Gallienne born (Melbourne) Australian composer, teacher, critic. Died 1963

22

  • Wilhelm Stenhammar’s Symphony No. 2 op.34 premiered in Gothenburg

24

  • Paul Rubens, Frederick Lonsdale, Gladys Unger, Ernest Steffan & Adrian Ross’ musical Betty opens in London (391 performances)
  • Komitas Vardapet arrested by the Turkish government at the beginning of the Armenian Genocide. He is released due to pressure from leading Turks and the US ambassador, and moves to Paris in 1919

26

  • Johnny Shines born (Frayser, TN) American blues singer, guitarist. Died 1992
  • Paul Hindemith’s String Quartet in C op.2 premiered in Frankfurt

27

  • Alexander Scriabin (43) dies in Moscow of septicaemia

29

  • Donald Mills born (Piqua, OH) American popular tenor singer. Member of the Mills Brothers. Brother of John Jr. (1910-36), Herbert (1912-89) and Harry (1913-82) Mills, son of John H. (1882-1967) Mills. Died 1999

30

  • Mabel Scott born (Richmond, VA) American R&B and Gospel singer. Died 2000

unk

  • Arthur Bliss’s Piano Quartet premiered in London

Komitas Vardapet 1869-1935

May

1

  • Ottorino Respighi’s Il tramonto [the sunset] for mezzosoprano and string quartet premiered in Rome

2

  • Jan Hanuš born (Prague) Czech composer. Died 2004

6

  • Sydney Carter born (London) English poet, songwriter, singer. Died 2004
  • George Perle born (Bayonne, NJ) American composer, music theorist, teacher. Died 2009

8

  • Nan Wynn aka Marsha Vatz born (Johnstown, PA) American dance band singer. Worked with Rudy Vallee, Hal Kemp, Raymond Scott, Teddy Wilson and others. Died 1971
  • William Denis Browne wounded in the neck during the Dardanelles campaign. He rejoins his unit at the beginning of June

10

  • Frederick Delius’s North Country Sketches for orchestra premiered in London

13

  • Igor Stravinsky’s Three Pieces for string quartet premiered in Paris

15

  • Tom Brown’s Band from Dixieland begin a residency in Chicago, the first white jazz band to do so. Tom Brown (tb) Raymond Lopez (cor) Larry Shields (cl) Deacon Loyocano (b) Billy Lambert (d)
  • Darius Milhaud’s String Quartet no.2 premiered in Paris

16

  • Eubie Blake meets Noble Sissle for the first time in Baltimore

17

  • Berthe di Vito-Delvaux born (Angleur, Belgium) Belgian composer, teacher. Died 2005

27

  • Virginia ‘Midge’ Williams born (Alensworth, CA) American jazz singer. Died 1952
  • Darius Milhaud’s Sonata for two violins and piano op.15 premiered in Paris
Tom Brown's Band from Dixieland

Tom Brown’s Band from Dixieland

Jun

1

  • Bart Howard aka Howard Joseph Gustafson born (Burlington, IO) American popular songwriter. Died 2004

3

  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s Piano Concerto no.2 op.126 premiered in Norfolk, CT

4

  • William Denis Browne (26) killed during the Third Battle of Krithia, Gallipoli. He dies in no-man’s land after receiving wounds to the stomach and shoulder

6

  • Vincent Persichetti born (Philadelphia, PA) American composer, pianist, teacher. Died 1987

9

  • Les Paul aka Lester William Polsfuss born (Waukesha, WN) American popular guitarist, inventor, record producer, production pioneer. Died 2009

10

  • William Hayman Cummings (83) dies in London

12

  • Rubin ‘Zeke’ Zarchy born (New York, NY) American jazz trumpeter. Worked with Joe Haymes, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and Glenn Miller. Died 2009

14

  • Frank Bridge’s Lament for Catherine written, as a tribute to a child he knew who drowned following the sinking of the RMS Lusitania by German U-Boats (7 May 1915)

15

  • Allan Reuss born (New York, NY) American jazz guitarist, session player. Worked with Benny Goodman, Paul Whiteman, Jack Teagarden, Jimmy Dorsey, Harry James and others. Died 1988

18

  • Vic Legley born (Hazebrouck, France) Belgian violinist, composer. Died 1994
  • Joan Trimble born (Enniskillen) Irish composer. Died 2000
  • AP Carter marries Sara Dougherty (Sara Carter) in Mace Springs, VA

19

  • Sergei Taneyev (58) dies in Moscow following a heart attack
  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ Hail! California for chorus, orchestra and organ premiered in San Francisco

21

  • The Ziegfeld Follies Of 1915 Broadway revue opens (104 performances)

25

  • Rafael Joseffy (62) dies in New York

27

  • Harry “The Hipster” Gibson born (New York, NY) American jazz and R&B singer, pianist, songwriter. Died 1991

28

  • David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards born (Shaw, MS) American blues singer, guitarist. Died 2011

Sheet music for Gene Buck and Louis A Hirsch’s Hello Frisco, one of the songs featured in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1915

Jul

1

  • Willie Dixon born (Vicksburg, MS) American blues and R&B songwriter, bassist, singer, record producer, boxer. member of the Big Three Trio. Died 1992

6

  • Edward Elgar’s Polonia op.76 for orchestra premiered in London

9

  • David Diamond born (Rochester, NY) American composer. Died 2005
  • Joe Liggins born (Guthrie, OK) American R&B, jazz and blues pianist, bandleader. Led the Honeydrippers. Brother of Jimmy Liggins (1922-83). Died 1987

10

  • Milt Buckner born (St Louis, MO) American jazz pianist, organist, arranger. Worked with McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, Cab Calloway and Lionel Hampton. Died 1977

13

  • Paul “Hucklebuck” Williams born (Lewisburg, TN) American R&B saxophonist, composer, bandleader. Died 2002

15

  • Frankie Yankovic born (Davis, WV) American polka accordionist, bandleader. Died 1998

18

  • Marshall Hall (53) dies in Melbourne following an appendectomy

27

  • Johan Adam Krygell (79) dies in Copenhagen

31

  • George Forrest born (Brooklyn, NY) American popular songwriter, writer. Died 1999
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Suite for strings premiered in Rio de Janeiro
Johan Adam Krygell  1836-1915

Johan Adam Krygell 1836-1915

Aug

3

  • Mercy Dee Walton born (Waco, TX) American blues and R&B pianist, singer, songwriter. Died 1962

5

  • Edmund Eysler, Sigmund Romberg, Herbert Reynolds & Edgar Smith’s musical The Blue Paradise opens on Broadway (356 performances)

6

  • Jacques Abram born (Lufkin, TX) American classical pianist. Died 1998

15

  • Morey Field born (Cleveland, OH) American jazz drummer. Worked with Ben Pollack, Benny Goodman and Eddie Condon. Died 1971

16

  • Al Hibbler born (Tyro, MS) American blind jazz, popular and R&B singer. Worked with Jay McShann, Duke Ellington and solo. Died 2001
  • Murray McEachern born (Toronto) Canadian jazz alto saxophonist, trombonist. Worked with Benny Goodman and the Casa Loma Orchestra. Died 1982

22

  • Augustin Barié (31) dies in Antony, France following a cerebral haemorrhage

24

  • Wynonie Harris born (Omaha, NE) American R&B singer, guitarist, dancer. Died 1969

26

  • Humphrey Searle born (Oxford) English composer, writer, cataloguer of Franz Liszt’s works. Died 1982

31

  • W. H. Denny (61) dies in Herne Bay, Kent
Sheet music for Edmund Eysler and Herbert Reynold's song Waltz of the Season from the show The Blue Paradise

Sheet music for Edmund Eysler and Herbert Reynold’s song Waltz of the Season from the show The Blue Paradise

Sep

3

  • Memphis Slim aka John Len Chatman born (Memphis, TN) American blues singer, pianist, songwriter. Died 1988
  • Knut Nystedt born (Oslo) Norwegian composer, organist.

5

  • Florencio Morales Ramos aka Ramito born (Caguas, Puerto Rico) Puerto Rican singer, songwriter. Died 1989

12

  • Billy Daniels born (Jacksonville, FL) American jazz and pop singer. Died 1988

15

  • Al Casey born (Louisville, KY) American jazz guitarist. Worked with Fats Waller, Teddy Wilson and King Curtis. Died 2005
  • Isidor Bajić (37) dies in Novi Sad, Serbia
  • Arthur Williams (70) dies in London
  • Jelly Roll Morton’s Jelly Roll Blues published in Los Angeles (copyright date), the first jazz piece to be published

23

  • Julius Baker born (Cleveland, OH) American flautist, teacher. Died 2003

26

  • Max von Schillings’ opera Mona Lisa premiered in Stuttgart, lib. B. Dvorsky

29

  • Rudi Stephan (28) killed in battle at Tarnapol, Russia
  • Victor Herbert’s musical The Princess Pat opens on Broadway. Lib. Henry Blossom
Sheet music for Jelly Roll Morton's "Jelly Roll Blues"

Poster for Jelly Roll Morton’s “Jelly Roll Blues”

Oct

1

  • Enos William ‘Skeets’ McDonald born (Greenway, AR) American country singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 1968

2

  • Russell Alexander (38) dies in New York of tuberculosis

5

  • Otto Malling (67) dies in Copenhagen
  • Jose Maria Usandizaga (28) dies in San Sebastián, Spain of tuberculosis

6

  • Max Reger’s Sonata for violin and piano no.9 op.139 premiered in Dortmund

8

  • Ludolf Nielsen’s opera Isabella premiered in Copenhagen. Lib. P. A. Rosenberg

10

  • Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison born (Columbus, OH) American jazz trumpeter. Worked with Count Basie. Died 1999
  • Vítezslav Novák’s opera Zvíkovský rarásek [The Imp of Zvikov], lib. Ladislav Stroupeznickÿ, premiered in Prague

11

  • Carl Nielsen’s In memoriam Franz Neruda for reciter and orchestra premiered in Copenhagen

12

  • José Bragato born (Udine, Italy) Italian-Argentinian cellist, composer, conductor.

21

  • Owen Bradley born (Westmoreland, TN) American country music record producer. Died 1998

24

  • Claude Debussy’s Berceuse héroique [heroic lullaby] for orchestra premiered in Paris

26

  • Francesco Mander born (Rome) Italian composer, conductor. Died 2004
  • August Bungert (70) dies in Leutesdorf, Germany

28

  • Richard Strauss’ Eine Alpensinfonie premiered in Berlin

30

  • Pierre Wissmer born (Geneva) Swiss composer, teacher. Died 1992
Russell Alexander 1877-1915

Russell Alexander 1877-1915

Nov

2

  • Douglas Lilburn born (Wanganui, New Zealand) New Zealand composer, teacher. Died 2001

6

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Sinfonietta op.5 for orchestra premiered in Moscow

8

  • Lamberto Gardelli born (Venice) Italian conductor. Died 1998

10

  • Claude Debussy’s 12 Etudes for piano premiered in Paris

13

  • Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Berceuse [lullaby] op.50 for cello and piano premiered in Rio de Janeiro at the first concert dedicated solely to his works

14

  • Billy Bauer born (New York, NY) American jazz guitarist. Worked with Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, Lennie Tristano and Lee Konitz. Died 2005
  • Martha Tilton born (Corpus Christi, TX) American jazz and pop singer. Worked with Benny Goodman and solo. Died 2006
  • Teodor Leszetycki (85) dies in Dresden

16

  • Bois Sec aka Alphone Ardoin born (Duralde, LA) American Cajun singer, accordionist. Died 2007

17

  • Emmerich Kálmán’s operetta Die Csárdásfürstin [The Csárdás Princess], lib. Leo Stein and B. Jenbach, premiered in Vienna

19

  • Joe Hill (36) executed in Salt Lake City by firing squad for the murders of John G. and Arling Morrison, widely considered to be a grave miscarriage of justice

22

  • Eugen Lindner (56) dies in Weimar

26

  • Earl Wild born (Pittsburgh, PA) American classical and jazz pianist, composer. Died 2010

29

  • Billy Strayhorn born (Dayton, OH) American jazz pianist, composer, arranger. Worked with Duke Ellington. Died 1967
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Pequena Suite for cello and piano premiered in Rio de Janeiro

30

  • Brownie McGhee born (Knoxville, TN) American blues singer, guitarist, actor. Worked with Sonny Terry. Brother of Stick McGhee (1917-61). Died 1996

releases

  • Six Brown Brothers – Down Home Rag / Fred Van Eps – The Dance of the Bugs (Victor)

Joe Hill 1879-1915

Dec

2

  • Claude Debussy’s En blanc et noir [in black and white] for two pianos premiered in Paris

4

  • Eddie Heywood born (Atlanta, GA) American jazz pianist, bandleader, composer. Worked with Benny Carter and Billie Holiday. Died 1989

5

  • Carl Donnell “Kansas” Fields born (Chapman, KS) American jazz drummer. Worked with King Kolax, Jimmy Noone, Roy Eldridge, Ella Fitzgerlad, Benny Carter and Dizzy Gillespie. Died 1995
  • Darius Milhaud’s Poème sur un cantique de Camargue op.13 [Poem on a hymn of the Camargue] for piano and orchestra premiered in Paris

6

  • Jean Sibelius’ Sonatina op.80 for violin and piano premiered in Helsinki

8

  • Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 & Two Serenades for violin and orchestra premiered in Helsinki

9

  • Elisabeth Schwarzkopf born (Jarocin, Poland) Anglo-German soprano singer. Died 2006

12

  • Frank Sinatra born (Hoboken, NJ) American popular singer, actor, conductor. Father of Nancy Sinatra (b.1940). Died 1988

14

  • Jerry Daniels born (Indianapolis, IA) American popular tenor singer, guitarist, ukelele player. Member of the Ink Spots. Died 1995

16

  • Georgy Sviridov born (Fatezh, Russia) Russian composer. Died 1998

18

  • Edgard Varèse leaves Paris bound for the US

19

  • Édith Piaf (Gassion) born (Paris) French popular singer. Died 1963

22

  • Felix Slatkin born (St Louis, MO) American conductor, violinist. Died 1963

23

  • Guy Bolton, Philip Bartholomae, Jerome Kern & Schuyler Green’s musical Very Good Eddie opens on Broadway (341 performances)

25

  • Una Mae Carlisle born (Xenia, OH) American jazz singer, pianist, songwriter. Died 1956
  • Pete Rugolo born (San Piero Patti, Italy) Italian-American jazz composer, arranger. Worked with Stan Kenton. Died 2011
  • Irving Berlin and H.B. Smith’s musical Stop! Look! Listen! opens in New York

28

  • Rutland Boughton’s cantata Bethlehem premiered in Street, Somerset, lib. Boughton

29

  • Edward Elgar’s incidental music for V. Pearn’s play The Starlight Express op.78 premiered in London

Date unknown

  • Herbert Howells becomes the first person in the UK to receive radium treatment after being diagnosed with Grave’s Disease and given six months to live
  • Freddie Keppard and Bill Johnson’s Original Creole Orchestra turn down an offer to make a record for Victor
  • Clarence Williams and Armand Piron set up a publishing company in New Orleans

publications

  • Arnold Dolmetsch’s The Interpretation of the Music of the 17th and 18th Centuries published in London

Songs published 

  • Jelly Roll Blues (Ferdinand Morton); Joe Turner Blues (WC Handy); Keep the Home Fires Burning (Lena Guilbert Ford, Ivor Novello); Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag (George Asaf, Felix Powell); Paper Doll (Johnny S. Black)
Sheet music for Ivor Novello and Lena Ford's "Keep the Home Fires Burning"

Sheet music for Ivor Novello and Lena Ford’s “Keep the Home Fires Burning”

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