1918

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Jan

1

  • Johnny Young born (Vicksburg, MS) American Blues singer, mandolin player, guitarist. Died 1974
  • James Reese Europe and his 15th Infantry regimental band arrive in France
  • Franz Léhar’s operetta A pacsirta [The Lark] premiered in Budapest, lib. F. Martos

12

  • Zoltán Kodály’s Régi magyar katonadalok [Old Hungarian Soldiers’ Songs] for chamber orchestra premiered in Budapest

15

  • Arthur Honegger’s Six Poèmes for voice and piano premiered in Paris

17

  • Louise Héritte-Viardot (76) dies in Heidelberg

18

  • Amalie Materna (73) dies in Vienna

19

  • Gabriel Fauré’s Cello Sonata no.1 op.109 premiered in Paris
  • Sylvio Lazzari’s opera Le Sautériot [the grasshopper], lib. Henri-Pierre Roché and Martial Périer, premiered in Chicago
  • Jean Sibelius’s Jääkärien marssi [Jäger March] for male chorus and orchestra premiered in Helsinki

20

  • Juan García Esquivel born (Tampico, Mexico) Mexican easy listening composer, bandleader, pianist. Died 2002
  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s Verdun: Solemn March and Heroic Epilogue op.151 for orchestra premiered in London

24

  • Gottfried von Einem born (Berne) Austrian composer. Died 1996
  • Ferruccio Busoni’s Sonatina no.4 in diem Nativitatis Christi MCMXVII for piano premiered in Zürich

27

  • Lyle “Skitch” Henderson born (Halstad, MN) American popular and classical bandleader, composer, conductor, pianist. Worked for NBC Radio and TV. Founder of the New York Pops Orchestra (1983). Died 2005
  • Elmore James born (Holmes County, MS) American blues guitarist, singer, songwriter. Died 1963

28

  • Bob Hilliard born (New York, NY) American popular lyricist. Died 1971

30

  • Daniël de Lange (76) dies in Point Loma, CA

unk

  • Huddie Ledbetter aka Lead Belly gaoled for killing Will Stafford, a relative, in a fight over a woman. He is released after serving 7 years of a 35 year sentence

James Reese Europe and band in Paris

Feb

1

  • Jerome Kern, Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse’s musical Oh, Lady! Lady!! opens on Broadway (219 performances)

5

  • Gara Garayev born (Baku, Azerbaijan) Azerbaijani composer, teacher. Died 1982

7

  • Alexander Taneyev (68) dies in St Petersburg
  • Leopold Auer leaves Russia for New York

9

  • Igor Stravinsky’s Trois pièces faciles & Cinq pièces faciles for piano 4 hands premiered in Paris

11

  • Béla Bartók’s Román népi táncok [Romanian Folk Dances] for orchestra premiered in Budapest
  • Carl Nielsen’s Pan and Syrinx for orchestra premiered in Copenhagen

14

  • Harold R. Atteridge and Sigmund Romberg’s musical Sinbad opens on Broadway (164 performances). The cast includes Al Jolson

15

  • Hank Locklin born (McLellan, FL) Country singer, songwriter. Died 2009
  • Miguel Marqués (74) dies in Palma de Mallorca
  • Carl Nielsen’s incidental music for J. Sigurjónsson’s play Løgneren [The Liar] premiered in Copenhagen

16

  • Patty Andrews born (Minneapolis, MN) American popular singer. Member of the Andrews Sisters with sisters Laverne (1911-67) and Maxene (1916-95) Andrews. Died 2013

20

  • Phil Moore born (Portland, OR) American jazz pianist, arranger, bandleader. Died 1987

23

  • Sophie Menter (71) dies in Stockdorf, Germany

27

  • Vasily Safonov (66) dies in Kislovodsk, Russia
Carl Nielsen 1865-1931

Carl Nielsen 1865-1931

Mar

3

  • Bela Bartók’s String Quartet No. 2 premiered in Budapest

6

  • Howard McGhee born (Tulsa, OK) American jazz trumpeter, bandleader. Worked with Lionel Hampton, Andy Kirk, Charlie Barnet, Charlie Parker and others. Died 1987
  • Paul Hindemith’s Piano Quintet in e minor op.7 premiered in Frankfurt

8

  • Lili Boulanger’s Clairières dans le Ciel [Clearings in the Sky] for tenor and piano premiered in Paris

9

  • Saul Bihari born (St Louis, MO) American record executive. Co-founder of Modern Records. Brother of Lester (1912-83), Julius (1913-84) and Joe (b.1925) Bihari. Died 1975

10

  • Eugen d’Albert’s opera Der Stier von Olivera [The Bull of Olivera], lib. Richard Batka, premiered in Leipzig
  • Arnold Bax’s In memoriam: An Irish Elegy for english horn, harp and string quartet premiered in London

11

  • Granville Bantock’s incidental music for H.R. Barber’s play The Cortege premiered in London

13

  • César Cui (83) dies in St Petersburg of cerebral apoplexy
  • Al Jolson records a session for Columbia. Tracks cut include Rock-a-bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody

15

  • Lili Boulanger (24) dies in Mézy-sur-Seine, France of Crohn’s disease

19

  • Arthur Honegger’s Violin Sonata no.1 premiered in Paris
  • Francis Poulenc’s Poèmes sénégalais [Senegalese poems] for voice and string quartet premiered in Paris
  • The Original Dixieland Jazz Band record a session for Victor in New York. Tracks cut include At The Jazz Band Ball & Ostrich Walk

20

  • Marian McPartland (née Turner) born (Slough, Berks) English jazz pianist, composer, writer, broadcaster.
  • Bernd Alois Zimmermann born (Bliesheim, Germany) German composer, teacher. Died 1970

21

  • ‘Sir’ Charles Thompson born (Springfield, OH) American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader.

23

  • Granville ‘Stick’ McGhee born (Knoxville, TN) American blues and R&B guitarist, singer, songwriter. Brother of Brownie McGhee (1915-96). Died 1961
  • Théo Ysaÿe (53) dies in Nice
  • Charles Wakefield Cadman’s opera Shanewis premiered in New York. Lib. R. La Flesche and Nelle Richmond Eberhardt

25

  • Claude Debussy (55) dies in Paris of cancer
  • Karl Muck, conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, arrested in Boston and sent to an internment camp despite being a Swiss citizen
  • The Original Dixieland Jazz Band record a session for Victor in New York. Tracks cut include Tiger RagSkeleton Jangle

26

  • Andy Hamilton born (Port Maria, Jamaica) Anglo-Jamaican jazz saxophonist, composer. Died 2012

29

  • Pearl Bailey born (Southampton County, VA) American popular and jazz singer, actress. Died 1990
  • Wilbur Sweatman’s Jazz Band record a session for Columbia. Tracks cut include Everybody’s Crazy ‘Bout The Doggone Blues & Regretful Blues

30

  • José María Usandizaga’s opera La llama [the flame] (completed by brother Ramón Usandizaga) premiered posthumously in Madrid

31

  • Robert Fischhof (61) dies in Vienna
Théo Ysaÿe 1865-1918

Théo Ysaÿe 1865-1918

Apr

3

  • Sixten Ehrling born (Malmö, Sweden) Swedish conductor, teacher. Died 2005

4

  • Paul von Klenau’s opera Kjarten und Gudrun premiered in Mannheim. lib. von Klenau

7

  • Michael ‘Peanuts’ Hucko born (Syracuse, NY) American jazz clarinetist, bandleader. Worked with Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong and others. Died 2003

9

  • Richard Strauss’s ballet Der Bürger als Edelmann [The Bourgeois Gentleman] premiered in Berlin

13

  • David Ffrangcon-Davies (62) dies in London

15

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Visions Fugitives op.22 for piano & Piano Sonata no.3 premiered in St Petersburg

17

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata no.4 premiered in St Petersburg

19

  • Granville Bantock’s incidental music for Oscar Wilde’s play Salome premiered in London

20

  • Alexander Girardi (67) dies in Vienna

21

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 ‘Classical’ premiered in St Petersburg

22

  • Mitja Nikisch makes his concert debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

24

  • A posthumous concert of the works of William Denis Browne is held at the Wigmore Hall, London

25

  • Astrid Varnay born (Stockholm) American soprano singer. Died 2006
  • Franz Schreker’s opera Die Gezeichneten [the search], lib. Schreker, premiered in Frankfurt

26

  • Cecil Coles (29) shot dead by a sniper on the Western Front near Crouy, Picardy

27

  • Arnold Bax’s Folk-Tale for cello and piano premiered in London

unk

  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s Piano Trio No. 3 op.158 completed

Franz Schreker 1878-1934

May

7

  • Zoltan Kodály’s Belated Melodies op.6 for voice and piano; Duo op.7 for violin and cello, Sonata for Solo Cello op.8 & String Quartet no.2 op.10 premiered in Budapest
  • Sergei Prokofiev leaves St Petersburg bound for New York, via Vladivostok and Tokyo (where he plays some concerts). He arrives in New York in September

12

  • Quddus Khojamyarov born (Kaynazar, Kazakhstan) Kazakh composer, administrator, teacher. Died 1994

15

  • Eddy Arnold born (Henderson, TN) American country singer, songwriter. Died 2008

17

  • Birgit Nilsson born (Västra Karup, Sweden) Swedish soprano singer. Died 2005

18

  • Toivo Kuula (34) accidentally shot dead in Vyborg (now Russia) during the victory celebrations following the end of the Finnish civil war

19

  • Gustav Holst’s This have I done for my true love for choir premiered in Thaxted

23

  • Robert ‘Bumps’ Blackwell born (Seattle, WA) American record producer, pop songwriter, arranger. Died 1985

24

  • Evan Williams (50) dies in Akron, OH
  • Béla Bartók’s opera A Kékszakállú herceg vára [Bluebeard’s Castle] premiered in Budapest, lib. B. Balázs

31

  • Wilbur Sweatman’s Jazz Band record a session for Columbia. Tracks cut include Darktown Strutter’s Ball & Goodbye Alexander 
Bela Bartók - Duke Bluebeard's Castle (EMI)

Bela Bartók – Duke Bluebeard’s Castle (EMI)

Jun

1

  • Frank Cordell born (Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey) English composer, arranger, conductor. Died 1980

4

  • Marcelo Koc born (Vitebsk, Belarus) Polish-Argentinian composer. Died 2006

7

  • Arnold Bax’s String Quartet no.1 premiered in London

10

  • Patachou aka Henriette Ragon born (Paris) French cabaret singer, actress.
  • Arrigo Boito (76) dies in Milan

13

  • Wild Bill Moore born (Houston, TX) American R&B saxophonist, bandleader. Worked with Slim Gaillard, Jack McVea, Joe Turner and Dexter Gordon. Died 1983

14

  • John Simmons born (Haskell, OK) American jazz bassist. Worked with Teddy Wilson, Roy Eldridge, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and others. Died 1979

15

  • Haji Khanmammadov born (Derbent, Dagestan, Russia) Azerbaijani composer, music administrator. Died 2005
  • Paul Graener’s opera Theophano premiered in Munich. lib. Otto Anthes

17

  • Billy Garland born (Flowood, MS) American blues singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 1960

18

  • The Ziegfeld Follies Of 1918 Broadway revue opens (151 performances)

19

  • Joe Glazer born (New York, NY) American folk singer, songwriter, guitarist, trades union activist. Died 2006

25

  • The Original Dixieland Jazz Band record a session for Victor in New York. Tracks cut include Bluin’ The Blues; Fidgety Feet (War Cloud) & Sensation Rag

26

  • Roger Voisin born (Anger, France) Franco-American classical trumpeter, teacher. Died 2008

releases

  • Original Dixieland Jazz Band – At The Jazz Band Ball / Ostrich Walk (Victor)

Sheet music for Gene Buck and Dave Stamper’s Garden of My Dreams as featured in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1918

Jul

5

  • George Rochberg born (Paterson, NJ) American composer. Died 2005

6

  • Eugene List born (Philadelphia, PA) American concert pianist, teacher. Died 1985

9

  • Herbert Brün born (Berlin) German-American composer, electronic music pioneer, teacher. Died 2000

14

  • Lothar Kempter (74) dies in Vitznau, Switzerland

17

  • The Original Dixieland Jazz Band record a session for Victor in New York. Tracks cut include Mournin’ Blues; Clarinet Marmalade Blues & Lazy Daddy

22

  • Marion Harris records a session for Victor in Camden, NJ. Tracks cut include After You’ve Gone

24

  • Ruggiero Ricci born (San Bruno, CA) American classical violinist. Died 2012

27

  • Leonard Rose born (Washington, DC) American cellist, teacher. Died 1984

31

  • Hank Jones born (Vicksburg, MS) American jazz pianist, bandleader, composer. Worked with Coleman Hawkins, Billy Eckstine, Andy Kirk, Charlie Parker, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman and many others. Brother of Thad Jones (1923-86) and Elvin Jones (1927-2004). Died 2010
  • Arthur Benjamin’s aeroplane is shot down over Germany by Hermann Goering and he is interned in a POW camp near Berlin

releases

  • Al Jolson – Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody / Sterling Trio -Alice I’m in Wonderland (Columbia)
Sheet music for Creamer and Layton's song After You've Gone

Sheet music for Creamer and Layton’s song After You’ve Gone

Aug

2

  • Martin Krause (65) dies in Berlin of influenza

3

  • Olivier Alain born (Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France) French composer, organist, pianist, musicologist. Brother of Jehan Alain (1911-40) and Marie-Claire Alain (b.1926). Died 1994
  • Leos Janácek’s Schoolmaster Halfar for chorus premiered in Luhacovice

6

  • Norman Granz born (Los Angeles) American jazz record producer, impresario, record executive. Creator of Jazz at the Philharmonic. Founder of the Clef, Norgran, Down Home, Verve and Pablo record labels. Died 2001

7

  • Frank Culley born (Salisbury, MD) American R&B saxophonist, bandleader. Died 1991

10

  • Arnett Cobb born (Houston, TX) American jazz & R&B tenor-saxophonist, bandleader. Worked with Lionel Hampton and his own groups. Died 1989

11

  • Darius Milhaud’s Symphonie de chambre no.1 premiered in Rio de Janeiro
  • Sergei Prokofiev arrives in the United States from Russia (via Japan)

15

  • Mario del Tránsito Cocomarola born (Corrientes, Argentina) Argentinian folklorist, folk composer, musician. Died 1974
  • Heinrich Köselitz (64) dies in Annaberg, Germany
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Naufrágio de Kleônicos [Wreck of the Kleônicos] for orchestra premiered in Rio de Janeiro

17

  • Ike Quebec born (Newark, NJ) American jazz tenor saxophonist. Worked with Benny Carter, Coleman Hawkins, Cab Calloway and his own groups. Died 1963
  • Wilbur Sweatman’s Jazz Band record a session for Columbia. Tracks cut include Those Draftin’ Blues & Rock A Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody 

18

  • Gilbert ‘Cisco’ Houston born (Wilmington, DE) American folk singer, songwriter. Member of the Almanac Singers. Died 1961

19

  • Jimmy Rowles born (Spokane, WA) American jazz pianist, session player. Worked with Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald. Died 1996
  • Irving Berlin’s musical revue Yip, Yip, Yaphank opens in New York (32 performances)

20

  • Enrico Caruso marries Dorothy Park Benjamin in New York

21

  • Orville Gibson (62) dies in Ogdensberg, NY of chronic endocarditis

24

  • Harry Vann Walls born (Millersboro, KY) American R&B pianist, bandleader, session player. Died 1999

25

  • Leonard Bernstein born (Lawrence, MA) American composer, conductor, pianist. Died 1990

31

  • Alan Jay Lerner born (New York, NY) American popular lyricist. Died 1986

releases

  • Original Dixieland Jazz Band – Tiger Rag / Skeleton Jangle (Victor)
Heinrich Köselitz 1854-1918

Heinrich Köselitz 1854-1918

Sep

7

  • Morfydd Llwyn Owen (26) dies in Mumbles, Wales of appendicitis

8

  • Bill Graham born (Kansas City, MO) American jazz baritone saxophonist, schoolteacher. Worked with Paul Quinchette, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Mercer Ellington and others.

13

  • Dick Haymes born (Buenos Aires) Argentinian actor, popular singer. Died 1980

14

  • Israel “Cachao” López born (Havana) Cuban mambo bassist, composer. Died 2008

16

  • Ivan Caryll, Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse’s musical The Girl Behind the Gun aka Kissing Time opens on Broadway (160 performances)

18

  • Willis Page born (Rochester, NY) American conductor.
  • Ernest Farrar (33) killed at the Battle of Epehy Ronssoy near Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France

19

  • Liza Lehmann (56) dies in Pinner, Middlesex

21

  • Tommy Potter born (Philadelphia, PA) American jazz bassist . Worked with Billy Eckstine, Charlie Parker and others. Died 1988

22

  • Henryk Szeryng born (Żelazowa Wola, Poland) Polish classical violinist. Died 1988

28

  • Igor Stravinsky’s opera-ballet Histoire du soldat [story of a soldier] premiered in Lausanne, lib. C.F. Ramuz

29

  • Gustav Holst’s The Planets suite for orchestra premiered in London (private performance)

releases

  • Original Dixieland Jazz Band – Sensation Rag / Bluin’ The Blues (Victor)

Playbill for the premiere of Stravinsky’s opera Histoire du Soldat

Oct

5

  • Jimmy Blanton born (Chattanooga, TN) American jazz bassist. Worked with Duke Ellington. Died 1941

7

  • Hubert Parry (70) dies in Rustington, Sussex of Spanish ‘flu
  • Wilbur Sweatman’s Jazz Band record a session for Columbia. Tracks cut include Dallas Blues

8

  • Károly Aggházy (62) dies in Budapest

9

  • Bebo Valdés aka Ramón Emilio Valdés Amaro born (Quivicán, Cuba) Cuban big band leader, composer, pianist, arranger.

11

  • Jerome Robbins born (New York, NY) American choreographer, film director. Died 1988

15

  • Antonio Cotogni (87) dies in Rome

16

  • Felix Arndt (29) dies in New York of Spanish ‘flu
  • Kosaku Yamada’s Choreographic Symphony, “Maria Magdalena” premiered in New York

18

  • Bobby Troup born (Harrisburg, PA) American jazz songwriter, singer, pianist, actor. Husband of Julie London (1926-2000). Died 1999

19

  • Henry Kimball Hadley’s opera Bianca premiered in New York. Lib. Grant Stewart

24

  • Alexandre Charles Lecocq (86) dies in Paris
  • Jean Sibelius’s Oma maa [Our Native Land] for chorus and orchestra premiered in Helsinki

29

  • Rudolf Tobias (45) dies in Berlin of pneumonia

31

  • Frederick Delius’s Cello Sonata premiered in London

Rudolf Tobias 1873-1918 as featured on an Estonian banknote

Nov

1

  • Italo Montemezzi’s opera La nave [the ship], lib. Tito II Ricordi, premiered in Milan

3

  • Pandit Pran Nath born (Lahore, Pakistan) Indian classical singer, teacher. Died 1996

4

  • Joaquín Valverde Sanjuán (43) dies in Mexico City as a result of an accident

9

  • Hubert Parry’s Elegy for Brahms for orchestra premiered in London

11

  • Jürg Baur born (Düsseldorf) German composer. Died 2010
  • Richard Hofmann (74) dies in Leipzig

12

  • Henri Christiné, Albert Willemetz and Fabien Solar’s operetta Phi-Phi opens in Paris, the day after the end of the First World War

18

  • Asmahan aka Amal al-Atrash born (on a ship between Turkey and Lebanon) Syrian popular singer, actress. Died 1944

20

  • Igor Stravinsky’s Kolïbel′nïye (Berceuses du chat) [4 Cat’s Cradle Songs] & Pribautki (Pribaoutki) [4 songs] for voice and accompaniment premiered in Paris

24

  • Wild Bill Davis born (Glasgow, MO) American jazz organist, pianist, arranger. Worked with Louis Jordan, Johnny Hodges, Duke Ellington and others. Died 1995
  • Hans Huber’s opera Frutta di mare [seafood], lib. Fritz Karmin, premiered in Basel

28

  • Alexis Contant (60) dies in Montreal following a stroke

29

  • Sergei Prokofiev plays his first New York concert

30

  • Gabriel Fauré’s Une châtelaine en sa tour op.110 [a lady in her tower] for harp premiered in Paris
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) in New York in 1918

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) in New York in 1918

Dec

2

  • Arthur Honegger’s ballet Le Dit des Jeux du Monde [the tale of the world games] premiered in Paris

12

  • Joe Williams born (Cordele, GA) American jazz baritone singer. Worked with Jimmy Noone, Coleman Hawkins, Lionel Hampton and Count Basie. Died 1999

14

  • Giacomo Puccini’s one-act operas Il tabarro [the cloak], lib. Giuseppe Adami; Suor Angelica [Sister Angelica], lib. Giovacchino Forzano & Gianni Schicchi, lib. Giovacchino Forzano, premiered in New York

19

  • Professor Longhair aka Roy Byrd born (Bogalusa, LA) American R&B pianist, singer, songwriter. Died 1980
  • Josef Bohuslav Foerster’s opera Nepremozeni premiered in Prague. Lib. Foerster

21

  • David “Panama” Francis born (Miami, FL) American jazz drummer. Worked with Lucky Millinder, Cab Calloway and many others. Died 2001

25

  • Eddie Safranski born (Pittsburgh, PA) American jazz bassist. Worked with Stan Kenton. Died 1974

26

  • George Edward “Butch” Ballard born (Camden, NJ) American jazz drummer, teacher. Worked with Louis Armstrong, Cootie Williams, Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Died 2011
  • Vasily Vasilievich Andreyev (57) dies in St Petersburg
  • Bertram Luard-Selby (65) dies in Winterton, Lincolnshire

30

  • Jimmy Jones born (Memphis, TN) American jazz pianist, arranger, session player. Worked with Stuff Smith, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Clifford Brown, Duke Ellington and many others. Died 1982

unk

  • Sam Lanin’s first band, the Roseland Orchestra, becomes the first house band at the newly opened Roseland Ballroom on Broadway, New York
  • The Paul Whiteman Orchestra formed in San Francisco. Alumni include Bix Beiderbecke, Bunny Berrigan, Bing Crosby, Eddie Lang, Gussie Mueller, Jack Teagarden, Frankie Trumbauer and Joe Venuti

date unknown

songs published

  • After You’ve Gone (Henry Creamer, Turner Layton); At The Jazz Band Ball; Clarinet Marmalade; Fidgety Feet (all Edwin B. Edwards, Nick LaRocca, Tony Spargo, Larry Shields); Ja-Da (Bob Carleton); Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody (Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young, Jean Schwartz)
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