1988

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Jan

10

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Lowry-Lieder for voice and orchestra, text Wolf Wondratschek, premiered in Munich

11

  • Joe Albany (63) dies in New York
  • Thea Musgrave’s Niobe for oboe and tape premiered in London

13

  • Radamés Gnattali (81) dies in Rio de Janeiro

15

  • Thea Musgrave’s Narcissus for flute with digital delay premiered in London

16

  • Belinda Carlisle has the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Heaven Is A Place On Earth
  • George Harrison has the Billboard number one single for one week with Got My Mind Set on You

17

  • George Crumb’s Zeitgeist (Six Tableaux for Two Amplified Pianos, Book I) premiered in Duisberg

18

  • Al Hall (72) dies in New York

23

  • Michael Jackson has the Billboard number one single for one week with The Way You Make Me Feel
  • Nirvana record a 10 song demo tape with producer Jack Endino that leads to a deal with Sub Pop

24

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Four Songs of Autumn for soprano and string quartet premiered in London
  • Hans Werner Henze’s Cinque piccoli concerti e ritornelli for orchestra premiered in London

26

  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Child of Australia for speaker, soprano, chorus and orchestra premiered in Sydney

31

  • John Tavener’s In Memory of Cats for piano premiered in London
  • Charles Wuorinen’s Natural Fantasy for organ premiered in New York

releases

  • Beatnigs – Television / version (Alternative Tentacles)
  • Leonard Cohen – First We Take Manhattan / Sisters Of Mercy (CBS UK)
  • Fall – Victoria / Tough Life Boogie (Beggars Banquet UK)
  • Public Enemy – Bring the Noise / Sophisticated (Def Jam)
  • REM – It’s The End Of The World As We Know It / Last Date (IRS)
  • Sugarcubes – Cold Sweat / Dragon (One Little Indian UK)
  • AC/DC – Blow Up Your Video (Albert Australia)
  • Pogues – If I Should Fall From Grace With God (EMI UK)
  • Social Distortion – Prison Bound (Restless)
  • SPK – Oceania – In Performance 1987 (Side Effects UK)
  • Walkabouts – See Beautiful Rattlesnake Gardens (Pop Llama)

George Crumb b.1929

Feb

4

  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Der unterbrochene Gedanke for string quartet premiered in Frankfurt
  • Charles Wuorinen’s Bamboula Beach for orchestra premiered in Miami

7

  • Tan Dun’s Violin Concerto no.1 Out of Peking Opera & Symphony no.3 Chang cheng premiered in New York

9

  • Kurt Herbert Adler (82) dies in Ross, CA

10

  • Cynthia Gooding (63) dies in Princeton, NJ of cancer
  • Don Patterson (51) dies in Philadelphia
  • Anthony Powers’s Stone Water Stars premiered in London

11

  • René Hall (75) dies in Los Angeles

12

  • Jonathan Lloyd’s Symphony no.2 premiered in Baden-Baden

13

  • Léon Goossens (90) dies in Tunbridge Wells, Kent

14

  • Frederic Loewe (86) dies in Palm Springs, CA
  • Charles Wuorinen’s Another Happy Birthday for orchestra premiered in San Francisco

15

  • Al Cohn (62) dies in Stroudsburg, PA of liver cancer

17

  • David Sawer’s Take off premiered in Huddersfield

18

  • Isang Yun’s Kammersinfonie I for two oboes, two horns and strings premiered in Gütersloh

20

  • Rihanna aka Robyn Rihanna Fenty born (Saint Michael, Barbados) Barbadian pop singer.
  • Kylie Minogue has the UK number one single for the first of five weeks with I Should Be So Lucky
  • Gunther Schuller’s Concerto for string quartet and orchestra premiered in Madison, WN

21

  • Andrzej Panufnik’s String Sextet premiered in London

24

  • Memphis Slim (72) dies in Paris of renal failure
  • Moritz Eggert’s opera The meal of Mr. Orlong premiered in Munich

27

  • John Cage’s One for piano premiered in Middletown, CT

28

  • Edith North Johnson (85) dies in Memphis

29

  • György Ligeti’s Piano Concerto premiered in Vienna (complete version)

releases

  • Aswad – Don’t Turn Around / Woman (Island)
  • Bomb The Bass – Beat Dis (Rhythm King UK)
  • Eric B & Rakim – Paid In Full / Move The Crowd (4th & Broadway)
  • Coldcut – Doctorin’ the House / version (Ahead of Our Time UK)
  • Fast Eddie – Acid Thunder (DJ International) aka Eddie Smith
  • Morrissey – Suedehead / I Know Very Well How I Got My Name (HMV UK)
  • NoMeansNo – Dad / Revenge (Alternative Tentacles)
  • Phuture – We Are The Phuture EP (Trax)
  • Prefab Sprout – Cars and Girls / Vendeatta (Kitchenware UK)
  • Jamie Principle – Baby Wants to Ride / version (Ffrr)
  • Wedding Present – Nobody’s Twisting Your Arm / I’m Not Always So Stupid (Reception UK)
  • Wire – Kidney Bingos / Pieta (Mute)
  • Harold Budd – White Arcades (Land UK)
  • Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man (Columbia)
  • Everything But the Girl – Idlewild (Blanco Y Negro UK)
  • Fall – The Frenz Experiment (Beggars Banquet UK)
  • Fingers Inc – Another Side (Jack Trax)
  • Robert Plant – Now and Zen (Es Paranza)
  • Savage Republic – Jamahiriya Democratique et Populaire de Sauvage (Fundamental)

Savage Republic

Mar

1

  • Tommy Potter (69) dies in Philadelphia

2

  • The 30th Grammy Awards are held in New York. Paul Simon wins record of the year for Graceland and U2 win album of the year for the Joshua Tree. Other winners include Ennio Morricone, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Al Green, Wynton Marsalis, Yusef Lateef, Sting, Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, Bruce Springsteen and Frank Zappa

4

  • Dominick Argento’s Te Deum (Verba Domini cum verbis populi) premiered in Buffalo, NY

8

  • Ken Colyer (59) dies in Les Issambres, France in his sleep following a heart attack
  • Henryk Szeryng (69) dies in Kassel of a cerebral haemorrhage
  • Toru Takemitsu’s Twill by Twilight for orchestra premiered in Tokyo

10

  • Andy Gibb (30) dies in Oxford of myocarditis

12

  • Rick Astley has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Never Gonna Give You Up

13

  • Vivian Fine’s Sonata for Violoncello and Piano premiered in New York

15

  • Dannie Richmond (52) dies in New York following a heart attack

18

  • Gerald Abraham (84) dies in Midhurst, Sussex
  • Billy Butterfield (71) dies in North Palm Beach, FL following a heart attack

19

  • Sid Harkreader (90) dies in Nashville

20

  • Gil Evans (75) dies in Cuernavaca, Mexico of pneumonia
  • David Lang’s While Nailing at Random for piano premiered in Toronto

26

  • Aswad have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Don’t Turn Around
  • Michael Jackson has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Man in the Mirror
  • Morrissey has the UK number one album for one week with Viva Hate
  • Thea Musgrave’s Narcissus for clarinet with digital delay premiered in Norfolk, VA

31

  • Vladimir Ussachevsky’s To the Young for chorus and orchestra premiered in Claremont, CA

releases

  • A-Ha – Stay On These Roads / Soft Rains Of April (Warner Bros UK)
  • McCarthy – This Nelson Rockefeller EP (September UK)
  • Pet Shop Boys – Heart / I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too) (Parlophone)
  • Vaselines – Dying for It / Molly’s Lips (53rd & 3rd UK)
  • Joni Mitchell – Chalk Mark in a Rain Storm (Geffen)
  • Morrissey – Viva Hate (HMV UK)
  • Neurosis – Pain Of Mind (Alchemy)
  • Pixies – Surfer Rosa (4AD UK)
  • Prefab Sprout – From Langley Park to Memphis (Kitchenware UK)
  • David Sylvian & Holger Czukay – Plight & Premonition (Venture UK)
  • Thin White Rope – In the Spanish Cave (Frontier)
  • Throwing Muses – House Tornado (4AD UK)
  • John Zorn – Spillane (Nonesuch)

Pixies – Surfer Rosa

Apr

7

  • Cesar Bresgen (74) dies in Salzburg

9

  • Brook Benton (56) dies in New York of spinal meningitis
  • Dave Prater (50) dies in a car crash in Sycamore, GA
  • Pet Shop Boys have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with Heart

11

  • Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne and Cong Su’s music for Bernardo Bertolucci’s film The Last Emperor wins the best original score Oscar at the 60th Academy Awards

16

  • Youri Egorov (33) dies of AIDS in Amsterdam
  • Berthold Goldschmidt’s opera Beatrice Cenci premiered in London

17

  • Chet Baker makes his final studio recordings for Timeless in Rosenheim, Germany. Chet Baker (tp, p) Nicola Stilo (fl, g) Luca Flores (p) Marc Abrams (b)

18

  • Luciano Berio’s Ricorrenze for woodwind quintet premiered in Paris

19

  • Ed Burke (79) dies in East Elmhurst, NY
  • Sonny Bono is inaugurated as the Mayor of Palm Springs, CA

20

  • Luciano Berio’s Sequenza XI for guitar premiered in Rovereto

21

  • Leonard Bernstein’s Missa brevis for countertenor, chorus and percussion premiered in Atlanta, GA
  • Siegfried Matthus’s Nächtliche Szene im Park premiered in Krefeld

23

  • Iron Maiden have the UK number one album for one week with Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son 
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Chiffre VIII for eight players premiered in Witten

24

  • Charles Wuorinen’s Five: Concerto for Amplified Cello and Orchestra premiered in New York

25

  • Carolyn Franklin (43) dies in Bloomfield, MI of breast cancer
  • Elliott Carter’s Pastoral for english horn or alto saxophone, marimba and strings premiered in New York
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Blick for orchestra premiered in Freiburg

27

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Nachtwach for eight solo voices, chorus and four trombones premiered in Karlsruhe

29

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Strathclyde Concerto no.1 for oboe and orchestra premiered in Glasgow
  • Vivian Fine’s After the Tradition premiered in Berkeley, CA
  • Godfrey Reggio’s film Powaqqatsi opens, with music by Philip Glass

30

  • S’Express have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Theme From S’Express

releases

  • Gun Club – Breaking Hands EP (Red Rhino UK)
  • Michael Jackson – Dirty Diana / instrumental (Epic)
  • Jesus & Mary Chain – Sidewalking / A Taste Of Cindy (Blanco Y Negro UK)
  • Mekons – Ghosts Of American Astronauts / Robin Hood (Sin UK)
  • Prefab Sprout – The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll / Moving the River (Kitchenware)
  • S’Express – Theme From S’Express / The Trip (Rhythm King UK)
  • Sugarcubes – Deus / Luftgitar (One Little Indian UK)
  • Butthole Surfers – Hairway to Steven (Touch & Go)
  • Tracy Chapman (Elektra)
  • Iron Maiden – Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (EMI)
  • Jesus and Mary Chain – Barbed Wire Kisses (B-Sides and More) (Blanco Y Negro UK)
  • Mekons – So Good It Hurts (Twin Tone)
  • Men They Couldn’t Hang – Waiting for Bonaparte (Magnet UK)
  • Microdisney – 39 Minutes (Virgin UK)
  • Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (Def Jam)
  • Sugarcubes – Life’s Too Good (One Little Indian UK)
  • Talking Heads – Naked (EMI)
  • Wild Swans – Bringing Home the Ashes (Sire UK)
  • Neil Young – This Note’s for You (Reprise)

Poster for Godfrey Reggio’s film Powaqqatsi

May

3

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Mishkenot for instrumental ensemble premiered in London
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Ata for orchestra premiered in Baden-Baden

4

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s An die Musik for soprano and ten players premiered in London

5

  • Adele (Adkins) born (London) English pop singer, songwriter

6

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Waarg for 13 instruments premiered in London

7

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s opera Montag aus Licht, lib. Stockhausen, premiered in Milan

9

  • Leonard Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles for soprano, baritone and two pianos premiered in New York

10

  • Ciarán Bourke (53) dies in Dublin from complications following a brain aneurysm

11

  • Leonard Bernstein’s My Twelve-tone Melody premiered in New York

13

  • Chet Baker (58) dies in Amsterdam from head injuries sustained during a fall

14

  • The Atlantic Records fortieth anniversary concert takes place at Madison Square Gardens in New York. Acts appearing include the surviving members of Led Zeppelin, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Genesis, Wilson Pickett and Ben E. Kin

16

  • Elliott Carter’s Enchanted Preludes for flute and cello premiered in New York

18

  • Philip Glass’s opera The Fall of the House of Usher, lib. Yorinks after Poe, premiered in Cambridge, MA

19

  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Second Sonata for Strings premiered in Brighton

20

  • Robin Holloway’s Double Concerto for clarinet, saxophone and two chamber orchestras premiered in London
  • Toru Takemitsu’s Tree Line for chamber orchestra premiered in London

21

  • Prince has the UK number one album for one week with Lovesexy

22

  • Alfred Schnittke’s Piano Sonata no.1 premiered in New York

24

  • Charles Wuorinen’s Horn Trio Continued for french horn, violin and piano premiered in Los Angeles

25

  • Peter Mennin’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra premiered in New York

27

  • David Lang’s Are You Experienced for narrator, tuba and band premiered in Pittsburgh

28

  • Sy Oliver (77) dies in New York

29

  • Detlev Glanert’s opera Leyla und Medjnun, lib. Aras Ören and Peter Schneider, premiered in Munich
  • Toru Takemitsu’s A Solitary Road for string quartet premiered in St Petersburg

releases

  • Tracy Chapman – Fast Car / For You (Elektra)
  • Galaxie 500 – Tugboat / King Of Spain (Aurora)
  • House Of Love – Christine / Loneliness Is A Gun (Creation UK)
  • Swans – Love Will Tear Us Apart / Trust Me (Product Inc)
  • A-ha – Stay On These Roads (Warner Bros)
  • AMM – The Inexhaustible Document (Matchless) recorded live in London on 10 Jan 1987
  • Band Of Susans – Hope Against Hope (Furthur)
  • Bob Dylan – Down in the Groove (Columbia)
  • Green River – Rehab Doll (Sub Pop)
  • House Of Love (Creation UK)
  • Living Colour – Vivid (Epic)
  • Colin Newman – It Seems (Crammed Belgium)
  • Prince – Lovesexy (Warner Bros)
  • Sade – Stronger Than Pride (Epic)
  • Ali Farka Touré (World Circuit UK)
  • Wire – A Bell Is a Cup Until It Is Struck (Mute UK)

Band Of Susans

Jun

2

  • Näcip Cihanov (77) dies in Oral, Kazakhstan
  • Alison Bauld’s opera Nell premiered in London
  • Jean-Claude Risset’s Phases for orchestra premiered in Paris

4

  • Allan Reuss (72) dies in Los Angeles
  • Konrad Boehmer’s opera Woutertje Pieterse premiered in Rotterdam

6

  • John Cage’s Five for any combinations of five voices or instruments premiered in Witten by Cage and the Kronos Quartet

9

  • David Matthews’s Marina premiered in Bath

10

  • Rudolph Dunbar (80) dies in London
  • Alfred Schnittke’s Der Sonnengesang des Franz von Assisi for chorus and six instruments premiered in London

11

  • Colin Matthews’s Two Part Invention premiered in London

12

  • Marcel Poot (87) dies in Brussels
  • George Crumb’s Federico’s Little Songs for Children premiered in Philadelphia
  • Colin Matthews’s The Great Journey premiered in London

13

  • Emil Telmányi (95) dies in Holte, Denmark
  • Tan Dun’s Eight Colors for String Quartet premiered in Wellington, New Zealand

14

  • Richard Barrett’s Earth for trombone and percussionist premiered in Amsterdam
  • David Sawer’s Food of Love premiered in London

15

  • Michael Tippett’s Water Out of Sunlight for string orchestra premiered in London

16

  • John Cage’s Five Stone for three performers premiered in Berlin
  • Robin Holloway’s Concerto for horn and orchestra premiered in London

17

  • Elliott Carter’s Oboe Concerto premiered in Zürich
  • Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera Greek premiered in Munich

19

  • Mauricio Kagel’s String Quartet no.3 premiered in Oslo

21

  • William Schuman’s String Quartet no.5 premiered in New York

24

  • Galina Ustvolskaya’s Symphony No. 4 “Prayer” premiered in Heidelberg

25

  • Hillel Slovak (26) dies in Los Angeles of a heroin overdose
  • Van Halen have the Billboard number one album for the first of four weeks with OU812

26

  • Arvo Pärt’s Festina Lente for strings and harp premiered in Helsinki

28

  • The Motown Record Corporation is sold to MCA by Berry Gordy

29

  • John Cage’s Four Solos for Voice premiered in New York

30

  • John Tavener’s Hymn to the Holy Spirit for three trebles and chorus premiered in London

releases

  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Mercy Seat / New Day (Mute UK)
  • Morrissey – Every Day Is Like Sunday / Disappointed (HMV UK)
  • Public Enemy – Don’t Believe The Hype / Prophets Of Rage (Def Jam)
  • Womack & Womack – Teardrops / Conscious of My Conscience (4th & Broadway)
  • AR Kane – 69 (Rough Trade)
  • Boogie Down Productions – By All Means Necessary (Jive)
  • EPMD – Strictly Business (Fresh)
  • Ex – Hands Up! You’re Free (Ex Netherlands)
  • NoMeansNo – The Day Everything Became Nothing (Alternative Tentacles)
  • Stetsasonic – In Full Gear (Tommy Boy)
  • Test Department – Terra Firma (Sub Rosa Belgium)

Mark-Anthony Turnage b.1960

Jul

1

  • Lex van Delden (68) dies in Amsterdam
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Rebonds A for percussion premiered in Rome

2

  • Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson (70) dies in Los Angeles following a heart attack
  • Tracy Chapman has the UK number one album for the first of three weeks with Tracy Chapman
  • Michael Jackson has the Billboard number one single for one week with Dirty Diana

5

  • Robin Holloway’s Brass Quintet premiered in Warwick
  • Kurt Schwertsik’s Timpani Concerto premiered in Vienna

6

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Drei Walzer for orchestra premiered in Flensburg (complete version)

8

  • Philip Glass’s opera The Making of the Representative for Planet 8, lib. Doris Lessing, premiered in Houston

10

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Trio for violin, cello and piano premiered in Salzau

13

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Taurhiphanie for tape premiered in Arles

15

  • Philip Glass’s opera 1000 Airplanes on the Roof premiered at Vienna airport, lib. Glass, Hwang and Serlin

18

  • Nico (49) dies in Ibiza following a brain haemorrhage

19

  • Luciano Berio’s Ofanim for two instrumental groups, choruses and electronics premiered in St. Paul de Vence

22

  • John Cage’s Twenty-Three for strings premiered in Putney, VT

23

  • Def Leppard have the Billboard number one album for the first of six weeks over three runs with Hysteria

24

  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Kakadu for orchestra premiered in Aspen, CO

26

  • Sophia Gubaidulina’s Rejoice! for violin and cello premiered in Kuhmo, Finland
  • Jonathan Lloyd’s Symphony no.4 premiered in London

27

  • Ernst Krenek’s oratorio Symeon der Stylit premiered in Salzburg
  • David Matthews’s Cantiga premiered in London

29

  • Alfred Schnittke’s Piano Quartet premiered in Kuhmo, Finland

31

  • Morton Subotnick’s And the Butterflies Begin to Sing for chamber ensemble and computer premiered in Santa Fe, NM

unk

  • First Brott Music Festival takes place in various locations in Ontario, Canada

releases

  • Another Sunny Day – I’m In Love With A Girl Who Doesn’t Know I Exist / Things Will Be Nice / The Centre Of My Little World (Sarah UK) Harvey Williams plus guests
  • Go-Betweens – Streets Of Your Town / Wait Until June (Beggars Banquet UK)
  • Mory Kanté – Yé ké yé ké / Akwaba Beach (Barclay France)
  • Massive Attack – Any Love (Massive Attack UK)
  • Yazz and The Plastic Population – The Only Way Is Up / Bad House Music (Big Life UK)
  • Blue Oyster Cult – Imaginos (Columbia)
  • Ornette Coleman and Prime Time – Virgin Beauty (Portrait)
  • Crowded House – Temple of Low Men (EMI Australia)
  • Slayer – South of Heaven (Def Jam)
  • Patti Smith – Dream of Life (Arista)
  • The Sun and the Moon (Geffen)

Peter Sculthorpe b.1929

Aug

6

  • John Cage’s Two for flute and piano premiered in Gibellina, Italy
  • Guns ‘n’ Roses have the Billboard number one album for the first of four weeks over two runs with Appetite for Destruction
  • Mikis Theodorakis’s ballet Zorba the Greek premiered in Verona
  • Yazz and the Plastic Population have the UK number one single for the first of five weeks with The Only Way Is Up

7

  • John Tavener’s Ikon of St. Seraphim for counter tenor, baritone, chorus and orchestra premiered in London

8

  • Nguyen-Thien Dao’s Violin concerto ‘Thien Thai’ premiered in Paris

10

  • Gavin Bryars’s Glorious Hill premiered in Lewes, Sussex by the Hilliard Ensemble
  • Elliott Carter’s Remembrance for orchestra premiered in Lenox, MA

14

  • Roy Buchanan (48) hangs himself in a police cell in Fairfax, VA after being arrested for drunken behaviour
  • Robert Calvert (43) dies in Ramsgate, Kent following a heart attack

16

  • Milton Adolphus (75) dies in Harwich, MA

18

  • Alan Hovhaness’s Symphony No.63 Loon Lake premiered in New Hampshire

19

  • Witold Lutoslawski’s Concerto for piano and orchestra premiered in Salzburg
  • Pink Floyd play the first of five nights at the Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, NY where the live album The Delicate Sound of Thunder is recorded

20

  • Leon McAuliffe (71) dies in Tulsa, OK
  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Passacaglia for orchestra premiered in Lucerne
  • Steve Winwood has the Billboard number one album for one week with Roll With It
  • Two people are fatally injured during Guns ‘n’ Roses set at the Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington, both after being crushed by the crowd

21

  • Alfred Schnittke’s Suite in Old Style for chamber orchestra premiered in Kiel

24

  • Kenneth Leighton (58) dies in Edinburgh of cancer

27

  • Tracy Chapman has the Billboard number one album for one week with Tracy Chapman
  • Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Floof (Songs of a Homeostatic Homer) for soprano and chamber ensemble premiered in Helsinki

29

  • Horace Henderson (83) dies in Denver, CO

30

  • Papa Dee Allen (57) Collapses on stage playing with War in Solano Co, CA and never regains consciousness

releases

  • Rob Base & D.J. E-Z Rock – It Takes Two / instrumental (Profile)
  • Guns ‘n’ Roses – Sweet Child o’ Mine / It’s So Easy (Geffen)
  • House Of Love – Destroy The Heart // Blind / Mr Jo (Creation UK)
  • Inner City – Big Fun (Virgin)
  • Mudhoney – Touch Me I’m Sick / Sweet Young Thing Ain’t Sweet No More (Sub Pop)
  • My Bloody Valentine – Feed Me With Your Kiss / Emptiness (Creation UK)
  • Pixies – Gigantic EP (4AD UK)
  • Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) / Better Days (Chrysalis)
  • Najma Akhtar – Qareeb (Triple Earth UK)
  • The Beatnigs (Alternative Tentacles)
  • Danzig (Def American)
  • Eric B & Rakim – Follow the Leader (Uni)
  • Hafler Trio – Intoutof (KK Belgium)
  • Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking (Warner Bros)
  • NWA – Straight Outta Compton (Ruthless)
  • Proclaimers – Sunshine on Leith (Chrysalis)
  • Rapeman – Two Nuns and a Pack Mule (Touch & Go)
  • Michelle Shocked – Short Sharp Shocked (Mercury)
  • Swans – Feel Good Now (Love One) recorded live in 1987
  • June Tabor – Aqaba (Topic UK)
  • UT – In Gut’s House (Blast First UK)

Najma Akhtar – Qareeb

Sep

3

  • Luigi Nono’s La Lontananza Nostalgica-Futura for violin and eight tapes premiered in Berlin

4

  • Luigi Nono’s Post-Prae-Ludium No.2: Baab-arr for piccolo premiered in Berlin

10

  • Phil Collins has the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Groovy Kind Of Love
  • Guns ‘n’ Roses have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Sweet Child o’ Mine

14

  • Elliott Carter’s Birthday Flourish for five trumpets premiered in San Francisco

15

  • Oliver Knussen’s Flourish with Fireworks for orchestra premiered in London
  • Michael Nyman’s String Quartet No 2 premiered in London
  • Bruce Weber’s film documentary about Chet Baker, Let’s Get Lost, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival

16

  • Pierre Henry’s Echo d’Orphée for tape premiered in Paris
  • Gian-Carlo Menotti’s opera The Wedding, lib. Menotti, premiered in Seoul

18

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s opera Resurrection, lib. Maxwell Davies, premiered in Darmstadt
  • Mauricio Kagel’s ballet Tanz-Schul premiered in Vienna
  • Alfred Schnittke’s Four Aphorisms for chamber orchestra premiered in Berlin

21

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Trumpet Concerto premiered in Hiroshima

23

  • John Tavener’s The Call for chorus premiered in Northampton

25

  • György Ligeti’s Nonsense Madrigals I-IV for six solo voices premiered in Berlin

29

  • Leos Janácek’s Violin Concerto premiered in Brno

30

  • Clint Eastwood’s biopic of Charlie Parker Bird opens starring Forest Whitaker

unk

  • Brian Ferneyhough’s La Chute d’Icare premiered in Strasbourg

releases

  • Boogie Down Productions – Stop The Violence (Jive)
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Deanna / The Girl At The Bottom Of My Glass (Mute UK)
  • Coldcut – Stop This Crazy Thing / version (Ahead of Our Time UK)
  • Dinosaur Jr – Freak Scene / Keep The Glove (SST)
  • Enya – Orinoco Flow / Out of the Blue (WEA)
  • Pet Shop Boys – Domino Dancing / Don Juan (Parlophone UK)
  • Michelle Shocked – Anchorage / Fogtown (London UK)
  • 10,000 Maniacs – What’s The Matter Here? / Verdi Cries (Elektra UK)
  • U2 – Desire / Hallelujah Here She Comes (Island)
  • Wedding Present – Why Are You Being So Reasonable Now? / Not From Where I’m Standing (Reception UK)
  • John Adams – Nixon In China (Nonesuch)
  • Anthrax – State of Euphoria (Island)
  • Bad Religion – Suffer (Epitaph)
  • Bon Jovi – New Jersey (Mercury)
  • Billy Bragg – Workers Playtime (Go Discs UK)
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Tender Prey (Mute UK)
  • Cocteau Twins – Blue Bell Knoll (4AD UK)
  • Dream Syndicate – Ghost Stories (Enigma)
  • Brian Eno etc – Music For Films III (Land UK)
  • Enya – Watermark (WEA)
  • Foetus Interruptus – Thaw (Self Immolation UK)
  • Go-Betweens – 16 Lovers Lane (Beggars Banquet UK)
  • Metallica – …And Justice for All (Elektra)
  • Napalm Death – From Enslavement to Obliteration (Earache)
  • Terry Riley – The Harp of New Albion (Celestial Harmonies)
  • Run DMC – Tougher Than Leather (Profile)
  • Siouxsie and the Banshees – Peepshow (Polydor)
  • Skinny Puppy – VIVIsectVI (Nettwerk Canada)
  • Smiths – Rank (Rough Trade) recorded live in Kilburn, London on 23 Oct 1986
  • Suicidal Tendencies – How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can’t Even Smile Today (Epic)
  • Talk Talk – Spirit of Eden (Parlophone)
  • Was (Not Was) – What Up, Dog? (Chrysalis)

Elliott Carter b.1908

Oct

1

  • Bon Jovi have the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with New Jersey

4

  • Gian Francesco Malipiero’s opera Sogno d’un tramonto d’autunno, lib. D’Annunzio, premiered posthumously in Mantua (staged version)

6

  • Isang Yun’s Intermezzo for cello and accordion premiered in Avignon

7

  • Billy Daniels (73) dies in Los Angeles
  • David Matthews’s Chaconne premiered in Manchester

8

  • Ernst Hermann Meyer (82) dies in Berlin
  • U2 have the UK number one single for one week with Desire

9

  • Cliff Gallup (58) dies in Chesapeake, VA following a heart attack
  • Marc Blitzstein’s Orchestra Variations premiered in New York
  • Toru Takemitsu’s All in Twilight for guitar premiered in New York
  • Isang Yun’s Distanzen for wind and string quintet & Contemplation for two viola premiered in Berlin

11

  • Arvo Pärt’s Seven Magnificat Antiphons premiered in Berlin

13

  • Gunther Schuller’s Concerto for flute and orchestra premiered in Chicago

15

  • Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji (96) dies in Wareham, Dorset
  • Bon Jovi have the Billboard number one album for the first of four weeks with New Jersey
  • Conlon Nancarrow’s String Quartet no.3 & Study for Player Piano no.29 premiered in Cologne
  • UB40 have the Billboard number one single for one week with Red Red Wine

18

  • Frederick Ashton (84) dies in Eye, Suffolk
  • Philip Glass’s The Canyon for orchestra premiered in Rotterdam
  • Conlon Nancarrow’s Study for Player Piano no.6 premiered in Hannover

19

  • Son House (86) dies in Detroit of cancer of the larynx
  • André Boucourechliev’s La chevelure de Bérénice op.28 premiered in Geneva

20

  • Conlon Nancarrow’s Study for Player Piano no.31 premiered in Berlin

22

  • Phil Collins has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with A Groovy Kind of Love
  • U2 have the UK number one album for one week with Rattle and Hum

26

  • Kalevi Aho’s Symphony No.7 premiered in Helsinki
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Départ for choir and orchestra, text Arthur Rimbaud, premiered in Vienna

27

  • Phil Joanou’s U2 concert film Rattle and Hum opens
  • Volker David Kirchner’s opera Das kalte Herz premiered in Munich

28

  • Hans Werner Henze’s opera Elegy for Young Lovers, lib. Auden and Kallman, premiered in Venice (revised version)

29

  • John Adams’s Fearful Symmetries premiered in New York
  • Enya has the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with Orinoco Flow
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Kein Firmament for 14 players premiered in Berlin

releases

  • Barry Adamson – The Man With The Golden Arm / Bombasto (Mute UK)
  • Tracy Chapman – Baby Can I Hold You / If Not Now… (Elektra)
  • Kitchens Of Distinction – Prize / Concede / Innocent (One Little Indian UK)
  • KLF – What Time Is Love / version (KLF)
  • Public Enemy – Night Of The Living Bassheads / Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic (Def Jam)
  • Stone Roses – Elephant Stone / The Hardest Thing in the World (Silvertone)
  • American Music Club – California (Frontier)
  • Bomb the Bass – Into the Dragon (Rhythm King UK)
  • Dead Can Dance – The Serpent’s Egg (4AD UK)
  • Dinosaur Jr – Bug (SST)
  • Steve Earle – Copperhead Road (Uni)
  • 808 State – Newbuild (Creed UK)
  • Fairport Convention – Red & Gold (New Routes)
  • Jungle Brothers – Straight Out the Jungle (Warlock)
  • Kronos Quartet – Winter Was Hard (Nonesuch)
  • Laibach – Let It Be (Mute UK)
  • Ministry – The Land of Rape and Honey (Sire)
  • Mudhoney – Superfuzz Bigmuff (Sub Pop)
  • Mary Margaret O’Hara – Miss America (Virgin UK)
  • Pet Shop Boys – Introspective (Parlophone UK)
  • Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation (Blast First UK)
  • Soundgarden – Ultramega OK (SST)
  • Richard Thompson – Amnesia (Capitol)
  • Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 (Warner Bros)
  • Ultramagnetic MCs – Critical Breakdown (Next Plateau)
  • U2 – Rattle and Hum (Island)
  • Tom Waits – Big Time (Island UK) recorded live in Los Angeles & San Francisco in Nov 1987
  • Waterboys – Fisherman’s Blues (Ensign UK)
  • Yello – Flag (Mercury)

Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation

Nov

2

  • Steve Reich’s Different Trains for string quartet and tape premiered in London
  • Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Symphony No. 2 premiered in Tallinn
  • U2 have the Billboard number one album for the first of six weeks with Rattle and Hum

3

  • Luciano Berio’s Concerto II Echoing Curves for piano and two instrumental groups premiered in Paris

4

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Dienstags-Gruß no.60 premiered in Cologne

5

  • The Beach Boys have the Billboard number one single for one week with Kokomo

7

  • David Lang’s Burn Notice for flute, cello and piano premiered in New York
  • Isang Yun’s Sori for flute premiered in New York

9

  • Yves Baudrier (82) dies in Paris

10

  • Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto Grosso No.4 aka Symphony No.5 for violin, oboe and orchestra premiered in Amsterdam

11

  • Moritz Eggert’s Space premiered in Braunschweig

12

  • Vet Boswell (77) dies in Peekskill, NY following a heart attack

13

  • Antal Doráti (82) dies in Gerzensee, Switzerland
  • James Clarke’s Independence premiered in London

18

  • John Cage’s Seven for flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, viola and cello premiered in Boston
  • Einar Englund’s overture Odéion premiered in Helsinki

19

  • Dominick Argento’s opera The Aspern Papers, lib. Argento after Henry James, premiered in Dallas, TX
  • Bon Jovi have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Bad Medicine
  • Mauricio Kagel’s Quodlibet for chorus and orchestra premiered in Metz

21

  • John Tavener’s Akathist of Thanksgiving: Glory to God for Everything for solo voices, chorus and orchestra premiered in London

22

  • Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Symphony No. 2 premiered in Tallinn

23

  • Gamal Abdel-Rahim (63) dies in Frankfurt
  • Colin Matthews’s Fuga premiered in Huddersfield

25

  • Charles Wuorinen’s Sonata for violin and piano premiered in Washington, DC

26

  • Antonio Estévez (72) dies in Caracas
  • Elliott Carter’s Birthday Flourish for 5 trumpets premiered in San Francisco
  • Olivier Messiaen’s Un Vitrail et des oiseaux for piano, woodwinds, trumpet and percussion premiered in Paris

28

  • Isang Yun’s String Quartet no.4 premiered in Würzburg

30

  • Pannonica de Koenigswarter (74) dies in Weehawken, NJ
  • Charlie Rouse (64) dies in Seattle of lung cancer

releases

  • A Guy Called Gerald – Voodoo Ray EP (Rham UK)
  • Clock DVA – The Hacker / The Connection Machine (Interfisch Germany)
  • Humanoid – Stakker Humanoid / mixes (Westside UK)
  • Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal  / instrumental (Epic)
  • La’s – There She Goes / Come In Come Out (Go!)
  • Nirvana – Love Buzz / Big Cheese (Sub Pop)
  • Pet Shop Boys – Left To My Own Devices / The Sound Of The Atom Splitting (Parlophone UK)
  • Galaxie 500 – Today (Aurora)
  • Green On Red – Here Come the Snakes (Restless)
  • Happy Mondays – Bummed (Factory)
  • Iain MacDonald – Beneath Still Waters (Greentrax UK)
  • My Bloody Valentine – Isn’t Anything (Creation UK)
  • Arvo Pärt – Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Secundum Joannem (ECM)
  • Pink Floyd – The Delicate Sound of Thunder (EMI) recorded live in Long Island, NY between 19 & 23 Aug 1988
  • REM – Green (Warner Bros)

Fugazi

Dec

1

  • Witold Lutoslawski’s Slides for chamber ensemble premiered in New York

4

  • Roy Orbison plays his final show in Akron, OH

5

  • André Boucourechliev’s Le Miroir, Sept répliques pour un opéra possible op.27 premiered in Paris

6

  • Roy Orbison (52) dies in Hendersonville, TN following a heart attack

14

  • Thea Musgrave’s The Seasons for orchestra premiered in London

15

  • Richard Barrett’s I open and close for string quartet premiered in London

16

  • Sylvester (41) dies in San Francisco of AIDS

19

  • James MacMillan’s Into the Ferment for orchestra premiered in Irvine, Ayrshire

21

  • Former Cockney Rebel bassist Paul Jeffreys (36) is among 270 dead following the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland

24

  • Anita Baker has the Billboard number one album for the first of four weeks with Giving You the Best That I Got
  • Peter Sculthorpe’s The Birthday of Thy King for chorus premiered in Cambridge

26

  • Pablo Sorozábal (91) dies in Madrid
  • Alfred Schnittke’s Twelve Penitential Psalms for chorus premiered in Moscow

28

  • Alfred Schnittke’s Klingende Buchstaben for cello premiered in Moscow

releases

  • Neneh Cherry – Buffalo Stance / mixes (Circa UK)
  • Field Mice – Emma’s House EP (Sarah UK)
  • Inner City – Good Life / version (Virgin)
  • New Order – Fine Time / Don’t Do It (Factory UK)
  • REM – Orange Crush / Ghost Riders (Warner Bros)
  • Spacemen 3 – Revolution / Che (Fire UK)
  • Fugazi (Dischord)
  • NoMeansNo – Small Parts Isolated and Destroyed (Alternative Tentacles)

Inner City

date unknown

releases

  • Beat Happening – Jamboree (K)
  • Toumani Diabaté – Kaira (Hannibal)
  • Jan Garbarek – Legend of the Seven Dreams (ECM)
  • Pierre Henry – La Dixième Symphonie De Beethoven (Philips France)
  • Andrew Hill – Shades (Soul Note Italy)
  • Royal Trux (Royal)
  • John Surman – Private City (ECM)

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