1989

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Jan

3

  • Eddie Heywood (73) dies in Miami

4

  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s Answer without a Question for three orchestras premiered in Moscow

5

  • Philip Herschkowitz (82) dies in Moscow

13

  • Daniel Barenboim is sacked as artistic and musical director of the Bastille Opera of Paris

17

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s String Quartet no.8 premiered in Milan by the Arditti Quartett

19

  • Jonathan Lloyd’s Symphony no.1 premiered in Birmingham

21

  • Henryk Górecki’s Already It is Dusk for string quartet premiered in Minneapolis

22

  • Otar Taktakishvili (64) dies Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Alfred Schnittke’s ballet Peer Gynt premiered in Hamburg

24

  • James Brown sentenced to 6 years in gaol on drug and assault charges

25

  • Madonna files for divorce from Sean Penn citing irreconcilable differences

28

  • Marc Almond and Gene Pitney have the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart

31

  • Yasushi Akutagawa (63) dies in Tokyo

releases

  • Marc Almond & Gene Pitney – Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart / version (Parlophone)
  • Metallica – One / The Prince (Elektra)
  • Mudhoney – Halloween / Sonic Youth – Touch Me I’m Sick (Sub Pop)
  • Roy Orbison – You Got It / The Only One (Virgin)
  • REM – Stand / Memphis Train Blues (Warner Bros)
  • Ciccone Youth – The Whitey Album (Geffen) Sonic Youth plus Mike Watt
  • Loop – Fade Out (Chapter 22 UK)
  • Miracle Legion – Me and Mr. Ray (Rough Trade)
  • New Order – Technique (Factory UK)
  • Lou Reed – New York (Sire)
  • Throwing Muses – Hunkpapa (4AD UK)

Ali Farka Touré (World Circuit)

Feb

1

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Strathclyde Concerto no.2 for cello and orchestra premiered in Glasgow
  • Anthony Payne’s Suite from a Forgotten Ballet premiered on BBC Radio 3

3

  • Lionel Newman (73) dies in Los Angeles following a heart attack

6

  • King Tubby (48) shot and killed by unknown persons outside his home in Duhaney Park, Jamaica

10

  • David Lang’s Dance / Drop for sextet premiered in Toronto

11

  • New Order have the UK number one album for one week with Technique

12

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Die Vorzeichen for orchestra premiered in Hamburg

13

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Schwebende Begegnung for orchestra premiered in Ludwigshafen

14

  • Trevor Lucas (45) dies in Sydney following a heart attack

17

  • Colin Matthews’s Cortege premiered in London

21

  • Ennio Morricone’s Totem secondo for 5 bassoons and 2 counter-bassoons premiered in Rome
  • Kurt Schwertsik’s Guitar Concerto premiered in Vienna

22

  • The 31st Grammy Awards are held in Los Angeles. Bobby McFerrin wins record of the year for Don’t Worry, Be Happy and George Michael wins album of the year for Faith. Other winners include Tracy Chapman, Willie Dixon, Robert Cray, John Adams, Aretha Franklin, Betty Carter, Michael Brecker, Gil Evans, Anita Baker and U2. DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince win the inaugural rap award

23

  • Florencio Morales Ramos (73) commits suicide by gunshot in Salinas, Puerto Rico after being diagnosed with terminal cancer

24

  • John Adams’s The Wound Dresser for baritone and chamber orchestra premiered in St. Paul
  • Jonathan Lloyd’s Missa brevis for chorus premiered on BBC radio

25

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Abgewandt I for chamber orchestra premiered in Karlsruhe
  • Simple Minds have the UK number one single for one week with Belfast Child
  • Simply Red have the UK number one album for the first of seven weeks over three runs with A New Flame

26

  • Roy Eldridge (78) dies in Valley Stream, NY following a stroke

27

  • Woody Shaw is hit by a subway car in Brooklyn which severs his left arm

releases

  • New Order – Round & Round / Best & Marsh (Factory)
  • Simple Minds – Belfast Child / Mandela Day (Virgin)
  • Sundays – Can’t Be Sure / I Kicked A Boy (Rough Trade UK)
  • Elvis Costello – Spike (Warner Bros)
  • Flaming Lips – Telepathic Surgery (Restless)
  • Roy Orbison – Mystery Girl (Virgin)
  • Replacements – Don’t Tell a Soul (Sire)
  • Simply Red – A New Flame (WEA)
  • Spacemen 3 – Playing With Fire (Fire UK)
  • XTC – Oranges and Lemons (Virgin)

Wolfgang Rihm b.1952

Mar

4

  • Tiny Grimes (72) dies in New York from meningitis
  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s Trio for violin, viola and cello premiered in Paris

5

  • John Tavener’s The Tyger for chorus premiered in Minneapolis

6

  • Alfred Schnittke’s Three Poems by Viktor Schnittke for baritone and piano premiered in Gorky

7

  • Karel Velebný (57) dies in Prague of heart disease

12

  • Jakob Gimpel (82) dies in Los Angeles

14

  • Alexander Goehr’s Eve Dreams of Paradise for mezzo-soprano, tenor and orchestra premiered in Birmingham

17

  • Marek Bliziński (41) dies in Warsaw of skin cancer

18

  • Peter Maxwell Davies & Hans Werner Henze’s opera Der heisse Ofen premiered in Kassel
  • Elena Firsova’s Chamber Concerto No.4 for horn and 13 performers premiered in London

20

  • Archie Bleyer (79) dies in Sheboygan, WN of Parkinson’s Disease

23

  • Jacob Druckman’s Brangle premiered in Chicago

24

  • Arnett Cobb (70) dies in Houston
  • John Tavener’s Ikon of the Crucifixion for solo voices, chorus, brass, percussion and strings premiered on BBC television

25

  • Madonna has the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with Like a Prayer 

27

  • Cláudio Santoro (69) dies in Brasilia following a heart attack
  • David Lang’s Orpheus Over and Under for two pianos premiered in New York

28

  • Robin Holloway’s Panorama for orchestra premiered in London

29

  • Dave Grusin’s music for Robert Redford’s film The Milagro Beanfield War wins the best original score Oscar at the 61st Academy Awards
  • Charles Wuorinen’s Piano Sonata no.3 premiered in New York

30

  • Otto Luening’s Symphonic Fantasia no.5 premiered in Milwaukee

releases

  • Bangles – Eternal Flame / What I Meant to Say (Columbia)
  • Coldcut – People Hold On / Yes Yes Yes (Ahead Of Our Time UK)
  • De La Soul – Me, Myself & I (Tommy Boy)
  • Field Mice – Sensitive / When Morning Comes to Town (Sarah UK)
  • Madonna – Like A Prayer / Act Of Contrition (Sire)
  • Pixies – Monkey Gone To Heaven / Manta Ray (4AD UK)
  • Soul II Soul – Keep On Movin’ (Ten UK)
  • Stone Roses – Made Of Stone / Going Down (Silvertone UK)
  • Barry Adamson – Moss Side Story (Mute UK)
  • De La Soul – 3 Feet High and Rising (Tommy Boy)
  • fIREHOSE – Fromohio (SST)
  • Philip Glass – Airplanes on the Roof (Venture)
  • Hugo Largo – Mettle (Sire)
  • Last Exit – Iron Path (Venture)
  • Live Skull – Positraction (Caroline)
  • Madonna – Like a Prayer (Sire)
  • McCarthy – The Enraged Will Inherit the Earth (Midnight UK)
  • Neville Brothers – Yellow Moon (A&M)
  • Steve Reich – Different Trains / Electric Counterpoint (Nonesuch)
  • Walkabouts – Cataract (Sub Pop)

De La Soul

Apr

1

  • The Bangles have the Billboard number one single for one week with Eternal Flame
  • Gavin Bryars’s Incipit Vita Nova premiered in Leicester
  • Madonna has the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with Like a Prayer
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Voyage absolu des Unari vers Andromède for tape premiered in Osaka

3

  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Djilie for cello and piano premiered in Brisbane

5

  • Moritz Eggert’s No Man premiered in Munich

6

  • John Cage’s 101 for large orchestra premiered in Boston

10

  • Vivian Fine’s Asphodel premiered in New York

12

  • Herbert Mills (77) dies in Las Vegas
  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Salford Toccata for brass premiered in Salford

13

  • Moritz Eggert’s Lost Songs premiered in Munich
  • Siegfried Matthus’s Ariadne premiered in Berlin

15

  • Nesuhi Ertegun (71) dies in New York of complications following cancer surgery
  • The Bangles have the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with Eternal Flame
  • Deacon Blue have the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with When The World Knows Your Name
  • Ennio Morricone’s Cantata per L’Europa premiered in Liège
  • Tone Lōc has the Billboard number one album for one week with Lōc-ed After Dark

21

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Stück for three percussionists premiered in Witten

22

  • Madonna has the Billboard number one album for the first of six weeks with Like a Prayer and the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with Like a Prayer
  • Alfred Schnittke’s 3×7 for clarinet, horn, trombone, harpsichord, violin, cello and bass premiered in Witten
  • Isang Yun’s Festlicher Tanz for wind quintet premiered in Witten

23

  • Brian Elias’s Five Songs to Poems by Irina Ratushinskaya for mezzo-soprano and orchestra premiered in London

24

  • Herbert von Karajan resigns after 34 years as music director of the Berlin Philharmonic

25

  • Thea Musgrave’s Echoes Through Time for chorus and chamber ensemble premiered in Decatur, GA
  • David Sawer’s Good Night premiered in London

26

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Echange for 13 instruments premiered in Amsterdam

27

  • Chou Wen-Chung’s Echoes from the Gorge premiered in New York

28

  • Leonard Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles for soprano, baritone, strings and percussion premiered in Tel Aviv

29

  • Kurt Schwertsik’s Double Bass Concerto premiered in Heidelberg, Germany

releases

  • Public Enemy – Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos EP (Def Jam)
  • Band of Susans – Love Agenda (Blast First UK)
  • Glenn Branca – Symphony No. 6 (Devil Choirs at the Gates of Heaven) (Blast First UK)
  • Coldcut – What’s That Noise? (Ahead Of Our Time UK)
  • Gang Starr – No More Mr. Nice Guy (Wild Pitch)
  • Men They Couldn’t Hang – Silvertown (Silvertone UK)
  • Bob Mould – Workbook (Virgin America)
  • Oyster Band – Ride (Cooking Vinyl UK)
  • Tom Petty – Full Moon Fever (MCA)
  • Pixies – Doolittle (4AD UK)
  • Soul II Soul – Club Classics, Volume One (Ten UK)
  • Triffids – The Black Swan (Island UK)

Pixies – Doolittle (4AD)

May

3

  • James MacMillan’s Visions of a November Spring for string quartet premiered in Glasgow

7

  • Ron Wilson (44) dies in Los Angeles of a brain anueryism

10

  • Woody Shaw (44) dies of kidney failure following medical complications caused by his accident on 27 Feb

11

  • Witold Lutoslawski’s Prelude for GSMD for orchestra premiered in London

12

  • John Casken’s Maharal Dreaming premiered in Darlington
  • Tan Dun’s opera Nine Songs, lib. Tan Dun after Qu Yuan, premiered in New York

13

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s White and Light for soprano, two clarinets, viola, cello and bass premiered in Brighton
  • Bon Jovi have the Billboard number one single for one week with I’ll Be There for You
  • Colin Matthews’s Cantata on the Death of Antony premiered in Brighton
  • Simple Minds have the UK number one album for one week with Street Fighting Years
  • John Tavener’s Let Not the Prince Be Silent for chorus premiered in Sherborne, Dorset

16

  • Giacomo Manzoni’s opera Doktor Faustus premiered in Milan

17

  • Johnny Green (80) dies in New York
  • Gavin Bryars’s Cadman Requiem premiered in Lyon

18

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Epicycle for cello and 12 instruments premiered in London

20

  • Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Sinfonia tragica for orchestra premiered in Munich

22

  • Professor Griff fired by Public Enemy after making anti-semitic remarks

23

  • David Blake’s opera The Plumber’s Gift premiered in London

24

  • Steve McCall (55) dies in Chicago following a stroke
  • Charles Wuorinen’s Machault Mon Chou for orchestra premiered in San Francisco

26

  • Phineas Newborn Jr. (57) dies in Memphis of lung cancer
  • Isang Yun’s Quartet for flute, violin, cello and piano premiered in Münster

29

  • John Cipollina (45) dies in San Francisco of emphysema
  • Giuseppe Patanè (57) dies following a heart attack suffered during a performance of Rossini’s opera The Barber of Seville in Munich

31

  • Morton Feldman’s Composition for three flutes premiered in Berlin

releases

  • Neneh Cherry – Manchild (Circa UK)
  • Madonna – Express Yourself / The Look of Love (Sire)
  • Cure – Disintegration (Fiction UK)
  • Miles Davis – Amandla (Warner Bros)
  • Inner City – Paradise (Ten)
  • Kitchens Of Distinction – Love Is Hell (One Little Indian UK)
  • Morbid Angel – Altars of Madness (Earache)
  • Van Morrison – Avalon Sunset (Mercury)
  • Pere Ubu – Cloudland (Fontana)
  • Queen – The Miracle (EMI)
  • Simple Minds – Street Fighting Years (A&M)
  • The Stone Roses (Silvertone UK)
  • Swans – The Burning World (Uni)
  • 10,000 Maniacs – Blind Man’s Zoo (Elektra)
  • Tin Machine (EMI)
  • President Yo La Tengo (Twin Tone)

Tan Dun b.1957

Jun

1

  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Jabiru Dreaming for percussion ensemble premiered in Neuilly-sur-Seine

3

  • Queen have the UK number one album for one week with The Miracle

4

  • Leonid Bashmakov’s Requiem premiered in Tampere, Finland
  • Helmut Lachenmann’s Tableau premiered in Hamburg
  • Alfred Schnittke’s Monologue for viola and string orchestra premiered in Bonn

7

  • Nara Leão (47) dies in Paris of a brain tumour

8

  • Laurie Anderson’s Empty Places premiered in Charleston, SC

10

  • Bette Midler has the Billboard number one single for one week with Wind Beneath My Wings
  • Anthony Payne’s Adlestrop premiered in London

11

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Hallelujah! The Lord God Almichtie for chorus and organ premiered in Edinburgh

12

  • Henri Pierre Sauguet (88) dies in Paris

13

  • A four-day symposium on electronic music opens in Bourges with 92 year old Leon Theremin’s first appearance outside the USSR for more than 50 years

14

  • Pete De Freitas (27) dies in Longdon, Staffordshire in a motorcycle accident
  • Luciano Berio’s Rendering for orchestra premiered in Amsterdam

16

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s opera The Great Bank Robbery premiered in Kirkwall
  • (to 19th) The 1989 Glastonbury Festival is held at Worthy Farm, Somerset featuring Pixies, Suzanne Vega, Youssou N’Dour and Ry Cooder

17

  • James MacMillan’s Tryst for chamber orchestra premiered in Kirkwall
  • Arvo Pärt’s Miserere for solo voices, chorus, chamber ensemble and organ premiered in Rouen

18

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Six Songs for St. Andrew’s for children and instruments premiered in Kirkwall, Orkney

22

  • Anton Dermota (79) dies in Vienna
  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s Steps for orchestra premiered in Bad Kissingen

23

  • Henri Pousseur’s Mnémosyne (doublement) obstinée for string quartet with female voice & Flexions hermétiques pour Baudelaire premiered in London

24

  • Paul McCartney has the UK number one album for one week with Flowers In The Dirt 
  • William Schuman’s opera A Question of Taste, lib. McClatchy after Dahl, premiered in Cooperstown, NY
  • Soul II Soul have the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with Back To Life

28

  • John Casken’s opera Golem premiered in London
  • John Tavener’s Lament of the Mother of God for soprano and chorus premiered in Norwich

releases

  • James – Sit Down / live version (Fontana)
  • KLF – What Time Is Love (KLF UK)
  • Pet Shop Boys – It’s Alright / One of the Crowd / Your Funny Uncle (Parlophone)
  • Pixies – Here Comes Your Man / Into The White (4AD UK)
  • Public Enemy – Fight the Power / mixes (Def Jam)
  • Soul II Soul – Back To Life (Ten UK)
  • U2 – All I Want Is You / Unchained Melody (Island)
  • B-52s – Cosmic Thing (Warner Bros)
  • Jackson Browne – World in Motion (Elektra)
  • Neneh Cherry – Raw Like Sushi (Circa UK)
  • Faith No More – The Real Thing (Slash)
  • Fugazi – Margin Walker (Dischord)
  • Peter Gabriel – Passion (Music for The Last Temptation of Christ) (Real World)
  • Don Henley – The End of the Innocence (Geffen)
  • Salif Keita – Ko-Yan (Island)
  • Youssou N’Dour – The Lion (Virgin)
  • Nirvana – Bleach (Sub Pop)
  • Pastels – Sittin’ Pretty (Chapter 22 UK)
  • Prefab Sprout – Protest Songs (Kitchenware UK) Recorded 1985
  • Prince – Batman OST (Warner Bros)
  • Rollins Band – Hard Volume (Texas Hotel)

Neneh Cherry b.1964

Jul

1

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

2

  • Alfred Schnittke’s Introduction to the First Sunday Feast for chorus and organ premiered in Lockenhaus

4

  • Philip Glass’s String Quartet no.4 Buczak premiered in New York

5

  • Ernesto Halffter Escriche (84) dies in Madrid
  • Carl Orff’s Quartettsatz for string quartet premiered in Altötting

6

  • Paul Hindemith’s Wie es wär’, wenn’s anders wär for soprano and eight instruments premiered in Munich

7

  • It is announced that for the first time CDs are out-selling vinyl albums

9

  • Arvo Pärt’s Mein Weg hat Gipfel und Wellentäler for organ premiered in Parainen, Finland

10

  • Pascal Dusapin’s opera Roméo et Juliette, lib. Dusapin after Shakespeare, premiered in Montpelier

15

  • Will Bradley (77) dies in Flemington, NJ
  • Soul II Soul have the UK number one album for one week with Club Classics Volume One

16

  • Herbert von Karajan (81) dies in Anif, Austria following a heart attack

22

  • Prince has the Billboard number one album for the first of six weeks with Batman

24

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Rebonds B for percussion premiered in Avignon

29

  • Kalevi Aho’s Sonata for Accordion No.1 premiered in Kuhmo, Finland

30

  • Arvo Pärt’s Fratres for cello and piano premiered in Hitzacker

31

  • Bull Moose Jackson (70) dies in Cleveland of lung cancer

publications

  • Willie Dixon’s autobiography I Am the Blues, written with Don Snowden, published

releases

  • Babes In Toyland – Dustcake Boy / Spit To See The Shine (Treehouse)
  • Michael Jackson – Liberian Girl / Girlfriend (Epic)
  • Lightning Seeds – Pure / Fools (MCA)
  • Lil Louis – French Kiss / Wargames (Ffrr)
  • Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique (Capitol)
  • Pogues – Peace and Love (Island)

Kalevi Aho b.1949

Aug

1

  • John Ogdon (52) dies in London of pneumonia

2

  • Luiz Gonzaga (76) dies in Recife, Brazil

3

  • Antonia Brico (87) dies in Denver, CO
  • David Matthews’s Sonata for Piano premiered in Deal, Kent

5

  • Prince has the Billboard number one single for one week with Batdance

7

  • Warp Records issue their first record: The Track With No Name by the Forgemasters on 12″

12

  • (& 13th) The Moscow Music Peace Festival takes place featuring Scorpions, Mötley Crüe, Ozzy Osbourne, Bon Jovi and others

18

  • Yuji Koseki (80) dies in Tokyo
  • Thea Musgrave’s Piccolo Play for piccolo and piano premiered in New Orleans

19

  • Mauricio Kagel’s Fragende Ode for double chorus, winds and percussion premiered in Frankfurt

27

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Geheimer Block for vocal soloists, chorus, organ and orchestra premiered in Frankfurt

29

  • Colin Matthews’s Quatrain for wind band premiered in San Sebastian, Spain

releases

  • Black Box – Ride On Time  (Deconstruction UK) samples Loleatta Holloway’s song Love Sensation
  • Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus / Dangerous (Mute)
  • Digital Underground – Dowutchyalike / Hip Hop Doll (Tommy Boy)
  • Family Cat – Tom Verlaine EP (Bad Girl UK)
  • Forgemasters – Track With No Name / Shall We? (Warp UK)
  • KLF – Kylie Said to Jason (KLF UK)
  • Madonna – Cherish / Supernatural (Sire)
  • Liza Minnelli – Losing My Mind / Tonight Is Forever (Epic UK)
  • New Order – Run 2 / MTO (Factory)
  • NWA – Express Yourself / version (Ruthless)
  • 808 State – Quadrastate (Creed UK) 
  • Material – Seven Souls (Virgin)
  • Rolling Stones – Steel Wheels (Rolling Stones)
  • Test Department / Brith Gof – Gododdin (Ministry of Power UK)

808 State – Quadrastate (Creed)

Sep

2

  • Clifton Parker (84) dies in Marlow, Buckinghamshire of emphysema

4

  • John Tavener’s The Protecting Veil for cello and strings premiered in London

6

  • Unsuk Chin’s Gradus ad Infinitum for tape premiered in Amsterdam
  • Isang Yun’s Kammersinfonie II Den Opfern der Freiheit premiered in Frankfurt

8

  • Keith Wiggins aka Cowboy (29) dies in New York of a crack cocaine induced heart attack
  • Hans Werner Henze’s Drei Lieder über den Schnee for soprano, baritone and eight instruments premiered in Frankfurt

9

  • Black Box have the UK number one single for the first of six weeks with Ride On Time

10

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Symphony No. 4 premiered in London

12

  • Géza Frid (85) dies in Beverwijk, Netherlands
  • Hans Werner Henze’s Für Manfred for violin premiered in Cologne

14

  • Luciano Berio’s Festum for orchestra premiered in Dallas
  • Hans Werner Henze’s Allegro brillante for orchestra premiered in Dallas

16

  • Rose Thisse-Derouette (87) dies in Liège

17

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Ophaa for harpsichord and percussion premiered in Warsaw

18

  • James Clarke’s Broken premiered in London

20

  • Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil’s musical Miss Saigon opens in London (4264 performances)

21

  • Bill Barron (62) dies in Middletown, CT of cancer

22

  • Irving Berlin (101) dies in New York

23

  • Bradley Kincaid (94) dies in Springfield, OH
  • Eurythmics have the UK number one album for one week with We Too Are One
  • György Ligeti’s Etudes 7 and 8 from Etudes for piano Book II premiered in Berlin

24

  • Leonardo Balada’s opera Cristóbal Colón premiered in Barcelona

25

  • David Lang’s Hammer Amour for piano and band premiered in Pittsburgh

28

  • Helmut Lachenmann’s String Quartet No. 2 “Reigen seliger Geister” premiered in Geneva

30

  • Virgil Thomson (92) dies in New York

unk

  • Hole play their first show at Raji’s in Hollywood

releases

  • Bleep – Sure Be Glad When You’re Dead / Cycle 92 (SSR Belgium)
  • Blue Nile – The Downtown Lights / The Wires Are Down (Linn UK)
  • Kate Bush – The Sensual World / Walk Straight Down the Middle (EMI)
  • 45 King – The 900 Number / The King Is Here (Trax) DJ Mark James
  • KLF – 3AM Eternal (KLF UK)
  • Roy Orbison – She’s a Mystery to Me / Dream Baby (Virgin)
  • Sueno Latino – Sueno Latino (DFC Italy) Samples Manuel Göttsching’s E2-E4.
  • Tears for Fears – Sowing the Seeds of Love / Tears Roll Down (Fontana)
  • Wedding Present – Kennedy / Unfaithful (RCA UK)
  • Aerosmith – Pump (Geffen)
  • Bad Brains – Quickness (Caroline)
  • John Cale – Words for the Dying (Land UK)
  • Julee Cruise – Floating Into the Night (Warner Bros)
  • Bob Dylan – Oh Mercy (Columbia)
  • Field Mice – Snowball (Sarah UK)
  • John Lee Hooker – The Healer (Chameleon)
  • Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 (A&M)
  • The Mekons Rock n’ Roll (Blast First UK)
  • Liza Minnelli – Results (Epic) Produced by the Pet Shop Boys
  • Sepultura – Beneath the Remains (Roadrunner)
  • Slint – Tweez (Jennifer Hartman)
  • Soundgarden – Louder Than Love (A&M)
  • David Sylvian & Holger Czukay – Flux & Mutability (Venture UK)
  • Tears for Fears – The Seeds of Love (Fontana)
  • Vaselines – Dum-Dum (53rd & 3rd UK)
  • Young Gods – L’Eau Rouge (Play It Again Sam Belgium)
  • Young MC – Stone Cold Rhymin’ (Delicious)

Janet Jackson b.1966

Oct

3

  • Dennis McGee (96) dies in Eunice, LA
  • Gavin Bryars’s Alaric I or II premiered in Leicester
  • Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Three Screaming Popes premiered in London

5

  • Eliott Carter’s Anniversary, the third of Three Occasions for Orchestra premiered in London

7

  • Tears For Fears have the UK number one album for one week with The Seeds Of Love 

8

  • Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Insula deserta for strings premiered in Kokkola, Finland

11

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Duomonolog for violin and cello premiered in Badenweiler

12

  • Carmen Cavallaro (76) dies in Columbus, OH of cancer
  • Franco (51) dies in Brussels, possibly of AIDS
  • Witold Lutoslawski’s Fanfare for Lancaster for brass and percussion premiered in Lancaster
  • Dmitri Shostakovich’s cantata The Struggle Between the Realistic and Formalistic Trends in Music for four bass singers, chorus and piano premiered in Washington, DC

14

  • Tracy Chapman has the UK number one album for one week  with Crossroads
  • Luigi Nono’s Hay que caminar sognando for two violins premiered in Milan

19

  • Siegfried Matthus’s Inventionen für Orchester premiered in Berlin
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 premiered in Munich

20

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Okho for 3 djembés premiered in Paris

21

  • Alfred Schnittke’s String Quartet No. 4 premiered in Vienna

22

  • Ewan MacColl (74) dies in Beckenham, Kent
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Frau / Stimme for soprano and orchestra, text Heiner Müller, premiered in Donaueschingen

23

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Threnody on a Plain Song for Michael Vyner for orchestra premiered in Glyndebourne
  • Nirvana play their first European show at the Riverside, Newcastle, supporting Tad

24

  • Sahib Shihab (64) dies in Knoxville, TN
  • Peter Sculthorpe’s concerto Nourlangie for guitar, percussion and strings premiered in Brisbane

27

  • Michael Tippett’s opera New Year, lib. Tippett, premiered in Houston

28

  • Janet Jackson has the Billboard number one album for the first of four weeks with Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814

30

  • Lucian Berio’s Continuo for orchestra premiered in London

31

  • Conrad Beck (88) dies in Basel

releases

  • Beloved – The Sun Rising (East West UK)
  • De La Soul – Eye Know / The Mack Daddy On The Left (Big Life UK)
  • Orb – A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Center Of The Ultraworld (WAU/Mr Modo UK)
  • Lisa Stansfield – All Around the World / Affection (Arista)
  • Television Personalities – Salvador Dali’s Garden Party / Room At The Top Of The Stairs (Fire UK)
  • American Music Club – United Kingdom (Demon UK)
  • AR Kane – I (Rough Trade UK)
  • Bhundu Boys – Pamberi (WEA)
  • Blue Nile – Hats (Linn UK)
  • Buffalo Tom (SST)
  • Kate Bush – The Sensual World (EMI)
  • Can – Rite Time (Mercury)
  • Tracy Chapman – Crossroads (Elektra)
  • Chumbawamba – English Rebel Songs 1381-1984 (Agitprop UK)
  • Miles Davis – Aura (Columbia)
  • Einstürzende Neubauten – Haus der Lüge (Rough Trade Deutschland Germany)
  • Hilliard Ensemble – Perotin (ECM Germany) Six Perotin and three anonymous compositions
  • Ice T – The Iceberg (Sire)
  • Jesus and Mary Chain – Automatic (Blanco y Negro UK)
  • Melvins – Ozma (Boner)
  • Negativland – Helter Stupid (SST)
  • Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine (TVT)
  • Wedding Present – Bizarro (RCA UK)
  • Neil Young – Freedom (Reprise)

Einstürzende Neubauten

Nov

1

  • Louis Barron (69) dies in Los Angeles
  • Siegfried Matthus’s Concerto for Harp: Der See premiered in Dresden

2

  • Philip Glass’s Itaipu for chorus and orchestra premiered in Atlanta

3

  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s Pro et contra for orchestra premiered in Louisville

4

  • Charles Wuorinen’s String Sextet premiered in Covington, GA

5

  • Vladimir Horowitz (86) dies in New York following a heart attack
  • Lu Watters (77) dies in Santa Rosa, CA

6

  • Dickie Goodman (55) dies in Fayetteville, NC of a self-inflicted gunshot wound

10

  • Nguyen-Thien Dao’s Concerto 1789 for string sextet and orchestra premiered in Moscow
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Duomonolog for violin and cello premiered in Badenweiler
  • Isang Yun’s Rufe for oboe and harp premiered in Ravensburg

11

  • Oliver Knussen’s Variations for piano premiered in New York
  • Conlon Nancarrow’s Study for Player Piano no.26 premiered in New York
  • Chris Rea has the UK number one album for the first of three weeks with The Road To Hell
  • Lisa Stansfield has the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with All Around The World

12

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Figur for four bass trombones, harp and percussion premiered in Frankfurt

13

  • Jean-Claude Risset’s Electron-Positron for tape premiered in Geneva

14

  • Bill Davison (83) dies in Santa Barbara, CA
  • John Cage’s One3 premiered in Kyoto

17

  • John Cage’s installation Essay opens in Cleveland
  • Olivier Messiaen’s La Ville d’en-haut for piano and chamber orchestra premiered in Paris

20

  • Conlon Nancarrow’s Canons for Ursula for piano premiered in New Yor

21

  • John Cage’s One2 premiered in Huddersfield
  • Alyeksandr Mosolov’s opera The Hero, lib. Mosolov, premiered in Moscow

22

  • Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Little Suite no.1 and Little Suite no.2 for piano premiered in Cologne

24

  • John Adams’s Eros Piano premiered in London
  • John Cage’s Four for string quartet premiered in Huddersfield

26

  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Symphony no.4 Adagio premiered in Paris
  • David Sawer’s Rhetoric premiered in London

27

  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s Hommage à Marina Tsvetayeva for chorus premiered in Stockholm

28

  • Nancy Van de Vate’s Krakow Concerto for percussion and orchestra premiered in Krakow

29

  • Toru Takemitsu’s A String Around Autumn for viola and orchestra premiered in Paris

releases

  • Kate Bush – This Woman’s Work / Be Kind to My Mistakes (EMI)
  • 808 State – Pacific EP (ZTT UK)
  • Jesus and Mary Chain – Head On / In the Black / Terminal Beach (Blanco Y Negro UK)
  • Madonna – Oh Father / Pray For Spanish Eyes (Sire)
  • Pavement – Slay Tracks EP (Treble Kicker)
  • Dusty Springfield – In Private / instrumental (Parlophone)
  • Stone Roses – Fool’s Gold / What The World Is Waiting For (Silvertone UK)
  • Bad Religion – No Control (Epitaph)
  • Fatima Mansions – Against Nature (Kitchenware UK)
  • Galaxie 500 – On Fire (Rough Trade US)
  • Godflesh – Streetcleaner (Earache)
  • Jungle Brothers – Done by the Forces of Nature (Warner Bros)
  • Meat Puppets – Monsters (SST)
  • Ministry – The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste (Sire)
  • Mudhoney (Sub Pop)
  • Necks – Sex (Spiral Scratch Australia)
  • NoMeansNo – Wrong (Alternative Tentacles)
  • Michael Nyman – The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (Venture UK) Soundtrack to Peter Greenaway’s film

Nancy Van de Vate b.1930

Dec

2

  • Phil Collins has the UK number one album for the first of fifteen weeks over two runs with But Seriously

4

  • Mauricio Kagel’s Les idées fixes for chamber orchestra premiered in Paris

5

  • John Pritchard (68) dies in Daly City, CA

6

  • Sammy Fain (87) dies in Los Angeles following a heart attack

9

  • Billy Joel has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with We Didn’t Start the Fire
  • David Matthews’s String Trio No.1 premiered in London

12

  • Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Spectrum I for organ premiered in Tallinn

13

  • Taylor Swift born (Reading, PA) American pop and country singer, songwriter.

15

  • Andrzej Panufnik’s Harmony premiered in New York

16

  • Billy Joel has the Billboard number one album for one week with Storm Front

18

  • Luciano Berio’s Canticum Novissimi Testamenti II premiered in Paris

21

  • Ján Cikker (78) dies in Bratislava
  • Avet Terterian’s Symphony No.8 premiered in Saratov, Armenia

23

  • Band Aid II have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with Do They Know It’s Christmas?
  • Leonard Bernstein conducts Beethoven’s Symphony no.9 in the Kaiser Wilhelm Kirche, West Berlin to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall.  The performance is timed to end at midnight, when West Germans no longer need visas to enter East Germany.
  • Phil Collins has the Billboard number one single for the first of four weeks with Another Day in Paradise

24

  • Alexander Goehr’s Carol for St. Steven for chorus premiered in Cambridge

25

  • Jean-Etienne Marie (71) dies in Nice
  • Leonard Bernstein conducts Beethoven’s Symphony no.9 in the Schauspielhaus, East Berlin to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall

26

  • Lennox Berkeley (86) dies in London
  • Harrison Birtwistle’s The Wine Merchant Robin of Mere for male voices and piano premiered on BBC Radio 3

27

  • John Tavener’s Today the Virgin for chorus premiered in London

releases

  • De La Soul – Buddy / Ghetto Thang (Tommy Boy)
  • Electronic – Getting Away With It / Lucky Bag (Factory UK)
  • Guru Josh – Infinity (Deconstruction)
  • Madonna – Dear Jessie / Till Death Do Us Part (Sire)
  • Nightmares on Wax – Dextrous (Warp UK)
  • Orbital – Chime / Deeper (Ffrr)
  • Marc Almond – Jacques (Some Bizzare UK) Jacques Brel covers
  • Boredoms – Soul Discharge (Shimmy Disc)
  • 808 State – 90 (ZTT UK)
  • Savage Republic – Customs (Fundamental)
  • Television Personalities – Privilege (Fire UK)

The Boredoms

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