1990

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Jan

1

  • Graham Waterhouse’s Piccolo Quintet premiered in London

2

  • Vladimir Ussachevsky (78) dies in New York of a brain tumour

7

  • George Auld (70) dies in Palm Springs, CA

10

  • Witold Lutoslawski’s triptych Partita – Interlude – Chain 2 for orchestra premiered in Munich
  • Michael Tippett’s New Year Suite for orchestra premiered in San Francisco

12

  • Paul Pisk (96) dies in Los Angeles
  • Terry Riley’s Salome Dances for Peace for string quartet premiered in San Francisco

14

  • Leonard Bernstein’s Dance Suite for brass quintet premiered in New York
  • Jonathan Lloyd’s Symphony no.5 for chamber ensemble premiered in Birmingham

19

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Strathclyde Concerto no.3 for horn, trumpet and orchestra premiered in Glasgow
  • Gunther Schuller’s Concerto for piano three hands for two pianos and chamber orchestra premiered in Springfield, IL

26

  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s Ballata and Ballabile op.160 for cello and orchestra premiered in Belfast

27

  • Sinéad O’Connor has the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with Nothing Compares 2 U

28

  • James MacMillan’s The Exorcism of Rio Sumpúl for 13 players premiered in Glasgow

30

  • The Stone Roses are arrested and charged with criminal damage after trashing the offices of their former record company Revolver after a dispute about the reissue of Sally Cinnamon

releases

  • Faith No More – Epic (Slash)
  • Fall – Telephone Thing (Cog Sinister UK)
  • Field Mice – The Autumn Store Part 1 EP (Sarah UK)
  • Field Mice – The Autumn Store Part 2 EP (Sarah UK)
  • Fugazi – Song #1 (Dischord)
  • Sinéad O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U (Ensign)
  • Public Enemy – Welcome To The Terrordome (Def Jam)
  • Ride – Ride EP (Creation UK)
  • Loren Mazzacane Connors – Blues: The “Dark Paintings” of Mark Rothko (St Joan)
  • Andrew Hill – Eternal Spirit (Blue Note)
  • Laibach – Macbeth (Mute UK)
  • Loop – A Gilded Eternity (Situation 2 UK)
  • Sundays – Reading, Writing and Arithmetic (Rough Trade UK)

The Sundays

Feb

1

  • Laura Marling born (Eversley, Hampshire) English folk and pop singer, songwriter, guitarist.
  • Peter Racine Fricker (69) dies in Santa Barbara, CA
  • Andrzej Panufnik’s Symphony No.10 premiered in Chicago

2

  • Mel Lewis (60) dies in New York of cancer

4

  • Ennio Morricone’s Cantata per l’Europa premiered in Rome

6

  • Billy Idol seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in Hollywood, CA
  • Bob Marley’s birthday is observed as a national holiday in Jamaica

7

  • Jimmy Van Heusen (77) dies in Rancho Mirage, CA following a stroke

8

  • Del Shannon (55) dies in Santa Clarita, CA of self-inflicted gunshot wounds

9

  • Colin Matthews’s Oboe Quartet No.2 premiered in London

10

  • James MacMillan’s Cantos Sagrados for choir and organ premiered in Edinburgh

13

  • David Lang’s Vent for flute and piano premiered in New York

14

  • The Rolling Stones begin their first ever tour of Japan in Tokyo

16

  • Michael Nyman’s String Quartet No 3 premiered in London
  • Ike Turner sentenced to four years in prison for possession of cocaine

21

  • The 32nd Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles. Bette Midler wins record of the year for Wind Beneath My Wings and Bonnie Raitt wins album of the year for Nick of Time. Other winners include Stevie Ray Vaughan, Los Lobos, Peter Gabriel, The Neville Brothers, Steve Reich, Soul II Soul, Traveling Wilburys, Miles Davis and Metallica

23

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Unbenannt III for orchestra premiered in Cologne

24

  • Johnny Ray (63) dies in Los Angeles of liver failure
  • Richard Danielpour’s Symphony no.3 ‘Journey Without Distance’ premiered in Akron, OH
  • Colin Matthews’s Three part Chaconne premiered in London
  • Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint for 13 electric guitars premiered in Los Angeles

26

  • Cornell Gunter (53) shot dead in his car in Las Vegas

releases

  • A Certain Ratio – Four for the Floor EP (A&M UK)
  • Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence (Mute UK)
  • Fatima Mansions – Only Losers Take The Bus (Kitchenware UK)
  • Galaxie 500 – Blue Thunder EP (Rough Trade UK)
  • Primal Scream – Loaded / I’m Losing More Than I Ever Had (Creation UK). A side is Andrew Weatherall remix of the B side
  • Sweet Exorcist – Testone (Warp UK). Richard H. Kirk & Richard Barratt
  • They Might Be Giants – Birdhouse in Your Soul (Elektra)
  • Wedding Present – Brassneck (RCA)
  • Ashra – Walkin’ the Desert (Navigator Germany)
  • Bleep – The North Pole by Submarine (SSR Belgium) Geir Jenssen, renamed Biosphere in 1991
  • Chills – Submarine Bells (Flying Nun New Zealand)
  • Cramps – Stay Sick (Enigma)
  • John Fahey – God, Time & Causality (Shanachie)
  • Fall – Extricate (Fontana UK)
  • KLF – Chill Out (KLF UK)
  • Pale Saints – The Comforts of Madness (4AD UK)
  • Thin White Rope – Sack Full Of Silver (Frontier)
  • Walkabouts – Rag & Bone (Sub Pop)
  • John Zorn – Naked City (Nonesuch)

John Zorn – Naked City (Nonesuch)

Mar

2

  • Jacob Druckman’s Nor Spell, Nor Charm premiered in Los Angeles

7

  • Benjamin Britten’s Movement for Clarinet and Orch premiered in London
  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Djilile for percussion ensemble premiered in Adelaide

8

  • Erkki Aaltonen (79) dies in Helsinki
  • David Del Tredici’s Steps for orchestra premiered in New York
  • Toru Takemitsu’s Visions for orchestra premiered in Chicago

10

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Machaut à ma Manière for orchestra premiered in Hamburg
  • Peter Sculthorpe’s String Quartet No.11 premiered in Adelaide by the Kronos Quartet

15

  • John Corigliano’s Symphony no.1 premiered in Chicago
  • David Geffen sells Geffen Records to MCA in a deal worth $550 million

16

  • Ernst Bacon (91) dies in Orinda, CA of heart failure

17

  • Ric Grech (43) dies in Leicester of liver and kidney failure

18

  • Isang Yun’s Konturen for orchestra premiered in Braunschweig

19

  • Pierre Henry’s Le Livre Des Morts Égyptien for tape premiered in Paris

20

  • Gloria Estefan suffers serious spinal injuries in a tour bus crash near Scranton, PA

24

  • Sinead O’Connor has the UK number one album for one week with I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got
  • Snap have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with The Power

25

  • Dexter Gordon (67) dies in Philadelphia of kidney failure

26

  • Alan Menken’s music for Ron Clements and John Musker’s film The Little Mermaid wins the best original score Oscar at the 62nd Academy Awards

30

  • George Crumb’s Quest for guitar, soprano saxophone, harp, contrabass and percussion premiered in Philadelphia
  • George Lloyd’s Symphony no.12 premiered in New York

31

  • Tom Waits, Robert Wilson & William Burroughs’ musical play The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets premiered in Hamburg

releases

  • Adamski – Killer (MCA UK)
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – The Ship Song / The Train Song (Mute UK)
  • Chills – Heavenly Pop Hit (Flying Nun)
  • Cure – Pictures of You (Fiction)
  • Fall – Popcorn Double Feature (Cog Sinister UK)
  • Family Stand – Ghetto Heaven (Atlantic)
  • Happy Mondays – Step On (Factory UK)
  • King Bee – Back By Dope Demand (Torso Netherlands)
  • KLF – Last Train to Trancentral (KLF)
  • Leftfield – Not Forgotten (Outer Rhythm UK)
  • Nine Inch Nails – Head Like a Hole (TVT)
  • Orbital – Chime (FFRR UK)
  • Public Enemy – 911 Is A Joke (Def Jam)
  • Beloved – Happiness (East West UK)
  • Depeche Mode – Violator (Mute UK)
  • Digital Underground – Sex Packets (Tommy Boy)
  • Sinead O’Connor – I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got (Ensign)
  • Social Distortion (Epic)

George Lloyd 1913-98

Apr

3

  • Sarah Vaughan (66) dies in Los Angeles of lung cancer
  • Erik Bergman’s Tutti e soli premiered in Helsinki
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Jupiter Landing premiered in London

5

  • Karel Goeyvaerts’s opera Aquarius premiered in Rotterdam, lib. Goeyvaerts (first version)
  • James MacMillan’s …as others see us… for nonet premiered in London

6

  • Richard Danielpour’s ballet Urban Dances premiered in New York

7

  • Madonna has the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with Vogue

13

  • Madonna’s Blonde Ambition tour kicks of in Chiba City, Japan, finishing in Nice four months later

15

  • Volker David Kirchner’s opera Erinys premiered in Wuppertal

16

  • A tribute concert to Nelson Mandela takes place in Wembley, London, featuring Peter Gabriel, Neil Young and others

18

  • Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto for piano four-hands and orchestra premiered in Moscow

19

  • Vivian Fine’s Portal premiered in New York

21

  • Fleetwood Mac have the UK number one album for one week with Behind the Mask
  • Sinéad O’Connor has the Billboard number one single for the first of four weeks with Nothing Compares 2 U

22

  • Richard Barrett’s Another Heavenly Day premiered in Melbourne by the Elision Ensemble

23

  • Robin Holloway’s Wagner Nights for orchestra premiered in Bristol

28

  • Sinead O’Connor has the Billboard number one album for the first of six weeks with I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got

29

  • Moritz Eggert’s opera Paul and Virginie premiered in Munich

releases

  • Madonna – Vogue (Sire)
  • Morrissey – November Spawned a Monster (HMV UK)
  • My Bloody Valentine – Glider EP (Creation UK)
  • Ride – Play EP (Creation UK)
  • A Guy Called Gerald – Automanikk (CBS UK)
  • A Tribe Called Quest – People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (Jive)
  • Afghan Whigs – Up in It (Sub Pop)
  • Babes in Toyland – Spanking Machine (Twin Tone)
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – The Good Son (Mute UK)
  • Sheila Chandra – Roots and Wings (Indipop UK)
  • Fugazi – Repeater (Dischord)
  • Kronos Quartet / Terry Riley – Salome Dances for Peace (Nonesuch)
  • Levellers – A Weapon Called the Word (Musidisc UK) English folk-rock group formed in Brighton in 1988. Mark Chadwick (vo, g, bjo) Alan Miles (vo, g, mand, hca) Jon Sevink (vln) Jeremy Cunningham (b, bouzouki) Charlie Heather (d)
  • Oyster Band – Little Rock to Leipzig (Cooking Vinyl UK)
  • Public Enemy – Fear of a Black Planet (Def Jam)
  • Lou Reed & John Cale – Songs for Drella (Sire)
  • Mark Stewart – Metatron (Mute UK)
  • Ali Farka Touré – The River (World Circuit UK)
  • Suzanne Vega – Days of Open Hand (A&M)

Fugazi

May

1

  • Sergio Franchi (64) dies in Stonington, CT of brain cancer

2

  • Elliott Carter’s Violin Concerto premiered in San Francisco

4

  • William Levi Dawson (91) dies in Montgomery, AL
  • Emily Remler (32) dies in Sydney of heart failure
  • John Cage’s Two2 for two pianos premiered in New York

5

  • Hans Werner Henze’s opera Das verratene Meer, lib. Treichel after Mishima, premiered in Berlin

6

  • Adamski has the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with Killer
  • Luciano Berio’s Leaf for piano premiered in London
  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Ritual Fragment for 14 players premiered in London
  • Hans-Jürgen von Bose’s opera Traumpalast ’63 premiered in Munich
  • Oliver Knussen’s Secret Psalm for violin premiered in London
  • Toru Takemitsu’s Litany: In Memory of Michael Vyner for piano premiered in London
  • John Tavener’s Eonia for chorus premiered in Cork

7

  • Ashley Lawrence (55) dies in Tokyo of an aneurysm whilst on tour with the Stuttgart Ballet

8

  • Luigi Nono (66) dies in Venice of liver failure
  • Ernst Krenek’s Opus sine nomine premiered in Vienna

12

  • John Cage’s Fourteen for piano and chamber ensemble premiered in Schaffhausen, Switzerland

14

  • Elena Firsova’s Autumn Music for chamber orchestra premiered in London

16

  • Hans Werner Henze’s Five Nocturnes for violin and piano premiered in London

17

  • Frank Wright (54) dies in Germany
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara’s opera Vincent premiered in Helsinki
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Ungemaltes Bild for orchestra premiered in Stockholm

18

  • Robin Holloway’s opera Clarissa, lib. Holloway after Richardson, premiered in London
  • John Tavener’s The Uncreated Eros for chorus premiered in London

19

  • Madonna has the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with Vogue

20

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Tractus Clausum et Reconditum for mezzo-soprano and guitar premiered in London
  • Witold Lutoslawski’s Tarantella for baritone and piano premiered in London

21

  • Morris Levy (62) dies in Ghent, NY of cancer

23

  • Arvo Pärt’s Magnificat for chorus premiered in Stuttgart
  • Hans Zender’s Canto VI premiered in Stuttgart

24

  • Arvo Pärt’s Berliner Messe premiered in Berlin

25

  • Gary Usher (51) dies in Los Angeles of cancer
  • Arvo Pärt’s Beatitudes & Nun eile ich zu euch premiered in Berlin

26

  • Chris McGregor (54) dies in Agen, France, of lung cancer
  • Philip Glass’s opera Hydrogen Jukebox, featuring the poems of Allen Ginsberg, premiered in Charleston, SC

27

  • Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto No.2 for Cello and Orchestra premiered in Philadelphia
  • Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Architectonics IV “per Cadenza ad Metasimplicity” for violin, bassoon, baritone saxophone and piano premiered in Toronto
  • The Stone Roses play a festival show at Spike Island near Widnes, Cheshire

releases

  • Charlatans – The Only One I Know (Situation 2 UK)
  • Depeche Mode – Policy of Truth (Mute UK)
  • Faith No More – From Out of Nowhere (Slash)
  • Model 500 – Ocean to Ocean (Transmat)
  • New Order – World in Motion (Factory UK)
  • Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Heavenly UK)
  • Eric B & Rakim – Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em (MCA)
  • Breeders – Pod (4AD UK)
  • Bill Frisell – Is That You? (Elektra)
  • Roy Harper – Once (IRS)
  • Ice Cube – Amerikkka’s Most Wanted (Priority)
  • Jesus Lizard – Head (Touch and Go)
  • Mark Lanegan – The Winding Sheet (Sub Pop)
  • Madonna – I’m Breathless (Sire)
  • Shudder to Think – Ten Spot (Dischord)
  • Soul II Soul – Vol. II: 1990 – A New Decade (Virgin)
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen – Samstag Aus Licht (Deutsche Grammophon Germany) 4xCD box set

Ice Cube b.1969

Jun

2

  • Stiv Bators (40) Dies from brain injuries received after being hit by a taxi in Paris
  • Walter Davis, Jr. (57) dies in New York of liver and kidney disease
  • England New Order have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with World in Motion
  • Soul II Soul have the UK number one album for the first of three weeks with Vol. II: 1990 – A New Decade

3

  • Colin Matthews’s Five Concertinos premiered in Bath

6

  • Joe Loss (80) dies in Bushey, Hertfordshire
  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Little Nourlangie for organ and orchestra premiered in Sydney

11

  • Clyde McCoy (86) dies in Memphis, TN
  • Volker David Kirchner’s Requiem premiered in Moscow

14

  • Erna Berger (89) dies in Essen, Germany
  • Alfred Schnittke’s Three Fragments for harpsichord premiered in Hamburg

16

  • Eva Turner (98) dies in London
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Dunkles Spiel for small orchestra premiered in Zürich
  • Isang Yun’s Kammerkonzert I for chamber ensemble premiered in Amsterdam

17

  • John Cage’s Europeras 3 & 4 premiered in London

20

  • Antonio Martinez (46) dies in a motorcycle accident in Spain

21

  • June Christy (64) dies in Los Angeles of kidney failure
  • Elizabeth Harwood (52) dies in Fryerning, Essex of cancer
  • Pierre Boulez’s Dérive II for 11 instruments premiered in Milan

22

  • (to 24th) The 1990 Glastonbury Festival is held at Worthy Farm, Somerset featuring The Cure, Happy Mondays, De La Soul and Galaxie 500

23

  • Alexander Goehr’s Sing, Ariel for mezzo-soprano, two sopranos, tenor saxophone, trumpet, piano, violin and bass premiered in Aldeburgh

24

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Knephas for chorus premiered in London

25

  • Peggy Glanville-Hicks (77) dies in Sydney

27

  • John Cage’s Three for three recorder players premiered in Speyer
  • Luc Ferrari’s opera Labyrinthe Hotel premiered in Strasbourg

30

  • Dudu Pukwana (51) dies in London of liver failure
  • Toru Takemitsu’s My Way of Life: In Memory of Michael Vyner for baritone, chorus and orchestra premiered in Leeds

releases

  • Eric B & Rakim – Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em (MCA)
  • Fatima Mansions – Blues for Ceaucescu (Kitchenware UK)
  • Public Enemy – Brothers Gonna Work It Out (Def Jam)
  • Chimes (CBS UK) 
  • Danzig II: Lucifuge (Def American)
  • Dead Can Dance – Aion (4AD UK)
  • Field Mice – Skywriting (Sarah UK)
  • His Name Is Alive – Livonia (4AD UK)
  • James – Gold Mother (Fontana)
  • Kronos Quartet – Black Angels (Nonesuch)
  • Mazzy Star – She Hangs Brightly (Rough Trade UK)
  • Sonic Youth – Goo (DGC)
  • Dusty Springfield – Reputation (Parlophone)
  • Uncle Tupelo – No Depression (Rockville)

Sonic Youth – Goo (DGC)

Jul

4

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Dinosaur at Large premiered in Leeds

6

  • Gerald Barry’s opera The Intelligence Park premiered in London. Lib. Vincent Deane

7

  • Siegfried Matthus’s Concerto for 3 Trumpets and String Orchestra premiered in Kiel, Germany
  • The Three Tenors, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti, play their first joint concert in Rome

8

  • John Tavener’s Psalm 121: I Will Lift up Mine Eyes unto the Hills for chorus premiered in London

12

  • Jonathan Lloyd’s Dancing in the Ruins for chamber ensemble premiered in Warwick

14

  • Jean Michel Jarre’s Bastille Day concert in Paris, Paris La Defense – Une Ville En Concert, attracts a world record audience of 2.5 million

15

  • Oleg Kagan (43) dies in Kreuth am Tegernsee, Germany of cancer

17

  • Joaquín Rodrigo’s Líricas castellanas for soprano, recorder, cornetto and vihuela premierd in Madrid

21

  • Roger Waters and guests conduct a performance of Pink Floyd’s The Wall in Berlin  to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall

24

  • Anthony Payne’s Time’s Arrow premiered in London

26

  • Brent Mydland (37) dies of an overdose
  • David Sawer’s The Melancholy of Departure premiered in King’s Lynn, Norfolk

28

  • Elton John has the UK number one album for the first of five weeks with Sleeping with the Past

releases

  • Beltram – Energy Flash (Transmat)
  • Cranes – Inescapable EP (Dedicated UK)
  • DNA Featuring Suzanne Vega – Tom’s Diner (A&M)
  • 4 Hero – Combat Dancin’ EP (Reinforced UK)
  • LFO – LFO (Warp UK)
  • Pixies – Velouria (4AD UK)
  • Stone Roses – One Love (Silvertone UK)
  • Tricky Disco – Tricky Disco (Warp UK)
  • Boogie Down Productions – Edutainment (Jive)
  • Clock DVA – Buried Dreams (Interfisch Germany)
  • Loren Mazzacane Connors – Rooms (St Joan)
  • Everything but the Girl – The Language of Life (Blanco Y Negro UK)
  • Ghost (PSF Japan)
  • Jon Hassell – City: Works Of Fiction (Land)
  • David Murray – Ballads (DIW)
  • Suicidal Tendencies – Lights…Camera…Revolution! (Epic)

Cranes

Aug

2

  • David Matthews’s Romanza op.49 premiered in London (Buckingham Palace)
  • Alfred Schnittke’s Moz-Art à la Mozart for eight flutes and harp premiered in Salzburg

3

  • Henryk Górecki’s Intermezzo for piano premiered in Lerchenborg, Denmark

4

  • Henryk Górecki’s For You, Anne-Lill for flute and piano premiered in Lerchenborg, Denmark

8

  • Andrzej Dobrowolski (68) dies in Graz
  • Colin Matthews’s Chiaroscuro premiered in London

11

  • Charles Wuorinen’s Astra for orchestra premiered in Copenhagen

13

  • Curtis Mayfield is badly injured by a falling lighting rig during an outdoor show in Brooklyn. He is left a quadraplegic

15

  • Viktor Tsoi (28) dies in Tukums, Latvia when the car he was driving collided with a bus
  • Louis Vola (88) dies in Paris
  • Tan Dun’s Orchestral Theatre I: Xun for ceramic xun and orchestra premiered in Edinburgh

16

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Mein Tod. Requiem in memoriam Jane S for soprano and orchestra, text Wolf Wondratschek, premiered in Salzburg

17

  • Pearl Bailey (72) dies in Philadelphia of heart disease

19

  • Leonard Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles premiered in Lenox, MA. It is his final appearance as conductor

22

  • James MacMillan’s The Confession of Isobel Gowdie for orchestra premiered in London

23

  • David Rose (80) dies in Los Angeles

24

  • Judas Priest are cleared of any responsibility for the attempted double suicide of two American fans in December 1985
  • John Tavener’s Thrinos for cello premiered in Edinburgh

25

  • David Lang’s International Business Machine for orchestra premiered in Boston

26

  • Rolf Liebermann’s cantata Medea-Monolog premiered in Hamburg

27

  • Stevie Ray Vaughan (35) dies in a helicopter crash near East Troy, WN

28

  • Usko Meriläinen’s Letter to the cellist premiered in Helsinki

29

  • Kalevi Aho’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra premiered in Helsinki

releases

  • Cocteau Twins – Iceblink Luck (4AD UK)
  • Deee-Lite – Groove Is in the Heart (Elektra)
  • Gang Starr – Jazz Thing (Chrysalis)
  • Anthrax – Persistence of Time (Island)
  • Garth Brooks – No Fences (Capitol)
  • Guided by Voices – Same Place the Fly Got Smashed (Rocket)
  • Heart Throbs – Cleopatra Grip (One Little Indian UK)
  • Jane’s Addiction – Ritual de lo Habitual (Warner Bros)
  • LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out (Def Jam)
  • Living Colour – Time’s Up (Epic)
  • McCarthy – Banking Violence and the Inner Life Today (Midnight UK)
  • Men They Couldn’t Hang – The Domino Club (Silvertone UK)
  • Bob Mould – Black Sheets of Rain (Virgin US)
  • Pixies – Bossanova (4AD UK)
  • Prince – Graffiti Bridge (Warner Bros)
  • Yo La Tengo – Fakebook (Bar/None)

Stevie Ray Vaughan 1954-90

Sep

1

  • Prince has the UK number one album for one week with Graffiti Bridge

4

  • Walter Yetnikoff retires after fifteen years as President of CBS Records

6

  • Tom Fogerty (48) dies in Scottsdale, AZ of AIDS following an infected blood transfusion
  • Aulis Sallinen’s Symphony No. 6 From a New Zealand Diary premiered in Napier, New Zealand

9

  • Kalevi Aho’s Pergamon premiered in Helsinki

11

  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s Alleluia for chorus, boy soprano, organ and orchestra premiered in Berlin

13

  • Phil Napoleon (89) dies in Miami

17

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Cantus firmus for 14 players premiered in Glasgow

19

  • Werner Janssen (91) dies in Stony Brook, NY

20

  • Siegfried Behrend (56) dies in Hausham, Bavaria
  • John Cage’s Scottish Circus premiered in Glasgow

22

  • Richard Barrett’s lieder vom wasser premiered in Strasbourg. Text by Elisabeth Borchers
  • James MacMillan’s The Berserking for piano and orchestra premiered in Glasgow
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Ins Offene for orchestra premiered in Glasgow
  • Alfred Schnittke’s Eight Songs from the Incidental Music to Friedrich Schiller’s “Don Carlos” for voice and piano premiered in Bad Urach

23

  • Unsuk Chin’s Die Troerinnen (Trojan Women) for 3 female singers, female chorus and orchestra premiered in Oslo

25

  • John Cage’s Seven2 for seven instruments premiered in Erlangen

26

  • Henri Pousseur’s Amen for chorus premiered in Rome

27

  • Matvey Blanter (87) dies in Moscow

29

  • Elliott Carter’s Con Leggerezza Pensosa–Omaggio a Italo Calvino for clarinet, violin and cello premiered in Latina, Italy

releases

  • A Tribe Called Quest – Bonita Applebum (Jive)
  • Blue Nile – Headlights On The Parade (Linn UK)
  • Fluke – Philly (Creation UK)
  • Galaxie 500 – Fourth of July / Here She Comes Now (Rough Trade UK)
  • Nirvana – Sliver / Dive (Sub Pop)
  • Orbital – Omen (FFRR UK)
  • Pet Shop Boys – So Hard (Parlophone)
  • Pulp – My Legendary Girlfriend (Fire UK)
  • Ride – Fall EP (Creation UK)
  • Saint Etienne – Kiss and Make Up (Heavenly UK)
  • Sonic Youth – Kool Thing (Geffen)
  • Uncle Tupelo – I Got Drunk(Rockville)
  • Angelo Badalamenti – Soundtrack from “Twin Peaks” (Warner Bros)
  • Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas (4AD UK)
  • Bob Dylan – Under the Red Sky (Columbia)
  • Steve Earle – The Hard Way (MCA)
  • Fatima Mansions – Viva Dead Ponies (Radioactive UK)
  • Flaming Lips – In a Priest-Driven Ambulance (Restless)
  • French Frith Kaiser Thompson – Invisible Means (Demon UK)
  • Galaxie 500 – This Is Our Music (Rough Trade US)
  • INXS – X (WEA Australia)
  • Lard – The Last Temptation of Reid (Alternative Tentacles)
  • Prefab Sprout – Jordan: The Comeback (Kitchenware UK)
  • Replacements – All Shook Down (Sire)
  • Superchunk (Matador)
  • June Tabor & The Oyster Band – Freedom and Rain (Cooking Vinyl UK)
  • Waterboys – Room to Roam (Ensign UK)
  • Neil Young – Ragged Glory (Reprise)

Unsuk Chin b.1961

Oct

2

  • Peter Herman Adler (90) dies in Ridgefield, NJ
  • Joan Sutherland makes her final stage appearance in Sydney

3

  • Arvo Pärt’s Statuit ei Dominus premiered in Bologna

5

  • Usko Meriläinen’s Concerto No.2 for Orchestra: Timeline premiered in Tampere, Finland
  • Thea Musgrave’s Rainbow for orchestra premiered in Glasgow
  • Arvo Pärt’s Beatus Petronius premiered in Bologna

8

  • BJ Wilson (43) dies in Eugene, OR of cancer
  • Alexander Goehr’s String Quartet no.4 “In Memoriam John Ogdon” premiered in Iowa City, IO

9

  • Leonard Bernstein announces his retirement from conducting
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Tuorakemsu for orchestra premiered in Tokyo

14

  • Leonard Bernstein (72) dies in New York of heart failure
  • Daniel Guilet (91) dies in New York of a cerebral haemorrhage

16

  • Art Blakey (71) dies in New York of lung cancer

19

  • Shulamit Ran’s Symphony premiered in Philadelphia
  • Toru Takemitsu’s From Me Flows What You Call Time for five percussionists and orchestra premiered in New York

20

  • The Charlatans have the UK number one album for one week with Some Friendly

22

  • Pearl Jam play their first show at the Off Ramp, Seattle

23

  • Brian Ferneyhough’s String Quartet no.4 with soprano premiered in Basel

24

  • Thomas Adès’s Gefriolsae Me premiered in Cambridge

25

  • Ikey Robinson (86) dies in Chicago

27

  • Xavier Cugat (90) dies in Barcelona of heart failure
  • Paul Simon has the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with The Rhythm of the Saints

30

  • George Benjamin’s Upon Silence premiered in London
  • Morton Feldman’s Violin and String Quartet premiered in Cologne

releases

  • A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It? (Jive)
  • Blur – She’s So High (Food UK)
  • Julee Cruise – Falling (Warner Bros)
  • Depeche Mode – World in My Eyes (Mute UK)
  • Lush – Sweetness and Light (4AD UK)
  • Nightmares On Wax – Aftermath (Warp UK)
  • Nine Inch Nails – Sin (TVT)
  • Pixies – Dig For Fire (4AD UK)
  • Adamski – Doctor Adamski’s Musical Pharmacy (MCA)
  • Buffalo Tom – Birdbrain (Situation 2 UK)
  • Charlatans – Some Friendly (Dead Dead Good)
  • Brian Eno & John Cale – Wrong Way Up (Opal)
  • DJ Food – Jazz Brakes vol. 1 (Ninja Tune UK)
  • Robert Forster – Danger in the Past (Beggars Banquet UK)
  • Dave Holland Quartet – Extensions (ECM)
  • Iron Maiden – No Prayer for the Dying (EMI)
  • Van Morrison – Enlightenment (Mercury)
  • Pet Shop Boys – Behaviour (Parlophone UK)
  • Ride – Nowhere (Creation UK)
  • Paul Simon – The Rhythm of the Saints (Warner Bros)
  • Skinny Puppy – Too Dark Park (Nettwerk)
  • Slayer – Seasons in the Abyss (Def American)
  • 10,000 Maniacs – Hope Chest (Elektra) Remixes of early material
  • Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3 (Warner Bros)

Ride – Nowhere (Creation)

Nov

3

  • Mary Martin (76) dies in Rancho Mirage, CA of colorectal cancer
  • Mauricio Kagel’s Liturgien for solo voices, two choruses and orchestra premiered in Cologne
  • György Ligeti’s Violin Concerto premiered in Cologne

4

  • Henryk Górecki’s Good Night for soprano, alto flute, piano and three tam-tams premiered in London
  • Jonathan Lloyd’s Revelation for eight solo voices premiered in London

7

  • Tom Clancy (66) dies in Cork of stomach cancer

8

  • Gian Carlo Menotti’s cantata For the Death of Orpheus for tenor, chorus and orchestra premiered in Atlanta

12

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Abgewandt 2 for 14 players premiered in Gütersloh, Germany

13

  • Einar Englund’s Ciacona – Hommage à Sibelius premiered in Helsinki

21

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Strathclyde Concerto no.4 for clarinet and orchestra premiered in Glasgow
  • Mick Jagger marries Jerry Hall in Bali

23

  • Volker David Kirchner’s Schibboleth for viola and orchestra premiered in Stuttgart

24

  • Bülent Arel (71) dies in East Setauket, NY of bone marrow cancer
  • John Casken’s Piano Quartet premiered in Birmingham
  • Madonna has the UK number one album for the first of nine weeks with The Immaculate Collection

26

  • Isang Yun’s Kammerkonzert II for chamber ensemble premiered in Leipzig

28

  • David Matthews’s The Music of Dawn premiered in London

releases

  • Dream Warriors – My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style (Fourth & Broadway)
  • 808 State – Cübik / Olympic (ZTT UK)
  • Enigma – Sadeness Part I (Virgin)
  • Farm – All Together Now (Produce)
  • Chris Isaak – Wicked Game (London)
  • Madonna – Justify My Love (Sire)
  • Massive Attack – Daydreaming (Wild Bunch UK)
  • Orb – Little Fluffy Clouds (Big Life UK)
  • Pet Shop Boys – Being Boring (Parlophone UK)
  • Seal – Crazy (ZTT)
  • Slowdive – Slowdive EP (Creation UK)
  • Bad Religion – Against the Grain (Epitaph)
  • Jan Garbarek – I Took Up the Runes (ECM)
  • Happy Mondays – Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches (Factory UK)
  • Inner City – Fire (Ten UK)
  • The La’s (Go Discs)

The Orb

Dec

1

  • Gavin Bryars’s String Quartet No. 2 premiered in Huddersfield

2

  • Aaron Copland (90) dies in Sleepy Hollow, NY of respiratory failure

5

  • Bill Hardman (57) dies in  Paris of a cerebral haemorrhage

6

  • Per Nørgård’s Symphony No.5 premiered in Copenhagen

7

  • Dee Clark (52) dies in Smyrna, GA following a heart attack
  • David Sawer’s Songs of Love and War premiered in Frankfurt
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Kyania for orchestra premiered in Montpellier

8

  • Jean Sibelius’s Suite in d minor op.117 for violin and strings premiered in Helsinki

14

  • Witold Lutoslawski’s 20 Polish Carols for soprano, female chorus and orchestra premiered in Aberdeen

16

  • Jackie Mittoo (42) dies in Toronto of cancer

18

  • Paul Tortelier (76) dies in in Villarceaux Yvelines, France following a heart attack

21

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Apple Basket: Apple Blossom for chorus premiered in Birmingham

24

  • Arvo Pärt’s Mother of God and Virgin for chorus premiered in Cambridge

26

  • Ernst Krenek’s opera Kehraus um St. Stephan, lib. Krenek, premiered in Vienna

30

  • Iron Maiden have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Bring Your Daughter… to the Slaughter
  • Charles Wuorinen’s A solis ortu for chorus premiered in New York

releases

  • Dinosaur Jr – The Wagon (Sub Pop)
  • Prefab Sprout – Carnival 2000 (Kitchenware UK)
  • Sweet Exorcist – Clonk (Warp UK)
  • Enigma – MCMXC AD (Virgin)
  • EPMD – Business as Usual (Def Jam)

Jackie Mittoo 1948-90

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