1991

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Jan

1

  • Buck Ram (83) dies in Las Vegas
  • Harrison Birtwistle’s children’s opera Harmoonia, lib. Browne, premiered in Muscatine, IO

5

  • Madonna has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Justify My Love

6

  • Ahmed Adnan Saygun (83) dies in Istanbul

8

  • Steve Clark (30) dies in Sheffield of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs and alcohol

10

  • Einar Englund’s Symphony no.7 premiered in Tampere, Finland

12

  • Hans Werner Henze’s Paraphrasen über Dostojewsky for actor and eleven instruments premiered in London

16

  • Jabbo Smith (82) dies in New York
  • Robert Simpson’s Symphony No.10 premiered in Liverpool

18

  • Three people are crushed to death during an AC/DC concert in Salt Lake City, UT
  • (to 27th) The Rock in Rio II festival takes place over nine days. Acts appearing include Prince, INXS, Guns N’ Roses, George Michael and the Happy Mondays

19

  • Enigma have the UK number one single for one week with Sadeness part 1
  • Galina Ustvolskaya’s Symphony No. 5 “Amen” premiered in New York

21

  • The Manic Street Preachers make their UK television debut on the BBC’s Rapido

22

  • Gavin Bryars’s The Black River premiered in Leicester

24

  • Colin Matthews’s Machines and Dreams – A Toy Symphony premiered in London
  • George Perle’s Concerto for piano and orchestra no.1 premiered in San Francisco

26

  • Enigma have the UK number one album for one week with MCMXC AD
  • Queen have the UK number one single for one week with Innuendo

31

  • Antonín Dvořák’s Seven pieces (Interludes) for small orchestra premiered in London
  • Oliver Knussen’s The Way to Castle Yonder for orchestra premiered in London

releases

  • Blue Nile – Saturday Night (Linn UK)
  • Manic Street Preachers – Motown Junk (Heavenly)
  • Orb – Perpetual Dawn (Big Life)
  • Orbital – Satan / Belfast (FFRR UK)
  • Source – You Got The Love (Truelove UK)
  • Throwing Muses – Counting Backwards (4AD)
  • Jello Biafra & NoMeansNo – The Sky Is Falling and I Want My Mommy (Alternative Tentacles)
  • Gang Starr – Step in the Arena (Chrysalis)
  • Kronos Quartet – Astor Piazzolla: Five Tango Sensations (Nonesuch)
  • Kronos Quartet – Witold Lutosławski: String Quartet (Nonesuch)
  • Sweet Exorcist – Clonks Coming (Warp UK)

Oliver Knussen b.1952

Feb

1

  • Alfred Schnittke’s Piano Sonata no.2 premiered in Lübeck

2

  • The KLF have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with 3 a.m. Eternal
  • Sting has the UK number one album for one week with The Soul Cages

5

  • Nikolay Roslavets’s symphonic poem Aux heures de la nouvelle lune premiered in London
  • Alfred Schnittke’s Sutartines for string orchestra, organ and percussion premiered in Vilnius

10

  • Walter Klien (62) dies in Vienna of cancer
  • James MacMillan’s Catherine’s Lullabies for choir, brass sextet & percussion premiered in Glasgow

14

  • Thea Musgrave’s Song of the Enchanter for orchestra premiered in Helsinki

16

  • Queen have the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with Innuendo
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Kalt for oboe, english horn, trombone, viola, cello, bass, piano and percussion premiered in Berlin

18

  • John Tavener’s The Hidden Treasure for string quartet premiered in Keele, Staffs

20

  • The 33rd Grammy Awards are held in New York. Phil Collins wins record of the year for Another Day in Paradise and Quincy Jones wins album of the year for Back on the Block. Other winners include Mariah Carey, Sinéad O’Connor, Alison Krauss, Angelo Badalamenti, Anita Baker, MC Hammer, Eric Clapton, Aerosmith and Metallica

21

  • Margot Fonteyn (71) dies in Panama City of cancer
  • Jacob Druckman’s Shog premiered in Paris
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Umfassung for orchestra premiered in Milan

23

  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s Do you Hear us Luigi? for six percussionists premiered in Moscow

24

  • Thomas Adès’s Chamber Symphony premiered in Cambridge

26

  • Slim Gaillard (75) dies in London of cancer

28

  • John Harbison’s Symphony no.3 premiered in Baltimore, MD
  • The Record Plant studio in Hollywood, CA closes down

releases

  • Madonna – Rescue Me (Sire)
  • Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy (Wild Bunch UK)
  • Mock Turtles – Can You Dig It? (Siren UK)
  • My Bloody Valentine – Tremolo EP (Creation UK)
  • Slowdive – Morningrise EP (Creation UK)
  • Tuff Little Unit – Join the Future (Warp UK)
  • Codeine – Frigid Stars (Sub Pop)
  • Dinosaur Jr – Green Mind (Blanco Y Negro)
  • Jesus Lizard – Goat (Touch and Go)
  • Thomas Köner ‎– Nunatak Gongamur (Barooni)
  • Kronos Quartet – Kevin Volans ‎– Hunting: Gathering (String Quartet No. 2) (Nonesuch)
  • Joni Mitchell – Night Ride Home (Geffen)
  • Naked City – Torture Garden (Earache)
  • Queen – Innuendo (EMI)
  • Steve Reich – The Four Sections (Elektra)
  • Spacemen 3 – Recurring (Fire UK)
  • Throwing Muses – The Real Ramona (4AD UK)

Slowdive

Mar

2

  • Serge Gainsbourg (62) dies in Paris following a heart attack

6

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ Hymn to the Word of God for chorus premiered in Cambridge

7

  • Josef Páleníček (76) dies in Prague
  • Joaquín Rodrigo’s Rincones de España for guitar and orchestra premiered in New York

9

  • Tomojirō Ikenouchi (84) dies in Tokyo
  • The Clash have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Should I Stay or Should I Go

11

  • Janet Jackson signs a $30 million contract with Virgin Records, making her the highest paid female recording artist ever

13

  • Jimmy McPartland (83) dies in Port Washington, NY of lung cancer

14

  • Doc Pomus (65) dies in New York of lung cancer
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ ballet Caroline Mathilde premiered in Copenhagen

15

  • Bud Freeman (84) dies in Chicago of cancer

16

  • The Farm have the UK number one album for one week with Spartacus
  • Seven members of country singer Reba McEntire’s band and her road manager are killed when their private plane crashes in California, near the Mexican border

17

  • Henryk Górecki’s Piano Sonata no.1 premiered in Helsinki

18

  • Dezider Kardoš (76) dies in Bratislava

19

  • John Adams’s opera The Death of Klinghoffer, lib. Goodman, premiered in Brussels

20

  • Eric Clapton’s four-year-old son, Conor, dies after falling 49 storeys from a New York apartment window

21

  • Leo Fender (81) dies in Fullerton, CA of Parkinson’s disease

22

  • Dave Guard (56) dies in Strafford County, NH of lymphoma

23

  • James Clarke’s Verstörung premiered in Brussels
  • REM have the UK number one album for one week with Out of Time

25

  • Eileen Joyce (78) dies in Redhill, Surrey after a fall
  • Sandy Williams (84) dies in New York
  • John Barry’s music for Kevin Costner’s film Dances with Wolves wins the best original score Oscar at the 63rd Academy Awards

26

  • Paul Gayten (71) dies in Los Angeles from bleeding ulcers

28

  • Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Searching for Roots (Hommage a Sibelius) for orchestra premiered in Helsinki

releases

  • Curve – Blindfold EP (Anxious UK)
  • Field Mice – September’s Not So Far Away (Sarah UK)
  • REM – Losing My Religion / Rotary Eleven (Warner Bros)
  • Ride – Today Forever EP (Creation)
  • Band of Susans – The Word and the Flesh (Restless)
  • Bob Dylan – The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3: Rare & Unreleased 1961-1991 (Columbia) Recorded 1961 to 1989. Box set
  • 808 State – EX:EL (ZTT K)
  • Kitchens of Distinction – Strange Free World (One Little Indian UK)
  • KLF – The White Room (KLF UK)
  • REM – Out of Time (Warner Bros)
  • Slint – Spiderland (Touch and Go)

Slint – Spiderland (Touch and Go)

Apr

6

  • John Cage’s One5 premiered in Madison, WN
  • Hans Werner Henze’s Der verwunschene Wald for orchestra premiered in Frankfurt
  • Record Mirror and Sounds both cease publication after nearly 37 and 21 years respectively

9

  • Friedrich Cerha’s Langegger Nachtmusik for orchestra premiered in Berlin

11

  • Michael Tippett’s Byzantium for solo voices and orchestra premiered in Chicago

13

  • The Aints play their first show in Sydney

14

  • Albert Henneberg (90) dies in Stockholm
  • Jonathan Lloyd’s Marching to a Different Song for soprano and chamber ensemble premiered in Bracknell, Berks

15

  • Andrzej Panufnik’s String Quartet No.3 premiered in London

17

  • Jack Yellen (98) dies in Concord, NY

18

  • Martin Hannett (42) dies in Manchester of heart failure
  • John Cage’s Europera V premiered in Buffalo

19

  • Charles Ives’s Studies nos.16 & 19 for piano premiered in Middletown, CT

20

  • Steve Marriott (44) dies in a fire at his house in Essex

21

  • Willi Boskovsky (81) dies in Visp, Switzerland

23

  • Johnny Thunders (38) dies in New Orleans, possibly drugs related but cause of death unconfirmed
  • Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Architectonics III “Postmetaminimal Dream” for octet premiered in Los Angeles

25

  • Einojuhani Rautavaara’s opera Auringon talo premiered in Helsinki

26

  • Leo Arnaud (86) dies in Hamptonville, NC

27

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Tetora for string quartet premiered in Witten

28

  • Gian Carlo Menotti’s cantata Llama de amor vita for baritone, chorus and orchestra premiered in Washington, DC

releases

  • Blur – There’s No Other Way (Food)
  • Hole – Dicknail / Burn Black (Sub Pop)
  • Fall – Shift-Work (Fontana UK)
  • Hilliard Ensemble – Tenebrae (ECM Germany)
  • Massive Attack – Blue Lines (Wild Bunch UK)
  • The Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld (Big Life UK)
  • Rain Tree Crow (Virgin UK)
  • This Mortal Coil – Blood (4AD UK)

The Hilliard Ensemble

May

2

  • Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto grosso no.5 for violin, orchestra and piano premiered in New York

3

  • Harry “The Hipster” Gibson (75) commits suicide in Brawley, CA

4

  • Alfred Schnittke’s Festive Chant for violin, piano, chorus and orchestra premiered in Moscow

8

  • Jean Langlais (84) dies in Paris
  • Rudolf Serkin (88) dies in Guilford, VT

9

  • Mauricio Kagel’s Opus 1.991 for orchestra premiered in Saarbrücken

10

  • Alek Keshishian’s documentary film Truth or Dare about Madonna’s Blonde Ambition tour opens

12

  • David Lang’s The Anvil Chorus for percussion premiered in New York

14

  • John Cage’s Eight for winds premiered in Washington, DC
  • James MacMillan’s Sinfonietta premiered in London

17

  • Harry Partch’s The Wayward Barstow: Eight Hitchhiker Inscriptions from a Highway Railing at Barstow, California staged for the first time in New York

18

  • Arthur Butterworth’s Northern Light op.88 premiered in Leeds
  • REM have the Billboard number one album for the first of two weeks over two runs with Out of Time

20

  • David Matthews’s Capriccio op.54 premiered in London

21

  • Julián Orbón (65) dies in Miami

22

  • John Cage’s One6 for violin premiered in San Diego

23

  • Wilhelm Kempff (95) dies in Positano, Italy
  • Masayuki Takayanagi (58) dies in Tokyo

24

  • Gene Clark (49) dies in Los Angeles following a heart attack
  • Guns ‘n’ Roses Use Your Illusion world tour kicks off in East Troy, WN. The final show of the tour takes place on 17 Jul 1993 in Buenos Aires
  • David Matthews’s Long Lion Days premiered in Norwich

25

  • Gunnar Johansen (85) dies in Madison, WN

28

  • David Matthews’s Symphony No.4 premiered in London

30

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s opera Gawain, lib. Harsent, premiered in London

31

  • David Sawer’s opera The Panic premiered in London

releases

  • Curve – Frozen EP (Anxious)
  • Kraftwerk – The Robots (EMI UK)
  • Manic Street Preachers – You Love Us (Heavenly)
  • REM – Shiny Happy People (Warner Bros)
  • Saint Etienne – Nothing Can Stop Us / Speedwell (Heavenly)
  • Gavin Bryars – After the Requiem (ECM Germany)
  • Elvis Costello – Mighty Like a Rose (Warner Bros)
  • De La Soul Is Dead (Tommy Boy)
  • Electronic (Factory UK)
  • Andrew Hill – But Not Farewell (Blue Note)
  • Ice T – OG Original Gangster (Rhyme Syndicate)
  • Melvins – Bullhead (Boner)
  • Mercury Rev – Yerself Is Steam (Mint Films)
  • David Murray Octet – Hope Scope (Black Saint Italy)
  • NWA – Niggaz4Life aka Efil4zaggin (Ruthless)
  • Seal (ZTT)
  • Smashing Pumpkins – Gish (Caroline)
  • Test Dept. – Pax Britannica (Ministry of Power)
  • Richard Thompson – Rumor and Sigh (Capitol)

Harrison Birtwistle – Gawain (Collins Classics)

Jun

1

  • David Ruffin (50) dies in Philadelphia following a cocaine overdose
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Ojai Festival Overture premiered in Ojai, CA
  • Seal has the UK number one album for the first of three weeks with Seal

5

  • Moritz Eggert’s The raven nevermore overture premiered in Munich

6

  • Stan Getz (64) dies in Malibu, CA of liver cancer
  • John Tavener’s Ikon of the Trinity for soprano, bass voice and chorus premiered in London

8

  • Moritz Eggert’s opera Home Sweet Home premiered in Munich
  • Bruce Springsteen marries Patti Scialfa in Beverley Hills, CA

9

  • David Matthews’s Scherzo Capriccioso premiered in Bath

11

  • Cromwell Everson (65) dies in Durban, South Africa
  • Alvin Lucier’s Clocker premiered and recorded at the Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

12

  • Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Momentum premiered in Birmingham

14

  • Benjamin Britten’s Christ’s Nativity, Christmas suite for choir premiered in Southwold

15

  • John Tavener’s Thunder Entered Her for chorus and organ premiered in St. Albans, Herts

16

  • Colin Matthews’s Duologue – Three Studies premiered in London

19

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Four Poems by Jaan Kaplinski for soprano and 13 players premiered in Snape

20

  • John Cage’s Four3 premiered in Zürich

22

  • NWA have the Billboard number one album for one week with Niggaz4Life

24

  • John Tavener’s Meditation on the Light for counter tenor, guitar and handbells premiered in London

25

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s opera The Spider’s Revenge premiered in Kirkwall
  • James MacMillan’s Tuireadh for clarinet and string quartet premiered in Kirkwall

26

  • John Cage’s Freeman Etudes (Books III and IV) for violin premiered in Zürich

28

  • Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio premiered in Liverpool

29

  • Jonathan Lloyd’s Restless Night for woodwind quintet premiered in Bournemouth

30

  • Jean-Claude Risset’s Reflets for speaker and 14 instruments premiered in Chartres

releases

  • Bryan Adams – (Everything I Do) I Do It for You (A&M)
  • LFO – We Are Back (Warp UK)
  • Massive Attack – Safe From Harm (Wild Bunch UK)
  • Pixies – Planet of Sound (4AD UK)
  • Primal Scream – Higher Than The Sun (Creation UK)
  • Slowdive – Holding Our Breath EP (Creation UK)
  • Barry Adamson – Delusion (Mute UK) Soundtrack to Carl Colpaert’s film
  • AMM ‎– The Nameless Uncarved Block (Matchless) recorded live in Basel and Zürich in Apr 1990
  • Balanescu Quartet – Michael Nyman: String Quartets 1-3 (Argo UK)
  • Anouar Brahem – Barzakh  (ECM)
  • Biosphere – Microgravity (Origo Sound Norway)
  • Kraftwerk – The Mix (EMI UK) Remixes and re-recordings of old tracks
  • The Curse of the Mekons (Blast First UK)
  • Saw Doctors – If This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll, I Want My Old Job Back (Solid UK) Irish rock band formed in Tuam, Galway in 1986. Davy Carton (vo, g) Leo Moran (vo, g, org) John Burke (mand, org, g, vo) Tony Lambert (accdn, org) Pearse Doherty (b, vo, p, fl)
  • Siouxsie & the Banshees – Superstition (Polydor)
  • Wedding Present – Seamonsters (RCA UK)
  • Yello – Baby (Mercury)
  • Young Gods Play Kurt Weill (PIAS Belgium)
  • Various – Pioneers of the Hypnotic Groove (Warp UK) Compilation featuring Forgemasters, LFO, Tricky Disco, Sweet Exorcist, Nightmares on Wax etc

Jean-Claude Risset b.1938

Jul

4

  • Arvo Pärt’s Silouans Song for strings premiered in Rättvik

6

  • Gavin Bryars’s The Green Ray premiered in Swanage, Dorset
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s The Lagavulin of Riberac for piano premiered in London
  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s opera Ubu Rex, lib. Jarocki and Penderecki after Jarry, premiered in Munich
  • Van Halen have the Billboard number one album for the first of three weeks with For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge

7

  • Bryan Adams has the UK number one single with (Everything I Do) I Do It for You for the first of a record 16 weeks
  • John Casken’s Cello Concerto premiered in Wotersen, Germany

13

  • Alfred Schnittke’s Madrigal, in memoriam Oleg Kagan for violin or cello premiered in Kreuth, Germany

14

  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Nangaloar for orchestra premiered in Aspen, CO
  • Isang Yun’s String Quartet no.5 premiered in Isselstein, Netherlands

18

  • The first Lollapalooza tour opens featuring Jane’s Addiction, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Nine Inch Nails, Body Count, Butthole Surfers, Rollins Band, Violent Femmes and Rage Against The Machine

19

  • Jacob Druckman’s Summer Lightning premiered in Tanglewood, MA
  • Alfred Schnittke suffers a second stroke in Hamburg

20

  • Earl Robinson (81) dies in a car accident in Seattle
  • Elliott Carter’s Scrivo in Vento for flute premiered in Avignon

21

  • Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Some Days premiered in London

27

  • Bryan Adams has the Billboard number one single for the first of seven weeks with (Everything I Do) I Do It for You
  • Natalie Cole has the Billboard number one album for the first of five weeks with Unforgettable… with Love

28

  • Hans Werner Henze’s Zwei Konzertarien for tenor and small orchestra premiered in Montepulciano

releases

  • Bomb The Bass – Winter In July (Rhythm King UK)
  • Moby – Go (Outer Rhythm UK)
  • Sebadoh – Gimme Indie Rock! EP (Homestead)
  • Vaselines – Dying for It / Bitch (Seminal Twang UK)
  • Bongwater – The Power of Pussy (Shimmy Disc)
  • Crowded House – Woodface (Capitol)
  • Fugazi – Steady Diet of Nothing (Dischord)
  • Salif Keita – Amen (Mango)
  • LFO – Frequencies (Warp UK)
  • Nation of Ulysses – 13-Point Program to Destroy America (Dischord)
  • Arvo Pärt – Miserere (ECM Germany)

Nation of Ulysses

Aug

2

  • Henryk Górecki’s Three Lullabies for chorus premiered in Lerchenborg, Denmark

4

  • Jeri Southern (64) dies in Los Angeles of pneumonia

6

  • Max Rostal (86) dies in Berne, Switzerland
  • Isang Yun’s Wind Quintet premiered in Altenhof

7

  • Rafael Cueto (91) dies in Havana
  • David Del Tredici’s An Alice Symphony premiered in Lennox, MA

8

  • Witold Lutoslawski’s Chantefleurs et Chantefables for soprano and orchestra premiered in London

10

  • Buster Smith (84) dies in Dallas following a heart attack

11

  • Helmut Walcha (83) dies in Frankfurt

14

  • Alan Parker’s musical film The Commitments opens, starring Robert Arkins, Colm Meaney, Andrew Strong and Maria Doyle

21

  • Erik Bergman’s Sub luna premiered in Helsinki

24

  • Washboard Willie (82) dies in Detroit
  • Metallica have the UK number one album for one week with Metallica

27

  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s Aus dem Stundenbuch for cello and orchestra, chorus and speaker premiered in Helsinki

28

  • Vince Taylor (52) dies in Lutry, Switzerland of cancer

31

  • Metallica have the Billboard number one album for the first of four weeks with Metallica 

releases

  • Blur – Bang (Food)
  • Come – Car (Sub Pop)
  • Field Mice – Missing the Moon EP (Sarah UK)
  • Hole – Teenage Whore (City Slang Germany)
  • Metallica – Enter Sandman (Vertigo)
  • Negativland – U2 EP (SST)
  • Orbital – Midnight / Choice (FFRR UK)
  • Pavement – Summer Babe (Drag City)
  • Prodigy – Charly EP (XL UK)
  • 2 Bad Mice – 2 Bad Mice / No Respect (Moving Shadow UK)
  • Babes In Toyland – To Mother (Twin Tone)
  • Blur – Leisure (Food)
  • Bomb the Bass – Unknown Territory (Rhythm King UK)
  • Disco Inferno – Open Doors, Closed Windows (Che UK)
  • Hole – Pretty on the Inside (Caroline)
  • Metallica (Elektra)
  • Pearl Jam – Ten (Epic)
  • Sebadoh III (Homestead)
  • Sonny Sharrock – Ask the Ages (Axiom)
  • Thin White Rope – The Ruby Sea (Frontier)

Babes In Toyland – To Mother (Twin Tone)

Sep

2

  • James Clarke’s La violenza delle idee premiered in Amsterdam

4

  • Charlie Barnet (77) dies in San Diego of pneumonia

5

  • Einar Englund’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra premiered in Helsinki]
  • Island records obtain an injunction that eventually forced the recall and destruction of 13,000 copies of Negativland’s U2 single

8

  • Alex North (81) dies in Los Angeles

14

  • Giacomo Manzoni’s Malinamusik premiered in Rome
  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Irkanda IV for string quartet premiered in Perth, Western Australia
  • Toru Takemitsu’s Fantasma / Cantos for clarinet and orchestra premiered in Cardiff

17

  • Zino Francescatti (89) dies in La Ciotat, France
  • Rob Tyner (46) dies in Berkley, MI following a heart attack

18

  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s Straight and Crooked for seven percussionists premiered in Turin

19

  • Robin Holloway’s Summer Music: Concertino no.5 for oboe, clarinet and string quartet premiered in London
  • John Tavener’s The Repentant Thief for clarinet, percussion and strings premiered in London
  • Isang Yun’s Concerto for oboe and orchestra premiered in Berlin

20

  • Tom Anderson (81) dies in Lerwick following a series of strokes

21

  • Dire Straits have the UK number one album for one week with On Every Street

22

  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Lament for cello and strings  premiered in Sydney

24

  • Peter Bellamy (47) commits suicide in Keighley, Yorkshire

26

  • Charles Wuorinen’s Genesis for chorus and orchestra premiered in San Francisco
  • Isang Yun’s Sonata for violin and piano premiered in Frankfurt

28

  • Eugène Bozza (86) dies in Valenciennes, France
  • Miles Davis (65) dies in Santa Monica, CA of the combined effects of a stroke and respiratory failure
  • Guns ‘n’ Roses have the UK number one album for one week with Use Your Illusion II

29

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Invasion premiered in Frankfurt

releases

  • AFX – Analogiue Bubblebath EP (Mighty Force UK)
  • Beltram – Energy Flash EP (R&S Belgium)
  • Del tha Funkee Homosapien – Mistadobalina (Elektra)
  • Pearl Jam – Alive (Epic)
  • Stereolab – Super-Electric EP (Too Pure)
  • Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored (Silvertone)
  • Uncle Tupelo – Gun / I Wanna Destroy You (Rockville)
  • A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory (Jive)
  • Bryan Adams – Waking Up the Neighbours (A&M)
  • Billy Bragg – Don’t Try This at Home (Go Discs UK)
  • Garth Brooks – Ropin’ the Wind (Liberty)
  • Cranes – Wings of Joy (Dedicated UK)
  • Dire Straits – On Every Street (Vertigo)
  • Field Mice – For Keeps (Sarah UK)
  • DJ Food – Jazz Brakes vol. 2 (Ninja Tune UK)
  • Guns ‘n’ Roses – Use Your Illusion I (Geffen)
  • Guns ‘n’ Roses – Use Your Illusion II (Geffen)
  • His Name Is Alive – Home Is in Your Head (4AD UK)
  • Van Morrison – Hymns to the Silence (Polydor)
  • Nightmares on Wax – A Word of Science (Warp UK)
  • Nirvana – Nevermind (DGC)
  • Pixies – Trompe le monde (4AD UK)
  • Primal Scream – Screamadelica (Creation UK)
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik (Warner Bros)
  • Simply Red – Stars (East West)
  • Slowdive – Just for a Day (Creation UK)
  • Talk Talk – Laughing Stock (EMI)
  • Uncle Tupelo – Still Feel Gone (Rockville)
  • Walkabouts – Scavenger (Sub Pop)
  • Robert Wyatt – Dondestan (Rough Trade)

Uncle Tupelo

Oct

1

  • Mikis Theodorakis’s opera Medea, lib. Euripides, premiered in Bilbao

5

  • Bill Graham (60) killed in a helicopter crash near Vallejo, CA
  • Bryan Adams has the UK number one album for one week with Waking Up the Neighbours
  • Guns ‘n’ Roses have the Billboard number one album for the first of two weeks with Use Your Illusion II

6

  • Igor Talkov (34) shot dead in St Petersburg. His former manager Valeriy Schlyafman was accused of the murder but fled to Israel before he could be charged. Schlyafman blamed the KGB
  • Alan Hovhaness’s Symphony no.65 “Artstakh” premiered in New York at an eightieth birthday concert
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Dox-Orkh for violin and orchestra premiered in Strasbourg

8

  • Hans-Jürgen von Bose’s Scene premiered in London

11

  • Alvin Lucier’s Navigations for string quartet premiered in Frankfurt

12

  • Simply Red have the UK number one album for the first of twelve weeks over five runs with Stars

13

  • Toru Takemitsu’s Quotation of Dream–Say Sea, Take Me! for two pianos and orchestra premiered in London

15

  • Oliver Knussen’s Whitman Settings for soprano & piano premiered in Birmingham (complete)

16

  • Boris Papandopulo (85) dies in Zagreb

17

  • Tennessee Ernie Ford (72) dies in Reston, VA of cirrhosis

19

  • Mauricio Kagel’s …den 24. xii. 1931 for baritone and eight players premiered in Donaueschingen
  • David Matthews’s String Quartet No.6 premiered in Little Missenden, Bucks

21

  • Lorenc Antoni (82) dies in Pristina, Serbia
  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Gawain’s Journey for orchestra premiered in Vienna
  • Conlon Nancarrow’s Para Yoko for player piano premiered in Paris

25

  • John Cage’s Three2 for three percussionists premiered in New York

26

  • Conlon Nancarrow’s Study for Player Piano no.46 premiered in Paris

27

  • Andrzej Panufnik (77) dies in London
  • Henryk Górecki’s Quasi una Fantasia for string quartet premiered in Cleveland
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Bildlos / Weglos for seven sopranos and orchestra premiered in Vienna

28

  • Sylvia Fine (78) dies in New York of emphysema
  • Niccolò Castiglioni’s Romanze for string quartet premiered in London

31

  • Simon Gjoni (66) dies in Tirana, Albania

releases

  • Tori Amos – Silent All These Years / Me And A Gun (East West)
  • Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy – Television, The Drug Of The Nation EP (Fourth & Broadway UK)
  • PJ Harvey – Dress / Water / Dry (Too Pure UK)
  • Kraftwerk – Radioactivity (EMI UK)
  • Pet Shop Boys – DJ Culture (Parlophone)
  • Public Enemy – Can’t Truss It (Def Jam)
  • U2 – The Fly (Island)
  • American Music Club – Everclear (Alias)
  • Del Tha Funkee Homosapien – I Wish My Brother George Was Here (Elektra)
  • Hafler Trio – Kill the King (Staalplaat Netherlands)
  • Levellers – Levelling the Land (China UK)
  • Orbital (FFRR UK)
  • Prince – Diamonds and Pearls (Warner Bros)
  • Public Enemy – Apocalypse ’91…The Enemy Strikes Black (Def Jam)
  • Saint Etienne – Foxbase Alpha (Heavenly UK)
  • Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger (A&M)
  • Neil Young – Weld (Reprise) Recorded live between Feb & Apr 1991

Orbital (Ffrr)

Nov

2

  • U2 have the UK number one single for one week with The Fly

3

  • Mort Shuman (54) dies in London of complications following a liver operation
  • A free tribute concert to promoter Bill Graham is held in San Francisco featuring  Santana, Grateful Dead, Journey and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

6

  • Toru Takemitsu’s How Slow the Wind for orchestra premiered in Glasgow

7

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s An Interrupted Endless Melody for oboe and piano premiered in London
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s First Grace of Light for oboe premiered in London
  • Oliver Knussen’s Elegiac Arabesques (in memory of Andrzej Panufnik) for cor Anglais and clarinet premiered in London
  • Izzy Stradlin quits Guns N’ Roses

9

  • Prince has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Cream

11

  • John Adams’s El Dorado for orchestra premiered in San Francisco
  • Terry Riley’s Mexico City Blues for orchestra premiered in New York

14

  • Bryden Thomson (63) dies in Dublin of cancer

15

  • John Cage’s Two4 for violin and piano premiered in Washington, DC
  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s String Trio premiered in Metz

16

  • Enya has the UK number one album for one week with Shepherd Moons
  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s Silenzio for bayan, violin and cello premiered in Hannover

17

  • Iannis Xenakis’s GENDY3 for tape premiered in Metz

18

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Freize I for string quartet premiered in Vienna
  • Pierre Boulez’s Anthèmes I for violin premiered in Vienna
  • Olivier Messiaen’s Pièce pour piano et quatuor à cordes premiered in Vienna
  • Arvo Pärt’s Psalmen for string quartet premiered in Vienna
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Zwischen den Zeilen for string quartet premiered in Vienna

22

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Das Rot, six poems for high voice and piano premiered in Vienna

23

  • Genesis have the UK number one album for one week with We Can’t Dance
  • Michael Jackson has the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Black or White
  • Conlon Nancarrow’s Trio no.2 for oboe, bassoon and piano premiered in New York

24

  • Eric Carr (41) dies in New York from heart cancer
  • Freddie Mercury (45) dies in London of AIDS

26

  • James MacMillan’s Intercession for three oboes premiered in Huddersfield

27

  • Harry Smith (68) dies in New York following a heart attack

30

  • John Cage’s One8 for cello & 108 for orchestra premiered simultaneously in Stuttgart
  • Michael Jackson has the UK number one album for one week with Dangerous

releases

  • Michael Jackson – Black or White (Epic)
  • KLF – Justified & Ancient (KLF)
  • Mercury Rev – Carwash Hair EP (Mint Films)
  • Metallica – The Unforgiven (Vertigo)
  • Ministry – Jesus Built My Hotrod / TV Song (Sire)
  • Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit / Even In His Youth (DGC)
  • Robert Owens – I’ll Be Your Friend (Perfecto UK)
  • REM – Radio Song (Warner Bros)
  • Throwing Muses – Not Too Soon (4AD)
  • Cypress Hill (Ruffhouse)
  • Drive Like Jehu (Headhunter)
  • Jan Garbarek – Star (ECM)
  • Ice Cube – Death Certificate (Priority)
  • Michael Jackson – Dangerous (Epic)
  • My Bloody Valentine – Loveless (Creation UK)
  • NoMeansNo – 0 + 2 = 1 (Alternative Tentacles)
  • Superchunk – No Pocky for Kitty (Matador)
  • Swans – White Light From the Mouth of Infinity (Young God)
  • U2 – Achtung Baby (Island)
  • Ultramarine ‎– Every Man And Woman Is A Star (Brainiak UK)
  • Unsane (Matador)

Robert Owens b.1961

Dec

2

  • John Cage’s One4 for percussion premiered in New York
  • Talking Heads announce that they have split up

4

  • Richard Dyer-Bennet (78) dies in Monterey, CA
  • John Cage’s Lullaby for music box premiered in Nice

5

  • Jonathan Lloyd’s Wa Wa Mozart for chamber orchestra premiered in London
  • Usko Meriläinen’s Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra premiered in Helsinki
  • Olivier Messiaen’s Un Sourire for orchestra premiered in Paris

7

  • Michael Jackson has the Billboard number one single for the first of seven weeks with Black or White
  • U2 have the Billboard number one album for one week with Achtung Baby

8

  • Buck Clayton (80) dies in New York
  • Jean-Claude Risset’s Triptyque for clarinet and orchestra premiered in Cannes

11

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Strathclyde Concerto no.5 for violin, viola and orchestra premiered in Glasgow
  • Peter Sculthorpe’s From Uluru for orchestra premiered in Sydney

14

  • Richard Dyer-Bennet (78) dies in Monterey, MA
  • Michael Jackson has the Billboard number one album for the first of four weeks with Dangerous

18

  • King Kolax (79) dies in Chicago of Alzheimer’s disease
  • John Corigliano’s opera The Ghosts of Versailles, lib. William Hoffman, premiered in New York

20

  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Threnody for solo cello premiered in Sydney

22

  • Beaver Harris (55) dies in New York of prostate cancer

27

  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s Sonata for two percussionists premiered in Moscow

28

  • Michael Tippett’s Autumn for oboe and piano premiered on BBC radio

31

  • Laurdine “Pat” Patrick (62) dies in Moline, IL

releases

  • Aphex Twin – Analog Bubblebath Vol. 2 EP (Rabbit City UK)
  • Guns ‘n’ Roses – November Rain (Geffen)
  • Pet Shop Boys – Was It Worth It? (Parlophone)
  • Prodigy – Everybody In The Place / G-Force (Energy Flow) (XL UK)
  • Sugarcubes – Hit (One Little Indian)
  • UHF – UHF EP (XL UK) Richard Hall aka Moby
  • Aints – Ascension (Hot Australia)
  • Cul De Sac – ECIM (Capella)
  • Peter Hammill – The Fall of the House of Usher (Some Bizzare UK) Recorded opera with Hammill, Lene Lovich, Andy Bell, Sarah Jane Morris and Herbert Grönemeyer playing various roles
  • Techno Animal – Ghosts (Pathological UK)

Techno Animal – Ghosts (Pathological)

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