1992

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Jan

1

  • Jonathan Lloyd’s There for guitar and strings premiered in Snape

11

  • Nirvana have the Billboard number one album for the first of two weeks over two runs with Nevermind
  • Paul Simon becomes the first major western artist to tour South Africa following the lifting of the cultural boycott

12

  • Ennio Morricone’s Epitaffi sparsi premiered in Basel

14

  • Jerry Nolan (45) dies in New York following a stroke
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Kolchis for percussion, harp, piano, cello and bass premiered in Vienna

17

  • Charlie Ventura (75) dies in Pleasantville, NJ of lung cancer

19

  • John Cage’s Five2 for english horn, two clarinets, bass clarinet and timpani premiered in Cologne
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Am Horizont for violin, cello and accordion premiered in Cologne

20

  • Malcolm Arnold’s Symphony No. 9 premiered in Manchester

21

  • Boris Arapov (86) dies in St Petersburg
  • Champion Jack Dupree (81) dies in Hannover of cancer
  • Roberto Gerhard’s operetta the Duenna, lib. Gerhard after Sheridan, premiered in Madrid, 45 years after its completion
  • Robin Holloway’s The Spacious Firmament for chorus and orchestra premiered in Birmingham

24

  • Ken Darby (82) dies in Sherman Oaks, CA

25

  • Dizzy Gillespie makes his final studio recordings in New York
  • The first Big Day Out festival takes place in Sydney. Acts appearing include Nirvana, the Celibate Rifles, Died Pretty, Henry Rollins and the Violent Femmes

29

  • Willie Dixon (76) dies in Burbank, CA of heart failure
  • Tori Amos begins her first world tour in London. It ends ten months later in New Zealand
  • Charles Wuorinen’s ballet Delight of the Muses premiered in New York

30

  • John Cage’s Two5 for trombone and piano premiered in Frankfurt

releases

  • Tori Amos – China (East West)
  • Bang Bang Machine – The Geek EP (Jimmie Kidd UK)
  • LTJ Bukem – Demon’s Theme / A Couple of Beats (Good Looking UK)
  • Del Tha Funkee Homosapien – Mistadobalina (Elektra)
  • Disco Inferno – Entertainment / The Arc in Round (Che UK)
  • LFO – What is House? EP (Warp UK)
  • Manic Street Preachers – You Love Us (Columbia)
  • Public Enemy – Shut ’em Down (Def Jam)
  • Wedding Present – Blue Eyes / Cattle and Cane (RCA UK). The first of the band’s twelve 7″ singles released monthly through 1992
  • Afghan Whigs – Congregation (Sub Pop)
  • Tori Amos – Little Earthquakes (Atlantic)
  • Iris Dement – Infamous Angel (Warner Bros)
  • Green Day – Kerplunk (Lookout)
  • Lush – Spooky (4AD UK)
  • Lou Reed – Magic and Loss (Sire)
  • Swans – Love of Life (Young God) recorded 10/91 to 12/91

Swans – Love of Life (Young God)

Feb

3

  • Junior Cook (57) dies in New York

4

  • Constança Capdeville (54) dies in Caxias, Portugal of cancer

8

  • Kurt Schwertsik’s ballet Frida Kahlo premiered in Bremen

9

  • Kalevi Aho’s Chamber Symphony No.2 premiered in Kokkola, Finland
  • André Boucourechliev’s Miroir 2 (Five pieces for string quartet) premiered in Paris
  • Arvo Pärt’s And one of the Pharisees for alto, tenor and bass voices premiered in Davis, CA
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s opera Die Eroberung von Mexiko premiered in Hamburg, lib. Antonin Artaud and Octavio Paz

15

  • William Schuman (81) dies in New York
  • Philip Glass’s String Quartet no.5 premiered in New York
  • Anthony Powers’s String Quartet No.2 premiered in Taunton, Somerset

17

  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Sinfonietta no.1 for strings premiered in Warsaw

23

  • Charles Wuorinen’s Missa brevis for chorus and organ premiered in New York

24

  • John Cage’s Ten for flute, oboe, clarinet, trombone, percussion, string quartet and piano premiered in Amsterdam
  • Kurt Cobain marries Courtney Love

26

  • The 34th Grammy Awards are held in Los Angeles. Natalie Cole wins record of the year with Unforgettable and album of the year with Unforgettable… with Love. Other winners include REM, BB King, Buddy Guy, John Barry, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Garth Brooks, John Prine, Boyz II Men, LL Cool J, Shabba Ranks, Van Halen, Metallica and Sting

27

  • Aulis Sallinen’s opera Kullervo premiered in Los Angeles

29

  • U2 begin their Zoo TV tour in Lakeland, FL. The tour ends on 10 Dec 1993 in Tokyo.

releases

  • PJ Harvey – Sheela-na-gig (Too Pure UK)
  • Massive Attack – Massive Attack EP (Wild Bunch UK)
  • Orbital – Mutations EP (FFRR UK)
  • Ride – Leave Them All Behind (Creation)
  • TLC – Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg (LaFace)
  • Guided by Voices – Propeller (Scat)
  • Manic Street Preachers – Generation Terrorists (Columbia UK)
  • Pantera – Vulgar Display of Power (Atco)
  • Rollins Band – The End of Silence (Imago)
  • Social Distortion – Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell (Epic)
  • Sugarcubes – Stick Around for Joy (One Little Indian)
  • Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip (La Face)
  • Yo La Tengo – May I Sing With Me (Alias)
  • Young Gods – TV Sky (PIAS Belgium)

Manic Street Preachers

Mar

4

  • Sándor Veress (85) dies in Bern

5

  • Oliver Knussen’s Whitman Settings for soprano & orchestra premiered in London
  • Colin Matthews’s Broken Symmetry premiered in London

7

  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Hill-Song no.1 for string quartet premiered in Longford, Tasmania

8

  • Red Callender (76) dies in Saugus, CA
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Étude pour Séraphin for brass and percussion premiered in Karlsruhe

11

  • Robin Holloway’s Hymn to the Senses for chorus premiered in Cambridge

13

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Strathclyde Concerto no.6 for flute and orchestra & Ban: Vanitas for string orchestra premiered in Glasgow

16

  • David Lang’s Press Release for bass clarinet premiered in Cambridge, MA

19

  • Brian Elias’s ballet The Judas Tree premiered in London

20

  • Georges Delerue (67) dies in Los Angeles following a heart attack

21

  • Jean-Claude Risset’s Luraï for celtic harp and synthesizer premiered on Radio-France, Paris

24

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Roáï for orchestra premiered in Berlin

25

  • Phillip Wilson (50) murdered during a burglary at his home in New York

27

  • Harald Sæverud (94) dies in Bergen
  • Robin Holloway’s Concerto for violin and orchestra premiered in Manchester
  • Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Zeitraum for orchestra premiered in Tallinn

28

  • Colin Matthews’s Three Machines premiered in Cleveland, OH

30

  • Alan Menken’s music for Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise’s film Beauty and the Beast wins the best original score Oscar at the 64th Academy Awards
  • REM begin recording the album Automatic For The People album at Bearsville Studios, Woodstock, NY

releases

  • Blur – Popscene (Food)
  • Coco Steel And Lovebomb – Feel It (Warp UK)
  • Fall – Free Range (Cog Sinister UK)
  • KLF – America: What Time Is Love? (KLF)
  • Nirvana – Come As You Are (DGC)
  • U2 – One (Island)
  • 3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life of Arrested Development (Chrysalis)
  • Bad Religion – Generator (Epitaph)
  • Body Count (Sire)
  • Buffalo Tom – Let Me Come Over (Situation 2 UK)
  • Current 93 – Thunder Perfect Mind (Durtro UK)
  • Fall – Code: Selfish (Fontana UK)
  • Peter Hammill – Fireships (Rough Trade Deutschland)
  • Kronos Quartet – Pieces of Africa (Nonesuch) Compositions by Dumisani Maraire, Hassan Hakmoun, Foday Musa Suso, Justinian Tamusuza, Hamza el Din, Obo Addy & Kevin Volans
  • KD Lang – Ingénue (Sire) recorded 1991
  • Oyster Band – Deserters (Cooking Vinyl UK)
  • Márta Sebestyén – Apocrypha (Hannibal)
  • Bruce Springsteen – Human Touch (Columbia)
  • Bruce Springsteen – Lucky Town (Columbia)

Kronos Quartet – Pieces of Africa (Nonesuch)

Apr

4

  • Arthur Russell (40) dies in New York of AIDS
  • Bruce Springsteen has the UK number one album for one week with Human Touch

7

  • Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Spiel for cello and guitar premiered in Karlsruhe
  • Isang Yun’s String Quartet no.6 premiered in Basel

11

  • Def Leppard have the UK number one album for one week with Adrenalize

12

  • Reinhard Febel’s opera Sekunden und Jahre des Caspar Hauser [Seconds and years of Caspar Hauser], lib. Lukas Hemleb, premiered in Dortmund

13

  • Alfred Schnittke’s opera Life with an Idiot, lib. Yerofeyev, premiered in Amsterdam

18

  • Def Leppard have the Billboard number one album for the first of five weeks with Adrenalize
  • Annie Lennox has the UK number one album for one week with Diva
  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Benedicamus Domino for male chorus premiered in Lucerne

19

  • Gavin Bryars’s Die letzten Tage premiered in Seville

20

  • Johnny Shines (76) dies in Tuscaloosa, AL

22

  • Olivier Messiaen undergoes an operation in Paris to support two collapsed vertebrae

25

  • John Cage’s Five4 for two saxophones and three percussionists premiered in Witten
  • Jacob Druckman’s Seraphic Games premiered in Costa Mesa, CA

26

  • Oliver Knussen’s Songs without Voices for flute, cor Anglais, clarinet, horn, piano & string trio premiered in New York

27

  • Olivier Messiaen (83) dies in Paris

28

  • Andria Balanchivadze (85) dies in Tbilisi

29

  • Stephen Oliver (42) dies in London of AIDS
  • Jan Müller-Wieland’s opera Das Gastspiel [the guest appearance], lib. Müller-Wieland after Frank Wedekind, premiered in Munich

releases

  • Blame – Music Takes You (Moving Shadow UK)
  • Flowered Up – Weekender (Heavenly)
  • Sophie B. Hawkins – Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover (Columbia)
  • SL2 – On a Ragga Tip (XL)
  • Barry Adamson – Soul Murder (Mute UK)
  • Cure – Wish (Fiction)
  • Disco Inferno – In Debt (Che UK)
  • Godflesh – Pure (Earache UK)
  • PJ Harvey – Dry (Too Pure UK)
  • Thomas Köner – Teimo (Barooni Netherlands)
  • Laibach – Kapital (Mute UK)
  • Pavement – Slanted & Enchanted (Matador)
  • Pulp – Separations (Fire UK)
  • Tom Waits – Night on Earth (Island) Soundtrack to Jim Jarmusch’s film
  • XTC – Nonsuch (Virgin)

Arthur Russell 1951-92

May

2

  • The Cure have the UK number one album for one week with Wish

3

  • Iannis Xenakis’s La déesse Athéna for baritone and orchestra premiered in Athens

9

  • Michael Tippett’s String Quartet no.5 premiered in Sheffield

10

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s opera Dienstag aus Licht, lib. Stockhausen, premiered in Lisbon (concert performance)

13

  • Stan Hugill (85) dies in Aberystwyth
  • Colin Matthews’s Three Studies for clarinet and piano premiered in Dartington, Devon

14

  • The KLF announce their retirement from the music industry, immediately deleting their entire back catalogue

16

  • Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine have the UK number one album for one week with 1992 – The Love Album

17

  • Lawrence Welk (89) dies in Santa Monica, CA of pneumonia

19

  • Barbara Lee (44) dies in New York following a heart attack
  • Hans Vogt (81) dies in Metterich, Germany
  • Toru Takemitsu’s And Then I Knew ‘Twas Wind for flute, viola and harp premiered in Tokyo

23

  • Iron Maiden have the UK number one album for one week with Fear of the Dark
  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Tropic for clarinet, violin, two guitars, bass and percussion premiered in Brighton

26

  • George Morrow (66) dies in Orlando, FL

27

  • Uncle Charlie Osborne (101) dies in Tumbez, VA

29

  • Ollie Halsall (43) dies in Madrid of a heroin overdose
  • David Matthews’s The Sleeping Lord premiered in Bath

30

  • The Black Crowes have the Billboard number one album for one week with The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion

unk

  • Robert Simpson’s Symphony No.11 & Flute Concerto premiered in Malvern

releases

  • Aphex Twin – Digeridoo EP (R&S UK)
  • Cure – Friday I’m in Love (Fiction)
  • Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy – Language of Violence (Fourth & Broadway UK)
  • Future Sound of London – Papua New Guinea (Jumpin’ & Pumpin’ UK)
  • Pearl Jam – Jeremy (Epic)
  • Radiohead – Drill EP (Parlophone UK)
  • Saint Etienne – Join Our Club (Heavenly)
  • Wedding Present – Come Play With Me (RCA)
  • Beastie Boys – Check Your Head (Capitol)
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Henry’s Dream (Mute UK)
  • Sheila Chandra – Weaving My Ancestors’ Voices (Realworld UK)
  • Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy – Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury (Fourth & Broadway)
  • Fatima Mansions – Valhalla Avenue (Kitchenware UK)
  • Gang Starr – Daily Operation (Chrysalis)
  • Iron Maiden – Fear of the Dark (EMI)
  • Neurosis – Souls At Zero (Alternative Tentacles)
  • Spiritualized – Lazer Guided Melodies (Dedicated UK)
  • Stereolab – Peng (Too Pure UK)

Aphex Twin – Digeridoo EP (R&S)

Jun

6

  • Lionel Richie has the UK number one album for the first of six weeks with Back to Front 
  • John Tavener’s A Christmas Round for chorus & O, Do Not Move for chorus premiered in London

7

  • John Tavener’s The Child Lived for soprano and cello premiered in London

8

  • Alfred Uhl (83) dies in Vienna
  • Frederick Delius’s Six Partsongs premiered on BBC radio in London
  • The Orb release The Blue Room (Big Life). At 39 mins 57 secs it is the longest single ever to reach the UK singles chart.

13

  • George Crumb’s Easter Dawning premiered in Dayton, OH
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Gesungene Zeit for violin and orchestra premiered in Zürich

14

  • Elena Firsova’s Nostalgia for orchestra premiered in Kassel
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Behold, my people are a tree: Independence Cantata 1992 premiered in Joensuu, Finland

17

  • Philip Glass’s Concerto grosso for orchestra premiered in Bonn

19

  • John Cage’s Six for six percussionists premiered in Den Haag
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s musical theatre piece A Selkie Tale premiered in Kirkwall, Orkney
  • John Tavener’s Mary of Egypt for musicians and dancers premiered in Snape

20

  • Charles Groves (77) dies in London following a heart attack
  • Aaron Copland’s ballet Grohg premiered in London
  • Jonathan Lloyd’s Then for guitar ensemble premiered in Exeter

22

  • John Cage’s ONE12 premiered in Perugini, Italy
  • Isang Yun’s Concerto for violin and orchestra no.3 premiered in Amsterdam

24

  • Andrzej Panufnik’s Cello Concerto premiered in London

26

  • (to 28th) The 1992 Glastonbury Festival is held at Worthy Farm, Somerset featuring Television, The Breeders, Lou Reed, The Fall, Tom Jones, Van Morrison, Buddy Guy, Richard Thompson, Billy Bragg, The Orb, Primal Scream and Blur

27

  • Charles Tyler (50) dies in Toulon, France

28

  • Vitya Vronsky (82) dies in Cleveland

30

  • Elliott Carter’s Trilogy for oboe and harp premiered in Pontino, Italy

releases

  • Tori Amos – Crucify (East West)
  • Aphex Twin – Xylem Tube EP (R&S Belgium)
  • Eric B. & Rakim – Don’t Sweat the Technique (MCA)
  • Buffalo Tom – Tail Lights Fade (Situation 2 UK)
  • House Of Pain – Jump Around (Tommy Boy)
  • Madonna – This Used to Be My Playground (Sire)
  • Manic Street Preachers – Motorcycle Emptiness (Columbia UK)
  • The Orb – The Blue Room (Big Life UK)
  • Aints – Autocannibalism (Hot Australia)
  • Drop Nineteens – Delaware (Caroline)
  • Eric B & Rakim – Don’t Sweat the Technique (MCA)
  • Faith No More – Angel Dust (Slash)
  • Khaled (Barclay France)
  • Kyuss – Blues for the Red Sun (Dali)
  • Lemonheads – It’s a Shame About Ray (Atlantic)
  • Jeff Mills – Waveform Transmission Vol.1 (Tresor Germany)
  • Mr. Fingers – Introduction (MCA)
  • Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – Mecca and the Soul Brother (Elektra)
  • Skinny Puppy – Last Rights (Nettwerk Canada)
  • Suicidal Tendencies – The Art of Rebellion (Epic)
  • Ali Farka Touré – The Source (World Circuit)
  • Wedding Present – Hit Parade 1 (RCA UK) Collection of first six A & B sides of the band’s 1992 single per month campaign
  • Various – The Evolution of the Groove (Warp UK) Includes tracks by Coco Steel & Lovebomb, DSR, Kid Unknown, LFO, Nightmares on Wax, Rhythm Invention and Wild Planet

Drop Nineteens – Delaware (Caroline)

Jul

2

  • Camarón de la Isla (41) dies in Badalona, Spain of lung cancer
  • Jonathan Lloyd’s Ballad for the Evening of a Man for flute, violin, viola and cello premiered in London

4

  • Joe Newman (69) dies in New York following a stroke
  • Elena Firsova’s Augury for chorus and orchestra premiered in London

5

  • Georgia Brown (58) dies in London of complications following surgery

10

  • Volker David Kirchner’s 2. Sinfonie “Mythen” premiered in Wiesbaden
  • Anthony Powers’s The Memory Room premiered in Lichfield, Staffs

15

  • John Tavener’s The Last Sleep of the Virgin for string quartet and handbells premiered in Cheltenham

16

  • Thomas Adès’s Fool’s Rhymes premiered in Cambridge

18

  • Whitney Houston marries Bobby Brown
  • The Orb have the UK number one album for one week with UFOrb

20

  • James Clarke’s Oboe Quintet premiered in Darmstadt

23

  • John Cage’s Four6 premiered in New York

25

  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s Tatar Dance for bayan and two double basses premiered in Hitzacker, Germany

26

  • Mary Wells (49) dies in Los Angeles of throat cancer

29

  • William Mathias (57) dies in St Asaph, Wales
  • Thomas Adès’s Under Hamelin Hill premiered in Ely, Cambs
  • Colin Matthews’s Palinode premiered in Cambridge

31

  • John Casken’s Still mine premiered in London
  • Alexander Goehr’s oratorio The Death of Moses, lib. Hollander, premiered in Seville

releases

  • Caustic Window – Joyrex J4 EP (Rephlex UK) Richard D James
  • Caustic Window – Joyrex J5 EP (Rephlex UK)
  • Electronic – Disappointed (Parlophone)
  • Nirvana – Lithium (DGC)
  • Sonic Youth – 100% (DGC)
  • Mary J Blige – What’s the 411? (Uptown)
  • Deep Forest (Columbia)
  • DJ Food – Jazz Brakes vol. 3 (Ninja Tune UK)
  • Future Sound of London – Accelerator (Jumpin’ & Pumpin’ UK)
  • Ghost – Second Time Around (PSF Japan)
  • Henryk Górecki – Symphony No 3 “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs” op. 36 (Nonesuch) London Sinfonietta (orch) David Zinman (cond) Dawn Upshaw (soprano vo)
  • House of Pain (Tommy Boy)
  • Ministry – ΚΕΦΑΛΗΞΘ aka Psalm 69 (Sire)
  • Moby (Instinct)
  • Orb – U.F.Orb (Big Life UK)
  • Sonic Youth – Dirty (DGC)
  • Various – Artificial Intelligence (Warp UK)  Compilation. First issue of Warp’s Artificial Intelligence series with tracks by Autechre, Dice Man, IAO (Black Dog), Musicology (B12), Alex Paterson (Orb), Speedy J and Up! (Richie Hawtin)

Dawn Upshaw b.1960

Aug

2

  • Michel Berger (44) dies in Ramatuelle, France following a heart attack

8

  • Madonna has the Billboard number one single for one week with This Used to Be My Playground
  • Snap have the UK number one single for the first of six weeks with Rhythm Is a Dancer

10

  • Annisteen Allen (71) dies in New York
  • James MacMillan’s Veni, Veni, Emmanuel for percussion & orchestra premiered in London

12

  • John Cage (79) dies in New York following a stroke

14

  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Symphony no.5 premiered in Seoul

15

  • Boyz II Men have the Billboard number one single for the first of thirteen weeks with End of the Road, a record that stands for three months
  • INXS have the UK number one album for one week with Welcome to Wherever You Are

18

  • David Sawer’s Byrnan Wood for orchestra premiered in London

21

  • Theodor Berger (87) dies in Vienna
  • Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Architectonics VI for septet premiered in Helsinki

22

  • Genesis have the UK number one album for one week with We Can’t Dance

28

  • John Tavener’s A Village Wedding for counter tenor, two tenors and bass premiered in Penarth, Wales

30

  • Philip Glass’s Low Symphony for orchestra premiered in Munich, based on tracks from David Bowie’s 1977 album Low

releases

  • Tori Amos – Silent All These Years (East West)
  • Leftfield – Release the Pressure (Hard Hands UK)
  • Pavement – Trigger Cut EP (Matador)
  • Babes in Toyland – Fontanelle (Reprise)
  • Chills – Soft Bomb (Flying Nun)
  • Flaming Lips – Hit to Death in the Future Head (Warner Bros)
  • Nation of Ulysses Plays Pretty for Baby (Dischord)
  • Throwing Muses – Red Heaven (4AD UK) 
  • Uncle Tupelo – March 16-20, 1992 (Rockville)

Babes in Toyland

Sep

3

  • Bruno Bjelinski (82) dies in Zagreb

5

  • John Cage’s Twenty-Six; Twenty-Eight & Twenty-Nine for orchestra premiered in Frankfurt
  • Toru Takemitsu’s Ceremonial: An Autumn Ode for shô and orchestra premiered in Matsumotu, Japan

12

  • Colin Matthews’s Hidden Variables premiered in Gstaad, Switzerland
  • Jan Müller-Wieland’s opera Kain, lib. Müller-Wieland, premiered in Hamburg
  • Mike Oldfield has the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with Tubular Bells II

13

  • Elliott Carter’s Quintet for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and piano premiered in Cologne

14

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s La lugubre gondola / Das Eismeer for two orchestras and piano premiered in Duisburg

16

  • Isang Yun’s Quartet for horn, trumpet, trombone and piano premiered in Berlin

17

  • Frank Zappa makes his final professional public performance conducting the Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt

18

  • Earl Van Dyke (62) dies in Detroit of prostate cancer
  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Night for soprano, two clarinets, viola, cello and bass & Tenebrae for soprano, 2 clarinets, viola, cello and bass premiered in London
  • David Matthews’s Oboe Concerto op.57 premiered in London

19

  • Geraint Evans (70) dies in Aberystwyth
  • John Cage’s 103 for orchestra premiered in Cologne
  • The Shamen have the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with Ebeneezer Goode

20

  • Volker David Kirchner’s Bildnisse III premiered in Wiesbaden

22

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Sir Charles his Pavan for orchestra premiered in Manchester

23

  • Luciano Berio’s Chemins V for guitar and orchestra premiered in Bonn

releases

  • Bark Psychosis – Scum (Third Stone)
  • Orbital – Radiccio EP (Internal UK)
  • Radiohead – Creep EP (Parlophone UK)
  • REM – Drive (Warner Bros)
  • Suede – Metal Mickey (Nude)
  • Alice In Chains – Dirt (Columbia)
  • Boredoms – Pop Tatari (Warner Bros Japan)
  • John Cale – Fragments of a Rainy Season (Hannibal) recorded live in 1992
  • Brian Eno – Nerve Net (Opal)
  • Jayhawks – Hollywood Town Hall (American)
  • Prodigy – Experience (XL UK)
  • Red House Painters – Down Colorful Hill (4AD)
  • Sugar – Copper Blue (Creation UK)
  • Television (Capitol)
  • 10,000 Maniacs – Our Time in Eden (Elektra)
  • Suzanne Vega – 99.9 F° (A&M)
  • Tom Waits – Bone Machine (Island)
  • Paul Weller (Go Discs)

Red House Painters – Down Colorful Hill (4AD)

Oct

3

  • Isang Yun’s Trio for clarinet, bassoon and horn premiered in Hannover

5

  • Eddie Kendricks (52) dies in Birmingham, AL of lung cancer
  • Isang Yun’s Silla for orchestra premiered in Hannover

6

  • Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Architectonics VII for flute, cello and harpsichord premiered in Strasbourg

7

  • Ed Blackwell (62) dies in New Orleans of kidney failure
  • Harold Truscott (78) dies in Deal, Kent

8

  • Györgi Ligeti’s Concerto for violin and orchestra premiered in Cologne

10

  • REM have the UK number one album for one week with Automatic for the People

11

  • John Cage’s Fifty-eight for 58 wind players premiered in Graz

12

  • Philip Glass’s opera The Voyage, lib. Hwang, premiered in New York
  • Charles Wuorinen’s A Winter’s Tale for soprano, clarinet, horn, violin, viola, cello and piano premiered in Atlanta

17

  • Prince has the UK number one album for one week with Symbol”

23

  • Toru Takemitsu’s Rain Tree Sketch II–In Memoriam Olivier Messiaen for piano premiered in Yokohama

25

  • Roger Miller (56) dies in Los Angeles of lung and throat cancer

29

  • Kenneth MacMillan (62) dies in London following a heart attack
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Symphony No. 6 premiered in Helsinki

31

  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Dream Tracks for violin, clarinet and piano premiered in San Diego, CA

releases

  • Disco Inferno – Summer’s Last Sound / Love’s Stepping Out (Cheree UK)
  • Madonna – Erotica (Maverick)
  • Pulp – Babies (Gift)
  • Saint Etienne – Avenue (Heavenly)
  • Neneh Cherry – Homebrew (Circa)
  • Jesus Lizard – Liar (Touch and Go)
  • Madonna – Erotica (Maverick)
  • Prince – untitled aka ‘symbol’ (Warner Bros)
  • REM – Automatic for the People (Warner Bros)
  • Royal Trux (Drag City)
  • Saw Doctors – All the Way From Tuam (WEA)
  • Tomasz Stanko – Bluish (Power Bros)

Eddie Kendricks 1939-92

Nov

4

  • Pierre Wissmer (77) dies

5

  • Olivier Messiaen’s Eclairs sur l’au-delà for orchestra premiered in New York

6

  • John Cage’s Sixty-Eight for orchestra premiered in Frankfurt

7

  • Henri Temianka (85) dies in Los Angeles

8

  • Larry Levan (38) dies in New York from a congenital heart condition
  • John Cage’s Seventy-Four for orchestra premiered in New York
  • Vivian Fine’s Canciones y Danzas premiered in Cobleskill, NY
  • Alfred Schnittke’s music for the 1927 silent film The Last Days of St. Petersburg premiered in Frankfurt

11

  • Volker David Kirchner’s Trifoglietto premiered in Mainz

12

  • Ennio Morricone’s Third Concerto for guitar, marimba and orchestra premiered in Paris

13

  • Ronnie Bond (52) dies in Winchester
  • Maurice Ohana (79) dies in Paris

14

  • George Adams (52) dies in New York
  • Bon Jovi have the UK number one album for one week with Keep the Faith

15

  • Toots Mondello (81) dies
  • Jean-Claude Risset’s Saxatile for soprano saxophone and synthesizer premiered in Orléans

16

  • Kurt Schwertsik’s Baumgesänge premiered in Vienna

19

  • Kurt Schwertsik’s Uluru premiered in Vienna

23

  • Roy Acuff (89) dies in Nashville of heart failure

24

  • June Tyson (56) dies in Philadelphia of cancer
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Strathclyde Concerto no.7 for bass and orchestra premiered in Glasgow
  • John Tavener’s Eternal Memory for cello and strings premiered in Wellington, New Zealand

25

  • John Tavener’s Annunciation for vocal soloists and chorus premiered in London

26

  • Hans Werner Henze’s Drei geistliche Konzerte for trumpet and chamber orchestra premiered in Tokyo

27

  • Daniel Santos (76) dies in Ocala, FL

28

  • Henryk Górecki’s Concerto-Cantata for flute and orchestra premiered in Amsterdam
  • Whitney Houston has the Billboard number one single for the first of a record fourteen weeks with I Will Always Love You

29

  • Colin Matthews’s Contraflow premiered in Huddersfield
  • William Grant Still’s Those Who Wait for solo voices, chorus and orchestra premiered in Milwaukee

releases

  • Age Of Love – The Age Of Love (The Jam & Spoon Mixes) (React UK)
  • Tori Amos – Winter (East West)
  • Babes in Toyland – Bruise Violet (Southern UK)
  • Bang Bang Machine – Evil Circus EP (Parallel UK)
  • Pavement – Watery, Domestic EP (Matador)
  • Prodigy – Out Of Space / Ruff In The Jungle Bizness (XL UK)
  • REM – Man on the Moon (Warner Bros)
  • Tindersticks – Patchwork / Milky Teeth (Tippy Toe UK)
  • Uncle Tupelo – Sauget Wind (Rockville)
  • Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (Apollo Belgium)
  • Bettie Serveert – Palomine (Guernica UK)
  • Leonard Cohen – The Future (Columbia)
  • Bob Dylan – Good as I Been to You (Columbia)
  • Brian Eno – The Shutov Assembly (Warner Bros)
  • Goats – Tricks of the Shade (Ruffhouse)
  • Hanson Brothers – Gross Misconduct (Alternative Tentacles) Parody punk spin-off from NoMeansNo
  • Ice Cube – The Predator (Priority)
  • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Devotional Songs (Real World)
  • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Love Songs (Real World)
  • Paris – Sleeping With the Enemy (Scarface)
  • Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde (Delicious Vinyl)
  • Rage Against the Machine (Epic)
  • Paul Schütze – New Maps of Hell (Extreme Australia)
  • Sven Väth – Accident in Paradise (Eye Q Germany)
  • Neil Young – Harvest Moon (Reprise)

Kurt Schwertsik b.1935

Dec

1

  • David Matthews’s The Ship of Death op.46 premiered in Birmingham
  • Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Inquiétude du Fini for choir and orchestra premiered in Espoo, Finland

3

  • Bill Wyman quits the Rolling Stones

5

  • John Cage’s Two6 for violin and piano premiered in Orléans
  • Ice Cube has the Billboard number one album for one week with The Predator
  • Whitney Houston has the UK number one single for the first of ten weeks with I Will Always Love You
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Pu wijnuej we fyp for children’s choir premiered in Paris

7

  • Isang Yun’s Espace I for cello and piano premiered in Hamburg

11

  • Andy Kirk (94) dies in New York
  • Moritz Eggert’s opera Lunu premiered in Munich

12

  • Whitney Houston has the Billboard number one album for the first of twenty weeks over two runs with the soundtrack to the film The Bodyguard 

13

  • David Lang’s My Evil Twin for large ensemble premiered in Birmingham

14

  • Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Mimo II for oboe and orchestra premiered in Helsinki
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Paille in the wind for cello and piano premiered in Milan

19

  • Tom Waits & Robert Wilson’s musical play Alice premiered in Hamburg

21

  • Philip Farkas (78) dies in Bloomington, IN
  • Albert King (69) dies in Memphis following a heart attack
  • Nathan Milstein (88) dies in London following a heart attack

23

  • Eddie Hazel (42) dies in Plainfield, NJ from liver failure and internal bleeding

26

  • Nikita Magaloff (80) dies in Vevey, Switzerland

27

  • Stephen Albert (51) is killed in a car accident on Cape Cod

31

  • Jacob Druckman’s Demos premiered in Brussels

releases

  • Leftfield – Song of Life (Hard Hands UK)
  • Come – Eleven Eleven (Matador)
  • Damon & Naomi – More Sad Hits (Shimmy Disc)
  • Dr Dre – The Chronic (Death Row)
  • Melvins – Lysol (Boner)
  • Pete Namlook / Dr. Atmo – Silence (Fax Germany)
  • Swans – Omniscience (Young God) Recorded live  in 1992
  • Hector Zazou – Sahara Blue (Crammed Discs, Belgium)

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