1993

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Jan

4

  • Usko Meriläinen’s String Quartet No.3 premiered in Helsinki

5

  • Augusto Rodríguez (88) dies in San Juan, Puerto Rico

6

  • Dizzy Gillespie (75) dies in Englewood, NJ of pancreatic cancer
  • Rudolf Nureyev (54) dies in Paris of AIDS

11

  • Thomas Adès’s Still Sorrowing premiered in London
  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Concerto for flute and chamber orchestra premiered in Lausanne

13

  • Camargo Guarnieri (85) dies in São Paulo

14

  • David Matthews’s From Coastal Stations op.53 premiered in London
  • The Pixies announce that they have split

15

  • Sammy Cahn (79) dies in Los Angeles
  • Thea Musgrave’s opera The Story of Harriet Tubman, lib. Musgrave, premiered in Mobile, AL

17

  • John Adams’s Chamber Symphony for 15 instruments premiered in Den Haag

23

  • Genesis have the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with The Way We Walk, Volume Two: The Longs

27

  • Eddie Calhoun (71) dies in Chicago

29

  • James Clarke’s Maailma premiered in London

releases

  • Dinosaur Jr. – Start Choppin (Blanco Y Negro)
  • Duran Duran – Ordinary World (EMI)
  • Underworld – Mmm… Skyscraper I Love You (Boys’ Own UK)
  • Balanescu Quartet – Possessed (Mute UK)
  • Belly – Star (4AD UK)
  • Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet – The Juliet Letters (Warner Bros)
  • 808 State – Gorgeous (ZTT)
  • Pere Ubu – Story of My Life (Fontana)
  • Polygon Window – Surfing on Sine Waves (Warp UK) Richard D James
  • The The – Dusk (Epic)
  • Wedding Present – Hit Parade 2 (RCA UK) Collection of the last 6 A & B sides of the band’s 1992 single per month campaign

Alexander Bălănescu b.1954

Feb

3

  • Karel Goeyvaerts (69) dies in Antwerp

5

  • Witold Lutoslawski’s Symphony No.4 premiered in Los Angeles

12

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s The Turn of the Tide for orchestra with children’s chorus and instrumentalists premiered in Newcastle

13

  • Pierre Henry’s Maldoror for tape premiered in Paris
  • Arvo Pärt’s Fratres for violin, strings and percussion premiered in Perth, Western Australia

15

  • Pierre Henry’s Les chants de Maldoror in 50 episodes begins on France Musique radio, ending on 23 Apr

17

  • John Cage’s 13 for chamber ensemble premiered in Gütersloh, Germany

24

  • Hans Werner Henze’s Requiem, nine sacred concertos for piano, trumpet and chamber orchestra premiered in Berlin
  • The 35th Grammy Awards are held in Los Angeles. Eric Clapton wins record of the year for Tears in Heaven and album of the year for Unplugged. Other winners include Arrested Development, Tom Waits, Dr John, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, The Chieftains, McCoy Tyner, Boyz II Men, Miles Davis, U2 and Nine Inch Nails

25

  • Colin Matthews’s Memorial premiered in London

26

  • Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji’s Quaere Reliqua Hujus Materiei Inter Secretiora premiered in Vienna

27

  • Volker David Kirchner’s Missa Moguntina premiered in Mainz

releases

  • Huggy Bear – Her Jazz (Wiiija)
  • Ice Cube – It Was A Good Day (Priority)
  • Marxman – All About Eve (Talkin’ Loud UK)
  • Nirvana – Oh the Guilt / Jesus Lizard – Puss (Touch and Go)
  • Palace Brothers – Ohio River Boat Song (Drag City)
  • Pulp – Razzmatazz (Gift)
  • Radiohead – Anyone Can Play Guitar Parlophone UK)
  • Rage Against The Machine – Killing In The Name (Epic UK)
  • Saint Etienne – You’re in a Bad Way (Heavenly)
  • Sonic Youth – Sugar Kane (Geffen)
  • Suede – Animal Nitrate (Nude)
  • AFX – Analogue Bubblebath III (Rephlex UK) Richard D James
  • Dinosaur Jr – Where You Been (Blanco Y Negro)
  • Earth 2 (Sub Pop)
  • Einstürzende Neubauten – Tabula Rasa (Mute UK)
  • Philip Glass – Low Symphony (Point) Based on pieces from David Bowie’s Low album
  • God Machine – Scenes from the Second Storey (Fiction UK)
  • Grant Lee Buffalo – Fuzzy (Slash)
  • Naked City – Grand Guignol (Avant, Japan)
  • Radiohead – Pablo Honey (Parlophone UK)
  • Saint Etienne – So Tough (Heavenly UK)
  • Superchunk – On the Mouth (Matador)

Saint Etienne

Mar

3

  • Carlos Montoya (89) dies in Wainscott, NY of heart failure

4

  • Art Hodes (89) dies in Chicago
  • Thea Musgrave’s Midnight for chorus premiered in San Antonio, TX

7

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Five Distances for Five Instruments premiered in London
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Dritte Music for violin and orchestra premiered in Baden-Baden

8

  • Wilhelm Georg Berger (63) dies in Bucharest
  • Billy Eckstine (78) dies in Pittsburgh

9

  • Bob Crosby (79) dies in La Jolla, CA of cancer
  • Ennio Morricone’s Second Concerto for flute, cello and orchestra premiered in Turin

10

  • Camille Howard (78) dies in Los Angeles

19

  • Karen Dalton (55) dies in New York of AIDS
  • Jeff Ward (30) commits suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Thea Musgrave’s Wind Quintet premiered in Provo, UT
  • Charles Wuorinen’s Microsymphony premiered in Philadelphia

24

  • Albert Arlen (88) dies in Sunshine Coast, Queensland

25

  • Hans Werner Henze’s Piano Quintet premiered in Berkeley, CA

26

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Troorkh for trombone and orchestra premiered in Stockholm

27

  • Clifford Jordan (61) dies in New York

29

  • David Lang’s Cheating, Lying, Stealing for bass clarinet, cello, piano and percussion premiered in Pittsburgh
  • Alan Menken’s music for Ron Clements and John Musker’s film Aladdin wins the best original score Oscar at the 65th Academy Awards

31

  • Mitchell Parish (92) dies in New York
  • Nicanor Zabaleta (86) dies in San Juan, Puerto Rico

releases

  • Polygon Window – Quoth EP (Warp UK)
  • Prodigy – Wind It Up (Rewound) (XL)
  • Rage Against the Machine – Bullet in the Head (Epic)
  • Tindersticks – Marbles (Tippy Toe UK)
  • American Music Club – Mercury (Reprise)
  • Frank Black (4AD UK)
  • Black Dog Productions – Bytes (Warp UK)
  • Depeche Mode – Songs of Faith and Devotion (Mute UK)
  • Guided by Voices – Vampire on Titus (Scat)
  • Hex – Soundtrack to Global Chaos (Ninja Tune UK)
  • Pete Namlook – Air (Fax Germany)
  • Pavement – Westing (By Musket and Sextant) (Drag City) Compilation of various limited edition vinyl releases
  • Scanner (Ash UK)
  • Spooky – Gargantuan (Guerrila UK)
  • Suede (Nude)
  • Walkabouts – New West Motel (Glitterhouse Germany)

Black Dog Productions – Bytes (Warp)

Apr

3

  • Depeche Mode have the UK number one album for one week with Songs of Faith and Devotion
  • Peter Sculthorpe’s From Saibai for violin and piano premiered in Penrith, Australia

4

  • John Cage’s One10 for violin premiered in Baltimore

8

  • Marian Anderson (96) dies in Portland, OR of heart failure
  • Peter Sculthorpe’s From Nourlangie for piano quartet premiered in London

10

  • Depeche Mode have the Billboard number one album for one week with Songs of Faith and Devotion
  • Suede have the UK number one album for one week with Suede

17

  • David Bowie has the UK number one album for one week with Black Tie White Noise

19

  • Blas Galindo (83) dies in Mexico City

21

  • Daron Hagen’s opera Shining Brow, lib. Paul Muldoon, premiered in Madison, WN

22

  • Luciano Berio’s Epiphanies for female voices and orchestra premiered in Bonn
  • Pete Townshend’s musical Tommy opens on Broadway

23

  • Daniel Jones (80) dies in Swansea
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Plektó (Flechte) for flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin and cello premiered in Witten

29

  • Mick Ronson (46) dies in London of liver cancer

releases

  • Blur – For Tomorrow (Food)
  • Depeche Mode – Walking in My Shoes (Mute)
  • Fall – Why Are People Grudgeful? (Fontana)
  • PJ Harvey – 50ft Queenie (Island)
  • Hole – Beautiful Son (City Slang Germany)
  • New Order – Regret (London UK)
  • REM – Everybody Hurts (Warner Bros)
  • B12 – Electro-Soma (Warp UK)
  • David Bowie – Black Tie White Noise (Savage)
  • Fall – The Infotainment Scan (Permanent UK)
  • Jan Garbarek – Twelve Moons (ECM Germany)
  • David Gray – A Century Ends (Hut UK)
  • His Name Is Alive – Mouth by Mouth (4AD UK)
  • Kronos Quartet – Short Stories (Nonesuch)
  • William Orbit – Strange Cargo III (Virgin UK)
  • Sebadoh – Bubble and Scrape (Sub Pop)
  • Sugar – Beaster (Rykodisc)
  • Tool – Undertow (Volcano)

Tool

May

5

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Antiphonies for piano and orchestra premiered in Paris

7

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Dritte Musik for violin and orchestra premiered in Baden-Baden

9

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Antlitz for violin and piano premiered in Cologne

12

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Et nunc II for winds and percussion premiered in Vienna

13

  • Growling Tiger (77) dies in Trinidad

14

  • Claude Debussy’s unfinished opera Rodrigue et Chimène, lib. Mendes and completed by Langham Smith and Edison Denisov, premiered in Lyons
  • Philip Glass’s opera Orphée, lib. Glass after Cocteau, premiered in Cambridge, MA
  • Alexander Goehr’s I said, I will take heed for chorus and winds premiered in Amsterdam

15

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

16

  • Marv Johnson (54) dies in Columbia, SC following a stroke
  • Steve Reich’s The Cave for two sopranos, tenor, baritone, four percussionists, three keyboards, string quartet, two winds and videotape premiered in Vienna

18

  • Hans Werner Henze’s Adagio adagio for piano, violin and cello premiered in Darmstadt
  • Alred Schnittke’s Hommage à Zhivago premiered in Vienna

20

  • Carmelo Pace (86) dies in Malta

22

  • Mieczysław Horszowski (100) dies in Philadelphia

25

  • Alred Schnittke’s Trio for violin, cello and piano & Epilogue from the Ballet ‘Peer Gynt’ for cello, piano and tape premiered in Evian, France

27

  • Karel Husa’s Concerto for violin and orchestra premiered in New York
  • John Tavener’s Hymns of Paradise for bass singer, female chorus and six violins premiered in London

28

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s opera Dienstag aus Licht, lib. Stockhausen, premiered in Leipzig (staged version)

30

  • Sun Ra (79) dies in Birmingham, AL of pneumonia

31

  • Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera The Singing Child, lib. Menotti, premiered in Charleston, SC

releases

  • Radiohead – Pop Is Dead (Parlophone)
  • Saint Etienne – Hobart Paving / Who Do You Think You Are (Heavenly)
  • Slowdive – Outside Your Room EP (Creation UK)
  • Suede – So Young (Nude)
  • Blur – Modern Life Is Rubbish (Food UK)
  • Cranes – Forever (Dedicated UK)
  • Guru – Jazzmatazz (Chrysalis)
  • PJ Harvey – Rid of Me (Island UK)
  • Ken Ishii – Garden on the Palm (Sony Japan)
  • Janet Jackson – Janet (Virgin)
  • Jamiroquai – Emergency on Planet Earth (Columbia)
  • New Order – Republic (London UK)
  • NoMeansNo -Why Do They Call Me Mr. Happy? (Alternative Tentacles)
  • Orbital [2] (Internal UK)
  • Polvo – Today’s Active Lifestyles (Touch and Go)
  • Red House Painters [Rollercoaster] (4AD UK)
  • Run DMC – Down with the King (Profile)

Sun Ra 1914-93

Jun

4

  • Elliott Carter’s Gra for clarinet premiered in Pontino
  • Giacomo Manzoni’s opera Musiche per l’Oreste premiered in Rome

5

  • Conway Twitty (59) dies in Springfield, MO of an abdominal aortic aneurysm

7

  • Prince announces he is changing his name to a symbol, thus becoming known as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince for seven years

8

  • David Lang’s Thorn for flute premiered in Berlin

9

  • Arthur Alexander (53) dies in Nashville following a heart attack
  • Györgi Ligeti’s Concerto for violin and orchestra premiered in Lyons

11

  • Benjamin Britten’s Movement for septet premiered in Aldeburgh

12

  • Henryk Górecki’s Kleines Requiem für eine Polka for piano and 13 instruments premiered in Amsterdam
  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s Now always Snow for chamber chorus and chamber ensemble premiered in Amsterdam

15

  • David Lang’s Slow Movement for large amplified ensemble premiered in London
  • Alfred Schnittke’s Hommage à Grieg for orchestra premiered in Bergen

16

  • Lebert Lombardo (88) dies in Farmingdale, NY

25

  • (to 27th) The 1993 Glastonbury Festival is held at Worthy Farm, Somerset featuring Primal Scream, The Orb, Robert Plant, The Verve, The Velvet Underground and The Kinks

26

  • Jamiroquai have the UK number one album for the first of three weeks with Emergency on Planet Earth

28

  • Boris Christoff (79) dies in Rome

releases

  • Björk – Human Behaviour (One Little Indian)
  • Blur – Chemical World (Food)
  • Cypress Hill – Insane in the Brain (Ruffhouse)
  • Manic Street Preachers – From Despair to Where (Columbia)
  • New Order – Ruined In A Day (London)
  • Pet Shop Boys – Can You Forgive Her? (EMI)
  • Band Of Susans – Veil (Restless)
  • Flaming Lips – Transmissions from the Satellite Heart (Warner Bros)
  • DJ Food – Jazz Brakes vol. 4 (Ninja Tune UK)
  • F.U.S.E. – Dimension Intrusion (Warp UK)
  • Fugazi – In on the Kill Taker (Dischord)
  • Gunshot – Patriot Games (Vinyl Solution)
  • Manic Street Preachers – Gold Against the Soul (Columbia UK)
  • Palace Brothers – There Is No-One What Will Take Care of You (Drag City)
  • Liz Phair – Exile in Guyville (Matador)
  • Royal Trux – Cats and Dogs (Drag City)
  • Slowdive – Souvlaki (Creation UK)
  • Speedy J – Ginger (Warp UK)
  • Tony! Toni! Toné! – Sons of Soul (Mercury)
  • Ali Farka Touré – The Source (World Circuit UK)
  • Verve – A Storm In Heaven (Hut)
  • Paul Westerberg – 14 Songs (Sire)

Tony! Toni! Toné!

Jul

2

  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Memento Mori for orchestra premiered in Perth, Western Australia

4

  • Giacomo Manzoni’s The desert grows: Three metaphors from Friedrich Nietzsche for chorus and orchestra premiered in Ravenna

6

  • Robin Holloway’s Winter Music: Concertino no.6 for oboe, clarinet, trumpet, piano, violin and cello premiered in Leamington Spa

10

  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Third Sonata for Strings premiered in Darwin, Australia

14

  • Léo Ferré (76) dies in Castellina in Chianti, Italy

16

  • Thea Musgrave’s Wild Winter I: Lamentations for voices and viols premiered in Lichfield, Staffordshire

17

  • Take That have the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with Pray
  • U2 have the UK number one album for one week with Zooropa

20

  • Choker Campbell (77) dies in Detroit

21

  • George Benjamin’s Sudden Time premiered in London

23

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Mosaïques for orchestra premiered in Marseille

24

  • U2 have the Billboard number one album for the first of two weeks with Zooropa

25

  • John Tavener’s The Lord’s Prayer for chorus premiered in Bury St. Edmunds (the second setting by the composer)

releases

  • Caustic Window – Joyrex J9 EP (Rephlex UK) Richard D James
  • Disco Inferno – A Rock to Cling to / From the Devil to the Deep Blue Sea (Rough Trade UK)
  • PJ Harvey – Man-Size (Island UK)
  • Madonna – Rain (Maverick)
  • Manic Street Preachers – La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh) (Columbia)
  • Shara Nelson – Down That Road (Cooltempo)
  • Omni Trio – Mystic Steppers Vol 2 (Moving Shadow UK)
  • REM – Nightswimming (Warner Bros)
  • Take That – Pray (RCA)
  • Amorphous Androgynous – Tales of Ephidrina (Quigley UK) Future Sound of London
  • Björk – Debut (One Little Indian UK)
  • Boo Radleys – Giant Steps (Creation)
  • Cypress Hill – Black Sunday (Ruffhouse)
  • Hardfloor – TB Resuscitation (Harthouse Germany)
  • Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream (Virgin)
  • Esbjörn Svensson Trio – When Everyone Has Gone (Dragon)
  • David Sylvian & Robert Fripp – The First Day (Virgin UK)
  • U2 – Zooropa (Island)

Giacomo Manzoni b.1932

Aug

4

  • Kenny Drew (64) dies in Copenhagen

5

  • Eugen Suchon (84) dies in Bratislava

7

  • Roy Budd (46) dies of a brain haemorrhage
  • Cypress Hill have the Billboard number one album for the first of two weeks with Black Sunday
  • David Matthews’s A Little Threnody premiered in Deal, Kent

9

  • Unsuk Chin’s Akrostichon-Wortspiel (Acrostic-Wordplay) for soprano and ensemble premiered in London

10

  • Euronymous aka Øystein Aarseth (25), guitarist for death metal band Mayhem, stabbed to death in Oslo by bandmate Varg Vikernes
  • Eva Olmerová (59) dies in Prague of cirrhosis

11

  • Gita Gutawa born (Djakarta) Indonesian singer, actress, songwriter. Daughter of Erwin Gutawa (b.1962).

13

  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Quartet for clarinet and strings premiered in Lübeck

14

  • Isang Yun’s Chinesische Bilder for recorder premiered in Stavanger

17

  • Edward Cowie’s Cello Concerto premiered in Brisbane

19

  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Lament for string sextet premiered in Dartington, Devon

21

  • Ichiro Fujiyama (82) dies in Tokyo

22

  • Moritz Eggert’s Vexations premiered in Tanglewood, MA

26

  • Rockin’ Dopsie (61) dies in Opelousas, LA of heart failure
  • Robin Holloway’s Serenade for Strings premiered in Worcester

27

  • James MacMillan’s Divo Aloysio Sacrum for choir and organ premiered in Edinburgh

28

  • James MacMillan’s Epiclesis for trumpet and orchestra premiered in Edinburgh

29

  • Steven M. Martin’s documentary film Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey first shown on Channel 4, UK.

releases

  • Björk – Venus as a Boy (One Little Indian UK)
  • Breeders – Cannonball EP (4AD UK)
  • Nirvana – Heart-Shaped Box (Geffen)
  • Orbital – Lush 3 (Internal UK)
  • Slam – Positive Education (Soma UK)
  • Bad Brains – Rise (Epic)
  • Harold Budd, Ruben Garcia, and Daniel Lentz – Music for 3 Pianos (Gyroscope)
  • Loren Mazzacane Connors – Hell’s Kitchen Park (Black Label)
  • Brian Eno – Neroli (All Saints UK)
  • Moby – Ambient (Instinct)
  • Neurosis – Enemy of the Sun (Alternative Tentacles)
  • Oyster Band – Holy Bandits (Cooking Vinyl UK)
  • Stereolab – Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements (Duophonic UK)
  • Ultramarine – United Kingdoms (Blanco Y Negro UK)

Neurosis – Enemy of the Sun (Alternative Tentacles)

Sep

1

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Bakxai Evrupidou for baritone, choir and orchestra premiered in London

3

  • Sofia Gubaidulina, Marek Kopelent and Paul-Heinz Dittrich’s oratorio Laudatio pacis, lib. Amos Comenius, premiered in Berlin

8

  • Unsuk Chin’s Akrostichon-Wortspiel premiered in London

9

  • Helen O’Connell (73) dies in San Diego of hepatitis C

12

  • Hans Werner Henze’s Lieder und Tänze aus der Operette La Cubana for mezzo soprano and chamber orchestra premiered in Zürich

13

  • Pierre Boulez’s explosante-fixe for flute, orchestra and electronics premiered in Turin
  • Mark-Anthony Turnage’s This Silence premiered in Cologne

14

  • Nancy Van de Vate’s Viola Concerto premiered in Krakow

16

  • František Jílek (80) dies in Brno, Czech Rep

17

  • Isang Yun’s Espace II for cello, harp and oboe premiered in St. Blasien, Germany

20

  • Toru Takemitsu’s Between Tides for violin, cello and piano premiered in Berlin

22

  • Maurice Abravanel (90) dies in Salt Lake City

23

  • Alfred Schnittke’s Symphony No.6 premiered in Moscow

25

  • Nirvana have the UK number one album for one week with In Utero
  • Alfred Schnittke’s Symphony no.6 premiered in Moscow

26

  • Michael Nyman’s MGV (Musique à Grande Vitesse) & The Piano Concerto premiered in Lille

30

  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s Meditation on the Bach Chorale Vor Deinen Thron tret ich Hiermit for harpsichord and string quintet premiered in Bremen.

releases

  • Foul Play – Finest Illusion / Screwface (Section 5)
  • Manic Street Preachers – Roses in the Hospital (Columbia)
  • Pet Shop Boys – Go West (EMI)
  • Sabres Of Paradise – Smokebelch II (Sabres Of Paradise UK)
  • Tindersticks – City Sickness (This Way Up UK)
  • Bad Religion – Recipe for Hate (Epitaph)
  • Black Dog – Temple of Transparent Balls (GPR)
  • Breeders – Last Splash (4AD UK)
  • Counting Crows – August and Everything After (Geffen)
  • De La Soul – Buhloone Mindstate (Tommy Boy)
  • Dead Can Dance – Into the Labyrinth (4AD UK)
  • Levellers (China UK)
  • Melvins – Houdini (Atlantic)
  • Pete Namlook / Geir Jenssen – The Fires of Ork (Fax Germany)
  • Shara Nelson – What Silence Knows (Cooltempo)
  • Nirvana – In Utero (DGC)
  • Sepultura – Chaos AD (Roadrunner)
  • Paul Weller – Wild Wood (Go Discs)
  • John Zorn – Kristallnacht (99)

John Zorn – Kristallnacht (99)

Oct

1

  • Hans Werner Henze’s Symphony no.8 premiered in Boston

2

  • Ahmed Abdul-Malik (66) dies in New York

3

  • Hans Zender’s Don Quijote de la Mancha premiered in Stuttgart

4

  • Varetta Dillard (60) dies in Brooklyn of cancer

8

  • Elena Firsova’s Cassandra for orchestra premiered in Swansea

9

  • Nirvana have the Billboard number one album for one week with In Utero
  • Pet Shop Boys have the UK number one album for one week with Very
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Canto IV premiered in Kokkola, Finland

11

  • Henryk Górecki’s Come Holy Spirit for chorus premiered in Warsaw
  • Thea Musgrave’s Orfeo III for flute and string quintet premiered in Moscow

14

  • David Matthews’s Piano Trio No.2 premiered in Norwich

17

  • Thomas Adès’s Life Story premiered in Cambridge
  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Into the Dreaming for cello premiered in Sydney

19

  • Gavin Bryars’s The North Shore premiered in Edinburgh
  • Kurt Schwertsik’s opera Café Museum – Die Erleuchtung premiered in Deutschlandsberg, Austria

20

  • Mauricio Kagel’s String Quartet no.4 premiered in Anvers, Belgium

21

  • David Matthews’s A Vision and a Journey op.60 premiered in Manchester

23

  • Elena Nicolai (88) dies in Milan

24

  • Usko Meriläinen’s Piano Sonata No.5 premiered in Helsinki

25

  • Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Action.Passion.Illusion for strings premiered in Tallinn

26

  • Harold Rome (85) dies in New York following a stroke

29

  • Charles Ives’s Universe Symphony premiered in Greeley, CO

releases

  • Basic Channel – Phylyps Trak (Basic Channel Germany)
  • Basic Channel – Q1.1 (Basic Channel Germany)
  • Björk & David Arnold – Play Dead (Island UK)
  • Blur – Sunday Sunday (Food)
  • Breeders – Divine Hammer (4AD)
  • Flaming Lips – She Don’t Use Jelly (Warner Bros)
  • Origin Unknown – The Touch / Valley of the Shadows (RAMM)
  • Prodigy – One Love (XL)
  • DJ Shadow & The Groove Robbers – In/Flux / Hindsight (Mo Wax UK)
  • Sven Väth – An Accident In Paradise (Eye Q  Germany)
  • Barry Adamson – The Negro Inside Me (Mute UK)
  • Afghan Whigs – Gentlemen (Sub Pop)
  • Crowded House – Together Alone (Capitol)
  • Bob Dylan – World Gone Wrong (Columbia)
  • Half Man Half Biscuit – This Leaden Pall (Probe Plus)
  • PJ Harvey – 4 Track Demos (Island UK)
  • Higher Intelligence Agency – Colourform (Beyond UK)
  • Idaho – Year After Year (Caroline)
  • Thomas Köner – Permafrost (Barooni Netherlands)
  • Labradford – Prazision LP (Kranky)
  • Mazzy Star – So Tonight That I Might See (Capitol)
  • I (Love) Mekons (Quarterstick)
  • Michael Nyman – The Piano OST (Venture UK)
  • Arvo Pärt – Te Deum (ECM Germany)
  • Pearl Jam – Vs (Epic)
  • Penguin Cafe Orchestra – Union Cafe (Zopf)
  • Pet Shop Boys – Very (Parlophone UK)
  • Plastikman – Sheet One (Novamute UK)
  • Red House Painters [Bridge] (4AD UK)
  • Sabres of Paradise – Sabresonic (Warp UK)
  • Scanner 2 (Ash UK)
  • Seefeel – Quique (Too Pure UK)
  • Tindersticks (This Way Up UK)
  • Transglobal Underground – Dream of 100 Nations (Nation UK)
  • Uncle Tupelo – Anodyne (Sire)
  • Yo La Tengo – Painful (Matador)

Transglobal Underground

Nov

3

  • Léon Theremin (97) dies in Moscow

4

  • Witold Lutoslawski’s Fanfare for the Los Angeles Philharmonic for brass and percussion premiered in Los Angeles
  • Conlon Nancarrow’s Contraption no.1 for computerised prepared piano premiered in San Francisco

6

  • Alexander Goehr’s Cambridge Hocket for four horns and orchestra premiered in Cambridge
  • Pearl Jam have the Billboard number one album for the first of five weeks with Vs

7

  • Adelaide Hall (92) dies in London

8

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Fantasias 2 and 4 for string quartet premiered in Antwerp

9

  • Konrad Boehmer’s Et in Arcadia ego for string quartet premiered in Helsinki

11

  • Pierre Boulez’s Originel for orchestra premiered in New York

13

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s String Quartet no.9 premiered by the Emerson String Quartet in Badenweiler, Germany

14

  • Robert Black (43) dies in Palo Alto, CA of skin cancer
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Abschiedsstücke for soprano and orchestra, text Wolf Wondratschek, premiered in Badenweiler, Germany

18

  • The MTV Unplugged special featuring Nirvana is recorded in New York

20

  • David Lang’s Face So Pale for six pianos premiered in Huddersfield

22

  • Tatiana Nikolayeva (69) dies in San Francisco following a cerebral haemorrhage

24

  • Albert Collins (61) dies in Las Vegas of lung cancer
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Strathclyde Concerto no.8 for bassoon and orchestra & A Spell for Green Corn: The MacDonald Dances premiered in Glasgow

25

  • Thomas Adès’s Catch premiered in Bristol
  • Zygmunt Krauze’s Piano Quintet premiered in Lodz, Poland

26

  • César Guerra-Peixe (79) dies in Rio de Janeiro

28

  • Jerry Edmonton (47) dies in a car crash in Santa Ynez, CA

30

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Corpus Christi, with Cat and Mouse for chorus premiered in Oxford

releases

  • Aphex Twin – On EP (Warp UK)
  • Atlantic Ocean – Waterfall (Pegasus)
  • Björk – Big Time Sensuality (One Little Indian)
  • Disco Inferno – The Last Dance EP (Rough Trade)
  • Leftfield / Lydon – Open Up (Hard Hands UK)
  • Pet Shop Boys – I Wouldn’t Normally Do This Kind of Thing (EMI)
  • Pulp – Lipgloss (Island UK)
  • Slowdive – 5 EP (Creation)
  • Stereolab – French Disko (Duophonic UK)
  • U2 – Stay (Faraway, So Close!) (Island)
  • A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders (Jive)
  • Autechre – Incunabula (Warp UK)
  • Kate Bush – The Red Shoes (EMI)
  • µ-Ziq – Tango N’ Vectif (Rephlex UK)
  • Snoop Doggy Dogg – Doggystyle (Death Row)
  • Sun Electric – Kitchen (R&S Belgium)
  • Tom Waits – The Black Rider (Island UK)
  • Walkabouts – Satisfied Mind (Glitterhouse Germany)
  • Wu-Tang Clan – Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (Loud)

Wu-Tang Clan – Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (Loud)

Dec

2

  • Gunther Schuller’s Of Reminiscences and Reflections premiered in Louisville, KY

4

  • Frank Zappa (52) dies in Los Angeles of prostate cancer

6

  • Julian Anderson’s Scherzo with Trains for four clarinets premiered in London

8

  • Arthur Butterworth’s Viola Concerto premiered in London

12

  • Joan Cross (93) dies in Aldeburgh, Suffolk

16

  • Karel Goeyvaerts’s opera Aquarius premiered in Antwerp, lib. Goeyvaerts (final version)

18

  • Emanuel Amiran-Pougatchov (84) dies in Yakum, Israel

19

  • Michael Clarke (49) dies in Treasure Island, FL of liver failure
  • Yvonne Desportes (86) dies in Paris

24

  • Ralph Downes (89) dies in London

30

  • Mack David (81) dies in Rancho Mirage, CA

releases

  • Deep Blue – The Helicopter Tune (Moving Shadow UK)
  • Nirvana – All Apologies (Geffen)
  • Omni Trio – Volume 3 – Renegade Snares (Moving Shadow UK)
  • Saint Etienne – I Was Born on Christmas Day (Heavenly)
  • Underworld – Spikee / Dogman Go Woof (JBO UK)
  • AMM – Newfoundland (Matchless UK) recorded live in St John’s, Newfoundland on 2 Jul 1992
  • Richard Barrett / Elision Ensemble – Chamber Works (Etcetera Netherlands)
  • Beaumont Hannant – Basic Data manipulation: Tastes & Textures vol.2 (GPR UK)
  • Ice Cube – Lethal Injection (Priority)

Richard Barrett b.1959

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