1994

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Jan

6

  • Michael Daugherty’s Metropolis Symphony premiered in Baltimore

9

  • Julian Anderson’s Tiramisu for chamber orchestra premiered in London

10

  • Sven-Erik Bäck (74) dies in Stockholm

11

  • Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto grosso no.6 for violin, piano and strings premiered in Moscow

15

  • Georges Cziffra (72) dies in Senlis, France, following a heart attack
  • Harry Nilsson (52) dies in Agoura Hills, CA, following a heart attack
  • Dominick Argento’s opera The Dream of Valentino premiered in Washington, DC, lib. Charles Nolte

19

  • Bryan Adams is the first Western pop musician to play in Vietnam since the end of the civil war
  • John Adams’s Violin Concerto premiered in St Paul, MN

20

  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s String Quartet no.4 with tape premiered in New York

21

  • Leonid Bashmakov’s Kellot soivat kolmasti [The Three Tolls] premiered in Tampere, Finland

22

  • Victor Lombardo (82) dies in Boca Raton, FL
  • D:Ream have the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with Things Can Only Get Better
  • John Tavener’s Song for Athene for chorus premiered in London

26

  • Lejaren Hiller (69) dies in Buffalo of Alzheimer’s Disease

27

  • Jonathan Lloyd’s Tolerance for orchestra premiered in London
  • Alfred Schnittke’s Quartet for percussion premiered in Hamburg

30

  • Rudolf Schwarz (88) dies in London

31

  • Luciano Berio’s String Quartet no.3 Notturno premiered in Vienna

releases

  • Tori Amos – Cornflake Girl (East West)
  • Beck – Loser (DGC)
  • Kristin Hersh – Your Ghost (4AD UK)
  • Pavement – Cut Your Hair (Matador)
  • Balanescu Quartet – Luminitza (Mute UK)
  • Kristin Hersh – Hips and Makers (4AD UK)
  • Mark Lanegan – Whiskey for the Holy Ghost (Sub Pop)
  • Richard Thompson – Mirror Blue (Capitol)
  • Underworld – Dubnobasswithmyheadman (JBO UK)

Kristin Hersh b.1966

Feb

1

  • John Littlejohn (62) dies in Chicago of renal failure
  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s And: The Feast is in Full Progress for cello and orchestra premiered in Las Palmas

2

  • Unsuk Chin’s Allegro ma non troppo for tape premiered in Berlin

3

  • James Clarke’s Pascal, pensée 206 for orchestra premiered in Tallinn

5

  • Tiana Lemnitz (96) dies in Berlin

6

  • Norman Del Mar (74) dies in Bushey, Hertfordshire

7

  • Max Kuhn (97) dies in Ascona, Italy
  • Witold Lutosławski (81) dies in Warsaw

8

  • Raymond Scott (85) dies in Los Angeles

9

  • Louis Kaufman (88) dies in Los Angeles

10

  • Alfred Schnittke’s Symphony No.7 premiered in New York

11

  • Thomas Adès’s Living Toys for chamber ensemble premiered in London
  • Julian Anderson’s Sea Drift for soprano and chamber ensemble premiered in London

12

  • Alice in Chains have the Billboard number one album for one week with Jar of Flies
  • Tori Amos has the UK number one album for one week with Under The Pink
  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s In Erwartung for saxophone quartet and six percussionists premiered in Stockholm

13

  • James MacMillan’s Memoire imperiale for chamber orchestra premiered in Edinburgh

17

  • Elliott Carter’s Partita for orchestra premiered in Chicago

19

  • Vittorio Rieti (96) dies in New York
  • Enigma have the UK number one album for one week with The Cross of changes
  • Malcolm Williamson’s String Quartet No.3 premiered in Birmingham

22

  • Papa John Creach (76) dies in Los Angeles of pneumonia while recovering from a heart attack

23

  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Into the Dreaming for solo guitar premiered in London by John Williams
  • Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Your Rockaby for soprano saxophone and orchestra premiered in London

24

  • Jean Sablon (85) dies in Paris
  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s Dancer on a Tightrope for violin and piano premiered in Washington, DC

28

  • Olivier Alain (75) dies in Paris

releases

  • Afghan Whigs – Debonair (Blast First UK)
  • Atlantic Ocean – Waterfall (Eastern Bloc UK)
  • Björk – Violently Happy (One Little Indian)
  • Saint Etienne – Pale Movie (Heavenly)
  • Bruce Springsteen – Streets of Philadelphia (Columbia)
  • Suede – Stay Together (Nude)
  • Tori Amos – Under the Pink (Atlantic)
  • Bark Psychosis – Hex (Circa UK)
  • Biosphere – Patashnik (Origo Sound Norway)
  • Fugees – Blunted on Reality (Ruff House)
  • Green Day – Dookie (Reprise)
  • Robert Hood – Minimal Nation (Axis)
  • Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (Matador)

Julian Anderson b.1967

Mar

1

  • Tim Souster (51) dies in Cambridge
  • John Casken’s Infanta Marina for cor anglais and chamber ensemble premiered in London
  • Nirvana play their final concert in Munich
  • The 36th Grammy Awards are held in New York. Whitney Houston wins record of the year for I Will Always Love You and album of the year fro the Bodyguard soundtrack. Other winners include Toni Braxton, Sting, U2, Buddy Guy, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Joe Henderson, Ray Charles, Dr Dre, Meat Loaf and Aerosmith

3

  • Roman Haubenstock-Ramati (75) dies in Vienna
  • Erik Bergman’s Poseidon for orchestra premiered in Washington, DC

4

  • Kurt Cobain hospitalized in Rome after taking an overdose of rohypnol mixed with alcohol

6

  • Yvonne Fair (51) dies in Las Vegas
  • Melina Mercouri (73) dies in New York of lung cancer

15

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s A Hoy Calendar for chorus premiered in Liverpool

16

  • Nicolas Flagello (66) dies in New Rochelle, NY
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Chat Moss for school orchestra premiered in Liverpool

18

  • William Bergsma (72) dies in Seattle following a heart attack

20

  • David Matthews’s cantata A Congress of Passions for voice, oboe and strings premiered in Cranbrook, Kent

21

  • John Williams’s music for Steven Spielberg’s film Schindler’s List wins the best original score Oscar at the 66th Academy Awards

22

  • Dan Hartman (43) dies in Westport, CT of AIDS

23

  • Donald Swann (70) dies in London of cancer
  • Robin Holloway’s Idyll no.3: Frost at Midnight for orchestra premiered in London

24

  • Thomas Adès’s But all shall be well for orchestra premiered in Ely, Cambs

26

  • Morrissey has the UK number one album for one week with Vauxhall and I
  • Soundgarden have the Billboard number one album for one week with Superunknown

28

  • John Tavener’s The World is Burning for chorus and tam-tam premiered in London

releases

  • Tori Amos – Pretty Good Year (East West)
  • Blur – Girls & Boys (Food)
  • Madonna – I’ll Remember (Maverick)
  • Pulp – Do You Remember The First Time? (Island UK)
  • Sebadoh – Rebound EP (Sub Pop)
  • Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works Vol. II (Warp UK)
  • Banco de Gaia – Maya (Planet Dog UK)
  • Beck – Mellow Gold (DGC)
  • Joey Beltram – Aonox (Visible)
  • Elvis Costello – Brutal Youth (Warner Bros)
  • Disco Inferno – D. I. Go Pop (Rough Trade UK)
  • Flying Saucer Attack (Heartbeat UK)
  • Gang Starr – Hard to Earn (Chrysalis)
  • Kenny Larkin – Azimuth (Warp UK)
  • Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral (Nothing)
  • Pantera – Far Beyond Driven (East West)
  • Pink Floyd – The Division Bell (EMI UK)
  • Saint Etienne – Tiger Bay (Heavenly UK)
  • Luke Slater – The 4 Cornered Room (GPR UK)
  • Soundgarden – Superunknown (A & M)
  • Superchunk – Foolish (Merge)

Pink Floyd – The Division Bell (EMI)

Apr

4

  • Toru Takemitsu’s Equinox for guitar by Toru Takemitsu premiered in Tokyo

5

  • Kurt Cobain (27) dies in Seattle from a self-inflicted gunshot wound
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Zyia for soprano, chorus, flute and piano premiered in Evreux, France

7

  • Lee Brilleaux (41) dies in London of lymphoma

8

  • Quddus Khojamyarov (75) dies in Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Kurt Cobain’s body discovered at his Seattle home by an electrician who had arrived to install a security system

9

  • Pantera have the Billboard number one album for one week with Far Beyond Driven
  • Pink Floyd have the UK number one album for the first of four weeks with The Division Bell

15

  • Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Canción de nuestro tiempo [Song of Our Time] for chorus premiered in Tokyo

19

  • Thomas Adès’s Sonata da Caccia for oboe, horn and harpsichord premiered in Birmingham

20

  • Judith Weir’s opera Blond Eckbert premiered in London, lib. Weir

22

  • Avet Terterian’s String Quartet No.2 premiered in Ekaterinburg, Germany

23

  • Lucho Bermudez (82) dies in Bogota, Colombia
  • Györgi Ligeti’s Sonata for viola premiered in Gütersloh, Germany
  • Pink Floyd have the Billboard number one album for the first of four weeks with The Division Bell
  • Prince has the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with The Most Beautiful Girl in the World

24

  • Györgi Ligeti’s choral works Kings in Bethlehem; From a High Mountain Rock; Easter; Like a Stream Gently Flowing & Songs from Inaktelke premiered in Gütersloh, Germany
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Form / Zwei Formen for ensemble premiered in Witten, Germany
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Plektó for flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin and cello premiered in Witten

26

  • Manuel Enríquez (67) dies in Mexico City

28

  • Jacob Druckman’s Counterpoise for soprano and orchestra premiered in Philadelphia

releases

  • Autechre – Basscad EP (Warp UK)
  • La Funk Mob – Tribulations Extra Sensorielles EP (Mo Wax UK)
  • Hole – Miss World (City Slang Germany)
  • Mazzy Star – Fade Into You (Capitol)
  • Oasis – Supersonic (Creation)
  • Omni Trio – Volume 4: Rollin’ Heights (Moving Shadow UK)
  • Seefeel – Starethrough EP (Warp UK)
  • DJ Shadow – Lost And Found / DJ Krush – Kemuri (Mo Wax UK)
  • Air Liquide – Nephology – The New Religion (Rising High UK)
  • As One – Reflections (New Electronica UK)
  • Blur – Parklife (Food UK)
  • Johnny Cash – American Recordings (American)
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Let Love In (Mute UK)
  • Gastr Del Sol ‎– Crookt, Crackt, Or Fly (Drag City)
  • Lisa Germano – Happiness (4AD UK)
  • Hole – Live Through This (DGC)
  • Main – Motion Pool (Beggars Banquet UK)
  • Nas – Illmatic (Columbia)
  • Stina Nordenstam – And She Closed Her Eyes (EastWest)
  • OutKast – Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik (LaFace)
  • Pulp – His ‘n’ Hers (Island UK)
  • Rodan – Rusty (Quarterstick)
  • Rollins Band – Weight (Imago)
  • Stasis – Inspiration (Peacefrog UK)
  • Ali Farka Touré with Ry Cooder – Talking Timbuktu (World Circuit UK)
  • Walkabouts – Setting the Woods on Fire (Glitterhouse Germany)

Ry Cooder b.1947

May

2

  • Vivian Fine’s Canticles from the Other Side of the River premiered in New York

3

  • John Tavener’s Theophany for orchestra, bandir drum and tape premiered in Basingstoke, Hampshire

7

  • Blur have the UK number one album for one week with Parklife

9

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Sphère. Kontrafaktur mit Klavier-Gegenkörper for piano and orchestra premiered in Munich

16

  • Siegfried Matthus’s Manhattan Concerto for orchestra premiered in New York

20

  • Erik Bergman’s Musica marina for string orchestra premiered in Pietarsaari, Finland

25

  • Eric Gale (55) dies in Baja California, Mexico of lung cancer
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Shepherds of Hoy for children’s chorus and piano premiered in London

26

  • Sonny Sharrock (53) dies in Ossining, NY, following a heart attack
  • Michael Jackson marries Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis Presley
  • Zygmunt Krauze’s Terra incognita for 10 strings and piano premiered in Bonn

27

  • Red Rodney (66) dies in Boynton Beach, FL, of lung cancer
  • Robin Holloway’s Trio for clarinet, viola and piano premiered in Malvern

28

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Fanfare for Glyndebourne for brass and timpani premiered at Glyndebourne
  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s An Angel for mezzo-soprano and double bass premiered in Berlin
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s O meine Seele war ein Wald for mezzo-soprano, alto, harp, viola, cello and bass premiered in Berlin
  • Alfred Schnittke’s Mutter for mezzo-soprano and piano premiered in Berlin
  • Isang Yun’s Second OstWest-Miniaturen for oboe and cello premiered in Berlin

31

  • Manny Klein (86) dies in Los Angeles

releases

  • Tori Amos – Past the Mission (East West)
  • Blur – To the End (Food)
  • Disco Inferno – Second Language EP (Rough Trade UK)
  • Grid – Swamp Thing (Deconstruction)
  • Moby – Hymn (Mute)
  • Stina Nordenstam – Little Star (Telegram Sweden)
  • Pearl Jam – Dissident (Epic)
  • Prodigy – No Good (Start The Dance) (XL UK)
  • Saint Etienne – Like a Motorway (Heavenly)
  • Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun (A&M)
  • Beastie Boys – Ill Communication (Capitol)
  • Sheila Chandra – The Zen Kiss (Realworld UK)
  • Dan Curtin – The Silicon Dawn (Peacefrog UK)
  • Fall – Middle Class Revolt (Permanent UK)
  • Thomas Fehlmann – Flow (R&S Belgium)
  • Future Sound of London – Lifeforms (Virgin UK)
  • Beaumont Hannant – Texturology (GPR UK)
  • Pierre Henry – L’Homme À La Caméra (Mantra UK) Soundtrack to Dziga Vertov’s 1929 film
  • Ken Ishii – Innerelements (R&S Belgium)
  • Jeru the Damaja – The Sun Rises in the East (Payday)
  • Mekons – Retreat from Memphis (Quarterstick)
  • µ-Ziq – Bluff Limbo (Rephlex UK)
  • Seal [II] (ZTT)
  • Sonic Youth – Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star (DGC)
  • Susumu Yokota – Frankfurt/Tokyo Connection (Harthouse Germany)

Susumu Yokota

Jun

3

  • Toru Takemitsu’s Fantasma / Cantos II for trombone and orchestra premiered in St. Paul, MN

4

  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s Early in the morning before waking for seven kotos premiered in Tokyo
  • Seal has the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with Seal
  • Wet Wet Wet have the UK number one single for the first of fifteen weeks with Love Is All Around

9

  • TLC singer Lisa Lopez burns down her boyfriend’s $2 million Atlanta mansion. She is later convicted of arson and fined $10,000 with five years probation
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Dämmerschein for orchestra premiered in Lisbon

12

  • Elliott Carter’s 90+ premiered in Sermonetta, Italy

13

  • Henry Mancini (70) dies in Los Angeles of pancreatic cancer
  • Philip Glass’s Now, so long after that time for piano premiered in New York

14

  • Colin Matthews’s String Quartet No.3 premiered in Snape, Suffolk

15

  • Manos Hatzidakis (68) dies in Athens of heart disease

16

  • Kristen Pfaff (27) dies in Minneapolis, MN of a heroin overdose

17

  • Boris Alexandrovich Alexandrov (88) dies in Moscow
  • Kurt Hessenberg (85) dies in Frankfurt

18

  • Beastie Boys have the Billboard number one album for one week with Ill Communication
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Cross Lane Fair for Northumbrian pipes, bodhran and orchestra premiered in Kirkwall, Orkney

19

  • Alfred Schnittke’s Improvisation for cello premiered in Paris

21

  • Elena Firsova’s String Quartet no.5 Lagrimoso premiered in Aldeburgh
  • Philip Glass’s opera La Belle et la Bête [beauty and the beast], lib. Glass, premiered in Gibellina, Italy

24

  • Jonathan Lloyd’s People Your Dreams for mezzo-soprano, flute, clarinet, harp and string quartet premiered in Beccles, Suffolk
  • Arvo Pärt’s Litany: Prayers of St. John Chrysostom for Each Hour of the Day and Night for soloists, chorus and orchestra premiered in Eugene, OR
  • (to 26th) The 1994 Glastonbury Festival is held at Worthy Farm, Somerset featuring Rage Against the Machine, Peter Gabriel, Johnny Cash, Manic Street Preachers, Beastie Boys, Tool, Orbital, Björk, Blur and Radiohead

25

  • Stone Temple Pilots have the Billboard number one album for the first of three weeks with Purple 

26

  • Thomas Armstrong (96) dies in Olney, Buckinghamshire

29

  • Patrick Nunn’s Colour Cycle for violin and piano premiered in Gregynog, Wales

releases

  • E-Z Rollers – Rolled Into 1 (Moving Shadow UK)
  • Manic Street Preachers – Faster (Epic)
  • Youssou N’Dour – 7 Seconds (Columbia UK)
  • Pavement – Gold Soundz (Big Cat UK)
  • Portishead – Numb EP (Go Discs UK)
  • DJ Shadow – What Does Your Soul Look Like parts 1-4 EP (Mo Wax UK)
  • Underworld – Dark & Long (JBO UK)
  • Bang Bang Machine – Eternal Happiness (Ultimate UK)
  • Channel Light Vessel – Automatic (All Saints UK)
  • Drive Like Jehu – Yank Crime (Headhunter)
  • 4 Hero – Parallel Universe (Reinforced UK)
  • Guided by Voices – Bee Thousand (Scat)
  • Kyuss – Welcome to Sky Valley (Elektra)
  • Lush – Split (4AD UK)
  • Youssou N’Dour – The Guide (Wommat) (Columbia UK)
  • Orb – Pomme Fritz (Island UK)
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen – Michael’s Reise (ECM Germany)
  • Tortoise (Thrill Jockey)
  • Wagon Christ – Phat Lab Nightmare (Rising High UK)
  • Various – Artificial Intelligence II (Warp UK)

Wagon Christ – Phat Lab Nightmare (Rising High UK)

Jul

2

  • Ralph Rinzler (59) dies in Washington, DC
  • Marion Williams (66) died in Philadelphia

8

  • Elena Firsova’s opera The Nightingale and the Rose, lib. Firsova after Oscar Wilde and Christina Rossetti, premiered in London

9

  • Alexander Goehr’s Still Lands for small orchestra premiered in Peterborough

13

  • Eddie Boyd (79) dies in Helsinki
  • Thea Musgrave’s Autumn Sonata for bass clarinet and orchestra premiered in Cheltenham
  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Sinfonietta no.2 for clarinet and strings premiered in Bad Kissingen, Germany

14

  • Thea Musgrave’s Journey Through a Japanese Landscape for marimba and winds premiered in Cheltenham
  • Toru Takemitsu’s Spirit Garden for orchestra premiered in Tokyo

15

  • Ralph Rinzler (59) dies in Washington, DC, of AIDS

16

  • Thea Musgrave’s On the Underground Set no.1 for chorus premiered in Cheltenham
  • Prodigy have the UK number one album for one week with Music For The Jilted Generation

19

  • Rudolf Firkušný (82) dies in Staatsburg, NY
  • Peter Sculthorpe’s String Quartet No.12 premiered in London by the Kronos Quartet

20

  • John Tavener’s Amen for chorus premiered in Chichester, Sussex

23

  • Thomas Adès’s song cycle Five Eliot Landscapes premiered in London
  • Rolling Stones have the UK number one album for one week with Voodoo lounge

25

  • Thomas Adès’s O thou who didst with pitfall and with gin for chorus premiered in Chester

26

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Nachstudie for piano premiered in Darmstadt

27

  • Kalevi Aho’s Halla for violin and piano premiered in Kuhmo, Finland

28

  • Györgi Ligeti’s Andante cantabile & Allegretto poco capriccioso for string quartet premiered in Salzburg

29

  • Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Spectrum II for trumpet, organ and percussion premiered in Tallinn

31

  • Anne Shelton (70) dies in Herstmonceux, Sussex, following a heart attack

releases

  • Beastie Boys – Get it Together (Capitol UK)
  • dEUS – Suds & Soda (Island UK)
  • Public Enemy – Give It Up (Def Jam)
  • UNKLE – The Time Has Come EP (Mo Wax UK)
  • Beck – One Foot in the Grave (K)
  • Boredoms – Chocolate Synthesizer (Warner Japan)
  • Loren Mazzacane Connors – Moonyean (Road Cone)
  • Dirty Three (Torn & Frayed Australia)
  • Everything but the Girl – Amplified Heart (Blanco Y Negro)
  • Global Communication – 76:14 (Dedicated UK)
  • Prodigy – Music for the Jilted Generation (XL UK)
  • Rolling Stones – Voodoo Lounge (Virgin)

Thomas Adès b.1971

Aug

4

  • Kalevi Aho’s Symphony No.8 premiered in Lahti, Finland

6

  • Domenico Modugno (66) dies in Lampedusa, Italy, following a heart attack

9

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Symphony no.5 premiered in London

14

  • Volker David Kirchner’s Hortus Magicus for orchestra premiered in Trossingen, Germany
  • John Tavener’s The Apocalypse for a large number of singers and players premiered in London

18

  • Thomas Adès’s Les baricades mistérieuses premiered in Dartington, Devon

25

  • Creadel Jones (53) dies in Glendale, CA
  • Hans Werner Henze’s Introduktion, Thema und Variationen for cello, harp and strings premiered in Salzburg

27

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

28

  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Chorale for eight cellos premiered in Cardiff

30

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Carolísima for chamber orchestra premiered in Edinburgh

releases

  • Afghan Whigs – What Jail Is Like (Blast First UK)
  • Blur – Parklife (Food)
  • Dinosaur Jr – Feel the Pain (Blanco Y Negro)
  • Future Sound of London – Lifeforms EP (Virgin UK)
  • Manic Street Preachers – Revol (Epic)
  • Oasis – Live Forever (Creation)
  • Portishead – Sour Times EP (Go Discs UK)
  • Sonic Youth – Superstar (A&M)
  • UK Apachi with Shy FX – Original Nuttah (SOUR)
  • Blumfeld – L’etat et moi (Big Cat UK)
  • Jeff Buckley – Grace (Columbia)
  • Dinosaur Jr – Without a Sound (Blanco Y Negro)
  • Gravediggaz – 6 Feet Deep (Gee Street)
  • Jesus Lizard – Down (Touch & Go)
  • Ronny Jordan meets DJ Krush – Bad Brothers (Island UK)
  • Manic Street Preachers – The Holy Bible (Columbia UK)
  • Oasis – Definitely Maybe (Creation UK)
  • Orbital – Snivilisation (Internal UK)
  • Portishead – Dummy (Go Beat UK)
  • Prince – Come (Warner Bros)
  • Public Enemy – Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age (Def Jam)
  • Sebadoh – Bakesale (Sub Pop)
  • Stereolab – Mars Audiac Quintet (Duophonic UK)
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen – Oktophonie (Stockhausen-Verlag Germany)
  • Neil Young – Sleeps With Angels (Reprise)

Manic Street Preachers – The Holy Bible (Columbia UK)

Sep

2

  • Kalevi Aho’s Symphony No.9 (Sinfonia concertante No.2) premiered in Helsinki

3

  • Brian Ferneyhough’s On Stellar Magnitudes for mezzo-soprano and five instruments premiered in Royaumont, France

4

  • Volker David Kirchner’s Inferno d’amore for cello and piano premiered in Wiesbaden

6

  • Max Kaminsky (85) dies in Castle Point, NY

7

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Séraphin: Versuch eines Theaters für Instrumente / Stimmen / … premiered in Frankfurt

9

  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Sanctus from the Polish Requiem for alto, tenor, chorus and orchestra premiered Przemysl, Poland

10

  • Jack Beeson’s opera Cyrano premiered in Hagen, Germany. Lib. Sheldon Harnick after Edmond Rostand
  • Oasis have the UK number one album for one week with Definitely Maybe

13

  • John Stevens (54) dies in Ealing

14

  • Luciano Berio’s There is No Tune for chorus premiered in London

16

  • Bernie Leighton (73) dies in Coconut Creek, FL
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Sea-Nymphs for chorus premiered in London

20

  • Jimmy Hamilton (77) dies in St. Croix, Virgin Islands
  • Jule Styne (88) dies in New York

21

  • James MacMillan’s Britannia for orchestra premiered in London
  • Toru Takemitsu’s Paths – In memoriam Witold Lutoslawski for trumpet premiered in Warsaw
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Mnamas Xapin Witoldowi Lutoslavskiemu [In Memory of Witold Lutosławski] for 2 horns and 2 trumpets premiered in Warsaw

22

  • Leonard Feather (80) dies in Sherman Oaks, CA

23

  • Moritz Eggert’s opera Titus – Fall of Rome premiered in Munich. Lib. Andrea Heuser

30

  • Terry Riley’s Ritmos and Melos for violin, piano and percussion premiered in Oakland, CA

releases

  • Autechre – Anti EP (Warp UK)
  • Flying Saucer Attack – Land Beyond the Sun (Drag City)
  • Madonna – Secret (Maverick)
  • Kylie Minogue – Confide In Me (Deconstruction UK)
  • Orbital -Are We Here? (Internal UK)
  • Prodigy – Voodoo People (XL UK)
  • REM – What’s the Frequency, Kenneth? (Warner Bros)
  • Sabres Of Paradise – Wilmot (Warp UK)
  • Saint Etienne – Hug My Soul (Heavenly)
  • Roni Size Featuring DJ Die – Size Of Things To Come EP (V UK)
  • Suede – We are the Pigs (Nude)
  • American Music Club – San Francisco (Reprise)
  • Bad Religion – Stranger than Fiction (Atlantic)
  • Jan Garbarek and The Hilliard Ensemble – Officium (ECM Germany)
  • dEUS – Worst Case Scenario (Island UK)
  • Fatima Mansions – Lost in the Former West (Kitchenware UK)
  • God Machine – One Last Laugh In A Place Of Dying… (Fiction UK)
  • Godflesh – Selfless (Earache UK)
  • Grant Lee Buffalo – Mighty Joe Moon (Slash)
  • David Gray – Flesh (Hut UK)
  • Kronos Quartet – Night Prayers (Nonesuch)
  • DJ Krush – Strictly Turntablized (Mo Wax UK)
  • Lambchop – I Hope You’re Sitting Down (Merge)
  • Massive Attack – Protection (Wild Bunch UK)
  • Necks – Aquatic (Fish Of Milk Australia)
  • Notorious B.I.G. – Ready to Die (Bad Boy)
  • REM – Monster (Warner Bros)
  • Sun Electric – Aaah! (R&S Belgium)
  • Various – Headz (Mo Wax UK)

Jan Garbarek and The Hilliard Ensemble – Officium (ECM Germany)

Oct

1

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Birthday Greeting for orchestra premiered in Manchester

4

  • Mauricio Kagel’s Nah und Fern for bells and trumpets premiered on WDR radio, Cologne

6

  • Thomas Adès’s The Origin of the Harp for chamber orchestra premiered in Manchester

7

  • Oliver Knussen’s Horn Concerto premiered in Tokyo

8

  • REM have the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with Monster
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s La lugubre gondola / Das Eismeer for two pianos premiered in Graz

9

  • John Tavener’s The Myrrh-Bearer for viola, chorus and percussion premiered in London

10

  • Alfred Schnittke’s Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano premiered in Moscow

13

  • Elliott Carter’s Fragment for string quartet premiered in New York
  • James MacMillan’s Memento for string quartet premiered by the Kronos Quartet in New York

14

  • Richard Barrett’s Negatives for nine musicians premiered in Cologne

15

  • Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 2 premiered in New York
  • Conlon Nancarrow’s Study for Player Piano no.49 premiered in Donaueschingen
  • REM have the Billboard number one album for the first of two weeks with Monster

18

  • Lee Allen (68) dies in Harthorne, CA

19

  • Martha Raye (78) dies in Los Angeles of pneumonia
  • Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto for Three for violin, viola, cello, strings and piano & Minuet for violin, viola and cello premiered in Moscow.

21

  • Pierre Boulez’s Incises for piano premiered in Milan
  • Colin Matthews’s Pli de Lin for soprano and piano quintet premiered in Nottingham

23

  • Julian Anderson’s The Bearded Lady for oboe or cor anglais and piano premiered in London
  • Arvo Pärt’s Concerto piccolo über B-A-C-H for trumpet, harpsichord, piano and strings premiered in Gothenburg

24

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s opera The Second Mrs Kong premiered in Glyndebourne. Lib. Russell Hoban

26

  • Wilbert Harrison (65) dies in Spencer, NC, following a stroke

29

  • Thea Musgrave’s On the Underground Set no.2 for chorus premiered in Ithaca, NY

30

  • Alfred Schnittke’s Three Choruses premiered in Stockholm

releases

  • Disco Inferno – It’s a Kid’s World EP (Rough Trade UK)
  • Manic Street Preachers – She Is Suffering (Epic)
  • Massive Attack – Sly (Wild Bunch UK)
  • Moby – Feeling So Real (Mute UK)
  • Oasis – Cigarettes & Alcohol (Creation)
  • Pink Floyd – High Hopes (EMI)
  • Radiohead – My Iron Lung EP (Parlophone UK)
  • Seefeel – Fracture / Tied (Warp UK)
  • Air Liquide – The Increased Difficulty of Concentration (Sm:)e)
  • Aloof – Cover The Crime (Flaw UK)
  • Come – Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (Matador)
  • Cranes – Loved (Dedicated UK)
  • Dead Can Dance – Toward the Within (4AD UK) recorded live in Santa Monica, CA in Nov 1993
  • Deathprod – Treetop Drive 1-3, Towboat (Metal Art Disco Norway)
  • East River Pipe – Poor Fricky (Sarah UK)
  • DJ Food – Jazz Brakes, Vol. 5 (Ninja Tune UK)
  • Laibach – NATO (Mute UK)
  • Madonna – Bedtime Stories (Maverick)
  • Melvins – Stoner Witch (Atlantic)
  • Joni Mitchell – Turbulent Indigo (Geffen)
  • Paris – Guerilla Funk (Priority)
  • Salt Tank – ST4. Laguna Calorado (Internal UK)
  • Shellac – At Action Park (Touch and Go)
  • Silver Jews – Starlite Walker (Drag City)
  • Luke Slater – My Yellow Wise Rug (GPR UK)
  • Suede – Dog Man Star (Nude)
  • David Sylvian & Robert Fripp – Damage (Virgin UK)
  • Transglobal Underground – International Times (Nation UK)
  • Waterson:Carthy (Topic)

Shellac

Nov

4

  • Fred “Sonic” Smith (45) dies in Detroit following a heart attack
  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Entrata for brass and timpani premiered in Cincinnati

6

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Mercurius for chorus and crotales premiered in Edinburgh
  • Reinhard Febel’s opera Morels Erfindung [Lord of the Flies], lib. Lukas Hemleb, premiered in Darmstadt
  • Alfred Schnittke’s Symphonic Prelude for orchestra premiered in Hamburg

7

  • Shorty Rogers (70) dies in Van Nuys, CA

8

  • Cab Calloway (86) dies in Hockessin, DE

10

  • Carmen McRae (74) dies in Beverley Hills, CA, following a stroke
  • Gavin Bryars’s One Last Bar Then Joe Can Sing for percussion ensemble premiered in London
  • Alfred Schnittke’s Symphony No.8 premiered in Stockholm

11

  • Elizabeth Maconchy (87) dies in Norwich
  • James Clarke’s Delmenhorst for chamber enesemble premiered in Berlin
  • Helmut Lachenmann’s Souvenir for orchestra premiered in Stuttgart
  • Alfred Schnittke’s Fünf Fragmente zu Bildern von Hieronymus Bosch for tenor singer, violin, trombone, harpsichord, timpani and string orchestra premiered in London

12

  • Nirvana have the UK number one album for one week with MTV Unplugged in New York

13

  • Hans Werner Henze’s Toccata mistica for piano premiered in Cologne
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Sicut cervus desiderat ad fontes aquarum for soprano and nine players premiered in Stuttgart

15

  • Ennio Morricone’s Fourth Concerto for organ, trumpet, trombone and orchestra premiered in Paris

16

  • Dino Valenti (57) dies in Santa Rosa, CA
  • Thomas Adès’s string quartet Arcadiana premiered in Cambridge

17

  • Alfred Schnittke’s Sonata for cello and piano no.2 premiered in London
  • Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Requiem for choir and orchestra premiered in Tallinn

19

  • John Adams’s John’s Book of Alleged Dances for string quartet and prepared piano premiered in Escondido, CA
  • Nirvana have the Billboard number one album for one week with MTV Unplugged in New York
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Von Weit for cello and piano premiered in Stuttgart

20

  • Gavin Bryars’s On Photography for chorus premiered in Huddersfield
  • Colin Matthews’s Through the Glass for chamber ensemble premiered in Birmingham
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Raumauge for chorus and five percussionists premiered in Stuttgart

21

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s With Letter and Clock for soprano, two clarinets, viola, cello and bass premiered in London

23

  • James MacMillan’s Christus Vincit for soprano & choir premiered in London

24

  • Edward Elgar’s opera The Spanish Lady premiered in Cambridge, lib. Elgar and B. Jackson

26

  • Eagles have the Billboard number one album for the first of two weeks with Hell Freezes Over

28

  • Vic Legley (79) dies in Ostend
  • Soulima Igorevich Stravinsky (84) dies in Sarasota, FL
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s In nuce for viola, cello and bass premiered in Berlin

29

  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s Figures of Time for orchestra premiered in Birmingham

30

  • Connie Kay (67) dies in New York

releases

  • Beastie Boys – Sure Shot (Capitol UK)
  • Blur – End of a Century (Food)
  • Goldie Presents Metalheads – Inner City Life (FFRR UK)
  • Guided By Voices – I Am A Scientist EP (Scat)
  • Barrington Levy & Beenie Man – Under Mi Sensi (Greensleeves)
  • LFO – Tied Up (Warp UK)
  • Madonna – Take a Bow (Maverick)
  • Pearl Jam – Spin the Black Circle (Epic)
  • Stone Roses – Love Spreads (Geffen)
  • Suede – The Wild Ones (Nude)
  • TLC – Creep (LaFace)
  • Urge Overkill – Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon (MCA)
  • Way Out West – Ajare (Deconstruction UK)
  • Autechre – Amber (Warp UK)
  • Mary J Blige – My Life (Uptown)
  • Glenn Branca – Symphony Nos. 8 & 10 (The Mysteries) (Atavistic)
  • Flying Saucer Attack – Distance (Domino UK)
  • Beaumont Hannant – Sculptured (GPR UK)
  • Main – Firmament II (Beggars Banquet UK)
  • Method Man – Tical (Def Jam)
  • Nirvana – MTV Unplugged in New York (DGC) recorded live at the MTV studios on 18 Nov 1993
  • Pearl Jam – Vitalogy (Epic)
  • Plastikman – Musik (Novamute UK)
  • Prince – The Black Album (Warner Bros)
  • Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – The Main Ingredient (Elektra)
  • TLC – CrazySexyCool (LaFace)

Mary J. Blige b.1971

Dec

2

  • Unsuk Chin’s Fantaisie mécanique for five instrumentalists premiered in Paris
  • Iannis Xenakis’s S709 for electronics premiered in Paris

3

  • John Tavener’s Wedding Prayer for chorus premiered in London

6

  • Julian Anderson’s Khorovod for chamber orchestra premiered in London

7

  • Kalevi Aho’s Quintet for Alto Saxophone, Bassoon, Viola, Cello and Double Bass premiered in Lahti, Finland

8

  • Antonio Carlos Jobim (67) dies in New York of heart failure

9

  • Garnett Silk (28) dies in a house fire in Mandeville, Jamaica

10

  • Beatles have the UK number one album for one week with Live at the BBC

11

  • Avet Terterian (65) dies in Yekaterinburg, Russia

17

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Ergma for string quartet premiered in Den Haag

21

  • Steve Reich’s Nagoya Marimbas for two marimbas premiered in Nagoya, Japan

24

  • Pearl Jam have the Billboard number one album for one week with Vitalogy

28

  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Divertimento for cello premiered in Cologne

releases

  • Oasis – Whatever (Creation)
  • Throwing Muses – Bright Yellow Gun (4AD)
  • Underworld – Dirty Epic EP (TVT)
  • Future Sound of London – ISDN (Virgin UK)
  • NoMeansNo – Mr. Right & Mr. Wrong (Wrong Canada)
  • Nookie – The Sound of Music (Reinforced UK)
  • Sabres of Paradise – Haunted Dancehall (Warp UK)
  • Stone Roses – Second Coming (Geffen)

Future Sound of London – ISDN (Virgin UK)

Date unknown

releases

  • Dave Clarke – Red 2 EP (Bush)
  • Leviticus – Burial (Philly Blunt)

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