1997

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Jan

1

  • Townes Van Zandt (52) dies in Smyrna, TN following a heart attack

2

  • Randy California (45) drowns in the sea off Molokai, HI while saving his son from a riptide. His son survived.

5

  • Burton Lane (84) dies in  New York

7

  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Symphony no.7: Seven Gates of Jerusalem premiered in Jerusalem

10

  • Elliott Carter’s Clarinet Concerto premiered in Paris

11

  • Hans Werner Henze’s opera Venus and Adonis premiered in Munich, lib. Treichel

18

  • Ardis Krainik (68) dies in Chicago
  • Tori Amos has the UK number one single for one week with Professional Widow
  • Arthur Butterworth’s Cello Concerto op.98 premiered in Huddersfield

19

  • Elena Firsova’s String Quartet no.8 The Stone Guest premiered in Osnabruck

23

  • Richard Berry (61) dies in Los Angeles of heart failure

24

  • Luciano Berio’s Ekphrasis for orchestra premiered in Las Palmas
  • Billy MacKenzie (39) commits suicide in Auchterhouse, Angus by taking a lethal cocktail of prescription drugs

25

  • White Town have the UK number one single for one week with Your Woman

releases

  • Autechre – Envane EP (Warp)
  • Blur – Beetlebum (Food)
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Into My Arms (Mute)
  • Mogwai – New Paths to Helicon EP (Wurlitzer Jukebox)
  • Beth Orton – Touch Me With Your Love (Heavenly)
  • Pavement – Stereo (Domino)
  • White Town – Your Woman (Chrysalis)
  • Daft Punk – Homework (Virgin)
  • Pan Sonic – Kulma (Blast First)
  • Scanner – New York Soundscape (Sub Rosa)
Elena Firsova b.1950

Elena Firsova b.1950

Feb

1

  • Blur have the UK number one single for one week with Beetlebum

3

  • Julian Anderson’s Past Hymns for string orchestra premiered in London

4

  • Ross Lee Finney (90) dies in Carmel, CA

6

  • Kalevi Aho’s Symphony No.10 premiered in Lahti, Finland

7

  • Daniil Shafran (74) dies in Moscow
  • Arthur Butterworth’s String Quartet op.100 premiered in Giggleswick, Yorkshire

8

  • LL Cool J has the UK number one single for one week with Ain’t Nobody

9

  • Kurt Schwertsik’s opera Die Welt der Mongolen premiered in Linz, Austria. lib. Michael Koehlmeier

14

  • Charles Moffett (67) dies in New York of cancer

15

  • David Sawer’s Tiroirs for chamber ensemble premiered in London
  • U2 have the UK number one single for one week with Discotheque

18

  • Antonio de Almeida (69) dies in Pittsburgh of cancer
  • Eric Fenby (90) dies in Scarborough, Yorkshire

19

  • Roger Smalley’s Cello Concerto premiered in Perth, Australia

21

  • James MacMillan’s Í (A Meditation on Iona) for orchestra premiered in Glasgow

22

  • Blur have the UK number one album for one week with Blur
  • No Doubt have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with Don’t Speak

23

  • Tony Williams (51) dies in Daly City, Ca following a heart attack sustained after gall bladder surgery

26

  • The 39th Grammy Awards are held in New York. Eric Clapton wins record of the year for Change the World and Celine Dion wins album of the year for Falling Into You. Other winners include LeeAnn Rimes, Beck, Keb’ Mo’, Alison Krauss, Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Brecker, Wayne Shorter, Toni Braxton, the Beatles, the Fugees and Rage Against the Machine

27

  • Kurt Schwertsik’s ballet Gastmahl der Liebe [Banquet of Love] premiered in Berlin

releases

  • David Bowie – Little Wonder (BMG)
  • Depeche Mode – Barrel of a Gun (Mute)
  • Eels – Novocaine for the Soul (Dreamworks)
  • Energy 52 – Café Del Mar (Hooj Choons)
  • Squarepusher – Vic Acid EP (Warp)
  • Source Direct – Two Masks / Black Domina (Science)
  • Autechre – Chiastic Slide (Warp)
  • Erykah Badu – Baduizm (Universal)
  • Blur (Food)
  • Bowery Electric – Beat (Kranky)
  • David Bowie – Earthling (BMG)
  • Cranes – Population 4 (Dedicated)
  • John Fahey – City Of Refuge (Tim/Kerr)
  • Philip Glass – Heroes Symphony (Point)
  • Laika – Sound Of The Satellites (Too Pure)
  • Nu Yorican Soul (Giant Steps)
  • Orb – Orblivion (Island)
  • Pavement – Brighten The Corners (Capitol)
  • Royal Trux – Sweet Sixteen (Virgin)
  • To Rococo Rot – Veiculo (City Slang)
  • Susumu Yokota – Cat, Mouse & Me (Harthouse)
Nu Yorican Soul (Giant Steps)

Nu Yorican Soul (Giant Steps)

Mar

1

  • Mansun have the UK number one album for one week with Attack of the Grey Lantern

3

  • Jascha Brodsky (89) dies in Ocala, FL
  • Richard Barrett’s Opening of the Mouth for ten instrumentalists, two singers and conductor with electronics and tape premiered in Perth, Australia by the Elision Ensemble

4

  • Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Cello Concerto premiered in Lausanne, Switzerland

5

  • Ralph Bass (85) dies in Chicago
  • Julian Anderson’s Poetry Nearing Silence for chamber orchestra premiered in London

8

  • Michael Nyman’s Double Concerto for Saxophone, Cello and Orchestra premiered in London

9

  • The Notorious B.I.G. (24) shot dead in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles

10

  • LaVern Baker (67) dies in New York of cardiovascular disease
  • John Casken’s Distant Variations for saxophone quartet and wind orchestra premiered in London

14

  • Michael Daugherty’s opera Jackie O premiered in Houston. Lib. Wayne Koestenbaum

15

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Mavis in Las Vegas for orchestra premiered in Manchester
  • U2 have the UK number one album for one week with Pop

17

  • John Adams’s Phrygian Gates & China Gates for piano premiered in San Francisco

20

  • Ronnie Barron (53) dies in Los Angeles of heart disease

22

  • U2 have the Billboard number one album for one week with Pop

24

  • Harold Melvin (57) dies in Philadelphia following a stroke
  • Gabriel Yared’s music for Anthony Minghella’s film The English Patient wins the best dramatic score Oscar at the 69th Academy Awards. Rachel Portman’s music for Douglas McGrath’s film Emma wins the award for best musical or comedy score

25

  • James MacMillan’s The Galloway Mass for choir and organ premiered in Ayr

releases

  • Chemical Brothers – Block Rockin’ Beats (Freestyle Dust)
  • E-Z Rollers – Retro / Subtropic (Moving Shadow)
  • Future Sound of London – We Have Explosive (Virgin)
  • Lamb – Górecki (Fontana)
  • Beth Orton – Someone’s Daughter (Heavenly)
  • Pet Shop Boys – A Red Letter Day (Parlophone)
  • Photek – Ni Ten Ichi Ryu / The Fifth Column (Science)
  • As One – The Art Of Prophecy (Shield)
  • As One – In With Their ARPs, Strings, Jazz & Things (Clear)
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – The Boatman’s Call (Mute)
  • Loren Mazzacane Connors – Hell! Hell! Hell! Hell! Hell! (The Lotus Sound)
  • Carl Craig – More Songs About Food and Revolutionary Art (Planet E)
  • Dan Curtin – Deception (Sublime)
  • Fridge – Ceefax (Output)
  • Laurent Garnier – 30 (F Communication)
  • Alison Krauss – So Long So Wrong (Rounder)
  • Oval – Wohnton (Thrill Jockey)
  • Kate Rusby – Hourglass (Pure)
  • Scanner – Delivery (Earache)
  • Stars of the Lid – The Ballasted Orchestra (Kranky)
  • Super Discount (Different)
  • U2 – Pop (Island)
  • Luke Vibert – Big Soup (Mo Wax)
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Super Discount (Different)

Apr

2

  • Elena Firsova’s String Quartet no.9 The Door Is Closed premiered in London

4

  • James MacMillan’s Ninian for clarinet and orchestra premiered in Edinburgh
  • Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Symphony No. 3 premiered in Tallinn

5

  • Allen Ginsberg (70) dies in New York  from complications of hepatitis
  • Aerosmith have the Billboard number one album for one week with Nine Lives
  • The Chemical Brothers have the UK number one single for one week with Block Rockin’ Beats

8

  • Laura Nyro (49) dies in Danbury, CT of ovarian cancer
  • Moritz Eggert’s opera Helle Nächte [Bright Nights] premiered in Munich. Lib. Helmut Krausser

9

  • Mae Boren Axton (82) drowns in her bath in Hendersonville, TN following a heart attack

10

  • Toshiro Mayuzumi (68) dies in Kawasaki, Japan
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Zythos for trombone and percussion premiered in Birmingham

14

  • James MacMillan’s The Gallant Weaver for choir premiered in Paisley

19

  • The Chemical Brothers have the UK number one album for one week with Dig Your Own Hole

21

  • Herbert Zipper (92) dies in Santa Monica, CA

23

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Piccolo Concerto premiered in Nottingham

24

  • Robert Erickson (80) dies in San Diego of polymyositis
  • Harry Partch’s opera Oedipus premiered in New York, lib. Partch and J. Churchill (third and final version)

25

  • Brian May (film composer) (62) dies in Melbourne following a heart attack
  • James Clarke’s Entfernung for clarinet and tape premiered in London
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Ernster Gesang for orchestra premiered in Philadelphia

26

  • Kalevi Aho’s Chamber Symphony No.3 premiered in Kokkola, Finland
  • Depeche Mode have the UK number one album for one week with Ultra

27

  • James MacMillan’s On the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin for choir & organ premiered in Cambridge

30

  • Hans-Hubert Schönzeler (71) dies in London

releases

  • Blur – Song 2 (Food)
  • Brainbug – Nightmare (Positiva)
  • Daft Punk –Around the World (Virgin)
  • Orbital – The Saint (Ffrr)
  • Pavement – Shady Lane (Domino)
  • Prefab Sprout – A Prisoner of the Past (Kitchenware)
  • Slacker – Scared (XL)
  • Tricky – Makes Me Wanna Die (4th & Broadway)
  • Yo La Tengo – Autumn Sweater (Matador)
  • Mary J Blige – Share My World (MCA)
  • Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole (Freestyle Dust)
  • Depeche Mode – Ultra (Mute)
  • Fila Brazillia – Luck Be a Weirdo Tonight (Pork)
  • Marvin Gaye – Vulnerable (Motown)
  • Gus Gus – Polydistortion (4AD)
  • Jimi Hendrix – First Rays of the New Rising Sun (MCA)
  • Herbaliser – Blow Your Headphones (Ninja Tune)
  • Jayhawks – Sound of Lies (American)
  • Kronos Quartet – The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind (Nonesuch)
  • Porter Ricks – Biokinetics (Chain Reaction)
  • Sigur Rós – Von (Smekkleysa)
  • Sleater-Kinney – Dig Me Out (Kill Rock Stars)
  • Songs: Ohia (Secretly Canadian)
  • Speedy J – Public Energy #1 (Novamute)
  • Squarepusher – Hard Normal Daddy (Warp)
  • Tarnation – Mirador (4AD)
  • Tomasz Stanko – Leosia (ECM)
  • Yo La Tengo – I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One (Matador)
The Chemical Brothers

The Chemical Brothers

May

3

  • The Charlatans have the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with Tellin’ Stories
  • Michael Jackson has the UK number one single for one week with Blood On the Dancefloor

4

  • James Clarke’s Isolation for violin premiered in Belfast

10

  • Mary J Blige has the Billboard number one album for one week with Share My World
  • Philip Glass’s opera The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four and Five premiered in Heidelberg. Lib. Doris Lessing

11

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s oratorio Job premiered in Vancouver

15

  • Tommy Turrentine (69) dies in New York of cancer
  • Philip Glass’s Heroes Symphony premiered in London

16

  • Luciano Berio’s Alternatim for clarinet, viola and orchestra premiered in Amsterdam

17

  • Olive have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with You’re Not Alone

19

  • Dominick Argento’s opera A Water Bird Talk premiered in New York. Lib. Argento

21

  • James MacMillan’s Fourteen Little Pictures for piano trio premiered in London

22

  • Elliott Carter’s Allegro scorrevole for orchestra premiered in Cleveland

25

  • Hans Werner Henze’s ballets Le disperazioni del Signor Pulcinella & Le fils de l’air premiered in Schwetzingen

28

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Electronic Music with Sound Scenes from Freitag aus Licht premiered in Cologne

29

  • Jeff Buckley (30) drowns in Wolf River Harbor, Memphis, TN

unk

  • Brian Ferneyhough’s Incipits for viola and ensemble premiered in Brisbane

releases

  • E-Z Rollers – Synesthesia / Fever (Moving Shadow)
  • Jonny L – Piper (XL)
  • Primal Scream – Kowalski (Creation)
  • Radiohead – Paranoid Android (Parlophone)
  • Source Direct – Call & Response / Computer State (Science)
  • Paul Van Dyk – Forbidden Fruit (Deviant)
  • Natacha Atlas – Halim (Nation)
  • You Know Faust (ReR)
  • Faze Action – Plans and Design (Nuphonic)
  • Foo Fighters – The Colour and the Shape (Capitol)
  • Godflesh – Us And Them (Earache)
  • Guided By Voices – Mag Earwhig (Matador)
  • Melvins – Honky (Amphetamine Reptile)
  • Ø – Tulkinta (Sahko)
  • Prefab Sprout – Andromeda Heights (Kitchenware)
  • Son Volt – Straightaways (Warner Bros)
  • Richard Thompson & Danny Thompson – Industry (Hannibal)
  • Amon Tobin – Bricolage (Ninja Tune)
  • Paul Van Dyk – Seven Ways (Deviant)
Paul Van Dyk b.1971

Paul Van Dyk b.1971

Jun

2

  • Doc Cheatham (91) dies in Washington, DC

4

  • Ronnie Lane (51) dies in Trinidad, CO of multiple sclerosis

6

  • Unsuk Chin’s Piano Concerto premiered in Cardiff
  • David Sawer’s the greatest happiness principle for orchestra premiered in Cardiff

11

  • Elliott Carter’s Shard for guitar premiered in Humlebaek, Denmark

13

  • Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Twice Through the Heart for mezzo-soprano and sixteen players premiered in Snape

14

  • John McGuire’s A Cappella for soprano and tape premiered in Cologne
  • Wu-Tang Clan have the UK number one album for one week with Wu-Tang Forever

15

  • Benjamin Britten’s Double Concerto for violin, viola and orchestra premiered in Snape

19

  • Bobby Helms (63) dies in Martinsville, IN of emphysema

20

  • Lawrence Payton (59) dies in Southfield, MI of cancer

21

  • Arthur Prysock (68) dies in Hamilton, Bermuda
  • Wu-Tang Clan have the Billboard number one album for one week with Wu-Tang Forever

22

  • Luciano Berio’s Glosse for string quartet premiered in Reggio Emilia

23

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s A Birthday Card for Hans for mezzo-soprano and ensemble premiered in Kirkwall

27

  • (to 29 June) The 1997 Glastonbury Festival is held at Worthy Farm, Somerset featuring The Prodigy, Radiohead, Sting, Van Morrison, The Blue Nile, The Chemical Brothers, Stereolab and Pavement

28

  • Radiohead have the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with OK Computer

releases

  • Blur – On Your Own (Food)
  • Chicane – Sunstroke (Xtravaganza)
  • Mogwai – 4 Satin EP (Chemikal Underground)
  • Roni Size / Reprazent – Share The Fall (Talkin’ Loud)
  • Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony (Hut)
  • Buena Vista Social Club (Nonesuch)
  • Broadcast – Work & Non-Work (Warp)
  • Robert Hood – Nighttime World Volume 1 (Cheap)
  • Noto – Infinity (Raster Noton)
  • Prodigy – The Fat of the Land (XL)
  • Radiohead – OK Computer (Parlophone)
  • Roni Size / Reprazent – New Forms (Talkin’ Loud)
  • Spiritualized – Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space (Dedicated)
  • Tindersticks – Curtains (This Way Up)
  • Walkabouts – Night Town (Virgin)
  • Paul Weller – Heavy Soul (Island)
  • Wu-Tang Clan – Wu-Tang Forever (Loud)
Roni Size b.1969

Roni Size b.1969

Jul

4

  • Johnny Copeland (60) dies in New York of complications during heart surgery

5

  • Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Four-Horned Fandango for four horns and orchestra premiered in Birmingham

8

  • Einojuhani Rautavaara’s opera Aleksis Kivi premiered in Helsinki. Lib. Rautavaara

11

  • Volker David Kirchner’s Concerto for horn and orchestra premiered in Itzehoe, Germany
  • Patrick Nunn’s Rents for counter tenor and guitar premiered in London

12

  • David Matthews’s Variations for Piano op.72 premiered in Deal, Kent
  • The Prodigy have the UK number one album for the first of six weeks with The Fat of the Land

15

  • Einojuhani Rautavaara’s String Quintet premiered in Kuhmo, Finland

16

  • Colin Matthews’s Elegaic Chaconne for flute, clarinet, piano, viola and cello premiered in Cheltenham

19

  • Oasis have the UK number one single for one week with D’You Know What I Mean?
  • The Prodigy have the Billboard number one album for the one week with The Fat of the Land

20

  • Julian Anderson’s The Crazed Moon for orchestra premiered in Cheltenham

23

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Sea-Change for orchestra premiered in London

25

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Orkney Saga I: Fifteen keels laid in Norway for Jerusalem-farers for orchestra premiered in London

26

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Litanei 97 for choir premiered in Schwäbisch Gmünd

28

  • David Matthews’s Hurrahing in Harvest op.71 for choir premiered in Dartington, Devon

29

  • Chuck Wayne (74) dies in Jackson, NJ
  • Gavin Bryars’s Expressa Solis for chorus premiered in Cambridge by the Hilliard Ensemble

releases

  • BT – Flaming June (Perfecto)
  • Guided by Voices – I Am A Tree (Matador)
  • Massive Attack – Risingson (Wild Bunch)
  • Run DMC vs Jason Nevins – It’s Like That (Sm:)e)
  • Squarepusher – Big Loada EP (Warp)
  • Super Discount – Le Patron Est Devenu Fou! (Different)
  • Tindersticks – Rented Rooms (This Way Up)
  • Banco De Gaia – Big Men Cry (Planet Dog)
  • Neko Case – The Virginian (Bloodshot)
  • Company Flow – Funcrusher Plus (Rawkus)
  • Drexciya – The Quest (Submerge)
  • Brian Eno – The Drop (All Saints)
  • Grant McLennan – In Your Bright Ray (Beggars Banquet)
  • Mogwai – Ten Rapid (Rock Action)
  • µ-Ziq – Lunatic Harness (Planet Mu)
  • Primal Scream – Vanishing Point (Creation)
Company Flow

Company Flow

Aug

1

  • Sviatoslav Richter (82) dies in Moscow following a heart attack

2

  • William S. Burroughs (83) dies in Lawrence, KS following a heart attack
  • Feim Ibrahimi (61) dies in Tirana, Albania
  • Fela Kuti (58) dies in Lagos, Nigeria of Kaposi’s sarcoma
  • Gavin Bryars’s Three Poems of Cecco Angiolieri for chorus & And so ended Kant’s travelling in this world for chorus premiered in Cambridge

5

  • Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Lighthouse for strings premiered in Ansbach, Germany

10

  • Conlon Nancarrow (84) dies in Mexico City

12

  • Luther Allison (57) dies in Madison, WN of cancer

14

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Il Rozzo Martello for choir premiered in London

15

  • Lubka Kolessa (93) dies in Toronto

16

  • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (48) dies in London following a heart attack

17

  • Julian Anderson’s Bach Machine for trio premiered in Dartington

24

  • Tete Montoliu (64) dies in Barcelona of lung cancer

26

  • Erik Bergman’s The Maestro and his Orchestra op.136 premiered in Helsinki

30

  • Oasis have the UK number one album for the first of five weeks over two runs with Be Here Now

31

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Im Freundschaft for solo instrument premiered in Körten

releases

  • Autechre – Cichlisuite EP (Warp)
  • Radiohead – Karma Police (Parlophone)
  • Slacker – Your Face (XL)
  • Transa – Prophase (Perfecto)
  • Way Out West – Blue (Deconstruction)
  • Calexico – Spoke (Quarterstick)
  • John Fahey – Womblife (Table of Elements)
  • Fennesz – Hotel Para.llel (Mego)
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor – F#A#∞ [1995-1997] (Constellation)
  • DJ Krush – Milight (Mo Wax)
  • Latyrx: The Album (Solesides)
  • Levellers – Mouth to Mouth (China)
  • Mouse On Mars – Autoditacker (Too Pure)
  • Oasis – Be Here Now (Creation)
  • Oyster Band – Deep Dark Ocean (Cooking Vinyl)
  • Rammstein – Sehnsucht (Motor)
  • Scanner vs. Signs ov Chaos (Earache)
  • Super Furry Animals – Radiator (Creation)
  • Bugge Wesseltoft – New Conception of Jazz (Verve)
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan 1948-97

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan 1948-97

Sep

2

  • Rudolf Bing (95) dies in New York of respiratory failure

5

  • Georg Solti (84) dies in Antibes, France following a heart attack
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Spiral for soloist with short-wave receiver premiered in Cologne

6

  • Fleetwood Mac have the Billboard number one album for the one week with The Dance

8

  • Derek Taylor (65) dies in Sudbury, Suffolk of cancer

13

  • Philip Glass’s Songs of Milarepa for baritone and orchestra premiered in Sagra
  • The Verve have the UK number one single for one week with The Drugs Don’t Work

16

  • George Benjamin’s Viola, Viola premiered in Tokyo

18

  • Jimmy Witherspoon (77) dies in Los Angeles of throat cancer
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Verborgene Formen for ensemble premiered in Berlin

20

  • Elton John has the UK number one single for the first of five weeks with Candle in the Wind ’97 
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s String Quartet no.10 premiered in Berlin by the Arditti Quartett

22

  • Oliver Knussen’s Prayer Bell Sketch for piano premiered in Tokyo

25

  • Jean Françaix (85) dies in Paris
  • John Adams’ Century Rolls for piano and orchestra premiered in Cleveland

28

  • James MacMillan’s Symphony – Vigil premiered in London

releases

  • Arab Strap – The Girls of Summer EP (Chemikal Underground)
  • Björk – Jóga (One Little Indian)
  • Chemical Brothers – Elektrobank (Freestyle Dust)
  • Chumbawamba – Tubthumping (EMI)
  • Daft Punk – Burnin’ (Virgin)
  • Plaid – Undoneson EP (Warp)
  • Portishead – All Mine (Go Beat)
  • DJ Shadow – High Noon (Mo Wax)
  • Roni Size / Reprazent – Heroes (Talkin’ Loud)
  • Verve – The Drugs Don’t Work (Hut)
  • Björk – Homogenic (One Little Indian)
  • Gavin Bryars – A Man in a Room, Gambling (Point)
  • BT – ESCM (Perfecto)
  • Coldcut – Let Us Play (Ninja Tune)
  • Common – One Day It’ll All Make Sense (Relativity)
  • Cornershop – When I Was Born For The Seventh Time (Wiiija)
  • Tanya Donelly – Lovesongs For Underdogs (4AD)
  • Bob Dylan – Time Out Of Mind (Columbia)
  • John Fahey & Cul De Sac – The Epiphany of Glenn Jones (Thirsty Ear)
  • Fall – Levitate (Artful)
  • David Holmes – Let’s Get Killed (Go Beat)
  • Lambchop – Thriller (Merge)
  • Omni Trio – Skeleton Keys (Moving Shadow)
  • Photek – Modus Operandi (Science)
  • Piano Magic – Popular Mechanics (Che)
  • Portishead (Go Beat)
  • Salt Tank – Wave Breaks (FFRR)
  • Shipping News – Save Everything (Quarterstick)
  • 16 Horsepower – Low Estate (A&M)
  • Patti Smith – Peace and Noise (Arista)
  • Spring Heel Jack – Busy Curious Thirsty (Trade 2)
  • Tomasz Stanko – Litania: Music of Krzystof Komeda (ECM)
  • Stereolab – Dots and Loops (Elektra)
  • Superchunk – Indoor Living (Merge)
  • Surgeon – Basic Tonal Vocabulary (Tresor)
  • Verve – Urban Hymns (Virgin)
  • Way Out West (Deconstruction)
  • Robert Wyatt – Shleep (Hannibal)
Björk - Homogenic (One Little Indian)

Björk – Homogenic (One Little Indian)

Oct

1

  • Thomas Adès’s Asyla for orchestra premiered in Birmingham

3

  • Millard Lampell (78) dies in Ashburn, VA of lung cancer

4

  • Michael Daugherty’s Niagara Falls for symphonic band premiered in Ann Arbor, MI
  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Hymne an den heiligen Daniel for chorus premiered in Moscow

5

  • James MacMillan’s Raising Sparks for mezzo-soprano and ensemble premiered in London
  • Patrick Nunn’s Suryast for small ensemble premiered in London

6

  • Johannes Maria Staud’s Die Ebene for speaker, horn, two trombones, two percussionists, piano, two cellos and double bass premiered in Innsbruck

9

  • Henri Dutilleux’s The Shadows of Time for children’s voices and orchestra premiered in Boston

11

  • Elton John has the Billboard number one single for the first of fourteen weeks with Candle in the Wind ’97 
  • The Verve have the UK number one album for the first of twelve weeks over three runs with Urban Hymns

12

  • John Denver (53) is killed in a plane crash off the coast of California
  • Henryk Górecki’s Little Fantasia op.73 for violin and piano premiered in Hannover

13

  • Elena Firsova’s Chamber Concerto No.6 (The Temple of Mnemosyne) for piano and chamber orchestra premiered in London

14

  • Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Vigilia for choir premiered in Helsinki

15

  • Luciano Berio’s Sequenza IXc for bass clarinet premiered in Turin
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ The Jacobite Rising for choir and orchestra premiered in Glasgow
  • Arvo Pärt’s Tribute to Caesar for chorus & The Woman with the Alabaster Box for chorus premiered in Turin
  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Hymne an den heiligen Adalbert for chorus premiered in Gdansk

17

  • Volker David Kirchner’s opera Labyrinthos premiered in Mainz. Lib. William Shakespeare

19

  • Pierre Boulez’s Anthemes II for violin and electronics premiered in Donaueschingen

20

  • Henry Vestine (52) dies in Paris of heart failure.

23

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Orkney Saga II: In Kirkwall, the first red Saint Magnus Stones for orchestra premiered in Manchester

25

  • Janet Jackson has the Billboard number one album for one week with Velvet Rope

28

  • Thomas Adès’s Concerto Conciso op.18 for piano and chamber ensemble premiered in Birmingham
  • Bill Berry announces his departure from REM

releases

  • Aphex Twin – Come To Daddy EP (Warp)
  • Asian Dub Foundation – Naxalite (FFRR)
  • Natalie Imbruglia – Torn (RCA)
  • Nalin & Kane – Beachball (Ffrr)
  • Arcon 2 (Reinforced)
  • Craig Armstrong – The Space Between Us (Melankolik)
  • Bardo Pond – Lapsed (Matador)
  • Biosphere – Substrata (Origo Sound)
  • Chicane – Far From The Maddening Crowds (Xtravaganza)
  • Steve Earle – El Corazón (Warner Bros)
  • Flying Saucer Attack – New Lands (Domino)
  • Green Day – Nimrod (Reprise)
  • Larry Heard – Dance 2000 (Distance)
  • Jurassic 5 (Rumble)
  • Kronos Quartet – Early Music (Nonesuch)
  • Labradford – Mi Media Naranja (Kranky)
  • Mogwai – Young Team (Chemikal Underground)
  • Plaid – Not For 3s (Warp)
  • Pressure Drop – Elusive (Hard Hands)
  • Luke Slater – Freek Funk (Novamute)
  • Squarepusher – Burning ‘n Tree (Warp)
  • Stars Of The Lid – Gravitational Pull vs. The Desire For An Aquatic Life (Kranky)
  • Third Eye Foundation – Ghost (Domino)
  • To Rococo Rot (Kitty Yo)
John Denver 1943-97

John Denver 1943-97

Nov

1

  • Richard Barrett’s Tenebrae for voices, instrumental ensemble and electronics premiered in London. Text by Paul Celan

6

  • Epic Soundtracks (38) dies in London of unknown causes
  • Erik Bergman’s Cadenza op.137 for oboe and orchestra premiered in Gothenburg

7

  • Benjamin Britten’s Night Mail for speaker and orchestra premiered in London, text W.H. Auden
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Concerto for piano and orchestra premiered in Nottingham

10

  • Tommy Tedesco (67) dies in Los Angeles of lung cancer

11

  • Shake Kean (70) dies in Oslo of stomach cancer

12

  • Carlos Surinach (82) dies in New Haven, CT

13

  • André Boucourechliev (72) dies in Paris

17

  • Wilfred Josephs (70) dies in London

21

  • Robert Simpson (78) dies in Tralee, Ireland

22

  • Michael Hutchence (37) commits suicide by hanging in Sydney

24

  • Monique Serf (67) dies in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France of lung disease

25

  • James Clarke’s Deformierte Texte 1 for voice, piano and percussion premiered in Huddersfield, Yorks

26

  • Kalevi Aho’s Kiinalaisia lauluja [Chinese Songs] for voice and orchestra premiered in Forssa, Finland

29

  • Moritz Eggert’s Symphony 1.0 premiered in Munich

30

  • Iannis Xenakis’s O-Mega for percussion and orchestra premiered in Huddersfield

releases

  • Portishead – Over (Go Beat)
  • Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up (XL)
  • Pulp – Help the Aged (Island)
  • Roni Size / Reprazent – Brown Paper Bag (Talkin’ Loud)
  • Verve – Lucky Man (Hut)
  • As One – Planetary Folklore (Mo Wax)
  • Tony Conrad – Early Minimalism Vol 1 (Table of the Elements)
  • Adam F – Colours (EMI)
  • Jay-Z – In My Lifetime vol.1 (Roc-a-Fella)
  • Jonny L – Sawtooth (XL)
  • Monolake – Hong Kong (Chain Reaction)
  • Rakim – The 18th Letter (Universal)
  • Esbjörn Svensson Trio – Winter in Venice (Act)
  • Mika Vainio – Onko (Touch)
Michael Hutchence 1960-97

Michael Hutchence 1960-97

Dec

1

  • Stephane Grappelli (89) dies in Paris

6

  • Metallica have the Billboard number one album for the one week with Reload
  • Arvo Pärt’s Dopo La Vittoria for choir premiered in Milan

10

  • Simon Jeffes (48) dies in Taunton, Somerset of a brain tumour

12

  • Havergal Brian’s opera The Cenci premiered in London, lib. Brian (concert performance)

16

  • Nicolette Larson (45) dies in Los Angeles of liver failure

18

  • Kurt Schwertsik’s Roald Dahl’s Goldilocks for narrator and orchestra premiered in Glasgow. Lib. Donald Sturrock after Roald Dahl

19

  • Jimmy Rogers (73) dies in Chicago of colon cancer

21

  • Joseph Ahrens (93) dies in Berlin
  • Johnny Coles (71) dies in Philadelphia of cancer

28

  • Henry Barraud (97) dies in Saint-Maurice, France

31

  • Floyd Cramer (64) dies in Nashville of lung cancer

releases

  • Björk – Bachelorette (One Little Indian)
  • David Holmes – Don’t Die Just Yet (Go Beat)
  • Holy Ghost – The Art Lukm Suite (Tresor)
  • Porter Ricks (Mille Plateaux)
  • Supersilent – 1-3 (Rune Grammofon) Triple CD
Stephane Grappelli 1908-97

Stephane Grappelli 1908-97

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