1923 in music

Events

*November 11 - Premiere of John Foulds's "World Requiem" at the Royal Albert Hall in London. It is repeated on that date each year until 1926.
*November 19 - At a concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the union of Buda and Pest (thus creating Budapest), Béla Bartók's "Dance Suite" and Zoltán Kodály's "Psalmus Hungaricus" both receive their world premieres
* Explosion of recordings of African American musicians; Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, Joe "King" Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, many others make their first recordings.
*George Enescu makes his debut as a conductor with the Philadelphia Orchestra in New York City.
*Henri Pawl-Pleyel, Roger Desormière, Maxime Jacob and Henri Sauguet form the Ecole d'Arcueil.

Published popular music

* "Annabelle" w. Lew Brown m. Ray Henderson
* "Back To Croa-Jingo-Long" w.m. Pat Dunlop
* "Bambalina" w. Otto Harbach & Oscar Hammerstein II m. Vincent Youmans. Introduced by Edith Day in the musical "Wildflower"
* "Barney Google" w.m. Billy Rose & Con Conrad
* "Beside A Babbling Brook" w. Gus Kahn m. Walter Donaldson
* "Charleston" w.m. Cecil Mack & James P. Johnson. Inspiration for a dance craze.
* "Chimes Blues" m. Joe "King" Oliver
* "Come On, Spark Plug!" w.m. Billy Rose & Con Conrad
* "Covered Wagon Days" w.m. Will Morrisey & Joe Burrows
* "Dizzy Fingers" m. Zez Confrey
* "Frasquita Serenade" m. Franz Lehár
* "Gulf Coast Blues" w.m. Clarence Williams
* "Horsey, Keep Your Tail Up" w.m. Walter Hirsch & Bert Kaplan
* "I Cried For You" w. Arthur Freed m. Gus Arnheim & Abe Lyman
* "I Love Life" w. Irwin M. Cassel m. Mana-Zucca
* "I Love You" w. Harlan Thompson m. Harry Archer. Introduced by John Boles and Margaret Wilson in the musical "Little Jessie James"
* "I Won't Say I Will But I Won't Say I Won't" w. B. G. De Sylva & Ira Gershwin m. George Gershwin. Introduced by Irene Bordoni in the play "Little Miss Bluebeard"
* "I'm Goin' South" w.m. Abner Silver & Harry Woods
* "I'm Sitting Pretty In A Pretty Little City" w.m. Lou Davis, Henry Santly & Abel Baer
* "Indiana Moon" w. Benny Davis m. Isham Jones
* "It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo'" w.m. Wendell Hall
* "I've Got The Yes! We Have No Bananas Blues" w. Lew Brown m. James F. Hanley & Robert King
* "Just A Girl That Men Forget" w. Al Dubin & Fred Rath m. Joe Garron
* "Just One More Chance" m. Steiger
* "King Porter Stomp" m. Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton
* "Last Night On The Back Porch" w. Lew Brown m. Carl Schraubstader
* "Linger Awhile" w. Harry Owens m. Vincent Rose
* "Louisville Lou" w. Jack Yellen m. Milton Ager
* "Mama Goes Where Papa Goes" w. Jack Yellen m. Milton Ager
* "Mama Loves Papa" w.m. Cliff Friend & Abel Baer
* "March Of The Cameron Men" w.m. Campbell
* "Mexicali Rose" w. Helen Stone m. Jack B. Tenney
* "Milenberg Joys" m. Leon Rappolo, Paul Mares & Jelly Roll Morton
* "Mon Paradis (Sérénade d'Aujourd'hui)" m. Cuthbert Clarke
* "Moon Love" w. George Grossmith, Jr. & P. G. Wodehouse m. Jerome Kern
* "My Sweetie Went Away" w. Roy Turk m. Lou Handman
* "Nashville Nightingale" w. Irving Caesar m. George Gershwin
* "No, No, Nora" w. Gus Kahn m. Ted Fio Rito & Ernie Erdman
* "Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out" w.m. Jimmy Cox
* "Oh Didn't It Rain" w.m. Eddie Leonard
* "Oh Gee Oh Gosh Oh Golly I'm In Love" w. Ole Olsen & Chic Johnson m. Ernest Breuer
* "Oklahoma Indian Jazz" (w. & m.) Ray Hibbler, T.J. Johnsen, J.W. Barna, J.W. Murrin, and T. Guarini
* "Old Fashioned Love" w. Cecil Mack m. James P. Johnson
* "Old King Tut" w. William Jerome m. Harry Von Tilzer
* "On The Mall" m. Edwin Franko Goldman
* "Once In A Blue Moon" w. Anne Caldwell m. Jerome Kern
* "An Orange Grove In California" w.m. Irving Berlin
* "Out Where The Blue Begins" Graff, McHugh, Grant
* "(Home In) Pasadena" w.m. Harry Warren, Grant Clarke & Edgar Leslie
* "Raggedy Ann" w. Anne Caldwell m. Jerome Kern
* "Rememb'ring" w.m. Vivian Duncan & Rosetta Duncan
* "La Rosita" w. Allan Stuart m. Paul Dupont (Pseud. of Walter Haenschen)
* "Seven Or Eleven" w. Lew Brown m. Walter Donaldson
* "Sittin' In A Corner" w. Gus Kahn m. George W. Meyer
* "Sleep" w.m. Earl Lebieg
* "A Smile Will Go A Long Long Way" w. Benny Davis m. Harry Akst
* "Snake Rag" m. King Oliver
* "Sobbin' Blues" w.m. Art Kassel
* "Some Sweet Day" w. Gene Buck m. Dave Stamper & Louis A. Hirsch
* "Stella" w.m. Al Jolson, Benny Davis & Harry Akst
* "Swingin' Down The Lane" w. Gus Kahn m. Isham Jones
* "Tell Me With A Melody" w.m. Irving Berlin
* "That Old Gang Of Mine" w. Billy Rose & Mort Dixon m. Ray Henderson
* "Tin Roof Blues" m. Paul Mares, Walter Melrose, Ben Pollack, Mel Stitzel, George Brunies & Leon Roppolo
* "Waitin' For The Evenin' Mail" Billy Baskette
* "When Clouds Have Vanished And Skies Are Blue" w. William R. Clay m. Charles L. Johnson
* "When It's Night-Time In Italy, It's Wednesday Over Here" w.m. James Kendis & Lew Brown
* "When June Comes Along With A Song" w.m. George M. Cohan from the musical "The Rise Of Rosie O'Reilly"
* "When You Walked Out Someone Else Walked Right In" w.m. Irving Berlin
* "Who'll Buy My Violets" w. E. Ray Goetz m. Jose Padilla
* "Who's Sorry Now?" w. Bert Kalmar & Harry Ruby m. Ted Snyder
* "Wild Flower" w. Otto Harbach & Oscar Hammerstein II m. Vincent Youmans & Herbert Stothart
* "Wolverine Blues" w.m. Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton, Benjamin Spikes & John C. Spikes
* "Yes, We Have No Bananas" w.m. Frank Silver & Irving Cohn
* "You Can't Do What My Last Man Did" w.m. J. C. Johnson & Allie Moore
* "You've Got To See Mama Ev'ry Night" w.m. Con Conrad & Billy Rose

Hit songs on record

*"Everything is K.O. in K.Y." by Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
*"Felix The Cat" by Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
*"Swinging Down The Lane" by Isham Jones & His Orchestra
*"Down Hearted Blues" by Bessie Smith
*"Waitin' For The Evenin' Mail" by Al Bernard
*"Cut Yourself A Piece of Cake (and Make Yourself at Home) by Billy Jones
*"Love Her By Radio" by Billy Jones
*"I Love Me (I'm Wild About Myself)" by Billy Murray
*"That Old Gang Of Mine" by Billy Murray
*"Yes, We Have No Bananas", recorded by:
**Billy Murray
**Billy Jones
**Ben Selvin & His Orchestra
*"Someboy Stole My Gal" by Ted Weems And His Orchestra
*"No No Nora/I've Got the Yes We Have No Bananas Blues" by Eddie Cantor
*"Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" by Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
*"(Nothing Could Be Finer Than to be in) Carolina in the Morning" by Van & Schenck
*"Love Sends a Little Gift of Roses" by Carl Fenton & His Orchestra
*"Dreamy Melody" by Art Landry & His Orchestra

Other important recordings

*"Dippermouth Blues" by King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band
*"High Society" by King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band
*"Milenburg Joys" by the New Orleans Rhythm Kings with Jelly Roll Morton
*"Wild Cat Blues/Kansas City Man Blues" by Clarence Williams Blue 5, featuring Sidney Bechet

Classical music

*Henry Cowell - "Aeolian Harp"
*Gerald Finzi - "A Severn Rhapsody"
*Sigfrid Karg-Elert - "Cathedral Windows"
*Darius Milhaud - "La création du monde" (ballet)
*Hans Pfitzner - "Concerto for Violin in B minor"
*Igor Stravinsky - " Octet for wind Instruements"
*Joaquín Turina - "Jardin de Oriente"
*Edgard Varèse
**"Hyperprism" (1922-23)
**"Octandre"
*William Walton - "Toccata for Violin and Piano"
*Leó Weiner - "Concertino for Piano and Orchestra"
*Alexander von Zemlinsky - "Lyric Symphony"

Opera

*Alfred Bruneau - "Le Jardin du paradis"
*Joaquín Turina - "Jardin de Oriente"

Musical theater

* "The Beauty Prize" (Music: Jerome Kern Lyrics and Book: P. G. Wodehouse and George Grossmith). London production opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on September 5 and ran for 214 performances
* "Catherine" London production opened at the Gaiety Theatre on September 22 and ran for 217 performances
* "The Cousin from Nowhere" London production opened at Prince's Theatre on February 24 and ran for 105 performances
* "Dover Street to Dixie" London revue opened at the Pavilion on May 31 and ran for 108 performances
* "George White's Scandals of 1923" Broadway revue opened at the Globe Theatre on June 18 and transferred to the Fulton Theatre on November 5 for a total run of 168 performances
* "Head over Heels" London production opened at the Adelphi Theatre on September 8 and ran for 113 performances
* "Katinka" London production opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre on August 30 and ran for 108 performances
* "Kid Boots" Broadway production opened at the Earl Carroll Theatre on December 31 and transferred to the Selwyn Theatre on September 1, 1924 for a total run of 489 performances
* "Little Nellie Kelly" London production opened at the New Oxford Theatre on July 2 and ran for 265 performances
* "London Calling!" London revue opened at the Duke of York's Theatre on September 4 and ran for 367 performances
* "Madame Pompadour"
**Vienna production opened at the Carltheater on March 2
**London production opened at Daly's Theatre on December 20 and ran for 467 performances
* "The Music Box Revue" London revue opened at the Palace Theatre on May 15 and ran for 217 performances
* "The Rainbow" London production opened at the Empire Theatre on April 3 and ran for 113 performances
* "Rats" London revue opened at the Vaudeville Theatre on February 4 and ran for 285 performances
* "The Rise of Rosie O'Reilly" Broadway production opened at the Liberty Theatre on December 25 and ran for 97 performances
* "Stop Flirting" London production opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre on May 30 and ran for 418 performances
* "Wildflower" Broadway production opened at the Casino Theatre on February 7 and ran for 477 performances
* "You'd Be Surprised" London production opened at the Royal Opera House on January 27 and ran for 270 performances
* "Ziegfeld Follies of 1923" Broadway revue opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre on October 20 and ran for 233 performances

Births

*January 1 - Milt Jackson, jazz vibraphonist (d. 1999)
*January 5 - Sam Phillips, record producer (d. 2003)
*February 5 - Claude King, country singer and songwriter
*March 2 - Doc Watson, guitarist, singer and songwriter
*March 26 - Clifton Williams, composer (d. 1976)
*April 25 - Albert King, blues guitarist and singer (d. 1992)
*May 15 - John Lanchbery, composer and conductor (d. 2003)
*May 28 - György Ligeti, composer (d. 2006)
*July 22 - Mukesh, Bollywood playback singer (d. 1976)
*July 31 - Ahmet Ertegün, record industry executive (d. 2006)
*August 11 - June Hutton, singer (d. 1973)
*September 17 - Hank Williams, country musician (d. 1953)
*October 5 - Glynis Johns, actress and singer
*October 16 - Bert Kaempfert, songwriter and orchestra leader (d. 1980)
*October 20 - Robert Craft, conductor and music writer
*November 10 - Anne Shelton, singer (d. 1994)
*December 2 - Maria Callas, operatic soprano (d. 1977)

Deaths

*January 5 - Emanuel Wirth, violinist (b. 1842)
*February 19 - Jeronimo Gimenez y Bellido, composer
*March 5 - Dora Pejačević, composer (b. 1885)
*March 8 - Krišjānis Barons, collector of Latvian folk songs (b. 1835)
*May 30 - Camille Chevillard, composer
*June 30 - Claude Terrasse, composer of operettas (b. 1867)
*July 10 - Albert Chevalier, English actor, singer, songwriter and music hall performer (b. 1861)
*July 13 - Asger Hamerik, composer
*August 31 - Ernest van Dyck, operatic tenor (b. 1861)
*October 22 - Victor Maurel, operatic baritone (b. 1848)
*October 28 - Theodor Reuss, music hall singer and polymath (b. 1855)
*December 2 - Tomás Bretón, composer (b. 1850)
*December 7 - Vess Ossman, banjoist (b. 1868)
*December 14 - Giuseppi Gallignani, composer
*December 19 - Gustav Dannreuther, violinist and conductor (b. 1853)
*"date unknown"
**Charles Jean Baptiste Collin-Mezin, violin-maker (b. 1841)
**Joseph Pothier, musicologist, reviver of the Gregorian chant (b. 1835)
**Kate Santley, actress and singer (b. 1837)
**Charitie Lees Smith, hymn-writer (b. 1841)
**Patsy Touhey, Irish-American piper (c. 1865)


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