June 15, 2020
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AOS4 GCSE AQA Music
a timeline of modern Western Classical Music
⟶ Updated 18 Sep 2017 ⟶
List of edits
2 Oct 2017
AOS3 Traditional Music
A timeline to scope the time period surrounding AOS3
London Symphony Orchestra Founded
Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg published Book of Hanging Gardens which introduced the concept of dissonance
In New York, Julliard School opened and George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue premiered
18 year old American Billie Holiday creates her first recordings
In Nashville, Tennessee. the Grand Ole Opry was founded.
Jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald starts her career with the Chick Webb orchestra.
The debut of electric guitars.
American composer Samuel Barber premieres his "Adagio for Strings"
Charles Parker moved to New York and performed with Dizzy Gillespie and other jazz
American composer Aaron Copland premieres his "Appalachian Spring" ballet
American composers Rodgers and Hammerstein open Oklahoma on Broadway
The 33 1/3 LP, or long-playing album, was introduced by Columbia Records.
German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen composed "Karlheinz Stockhausen's Elektronische Studie I", the first composition using sine wave sounds.
American group Bill Haley and the Comets venture into the rock n' roll music form.
American Singer Elvis Presley establishes himself as the icon of rock n' roll.
American composer Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story" premieres.
Berry Gordy, Jr. founded the Motown Recording Corporation.
The Big Three of Jazz was released: 'time out' by Dave Brubeck Quartet, 'a kind of blue' by Miles Davis & 'the shape of jazz to come' by ornette coleman
Russian composer Segei Rachmaninoff premiers his "Piano Concerto No. 2"
Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff premiers "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini"
Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff premiers "Symphony No. 3"
Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff completes his final work "the Symphonic Dances"
German composer Richard Strauss Premiers his opera "Der Rosenkavalier"
German composer Richard Strauss premiers his opera "Elektra"
Richard Strauss premieres his opera "Die Frau ohne Schatten"
German composer Richard Strauss premieres his opera "Salome"
British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams premieres his composition "The Lark Ascending"
American composer Aaron Copland premieres his "Billy the Kid" Ballet
Johnny Cash established his stature as a country music artist.
American composer Aaron Copland premieres his "Rodeo" ballet
American composer Aaron Copland composed his piece "Fanfare for the Common Man"
American Composer Aaron Copland's "Symphony No.3" premieres
Russian composer Igor Stravinsky premieres his ballet "the Firebird"
Russian composer Igor Stravinsky premieres his ballet "the Rite of Spring"
Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg premieres his atonal work "Five Pieces for Orchestra"
Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg premieres his atonal work "Pierrot Lunaire"
Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg premieres his atonal work "Erwartung"
American Jazz Icon Louis Armstrong is born
Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev is born
German composer Carl Orff is born
George Washington Johnson becomes the first African-American recording artist with his song "the Whistling Coon"
American composer Oscar Hammerstein II is born
German composer Johannes Brahms dies at the age of 63
German composer Johannes Brahms is born
Ragtime Jazz becomes a popular music form in the USA
American composer George Gershwin is born
Austrian composer Johann Strauss died at the age of 73
American Jazz bandleader Duke Ellington is born
Italian operatic composer Giuseppe Verdi died at the age of 87
Italian operatic composer Giuseppe Verdi is born
American composer Richard Rodgers is born
French composer Claude Debussy premieres his opera "Pelléas et Mélisande"
Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich is born
Norwegian composer Edvard Greig died at the age of 64
American jazz singer Cab Calloway is born
American Jazz Bandleader Benny Goodman is born
American Blues Singer Howlin' Wolf is Born
American Jazz Bandleader Artie Shaw is born
French Gypsy Jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt is born
American record producer John Hammond is born
Legendary American Blues guitarist Robert Johnson is born
Austrian composer Gustav Mahler dies at the age of 50
Austrian composer Gustav Mahler is born
American Folk singer Woody Guthrie is born
American Blues guitarist Lightnin' Hopkins is born
American avant-garde composer John Cage is born
American Blues guitarist Muddy Waters is born
American song "Saint Louis Blues" is published
First Calypso music recordings take place
American blues singer Billie Holiday is born
American singer Frank Sinatra is born
American musician Tom Brown begins to bill his group as a 'Jass band'
American singer Ella Fitzgerald is born
American Blues guitarist John Lee Hooker is born
American Ragtime composer Scott Joplin died at the age of 48
The Original Dixieland Jass Band's 'Livery Stable Blues' becomes the first Jazz record to be released
The Titanic Sinking
The Start of the First World War
Battle of Somme
Royal Family change their name
First Ever Crossword
Edwards IIV Died
First Ever Girl Scouts
League of Nations
Treaty of Versailles
Toaster Was Invented
Olympic Games open in White City London
Parliament introduces pensions
Edward VII dies and is succeed by George V
First men to reach the North Pole
Salisbury Rail Crash - 28 died
Piccadilly Line opens
Old Bailey opens
First large suffragette movement
First Rotary Telephone
America Joined World War 1
First Continental Phone Call
First Zeppelin raid on London
Labour Party Formed
New York subway opened
Teddy Roosevelt becomes 24th Pres. of USA
Lord Salisbury's Conservative party Re-elected
Women's Social and Political Union is formed to campaign for women's suffrage
Queen Victoria Dies
Louis is born
irish war of independence finished
women got the right to vote
King George V Opens new concrete tennis stadium at Wimbledon.
women won the right to vote in England
The first Olympic Winter Games took place in Chamonix and Haute-Savoie
A.A. Milne's "Winnie-the-Pooh" was published
World War 2 start
Gandhi begins salt march
world record 6 mile (29:36:4)
the completion of the empire state building
gandhi led the salt march
pluto was discovered
penguin brought out there first paperback books
parker brothers introduced monopoly
nazi olympics took place
the hoover dam was complete
World War 2 ended
UN was formed
Cold war started
Stephen Hawking born
Auschwitz concentration camp built
Battle of Britain
Mircowaves ovens invented
Ball point pens go on sale
Korean War Starts
Failed assassination on President Harry S truman
US declined support to Hungarian revolution
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