1948 in music

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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1948.

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Specific locations

This is a summary of 1948 in music in the United Kingdom.

The following is a list of notable events and releases of the year 1948 in Norwegian music.

Specific genres

Events

January 10 is the 10th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 355 days remain until the end of the year.

Amadeus Quartet string quartet

The Amadeus Quartet was a world-famous string quartet founded in 1947 and disbanded in 1987, remarkable for having retained its founding members throughout its long history.

Wigmore Hall recital venue in London

Wigmore Hall is a concert hall located at 36 Wigmore Street, London. Originally called Bechstein Hall, it specialises in performances of chamber music early music, vocal music and song recitals. It is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading centres for this type of music and an essential port of call for many of the classical music world’s leading stars. With near-perfect acoustics, the hall quickly became celebrated across Europe and featured many of the great artistes of the 20th century. Today, the hall promotes 550 concerts a year and broadcasts a weekly concert on BBC Radio 3. The hall also promotes an extensive education programme throughout London and beyond and has a huge digital broadcasting arm, which includes the Wigmore Hall Live Label and many live streams of concerts.

Albums released

Al Jolson American entertainer, actor, and singer

Al Jolson was a Russian-born American singer, comedian, and actor. At the peak of his career, he was dubbed "The World's Greatest Entertainer". His performing style was brash and extroverted, and he popularized many songs that benefited from his "shamelessly sentimental, melodramatic approach." In the 1920s, Jolson was America's most famous and highest-paid entertainer.

<i>Christmas Songs by Sinatra</i> 1948 compilation album by Frank Sinatra

Christmas Songs by Sinatra is the name of the third studio album by the American singer Frank Sinatra. It was released in 1948 as a 78 rpm album set and a 10" LP record featuring a collection of holiday songs. A compilation album was released in 1994 including the songs released on the 1948 album along with Christmas songs from his years recording at Columbia.

Frank Sinatra American singer, actor, and producer

Francis Albert Sinatra was an American singer, actor and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide.

Biggest hit singles

The following singles achieved the highest chart positions in the limited set of charts available for 1948.

#ArtistTitleYearCountryChart Entries
1 Pee Wee Hunt Twelfth Street Rag 1948 Flag of the United States.svg US 1940s 1 – Jul 1948, US 1 for 8 weeks Aug 1948, Peel list 1 of 1947, US BB 4 of 1948, POP 7 of 1948, RYM 20 of 1948
2 Art Mooney I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover 1948 Flag of the United States.svg US 1940s 1 – Jan 1948, US BB 1 of 1948, US 1 for 3 weeks Feb 1948, POP 1 of 1948
3 Nat King Cole Nature Boy 1948 Flag of the United States.svg US 1940s 1 – Apr 1948, US 1 for 7 weeks May 1948, US BB 9 of 1948, RYM 9 of 1948, POP 17 of 1948, Europe 90 of the 1940s, Acclaimed 1793
4 Dinah Shore Buttons & Bows 1948 Flag of the United States.svg US 1940s 1 – Oct 1948, US 1 for 10 weeks Nov 1948, US BB 3 of 1948, POP 3 of 1948, Europe 91 of the 1940s, RYM 102 of 1948
5 Kay Kyser The Woody Woodpecker Song 1948 Flag of the United States.svg US 1940s 1 – Jun 1948, US 1 for 6 weeks Jul 1948, US BB 13 of 1948, POP 21 of 1948, Europe 76 of the 1940s, RYM 95 of 1948

Top hits on record

"Buttons and Bows" was a popular song with music written by Jay Livingston and lyrics by Ray Evans. The song was published in 1947. The song was written for and appeared in the Bob Hope and Jane Russell film, The Paleface, and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. It was originally written with an Indian theme, but was changed when the director said that would not work in the movie. It was a vocal selection on many radio programs in late 1948. It was reprised in the sequel, Son of Paleface, by Roy Rogers, Jane Russell and Bob Hope. In 2004 it finished #87 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of the top tunes in American cinema.

Dinah Shore American singer and actress

Dinah Shore was an American singer, actress, and television personality, and the top-charting female vocalist of the 1940s. She rose to prominence as a recording artist during the Big Band era, but achieved even greater success a decade later, in television, mainly as hostess of a series of variety programs for Chevrolet.

"Confess" is a popular song written by Bennie Benjamin and George David Weiss.

Songwriter Irving Berlin in 1948 Irvingberlin1948.jpg
Songwriter Irving Berlin in 1948

Classical music

Premieres

Sortable table
ComposerCompositionDateLocationPerformers
Antheil, George Symphony No. 5 1948-12-31 Flag of the United States.svg Philadelphia Philadelphia OrchestraOrmandy [2]
Barber, Samuel Excursions 1948-12-22 Flag of the United States.svg New York City Behrend [3]
Barber, Samuel Knoxville: Summer of 1915 1948-04-09 Flag of the United States.svg Boston Steber / Boston SymphonyKoussevitzky [4]
Berg, Alban Altenberg Lieder (1912)1948-09-14 Flag of Italy.svg Venice (Biennale) Martin-Metten / La FeniceScherchen [5]
Berkeley, Lennox Piano Concerto 1948-08-31 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London (Proms) Horsley / London SymphonyCameron [6]
Britten, Benjamin A Charm of Lullabies 1948-01-03 Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Hague Evans, De Nobel [7]
Britten, Benjamin Saint Nicholas , cantata1948-06-05 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Albeburgh (Festival) Pears / Aldeburgh Festival ChorusWoodgate [8]
Cage, John In a Landscape 1948-08-20 Flag of the United States.svg Black Mountain, NCCage [9] [10]
Cage, John Suite for Toy Piano 1948-08-22 Flag of the United States.svg Black Mountain, NCCage [11]
Castelnuovo Tedesco, Mario Coriolano , overture1948-09-08 Flag of Italy.svg Venice (Biennale) RAI Symphony Orchestra in RomePrevitali [5]
Cerha, Friedrich Six Lieder 1948-11-30 Flag of Austria.svg Vienna Ceska, Wünsch [12]
Copland, Aaron The Red Pony suite1948-10-30 Flag of the United States.svg Houston Houston Symphony Orchestra, Kurtz [13]
Dallapiccola, Luigi Quattro liriche di Antonio Machado 1948-12-03 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Brussels Martin-Metten, Dallapiccola [14]
Diamond, David Symphony No. 4 1948-01-23 Flag of the United States.svg Boston Boston SymphonyKoussevitzky [15]
Dohnányi, Ernst von Symphony No. 2 (1944)1948-11-23 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London Chelsea SymphonyDel Mar [16]
Dutilleux, Henri Piano Sonata 1948-04-30 Flag of France.svg Paris Joy [17]
Fine, Irving Toccata Concertante 1948-10-22 Flag of the United States.svg Boston Boston SymphonyKoussevitzky [18]
Foss, Lukas Recordare 1948-12-31 Flag of the United States.svg Boston Boston SymphonyKoussevitzky [19]
Hanson, Howard Piano Concerto 1948-12-31 Flag of the United States.svg Boston Firkusny / Boston Symphony – Hanson [2]
Henze, Hans Werner Symphony No. 1 1948-08-26 Flag of Germany (1946-1949).svg Bad Pyrmont[unknown orchestra] – Fortner [20]
Henze, Hans Werner Violin Concerto No. 1 1948-12-12 Flag of Germany (1946-1949).svg Baden-Baden Stanske / SWF SymphonyBour [21]
Hindemith, Paul Das Marienleben (2nd version)1948-11-03 Flag of Germany (1946-1949).svg Hannover Kupper, Seemann [22]
Ives, Charles Piano Trio (1915)1948-05-28 Flag of the United States.svg Berea, OH Poinar, Pierce, Wolaver [23]
Ives, Charles Three Harvest Home Chorales (1915)1948-03-03 Flag of the United States.svg New York City The Collegiate ChoraleShaw [24]
Jolivet, André Concerto for Ondes Martenot 1948-04-23 Flag of Austria.svg Vienna Martenot / [unknown orchestra] – Jolivet [25]
Jolivet, André Suite delphique 1948-04-22 Flag of Austria.svg Vienna Vienna Philharmonic – Jolivet [26]
Kabalevsky, Dmitri Violin Concerto 1948-10-29 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Moscow Bezrodny / Moscow Conservatory SymphonyTerian [27]
Lutoslawski, Witold Symphony No. 1 1948-04-06 Flag of Poland.svg Katowice Polish National Radio SymphonyFitelberg [28]
Maderna, Bruno Concerto for Two Pianos 1948-09-17 Flag of Italy.svg Venice (Biennale) Gorini, Lorenzi / [unknown ensemble] – Gracis [5]
Malipiero, Gian Francesco Sinfonia in memoriam (Symphony No. 4) 1948-02-27 Flag of the United States.svg Boston Boston SymphonyKoussevitzky [19]
McDonald, Harl Saga of the Mississippi 1948-04-09 Flag of the United States.svg Philadelphia Philadelphia OrchestraOrmandy [29]
Moeran, Ernest John Serenade in G 1948-09-02 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London (Proms) London SymphonyCameron [6]
Mortari, Virgilio Due salmi funebri in memoria di Alfredo Casella 1948-09-17 Flag of Italy.svg Venice (Biennale) Bozzi Luca / [unknown ensemble] – Gracis [5]
Myaskovsky, Nikolai Symphony on Russian Themes (Symphony No. 26) 1948-12-28 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Moscow[unknown orchestra] – Gauk [30]
Nabokov, Nicolas The Return of Pushkin 1948-01-02 Flag of the United States.svg Boston Koshetz / Boston SymphonyKoussevitzky [31]
Ohana, Maurice Trois poèmes de Saadi 1948-03-06 Flag of France.svg Paris French Radio National OrchestraGiardino [32]
Piston, Walter Symphony No. 3 1948-01-09 Flag of the United States.svg Boston Boston SymphonyKoussevitzky [19]
Rawsthorne, Alan Symphonic Studies 1948-09-14 Flag of Italy.svg Venice (Biennale) La Fenice OrchestraScherchen [5]
Rawsthorne, Alan Violin Concerto No. 1 1948-07-01 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Cheltenham (Festival) Olof / Hallé OrchestraBarbirolli [33]
Rosenthal, Manuel Christmas Symphonies 1948-12-23 Flag of the United States.svg Philadelphia Philadelphia OrchestraOrmandy [29]
Rota, Nino String Quartet 1948-09-15 Flag of Italy.svg Venice (Biennale) Poltronieri Quartet [5]
Schaeffer, Pierre Cinq études de bruits 1948-10-05 Flag of France.svg Paris[electronic music] [34]
Schoenberg, Arnold A Survivor from Warsaw 1948-11-04 Flag of the United States.svg Albuquerque, NM Smith / Albuquerque Civic Symphony OrchestraFrederick [35]
Scott, Cyril Oboe Concerto 1948-09-13 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London (Proms) Goossens / London SymphonyRobinson [6]
Searle, Humphrey Fuga giocosa 1948-08-06 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London (Proms) London SymphonyCameron [6]
Shapero, Harold Symphony for Classical Orchestra 1948-01-30 Flag of the United States.svg Boston Boston SymphonyBernstein [19]
Stevens, Bernard Fugal Overture 1948-08-13 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London (Proms) BBC SymphonySargent [6]
Stravinsky, Igor Mass for Chorus and Winds 1948-10-27 Flag of Italy.svg MilanMembers of the La Scala Orchestra and ChorusAnsermet [36]
Thomson, Virgil Suite from Louisiana Story 1948-11-26 Flag of the United States.svg Philadelphia Philadelphia OrchestraOrmandy [29]
Tippett, Michael Suite in D 1948-11-15 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London BBC SymphonyBoult [37]
Toch, Ernst Hyperion , dramatic overture1948-04-01 Flag of the United States.svg Cleveland Cleveland OrchestraSzell [38]
Turchi, Guido Music for Orchestra 1948-09-08 Flag of Italy.svg Venice (Biennale) RAI Symphony Orchestra in RomePrevitali [5]
Vlad, Roman Symphony in Three Movements 1948-09-08 Flag of Italy.svg Venice (Biennale) RAI Symphony Orchestra in RomePrevitali [5]

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