1940 in music

This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1940.

List of years in music (table)

Specific locations

Specific genres

Events

Albums released

Biggest hit songs

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the limited set of charts available for 1940.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1Glenn MillerIn the Mood1940Europe 1 of the 1940s, US BB 2 of 1940, POP 2 of 1940, RYM 4 of 1939, Scrobulate 4 of swing, RIAA 11, UK 13 – Jan 1976, Netherlands 15 – Aug 1972, Party 45 of 1999, Acclaimed 477
2Artie ShawFrenesi1940US 1940s 1 – Aug 1940, US 1 for 13 weeks Dec 1940, US BB 6 of 1940, POP 6 of 1940, Scrobulate 48 of swing, Europe 71 of the 1940s
3Bing CrosbyOnly Forever1940US 1940s 1 – Sep 1940, US 1 for 9 weeks Oct 1940, US BB 15 of 1940, POP 15 of 1940, Europe 24 of the 1940s, RYM 87 of 1940
4Tommy DorseyI'll Never Smile Again1940US 1940s 1 – Jul 1940, US 1 for 12 weeks Jul 1940, US BB 8 of 1940, POP 8 of 1940, Europe 17 of the 1940s
5Cliff Edwards (Ukulele Ike)When You Wish Upon a Star1940Oscar in 1940, AFI 7, RYM 20 of 1940, RIAA 55, Acclaimed 1090

Top hit records

Classical music

Premieres

Sortable table
ComposerCompositionDateLocationPerformers
Britten, BenjaminLes Illuminations1940-01-30 LondonWyss / Neel String OrchestraNeel [3]
Britten, BenjaminViolin Concerto1940-03-29 New York CityBrosa / New York PhilharmonicBarbirolli [4]
Carpenter, John AldenSymphony No. 1 (2nd version)1940-10-24 ChicagoChicago SymphonyStock [5]
Chávez, CarlosXochipilli-Macuilxóchitl1940-05-16 Museum of Modern Art, New York CityEnsemble – Chávez
Creston, PaulSymphony No. 11940-02-22 New York CityNYA SymphonyMahler [6]
Ginastera, AlbertoMalambo for piano1940-09-11 MontevideoBalzo [7]
Ginastera, AlbertoThree Pieces for Piano1940-10-16 MontevideoBalzo [8]
Hartmann, Karl AmadeusConcerto funebre1940-02-29 St. GallenNeracher / St. Gallen Chamber OrchestraKlug [9]
Hindemith, Paul Violin Concerto (1939) 1940-03-14 Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra
Khachaturian, AramViolin Concerto1940-11-16 MoscowOistrakh / USSR State SymphonyGauk [10]
Krenek, ErnstLittle Concerto for Piano, Organ and Chamber Orchestra1940-05-23 Poughkeepsie, NYWilliams, Geer / Vassar Orchestra – Krenek [11]
Krenek, ErnstSymphonisches Stück1940-06-11 BaselBasel Chamber OrchestraSacher [12]
Larsson, Lars-ErikGod in Disguise1940-04-01 StockholmTorlind, Hasslo, Molander / Swedish Radio Symphony – Larsson [13]
Lilburn, DouglasAotearoa, overture1940-04-15 LondonSadler's Welles OrchestraBraithwaite [14]
Milhaud, DariusSymphony No. 11940-10-17 ChicagoChicago Symphony – Milhaud [15]
Myaskovsky, NikolaiSymphony No. 201940-11-28 MoscowUSSR Radio SymphonyGolovanov [16]
Piston, WalterViolin Concerto No. 11940-03-18 New York CityPosselt / National Orchestral AssociationBarzin [17]
Price, FlorenceSymphony No. 3 (Price)1940-11-06 Little RockDetroit Civic Orchestra – Valter Poole[18]
Prokofiev, SergeiPiano Sonata No. 61940-04-08 MoscowProkofiev[19]
Rodrigo, JoaquínConcierto de Aranjuez1940-11-09 BarcelonaSaenz de la Maza / Barcelona PhilharmonicMendoza-Lasalle [20]
Schoenberg, ArnoldChamber Symphony No. 21940-12-15 New York CityFriends of New Music OrchestraStiedry [21]
Schoenberg, ArnoldViolin Concerto (finished 1936)1940-12-06 PhiladelphiaKrasner / Philadelphia OrchestraStokowski [22]
Shostakovich, DmitriPiano Quintet1940-11-23 MoscowShostakovich, Beethoven Quartet [23]
Shostakovich, DmitriFour Romances on Verses by Pushkin1940-12-08 MoscowBaturin, Shostakovich [24]
Strauss, RichardJapanese Festival Music1940-12-14 TokyoTokyo Broadcast OrchestraFellmer [25]
Stravinsky, IgorSymphony in C1940-11-07 ChicagoChicago Symphony – Stravinsky [26]
Tippett, MichaelConcerto for Double String Orchestra1940-04-21 LondonSouth London Orchestra – Tippett [27]
Webern, AntonFünf Lieder, Op. 4 (1909)1940-02-10 BaselGradmann-Lüscher, Schmid [28]

Compositions

Opera

Jazz

Musical theater

Musical films

Births

Deaths

References

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  2. Mitchell (1991): p. 629
  3. "Les Illuminations, Benjamin Britten". brahms.ircam.fr.
  4. "Violin Concerto, Benjamin Britten". brahms.ircam.fr.
  5. "CARPENTER: Adventures in a Perambulator / Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2". www.naxos.com.
  6. "Paul Creston: A Bio-bibliography". Greenwood Publishing Group. February 9, 1994 via Google Books.
  7. "Malambo, Alberto Evaristo Ginastera". brahms.ircam.fr.
  8. "Tres Piezas, Alberto Evaristo Ginastera". brahms.ircam.fr.
  9. "Hartmann: Concerto funebre". Hyperion Records.
  10. "Los Angeles Philharmonic".
  11. "Little Concerto, Ernst Krenek". brahms.ircam.fr.
  12. "Symphonisches Stück, Ernst Krenek". brahms.ircam.fr.
  13. "Norlands Operan". Archived from the original on July 24, 2015. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  14. SouNZ
  15. "Chicago Symphony Orchestra" (PDF).
  16. "N. Myaskovsky » Works". www.myaskovsky.ru.
  17. "PISTON, W.: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Fantasia for Violin and Orchestra (Buswell, Ukraine National Symphony, T. Kuchar)". www.naxos.com.
  18. Price, Florence (January 1, 2008) [1932]. Brown, Rae Linda; Shirley, Wayne D. (eds.). Symphonies nos. 1 and 3. A-R Editions. pp. xlvi–lii. ISBN 0895796384.
  19. Espinosa, Olivia. "An Evening with Yefim Bronfman – La Jolla Music Society".
  20. Joaquín Rodrigo official website
  21. "Zweite Kammersymphonie op. 38, Arnold Schoenberg". brahms.ircam.fr.
  22. "Concerto pour violon et orchestre op. 36, Arnold Schoenberg". brahms.ircam.fr.
  23. "Quintette avec piano, Dimitri Chostakovitch". brahms.ircam.fr.
  24. "Quatre romances sur des vers de Pouchkine, Dimitri Chostakovitch". brahms.ircam.fr.
  25. Jones, Barrie (June 3, 2014). "The Hutchinson Concise Dictionary of Music". Routledge via Google Books.
  26. "Chicago Symphony Orchestra" (PDF).
  27. "Concerto pour double orchestre à cordes, Sir Michael Tippett". brahms.ircam.fr.
  28. "Fünf Lieder Op. 4, Anton Webern". brahms.ircam.fr.
  29. http://www.overthefootlights.co.uk/London%20Musicals%201940-1944.pub.pdf
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