1951 in music
This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1951.
- January 29 – Nilla Pizzi wins the first annual Sanremo Music Festival with "Grazie dei fiori".
- February 22 – The first complete performance of Charles Ives's Symphony No. 2, written between 1897 and 1902, is given in Carnegie Hall by the New York Philharmonic orchestra, conducted by Leonard Bernstein.
- March 3-5 – Jackie Brenston "and His Delta Cats" (actually Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm) record "Rocket 88" at Sam Phillips' Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, a candidate for the first rock and roll record (released in April).
- March 5 – The Suk Trio, consisting of Josef Suk (violinist), Jiří Hubička (pianist) and Saša Večtomov (cellist), make their debut, at the Rudolfinum Hall in Prague (Czechoslovakia).
- April 4 – Frankie Laine, newly signed by Columbia Records, becoming the highest paid vocalist of his day, immediately justifies his new contract by recording the double-sided megahit "Jezebel"/"Rose, Rose, I Love You", the latter being the only major popular music chart hit in the United States written by a Chinese composer (Chen Gexin).
- April 18 – An article entitled "The Fight Against Formalism in Art and Literature, for a Progressive German Culture" appears in the Tägliche Rundschau, official daily of the Soviet Government in Germany, promulgating the new cultural policy of the DDR.
- May 9–26 – The Queen Elisabeth Competition for violin is held (for the first time under that name) in Brussels, Belgium. Leonid Kogan is awarded first prize.
- June 9 – Joseph Haydn's opera L'anima del filosofo, better known by its alternative title Orfeo ed Euridice and written in 1791–92, is given its world premiere at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
- June 14 – Bill Haley and His Saddlemen record their version of "Rocket 88", combining the rhythm and blues arrangement of the version recorded in early March by Jackie Brentson with country music trappings.
- June 22 – July 10 – Darmstädter Internationale Ferienkurse held in Darmstadt.
- July 2–14 – The seventh annual Cheltenham Music Festival is held in Cheltenham, England, with a performance of Brian Easdale's opera The Sleeping Children, premieres of the first symphonies of Malcolm Arnold, John Gardner and Arnold van Wyk, Franz Reizenstein's Serenade for Winds and Maurice Jacobson's Symphonic Suite, as well as performances of works by Humphrey Searle, Robert Masters, Benjamin Frankel and Philip Sainton.
- July 11 – Disc jockey and music promoter Alan Freed broadcasts his first Rhythm and blues radio programme from station WJW in Cleveland, Ohio. Freed uses the term rock and roll to describe R&B, in an effort to introduce the music to a broader white audience.
- July 14–21 – The Haslemere Music Festival, consisting of six concerts of early music, takes place in Haslemere, England.
- July 29 – The annual Bayreuth Festival resumes for the first time since the Second World War, now under the general direction of Wieland Wagner, with an opening concert of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler, followed by productions of Der Ring des Nibelungen, Parsifal and Die Meistersinger.
- August – The annual Salzburg Festival takes place in Salzburg, Austria, featuring four opera productions from the Vienna State Opera: Mozart's Idomeneo and Die Zauberflöte and Verdi's Otello, all conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler, and Berg's Wozzeck, conducted by Karl Böhm, as well as seven orchestral concerts by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (two conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler and one each by Edwin Fischer, Rafael Kubelík, Eugen Jochum, Karl Böhm, and Leopold Stokowski), six choral concerts, four chamber-music concerts, three solo recitals, and a number of smaller events.
- September 5 – Opening of the month-long Berlin Festival of the Arts, with a performance in the New Schillertheater of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 by the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler. Subsequent musical events include performances of Gian Carlo Menotti's The Consul, Benjamin Britten's Let's Make an Opera and the first German performance of Oklahoma!.
- September 11 – The Rake's Progress, an opera by Igor Stravinsky with libretto by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman, premieres in Venice, conducted by the composer.
- September 17–22 – The fourth annual Swansea Festival of Music and the Arts opens in Swansea, Wales, with a controversial speech by one of Wales's leading composers, Daniel Jones. The festival is the final component in the Festival of Britain and consists of seven programmes, featuring Welsh composer Arwel Hughes's new oratorio St. David and appearances by Victoria de los Ángeles, Zino Francescatti, André Navarra, Walter Susskind and Jean Martinon.
- October 6–7 – The Donaueschinger Musiktage features the world premieres of Ernst Krenek's Double Concerto for viola, piano, and small orchestra, Rolf Liebermann's Piano Sonata, Pierre Boulez's Polyphonie X for 18 solo instruments, Hermann Reutter's Der himmlische Vagant, lyrische Portrait des F. Villon von Klabund for alto and baritone voices and instrumental ensemble, and Marcel Mihalovici's Étude en deux parties for piano and ensemble, as well as German first performances of works by Messiaen, Guido Turchi, Harsányi, Jelinek, and Honegger, and a performance of Henze's Third Symphony.
- October 21 – Opening of a "Festival of Music and the Arts" at Wexford in Ireland, the forerunner of Wexford Festival Opera.
- October 22 – Reopening of the Royal Opera House, London, with a production of Puccini's Turandot, conducted by Sir John Barbirolli and with Gertrude Grob-Prandl in the title role.
- November 29 – December 3 – The Hamburg Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, plays four concerts in London as part of a thirteen-concert tour of England and Ireland.
- November – Dinah Shore begins her first TV series, The Dinah Shore Show, which will run for 5½ years.
- December 7 – Opening of the opera season at La Scala in Milan, three weeks earlier than the traditional date of December 26, with a double-bill consisting of Verdi's I vespri siciliani and Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress.
- Teresa Brewer leaves the London label for Coral Records.
- Georgia Gibbs leaves Coral to sign with Mercury Records, where she will have all of her biggest hits.
- Ballin' the Jack – Georgia Gibbs
- Beloved Hymns – Bing Crosby
- Bing and the Dixieland Bands – Bing Crosby
- Bing Sing Victor Herbert – Bing Crosby
- Blue Period – Miles Davis
- Country Style – Bing Crosby
- Dig – Miles Davis
- Down Memory Lane – Bing Crosby
- Folk Song Favorites – Patti Page
- Go West, Young Man – Bing Crosby
- Historically Speaking – Gerry Mulligan
- Hoop-De-Doo – The Ames Brothers
- I'll See You in My Dreams – Doris Day
- In the Evening by the Moonlight – The Ames Brothers
- Let's Polka – Frank Yankovic Orchestra (Pontiac Records PLP-520)
- Lullaby of Broadway – Doris Day
- Music, Maestro Please – Frankie Laine
- On Moonlight Bay – Doris Day
- One for My Baby – Frankie Laine
- Porgy and Bess – Various Artists
- Precious Memories – Bill Kenny
- Sentimental Me – The Ames Brothers
- Sweet Leilani – The Ames Brothers
- Teresa Brewer – Teresa Brewer
- Two Tickets to Broadway – Dinah Shore
- Way Back Home – Bing Crosby
- Wonderful Words – The Mills Brothers
US No 1 hit singles
These singles reached the top of US Billboard magazine's charts in 1951.
|First week||Number of weeks||Title||Artist|
|March 3, 1951||1||"If"||Perry Como|
|March 10, 1951||1||"Be My Love"||Mario Lanza|
|March 17, 1951||5||"If"||Perry Como|
|April 21, 1951||9||"How High the Moon"||Les Paul & Mary Ford|
|June 23, 1951||5||"Too Young"||Nat King Cole|
|July 28, 1951||6||"Come On-a My House"||Rosemary Clooney|
|September 8, 1951||8||"Because of You"||Tony Bennett|
|November 3, 1951||6||"Cold, Cold Heart"||Tony Bennett|
|December 15, 1951||2||"(It's No) Sin"||Eddy Howard|
|December 29, 1951||11||"Cry"||Johnnie Ray & The Four Lads|
Biggest hit singles
The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the limited set of charts available for 1951.
|1||Johnnie Ray||Cry||1951||US 1940s 1 – Dec 1951, US 1 for 11 weeks Dec 1951, US BB 2 of 1951, DDD 4 of 1951, RYM 5 of 1951, POP 6 of 1952, Italy 68 of 1955, Acclaimed 1084|
|2||Nat King Cole||Unforgettable||1951||US BB 1 of 1952, POP 1 of 1952, RYM 4 of 1951, US 1940s 14 – Nov 1951, DDD 25 of 1951, Europe 63 of the 1950s, Scrobulate 78 of vocal, WXPN 500|
|3||Les Paul & Mary Ford||How High the Moon||1951||US 1940s 1 – Mar 1951, US 1 for 9 weeks Apr 1951, DDD 10 of 1951, US BB 12 of 1951, POP 12 of 1951, RYM 19 of 1951, RIAA 317, Acclaimed 514|
|4||Nat King Cole||Too Young||1951||US 1940s 1 – Apr 1951, US 1 for 5 weeks Jun 1951, POP 1 of 1951, DDD 5 of 1951, RYM 10 of 1951|
|5||Mario Lanza||Be My Love||1951||US 1940s 1 – Dec 1950, US 1 for 1 weeks Mar 1951, US BB 9 of 1951, POP 9 of 1951, Europe 79 of the 1950s, RYM 137 of 1951|
Top hits on record
- "Aba Daba Honeymoon" – Debbie Reynolds & Carleton Carpenter
- "Because" – Mario Lanza
- "Because Of You" – Tony Bennett
- "Belle, Belle, My Liberty Belle" – Guy Mitchell
- "Blue Tango" – Leroy Anderson & his Orchestra
- "Charmaine" – Mantovani & his Orchestra
- "Cold, Cold Heart" – Tony Bennett
- "Come On-A My House" – Rosemary Clooney
- "Cry" – Johnnie Ray & The Four Lads
- "Detour" – Patti Page
- "Down The Trail Of Achin' Hearts" – Patti Page
- "Down Yonder" recorded by:
- Del Wood
- Champ Butler
- "Flamenco" – Frankie Laine
- "Gambella (The Gamblin' Lady)" – Frankie Laine & Jo Stafford
- "The Gang That Sang Heart Of My Heart" – Frankie Laine
- "Get Happy" – Frankie Laine
- "Get Out Those Old Records" – Guy Lombardo (The Lombardo Trio vocals)
- "The Girl In The Wood" – Frankie Laine
- "Give Me Time" – Johnnie Ray
- "Gone Fishin'" – Bing Crosby & Louis Armstrong
- "Got Him Off My Hands" – Georgia Gibbs
- "Hello, Young Lovers" recorded by:
- "Hey, Good Lookin'" – Frankie Laine & Jo Stafford
- "The Hot Canary" – Florian Zabach
- "How High The Moon" – Les Paul and Mary Ford
- "I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat" – Mel Blanc
- "If" – Perry Como
- "I'll Never Be Free" – Lucky Millinder and His Orchestra
- "It Is No Secret" – Bill Kenny & The Song Spinners
- "It's All in the Game" – Tommy Edwards
- "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" – Perry Como & The Fontane Sisters
- "Jealousy (Jalousie)" – Frankie Laine
- "Jezebel" – Frankie Laine
- "The Little White Cloud That Cried" – Johnnie Ray & The Four Lads
- "The Loveliest Night Of The Year" – Mario Lanza
- "Lullaby of Broadway" – Doris Day
- "Mister And Mississippi" – Patti Page
- "Mockin' Bird Hill" – Patti Page
- "My Heart Cries For You" recorded by:
- "My Truly, Truly Fair" – Guy Mitchell
- "On Top Of Old Smoky" – The Weavers with Terry Gilkyson
- "Once Upon A Nickel" – Georgia Gibbs
- "One For My Baby" – Frankie Laine
- "Out in the Cold Again" – Richard Hayes
- "Paths Of Paradise" – Johnnie Ray
- "Pretty-Eyed Baby" – Jo Stafford & Frankie Laine
- "Red Sails In The Sunset" – Nat King Cole
- "Rose, Rose, I Love You" – Frankie Laine
- "Shanghai" – Doris Day
- "Sin" – Eddy Howard & his Orchestra
- "Sound Off (The Duckworth Chant)" – Vaughn Monroe
- "Sparrow in the Treetop" – Guy Mitchell
- "A Sunday Kind Of Love" – Jo Stafford
- "Sweet Violets" – Dinah Shore
- "The Syncopated Clock" – Leroy Anderson & his Orchestra
- "Tell Me" – Doris Day
- "Tell Me Why" – The Four Aces featuring Al Alberts
- "Tell The Lady I Said Goodbye" – Johnnie Ray
- "Tom's Tune" – Georgia Gibbs
- "Too Young" – Nat King Cole
- "Undecided" – The Ames Brothers
- "Vanity" – Don Cherry
- "When It's Sleep Time Down South" – Frankie Laine
- "While You Danced, Danced, Danced" – Georgia Gibbs
- "The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise" – Les Paul and Mary Ford
- "Would I Love You (Love You, Love You)" – Patti Page
Top R&B hits on record
Published popular music
- "Alice In Wonderland" w. Bob Hilliard m. Sammy Fain
- "All In The Golden Afternoon" w. Bob Hilliard m. Sammy Fain
- "Allentown Jail" w.m. Irving Gordon
- "And So To Sleep Again" w.m. Joe Marsala & Sunny Skylar
- "Anywhere I Wander" w.m. Frank Loesser
- "A-Round The Corner" trad arr. Josef Marais
- "Asia Minor" w.m. Roger King Mozian
- "A-Sleepin' At The Foot Of The Bed" Happy Wilson, Luther Patrick
- "Be My Life's Companion" w.m. Bob Hilliard & Milton De Lugg
- "Beautiful Brown Eyes" trad arr. Arthur Smith & Alton Delmore
- "Because of You" w.m. Arthur Hammerstein & Dudley Wilkinson
- "Belle, Belle, My Liberty Belle" w.m. Bob Merrill
- "Bermuda" w.m. Cynthia Strother & Eugene R. Strother
- "The Blacksmith Blues" w.m. Jack Holmes
- "Blue Velvet" w.m. Bernie Wayne & Lee Morris
- "Christopher Columbus" w.m. Terry Gilkyson
- "Come On-A My House" w.m. Ross Bagdasarian & William Saroyan
- "Cry" w.m. Churchill Kohlman
- "Dance Me Loose" w. Mel Howard m. Lee Erwin
- "Domino" w. (Eng) Don Raye (Fr) Jacques Plante m. Louis Ferrari
- "Getting To Know You" w. Oscar Hammerstein II m. Richard Rodgers
- "Good Morning Mister Echo" w.m. Bill Putman & Belinda Putman
- "Half As Much" w.m. Curly Williams
- "He Had Refinement" w. Dorothy Fields m. Arthur Schwartz
- "Hello, Young Lovers" w. Oscar Hammerstein II m. Richard Rodgers
- "Hey, Good Lookin"' w.m. Hank Williams
- "How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Love You When You Know I've Been A Liar All My Life?" w. Alan Jay Lerner m. Burton Lane
- "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)" w.m. Hank Williams
- "I Get Ideas" w. Dorcas Cochran m. Lenny Sanders
- "I Have Dreamed" w. Oscar Hammerstein II m. Richard Rodgers
- "I Love Lucy theme song" m. Eliot Daniel
- "I Love The Sunshine Of Your Smile" w. Jack Hoffman m. Jimmy MacDonald
- "I Still See Elisa" w. Alan Jay Lerner m. Frederick Loewe. Introduced by James Barton in the musical Paint Your Wagon. Performed in the film version by Clint Eastwood.
- "I Talk To The Trees" w. Alan Jay Lerner m. Frederick Loewe. Introduced by Tony Bavaar and Olga San Juan in the musical Paint Your Wagon
- "I Whistle A Happy Tune" w. Oscar Hammerstein II m. Richard Rodgers
- "I Wish I Wuz" w.m. Sid Kuller & Lyn Murray. Introduced in the film Slaughter Trail
- "I Won't Cry Anymore" w. Fred Wise m. Al Frisch
- "I'm A Fool To Want You" w.m. Jack Wolf, Joel Herron & Frank Sinatra
- "I'm Late" w. Bob Hilliard m. Sammy Fain
- "In The Cool, Cool, Cool Of The Evening" w. Johnny Mercer m. Hoagy Carmichael. Introduced by Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman in the film Here Comes The Groom.
- "It's All In The Game" w. Carl Sigman m. Charles Gates Dawes Based on "Melody" by Dawes 1912.
- "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" w.m. Meredith Willson
- "Jezebel" w.m. Wayne Shanklin
- "A Kiss To Build A Dream On" w. Oscar Hammerstein II m. Harry Ruby
- "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine" w. Paul Campbell m. Joel Newman
- "The Little White Cloud That Cried" w.m. Johnnie Ray
- "The March Of The Siamese Children" m. Richard Rodgers
- "Mister And Mississippi" w.m. Irving Gordon
- "Misto Cristofo Columbo" w.m. Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
- "Mockin' Bird Hill" w.m. Vaughn Horton
- "The Morningside Of The Mountain" w.m. Dick Manning & Larry Stock
- "My Truly, Truly Fair" w.m. Bob Merrill
- "No Two People" w.m. Frank Loesser
- "Sail Away" w.m. Noël Coward
- "Shall We Dance?" w. Oscar Hammerstein II m. Richard Rodgers
- "Somewhere Along The Way" w. Sammy Gallop m. Kurt Adams
- "Shanghai" w.m. Bob Hilliard & Milton De Lugg
- "Shrimp Boats" w.m. Paul Mason Howard & Paul Weston
- "(It's No) Sin" w. Chester R. Shull m. George Hoven
- "Slow Poke" w.m. Pee Wee King, Redd Stewart & Chilton Price
- "So Far, So Good" w. Betty Comden & Adolph Green m. Jule Styne from the revue Two On The Aisle
- "Something Wonderful" w. Oscar Hammerstein II m. Richard Rodgers
- "Sound Off" w.m. Willie Lee Duckworth, B. Lentz
- "Sparrow In The Tree Top" w.m. Bob Merrill
- "Suzy Snowflake" w.m. Sid Tepper & Roy C. Bennett
- "Sweet Violets" arr. Cy Coben & Charles Grean
- "Tell Me Why" w. Al Alberts m. Marty Gold
- "They Call The Wind Maria" w. Alan Jay Lerner m. Frederick Loewe. Introduced in the musical Paint Your Wagon by Rufus Smith
- "The Thrill Is Gone" w.m. Rick Darnell & Roy Hawkins
- "Thumbelina" w.m. Frank Loesser
- "Too Young" w. Sylvia Dee m. Sidney Lippman
- "Top Banana" w.m. Johnny Mercer from the musical Top Banana (musical)
- "The Typewriter" m. Leroy Anderson
- "Unforgettable" w.m. Irving Gordon
- "Vanity" w. Jack Manus & Bernard Bierman m. Guy Wood
- "Very Good Advice" w. Bob Hilliard m. Sammy Fain
- "A Very Merry Un-Birthday To You" w.m. Mack David, Al Hoffman & Jerry Livingston
- "Wand'rin' Star" w. Alan Jay Lerner m. Frederick Loewe. Introduced by Rufus Smith, Robert Penn and Jared Reed in the musical Paint Your Wagon.
- "We Kiss In A Shadow" w. Oscar Hammerstein II m. Richard Rodgers
- "When The World Was Young" w. (Eng) Johnny Mercer (Fr) Angela Vannier m. M. Philippe-Gerard
- "Wonderful Copenhagen" w.m. Frank Loesser
- "Would I Love You (Love You, Love You)" w. Bob Russell m. Harold Spina
|Arnold, Malcolm||Symphony No. 1 in D minor||1951-07-06||Hallé Orchestra – Arnold|
|Bal y Gay, Jesús||Concerto Grosso||1951-03-30||Mexico National Symphony – Chávez|
|Berger, Arthur||Duo for violin and piano||1951-10-19||Lack, [pianist]|
|Blomdahl, Karl-Birger||Symphony No. 3, Facetter||1951-06-25||Bavarian Radio Symphony – Lehmann|
|Boulez, Pierre||Polyphonie X||1951-10-06||SWF Radio Symphony – Rosbaud|
|Britten, Benjamin||Six Metamorphoses after Ovid||1951-06-14||Boughton. [pianist unknown]|
|Cage, John||Imaginary Landscape No. 4||1951-05-10|
|Cooke, Arnold||Violin Sonata No. 2||1951-05-17||Rapaport, Cross|
|Dority, Bryan||"How Sweet I Roamed", for soprano and piano||1951-12-11||Turash, Garvey|
|Dutilleux, Henri||Symphony No. 1||1951-06-07||RTF National Orchestra – Désormière|
|Ellington, Duke||Harlem||1951-06-20||NBC Symphony Orchestra – Ellington|
|Ferguson, Howard||Piano Concerto in D||1951-06-22||Ferguson / City of Belfast Orchestra – Mulgan|
|Foss, Lukas||Piano Concerto No. 2||1951-10-07||Foss / La Fenice Philharmonic – Sanzogno|
|Fricker, Peter Racine||Symphony No. 2||1951-07-26||Liverpool Philharmonic – Rignold|
|Fulton, Norman||Sinfonia pastorale||1951-06-?||Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra – [conductor unknown]|
|Gardner, John||Symphony No. 1, Op. 2||1951-07-05||Hallé Orchestra – Barbirolli|
|Garūta, Lūcija/Skulte, Bruno||God, Thy Earth Is Aflame cantata, completed by Skulte1||1951-03-10||[performers unknown]|
|Gerhard, Roberto||Piano Concerto||1951-06-16||Newton-Wood / Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra – Del Mar|
|Giannini, Vittorio||A Canticle of Christmas, for baritone, chorus, and orchestra||1951-12-10||White / Charlotte Symphony – Pfohl|
|Glière, Reinhold||Horn Concerto||1951-05-10||Polekh / Leningrad Radio Symphony – Glière|
|Hartmann, Karl Amadeus||Symphonie Concertante (Symphony No. 5)||1951-04-21||Stuttgart Radio Symphony – Müller-Kray|
|Holst, Imogen||Six Songs for women's voices and harp||1951-06-[8–17]||[performers unknown] – Holst|
|Hovhaness, Alan||Saint Vartan Symphony (Symphony No. 9, Op. 180)||1951-03-?||[orchestra] – Hovhaness.|
|Ibert, Jacques||Symphonie Concertante for Oboe and Strings||1951-02-23||Shann / Basel Chamber Orchestra – Sacher|
|Ifukube, Akira||Drumming of Japan||1951-11-17||Tokyo Symphony – Ueda|
|Ives, Charles||Symphony No. 2 (1901)||1951-02-22||New York Philharmonic – Bernstein|
|Jacobson, Maurice||Symphonic Suite for strings||1951-07-04||Hallé Orchestra – Barbirolli|
|Jolivet, André||Piano Concerto||1951-06-19||Descaves / Strasbourg Radio Orchestra – Jolivet|
|Jacob, Gordon||Flute Concerto||1951-08-05||Morris / New London Orchestra – Sherman|
|Jirak, Karel||Symphony No. 5||1951-08-26||Scottish National Orchestra – Susskind|
|Kay, Ulysses||Short Suite for concert band||1951-05-08||Baylor University Golden Wave Band – Moore|
|Kay, Ulysses||Sinfonia in E (a.k.a. Symphony in E)||1951-05-02||Eastman-Rochester Orchestra – Hanson|
|Koechlin, Charles||Prélude sur le nom de Fauré for strings||1951-03-02||["a string orchestra"]|
|Landré, Guillaume||Symphony No. 3||1951-06-17||Concertgebouw Orchestra – Kubelik|
|Lutosławski, Witold||Silesian Tryptich||1951-12-02||Polish National Radio Symphony – Fitelberg|
|Martinu, Bohuslav||Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra No. 2 (1950)||1951-01-14||G. Beal, W. Beal / [unknown orchestra and conductor]|
|Murrill, Herbert||Concerto for cello and orchestra||1951-03-03||Canning / BBC Symphony Orchestra – Cameron|
|Oldham, Arthur||The Commandment of Love song cycle||1951-06-[8–17]||Pears, Britten|
|Pettersson, Allan||Concerto for Violin and String Quartet||1951-03-10||Frydén / Ridderstad, Nihlman, Jonsson, Ericson|
|Piston, Walter||Symphony No. 4||1951-03-30|
|Prokofiev, Sergei||Piano Sonata No. 9 (1947)||1951-04-21||Richter|
|Rawsthorne, Alan||Piano Concerto No. 2||1951-06-17||Curzon / London Symphony – Sargent|
|Reizenstein, Franz||Serenade for Winds||1951-07-[9–14]||The London Wind Players|
|Rodrigo, Joaquín||Sonatas de Castilla||1951-11-08||Rodrigo|
|Rubbra, Edmund||Festival Te Deum||1951-06-30||[unknown performers]|
|Rubbra, Edmund||String Quartet [No. 1?]||1951-07-[9–14]||Griller String Quartet|
|Sainton, Philip||Serenade Fantastique for oboe and strings||1951-07-08||Goosens / Boyd Neel Orchestra – Neel|
|Schoenberg, Arnold||"The Dance around the Golden Calf" from Moses und Aron||1951-07-02||Orchester und Chor des Landestheaters Darmstadt – Scherchen|
|Shebalin, Vissarion||Sinfonietta||1951-11-12||USSR Radio Symphony – Gauk|
|Stevens, Bernard||Sinfonietta||1951-07-06||[unknown oboist] / Boyd Neel Orchestra – Barbirolli|
|Stockhausen, Karlheinz||Sonatine for violin and piano||1951-08-242||Marschner, Stockhausen|
|Talma, Louise||The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo, choral dialogue||1951-12-14||Juilliard Chorus – Hufstader|
|Villa-Lobos, Heitor||Fantasia for saxophone, three horns, and strings||1951-11-17||Waldemar Szpilman, Orquestra de Câmara do Ministério da Educação e Cultura – Villa-Lobos|
|van Wyk, Arnold||Symphony No. 1 in A minor||1951-07-033||Hallé Orchestra – Barbirolli|
|Wigglesworth, Frank||Summer Scenes for flute, oboe, and strings||1951-11-05||Little Orchestra – Scherman|
- 1 "The cantata was written in 1944 by poet Andrejs Eglitis and composer Lucija Garuta. During the Nazi occupation of the Baltic state [Latvia] only small portions of the work could be performed. Eglitis later escaped to Sweden, but of Garuta nothing was ever heard. A new musical score was written by Bruno Skulte while he was in a German displaced persons camp."
- 2 Broadcast date of radio recording, NWDR Cologne. First public performance did not occur until 22 October 1971, by Saschko Gawriloff and Aloys Kontarsky at a concert of the SMIP in Paris.
- 3 Although previously performed in a radio broadcast in 1943, this was the first public performance.
- Jean Absil
- Contes for trumpet and piano, Op. 76
- Les météores, ballet for orchestra Op. 77
- Murray Adaskin – Ballet Symphony for orchestra
- Yasushi Akutagawa
- Ballata for violin and piano
- Kappa ballet for orchestra
- Shitsuraku-en (Paradise Lost) ballet for orchestra
- Hugo Alfvén – Sängen till Folkare for baritone and piano or male choir and piano or male choir unaccompanied
- Hendrik Andriessen
- Aubade for brass quartet
- Choral No. 4 for organ (revised version)
- Liederen (3), for choir
- Sonata for unaccompanied cello
- Suite for brass quartet
- Wind Quintet
- Jurriaan Andriessen – Flute Concerto
- István Anhalt
- Arc en ciel ballet for two pianos
- Funeral Music for ten instruments
- Piano Sonata
- Psalm 19: A Benediction for baritone and piano
- Songs of Love (3) for SSA choir
- George Antheil
- Accordion Dance for orchestra
- Fragments from Shelley (8) for choir and piano
- Nocturne in Skyrockets for orchestra
- Sonata for flute and piano
- Sonata for trumpet and piano
- Denis ApIvor
- The Goodman of Paris ballet for orchestra, Op. 18
- A Mirror for Witches ballet for orchestra, Op.19
- Suite Concertante for piano and small orchestra, Op.18a
- Boris Arapov – Russian Suite for orchestra
- Violet Archer – Fantasy in the Form of a Passacaglia for brass
- José Ardévol – Symphonic Variations for cello and orchestra
- Malcolm Arnold
- Oboe Sonatina, Op. 28
- Clarinet Sonatina, Op. 29
- Machines, symphonic study, Op. 30
- A Sussex Overture, Op. 31
- Concerto for Piano Four-Hands and String Orchestra, Op. 32
- English Dances, set 2, Op. 33
- Alexander Arutiunian – Concertino for piano and orchestra
- Georges Auric – Chemin de lumière ballet (also orchestral suite)
- Milton Babbitt
- Du for soprano and piano
- The Widow's Lament in Springtime, for soprano and piano
- Jesús Bal y Gay – Concerto Grosso
- Luciano Berio
- Deus meus for voice and three instruments
- Due liriche di Garcia Lorca for bass and orchestra
- Due pezzi for violin and piano
- Opus no. Zoo for reciter and wind quintet
- Sonatina for wind quartet [withdrawn]
- Pierre Boulez – Polyphonie X
- Martin Boykan – Duo for violin and piano
- Benjamin Britten – Six Metamorphoses after Ovid for oboe and piano
- Earle Brown – Three Pieces for piano
- John Cage
- Elliott Carter – String Quartet No. 1
- Carlos Chávez – "Happy Birthday", for a cappella chorus
- Henry Cowell
- Clown dance music for piano
- Duet for Sidney with Love from Henry for violin and cello
- Her Smile Is as Sweet as a Rose for unaccompanied voice
- Scherzo for soprano and alto recorders
- Signature of Light for voice and piano
- Tenth Anniversary for piano
- George Crumb
- Pieces (3) for piano
- Prelude and Toccata for piano
- Dimitrie Cuclin – Sinfonia No. 13
- Luigi Dallapiccola – Tartiniana
- David Diamond
- The Midnight Meditation song cycle for voice and piano
- Mizmor L'David, sacred service for tenor, choir, and organ
- Piano Trio
- String Quartet No. 4
- Henri Dutilleux – Symphony No. 1
- George Enescu – String Quartet No. 2, Op. 22, No. 2
- Morton Feldman
- Extensions I, for violin and piano
- Intersection, for tape
- Intersection I for orchestra
- Marginal Intersection for orchestra
- Projection II, for 5 instruments
- Projection III, for two pianos
- Projection IV, for violin and piano
- Projection V, for 9 instruments
- Songs (4), for soprano, cello, and piano
- Structures for string quartet
- Howard Ferguson – Piano Concerto in D
- Gerald Finzi
- "God Is Gone Up", from 3 Anthems Op. 27
- All This Night, Op. 33
- Muses and Graces, Op. 34
- Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, Op. 35
- Lukas Foss – Piano Concerto No. 2
- Roberto Gerhard
- Sardana No. 3 for winds and percussion
- Piano Concerto
- Reinhold Glière – Horn Concerto
- Karel Goeyvaerts
- Bengt Hambraeus
- Cantata pro defunctis for baritone and organ
- Concerto for Organ and Harpsichord (revised version)
- Liturgia pro organo
- Howard Hanson – Fantasy-Variations on a Theme of Youth for piano and strings
- Roy Harris
- Cumberland Concerto for orchestra
- Fantasy for piano and "pops" orchestra
- Red Cross Hymn for choir and band
- Paul Hindemith – Die Harmonie der Welt Symphony
- Vagn Holmboe – Sinfonia boreale (Symphony No. 8)
- Alan Hovhaness
- Concerto No. 1 ("Arevakal") for orchestra, Op. 88
- Concerto No. 2 for violin and strings, Op. 89, No. 1
- Fantasy on an Ossetin Tune for piano, Op. 85
- Four Motets, for SATB choir, Op. 87
- From the End of the Earth for SATB choir and organ (or piano), Op. 187
- Gamelan and Jhala for carillon, Op. 106
- Hanna for 2 clarinets and 2 pianos, Op. 101
- Hymn to a Celestial Musician for piano, Op. 111, No. 2
- Jhala for piano, Op. 103
- Make Haste, motet for SATB choir, Op. 86
- Khaldis concerto for 4 trumpets, piano, and percussion, Op. 91
- Khirgiz Suite for violin and piano, Op. 73, No. 1
- Lullaby (a.k.a. Slumber Song for piano, Op. 52, No. 2
- Sing Aloud for SATB choir, Op. 68
- Suite for violin, piano and percussion, Op. 99
- Talin concerto for viola and strings, Op. 93, No. 1
- Toccata and Fugue on a Kabardin Tune for piano, Op. 6, No. 2
- Upon Enchanted Ground for flute, cello, harp, and tam-tam, Op. 90, No. 1
- Akira Ifukube – Drumming of Japan
- André Jolivet – Piano Concerto
- Wojciech Kilar –
- Sonatina for flute and piano
- Three preludes for piano
- Variations on a Theme by Paganini for piano
- Gail Kubik – Symphony Concertante [1952 Pulitzer]
- György Ligeti – Concert românesc
- Douglas Lilburn – Symphony No. 2
- Witold Lutosławski
- Polskich pieśni ludowych na tematy żołnierskie (10) for male choir
- Recitative and Arioso for violin and piano
- Silesian Tryptich
- Gian Francesco Malipiero – Sinfonia dello Zodiaco
- Frank Martin – Violin Concerto
- Bohuslav Martinu
- Piano Trio No. 3
- Serenade for Two Clarinets and String Trio
- Stowe Pastorals
- Peter Mennin – String Quartet No. 2
- Darius Milhaud
- Le candélabre à sept branches, Op. 315
- Concertino d'automne for two pianos and eight instruments, Op. 309
- Concertino d'été for viola and chamber orchestra, Op. 311
- Les miracles de la foi, cantata for tenor, chorus and orchestra, Op. 314
- José Pablo Moncayo – Muros verdes for piano
- Xavier Montsalvatge
- Cuarteto indiano
- Poema Concertante for violin and orchestra
- Luigi Nono
- Composizione no. 1 for orchestra
- Polifonica – monodia – ritmica, for flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone, horn, piano, and percussion
- Vincent Persichetti – Symphony No. 4
- Allan Pettersson – Seven Sonatas for Two Violins
- Walter Piston – String Quartet No. 4
- Henri Pousseur
- Missa brevis for four mixed voices
- Sept Versets des Psaumes de la Pénitence for four solo voices or mixed choir
- Sergei Prokofiev – Symphony-Concerto for cello and orchestra
- Peter Racine Fricker – Symphony No. 2
- Joaquín Rodrigo – Sonatas de Castilla
- Guy Ropartz – String Quartet No. 6
- Ned Rorem
- Cycle of Holy Songs (Psalms 134, 142, 148, 150) for vice and piano
- From an Unknown Past song cycle for voice and piano
- Love in a Life for voice and piano
- The Nightingale for voice and piano
- Seven Choruses for a cappella choir
- To a Young Girl for voice and piano
- Edmund Rubbra – String Quartet No. 2
- Hermann Schroeder – Ave Maria zart chorale-prelude for organ
- Mátyás Seiber – Concertino for clarinet and ensemble
- Roger Sessions – String Quartet No. 2
- Dmitri Shostakovich – Preludes and Fugues (24) for piano
- Reginald Smith Brindle – Concertino for guitar and chamber orchestra
- Karlheinz Stockhausen – Kreuzspiel
- Virgil Thomson
- Chromatic Double Harmonies: Portrait of Sylvia Marlowe in Nine Etudes for piano
- De profundis (Psalm 30), SATB choir (revised version)
- For a Happy Occasion (Happy Birthday for Mrs. Zimbalist) for piano
- Eduard Tubin – Sonata for alto saxophone solo
- David Van Vactor – Violin Concerto
- Villa-Lobos, Heitor
- Frank Wigglesworth – Summer Scenes for flute, oboe, and strings
- Benjamin Britten – Billy Budd, with libretto by E. M. Forster and Eric Crozier (1 December, Covent Garden)
- Paul Dessau – The Trial of Lucullus, with libretto by Bertolt Brecht (March 18, Berlin), despite rumours that the work would be forbidden by the East German authorities.
- Jean Françaix – L'apostrophe, libretto based on Balzac (1 July, Amsterdam, Netherlands Opera)
- Joseph Haydn – Orfeo et Euridice (9 June, Teatro della Pergola, Florence, at the fourteenth Maggio Musicale Fiorentino).
- Marcel Landowski – Le Rire de Nils Halerius
- Jan Meyerowitz – Eastward in Eden, libretto adapted by Dorothy Gardner from her own play (16 November, Detroit, Wayne State University Theatre).
- Gian-Carlo Menotti – Amahl and the Night Visitors 24 December, NBC television broadcast, live from Radio City Studio H-8 (New York).
- Igor Stravinsky – The Rake's Progress, with libretto by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman, Venice, Teatro La Fenice, 11 September.
- Peter Tranchell – The Mayor of Casterbridge, libretto adapted from the novel by Thomas Hardy (30 July, Cambridge, Arts Theatre).
- Ralph Vaughan Williams – The Pilgrim's Progress
- Egon Wellesz – Incognita, from a novel by William Congreve (December, Oxford).
- And So To Bed (Vivian Ellis) London production opened at the New Theatre on October 17 and ran for 323 performances
- Borscht Capades
- Flahooley (E. Y. Harburg and Sammy Fain) Broadway production opened at the Broadhurst Theatre on May 14 and ran for 40 performances.
- Gay's The Word London production opened at the Saville Theatre on February 16 and ran for 504 performances
- The King And I (Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II) – Broadway production
- Kiss Me, Kate (Cole Porter) – London production opened at the Coliseum on March 8 and ran for 501 performances
- The Lyric Revue London production
- Make a Wish (Hugh Martin)Broadway production opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on April 18 and ran for 102 performances. Starred Nanette Fabray.
- A Month Of Sundays Broadway production.
- Oklahoma! first German production (Berlin)
- Paint Your Wagon (Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe) – Broadway production opened at the Shubert Theatre on November 12 and ran for 289 performances
- Penny Plain London production
- See You Later (Sandy Wilson) London production opened at the Watergate Theatre on October 3.
- Seventeen Broadway production opened at the Broadhurst Theatre on June 21 and ran for 182 performances
- South Pacific (Rodgers & Hammerstein) – London production
- Top Banana Broadway production opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on November 1 and ran for 350 performances.
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Broadway production opened at the Alvin Theatre on April 19 and ran for 267 performances
- Two On The Aisle Broadway production opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre on July 19 and ran for 279 performances
- Zip Goes A Million London production opened at the Palace Theatre on October 20 and ran for 544 performances
- Alice In Wonderland (original Disney animated film)
- An American In Paris starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary and Nina Foch
- Call Me Mister starring Betty Grable and Dan Dailey
- Excuse My Dust starring Red Skelton, Monica Lewis, Sally Forrest, Macdonald Carey and William Demarest. Dirested by Roy Rowland.
- The Great Caruso (starring Mario Lanza)
- Here Comes The Groom released September 20 starring Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman.
- The Lemon Drop Kid starring Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell.
- Lullaby Of Broadway starring Doris Day and Gene Nelson
- Mr. Imperium starring Lana Turner and Ezio Pinza
- On Moonlight Bay starring Doris Day and Gordon MacRae
- On the Riviera starring Danny Kaye, Gene Tierney and Corinne Calvet
- Purple Heart Diary starring Frances Langford, Judd Holdren, Ben Lessy and Tony Romano. Directed by Richard Quine.
- Rich, Young and Pretty starring Jane Powell, Danielle Darrieux, Wendell Corey, Vic Damone and Una Merkel
- Royal Wedding starring Fred Astaire and Jane Powell
- Show Boat (directed by George Sidney based on the stage musical
- The Strip starring Mickey Rooney and featuring Louis Armstrong
- Two Tickets to Broadway released November 20 starring Janet Leigh, Tony Martin, Gloria DeHaven, Ann Miller and Bob Crosby.
- January 6 – Kim Wilson, blues singer (The Fabulous Thunderbirds)
- January 9 – Crystal Gayle, country singer
- January 19
- January 20 – Ian Hill Judas Priest
- January 26
- January 27
- January 30 – Phil Collins, drummer, singer and actor (Genesis)
- January 31
- February 4 – Phil Ehart, American drummer (Kansas)
- February 7 – Andy Chapin, English keyboard player (The Association) (d. 1985)
- February 9 – Dennis Thomas (Kool and the Gang)
- February 12 – Gil Moore (Triumph)
- February 15 – Melissa Manchester, singer
- February 22 – Ellen Greene, singer and actress
- February 27 – Steve Harley, singer (Cockney Rebel)
- March 4 – Chris Rea, singer-songwriter
- March 5 – Willis Alan Ramsey, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- March 9 – Zakir Hussain, Indian tabla player, music producer, film actor and soundtrack composer
- March 17 – Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy)
- March 20 – Jimmie Vaughan (The Fabulous Thunderbirds)
- March 21
- March 23 – Phil Keaggy, guitarist, singer
- April 3 – Mel Schacher (Question Mark & the Mysterians, Grand Funk Railroad)
- April 6 – Pascal Rogé, pianist
- April 7 – Janis Ian, singer-songwriter
- April 8 – Joan Sebastian, born José Figueroa, singer-songwriter (d. 2015)
- April 12 – Alex Briley (Village People)
- April 13
- April 14 – Julian Lloyd Webber, cellist
- April 20 – Luther Vandross, soul singer (d. 2005)
- April 22 – Paul Carrack, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist
- April 27 – Ace Frehley (Kiss)
- May 3 – Christopher Cross, singer-songwriter (Michael McDonald Band, Alan Parsons Project)
- May 4
- May 8 – Philip Bailey, vocalist (Earth, Wind & Fire)
- May 10
- May 16 – Jonathan Richman
- May 19 – Joey Ramone, singer (Ramones) (d. 2001)
- June 3 – Deniece Williams, singer
- June 6 – Dwight Twilley, American singer-songwriter and producer
- June 8 – Bonnie Tyler, singer
- June 10 – Ed McTaggart (Daniel Amos, The Road Home)
- June 12
- June 15 – Steve Walsh, progressive rock singer-songwriter (Kansas)
- June 19
- June 26 – Tony Currenti, drummer (AC/DC)
- June 30 – Steve Waller, guitarist (d. 2000)
- July 1 – Fred Schneider (The B-52s)
- July 7 – Blondie Chaplin, guitarist and singer
- July 11 – Bonnie Pointer (The Pointer Sisters)
- July 12 – Sylvia Sass, operatic soprano
- July 15 – Gregory Isaacs, reggae musician (d. 2010)
- July 22 – Richard Bennett, American guitarist and producer (The Notorious Cherry Bombs)
- August 2 – Andrew Gold, singer-songwriter (d. 2011)
- August 3 – Johnny Graham (Earth, Wind & Fire)
- August 4 – Lois V Vierk, composer
- August 13 – Dan Fogelberg, singer-songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist (d. 2007)
- August 19 – John Deacon, bass guitarist (Queen)
- August 23
- August 25 – Rob Halford (Judas Priest)
- August 28 – Wayne Osmond, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter (The Osmonds)
- September 2 – Mik Kaminski (Electric Light Orchestra)
- September 6 – Šaban Šaulić, Serbian folk singer (d. 2019)
- September 7 – Chrissie Hynde, singer (The Pretenders)
- September 12 – Olga Breeskin, violinist, dancer and actress
- September 19 – Daniel Lanois, record producer, guitarist and singer-songwriter
- September 22 – David Coverdale, vocalist (Deep Purple, Whitesnake)
- September 25 – Peter Dvorský, operatic tenor
- October 2 – Sting, singer
- October 5 – Bob Geldof, singer (The Boomtown Rats), social campaigner & organizer of LiveAid
- October 6 – Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon)
- October 7 – John Mellencamp, singer-songwriter, artist and actor
- October 13 – John Ford Coley, singer, pianist, guitarist, actor and author
- October 19 – Lilia Vera, Venezuelan folk singer
- October 20 – Al Greenwood, rock keyboardist (Foreigner)
- October 23 – Charly García, singer-songwriter and pianist
- October 26 – Maggie Roche (The Roches) (d. 2017)
- October 27 – K. K. Downing (Judas Priest)
- November 1 – Ronald Bell (Kool & the Gang)
- November 13 – Bill Gibson (Huey Lewis and the News)
- November 14 – Alec John Such, American bass player (Bon Jovi)
- November 15 – Joe Puerta, American singer and bass player (Ambrosia)
- November 18 – Heinrich Schiff, Austrian cellist and conductor (d. 2016)
- November 27 – Kevin Kavanaugh (Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes)
- November 29 – Barry Goudreau (Boston)
- December 4 – Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rossington-Collins Band)
- December 10 – Johnny Rodriguez, country singer
- December 16
- December 21 – Nick Gilder, singer and songwriter
- December 23 – Johnny Contardo (Sha Na Na)
- December 25 – Barbara Dever, operatic soprano
- December 26
- December 29 – Yvonne Elliman, singer
- December 31
- date unknown – Lorenzo Ferrero, composer
- January 20 – Alexander Chuhaldin, violinist, conductor, composer, and music educator, 58
- February 3 – Fréhel, French singer, actress, 59
- February 9 – Eddy Duchin, pianist and bandleader, 41 (leukaemia)
- February 20 – Howard Brockway, composer, 80
- February 28 – Giannina Russ, operatic soprano, 77
- March 5 – Leo Singer, vaudeville impresario, 73
- March 6 – Ivor Novello, operetta composer, entertainer, 58 (coronary thrombosis)
- March 12 – Harold Bauer, pianist and violinist, 77
- March 25 – Sid Catlett, jazz drummer, 41 (heart attack)
- April 21 – Olive Fremstad, operatic soprano, 80
- May 29
- June 4 – Serge Koussevitzky, double-bassist, conductor and composer, 76
- June 26 – Frank Ferera, Hawaiian musician (born 1885)
- July 9
- July 13 – Arnold Schoenberg, Austrian composer, 76
- August 15 – Artur Schnabel, pianist, 69
- August 21 – Constant Lambert, composer, 45 (pneumonia and undiagnosed diabetes)
- September 2 – Pietro Frosini, accordionist, 67
- September 3 – Leo Sheffield, d'Oyly Carte star, 77
- September 14 – Fritz Busch, conductor, 61
- September 17 – Jimmy Yancey, US jazz pianist
- November 4 – Oscar Natzka, opera singer, 39
- November 9 – Sigmund Romberg, composer
- November 11 – César Vezzani, operatic tenor, 63
- November 13 – Nikolai Medtner, pianist and composer, 71
- December 1 – Edward Joseph Collins, pianist, conductor and composer
- December 26 – Vic Berton, jazz drummer, 55
- date unknown
- Anon. "Riviera Dei Fiori"; Anon. "Sanremo 1951 Archived March 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine", Sanremo Festival Website (Accessed November 30, 2009).
- Henry Cowell, "Current Chronicle: New York" (Subscription Access), The Musical Quarterly 37, no. 3 (July): 396–402. Citation is on pp. 399–400.
- Everett Helm, "Current Chronicle: Berlin" (Subscription Access), The Musical Quarterly 37, no. 4 (October): 590–97.
- "Queen Elisabeth Competition 1951–2008", p. 3.
- Anonymous, 'First Performance of a Haydn Opera', The Times, issue 52024 (Monday, June 10, 1951): p. 4, col G.
- A. J., "Cheltenham Festival", The Musical Times 92, no. 1303 (Sep., 1951): 416–17.
- Anon., "The Haslemere Festival", The Musical Times 92, no. 1301 (July 1951): 312.
- Adolf Aber, "Tradition and Revolution at Bayreuth", The Musical Times 92, no. 1304 (October 1951): 453–57.
- David Cherniavsky, "The Salzburg Festival", The Musical Times 92, no. 1305 (November 1951): 517–18.
- Anonymous, 'Berlin Festival of the Arts: Turn of Western Culture', The Times, issue 52091 (Tuesday, August 28, 1951): p. 3, col G.
- Margaret Reece-Evans, "The Swansea Festival", Musical Times 92, no. 1305 (November): 516.
- Donaueschinger Musiktage: Programme seit 1921 Archived March 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
- Anonymous, 'Royal Opera House: "Turandot"', The Times, issue 52139 (Tuesday, October 23, 1951): p. 6, col F.
- Anonymous, 'Visit of Hamburg Radio Orchestra: Series of Concerts', The Times, issue 52164 (Wednesday, November 21, 1951): p. 2, col F.
- Anonymous, 'Opening of the Season at La Scala: Two First Performances', The Times, issue 52179 (Saturday, December 8, 1951): p. 5, col C.
- Anon., "Contemporary Music: Cheltenham Festival of British Works", Times(6 March 1951): 7.
- Anon., "Cheltenham Festival: Arnold's Symphony", Times 7 July 1951: 8.
- La Quinta de Mahler
- H[arold] C S[chonberg], "Miss Lack Heard in Violin Recital: Saint-Saens Concerto Is Chief Work on Town Hall Program—Berger Duo Presented", The New York Times (20 October): 23.
- Svensk Musik
- To Boulez and Beyond, page 149
- Anon., "Aldeburgh Festival: Purcell's Dido and Aeneas" Times (28 February 1951): 8.
- John Cage official website
- Musicweb International
- Anon., "Turash, Soprano, Bows: Otto Luening's Emily Dickinson Song Cycle on Her Program", The New York Times (12 December): 50.
- Radio France
- Anon., "Runyon Fund Concert: Ellington and N.B.C. Symphony to Appear at Stadium June 20", The New York Times (9 June): 12.
- Boosey & Hawkes
- "Venice Bienna official website" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 3, 2016. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
- University of California, Santa Barbara
- Anon., "Music Proze Awarded", Times (23 February 1951): 8.
- Anon., "Cheltenham Festival: An Adventurous Symphony", Times (6 July 1951): 2.
- Anon., "Ex-D.P.s to Give Cantata", The New York Times (3 March): 14.
- Anon., "Giannini Canticle Bows: Work by New York Professor Introduced in Charlotte, N.C.", New York Times (10 December): 32.
- "Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 24, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
- Schott Music
- Henry Cowell," Current Chronicle: New York" (subscription required), The Musical Quarterly 37, no. 3 (July 1951): 396–402. Citation is on p. 396.
- All the conducting masterclasses
- Akira Ifukube official website
- Henry Cowell," Current Chronicle: New York" (subscription required), The Musical Quarterly 37, no. 3 (July 1951): 396–402. Citation is on p. 399–400.
- Anon., "Cheltenham Festival: Maurice Jacobson", Times (5 July 1951): 8.
- Guide de la Musique Symphonique, page 387.
- Gordon Jacob official website
- Howard Taubman, "Edinburgh Hears Jirak's Symphony: Prize-Winning Work by Chicago Music Teacher Has World Premiere at Festival", New York Times (27 August): 15.
- Aaron Horne, Brass Music of Black Composers: A Bibliography (Westport: Greenwood Press, 1996): 160. ISBN 0-313-29826-2
- Constance Tibbs Hobson and Deborra A. Richardson, Ulysses Kay: A Bio-Bibliography, Bio-Bibliographies in Music 53 (Westport: Greenwood Press, 1994): 43. ISBN 978-0-313-25546-5.
- Constance Tibbs Hobson and Deborra A. Richardson, Ulysses Kay: A Bio-Bibliography, Bio-Bibliographies in Music 53 (Westport: Greenwood Press, 1994): 44. ISBN 978-0-313-25546-5.
- "French Institute Concert: Fugues and Concertos", Times (3 March 1951): 8.
- Daniel L.Schorr, "The Hague Opens Fifth Music Fete: Royal Court, Diplomatic Corps Represented a Concert in Medieval Hall of Knights", The New York Times (15 June): 27.
- Hyperion Records
- Anon., "Henry Wood Birthday Concert: New Cello Concerto", Times (5 March 1951): 2.
- Allan Pettersson Society
- Steven Lowe, Liner notes to Walter Piston: Symphony No. 4, Capriccio for Harp and String Orchestra, Three New England Sketches. Seattle Symphony Orchestra; Gerard Schwarz, conductor. Naxos CD 8.559162. [Hong Kong]: Naxos, 2002.
- Prokofiev's Piano Sonatas
- Joaquín Rodrigo official website
- W[ilfred] H. Mellers, "Current Chronicle: England", The Musical Quarterly 37, no. 4 (October 1951): 580–85. Citation on 582.
- Paul Hamburger, "Cheltenham Festival". The Music Review 12 (1951): 317–19. Citation on 317 and 319.
- Anon., "Cheltenham Festival: Three Serenades", Times (9 July 1951): 2.
- Imke Misch and Markus Bandur (eds.), Karlheinz Stockhausen bei den Internationalen Ferienkursen für Neue Musik in Darmstadt 1951–1996: Dokumente und Briefe (Kürten: Stockhausen Stiftung für Musik, 2001): 9. ISBN 3-00-007290-X.
- Le Chant du Monde
- Karlheinz Stockhausen, "Sonatine für Violine und Klavier (1951)", in his Texte zur Musik 4 (1970–1977), edited by Christoph von Blumröder, 46–47, DuMont Dokumente (Cologne: DuMont Buchverlag, 1978), 46, ISBN 3-7701-1078-1; Michael Kurtz, Stockhausen: A Biography, translated by Richard Toop (London and Boston: Faber and Faber, 1992): 31. ISBN 0-571-14323-7 (cloth); ISBN 0-571-17146-X (pbk).
- Anon., "Choral to Have Premiere", The New York Times (14 December): 28.
- Villa-Lobos, sua obra, Version 1.0. MinC (Rio de Janeiro: IBRAM, and the Museu Villa-Lobos, 2009): 63.
- Anon., "Cheltenham Festival", Times (4 July 1951): 8.
- Paul Hamburger, "Cheltenham Festival". The Music Review 12 (1951): 317–19. Citation on 317–18.
- Olin Downes, "Little Orchestra Gives 3 Premieres: Concertos by Martinu and Vivaldi and a Novelty by Wigglesworth Offered", The New York Times (5 November): 34
- Rudolf Frisius, Karlheinz Stockhausen II: Die Werke 1950–1977; Gespräch mit Karlheinz Stockhausen, "Es geht aufwärts" (Mainz, London, Berlin, Madrid, New York, Paris, Prague, Tokyo, Toronto: Schott Musik International, 2008): 30.
- Stephen Williams, "Premiere of Britten's Billy Budd Stirs London", New York Times (Sunday, 9 December): 133.
- Everett Helm, "Current Chronicle: Berlin", The Musical Quarterly 37, no. 4 (October): 590–97. Citation on p. 594.
- Anon., "Holland Hears 2 French Operas: Premiere of 'L'Apostrophe' Is Given in Amsterdam—Work by Milhaud on Program" (2 July): 15.
- Howard Taubman, "Florence Stages Haydn's Orpheus: World Premiere of 160-year-old Opera Is Presented at Music Festival in Italy", The New York Times (10 June): 22.
- Anon., "New American Opera Unveiled in Detroit", New York Times (17 November): 10.
- Olin Downes, "Menotti Opera, the First for TV, Has Its Premiere; Boy, 12, Is Star", The New York Times (25 December): 1.
- Anon., "Hardy Novel As An Opera", Times (16 January 1951): 6.
- Wilfrid H. Mellers, "Current Chronicle:London" (Subscription Access), The Musical Quarterly 37, no. 4 (October): 580–8.
- Andrew Porter, "New Wellesz Opera: 'Incognita,' Based on Congreve Story, Has Its First Performance at Oxford", New York Times (16 December): 117.