1932 in music

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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1932.

Events[edit]

Published popular music[edit]

Biggest hit songs[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the limited set of charts available for 1932.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Fred Astaire & Leo Reisman "Night & Day" 1932 United States US Billboard 1 - 1932 (18 weeks), US BB 1 of 1932, POP 1 of 1932, RYM 4 of 1932, Music Imprint 14 of 1930s, Brazil 21 of 1933, nuTsie 34 of 1930s, DMDB 52 (1932), RIAA 195, Acclaimed 1369 (1932)
2 Louis Armstrong "All of Me" 1932 United States US Billboard 1 - 1932 (18 weeks), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2005 (1932), RYM 5 of 1932, US BB 8 of 1932, POP 8 of 1932, Brazil 19 of 1932, nuTsie 42 of 1930s
3 Duke Ellington "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" 1932 United States Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008 (1932), RYM 1 of 1932, US Billboard 6 - 1932 (6 weeks), Scrobulate 31 of swing, nuTsie 32 of 1930s, Song of 1932
4 Rudy Vallee "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" 1932 United States US Billboard 1 - 1932 (8 weeks), POP 4 of 1932, RYM 6 of 1932, Music Imprint 15 of 1930s, Brazil 60 of 1933, RIAA 196
5 Bing Crosby & The Mills Brothers "Dinah" 1932 United States US Billboard 1 - 1932 (9 weeks), US BB 5 of 1932, POP 5 of 1932, Brazil 27 of 1932, Europe 47 of the 1930s (1931)

Top hit records[edit]

Top blues recordings[edit]

Classical music[edit]

  • Arnold Bax
    • Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
    • Sinfonietta
    • Sonata No. 4, for piano
    • Summer Music, for orchestra (revised version)
    • Symphony No. 5
    • "Watching the Needleboats", for voice and piano (text by James Joyce)
  • Arthur Benjamin – Violin Concerto
  • Arthur BlissA Colour Symphony
  • Marc Blitzstein
    • The Condemned, choral opera in one act
    • Serenade, for string quartet
  • John CageGreek Ode, for voice and piano (text from Aeschylus' The Persians)
  • Carlos Chávez
    • Antígona (incidental music for the adaptation by Jean Cocteau of the tragedy by Sophocles)
    • Caballos de vapor (H.P., sinfonía de baile)
    • String Quartet No. 2
    • Tierra mojada (for mixed choir, oboe, and cor anglais (text by R. López Velarde)
    • "Todo", for voice and piano (text by R. López Velarde)
  • Henry Cowell
    • Expressivo, for piano
    • Four Continuations, for string orchestra
    • Reel (Lilt of the Reel), for small orchestra
    • Rhythm Study, for piano
    • Two Appositions, for piano
    • Two Appositions: One Movement for Orchestra
  • Ruth Crawford Seeger
    • Ricercari (2), for voice and piano (text by H. T. Tsiang)
    • Songs (3), for alto voice, oboe, percussion, piano, and optional orchestra (texts by Carl Sandburg)
  • Jean Françaix – Piano Concerto
  • Gunnar de Frumerie – Variations and Fugue
  • George GershwinCuban Overture, for orchestra
  • Peggy Glanville-Hicks
    • Fantasy, for solo violin
    • "He Reproves the Curlew", for voice and piano (text by William Butler Yeats)
    • Prelude for a Pensive Pupil, for piano
    • "Sheiling Song", for voice and piano (text by F. MacLeod)
    • "They Are Not Long", for voice and piano (text by Ernest Dowson)
    • "To the Moon", for voice and piano (text by Percy Bysshe Shelley)
    • "A Widow Bird", for voice and piano (text by Percy Bysshe Shelley)
  • Percy GraingerHandel in the Strand
  • Camargo Guarnieri – String Quartet No. 1
  • Alois Hába
    • Children's Choruses (5), in quarter tones, Op. 42 (texts by V. Nezval)
    • Children's Choruses, in quarter tones, Op. 43
    • Fantazie No. 2, for nonet, Op. 41
    • Pracující den, for male choir, in quarter tones, Op. 45 (text by J. Hora)
  • Jascha Heifetz – arrangement of Grigoraş Dinicu's Hora staccato
  • Gustav Holst
    • "If 'twer the Time of Lilies", for two-part choir and piano, H187
    • Jazz-Band Piece
    • Jig, for piano, H179
  • John Ireland - A Downland Suite
  • Dmitri Kabalevsky – Symphony No. 1
  • Ernst KrenekKantate von der Vergänglichkeit des Irdischen, for soprano, mixed choir, and piano, Op. 72 (texts by P. Fleming, A. Gryphius, and other 17th-century German writers)
  • László Lajtha – Cello Sonata
  • Nikolai MyaskovskySymphony No. 11
  • Harry Partch – "The Lord Is My Shepherd" (Psalm XXIII), for voice and adapted viola
  • Paul Pisk
    • Campanella, cantata for voice and orchestra, Op. 28 (text after 11 poems of the Monk [Luitpold])
    • Little Suite, for chamber orchestra, Op. 11a
  • Sergei ProkofievPiano Concerto No. 5, Op. 55
  • Ottorino RespighiHuntingtower, for large wind band, P. 173
  • Silvestre Revueltas
    • Alcancías, for orchestra
    • Colorines, for orchestra
    • Música de feria (String Quartet No. 4)
    • Three Pieces for violin and piano
  • Miklós Rózsa – Bagatelles for Piano, Op. 12
  • Arnold Schoenberg
    • Mirror Canon, for string quartet
    • Mirror Canon in four parts, for Carl Moll
    • Moses und Aron, opera in 3 acts (act3 not composed)
  • William Schuman
  • Dmitri Shostakovich
    • Hamlet (incidental music for the play by William Shakespeare), Op. 32
    • Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, opera in four acts, Op. 29
    • Six Romances, for tenor and orchestra, Op. 21
    • Twenty-Four Preludes, for piano, Op. 34
    • Vstrechnïy (music for the film directed by F. Ermler and Yutkevich), Op. 33
  • Igor Stravinsky
    • Chants du rossignol et Marche chinoise, for violin and piano (arranged from The Nightingale)
    • Danse russe, for violin and piano
    • Duo concertant, for violin and piano
    • Scherzo, vn, pf, 1932 (S 1933) [arr. from The Firebird]
    • Suite italienne, for cello and piano (arranged from Pulcinella)
    • Suite italienne, for violin and piano (arranged from Pulcinella)
    • Simvol verï, for SATB choir
  • Virgil Thomson
    • String Quartet No. 2
    • Symphony No. 2 (arrangement for piano, four hands)
  • Ivan Wyschnegradsky – Prelude and Fugue, for two pianos tuned a quarter tone apart, Op. 21

Opera[edit]

Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ann M. Pescatello, Charles Seeger: A Life in American Music, p108
  2. ^ Casaglia, Gherardo, "23 Marzo 1932", Almanacco Amadeus, 2005. Accessed 16 January 2010 (in Italian).
  3. ^ Bek, Josef (2001). "Schulhoff, Erwin [Ervín]", Grove Music Online. Accessed 29 January 2011. (subscription required). (Online version of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edition. ISBN 978-0-19-517067-2)
  4. ^ Stephen Hinton: "Die Bürgschaft", Grove Music Online ed. L. Macy (Accessed 13 November 2007)>.