1936 in music

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List of years in music (table)

This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1936.

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 1936.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Bing Crosby Pennies From Heaven 1936 United States US Billboard 1 - 1936 (15 weeks), US BB 1 of 1936, Your Hit Parade 1 of 1936, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004 (1936), POP 1 of 1936, Oscar in 1936 (film 'Pennies from Heaven') (Nominated), Music Imprint 8 of 1930s, nuTsie 23 of 1930s, Europe 32 of the 1930s (1936), RYM 41 of 1936, RIAA 129, Acclaimed 1222 (1936)
2 Fred Astaire The Way You Look Tonight 1936 United States US Billboard 1 - 1936 (17 weeks), Oscar in 1936 (film 'Swing Time'), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1936), US BB 2 of 1936, Your Hit Parade 2 of 1936, POP 2 of 1936, Brazil 26 of 1937, nuTsie 38 of 1930s, RYM 40 of 1936, AFI 43, Europe 94 of the 1930s (1936), Song of 1936
3 Billie Holiday Summertime 1936 United States Europe 1 of the 1930s (1936), RYM 2 of 1936, US Billboard 12 - 1936 (2 weeks), nuTsie 70 of 1930s, Scrobulate 84 of jazz
4 Benny Goodman Goody Goody 1936 United States US Billboard 1 - 1936 (13 weeks), Your Hit Parade 5 of 1936, US BB 6 of 1936, POP 6 of 1936, Brazil 32 of 1936, nuTsie 71 of 1930s
5 Benny Goodman Glory of Love 1936 United States US Billboard 1 - 1936 (15 weeks), Your Hit Parade 3 of 1936, US BB 10 of 1936, POP 10 of 1936, Brazil 67 of 1936, nuTsie 96 of 1930s

Top hit recordings[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Premieres[edit]

Sortable table
Composer Composition Date Location Performers
Barber, Samuel String Quartet 1936-12-14 Italy Rome Pro Arte Quartet [2]
Barber, Samuel Symphony in One Movement (Symphony No. 1) 1936-12-13 Italy Rome Augusteo PhilharmonicMolinari [2]
Berg, Alban Violin Concerto 1936-04-19 Spain Barcelona (ISCM) Krasner / Pau Casals OrchestraScherchen [3]
Britten, Benjamin Three Divertimenti for String Quartet 1936-02-25 United Kingdom London Stratton Quartet [4]
Britten, Benjamin Our Hunting Fathers 1936-09-25 United Kingdom Norwich Wyss / London Philharmonic – Britten [5]
Britten, Benjamin Suite for Violin and Piano 1936-04-21 Spain Barcelona (ISCM) Brosa, Britten [6]
Britten, Benjamin Temporal Variations 1936-12-12 United Kingdom London Caine, Hallis [7]
Chávez, Carlos Sinfonía india (Symphony No. 2) 1936-04-10 United States Boston Boston Symphony – Chávez [8]
Copland, Aaron Statements 1936-01-09 United States Minneapolis Minneapolis Symphony
Dallapiccola Musica per tre pianoforti 1936-03-30 Switzerland Geneva Dallapiccola, Orloff, Pasche [9]
Diamond, David Psalm for Orchestra 1936-12-10 United States Rochester, NY Rochester PhilharmonicHanson [10]
Gershwin, George Catfish Row 1936-01-21 United States Philadelphia Philadelphia OrchestraSmallens [11]
Hindemith, Paul Trauermusik 1936-01-21 United Kingdom London Hindemith / BBC SymphonyBoult [12]
Ifukube, Akira Japanese Rhapsody 1936-04-05 United States Boston Boston SymphonySevitzky [13]
Jolivet, André Andante for Strings 1936-05-25 France Paris Jane Evrard Orchestra [14]
Jolivet, André Danse incantatoire 1936-06-03 France Paris Paris SymphonyDésormière [15]
Jolivet, André Prélude apocalyptique 1936-12-06 France Paris Messiaen [16]
Kabalevsky, Dmitri Piano Concerto No. 2 1936-05-12 Soviet Union Moscow [17] [Unknown performers]
Kodály, Zoltán Budavári Te Deum 1936-09-02 Hungary Budapest Ritter, Kisfaludy, Laczó, Mezey, Varhelyi / St. Matthew Church - Sugár [18]
Krenek, Ernst Fragment from Karl V 1936-04-19 Spain Barcelona (ISCM) Meyer / Pau Casals OrchestraAnsermet [19]
Lambert, Constant Summer's Last Will and Testament 1936-01-29 United Kingdom London Henderson / Philharmonic Choir, BBC Symphony – Lambert [20]
Martinů, Bohuslav Concerto for Flute, Violin and Chamber Orch. 1936-12-27 France Paris M. Moyse, B. Moyse / Paris Concerts Society OrchestraGaubert [21]
Messiaen, Olivier Pièce pour le tombeau de Paul Dukas 1936-04-25 France Paris Nin-Culmell [22]
Messiaen, Olivier Vocalise-Étude 1936-05-18 France Paris Quéru-Bedel, Messiaen [23]
Myaskovsky, Nikolay Aviation Symphony (Symphony No. 16) 1936-10-24 Soviet Union Moscow Moscow PhilharmonicSzenkar [24]
Prokofiev, Sergei Peter and the Wolf 1936-05-02 Soviet Union Moscow Moscow Philharmonic – Prokofiev [25]
Prokofiev, Sergei Suite No. 1 from Romeo and Juliet 1936-11-24 Soviet Union Moscow Moscow PhilharmonicSebestyén [26][27]
Rachmaninoff, Sergei Symphony No. 3 1936-11-06 United States Philadelphia Philadelphia OrchestraStokowski [28]
Revueltas, Silvestre Homenaje a Federico García Lorca 1936-11-14 Mexico Mexico City Musicians from the National Conservatory – Revueltas [29]
Strauss, Richard Olympische Hymne 1936-08-01 Germany Berlin (Olympics) Berlin Philharmonic, National Socialist Symphony – Strauss [30]
Varèse, Edgard Density 21.5 1936-02-16 United States New York City Barrère [31]
Vaughan Williams, Ralph Dona nobis pacem 1936-10-02 United Kingdom Huddersfield Flynn, Henderson / Huddersfield Society, Hallé OrchestraCoates [32]

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