1938 in music

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Composer and jazz pianist Fats Waller in 1938

This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1938.

Events[edit]

Albums Released[edit]

Biggest hit songs[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the limited set of charts available for 1938.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Artie Shaw Begin the Beguine 1938 USA US BB 2 of 1938, POP 2 of 1938, RYM 10 of 1938, RIAA 91, Acclaimed 1163
2 Bob Hope & Shirley Ross Thanks For the Memory 1938 USA Oscar in 1938, AFI 63, RIAA 170, Acclaimed 1316
3 Seven Dwarfs Whistle While You Work 1938 USA US BB 1 of 1938, POP 1 of 1938
4 The Andrews Sisters Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen 1938 USA US BB 5 of 1938, RYM 5 of 1937, POP 5 of 1938, Europe 6 of the 1930s
5 Fred Astaire Nice Work If You Can Get It 1938 USA US BB 13 of 1938, POP 13 of 1938, RYM 20 of 1937, Europe 79 of the 1930s

Top hit recordings[edit]

Top blues records[edit]

Published popular music[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Premieres[edit]

Sortable table
Composer Composition Date Location Performers
Bartók, Béla Violin Concerto No. 2 1939-03-23 Netherlands Amsterdam Székely / Concertgebouw OrchestraMengelberg [2]
Bush, Alan Piano Concerto, with baritone and chorus 1938-03-04 United Kingdom London Bush, Noble / BBC SymphonyBoult [3]
Piston, Walter Symphony No. 1 1938-04-08 United States Boston Boston Symphony – Piston [4]
Revultas, Silvestre Sensemayá 1938-12-15 Mexico Mexico City [unknown orchestra] – Revueltas [5]
Shostakovich, Dmitri String Quartet No. 1 1938-10-10 Soviet Union Leningrad Glazunov Quartet [6]

Compositions[edit]

Opera[edit]

Musical theater[edit]

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Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

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