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.


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 Christmas Hits[edit]

  • "Don't Wait 'Till The Night Before Christmas"- Eddy Duchin & His Orchestra

Top blues records[edit]

Published popular music[edit]

Classical music[edit]


Sortable table
Composer Composition Date Location Performers
Barber, Samuel Adagio for Strings 1938-11-05 United States New York City NBC SymphonyToscanini [2]
Britten, Benjamin Piano Concerto 1938-08-18 United Kingdom London (BBC Proms) Britten / BBC SymphonyWood [3]
Bush, Alan Piano Concerto, with baritone and chorus 1938-03-04 United Kingdom London Bush, Noble / BBC SymphonyBoult [4]
Copland, Aaron An Outdoor Overture 1938-12-16 United States New York City New York High School of Music and Art OrchestraRichter [5]
Copland, Aaron Signature 1938-02-23 United States New York City High-Low Chamber OrchestraKarman [6]
Dallapiccola, Luigi Sei cori di Michelangelo Buonarroti il giovane 1938-04-26 Czechoslovakia Prague [unknown ensemble] – Kabelác [7]
Ginastera, Alberto Cantos del Tucumán 1938-07-26 Argentina Buenos Aires Frías de López Buchardo, [unknown ensemble] [8]
Jolivet, André Ouverture Rondeau for four ondes Martenot, two pianos and percussion 1938-06-02 France Paris Lesur, Steytler, Berthier, Breitner, Stein, Chapiro, CarassoEvrard [9]
Jolivet, André Poèmes pour le enfant 1938-05-12 France Paris Croiza / [unknown ensemble] – Désormière [10]
Jolivet, André Suite for String Trio 1938-11-24 France Paris Trio Pasquier [11]
Krenek, Ernst Piano Concerto No. 2 1938-03-17 Netherlands Amsterdam Krenek / Concertgebouw OrchestraWalter [12][13]
Piston, Walter Symphony No. 1 1938-04-08 United States Boston Boston Symphony – Piston [14]
Revultas, Silvestre Sensemayá 1938-12-15 Mexico Mexico City [unknown orchestra] – Revueltas [15]
Rubbra, Edmund Symphony No. 2 1938-12-16 United Kingdom London BBC SymphonyRubbra [16]
Schoenberg, Arnold Orchestration of Johannes Brahms' Piano Quartet 1938-05-07 United States Los Angeles Los Angeles PhilharmonicKlemperer [17]
Shostakovich, Dmitri String Quartet No. 1 1938-10-10 Soviet Union Leningrad Glazunov Quartet [18]
Shostakovich, Dmitri Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 2 1938-11-28 Soviet Union Moscow USSR State Jazz Band [19]
Stravinsky, Igor Dumbarton Oaks Concerto 1938-05-08 United States Washington DC [unknown ensemble] – Boulanger [20]
Tippett, Michael Piano Sonata No. 1 1938-11-11 United Kingdom London Sellick [21]
Webern, Anton Das Augenlicht 1938-06-17 United Kingdom London (ISCM 38) BBC Symphony Orchestra and ChorusScherchen [22]



Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]