1940 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 1940.

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Albums released[edit]

Biggest hit songs[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the limited set of charts available for 1940.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Glenn Miller In the Mood 1940 United States Europe 1 of the 1940s, US BB 2 of 1940, POP 2 of 1940, RYM 4 of 1939, Scrobulate 4 of swing, RIAA 11, UK 13 – Jan 1976, Netherlands 15 – Aug 1972, Party 45 of 1999, Acclaimed 477
2 Artie Shaw Frenesi 1940 United States US 1940s 1 – Aug 1940, US 1 for 13 weeks Dec 1940, US BB 6 of 1940, POP 6 of 1940, Scrobulate 48 of swing, Europe 71 of the 1940s
3 Bing Crosby Only Forever 1940 United States US 1940s 1 – Sep 1940, US 1 for 9 weeks Oct 1940, US BB 15 of 1940, POP 15 of 1940, Europe 24 of the 1940s, RYM 87 of 1940
4 Tommy Dorsey I'll Never Smile Again 1940 United States US 1940s 1 – Jul 1940, US 1 for 12 weeks Jul 1940, US BB 8 of 1940, POP 8 of 1940, Europe 17 of the 1940s
5 Cliff Edwards (Ukulele Ike) When You Wish Upon a Star 1940 United States Oscar in 1940, AFI 7, RYM 20 of 1940, RIAA 55, Acclaimed 1090

Top hit records[edit]

Clarinetist and bandleader Artie Shaw in 1940

Published popular music[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Premieres[edit]

Sortable table
Composer Composition Date Location Performers
Britten, Benjamin Les Illuminations 1940-01-30 United Kingdom London Wyss / Neel String OrchestraNeel [3]
Britten, Benjamin Violin Concerto 1940-03-29 United States New York City Brosa / New York PhilharmonicBarbirolli [4]
Carpenter, John Alden Symphony No. 1 (2nd version) 1940-10-24 United States Chicago Chicago SymphonyStock [5]
Chávez, Carlos Xochipilli-Macuilxóchitl 1940-05-16 United States Museum of Modern Art, New York City Ensemble – Chávez
Creston, Paul Symphony No. 1 1940-02-22 United States New York City NYA SymphonyMahler [6]
Ginastera, Alberto Malambo for piano 1940-09-11 Uruguay Montevideo Balzo [7]
Ginastera, Alberto Three Pieces for Piano 1940-10-16 Uruguay Montevideo Balzo [8]
Hartmann, Karl Amadeus Concerto funebre 1940-02-29 Switzerland St. Gallen Neracher / St. Gallen Chamber OrchestraKlug [9]
Khachaturian, Aram Violin Concerto 1940-11-16 Soviet Union Moscow Oistrakh / USSR State SymphonyGauk [10]
Krenek, Ernst Little Concerto for Piano, Organ and Chamber Orchestra 1940-05-23 United States Poughkeepsie, NY Williams, Geer / Vassar Orchestra – Krenek [11]
Krenek, Ernst Symphonisches Stück 1940-06-11 Switzerland Basel Basel Chamber OrchestraSacher [12]
Larsson, Lars-Erik God in Disguise 1940-04-01 Sweden Stockholm Torlind, Hasslo, Molander / Swedish Radio Symphony – Larsson [13]
Lilburn, Douglas Aotearoa, overture 1940-04-15 United Kingdom London Sadler's Welles OrchestraBraithwaite [14]
Milhaud, Darius Symphony No. 1 1940-10-17 United States Chicago Chicago Symphony – Milhaud [15]
Myaskovsky, Nikolai Symphony No. 20 1940-11-28 Soviet Union Moscow USSR Radio SymphonyGolovanov [16]
Piston, Walter Violin Concerto No. 1 1940-03-18 United States New York City Posselt / National Orchestral AssociationBarzin [17]
Price, Florence Symphony No. 3 (Price) 1940-11-06 United States Little Rock Detroit Civic Orchestra – Valter Poole[18]
Prokofiev, Sergei Piano Sonata No. 6 1940-04-08 Soviet Union Moscow Prokofiev[19]
Rodrigo, Joaquín Concierto de Aranjuez 1940-11-09 Francoist Spain Barcelona Saenz de la Maza / Barcelona PhilharmonicMendoza-Lasalle [20]
Schoenberg, Arnold Chamber Symphony No. 2 1940-12-15 United States New York City Friends of New Music OrchestraStiedry [21]
Schoenberg, Arnold Violin Concerto 1940-12-06 United States Philadelphia Krasner / Philadelphia OrchestraStokowski [22]
Shostakovich, Dmitri Piano Quintet 1940-11-23 Soviet Union Moscow Shostakovich, Beethoven Quartet [23]
Shostakovich, Dmitri Four Romances on Verses by Pushkin 1940-12-08 Soviet Union Moscow Baturin, Shostakovich [24]
Strauss, Richard Japanese Festival Music 1940-12-14 Japan Tokyo Tokyo Broadcast OrchestraFellmer [25]
Stravinsky, Igor Symphony in C 1940-11-07 United States Chicago Chicago Symphony – Stravinsky [26]
Tippett, Michael Concerto for Double String Orchestra 1940-04-21 United Kingdom London South London Orchestra – Tippett [27]
Webern, Anton Fünf Lieder, Op. 4 (1909) 1940-02-10 Switzerland Basel Gradmann-Lüscher, Schmid [28]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Mitchell, Donald (ed) (1991). Letters From A Life: Selected Letters of Benjamin Britten, Vol. 2 1939–45. London: Faber and Faber. ISBN 0-571-160581. pp. 628, 657
  2. ^ Mitchell (1991): p. 629
  3. ^ "Les Illuminations, Benjamin Britten". brahms.ircam.fr. 
  4. ^ "Violin Concerto, Benjamin Britten". brahms.ircam.fr. 
  5. ^ "CARPENTER: Adventures in a Perambulator / Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2". www.naxos.com. 
  6. ^ "Paul Creston: A Bio-bibliography". Greenwood Publishing Group. February 9, 1994 – via Google Books. 
  7. ^ "Malambo, Alberto Evaristo Ginastera". brahms.ircam.fr. 
  8. ^ "Tres Piezas, Alberto Evaristo Ginastera". brahms.ircam.fr. 
  9. ^ "Hartmann: Concerto funebre". Hyperion Records. 
  10. ^ "Los Angeles Philharmonic". 
  11. ^ "Little Concerto, Ernst Krenek". brahms.ircam.fr. 
  12. ^ "Symphonisches Stück, Ernst Krenek". brahms.ircam.fr. 
  13. ^ "Norlands Operan". 
  14. ^ SouNZ
  15. ^ "Chicago Symphony Orchestra" (PDF). 
  16. ^ "N. Myaskovsky » Works". www.myaskovsky.ru. 
  17. ^ "PISTON, W.: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Fantasia for Violin and Orchestra (Buswell, Ukraine National Symphony, T. Kuchar)". www.naxos.com. 
  18. ^ Price, Florence (January 1, 2008) [1932]. Brown, Rae Linda; Shirley, Wayne D., eds. Symphonies nos. 1 and 3. A-R Editions. pp. xlvi–lii. ISBN 0895796384. 
  19. ^ Espinosa, Olivia. "An Evening with Yefim Bronfman – La Jolla Music Society". 
  20. ^ Joaquín Rodrigo official website
  21. ^ "Zweite Kammersymphonie op. 38, Arnold Schoenberg". brahms.ircam.fr. 
  22. ^ "Concerto pour violon et orchestre op. 36, Arnold Schoenberg". brahms.ircam.fr. 
  23. ^ "Quintette avec piano, Dimitri Chostakovitch". brahms.ircam.fr. 
  24. ^ "Quatre romances sur des vers de Pouchkine, Dimitri Chostakovitch". brahms.ircam.fr. 
  25. ^ Jones, Barrie (June 3, 2014). "The Hutchinson Concise Dictionary of Music". Routledge – via Google Books. 
  26. ^ "Chicago Symphony Orchestra" (PDF). 
  27. ^ "Concerto pour double orchestre à cordes, Sir Michael Tippett". brahms.ircam.fr. 
  28. ^ "Fünf Lieder Op. 4, Anton Webern". brahms.ircam.fr. 
  29. ^ http://www.overthefootlights.co.uk/London%20Musicals%201940-1944.pub.pdf