1946 in music

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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1946.

Events[edit]

Singer Billie Holiday backstage in 1946

Albums released[edit]

Biggest hit songs[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the limited set of charts available for 1946.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Perry Como Prisoner of Love 1946 United States US 1940s 1 – Mar 1946, US BB 1 of 1946, US 1 for 3 weeks May 1946, POP 17 of 1946, Europe 73 Of The 1940s
2 Frank Sinatra Five Minutes More 1946 United States US 1940s 1 – Aug 1946, US 1 for 2 weeks Sep 1946, POP 10 of 1946, Europe 11 of the 1940s, US BB 15 of 1946, RYM 43 of 1946
3 Vaughn Monroe Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! 1946 United States US 1940s 1 – Dec 1945, US 1 for 5 weeks Jan 1946, US BB 4 of 1946, POP 4 of 1946, Europe 48 of the 1940s
4 Nat King Cole (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons 1946 United States US 1940s 1 – Nov 1946, US 1 for 1 weeks Feb 1947, US BB 3 of 1946, POP 13 of 1946, RYM 15 of 1946
5 The Ink Spots To Each His Own 1946 United States US 1940s 1 – Sep 1946, US 1 for 1 weeks Sep 1946, US BB 8 of 1946, POP 24 of 1946, Europe 92 of the 1940s

Top hit records[edit]

Frank Sinatra in 1946
Nat King Cole in 1946

Other recorded popular music[edit]

Published popular music[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Premieres[edit]

Sortable table
Composer Composition Date Location Performers
Barber, Samuel Cello Concerto 1946-04-05 United States Boston Garbousova / Boston SymphonyKoussevitzky [2]
Bartók, Béla Piano Concerto No. 3 1946-02-08 United States Philadelphia Sándor / Philadelphia OrchestraOrmandy [3]
Bernstein, Leonard Three Dance Episodes from "On the Town" 1946-02-03 United States San Francisco San Francisco Symphony – Bernstein [4]
Bernstein, Leonard Three Dance Variations from Fancy Free 1946-01-21 United States New York City New York City Symphony – Bernstein [5][6]
Boulez, Pierre Douze notations for piano 1946-02-12 1 France Paris Grimaud [7]
Britten, Benjamin Occasional Overture 1946-09-29 United Kingdom London BBC SymphonyBoult [8]
Britten, Benjamin The Holy Sonnets of John Donne 1946-11-22 United Kingdom London Pears, Britten [9]
Britten, Benjamin The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra 1946-10-15 United Kingdom Liverpool Royal Liverpool PhilharmonicSargent [10]
Cage, John Three Dances for Two Prepared Pianos 1946-12-11 United States New York City Ajemian, Masselos [11]
Carter, Elliott Elegy for String Quartet 1946-08-21 United States Eliot, ME Lanier Quartet [12]
Carter, Elliott Musicians Wrestle Everywhere 1946-02-12 United States New York City Randolph SingersRandolph [13]
Carter, Elliott Voyage for voice and piano 1946-03-16 United States New York City Boatwright, Baerwald [14]
Carter, Elliott Warble for Lilac Time 1946-09-14 United States Saratoga Springs, NY (Spa Festival) Boatwright / Yaddo OrchestraFennell [15]
Copland, Aaron Danzón cubano 1946-02-17 United States Baltimore Baltimore SymphonyStewart [16]
Copland, Aaron Symphony No. 3 1946-10-18 United States Boston Boston SymphonyKoussevitzky [17]
Dallapiccola, Luigi Ciaccona, Intermezzo e Adagio for cello 1946-02-26 Italy Milan Cassadó [18]
Dallapiccola, Luigi Liriche Greche II – Due liriche di Anacreonte 1946-06-24 Belgium Brussels Martin-Metten / Brussels PhilharmonicSouris [19]
Dallapiccola, Luigi Rencesvals 1946-12-19 Belgium Brussels Bernac, Poulenc [20]
Dallapiccola, Luigi Sonatina canonica su Capricci di Paganini 1946-03-03 Italy Perugia Scarpini [21]
Ginastera, Alberto Sinfonía elegíaca (Symphony No. 2) 1946-05-31 Argentina Buenos Aires [unknown orchestra] – Castro [22]
Guridi, Jesús Sinfonía Pirenaica 1946-06-08 Spain Bilbao Bilbao Municipal OrchestraArámbarri [23]
Henze, Hans Werner Chamber Concerto for piano, flute and strings 1946-09-27 Allied-occupied Germany Darmstadt (Ferienkurse) Redel, Seemann / Darmstadt Landestheater OrchestraStraub [24]
Ives, Charles Central Park in the Dark (1906) 1946-05-11 United States New York City Students of the Juilliard SchoolBloomfield [25]
Ives, Charles In Summer Fields (1898) 1946-11-12 United States Los Angeles Dice, Wenger [26]
Ives, Charles String Quartet No. 2 (1913) 1946-05-11 United States New York City Students of the Juilliard School [27]
Ives, Charles The Camp Meeting (Symphony No. 3) (1904) 1946-04-05 United States New York City New York Little SymphonyHarrison [28]
Ives, Charles The Unanswered Question (1906) 1946-05-11 United States New York City Students of the Juilliard SchoolBloomfield [29]
Jolivet, André Divertissement à la roumaine 1946-12-19 France Paris [unknown performers] [30]
Korngold, Erich Wolfgang Cello Concerto 1946-12-29 United States Los Angeles Aller / Los Angeles PhilharmonicSvedrofsky [31]
Krenek, Ernst Symphony No. 3 1946-11-22 United States Minneapolis Minneapolis SymphonyMitropoulos [32]
Krenek, Ernst Symphonic Elegy in memoriam Anton Webern 1946-09-03 United States Saratoga Springs, NY (Spa Festival) New York PhilharmonicAdler [33]
Krenek, Ernst Tricks and Trifles 1946-03-22 United States Minneapolis Minneapolis SymphonyMitropoulos [34]
Martin, Frank Petite symphonie concertante 1946-05-17 Switzerland Zurich Collegium Musicum ZurichSacher [35]
Martinu, Bohuslav Etudes and Polkas for Piano 1946-01-18 United States Cambridge, MA Firkusny [36]
Messiaen, Olivier Harawi, chant d'amour et de mort 1946-06-27 Belgium Brussels Bunlet, Messiaen [37]
Milhaud, Darius Symphony No. 2 1946-12-20 United States Boston Boston SymphonyPiston [38]
Prokofiev, Sergei Violin Sonata No. 1 1946-10-23 Soviet Union Moscow Oistrakh, Oborin [39]
Schoenberg, Arnold Theme and Variations for Band 1946-06-27 United States Boston Boston SymphonyKoussevitzky [40]
Shostakovich, Dmitri String Quartet No. 3 1946-12-16 Soviet Union Moscow Beethoven Quartet [41]
Shostakovich, Dmitri Victorious Spring 1946-05-08 Soviet Union Moscow NKVD Choreographic and Vocal EnsembleSilantsev [42]
Strauss, Richard Metamorphosen, study for 23 strings 1946-01-25 Switzerland Zurich Collegium Musicum ZurichSacher [43]
Strauss, Richard Oboe Concerto 1946-02-26 Switzerland Zurich Tonhalle OrchestraAndreae [44]
Stravinsky, Igor Ebony Concerto for clarinet and jazz band 1946-03-25 United States New York City Herman / Herman's BandHendel [45]
Stravinsky, Igor Scherzo à la russe 1946-03-22 United States San Francisco San Francisco Symphony – Stravinsky [46]
Stravinsky, Igor Symphony in Three Movements 1946-01-24 United States New York City New York Philharmonic – Stravinsky [47]
Tippett, Michael Little Music for Strings 1946-11-09 United Kingdom London Jacques String OrchestraJacques [48]
Tippett, Michael String Quartet No. 3 1946-10-19 United Kingdom London Zorian Quartet [49]
Webern, Anton Cantata No. 1 1946-07-12 United Kingdom London Hooke / BBC Symphony Orchestra and ChorusRankl [50]
Zimmermann, Bernd Alois Capriccio for Piano, improvisations on folk themes 1946-07-12 Allied-occupied Germany Horrem Wirtz [51]
Zimmermann, Bernd Alois Drei Geistliche Lieder, improvisations on folk themes 1946-06-18 Allied-occupied Germany Cologne Klaembt, Hecker [52]
Zimmermann, Bernd Alois Extemporale, five pieces for piano 1946-04-12 Allied-occupied Germany Cologne Wirtz [53]
Zimmermann, Bernd Alois Scherzo sinfonico 1946-05-06 Allied-occupied Germany Cologne Gürzenich OrchestraWand [54]

1Radio premiere. The Overture was subsequently withdrawn from Britten's catalogue, and it didn't receive its concert premiere until 1983, by the Chicago Symphony conducted by Raymond Leppard.[55]

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