1948 in music

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List of years in music (table)

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Biggest hit singles[edit]

The following singles achieved the highest chart positions in the limited set of charts available for 1948.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Pee Wee Hunt Twelfth Street Rag 1948 United States US 1940s 1 - Jul 1948, US 1 for 8 weeks Aug 1948, Peel list 1 of 1947, US BB 4 of 1948, POP 7 of 1948, RYM 20 of 1948
2 Art Mooney I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover 1948 United States US 1940s 1 - Jan 1948, US BB 1 of 1948, US 1 for 3 weeks Feb 1948, POP 1 of 1948
3 Nat King Cole Nature Boy 1948 United States US 1940s 1 - Apr 1948, US 1 for 7 weeks May 1948, US BB 9 of 1948, RYM 9 of 1948, POP 17 of 1948, Europe 90 of the 1940s, Acclaimed 1793
4 Dinah Shore Buttons & Bows 1948 United States US 1940s 1 - Oct 1948, US 1 for 10 weeks Nov 1948, US BB 3 of 1948, POP 3 of 1948, Europe 91 of the 1940s, RYM 102 of 1948
5 Kay Kyser The Woody Woodpecker Song 1948 United States US 1940s 1 - Jun 1948, US 1 for 6 weeks Jul 1948, US BB 13 of 1948, POP 21 of 1948, Europe 76 of the 1940s, RYM 95 of 1948

Top hits on record[edit]

Published popular music[edit]

Songwriter Irving Berlin in 1948

Classical music[edit]

Premieres[edit]

Sortable table
Composer Composition Date Location Performers
Antheil, George Symphony No. 5 1948-12-31 United States Philadelphia Philadelphia OrchestraOrmandy [1]
Barber, Samuel Knoxville: Summer of 1915 1948-04-09 United States Boston Steber / Boston SymphonyKoussevitzky [2]
Berg, Alban Altenberg Lieder (1912) 1948-09-14 Italy Venice (Biennale) Martin-Metten / La FeniceScherchen [3]
Berkeley, Lennox Piano Concerto 1948-08-31 United Kingdom London (Proms) Horsley / London SymphonyCameron [4]
Britten, Benjamin A Charm of Lullabies 1948-01-03 Netherlands The Hague Evans, De Nobel [5]
Britten, Benjamin Saint Nicholas, cantata 1948-06-05 United Kingdom Albeburgh (Festival) Pears / Aldeburgh Festival ChorusWoodgate [6]
Cage, John In a Landscape 1948-08-20 United States Black Mountain, NC Cage [7] [8]
Cage, John Suite for Toy Piano 1948-08-22 United States Black Mountain, NC Cage [9]
Castelnuovo Tedesco, Mario Coriolano, overture 1948-09-08 Italy Venice (Biennale) RAI Symphony Orchestra in RomePrevitali [10]
Cerha, Friedrich Six Lieder 1948-11-30 Austria Vienna Ceska, Wünsch [11]
Dallapiccola, Luigi Quattro liriche di Antonio Machado 1948-12-03 Belgium Brussels Martin-Metten, Dallapiccola [12]
Diamond, David Symphony No. 4 1948-01-23 United States Boston Boston SymphonyKoussevitzky [13]
Dutilleux, Henri Piano Sonata 1948-04-30 France Paris Joy [14]
Fine, Irving Toccata Concertante 1948-10-22 United States Boston Boston SymphonyKoussevitzky [15]
Foss, Lukas Recordare 1948-12-31 United States Boston Boston SymphonyKoussevitzky [16]
Hanson, Howard Piano Concerto 1948-12-31 United States Boston Firkusny / Boston Symphony – Hanson [17]
Henze, Hans Werner Symphony No. 1 1948-08-26 Allied-occupied Germany Bad Pyrmont [unknown orchestra] – Fortner [18]
Henze, Hans Werner Violin Concerto No. 1 1948-12-12 Allied-occupied Germany Baden-Baden Stanske / SWF SymphonyBour [19]
Hindemith, Paul Das Marienleben (2nd version) 1948-11-03 Allied-occupied Germany Hannover Kupper, Seemann [20]
Ives, Charles Piano Trio (1915) 1948-05-28 United States Berea, OH Poinar, Pierce, Wolaver [21]
Ives, Charles Three Harvest Home Chorales (1915) 1948-03-03 United States New York City The Collegiate ChoraleShaw [22]
Jolivet, André Concerto for Ondes Martenot 1948-04-23 Austria Vienna Martenot / [unknown orchestra] – Jolivet [23]
Jolivet, André Suite delphique 1948-04-22 Austria Vienna Vienna Philharmonic – Jolivet [24]
Kabalevsky, Dmitri Violin Concerto 1948-10-29 Soviet Union Moscow Bezrodny / Moscow Conservatory SymnphonyTerian [25]
Lutoslawski, Witold Symphony No. 1 1948-04-06 Poland Katowice Polish National Radio SymphonyFitelberg [26]
Maderna, Bruno Concerto for Two Pianos 1948-09-17 Italy Venice (Biennale) Gorini, Lorenzi / [unknown ensemble] – Gracis [27]
Malipiero, Gian Francesco Sinfonia in memoriam (Symphony No. 4) 1948-02-27 United States Boston Boston SymphonyKoussevitzky [28]
McDonald, Harl Saga of the Missisippi 1948-04-09 United States Philadelphia Philadelphia OrchestraOrmandy [29]
Moeran, Ernest John Serenade in G 1948-09-02 United Kingdom London (Proms) London SymphonyCameron [30]
Mortari, Virgilio Due salmi funebri in memoria di Alfredo Casella 1948-09-17 Italy Venice (Biennale) Bozzi Luca / [unknown ensemble] – Gracis [31]
Mtaskovsky, Nikolai Symphony on Russian Themes (Symphony No. 26) 1948-12-28 Soviet Union Moscow [unknown orchestra] – Gauk [32]
Nabokov, Nicolas The Return of Pushkin 1948-01-02 United States Boston Koshetz / Boston SymphonyKoussevitzky [33]
Ohana, Maurice Trois poèmes de Saadi 1948-03-06 France Paris French Radio National OrchestraGiardino [34]
Piston, Walter Symphony No. 3 1948-01-09 United States Boston Boston SymphonyKoussevitzky [35]
Rawsthorne, Alan Symphonic Studies 1948-09-14 Italy Venice (Biennale) La Fenice OrchestraScherchen [36]
Rawsthorne, Alan Violin Concerto No. 1 1948-07-01 United Kingdom Cheltenham (Festival) Olof / Hallé OrchestraBarbirolli [37]
Rosenthal, Manuel Christmas Symphonies 1948-12-23 United States Philadelphia Philadelphia OrchestraOrmandy [38]
Rota, Nino String Quartet 1948-09-15 Italy Venice (Biennale) Poltronieri Quartet [39]
Schaeffer, Pierre Cinq études de bruits 1948-10-05 France Paris [electronic music] [40]
Schoenberg, Arnold A Survivor from Warsaw 1948-11-04 United States Albuquerque, NM Smith / Albuquerque Civic Symphony OrchestraFrederick [41]
Scott, Cyril Oboe Concerto 1948-09-13 United Kingdom London (Proms) Goossens / London SymphonyRobinson [42]
Searle, Humphrey Fuga giocosa 1948-08-06 United Kingdom London (Proms) London SymphonyCameron [43]
Shapero, Harold Symphony for Classical Orchestra 1948-01-30 United States Boston Boston SymphonyBernstein [44]
Stevens, Bernard Fugal Overture 1948-08-13 United Kingdom London (Proms) BBC SymphonySargent [45]
Stravinsky, Igor Mass for Chorus and Winds 1948-10-27 Italy Milan Members of the La Scala Orchestra and ChorusAnsermet [46]
Thomson, Virgil Suite from Louisiana Story 1948-11-26 United States Philadelphia Philadelphia OrchestraOrmandy [47]
Tippett, Michael Suite in D 1948-11-15 United Kingdom London BBC SymphonyBoult [48]
Toch, Ernst Hyperion, dramatic overture 1948-04-01 United States Cleveland Cleveland OrchestraSzell [49]
Turchi, Guido Music for Orchestra 1948-09-08 Italy Venice (Biennale) RAI Symphony Orchestra in RomePrevitali [50]
Vlad, Roman Symphony in Three Movements 1948-09-08 Italy Venice (Biennale) RAI Symphony Orchestra in RomePrevitali [51]

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