1953 in music

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Jazz trumpeter and bandleader Louis Armstrong in 1953.

This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1953.

Events[edit]

Albums released[edit]

Biggest hit singles[edit]

The following singles achieved the highest chart positions in the limited set of charts available for 1953.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart entries
1 Dean Martin That's Amore 1953 United States US BB 1 of 1953, POP 1 of 1953, UK 2 – Jan 1954, US 1940s 2 – Nov 1953, RYM 2 of 1953, Scrobulate 47 of Italian, DDD 73 of 1953, Party 101 of 2007
2 Les Paul & Mary Ford Vaya Con Dios (May God Be With You) 1953 United States US 1940s 1 – Jun 1953, US 1 for 11 weeks Aug 1953, Italy 2 of 1954, US BB 3 of 1953, POP 3 of 1953, UK 7 – Nov 1953, RYM 24 of 1953, Europe 97 of the 1950s
3 Perry Como Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes 1953 United States UK 1 – Jan 1953, US 1940s 1 – Dec 1952, US 1 for 5 weeks Jan 1953, US BB 20 of 1953, POP 20 of 1953, RYM 31 of 1953
4 Eddie Fisher I'm Walking Behind You 1953 United States UK 1 – May 1953, US 1940s 1 – May 1953, US 1 for 2 weeks Jul 1953, US BB 16 of 1953, POP 23 of 1953, RYM 119 of 1953
5 Hank Williams Your Cheatin' Heart 1953 United States RYM 1 of 1953, DDD 2 of 1953, US BB 4 of 1953, POP 4 of 1953, RIAA 34, Scrobulate 87 of country, Rolling Stone 213, Acclaimed 286

US No. 1 hit singles[edit]

These singles reached the top of US Billboard magazine's charts in 1953.

First week Number of weeks Title Artist
January 10, 1953 5 "Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes" Perry Como
February 14, 1953 5 "Till I Waltz Again With You" Teresa Brewer
March 21, 1953 8 "The Doggie in the Window" Patti Page
May 16, 1953 10 "The Song from Moulin Rouge" Percy Faith & his Orchestra
July 25, 1953 2 "I'm Walking Behind You" Eddie Fisher
August 8, 1953 9 "Vaya con Dios" Les Paul & Mary Ford
October 10, 1953 4 "St. George and the Dragonet" Stan Freberg
November 7, 1953 2 "Vaya con Dios" Les Paul & Mary Ford
November 21, 1953 6 "Rags to Riches" Tony Bennett

Top hits on record[edit]

Top R&B and Country hits on record[edit]

Published popular music[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Premieres[edit]

Sortable table
Composer Composition Date Location Performers
Bloch, Ernest Suite hébraïque for Viola and Orchestra 1953-01-01 United States Chicago Preves / Chicago SymphonyKubelik [1]
Boulez, Pierre Structures book 1, for two pianos 1953-05-04 West Germany Cologne Grimaud, Loriod[2]
Carter, Elliott String Quartet No. 1 1953-02-26 United States New York Walden Quartet[3]
Chávez, Carlos Sinfonía romántica (Symphony No. 4) 1953-02-11 United States Louisville, KY Louisville OrchestraChávez[4]
Chávez, Carlos Symphony for Strings (Symphony No. 5) 1953-12-01 United States Los Angeles Los Angeles Chamber OrchestraChávez[5]
Hartmann, Karl Amadeus Concerto for piano, winds and percussion 1953-10-10 West Germany Donaueschingen (Musiktage) Bergmann / SWF SymphonyRosbaud[6]
Holmboe, Vagn Sinfonia boreale (Symphony No. 8) 1953-03-05 Denmark Copenhague Danish Radio SymphonyKletzki[7]
Honegger, Arthur A Christmas Cantata 1953-12-18 Switzerland Basel Basel Chamber ChoirSacher[8]
Imbrie, Andrew String Quartet No. 2 1953-12-05 United States New York City Kroll Quartet[9]
Kabalevsky, Dmitri Piano Concerto No. 3 1953-??-?? Soviet Union Moscow Ashkenazy / Moscow Philharmonic – ?[10]
Martinu, Bohuslav Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra 1953-02-19 United States Cleveland Veissi / Cleveland OrchestraSzell[11]
Milhaud, Darius Symphony No. 5 1953-10-16 Italy Turin RAI National SymphonyMilhaud[12]
Montsalvatge, Xavier Poema Concertante for violin and orchestra 1953-05-25 Spain Barcelona Szeryng / Barcelona Municipal OrchestraToldrà[13]
Racine Fricker, Peter Viola Concerto 1953-09-03 United Kingdom Edinburgh (Festival) Primrose / London PhilharmoniaBoult[14]
Rubbra, Edmund Viola Concerto 1953-04-15 United Kingdom London BBC SymphonySargent[15]
Shostakovich, Dmitri String Quartet No. 5 1953-11-13 Soviet Union Moscow Beethoven Quartet[16]
Shostakovich, Dmitri Symphony No. 10 1953-12-17 Soviet Union Leningrad Leningrad PhilharmonicMravinsky[17]
Karlheinz Stockhausen Kontra-Punkte 1953-05-26 West Germany Cologne (ISCM World Music Days) members of the WDR SymphonyScherchen[18]
Stockhausen, Karlheinz Schlagquartett 1953-03-23 West Germany Munich (Musica Viva) Porth, Gschwendner, Peinkofer, Kaul[19]
Vaughan Williams, Ralph Sinfonia antartica (Symphony No. 7) 1953-01-14 United Kingdom Manchester Ritchie / Hallé OrchestraJohn Barbirolli[20]
Villa-Lobos, Heitor Alvorada na Floresta Tropical for orchestra 1953-??-?? United States Louisville, KY Louisville OrchestraWhitney[21]

Compositions[edit]

Opera[edit]

  • The Decembrists (Yuri Shaporin) first staged 23 June 1953 at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow.
  • The Dumb Wife (Joseph Horovitz), premiered 21 November 1953 at the Guildhall School, London, by the Intimate Opera Company.
  • Gloriana (Benjamin Britten) composed 1953, first performed on 8 July 1953 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in the presence of Elizabeth II.
  • Irmelin (Frederick Delius) composed 1890–92; first produced Oxford, 4 May 1953.
  • Lenora 40/50 (Rolf Liebermann) first produced in Berlin on 12 February 1953 at the State Opera House in the British sector.
  • Man of Enterprise (Denis Bloodworth) first produced on 8 December 1953 at Tiffin School, Kingston, Surrey, by the school operatic society.
  • Menna (Arwel Hughes) premiered by the Welsh National Opera at the Pavilion in Cardiff on 9 November, with the composer conducting.
  • Nelson (Lennox Berkeley), premiered in a concert performance 14 February 1953 by the English Opera Group at Wigmore Hall, London.
  • Sevil (Fikrat Amirov)
  • Three's Company (Antony Hopkins), premiered 21 November 1953 at the Guildhall School, London, by the Intimate Opera Company.
  • The Tinners of Cornwall (Inglis Gundry), premiered 30 September 1953 at Rudolf Steiner Hall, conducted by Geoffrey Corbett.

Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Naxos Records
  2. ^ Martin Iddon, New Music at Darmstadt: Nono, Stockhausen, Cage, and Boulez, Music since 1900 (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press): 69. ISBN 9781107033290.
  3. ^ Music of the Twentieth-Century Avantgarde: A Biocritical Sourcebook, page 106
  4. ^ Musicweb International
  5. ^ Music and History
  6. ^ Schott Music
  7. ^ BIS Records
  8. ^ Hyperion Records
  9. ^ Forgotten Books
  10. ^ Naxos Records
  11. ^ Qobuz
  12. ^ Music Timeline; CPO (via Avaxhome)
  13. ^ Xavier Montsalvatge official website
  14. ^ Schott Music
  15. ^ Hyperion Records
  16. ^ Shostakovich in Dialogue
  17. ^ Shostakovich: A Life
  18. ^ Universal Edition
  19. ^ Universal Edition
  20. ^ CD41 Recordings
  21. ^ David P. Appleby, Heitor Villa-Lobos: A Bio-Bibliography, Bio-Bibliographies in Music 9 (New York, Westport, London: Greenwood Press, 1988): 114.
  • Anon. 1953. "Soprano Leaves New York Opera: Night Club Engagement". The Times, issue 52738 (27 September): 6.
  • Morawska-Büngeler, Marietta. 1988. Schwingende Elektronen: Eine Dokumentation über das Studio für Elektronische Musik des Westdeutschen Rundfunks in Köln 1951–1986. Cologne-Rodenkirchen: P. J. Tonger Verlag.