1953 in music

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List of years in music (table)
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  • 1955
  • 1956
  • Jazz trumpeter and bandleader Louis Armstrong in 1953.

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

    Specific locations[edit]

    Specific genres[edit]

    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]
    Goldschmidt, Berthold String Quartet No. 2 1953-07-14 United Kingdom London London String Quartet [6]
    Hartmann, Karl Amadeus Concerto for piano, winds and percussion 1953-10-10 West Germany Donaueschingen (Musiktage) Bergmann / SWF SymphonyRosbaud[7]
    Holmboe, Vagn Sinfonia boreale (Symphony No. 8) 1953-03-05 Denmark Copenhague Danish Radio SymphonyKletzki[8]
    Honegger, Arthur A Christmas Cantata 1953-12-18 Switzerland Basel Basel Chamber ChoirSacher[9]
    Imbrie, Andrew String Quartet No. 2 1953-12-05 United States New York City Kroll Quartet[10]
    Kabalevsky, Dmitri Piano Concerto No. 3 1953-??-?? Soviet Union Moscow Ashkenazy / Moscow Philharmonic – ?[11]
    Martinu, Bohuslav Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra 1953-02-19 United States Cleveland Veissi / Cleveland OrchestraSzell[12]
    Milhaud, Darius Symphony No. 5 1953-10-16 Italy Turin RAI National SymphonyMilhaud[13]
    Montsalvatge, Xavier Concierto breve for piano and orchestra 1953-12-20 Spain Barcelona de Larrocha / Barcelona Philharmonicde Froment[14]
    Montsalvatge, Xavier Poema Concertante for violin and orchestra 1953-05-25 Spain Barcelona Szeryng / Barcelona Municipal OrchestraToldrà[15]
    Racine Fricker, Peter Viola Concerto 1953-09-03 United Kingdom Edinburgh (Festival) Primrose / London PhilharmoniaBoult[16]
    Rubbra, Edmund Viola Concerto 1953-04-15 United Kingdom London BBC SymphonySargent[17]
    Shostakovich, Dmitri String Quartet No. 5 1953-11-13 Soviet Union Moscow Beethoven Quartet[18]
    Shostakovich, Dmitri Symphony No. 10 1953-12-17 Soviet Union Leningrad Leningrad PhilharmonicMravinsky[19]
    Karlheinz Stockhausen Kontra-Punkte 1953-05-26 West Germany Cologne (ISCM World Music Days) members of the WDR SymphonyScherchen[20]
    Stockhausen, Karlheinz Schlagquartett 1953-03-23 West Germany Munich (Musica Viva) Porth, Gschwendner, Peinkofer, Kaul[21]
    Vaughan Williams, Ralph Sinfonia antartica (Symphony No. 7) 1953-01-14 United Kingdom Manchester Ritchie / Hallé OrchestraJohn Barbirolli[22]
    Villa-Lobos, Heitor Alvorada na Floresta Tropical for orchestra 1953-??-?? United States Louisville, KY Louisville OrchestraWhitney[23]
    Villa-Lobos, Heitor Piano Concerto No. 4 1953-01-09 United States Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, PA Segall / Pittsburgh Symphony OrchestraVilla-Lobos[24]

    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.

    Jazz[edit]

    Musical theater[edit]

    Musical films[edit]

    Births[edit]

    Deaths[edit]

    References[edit]

    1. ^ "BLOCH: America / Suite Hebraique". 
    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. ^ Sitsky, Larry (1 January 2002). "Music of the Twentieth-century Avant-garde: A Biocritical Sourcebook". Greenwood Publishing Group – via Google Books. 
    4. ^ Web(UK), Music on the. "CHAVEZ Complete Symphonies VOXBOX CDX5061 [RB]: Classical CD Reviews- June 2005 MusicWeb-International". 
    5. ^ "Music and History". 
    6. ^ "Berthold Goldschmidt – String Quartet No.2". 
    7. ^ Schott Music
    8. ^ BIS Records
    9. ^ "Une Cantate de Noël (Honegger) – from CDA67688 – Hyperion Records – MP3 and Lossless downloads". 
    10. ^ Forgotten Books
    11. ^ "KABALEVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 3 / RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Piano Concerto". 
    12. ^ "Martinů: Rhapsody-Concerto, Viola Sonata, Duo... – Bohuslav Martinu par Maxim Rysanov". 
    13. ^ "1953". 18 September 2009. 
    14. ^ Montsalvatgecompositor.com
    15. ^ "Xavier Montsalvatge Compositor". 
    16. ^ Schott Music
    17. ^ "Viola Concerto in A major, Op 75 (Rubbra) – from CDA67587 – Hyperion Records – MP3 and Lossless downloads". 
    18. ^ Kuhn, Judith (1 January 2010). "Shostakovich in Dialogue: Form, Imagery and Ideas in Quartets 1–7". Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. – via Google Books. 
    19. ^ Fay, Laurel E. (1 January 2005). "Shostakovich: A Life". Oxford University Press – via Google Books. 
    20. ^ AG, Universal Edition. "Universal Edition: Karlheinz Stockhausen – Kontra-Punkte". 
    21. ^ AG, Universal Edition. "Universal Edition: Karlheinz Stockhausen – Schlagtrio". 
    22. ^ "Sinfonia Antartica/Scott Of The Antarctic – CD41". 
    23. ^ David P. Appleby, Heitor Villa-Lobos: A Bio-Bibliography, Bio-Bibliographies in Music 9 (New York, Westport, London: Greenwood Press, 1988): 114.
    24. ^ Villa-Lobos, sua obra, Version 1.0. (MinC / IBRAM, and the Museu Villa-Lobos, 2009, based on the third edition, 1989): 58.

    Works cited

    • 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.