September 2, 1397 - Composer Francesco Landini passed away. He was a blind Italian composer who wrote madrigals; a type of vocal music based on secular poems set to music that had simpler melodies.
September 3, 1968 - The song "Hey Jude" by the Beatles was certified gold.
September 4 - On this day in 1824, composer Anton Bruckner was born in Ansfelden, Austria. Wanting to broaden his knowledge, he studied orchestration and symphonic form with Otto Kitzler. Bruckner was also influenced by the works of Berlioz, Liszt and especially, Wagner. Also on this day in 1892, composer Darius Milhaud was born in Aix-en-Provence, France. He studied at the Paris Conservatory under Paul Dukes and Vincent d’Indy. And on this day in 1907, composer Edvard Grieg died in Bergen. The villa Grieg had built in 1884 called "Troldhaugen" is now a museum where tourists flock to immerse themselves in Grieg's works.
September 5 - On this day in 1791, composer Giacomo Meyerbeer was born in Tasdorf, near Berlin. He began writing operas in his teens and pursued his music studies in Berlin and Darmstadt. Also on this day in 1867, composer Amy Beach was born in Henniker, New Hampshire. She was a piano virtuoso, considered the first major American female composer and one of the leading composers of the New England School. And on this day in 1912, composer John Cage was born in Los Angeles, California. Cage won an award from the National Academy of Arts and Letters in 1949 for his invention of the prepared piano. He also received a Guggenheim grant.
September 6 - On this day in 1877, jazz musician Buddy Bolden was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. His fame reached its peak in 1905 as his band performed in various venues. Also on this day in 2007, operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti died at his residence in Italy due to pancreatic cancer.
September 7, 1936 - Singer-songwriter Charles Hardin Holley, famously known as Buddy Holly, was born in Lubbock, Texas.
September 8 - On this day in 1841, composer Antonin Dvorak was born in Nelahozeves, near Kralupy, Prague (Czech Republic). His most famous work is the Ninth Symphony from the "New World Symphony" which was first performed in New York in 1893. Also on this day in 1932, singer Patsy Cline was born in Winchester, Virginia. Her first recording under Decca, "I Fall to Pieces," was released in 1961. And on this day in 1949, composer Richard Strauss died in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. He wrote operas, symphonic poems, instrumental and vocal music.
September 9, 1926 - RCA (Radio Corporation of America) launched the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) radio network.
September 10, 1945 - Puerto Rican guitarist and singer Jose Feliciano was born. He won several Grammy's and is considered one of the best folk guitarists of our time.
September 11, 1850 - Soprano Jenny Lind made her American debut at the Castle Garden Theatre in New York City.
September 12 - On this day in 1764, composer Jean-Philippe Rameau died. Most of his notable works, especially his operas, were written when he was already in his 50s. Also on this day in 1866, the musical comedy The Black Crook by playwright Charles M. Barras, opened at Niblo's Garden in New York City. And on this day in 1957, composer Hans Zimmer was born in Frankfurt, Germany. The turning point in his career came when he received an Academy Award nomination for his music score in the movie Rain Man.
September 13 - On this day in 1819, Clara Wieck Schumann was born in Leipzig, Germany. She mostly wrote pieces for the piano including songs, partsongs, cadenzas and concertos. And on this day in 1874, Arnold Schoenberg was born in Vienna, Austria. He invented a method called atonality, composing music using a 12-tone series.
September 14, 1983 - Grammy award winning singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse was born in London.
September 15, 1945 - Composer Anton Webern died in Mittersill, near Salzburg, Austria. He is famous for his lieders, chamber music, instrumental and vocal compositions and his passacaglia.
Special Celebrations in September
National Piano Month - whole month of September (see Different Types of Pianos)
National One-Hit Wonder Day - September 25