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

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

Contents

Specific locationsEdit

Specific genresEdit

EventsEdit

Albums releasedEdit

Biggest hit singlesEdit

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   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   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   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   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   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 singlesEdit

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 recordEdit

Top R&B and country hits on recordEdit

Published popular musicEdit

Classical musicEdit

PremieresEdit

Sortable table
Composer Composition Date Location Performers
Bloch, Ernest Suite hébraïque for Viola and Orchestra 1953-01-01   Chicago Preves / Chicago SymphonyKubelik [1]
Boulez, Pierre Structures book 1, for two pianos 1953-05-04   Cologne Grimaud, Loriod[2]
Carter, Elliott String Quartet No. 1 1953-02-26   New York Walden Quartet[3]
Chávez, Carlos Sinfonía romántica (Symphony No. 4) 1953-02-11   Louisville, KY Louisville OrchestraChávez[4]
Chávez, Carlos Symphony for Strings (Symphony No. 5) 1953-12-01   Los Angeles Los Angeles Chamber OrchestraChávez[5]
Goldschmidt, Berthold String Quartet No. 2 1953-07-14   London London String Quartet [6]
Hartmann, Karl Amadeus Concerto for piano, winds and percussion 1953-10-10   Donaueschingen (Musiktage) Bergmann / SWF SymphonyRosbaud[7]
Holmboe, Vagn Sinfonia boreale (Symphony No. 8) 1953-03-05   Copenhague Danish Radio SymphonyKletzki[8]
Honegger, Arthur A Christmas Cantata 1953-12-18   Basel Basel Chamber ChoirSacher[9]
Imbrie, Andrew String Quartet No. 2 1953-12-05   New York City Kroll Quartet[10]
Kabalevsky, Dmitri Piano Concerto No. 3 1953-??-??   Moscow Ashkenazy / Moscow Philharmonic – ?[11]
Martinů, Bohuslav Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra 1953-02-19   Cleveland Veissi / Cleveland OrchestraSzell[12]
Milhaud, Darius Symphony No. 5 1953-10-16   Turin RAI National SymphonyMilhaud[13]
Montsalvatge, Xavier Concierto breve for piano and orchestra 1953-12-20   Barcelona de Larrocha / Barcelona Philharmonicde Froment[14]
Montsalvatge, Xavier Poema Concertante for violin and orchestra 1953-05-25   Barcelona Szeryng / Barcelona Municipal OrchestraToldrà[15]
Racine Fricker, Peter Viola Concerto 1953-09-03   Edinburgh (Festival) Primrose / London PhilharmoniaBoult[16]
Rubbra, Edmund Viola Concerto 1953-04-15   London BBC SymphonySargent[17]
Shostakovich, Dmitri String Quartet No. 5 1953-11-13   Moscow Beethoven Quartet[18]
Shostakovich, Dmitri Symphony No. 10 1953-12-17   Leningrad Leningrad PhilharmonicMravinsky[19]
Karlheinz Stockhausen Kontra-Punkte 1953-05-26   Cologne (ISCM World Music Days) members of the WDR SymphonyScherchen[20]
Stockhausen, Karlheinz Schlagquartett 1953-03-23   Munich (Musica Viva) Porth, Gschwendner, Peinkofer, Kaul[21]
Vaughan Williams, Ralph Sinfonia antartica (Symphony No. 7) 1953-01-14   Manchester Ritchie / Hallé OrchestraJohn Barbirolli[22]
Villa-Lobos, Heitor Alvorada na Floresta Tropical for orchestra 1953-??-??   Louisville, KY Louisville OrchestraWhitney[23]
Villa-Lobos, Heitor Piano Concerto No. 4 1953-01-09   Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, PA Segall / Pittsburgh Symphony OrchestraVilla-Lobos[24]

CompositionsEdit

OperaEdit

  • 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.

JazzEdit

Musical theaterEdit

Musical filmsEdit

BirthsEdit

DeathsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. However, Lisa Peppercorn, "Villa-Lobos's Last Years", translated from the German by Robert L. Jacobs, The Music Review 40, no. 4 (November 1979): 285–99, reprinted with corrigenda/addenda in Villa-Lobos: Collected Studies (Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1992): 89–105, gives the date of the first performance as 23 January 1954, by the Louisville Orchestra and Whitney, but for the recording later issued by First Edition Records and not in a public concert (pp. 293 / 97, respectively, and corrigenda 105).
  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.