March 23, 1895: Daniel Chennevière (Dane Rudhyar) is born at 83 Boulevard Voltaire in the Sixième Arrondissement, in Paris, Republic of France, the second of two children born to Leon and Lucie Chennevière. The father owns a small factory producing zinc ornaments.
March 11, 1908: Daniel Chennevière (Dane Rudhyar) (12) undergoes a very serious operation in Paris which results in the loss of a kidney. His recuperation will be long and will require him to stop piano lessons and lose half of a school year.
May 29, 1913: Le Sacre du Printemps, a ballet by Igor Stravinsky (30) to a scenario of Roerich, is performed for the first time, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris. The ballet and its music cause a riot in the theatre as proponents and opponents resort to fisticuffs to exchange opinions on the value of art. The dancers perform to music that they have to imagine, as few in the auditorium can hear it, except during certain lulls. The choreographer, Vaclav Nizhinsky, almost runs onto the stage from the wings but is physically restrained by the composer. Sergey Diaghilev, the impresario, flicks the lights several times in an effort to douse the demonstrations. Nothing works. Those participating in the discussions include Maurice Ravel (38) and Florent Schmitt (42). Camille Saint-Saëns (77) simply repeats “he’s mad, he’s mad” several times before walking out. In the audience is a young composer named Gian Francesco Malipiero (31) who was encouraged to attend by Alfredo Casella (29). “I awoke from a long and dangerous lethargy.” He decides to disown all his previous work and strike out anew. Daniel Chennevière (Dane Rudhyar) (18) calls it “a tremendous experience.”
April 4, 1914: Two works for orchestra by Daniel Chennevière (Dane Rudhyar) (22) are performed for the first time, in New York: Poèmes ironiques and Vision végétale.
January 1, 1920: Dane Rudhyar (24) arrives in Hollywood from Chicago. Here he will meet the theosophists Albert Powell Warrington and Bomanji Pestonji Wadia.
December 17, 1922: Angels for six trumpets by Carl Ruggles (46) is performed for the first time, at an International Composers’ Guild concert in the Klaw Theatre, New York. Also premiered are two works for piano by Dane Rudhyar (27): Luciferian Stanza and Ravissement. See 27 April 1922 and 24 April 1939.
October 22, 1925: The first concert of the New Music Society of California takes place in the ballroom of the Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles. Organized by Henry Cowell (28) as an offshoot of Edgard Varèse’s (41) International Composers’ Guild, its “Resident Cooperating Committee” consists of Arthur Bliss, Henry Eichheim, and Dane Rudhyar (30). The program tonight includes music of Darius Milhaud (33), Carl Ruggles (49), Varèse, Leo Ornstein, Arnold Schoenberg (51), and Rudhyar.
May 6, 1928: In the second Copland-Sessions concert, Lento molto for string quartet by Aaron Copland (27) and two movements of the Piano Sonata no.1 by Roger Sessions (31) are performed for the first time, at the Edyth Totten Theatre, New York. Also premiered are four piano preludes by Ruth Crawford (26), and Three Paeans for piano by Dane Rudhyar (33). See 14 December 1928 and 3 March 1930.
April 21, 1930: The first concert of the Pan-American Association of Composers, led by Henry Cowell (33) takes place in Carnegie Chamber Hall (Weill Recital Hall), New York. It includes the premieres of Set no.8 for chamber orchestra by Charles Ives (55) and Rat Riddles, a song for alto, oboe, percussion, and piano by Ruth Crawford (28) to words of Sandburg. Also on the program is music by Carlos Chávez (30), Dane Rudhyar (35), Henry Brant (16) and Cowell.
June 10, 1938: Dane Rudhyar (43) becomes Vice-President of the Transcendental Painting Group in Santa Fe, New Mexico.