April 13, 1938: Frederic Anthony Rzewski is born in Westfield, Massachusetts, USA, the son of Anthony Rzewski and Emma Buyniski.
July 16, 1972: Five Pianos for five pianos, one doubling celesta, by Morton Feldman (46) is performed for the first time, in Berlin. The five pianists are John Cage (59), Cornelius Cardew (36), Frederic Rzewski (34), David Tudor, and the composer. There is a confrontation between Cage and Feldman when Cage misunderstands the instructions and plays 20 minutes beyond the other pianists.
January 27, 1974: No Progress Without Struggle, a cycle for solo voice and chamber ensemble by Frederic Rzewski (35) to words of Douglass, is performed for the first time, in Alice Tully Hall, New York.
September 29, 1974: From today through 2 October, the Exercises 1-14 for two or more players by Christian Wolff (40) are performed completely for the first time, in Berlin. Among the performers are Cornelius Cardew (38), Gordon Mumma (39), Frederic Rzewski (36), and the composer. There is also the first complete performance of Wolff's Songs. See 9 March 1974 and 26 May 1974.
February 7, 1976: Variations on "The People United Will Never Be Defeated" for piano by Frederic Rzewski (37) is performed for the first time, in the Kennedy Center, Washington.
March 19, 1977: Instrumental Studies by Frederick Rzewski (38) is performed for the first time, in Paris, directed by the composer.
December 10, 1988: The Triumph of Death, an oratorio for four voices and string quartet by Frederic Rzewski (50) to words of Weiss, is performed for the first time, in the Théâtre de la Place, Liège.