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December 1879 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Dec 26 Johannes Brahms' "Tragic Ouverture" premieres

  • Dec 31 Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera "Pirates of Penzance" premieres in NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 4 Hamilton Harty, Irish composer and conductor called "the prince of accompanists", born in Hillsborough, Ireland (d. 1941)
  • Dec 7 Rudolf Friml, Czech-American concert pianist and composer (Rose-Marie; The Vagabond King), born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 1972)
  • Dec 12 Percy Fletcher, British composer, born in Derby (d. 1932)
  • Dec 15 Rudolf von Laban, Czech-German choreographer (modern dance), born in Bratislava, Austria-Hungary (d. 1958)
  • Dec 19 Otto Emanuel Olsson, Swedish organist and composer, born in Stockholm (d. 1964)
  • Dec 19 Otto Olsson, Swedish organist (Gustaf Vasa Church, 1907-56), composer, and teacher (Royal Swedish Academy, 1908-45), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1964)
  • Dec 24 Stanislav Pylypovych Lyudkevych, Polish composer, born in Jarosław, Poland (d. 1979)
  • Dec 26 Armen Tigran Tigranyan, Armenian music composer and conductor, born in Alexandropol, Armenia (d. 1950)
  • Dec 26 Julius Weismann, German pianist, conductor, and composer (Schwanenweiß), born in Freiburg im Breisgau (d. 1950)

Weddings in Music

John Philip Sousa

Dec 30 Composer John Philip Sousa (25) weds Jane van Middlesworth Bellis