December 1896 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Dec 25 "Stars & Stripes Forever" written by John Philip Sousa

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 1 Petko Staynov, Bulgarian composer, born in Kazanlak, Bulgaria (d. 1977)
  • Dec 3 Bolesław Szabelski, Polish organist and composer, born in Radoryż (d. 1979)
  • Dec 4 Larry Stock, American songwriter ("Blueberry Hill"; "You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • Dec 6 Arnold Foster, English composer, born in Sheffield, England (d. 1963)

Ira Gershwin (1896-1983)

Dec 6 American lyricist ("Embraceable You"; "I Got Rhythm"; "They Can't Take That Away From Me"), born in NYC, New York

  • Dec 7 Juan María Thomas Sabater, Spanish composer, born in Palma de Mallorca, Spain (d. 1966)
  • Dec 21 Leroy Robertson, American composer & music educator, born in Fountain Green, Utah (d. 1971)
  • Dec 23 Alberto Hemsi, Turkish composer (Sephardic Melodies), born in Turgutlu, Ottoman Empire (d. 1975)

Roger Sessions (1896-1985)

Dec 28 American Pulitzer Prize winning composer (Concerto for Orchestra; The Black Maskers), musicologist, and educator (Princeton, 1936-45, 53-65; Berkeley, 1945-53), born in Brooklyn, New York