On This Day

December 1899 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 2 John Barbirolli, English conductor (NY Philharmonic Orchestra), born in Southampton Row, Holborn, London (d. 1970)
  • Dec 5 Sonny Boy Williamson II [Aleck Miller], American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, born in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi (d. 1965) (year of birth disputed)
  • Dec 8 James "Pigmeat" Jarrett, American pianist, born in Cordele, Georgia (d. 1995)
  • Dec 9 Frans van Amelsvoort, Dutch choir conductor, born in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (d. 1975)
  • Dec 13 Yusef Greiss, Egyptian composer, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1961)

Person of interestNoël Coward

Dec 16 Noël Coward, English playwright (Hay Fever, Private Lives), director (In Which We Serve-1942 Academy Award), actor and singer, born in London (d. 1973)

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • Dec 31 Silvestre Revueltas, Mexican composer (Sensemaya), born in Santiago Papasquiaro, Mexico (d. 1940)

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 7 Anton de Kontski [Antoni Kątski], Polish-American pianist and composer (Awakening Of The Lion), Polish pianist and composer, dies at 82
  • Dec 18 John William Glover, Irish composer, dies at 84