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)

Noël 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)

  • 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