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December 1902 in Music History

Events in Music

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Dec 29 "The Entertainer" is one of several piano rag compositions copyrighted for Scott Joplin by the US Copyright Office

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 2 Miroslav Ponc, Czech composer, born in Vysoké Mýto (d. 1976)
  • Dec 6 Virgilio Mortari, Italian composer, born in Passirana, Italy (d. 1993)
  • Dec 13 Paul Kurzbach, German composer, born in Hohndorf, Germany (d. 1997)
  • Dec 14 Viola Wells [Evans], American jazz, blues, and gospel singer, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1984)
  • Dec 19 Leonard Hirsch, Irish violinist/orchestra leader (RAF Symphony Orchestra), born in Dublin (d. 1995) [1]
  • Dec 21 Peetie Wheatstraw [William Bunch], American blues singer, songwriter, and piano player, born in Cotton Plant, Arkansas (d. 1941)
  • Dec 27 Ferenc Szabó, Hungarian composer (Lúdas Matyi, Légy jó mindhalálig), born in Budapest (d. 1969)
  • Dec 31 Lionel Daunais, Quebec singer and composer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1982)

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 5 Henry Stephen Cutler, American composer, dies at 78