On This Day

November 1909 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Nov 28 Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3, one of the genres most difficult, premieres at the New Theatre in New York City, with the composer as soloist and the New York Symphony Society conducted by Walter Damrosch

Birthdays in Music

  • Nov 1 Bruno Bjelinski [Weiss], Croatian composer, born in Trieste, Italy (d. 1992)
  • Nov 6 Heinz Rottger, German composer, born in Herford, Germany (d. 1977)
  • Nov 6 Henk Bijvanck, Dutch composer, born in Kudus, Java (d. 1969)
  • Nov 8 Alberto Erede, Italian conductor, born in Genoa, Italy (d. 2001)

Person of interestJohnny Mercer

Nov 18 Johnny Mercer, American lyricist (Moon River, Old Black Magic), born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 1976)

Songwriter Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer
  • Nov 24 Hans Melchior Brugk, composer
  • Nov 30 Robert Nighthawk, American musician (d. 1967)

Deaths in Music

  • Nov 8 Charles Bordes, composer, dies at 46
  • Nov 8 Eduard de Hartog, Dutch composer, dies at 80
  • Nov 10 Ludvig Schytte, Danish composer, dies at 61
  • Nov 16 Francis Thome, French composer, dies at 59