On This Day

December 1911 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Dec 7 Leslie J Stuart's musical "Betsy" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 23 Opera "I Gioielli Della Madonna" is produced (Berlin)
  • Dec 29 San Francisco Symphony forms

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 3 Nino Rota [Giovanni Rota Rinaldi], Italian classical and film score composer (Il cappello di paglia di Firenze; The Godfather (I & II; 16 Fellini films), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1979)
  • Dec 5 Władysław Szpilman, Polish pianist and classical composer, born in Sosnowiec, Congress Poland, Russian Empire (d. 2000)
  • Dec 8 Nikos Gatsos, Greek poet and lyricist, born in Asea, Greece (d. 1992)
  • Dec 14 Spike Jones [Lindley Armstrong Jones], American bandleader (Der Fueher's Face, Cocktails For Two), born in Long Beach, California (d. 1965)
  • Dec 15 Stan Kenton, American musician, jazz pianist, arranger and bandleader (Artistry In Rhythm), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 1979)
  • Dec 18 Peg Leg Sam [Arthur Jackson], American country blues harmonica player, singer and comedian, born in Jonesville, South Carolina (d. 1977)
  • Dec 21 Paul Burkhard, Swiss composer, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1977)
  • Dec 27 Anna Russell, English music satirist and composer, born in London (d. 2006)
  • Dec 27 Endre Szervanszky, composer [or Jan 1]

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 11 Thomas Ball, American sculptor, painter and musician, dies at 92
  • Dec 18 Alberto Randegger, Italian composer, dies at 79
  • Dec 23 Karl Hoschna, Bohemian born Tin Pan Alley-era composer (Every Little Movement), dies at 34