August 1912 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 4 David Raksin, American composer renown for his work in film and TV (Laura; Modern Times), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • Aug 10 Herman Strategier, Dutch organist, conductor, and composer (Rembrandt Cantata; Shadow Out of Time), born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1988)
  • Aug 13 “Big Chief” Russell Moore, Pima-American jazz trombonist (Lionel Hampton; Louis Armstrong), and composer ("Wounded Knee Chant"), born in the Gila River Indian Community, Arizona (d. 1983)
  • Aug 14 Karel Poons, Jewish-Dutch ballet dancer, educator, and Holocaust survivor, born in Amsterdam (d. 1994)
  • Aug 21 Bruce Trent [William Butters], British singer and actor (The Passing Show, Band Waggon), born in St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands (d. 1995)

Gene KellyGene Kelly (1912-1996)

Aug 23 American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and film director (An American in Paris; On The Town; Singin' in the Rain), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Aug 24 Fritz "Freddie" Brocksieper, German big band jazz drummer, and bandleader, born in Constantinople, Turkey (now Istanbul) (d. 1990)
  • Aug 31 Ramon Vinay, Chilean operatic tenor, born in Chillán, Chile (d. 1996)

Deaths in Music

Jules MassenetJules Massenet (1842-1912)

Aug 13 French opera composer (Werther; Manon), dies of abdominal cancer at 70

  • Aug 19 Alphonse Hasselmans, Belgian-French harpist, composer (La Source), and educator (Paris Conservatoire, 1884-1912), dies at 67