On This Day

October 1912 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Oct 16 Arnold Schoenberg's "Pierrot Lunaire," premieres at the Berlin Choralion-Saal sung by Albertine Zehme

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 1 Johnny Meijer, Dutch accordionist known as the "King of Accordions" (Body & Soul), born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • Oct 3 Gabriel Julian, American pianist (Bobby Byrne Orchestra), arranger (Glenn Miller), and band leader (Alabama Cavaliers Jazz Ensemble), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2002)
  • Oct 4 Alfonso Letelier (-Llona), Chilean composer and educator (El Hombre ante la Ciencia - (Man Before Science)), born in Santiago, Chile (d. 1994)
  • Oct 6 Anthony Cuthbert Baines, English music scholar (d. 1997)
  • Oct 9 Henri Dillon, French composer (Arlequin), born in Angers, France (d. 1954)
  • Oct 13 Hugo Weisgall, American composer (4 Impressions), born in Ivančice, Czech Republic (d. 1997)
  • Oct 21 (Carlos) "Don" Byas, American swing and be-bop jazz saxophonist, and bandleader, born in Muskogee, Oklahoma (d. 1972)
  • Oct 21 Sir Georg Solti [György Stern], Hungarian-British conductor, winner of 31 Grammy awards (Chicago Symphony, 1969-91), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1997)
  • Oct 27 Conlon Nancarrow, American-Mexican composer, often of player piano music (Soundings 4), born in Texarkana, Arkansas (d. 1997)
  • Oct 27 Gösta Törner, Swedish hot jazz and session trumpeter and bandleader, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1982)
  • Oct 31 Dale Evans, American actress and singer (Roy Rogers Show), born in Uvalde, Texas (d. 2001)

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 1 Mary Frances Allitsen, Nritish mezzo-soprano, voice coach, and composer (Psalm 27: "The Lord is My Light"), dies at 63
  • Oct 3 Guido Papini, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 65
  • Oct 8 Wilhelm Kuhe, German composer, dies at 88
  • Oct 30 Jan Karol Gall, Polish conductor and composer of mostly vocal pieces (Mizerna, cicha), dies at 55