On This Day

December 1919 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 1 Ike Isaacs, Burmese-born jazz guitarist, born in Rangoon, Burma (d. 1996)
  • Dec 3 Charles Craig, English opera singer, born in London (d. 1997)
  • Dec 8 Hans-Dieter Hosalla, German composer, born in Erfurt, Germany (d. 1995)
  • Dec 8 Mieczysław Weinberg [Moisey Samuilovich Vaynberg], Polish-Soviet composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1996)
  • Dec 10 Sven-Eric Emanuel Johanson, Swedish composer, born in Västervik, Sweden (d. 1997)
  • Dec 10 Alexander Courage, American composer of original Star Trek theme, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • Dec 16 Manke Nelis [Cornelis Pieters], Dutch folk vocalist (Small Yodel Boy)
  • Dec 25 Naushad Ali, Indian music director (d. 2006)
  • Dec 28 Inocente Carreño, Venezuelan composer, born in Porlamar, Venezuela (d. 2016)
  • Dec 29 Roman Vlad, Romanian-born Italian composer, born in Cernauti, Romania (d. 2013)
  • Dec 30 David Willcocks, conductor and composer (Kings College choir), born in Newquay, Cornwall, (d. 2015)

Weddings in Music

  • Dec 19 Composer and songwriter Cole Porter (28) weds socialite Linda Lee Thomas (36)

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 13 Amintore Galli, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • Dec 18 Horatio Parker, American organist and composer, dies at 56
  • Dec 27 Achilles Alferaki, Russian composer, dies at 73