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December 1920 in Music History

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 12 Maurice Ravel's ballet "La Valse" premieres in Paris

Composer and Pianist Maurice Ravel
Composer and Pianist
Maurice Ravel

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Dec 21 Jerome Kern/BG DeSylva's musical "Sally" premieres in NYC

Broadway Composer Jerome Kern
Broadway Composer
Jerome Kern

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 2 Robert Moevs, American composer, born in La Crosse, Wisconsin (d. 2007)
  • Dec 6 Dave Brubeck, American jazz pianist ("Take Five") and composer (Gates of Justice), born in Concord, California (d. 2012)
  • Dec 13 Frits Noske, Dutch musicologist (Signifier & the Signified), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • Dec 14 Clark Terry, American jazz trumpeter, born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2015)
  • Dec 15 Howard Cable, Canadian conductor, arranger, and composer, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • Dec 18 Rita Streich, German singer
  • Dec 19 "Little" Jimmy Dickens, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in Bolt, West Virginia (d. 2015)
  • Dec 25 Jerome Richardson, American jazz musician, born in Oakland, California (d. 2000)
  • Dec 26 Gote Carlid, Swedish composer, born in Hogbo near Sandviken (d. 1953)
  • Dec 31 Rex Allen, American actor and singer-songwriter known as the "the Arizona Cowboy" (Dr Baxter-Frontier Doctor), born in Willcox, Arizona (d. 1999)

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 6 Karel Kovařovic, Czech composer, dies at 57
  • Dec 12 Paul Lacôme, French composer, dies at 82