On This Day

December 1924 in Music History

Events in Music

Music Premiere

Dec 1 George and Ira Gershwin's musical "Lady Be Good" premieres in NYC

  • Dec 14 Respighi's symphony "Pini di Roma" premieres in Paris

Music History

Dec 16 Noël Coward's "Vortex" premieres in London


Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 7 Bent Fabric [Fabricius-Bjerre], Danish pianist and composer (Alley Cat), born in Frederiksberg, Denmark (d. 2020)
  • Dec 12 Francis Miroglio, French composer (Extensions), born in Marseille, France (d. 2005)
  • Dec 12 Nevit Kodallı, Turkish composer, born in Mersin, Turkey (d. 2009)
  • Dec 14 Marion Morgan, American singer (Stop the Music)
  • Dec 15 Esther Bejarano, German accordionist, singer (Coincidence; Microphone Mafia), anti-fascism activist, and Holocaust survivor, born in Saarlouis, Germany (d. 2021)
  • Dec 17 Sándor Lakatos, Hungarian violinist, bandleader, and actor (mostly as a gypsy violinist), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1994)
  • Dec 21 Rita Reys [Maria Reijs], Dutch jazz singer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2013)
  • Dec 22 Francesco "Frank" Corsaro, American opera director (The Night of the Iguana, Play of the Week), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • Dec 24 [Irving] Lee Dorsey, American pop and R&B singer ("Working In the Coal Mine"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1986)
  • Dec 29 Tuomas Haapanen, Finnish violinist, conductor, and teacher, born in Helsinki, Finland

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 8 Franz X Scharwenka, German pianist/composer (Mataswintha), dies at 74
  • Dec 9 Bernard Zweers, Dutch composer (Gisbertus of Aemstel, To My Fatherland), dies at 70