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December 1927 in Music

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

Dec 4 Dmitri Shostakovich's 2nd Symphony premieres in Moscow

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 4 Duke Ellington opens at the Cotton Club in Harlem

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • Dec 10 "Grand Ole Opry" first named as such during Barn Dance radio broadcast, in Nashville, Tennessee

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 1 Grant Beglarian, composer
  • Dec 3 Isabelle Harriet Lucas, Canadian-born British actress and singer (Outland, Comics), born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (d. 1997)
  • Dec 3 Andy Williams, Wall Lake Iowa, singer (Moon River, Andy Williams Show) (d. 2012)
  • Dec 6 Jacques Bondon, composer
  • Dec 7 Vlastimir Peričić, Serbian composer, born in Vršac, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (d. 2000)
  • Dec 7 Helen Watts, British contralto, born in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales (d. 2009)
  • Dec 9 Pierre Henry, composer
  • Dec 14 Richard Cassilly, American tenor, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1998)
  • Dec 23 Joseph Castaldo, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)
  • Dec 24 Teresa Stich-Randall, American soprano (Vienna State Opera), born in New Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2007)

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 12 Heinrich Reitsch, composer, dies at 67
  • Dec 16 Hugh Archibald Clarke, composer, dies at 88