On This Day

March 1930 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 9 Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's satirical opera "The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny" premieres in Leipzig, Germany
  • Mar 28 1st performance of Walter Piston's Suite for orchestra (Boston)

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 1 Pierre Max Dubois, composer
  • Mar 2 John Cullum, American singer and actor (Hamlet; 1776; Hawaii; Northern Exposure - "Holling"), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Mar 6 Lorin Maazel, American conductor (Cleveland Orchestra, 1972-82; Orchestre National de France, 1977-91; NY Philharmonic 2001-09), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 2014)
  • Mar 9 Thomas Schippers, American conductor (Amahl & Night Visitors), born in Kalamazoo, Michigan (d. 1977)

Person of interestOrnette Coleman

Mar 9 Ornette Coleman, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Downbeat Musician of Year 1966), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2015)

Jazz Composer Ornette Coleman
Jazz Composer
Ornette Coleman
  • Mar 10 Raymond Rasberry, pianist/singer
  • Mar 12 Stanko Horvat, Croatian composer, born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 2006)
  • Mar 12 Wardell Quezergue, American jazz, blues, and funk composer, arranger, record producer and bandleader, known as the "Creole Beethoven", born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2011)
  • Mar 13 (Richard Allen) "Blue" Mitchell, American jazz trumpeter (Horace Silver Quintet; Riverside; Blue Note), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1979)
  • Mar 14 Dieter Schnebel, German experimental composer (Harley-Davidson, for nine motorbikes and trumpet), born in Lahr, Germany (d. 2018)
  • Mar 16 Minoru Miky, Japanese composer for traditional Japanese instruments, born in Tokushima (d. 2011)
  • Mar 18 Maurice Peress, American conductor (Kansa City Philharmonic, 1974-80), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 18 Pat Halcox, British jazz trumpeter (Chris Barber Jazz Band, 1954-2008), born in Chelsea, London (d. 2013)
  • Mar 19 Bill Henderson, American jazz singer ("Señor Blues"), and actor (Dreams - "Torpedo"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • Mar 20 Michel Magne, composer
  • Mar 21 James Coco, American character actor (Only When I Laugh; Murder by Death), and singer (Man of La Mancha), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1987)

Person of interestStephen Sondheim

Mar 22 Stephen Sondheim, American lyricist (West Side Story; Into The Woods; Company), born in NYC, New York

Composer and Lyricist Stephen Sondheim
Composer and Lyricist
Stephen Sondheim
  • Mar 25 David Burge, American pianist, composer and conductor, born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • Mar 26 Cristóbal Halffter, Spanish conductor, and composer (Yes, speak out, yes; Lazarus), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2021)
  • Mar 28 Robert Ashley, American composer, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • Mar 28 Elizabeth Bainbridge, English opera singer, born in Rawtenstall, Lancashire
  • Mar 29 Donny Conn, American musician (The Playmates), born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • Mar 30 Rolf Harris, Australian-British comedian, actor, painter, singer-songwriter ("Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport", television personality, and convicted sex offender, born in Bassendean, Western Australia