On This Day

Year 1934 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 22 Dmitri Shostakovich's opera "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District" debuts in Leningrad
  • Jan 24 Dmitri Shostakovich's opera "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District" is performed in Moscow; roundly criticized by the Communist Party, it was banned in the Soviet Union until 1961
  • Feb 10 Howard Hanson's "Merry Mount" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 20 Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein's opera "Four Saints in Three Acts" opens on Broadway at the 44th Street Theatre, NYC
  • Mar 12 Paul Hindemith's "Mathis der Maler" premieres in Berlin
  • May 12 "Cocktails For Two" by Duke Ellington hits #1
  • May 25 Béla Bartók's "Cantata Profana - The Nine Enchanted Stags" premieres in London, England, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Wireless Chorus conducted by Aylmer Buesst
  • Aug 27 Harold Arlen, Ira Gershwin and Yip Harburg's musical 'Life Begins at 8:40' premieres in NYC
  • Sep 17 RCA Victor releases 1st 33 1/3 rpm recording - Beethoven's Fifth Symphony performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Leopold Stokowski at the Philadelphia Academy of Music
  • Oct 20 Richard Strauss completes his opera "Die Schweigsame Frau"
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Musicians Married in 1934

  • Jan 30 American comedian and actor Lou Costello (27) weds American burlesque dancer Anne Battler (21)
  • Nov 13 American actress and dancer Ginger Rogers (23) weds "All Quiet on the Western Front" actor Lew Ayres (25); divorce in 1940