On This Day in Music for April 8

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

1781 Premiere of Mozart's violin sonata K379

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • 1876 Amiliare Ponchielli's opera "La Gioconda" premieres in Milan

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1931 Dmitri Shostakovich's ballet "The Arrow" premieres

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1942 Arnold Schoenberg & Tudor's ballet "Pillar of Fire" premieres in NYC

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg
  • 1950 "Miss Liberty" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • 1954 "By the Beautiful Sea" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 270 performances
  • 1961 "Show Girl" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 100 performances
  • 1967 12th Eurovision Song Contest: Sandie Shaw for United Kingdom wins singing "Puppet on a String" in Vienna
  • 1970 "Cry for Us All" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 1979 "Carmelina" opens at St James Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • 1985 "Leader of the Pack" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 120 performances
  • 1990 "Aspects of Love" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 377 performances
  • 1991 "I Hate Hamlet" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC for 88 performances
  • 1992 "5 Guys Named Moe" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 445 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1533 Claudio Merulo, Italian organist and composer, born in Correggio, Italy (d. 1604)
  • 1692 Giuseppe Tartini, Venetian Baroque composer and violinist (Trillo del Diavolo), born in Piran, Venice (d. 1770)
  • 1697 Pierre Prowo, German composer, born in Altona (d. 1757)
  • 1708 Georg Zarth, Bohemian composer, born in Hochtann, Bohemia (d. 1778)
  • 1756 Joseph Gehot, Belgian composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1820)
  • 1776 Thaddäus Weigl, Austrian composer (d. 1844)
  • 1798 Dionysios Solomos, Greek poet of the Greek national anthem, born in Zakynthos Island, Greece (d. 1857)
  • 1843 Asger Hamerik [Hammerich], Danish composer, born in Frederiksberg, Denmark (d. 1923)
  • 1878 Rudolf Nelson, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1960)
  • 1881 Fernand Lamy, French composer, born in Chauvigny, France (d. 1966)
  • 1885 Dimitrios Levidis, Greek composer, born in Athens, Greece (d. 1951)
  • 1888 Victor Schertzinger, American composer and director (Uptown NY), born in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania (d. 1941)
  • 1889 Adrian Boult, Chester England, conductor/composer (BBC Sym Orchestra)
  • 1895 Sigurdur Thordarson, composer
  • 1896 Karl Hermann Pillney, composer
  • 1896 Yip Harburg [Isidore Hochberg], American lyricist (Somewhere Over The Rainbow), born in NYC, New York; (d. 1981)
  • 1897 Herbert Eimert, German composer/musicologist (Glockenspiel)
  • 1902 Josef Krips, conductor (London Symph 1954-63), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1904 John Antill, Australian composer (Corroboree), born in Sydney (d. 1986)
  • 1906 Raoul Jobin, French Canadian tenor (d. 1974)
  • 1909 Olavi Pesonen, Finnish composer, born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1993)
  • 1920 Carmen McRae (Clark), US jazz singer/pianist (Dream of Life)
  • 1921 Jan Novák, Czech classical composer, born in Nová Říše, Morovia (d. 1984)
  • 1923 Franco Corelli, Italian tenor (Don Jose-Carmen), born in Ancona, Italy (d. 2003)
  • 1927 Oliver "Ollie" Mitchell, American musician and bandleader (The Wrecking Crew), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Monty Sunshine, British jazz clarinetist and bandleader (Petite Fleur), born in Stepney, London (d. 2010)
  • 1928 Fred Ebb, American composer, born in Manhattan, NYC (d. 2004)
  • 1929 Jacques Brel, Belgian singer, songwriter, actor, director and composer (Le Far West, Pain in the A__), born in Schaerbeek, Brussels (d. 1978)
  • 1929 Walter Berry, Austria singer/ex husband of Christa Ludwig
  • 1930 John Reardon, American baritone (Falke-Die Fledermaus), born in NYC, New York
  • 1933 Jaroslav Smolka, Czech composer
  • 1938 Barton Keith McLean, composer
  • 1941 Peggy Lennon, singer (Lennon Sisters), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942 Roger Chapman, Leicester, rock vocalist (Family-Family Entertainment)
  • 1947 Steve Howe, rock guitarist (Asia, Yes-Roundabout), born in London, England
  • 1947 Larry Norman, American musician and pioneer of Christian rock music (Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?), born in Corpus Christi, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1951 Mel Schacher, American bassist (Grand Funk Railroad-Some Kind of Wonderful), born in Owosso, Michigan
  • 1952 Adam Woods, rock drummer/pianist (Fixx)
  • 1962 Izzy Stradlin, [Jeff Isabelle], Lafayette IN, guitarist (Guns & Roses)
  • 1963 Julian Lennon, singer (Too Late for Goodbyes) and son of John, born in Liverpool, England
  • 1964 Biz Markie, rocker (Meteor Man, Townsend Television)
  • 1972 Paul Gray, American bassist (Slipknot)
  • 1974 Chino XL, American rapper
  • 1975 Anouk [Teeuwe], Dutch singer, born in The Hague
  • 1979 Alexi Laiho, Finnish guitarist and singer (Children of Bodom, Sinergy, Kylähullut)
  • 1980 Manuel Ortega, Austrian singer
  • 1986 Erika Sawajiri, Japanese actress, model and singer
  • 1989 Hitomi Takahashi, Japanese singer
  • 1989 Matty Healy [Matthew Healy], British vocalist and guitarist (The 1975), born in London, England
  • 1990 Jonghyun [Kim Jong-hyun], South Korean singer-songwriter, radio host, and author (SHINee), born in Jung District, Seoul, South Korea (d. 2017)

Weddings in Music

  • 2006 Two-time Latin Grammy Award-winning Spanish gypsy singer Rosario Flores (42) weds "Kingdom of Heaven" first assistant director Pedro Lazaga on a small village Canos de Meca in Cadiz, Spain

Deaths in Music

  • 1736 Pedro Vaz Rego, Portuguese composer, dies at 63
  • 1759 Francois de La Croix, composer, dies at 76
  • 1844 Ignaz Franz von Mosel, Austrian composer, dies at 72
  • 1848 Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti, Italian composer, dies at 50
  • 1851 John Parry [Bardd Alaw], Welsh composer and harpist, dies at 75
  • 1863 Joseph Netherclift, English composer, dies at 70
  • 1865 John Park, composer, dies at 61
  • 1870 Charles-Auguste de Beriot, Belgian violinist/composer, dies at 68
  • 1871 Charles-Louis Hanssens, Belgian composer, dies at 68
  • 1897 George Garrett, English composer, dies at 62
  • 1920 Charles Tomlinson Griffes, American composer (White Peacock), dies of influenza at 35
  • 1937 Arthur William Foote, US organist/composer, dies at 84
  • 1937 William Henry Hadow, British educational reformer and musicologist (Oxford History of Music, Studies in Modern Music), dies at 77
  • 1942 Kostas Skarvelis, Greek songwriter (b. 1880)
  • 1950 Vaslav Fromich Nijinsky, Ukrainian ballet dancer, dies in London
  • 1969 Arthur Walter Kramer, American composer, dies at 78
  • 1985 John Frederick Coots, American songwriter, dies at 87
  • 1986 Yukiko Okada, Japanese idol singer, dies at 18
  • 1991 Dead (musician), Swedish metal singer (b. 1969)

Person of interestMarian Anderson

1993 Marian Anderson, American contralto and celebrated singer (My Lord, What a Morning), dies of congestive heart failure at 96

  • 1996 Charles Donald Adams, singer, dies at 67
  • 1997 Laura Nyro, singer, dies of ovarian cancer at 49
  • 2005 Herbie Lovelle, America drummer, studio musician (Hot Lips Page) and actor (Law & Order), dies at 85

Person of interestMalcolm McLaren

2010 Malcolm McLaren, British music manager and musician, dies of cancer at 64

Band Manager and Pioneer of Punk Malcolm McLaren
Band Manager and Pioneer of Punk
Malcolm McLaren
  • 2010 Teddy Scholten, Dutch singer (b. 1926)
  • 2013 Annette Funicello, American singer and actress (Mickey Mouse Club), dies from multiple sclerosis complications at 70
  • 2013 Sara Montiel, Spanish actress and singer (The Last Torch Song, The Violet Seller), dies at 85