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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 1991 Michael Landon announces he has inoperable cancer of the pancreas
  • 1992 "5 Guys Named Moe" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 445 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1533 Claudio Merulo, organist/composer
  • 1692 Giuseppe Tartini, Italian violinist/composer (Trillo del Diavolo)
  • 1697 Pierre Prowo, German composer, born in Altona (d. 1757)
  • 1708 Georg Zarth, Bohemian composer, born in Hochtann, Bohemia (d. 1778)
  • 1756 Joseph Gehot, composer
  • 1776 Thaddaus Weigl, composer
  • 1843 Asger Hamerik, [Hammerich], composer
  • 1878 Rudolf Nelson, composer
  • 1880 Victor Schertzinger, composer/director (Uptown NY)
  • 1881 Fernand Lamy, composer
  • 1885 Dimitrios Levidis, composer
  • 1889 Adrian Boult, Chester England, conductor/composer (BBC Sym Orchestra)
  • 1895 Sigurdur Thordarson, composer
  • 1896 Karl Hermann Pillney, composer
  • 1896 Yip Harburg, American lyricist (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, composer
  • 1920 Carmen McRae (Clark), US jazz singer/pianist (Dream of Life)
  • 1921 Jan Novák, Czech classical composer, born in Nová Říše, Morovia (d. 1984)
  • 1921 Virginia O'Brien, actress and singer (Gus, Ziegfeld Follies), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1923 Franco Corelli, Italian tenor (Don Jose-Carmen)
  • 1928 Monty Sunshine, jazz bandleader (Gotta Travel On)
  • 1928 Fred Ebb, American composer, born in Manhattan, NYC (d. 2004)
  • 1929 Jacques Brel, Belgian singer/actor (Pain in the A__)
  • 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)
  • 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, 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, composer, dies at 68
  • 1897 George Garrett, composer, dies at 62
  • 1920 Charles Tomlinson Griffes, US composer (White Peacock), dies at 35
  • 1937 Arthur William Foote, US organist/composer, dies at 84
  • 1937 William Henry Hadow, composer (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 J. Fred Coots, American songwriter (b. 1897)
  • 1986 Yukiko Okada, Japanese idol singer, dies at 18
  • 1991 Dead (musician), Swedish metal singer (b. 1969)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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