On This Day in Music for December 17

Events in Music

  • 1865 Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished Symphony" premieres in Vienna with Johann von Herbeck conducting
  • 1949 "Regina" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 86 performances
  • 1953 Dmitri Shostakovich's 10th Symphony premieres in Leningrad
  • 1960 "La Plume de Ma Tante" closes at Royale Theater, NYC after 835 performances
  • 1960 "Take Me Along" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 448 performances
  • 1960 Pablo Casals' oratorio "El Pesebrio" premieres
  • 1962 Beatles 1st British TV appearance on "People & Places"
  • 1992 "A Christmas Carol" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 22 performances
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Musicians Born on Dec 17

  • 1734 Georg Peter Weimar, German cantor and composer, born in Stotternheim (d. 1800)
  • 1749 Domenico Cimarosa, Italian composer (Il Matrimonio Segreto), born in Aversa, Italy (d. 1801)
  • 1770 Johann Friedrich Schubert, German composer, born in Rudolstadt, Germany (d. 1811)
  • 1838 Berthold Tours, Dutch-English composer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1897)
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Weddings in Music

  • 1969 40 million TV viewers watch American singer Tiny Tim (37) marry Miss Vicki Budinger (17), on "The Tonight Show"; divorce in 1977
  • 1994 Actress Heather Locklear (33) weds Bon Jovi lead guitarist Richie Sambora (35) at The American Cathedral in Paris, France; divorce in 2007
  • 1994 Queen of Pop Céline Dion (26) weds her manager Rene Angelil (52) at Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal, Canada

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Musicians Who Died on Dec 17

  • 1562 Adrian Willaert, Flemish singer, bandmaster, and composer, dies at about 82
  • 1651 Wolfgang Schonsleder, Germany composer and clergyman, dies at 81
  • 1811 John Antes, American composer and missionary, dies at 71
  • 1811 Louis Abel Beffroy de Reigny, French dramatist and composer, dies at 54
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