On This Day

On This Day in Music for December 2

Events in Music

  • 1840 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "La Favorita" premieres in Paris
  • 1877 Camille Saint-Saëns' opera "Samson et Dalila" premieres in Weimar

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1883 Johannes Brahms' "3rd Symphony in F" premieres with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Composer and Conductor Johannes Brahms
Composer and Conductor
Johannes Brahms
  • 1885 Opera "Regina di Saba" premieres in Vienna

Film release premierFilm Release

1933 Fred Astaire's 1st film, "Dancing Lady", released

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
  • 1951 "Borscht Capades" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 90 performances
  • 1954 "Hit the Trail" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 1957 Sam Cooke's single "You Send Me" reaches #1
  • 1969 "Buck White" opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • 1970 Michael Tippett's opera "The Knot Garden" premieres in London
  • 1972 "Via Galactica" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 7 performances

Music release#1 in the Charts

1978 Neil Diamond & Barbra Streisand's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" hits #1

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond
Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1985 Rupert Holmes' musical "Mystery of Edwin Drood" premieres in NYC at Imperial Theater NYC (608 performances)
  • 1993 A Webster's musical "Sunset Promenade" premieres in Los Angeles, California

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Andrew Lloyd Webber admitted to hospital for ulcer treatment

  • 2016 Fire during a dance party at an Oakland warehouse kills 36

Birthdays in Music

  • 1578 Agostino Agazzari, Italian composer, born in Siena, Italy (d. 1640)
  • 1760 Joseph Graetz, German composer (d. 1826)
  • 1813 Jacob Rosenhaim, Jewish-German composer, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1894)
  • 1856 Robert Kajanus, Finnish conductor and composer, born in Helsingfors, Finland, Russian Empire (d. 1933)
  • 1863 Gustav Wohlgemuth, German composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1937)
  • 1866 Harry Burleigh, African American composer (Springarn Medal), born in Erie, Pennsylvania (d. 1949)
  • 1870 Francis Casadesus, French violinist, composer and conductor, born in Paris (d. 1954)
  • 1893 Louis Freeman, Scottish band leader, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1994)
  • 1893 Leo Ornstein, Russian-American composer (Bio in Sonata Form), born in Kremenchuk, Russia (d. 2002) (birth date uncertain)
  • 1895 Harriet Cohen, British pianist, born in London (d. 1967)
  • 1899 John Barbirolli, English conductor (NY Philharmonic Orchestra), born in Southampton Row, Holborn, London (d. 1970)
  • 1901 Staf Nees, Flemish composer (Maria-oratorio), born in Mechelen, Belgium (d. 1965)
  • 1902 Miroslav Ponc, Czech composer, born in Vysoké Mýto (d. 1976)
  • 1905 Osvaldo Pugliese, Argentine musician and composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Eddie Sauter, American musician (Sauter-Finegan Band, Sat Night Revue), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1915 Adolph Green, American lyricist and playwright (It's Always Fair Weather), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1915 Nico Richter, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1945)
  • 1916 Charlie Ventura, American jazz tenor saxophonist (Bop for the people), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • 1917 Sylvia Syms, American jazz singer (Hello Dolly, Dream Girl, Them There Eyes), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1918 Milton Delugg, American orchestra leader (Tonight Show), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • 1920 Robert Moevs, American composer, born in La Crosse, Wisconsin (d. 2007)
  • 1923 Maria Callas, American soprano (Carmen), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1928 Jörg Wolfgang Demus, Austrian classical pianist and composer, born in St. Pölte, Austria (d. 2019)
  • 1929 Harvey Phillips, American tubist (NYC Ballet Orchestra), born in Aurora, Missouri (d. 2010)
  • 1931 Wynton Kelly, American jazz pianist (Dizzy Gillespie; Miles Davis), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1935 Jürg Wyttenbach, Swiss composer, born in Bern, Switzerland
  • 1936 Peter Michael Braun, German composer, born in Wuppertal, Germany (d. 2019)
  • 1937 Katherine Hoover, American flautist, composer (Eleni: A Greek Tragedy), teacher and conductor, born in Elkins, West Virginia (d. 2018)
  • 1941 Tom McGuiness, English rocker (The Blues Band), born in Wimbledon, London
  • 1942 Ted Bluechel, American rock vocalist and drummer (Association), born in San Pedro, California
  • 1943 Dave Munden, English rock drummer (Brian Poole & The Tremeloes), born in Dagenham, Essex, England
  • 1950 Merrill Ashley, American ballerina (NYC Ballet), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1954 Danielle Alexander, American country music pianist, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1954 Rob Mounsey, American session pianist, composer, and arranger, born in Berea, Ohio
  • 1960 Rick Savage, English bass player (Def Leppard-Hysteria, Rock of Ages), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
  • 1960 Razzle [Nicholas Dingley], British drummer (Hanoi Rocks), born in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England (d. 1984)
  • 1968 Nate Mendel, American bassist (Foo Fighters), born in Richland, Washington
  • 1978 Nelly Furtado, Canadian singer and songwriter (I'm Like a Bird), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • 1978 Chris Wolstenholme, British musician and bassist (Muse), born in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England
  • 1979 Yvonne Catterfeld, German singer and actress, born in Erfurt, East Germany
  • 1980 Bartosz Koziak, Polish classical cellist, born in Zakopane, Poland

Person of interestBritney Spears

1981 Britney Spears, American popstar ("Baby One More Time," "Oops! ...I did it again" and "I'm A Slave 4 U"), born in McComb, Mississippi

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears
  • 1982 Pizon [Michael Scala], Italian-American rapper and producer, born in Queens, New York
  • 1986 Tal Wilkenfeld, Australian musician (Jeff Beck, Prince), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1987 Teairra Marí, American R&B singer and songwriter, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1991 Charles Otto "Charlie" Puth (Jr.), American singer-songwriter (Voicenotes; "Marvin Gaye"; "See You Again"), born in Rumson, New Jersey
  • 1998 Juice Wrld [Jarad Higgins], American rapper and singer-songwriter (All Girls Are the Same, Lucid Dreams), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2019)

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

2000 Mexican singer Thalia (29) weds co-owner of Casablanca Records Tommy Mottola (51) at St. Patrick

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Thalía
Singer-Songwriter and Actress

Deaths in Music

  • 1763 Carl August Thielo, composer, dies at 56
  • 1774 Johann Friedrich Agricola, German (court) composer and organist, dies at 54
  • 1831 Traugott Maximilian Eberwein, German composer, dies at 56
  • 1845 Johann "Giovanni" Simon Mayr, German composer and music director (Cathedral of Bergamo, 1802-45), dies at 82
  • 1880 Josephine Lang, German composer, dies at 65
  • 1888 Franz Xaver Witt, composer, dies at 54
  • 1903 Victor Roger, composer, dies at 50
  • 1915 Jan Malat, Czech composer, dies at 72
  • 1916 Paolo Tosti, Italian composer, dies at 69
  • 1923 Tomas Breton y Hernandez, composer, dies at 72
  • 1925 Julio Garreta, composer, dies at 50

Person of interestVincent d'Indy

1931 Vincent d'Indy, French composer and teacher, dies at 80

Composer Vincent d'Indy
Vincent d'Indy
  • 1933 Josef Gruber, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 78
  • 1950 Constantin "Dinu" Lipatti, Romanian classical pianist and composer, dies of Hodgkins disease complications at 33
  • 1972 Jose Limon, Mexican/US dancer (moor's pavane), dies at 64
  • 1979 Vasily Pavlovich Solov'yov-Sedoy, Russian composer, dies at 72
  • 1980 Richard Pindle Hammond, American composer dies at 83
  • 1981 Hershy Kay, American composer (Olympic Hymn, A Chorus Line), dies at 62
  • 1982 David Blue [Cohen], American folk musician, dies of a heart attack while jogging in Greenwich Village at 41
  • 1982 Isador Goodman, South African-Australian composer, dies at 73
  • 1988 Tata Giacobetti, Italian singer and lyricist (Quartetto Cetra)

Person of interestAaron Copland

1990 Aaron Copland, American composer (Billy the Kid, Fanfare for Common Man), dies of Alzheimer's disease and respiratory failure at 90

Composer Aaron Copland
Aaron Copland
  • 1997 Michael Hedges, American new age guitarist and composer, dies in a car accident at 43
  • 1998 Bob Haggart, American dixieland, swing jazz, and session double bass player, and composer ("What's New?"), dies at 84
  • 2004 Alicia Markova, British ballerina (Diaghilev's Ballet Russe 1925-32) dies aged 94
  • 2004 Kevin Coyne, English musician, dies at 60
  • 2006 Mariska Veres, Dutch singer (Shocking Blue), dies of cancer at 59
  • 2006 Dave Mount, English rocker (Mud), dies at 59
  • 2008 Odetta [Odetta Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, dies of heart disease at 77
  • 2008 Renato de Grandis, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • 2009 Eric Woolfson, Scottish singer and producer (The Alan Parsons Project), dies at 64
  • 2014 Bobby Keyes, American Saxophonist, dies at 70