On This Day in Music for December 24

Events in Music

  • 1818 Christmas carol "Silent Night" composed by Franz Xaver Gruber is first sung at St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, Austria
  • 1871 Giusseppi Verdi's "Aida" opera premieres in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1906 Reginald Fessenden becoomes 1st to broadcast music over radio (disputed)
  • 1920 Enrico Caruso gives his last public performance, with the Metropolitan Opera in NYC
  • 1966 "Joyful Noise" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 12 performances
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Weddings in Music

  • 1943 American comic actor and writer Carl Reiner (21) weds singer Estelle Lebost (29)

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Musicians Who Died on Dec 24

  • 1453 John Dunstable, English composer, dies at approximately 63
  • 1823 Philipp Christoph Kayser, German pianist and composer, dies at 68
  • 1862 Joseph Funk, early American composer, dies at 84
  • 1898 Eugeniusz Pankiewicz, Polish composer, dies at 41
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