On This Day in Music for December 26

Events in Music

  • 1830 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Anna Bolena" premieres in Milan
  • 1831 Vincenzo Bellini's opera "Norma" premieres in Milan
  • 1833 Gaetano Dinozetti's opera "Lucrezia Borgia" premieres at La Scala Teatro in Milan, Italy
  • 1871 Gilbert and Sullivan collaborate for the first time, on their lost opera, Thespis. It does modestly well, but the two would not collaborate again for four years.
  • 1879 Johannes Brahms' "Tragic Ouverture" premieres
  • 1892 Opera "Cristoforo Colombo" is produced (La Scala)
  • 1931 George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind's musical political satire "Of Thee I Sing" opens at the Music Box Theatre, NYC; runs for 441 performances, and becomes first musical to win Pulitzer Prize for Drama
  • 1936 Israel's Philarmonic Orchestra forms
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Weddings in Music

  • 1941 Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (24) weds convicted drug dealer Benny Kornegay; annulled 1943

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Musicians Who Died on Dec 26

  • 1736 Antonio Caldara, composer, dies
  • 1827 Jan David Holland, composer, dies at 81
  • 1836 Hans Georg Nägeli, Swiss composer, dies at 63
  • 1887 Jules Francois Blasini, Curacaos pianist/composer, dies at 40
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