On This Day

On This Day in Music for December 4

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1843 Robert Schumann's "Das Paradies und die Peri" premieres in Leipzig

Composer Robert Schumann
Robert Schumann

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1927 Dmitri Shostakovich's 2nd Symphony premieres in Moscow

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1927 Duke Ellington opens at the Cotton Club in Harlem

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • 1928 Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn's musical "Whoopee!" premieres on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre, NYC
  • 1948 "Magdalena" closes at Ziegfeld Theater, NYC, after 48 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1951 Aaron Copland's and Jerome Robbins' ballet "The Pied Piper" premieres in New York City

Composer Aaron Copland
Aaron Copland
  • 1954 "Hit the Trail" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 1954 "On Your Toes" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 64 performances
  • 1964 The Beatles release their "Beatles For Sale" album
  • 1965 "Roar of the Greasepaint" closes at Shubert NYC after 232 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 Two months after death of drummer John Bonham, Led Zeppelin announces they will disband

Drummer John Bonham
John Bonham
  • 1983 "Amen Corner" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 83 performances
  • 1983 David Shire & Richard Maltby, Jr.'s musical "Baby" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 241 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 6th ACE Cable Awards: David Bowie: Serious Moonlight by Anthony Eaton and HBO

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie
  • 1985 "Les Miserables" opens at Palace Theatre, London
  • 1991 Judds final concert (Nashville)
  • 1994 "Angels in America-Perestroika" closes at W Kerr NYC after 216 performances
  • 1994 "Angels in America-Millennium Approach" closes at Kerr after 367 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1996 7th Billboard Music Awards: Alanis Morissette win

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette
  • 1997 "Diary of Anne Frank" opens at Music Box Theater NYC
  • 2017 New York's Metropolitan Opera suspends conductor James Levine after allegations of sexual misconduct

Birthdays in Music

  • 1660 Andre Campra, French composer, baptized in Aix-en-Provence, France (d. 1744)
  • 1667 Michel Pignolet de Monteclair, French composer, born in Andelot, Haute-Marne, France (d. 1737)
  • 1708 Marianus Königsperger, German composer, born in Roding, Germany (d. 1769)
  • 1720 Jean-Jacques Robson, Flemish composer, born in Dendermonde, Belgium (d. 1785)
  • 1791 Johann Gottlob Topfer, German composer, born in Niederroßla (d. 1870)
  • 1825 Hynek Vojáček, Czech composer, born in Zlín, Empire of Austria (d. 1916)
  • 1838 Melesio Morales, Mexican composer, born in Mexico City (d. 1908)
  • 1861 Lillian Russell [Helen Leonard], American singer and actress (Great Mogul), born in Clinton, Iowa (d. 1922)
  • 1879 Hamilton Harty, Irish composer and conductor called "the prince of accompanists", born in Hillsborough, Ireland (d. 1941)
  • 1896 Larry Stock, American singer-songwriter (Blueberry Hill), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1903 Siro Cisilino, Italian composer and musicologist, born in Mereto di Tomba, Italy (d. 1987)
  • 1910 Alex North [Isadore Soifer], American composer (Spartacus, Viva Zapata), born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1991) [1]
  • 1921 Deanna Durbin [Edna Mae Durbin], Canadian actress and vocalist (Every Sunday, Three Smart Girls, 100 Men & a Girl), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2013)
  • 1930 Paul-Heinz Dittrich, German composer, born in Gornsdorf, Germany
  • 1930 Jim Hall, American jazz guitarist and composer, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1932 Édgar Valcárcel, Peruvian pianist and composer, born in Puno, Peru (d. 2010)
  • 1936 Larry Davis, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1994)
  • 1936 Freddy Cannon [Picariello], American rocker (Palisades Park), born in Revere, Massachusetts
  • 1938 Yvonne Minton, Australian-British soprano, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1942 Bob Mosley, American rock bassist (Moby Grape), born in Paradise Valley, California
  • 1944 Chris Hillman, American singer (The Byrds - Turn Turn Turn), born in San Diego, California
  • 1944 Dennis Wilson, American drummer and vocalist (Beach Boys), born in Hawthorne, California (d. 1983)
  • 1944 Anna McGarrigle, Canadian folk music singer-songwriter, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1947 Terry Woods, Irish musician (The Pogues, Steeleye Span), born in Dublin
  • 1948 Southside Johnny [Lyons], American rocker (Asbury Jukes - I Don't Want Go Home), born in Neptune, New Jersey
  • 1951 Gary Rossington, American rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rossington-Collins Band)), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1955 Brian Prout, American singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle), born in Troy, New York
  • 1955 Cassandra Wilson, American jazz singer, born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1964 Sertab Erener, Turkish singer (Sakin Ol!), born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1965 Rob Smits, pop drummer (Kong/Phlegm)
  • 1966 Fereydun "Fred" Armisen, American comedian (Saturday Night Live), actor, writer (Portlandia), and musician (8G Band), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • 1966 Masta Ace [Duval Clear], American rapper (Born To Roll), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestJay-Z

1969 Jay-Z [Shawn Carter], American rapper and record producer (Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint), born in Brooklyn, New York City

Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
  • 1969 Dionne Farris, American singer-songwriter ("I Know"), born in Plainfield, New Jersey,
  • 1973 Racci Shay, American musician, born in LaGrange, Georgia
  • 1973 Ferry Corsten, Dutch musician and DJ, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 1973 Kate Rusby, English folk singer and songwriter, born in Barnsley, England
  • 1976 Amie Comeaux, American country music singer, born in Brusly, Louisiana (d. 1997)
  • 1977 Big Pokey [Milton Powell], American rapper (Screwed Up Click), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1978 Jaclyn Victor, Malaysian singer (Gemilang), born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 1981 Andreas Polyzogopoulo, Greek jazz trumpet player (Heart Of The Sun), born in Samiko, Greece
  • 1983 Lionel Pickens "Chinx", American rapper (Coke Boys), born in Queens, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1992 Jin [Kim Seok-jin] Korean vocalist (BTS), born in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1979 Liza Minnelli's 3rd marriage (Mark Gero)

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli

Deaths in Music

  • 1609 Alexander Hume, Scottish poet (Hymns and Sacred Songs), dies
  • 1676 Johann Georg Ebeling, German composer, dies at 39
  • 1732 John Gay, English poet and dramatist (The Beggar's Opera), dies at 47
  • 1836 Daniel Read, American composer, dies at 79
  • 1884 Alice Mary Smith, British composer, dies at 45
  • 1915 Gustav Hollaender, German violinist, conductor, and composer, dies at 60
  • 1935 Johan Halvorsen, Norwegian violinist, conductor (Nationaltheatret Orchestra, 1899-1929), and composer (Bergensiana), dies at 71
  • 1938 Dina Appeldoorn, Dutch pianist and composer, dies at 54
  • 1953 Daniel Gregory Mason, American composer (Chanticker), dies at 80
  • 1954 Nina Vasar, wife of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, dies
  • 1969 Alceo Toni, Italian composer, dies at 85
  • 1974 Sophie-Carmen "Sonia" Eckhardt-Gramatté, Russian-Canadian pianist and composer, dies at 75

Person of interestBenjamin Britten

1976 [Edward] Benjamin Britten, English composer (The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra; Peter Grimes), dies of heart failure at 63

  • 1976 Tommy Bolin, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Deep Purple), dies of heroin overdose and other substances at 25
  • 1985 Marcel Boereboom, Belgian musicologist, dies at 83
  • 1993 Frank Zappa, American rocker, composer, activist and filmmaker (Mothers of Invention, Hot Rats), dies from prostate cancer at 52
  • 2002 Bernie Dwyer, British rock drummer (Freddie & The Dreamers), dies at 61
  • 2004 Elena Souliotis, Greek soprano, dies of heart failure at 61
  • 2005 Gloria Lasso, French-Spanish singer (b. 1922)
  • 2007 Pimp C, American Rapper (b. 1973)
  • 2007 Friedrich Zehm, German pianist and composer, dies at 85
  • 2011 Hubert Sumlin, American blues guitarist (Howlin' Wolf), dies at 80
  • 2012 Jonathan Harvey, English composer (Bhakti, Music of Stockhausen), dies at 73
  • 2016 Radim Hladík, Czech guitarist (The Blue Effect), dies from lung illness at 69
  • 2020 Bassam Sabam, Lebanese violinist, oud, and nay player (New York Arabic Orchestra; Silk Road Ensemble), dies of Covid-19 complications at 62 [1]