On This Day

On This Day in Music for November 20

Events in Music

  • 1805 Ludwig van Beethoven's "Fidelio", his only opera, premieres at Vienna's Theater an der Wien
  • 1889 Gustav Mahler's 1st Symphony premieres in Budapest and is not well received
  • 1901 Opera "Grisélidis" by Jules Massenet, Armand Silvestre and Eugène Morand premieres in Paris
  • 1945 Dmitri Shostakovich's 9th Symphony under J Mravinski premieres
  • 1964 Dmitri Shostakovich's 9th/10th String Quartet premieres in Moscow
  • 1965 Cyril Ornadel and Leslie Bricusse's musical "Pickwick", based on Charles Dicken's novel "The Pickwick Papers", closes at 46th St Theater, NYC, after 56 performances
  • 1966 John Kander and Fred Ebb's "Cabaret" opens at Broadhurst Theater, NYC; runs for 1166 performances, wins 8 Tony Awards
  • 1968 2nd Country Music Association Award: Glen Campbell and Tammy Wynette win
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Musicians Born on Nov 20

  • 1652 Romanus Weichlein, Austrian composer, born in Linz, Austria (d. 1706)
  • 1757 Giovanni Battista Gaiani, Italian organist and composer, born in Bologna (d. 1819)
  • 1759 Nikolaus Paul Zmeskall, Hungarian cellist and composer, baptized in Leštiny (d. 1833)
  • 1765 Friedrich Heinrich Himmel, German composer, born in Treuenbrietzen, Brandenburg, Prussia (d. 1814)
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Musicians Who Died on Nov 20

  • 1518 Pierre de la Rue [ aka Peter van Straten], Franco-Flemish the Renaissance singer and composer, dies at about 66 [birth date unconfirmed]
  • 1758 Johan Helmich Roman, Swedish composer, conductor and violinist, dies at 64
  • 1827 Alexey Titov, Russian composer, dies at 58
  • 1851 Wenzel Sedlak, Bohemian clarinetist and composer, dies at 75
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