On This Day

On This Day in Music for November 27

Events in Music

  • 1843 Opera "Bohemian Girl" by Michael William Balfe with a libretto by Alfred Bunn first produced in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1896 "Also Sprach Zarathustra" (Thus Spake Zarathustra) by Richard Strauss, inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophical novel, debuts in Frankfurt

Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche
Friedrich Nietzsche
Composer and Conductor Richard Strauss
Composer and Conductor
Richard Strauss
  • 1903 Opera "Die Neugierigen Frauen" by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari is produced in Munich

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1919 Ignacy Jan Paderewski resigns as Polish Prime Minister

Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister
Ignacy Jan Paderewski

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1926 Béla Bartok's ballet "Miraculous Mandarin" premieres in Keulen

Composer and Pianist Béla Bartok
Composer and Pianist
Béla Bartok
  • 1937 Pro-labor musical revue "Pins & Needles" opens, produced by ILGWU
  • 1954 "By the Beautiful Sea" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 270 performances
  • 1967 The Beatles release their album "Magical Mystery Tour"

Music releaseAlbum Release

1970 George Harrison releases his triple album set "All Things Must Pass"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 "Comedy with Music (Victor Borge)" closes at Imperial NY after 66 performances

Comedian and Pianist Victor Borge
Comedian and Pianist
Victor Borge
  • 1987 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre Royal, Sydney
  • 1989 George Harrison releases "Cheer Down" & "Poor Little Girl"
  • 1991 Musical "Peter Pan", starring Cathy Rigby, opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 48 performances

Film release premierFilm Release

2013 "Frozen", the highest-grossing animated film of all time, starring Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell, is released

Actress and Singer Idina Menzel
Actress and Singer
Idina Menzel
Actress Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell

Birthdays in Music

  • 1544 Ascanio Trombeti, Italian composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1590)
  • 1569 Ottavio Vernizzi, Italian composer, born in Bologna, Papal State (d. 1649)
  • 1602 Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, Italian Baroque music composer, singer and Benedictine nun, born in Milan, Habsburg Spain (now Italy) (d. ca. 1676–1678)
  • 1668 Pantaleon Hebenstreit, German musician, composer, and instrument inventor, born in Eisleben (d. 1750)
  • 1691 Josef Antonín Plánický, Czech composer, born in Manětín, Czech Republic (d. 1732)
  • 1731 Gaetano Pugnani, Italian violinist and composer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1798)
  • 1732 Johann Joseph Emmert, German composer, born in Kitzingen, Würzburg, Germany (d. 1809)
  • 1741 Jean-Pierre Duport, French composer (d. 1818)
  • 1745 Boniface Stoeckl, German composer, born in Pilsting, Germany (d. 1784)
  • 1750 Anton Thadaus Johann Nepomuk Stamitz, German violinist and composer, baptised in Deutschbrod, Bohemia (now Havlíčkův Brod, Czech Republic), (d. between 1798–1809)
  • 1759 Franz Krommer, Czech composer, born in Kamenice u Jihlavy, Czech Republic (d. 1831)
  • 1787 Christian Rummel, German conductor and composer, born in Gollachostheim, Bavaria (d. 1849)
  • 1801 Alexander Egorovich Varlamov, Russian composer, born in Moscow (d. 1848)
  • 1804 Julius Benedict, German opera composer (Protoghesi), born in Stuttgart, Germany (d. 1885)
  • 1813 Michele Puccini, Italian organist and composer (father of Giacomo), born in Luca (d. 1864)
  • 1830 Harrison Millard, American composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1895)
  • 1867 Margaret Ruthven Lang, American composer (Irish Love Song), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1972)
  • 1867 Charles Koechlin, French composer (The Jungle Book), born in Paris (d. 1950)
  • 1878 Mabel Wheeler Daniels, American composer (Deep Forest, The Desolate City), born in Swampscott, Massachusetts (d. 1971)
  • 1879 Adam Tadeusz Wieniawski, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Russian Empire (d. 1950)
  • 1885 Rudolph Reti, Serbian composer, born in Užice, Kingdom of Serbia (D. 1957)
  • 1893 Stanisław Wiechowicz, Polish composer, born in Kroszyce, Kielce, Poland (d. 1963)
  • 1898 Nelly Wagenaar, Dutch pianist, born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1985)
  • 1900 Léon Barzin, Belgian-American conductor (NY City Ballet 1948-58), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1999)
  • 1900 Robert Blum, Swiss composer, born in Zurich (d. 1994)
  • 1902 Giuseppe Savagnone, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Italy (d. 1984)
  • 1905 Daniel Sternefeld, Belgian conductor and composer (Mater Dolorosa), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • 1910 Rodolfo Holzmann, Peruvian composer, born in Breslau, Germany (d. 1992)
  • 1915 Victor Alessandro, American orchestral conductor (Oklahoma City; San Antonio), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1976)
  • 1918 Ze'ev Wolfgang Steinberg, Israeli violist and composer, born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 2011)
  • 1919 Siegfried Naumann, Swedish conductor (Musica Nova ensemble, 1962-77), teacher, and composer (Risposte), born in Malmö, Sweden (d. 2001)
  • 1928 Walter Klien, Austrian pianist, born in Graz (d. 1991)
  • 1931 Juan Guinjoan, Catalan composer and pianist, born in Riudoms, Spain (d. 2019)
  • 1935 Al Jackson, Jr., American session drummer, known as "The Human Time Keeper" (Stax; Booker T. & MGs - "McLemore Avenue"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1975)
  • 1935 Helmut Friedrich Lachenmann, German composer, born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1937 Robert "Bootsie" Barnes, American jazz tenor saxophonist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1940 Maciej Małecki, Polish pianist and composer, born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1941 Eddie Rabbitt, American country singer (I Love a Rainy Night), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1998)

Person of interestJimi Hendrix

1942 James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix, American rock guitarist (Purple Haze), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1970)

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • 1942 Michael Devlin, American bass-baritone, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1944 Trevor Leonard Ward-Davies 'Dozy', English musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), born in Enford, Wilshire (d. 2015)
  • 1945 Randy Brecker, American jazz and fusion trumpeter (Brecker Brothers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1948 Dave Winthrop, American saxophonist (Supertramp, 1970-73), born in New Jersey
  • 1951 Kevin Kavanaugh, rocker (Asbury Jukes) [or 8/27] (d. 2011)
  • 1952 Daryl Stuermer, American guitarist (Genesis), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1953 Boris Grebenshchikov, Russian singer (Aquarium), born in Leningrad, Soviet Union
  • 1959 Charlie Burchill, Scottish pop guitarist (Simple Minds-Breakfast Club)
  • 1960 Ashley Ingram, English singer (Fizzz-Just an Illusion), born in Northampton, England
  • 1960 Maria Schneider, American composer (Concert in the Garden), born in Windom, Minnesota
  • 1961 Princess [Desiree Heslop], British pop singer (Say I'm Your Number One), born in London
  • 1962 Charlie Benante, American rock drummer (Anthrax-Armed & Dangerous), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1962 Mike "Puffy" Bordin, American rock drummer (Faith No More), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1965 Fiachna O'Braonáin, Irish pop guitarist (Hothouse Flowers-Don't Go), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1976 Tyrone Sutton, American pop and R&B singer (Perfect Gentlemen) and Muslim chaplain, born in Massachussetts
  • 1978 Tim Yeung, American heavy metal drummer (Vital Remains; I Am Morbid), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1978 Mike Skinner, British singer-songwriter and rapper (The Streets - A Grand Don't Come For Free), born in Chipping Barnet, London, England
  • 1979 Hilary Hahn, American classical violinist, born in Lexington, Virginia
  • 1979 Shin Hyesung, Korean singer (Shinhwa), born in Gangbuk-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • 1983 Professor Green [Stephen Paul Manderson], British rapper (Lip Sync Battle UK), born in London, England
  • 1985 Klara Elias [Klara Ósk Elíasdóttir], Icelandic pop singer (Nylon), born in Sweden

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2006 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (39) divorces singer Kid Rock (36) due to irreconcilable differences only 4 months after getting married

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2006 Actress Selma Blair (34) divorces actor-rocker Ahmet Zappa (32) due to irreconcilable differences after more than 2 years of marriage

Actress Selma Blair
Selma Blair

Deaths in Music

  • 1474 Guillaume Dufay, French Flemish composer, dies at about 74
  • 1749 Balthasar Schmid, German composer and printer, dies at 44
  • 1749 Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel, German composer and librettist, dies at 59
  • 1884 Franziska "Fanny" Elssler, Austrian ballerina/choreography, dies at 74
  • 1890 Emanuele Muzio, Italian composer, dies at 69
  • 1899 Felipe Gutiérrez Y Espinosa, Puerto Rican composer, dies at 74
  • 1915 Sigismund Vladislavovich Zaremba, Ukrainian-Russian composer, dies at 54
  • 1916 James Cutler Dunn Parker, composer, dies at 88

Person of interestArthur Honegger

1955 Arthur Honegger, Swiss composer (King David, Pacific 231), dies of a heart attack at 63

Composer Arthur Honegger
Arthur Honegger
  • 1955 Luis de Freitas Branco, Portuguese composer, dies at 65
  • 1958 Artur Rodzinski, Polish conductor and composer, dies at 66
  • 1965 Carl Parrish, American composer, dies at 61
  • 1967 Ettore Panizza, Argentinian composer and conductor, dies at 92
  • 1968 Gino Roncaglia, Italian composer, dies at 85
  • 1968 Hans Redlich, Austrian composer, dies at 65
  • 1971 Jekabs Medinš, Latvian composer, dies at 86
  • 1973 Frank Christian, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 86
  • 1976 Victor Alessandro, American orchestral conductor (Oklahoma City; San Antonio) dies on his 61st birthday
  • 1981 Lotte Lenya, Austrian singer/actress (From Russia With Love), dies of cancer at 83
  • 1982 Filip Kutev, Bulgarian composer (State Ensemble for Folk Song and Dance), dies at 79
  • 1988 Karel Horky, Czech composer, dies at 79
  • 1993 Jerry Hunt, American composer, commits suicide at 49
  • 1994 Fernando Lopes-Graça, Portuguese composer and musicologist (b. 1906)
  • 1998 Barbara Acklin, American soul singer ("Love Makes A Woman") and songwriter ("HAve You Seen Her"), dies of pneumonia at 55
  • 2003 Riccardo Malipiero, Italian composer, dies at 89
  • 2005 Joe Jones, American R&B singer (b. 1926)
  • 2006 Don Butterfield, American tuba player (b. 1923)
  • 2007 Cecil Payne, American jazz baritone saxophonist, dies of prostrate cancer at 84
  • 2008 Pekka Pohjola, Finnish rock and jazz-fusion bassist, and composer, dies of a seizure at 56
  • 2011 Sultan Khan, Indian classical musician, dies at 71
  • 2012 Mickey Baker, American guitar player ("Love is strange"), dies at 87
  • 2012 Jan Maegaard, Danish composer and musicologist (Triptykon), dies at 86
  • 2017 Robert Lee "Pops" Popwell, American jazz-funk bass guitarist, dies at 66