On This Day in Music for November 3

Events in Music

  • 1752 George Frideric Handel undergoes (failed) eye operation
  • 1888 Concertgebouw Orchestra debuts in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, under the baton of founding conductor Willem Kes
  • 1927 Rodgers & Hart's musical "Connecticut Yankee", based on Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court", opens at the Vanderbilt Theatre, NYC; runs for 421 performances
  • 1943 Dmitri Shostakovich's 8th Symphony premieres in Moscow
  • 1945 Dmitri Shostakovich's 9th Symphony premieres in 25th season opening concert of the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, under Yevgeny Mravinsky
  • 1960 Meredith Willson's musical "The Unsinkable Molly Brown", starring Tammy Grimes, opens at Winter Garden, NYC; runs for 532 performances, and wins a Tony Award
  • 1970 "The President's Daughter" opens at Billy Rose Theater, NYC; runs for 72 performances
  • 1974 "Lorelei" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 320 performances
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Musicians Born on Nov 3

  • 1587 Samuel Scheidt, German baroque composer, born in Halle (d. 1654)
  • 1656 Georg Reutter, Austrian composer and organist, born in Vienna (d. 1738)
  • 1689 Jan Josef Ignác Brentner, Bohemian composer, born in Dobřany, Bohemia (d. 1742)
  • 1753 Friedrich Christoph Gebtewitz, German composer, born in Prieschka, Meissen (d. 1805)
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Weddings in Music

  • 1972 American singer-songwriter James Taylor (23) weds American singer-songwriter Carly Simon (27 or 29) at her Manhattan apartment, they announce the nuptials and celebrate that evening at his Radio City Music Hall concert; divorce in 1983

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Musicians Who Died on Nov 3

  • 1711 Ferdinand Tobias Richter, Austrian Baroque composer, dies at 60
  • 1803 Henri Moreau, Flemish composer, dies at 75
  • 1832 Pietro Generali, Italian composer, dies at 59
  • 1904 Gaston Serpette, French composer, dies at 57
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