On This Day

Events in Music in 1930

Music Premiere

Jan 18 Dmitri Shostakovich's satirical opera "The Nose" premieres in Leningrad

Music Premiere

Feb 1 Arnold Schoenberg's opera "Von heute auf morgen" ("From Today to Tomorrow") premieres at the Oper Frankfurt in Frankfurt, Germany

  • Feb 8 "Happy Days Are Here Again" by Benny Mereoff hits #1

Music Premiere

Feb 18 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical "Simple Simon" premieres in NYC

  • Feb 26 Play "Green Pastures" opens at Mansfield Theater
  • Mar 9 Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's satirical opera "The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny" premieres in Leipzig, Germany

Music Premiere

Mar 28 1st performance of Walter Piston's Suite for orchestra (Boston)

Film Premiere

Apr 1 "The Blue Angel" starring Marlene Dietrich in her breakthrough role premieres in Germany

  • Apr 18 BBC news announcer announces "there is no news" at 20:45 news bulletin, plays music instead

Theater Premiere

Sep 24 Noël Coward's play "Private Lives" premieres in London

Music Premiere

Oct 14 George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin's musical "Girl Crazy" starring Ginger Rogers and featuring debut of Ethel Merman, opens at the Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 272 performances

  • Oct 22 1st concert of BBC Symphony Orchestra, at Queen's Hall, under Adrian Boult
  • Oct 26 Dmitri Shostakovich's ballet "Zolotoy Vyek" premieres in Leningrad
  • Nov 17 Musical "Sweet & Low" with Fanny Brice premieres in NYC

Music Premiere

Nov 28 Howard Hanson's 2nd Symphony "Romantic" premieres

Music Premiere

Dec 8 Cole Porter's musical "The New Yorkers" opens at B. S. Moss's Broadway Theatre, NYC; runs for 169 performances