On This Day

Events in Music in 1930

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

  • Feb 1 Arnold Schönbergs opera, Von heute auf Morgen premieres in Frankfurt
  • Feb 8 "Happy Days Are Here Again" by Benny Mereoff hits #1

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

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

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

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

Music releaseTheater Premiere

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

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward

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Oct 14 George Gershwin and Ira Gershin's musical "Girl Crazy" starring Ginger Rogers and Ethel Merman premieres in NYC

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin
  • 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

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Nov 18 Musical "Smiles" with Bob Hope and Fred Astaire premieres in NYC

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
Entertainer and TV Personality Bob Hope
Entertainer and TV Personality
Bob Hope

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

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson

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Dec 8 Cole Porter's musical "NYCers" premieres in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter