On This Day

Events in Music in 1934

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Jan 22 Dmitri Shostakovich's opera "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District" debuts in Leningrad

  • Jan 24 Dmitri Shostakovich's opera "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District" is performed in Moscow; roundly criticized by the Communist Party, it was banned in the Soviet Union until 1961

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Feb 10 Howard Hanson's "Merry Mount" premieres in NYC

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • Feb 20 Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein's opera "Four Saints in Three Acts" opens on Broadway at the 44th Street Theatre in New York City

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Mar 12 Paul Hindemith's "Mathis der Maler" premieres in Berlin

Composer Paul Hindemith
Composer
Paul Hindemith

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May 12 "Cocktails For Two" by Duke Ellington hits #1

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington

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May 25 Béla Bartòk's "Enchanted Deer" premieres

Composer and Pianist Béla Bartok
Composer and Pianist
Béla Bartok
  • Aug 27 Harold Arlen, Ira Gershwin and Yip Harburg's musical 'Life Begins at 8:40' premieres in NYC

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Sep 17 RCA Victor releases 1st 33 1/3 rpm recording (Beethoven's 5th)

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Oct 20 Richard Strauss completes his opera "Die Schweigsame Frau"

Composer and Conductor Richard Strauss
Composer and Conductor
Richard Strauss
  • Nov 21 Cole Porter's musical "Anything Goes" opens at the Alvin Theatre, NYC, later transferred to 46th Street Theatre; runs for 420 performances

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Dec 21 French film "Zouzou" premieres in Paris, starring Josephine Baker; 1st black woman to star in a major motion picture

Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist Josephine Baker
Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist
Josephine Baker
  • Dec 27 "Thumbs Up" a musical revue, including music and lyrics by Vernon Duke & James Hanley premieres in NYC