On This Day

Events in Music in 1934

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jan 22 Dmitri Shostakovich's opera "Lady MacBeth" premieres in Leningrad

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • Feb 10 Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein's opera Four Saints in Three Acts premieres in NYC
  • Feb 20 Virgil Thomson's opera "4 Saints in 3 Acts" opens in NYC

Music release#1 in the Charts

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

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • Aug 27 Harold Arlen, Ira Gershwin and Yips Harburg's musical 'Life Begins at 8:40' premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Film release premierFilm Premier

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