December 2020: the main classical music anniversaries to celebrate

Every month, composers and musicians to remember! Classical music and opera have brought out tens of thousands of artists, are performed in thousands of venues and their composers have written scores in great numbers throughout 10 centuries of history. From January 1 to December 31, there are therefore many opportunities to remember a composer or discover an artist, to explore a genre or to expand a work' s knowledge.

December 2020 : essential commemorations

2020 is, as every year, an opportunity to celebrate many centenarians or multi-centenarians related to classical music and opera. In December 2020, some well-known or not so famous artists, composers or musicians, are to be commemorated: József Ellinger (200th anniversary, Birth), Franz Dalle Aste (200th anniversary, Birth), Aldona Žilinskaitė-Anderson (100th anniversary, Birth), Paul d'Lacôme (100th anniversary, Death), Karl Anton Eckert (200th anniversary, Birth)... and many more.

What's next? Every month, dozens of anniversaries are good reasons to discover a work, to rediscover a musician. Next month? January 2021... In a year? December 2021...

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Day by day, all celebrations for December 2020

 

December 2020

02

Aaron <strong>Copland</strong> Aaron Copland, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, American composer, composition teacher, writer, and conductor

30th anniversary (Death)

MasterpiecesComplete works

Dinu <strong>Lipatti</strong> Dinu Lipatti, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, Pianist, Composer

70th anniversary (Death)

Francis <strong>Casadesus</strong> Francis Casadesus, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, French conductor, composer, music critic and music educator

150th anniversary (Birth)

03

József Ellinger, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, Hungarian opera singer

200th anniversary (Birth)

Matt <strong>Haimovitz</strong> Matt Haimovitz, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, Israelo-American and Canadian cellist and music producer

50th anniversary (Birth)

04

André <strong>Campra</strong> André Campra, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, French composer and conductor

360th anniversary (Birth)

Franz Dalle Aste, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, opera singer

200th anniversary (Birth)

05

Jan <strong>Kubelík</strong> Jan Kubelík, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, Czech violinist and composer

80th anniversary (Death)

Vítězslav <strong>Novák</strong> Vítězslav Novák, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, Czech composer and pedagogue

150th anniversary (Birth)

06

Joe <strong>Hisaishi</strong> Joe Hisaishi, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, Japanese composer and musician

70th anniversary (Birth)

Arseny <strong>Koreshchenko</strong> Arseny Koreshchenko, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, Russian classical music composer

150th anniversary (Birth)

07

Clara <strong>Haskil</strong> Clara Haskil, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, Romanian-Swiss classical pianist

60th anniversary (Death)

Mykhailo Verbytsky, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, Ukrainian composer

150th anniversary (Death)

08

Bohuslav <strong>Martinů</strong> Bohuslav Martinů, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, Czech composer

130th anniversary (Birth)

09

Gottlieb Muffat, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, Austrian composer and organist

250th anniversary (Death)

10

Aldona Žilinskaitė-Anderson, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, Lithuanian opera singer

100th anniversary (Birth)

11

Carlos <strong>Gardel</strong> Carlos Gardel, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, Argentinian singer, songwriter, actor; the most prominent figure in the history of tango

130th anniversary (Birth)

12

Paul d'<strong>Lacôme</strong> Paul d'Lacôme, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, French composer

100th anniversary (Death)

14

Martin <strong>Fröst</strong> Martin Fröst, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, Swedish musician

50th anniversary (Birth)

15

Stefano Secco, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, Italian singer, opera singer and actor

50th anniversary (Birth)

16

Ludwig van <strong>Beethoven</strong> Ludwig van Beethoven, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, German classical and romantic composer

250th anniversary (Birth)

MasterpiecesComplete works

17

Saverio <strong>Mercadante</strong> Saverio Mercadante, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, Italian composer

150th anniversary (Death)

Karl Anton <strong>Eckert</strong> Karl Anton Eckert, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, German composer, conductor and choirmaster

200th anniversary (Birth)

18

Edward <strong>MacDowell</strong> Edward MacDowell, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, American composer

160th anniversary (Birth)

Rita Streich, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, Russian-German soprano and opera singer

100th anniversary (Birth)

21

Niels <strong>Gade</strong> Niels Gade, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, Danish composer, conductor, violinist, organist and teacher

130th anniversary (Death)

23

Jan Dismas <strong>Zelenka</strong> Jan Dismas Zelenka, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, Czech baroque composer

275th anniversary (Death)

Victor <strong>Borge</strong> Victor Borge, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, Danish-American comedian and musician

20th anniversary (Death)

26

Maurice Gendron, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, French musician

100th anniversary (Birth)

Jakob Virgilius Holfeld, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, Czech music educator, composer and pianist

100th anniversary (Death)

27

Ignaz Reimann, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, German composer

200th anniversary (Birth)

28

Alexei <strong>Lvov</strong> Alexei Lvov, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, Russian composer

150th anniversary (Death)

29

Vasily <strong>Kalinnikov</strong> Vasily Kalinnikov, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, Russian composer

120th anniversary (Death)

Aled Jones, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, Welsh singer and TV presenter

50th anniversary (Birth)

30

Alfred <strong>Einstein</strong> Alfred Einstein, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, German-American musicologist and music editor

140th anniversary (Birth)

Paul <strong>Bowles</strong> Paul Bowles, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, American composer, writer, translator

110th anniversary (Birth)

31

Cyril <strong>Scott</strong> Cyril Scott, Celebrations (December 2020), Classical music, English composer, writer, and poet

50th anniversary (Death)

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