This Month in Music: November

by Abby @ Quaver on November 9, 2011

in This Month in Music

Step back in time with Quaver to explore some important events in Music History that happened in November!


1814 – Adolphe (Antoine) Sax, the inventor of the saxophone and saxotromba, was born. Have you ever seen a saxotromba? What is the difference between that and a saxophone?

1854 – Composer John Philip Sousa was born. Listen to his famous “Washington Post” March here!


1937 – NBC formed the first full-sized symphony orchestra exclusively for radio broadcasting. The conductor for its first 17 years was Arturo Toscanini.The NBC Symphony Orchestra continued performances through 1954 in NBC’s Studio 8-H, now home to Saturday Night Live.

1968 – The Beatles’ animated movie “Yellow Submarine” premiered in the U.S. You can watch clips of it on YouTube here!


1900 – Composer Aaron Copland was born. Copland has been called the “Dean of American Composers” for he was instrumental in forging a distinctly American style of composition. Read more about Copland here and listen to part of his famous “Appalachian Springhere.

1943 – Leonard Bernstein made his debut with the New York Philhamonic when he filled in for the ailing Bruno Walter prior to a nationally broadcast concert. Bernstein was 25 years old and was an assistant conductor at the time. He went on to become one of the most prolific and famous American composers of all time, writing symphonies, ballet music, operas, chamber music, most famously: “West Side Story“.


2003 – Britney Spears, at 21 years old, became the youngest singer to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Britney’s star is one of over 2,400 stars in the famous public monument to stars of music, movie, and TV both in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes. Can you believe that over 10 million people visit the Walk of Fame every year?! Quaver needs to plan a visit!


1889 – The first jukebox made its debut in San Francisco, at the Palais Royale Saloon. Did you know that you can put your own original songs on the jukebox in your music room at


1632 – Composer Jean-Baptiste Lully was born. Lully was born in Italy, but became a French citizen in the court of Louis XIV and the chief master of the French Baroque Style – very fancy! You can listen to come of his most famous pieces here.


What are you studying in Music History this month?

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