This Month in Music: December

by Abby @ Quaver on November 30, 2011

in This Month in Music

It’s not all carols and jingle bells in December.
Step back in time with Quaver and explore some important events in Music History that happened this month!


1949 – Gene Autry’s song “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” hit the record charts. Listen to a vinyl recording of the Christmastime favorite here!

1983 – MTV aired Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video for the first time – one of the most famous, and scariest, music videos of all time!



1925 – “Concerto in F,” by George Gershwin, had its world premiere at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Gershwin himself played the piano. Here’s a scene from the film “An American in Paris” where a character dreams of playing Gershwin’s Concerto. Most of us can only dream :).



1791 – Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died in Vienna, Austria, at the age of 35. Check out this clip from Quaver’s episode on Mozart’s Classical Period and listen to his Symphony No. 40 on YouTube or in the Classical Venue at!


1980 – In New York City, Mark David Chapman shot John Lennon to death. Earlier in the day, the Beatles superstar had autographed an album for Chapman. If you are ever in New York City’s Central Park, be sure to check out the memorial to Lennon at Strawberry Fields!



1892 – Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” was first performed in St. Petersburg by the Russian Imperial Ballet. See a famous dance from the ballet here and be sure to check out the Ballet Venue at!



1737 – Antonio Stradivari, died in Cremona, Italy. He is recognized as the most renowned violin maker in history.



1818 – Franz Gruber of Oberndorf, Germany composed the music for “Silent Night” to words written by Josef Mohr. Learn more about Gruber and his famous carol here!



1982 – Jamaica issued a Bob Marley commemorative stamp. Learn more about Marley, the father of Reggae Music, in the Reggae Venue at or Quaver’s Style Episode on Reggae:

Dig deeper into a few of these moments in music history, and let us know what you learn! Happy December!

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