On This Day in Music

Events in Music

  • 1792 King Gustav III of Sweden dies after being shot in the back at a midnight masquerade ball at Stockholm's Royal Opera just 13 days earlier. He is succeeded by Gustav IV Adolf.
  • 1795 Ludwig van Beethoven (24) has his debut performance as pianist in Vienna
  • 1827 20,000 attend Ludwig von Beethovens burial in Vienna
  • 1879 Tsjaikovski's opera "Jevgeni Onegin," premieres in Moscow
  • 1941 1st performance of Benjamin Britten's "Requiem Symphony"
  • 1941 WPAT radio in NJ begins broadcasting (country music format)
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Birthdays in Music

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Deaths in Music

  • 1697 Nikolaus Bruhns, composer, dies
  • 1802 Frederic Thieme, composer, dies at 51
  • 1803 Gottfried van Swieten, Dutch composer (b. 1733)
  • 1880 Jakob Axel Josephson, composer, dies at 62
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Weddings in Music

  • 1929 Actress and dancer Ginger Rogers (17) weds her dancing partner Jack Pepper (26)