On This Day in Music

Events in Music

  • 1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio "Messiah" premieres in London
  • 1881 Gas lamp sets fire to Nice France opera house; 70 die
  • 1896 Umberto Giordano's opera "Andrea Chénier" premieres in Milan
  • 1923 Frank Silver & Irving Conn release "Yes, We Have No Bananas"
  • 1933 Kroll Opera in Berlin opens
  • 1950 "Great to Be Alive" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 52 performances
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Birthdays in Music

  • 1599 Thomas Selle, German baroque composer, born in Zörbig (d. 1663)
  • 1749 Hugo Franz Karl Alexander von Kerpen, composer
  • 1750 Johannes Matthias Sperger, composer
  • 1795 Leopold Jansa, composer
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Deaths in Music

  • 1658 Valentin Dretzel, composer, dies at 79
  • 1669 Philipp Buchner, composer, dies at 54
  • 1748 Johann Gottfried Walther, German composer/musicologist, dies at 63
  • 1756 Georg Gottfried Wagner, composer, dies at 57
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Weddings in Music