Composers in History

Classical: Orchestras

Events in Music

  • 1527-12-12 Composer Adrian Willaert moves from Milan to Venice
  • 1854-02-06 Composer Robert Schumann is saved from suicide attempt into the Rhine
  • 1854-02-27 Composer Robert Schumann saved from suicide attempt in Rhine
  • 1855-04-26 Composer Gioacchino Rossini leaves Italy
  • 1910-03-18 1st opera by an US composer (Converse) performed at the Met, NYC
  • 1911-02-05 Society of Dutch Composers forms in Amsterdam
  • 1914-02-13 American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers-ASCAP forms in NYC
  • 1914-10-15 ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers) founded
  • 1942-07-20 Time puts Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovitch on its cover
  • 1942-10-23 All 12 passengers and crewmen aboard an American Airlines DC-3 airliner killed when it is struck by a U.S. Army Air Forces bomber near Palm Springs, California. Amongst the victims is composer Ralph Rainger ("Thanks for the Memory")
  • 1970-04-13 Greek composer Mikis Theordorakis freed
  • 1972-03-05 Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis leaves communist party
  • 1975-08-14 Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich is buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow

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2010-11-10 Alan Menken, famous Disney composer, receives the 2,442nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Disney Composer Alan Menken
Disney Composer
Alan Menken

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2015-04-17 Jazz composer and musician John Coltrane is awarded a posthumous Special Citation by the Pulitzer Prize board

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 6,999

  • 1098-09-16 Hildegard of Bingen, German magistra and the first composer whose biography is known (d. 1179)
  • 1291-10-31 Philippe de Vitry, French composer/poet
  • 1397-08-05 Guillaume Dufay, Franco-Flemish composer and theorist (d. 1474)
  • 1416-03-27 Antonio Squarcialupi, Italian composer and organist, born in Florence (d. 1480)
  • 1451-01-14 Franchinus Gaffurius, composer
  • 1458-11-22 Jacob Obrecht, Dutch composer (d. 1505)
  • 1464-04-23 Robert Fayrfax, English court composer, born in Deeping Gate, Lincolnshire (d. 1521)
  • 1468-06-12 Juan del Encina, composer
  • 1483-10-26 Hans Buchner, German composer, born in Ravensburg (d. 1538)
  • 1484-03-29 Johann Spangenberg, composer
  • 1486-01-06 Martin Agricola, [M Sore], German composer/cantor
  • 1490-10-12 Bernardo Pisano, composer
  • 1492-03-04 Francesco de Layolle, composer
  • 1494-11-05 Hans Sachs, German composer, playwright and shoemaker
  • 1495-03-25 Leonhard Paminger, composer
  • 1502-07-27 Pier Francesco Corteccia, composer
  • 1505-01-30 Thomas Tallis, English composer (d. 1585)
  • 1513-02-14 Domenico Maria Ferrabosco, Italian composer
  • 1515-03-12 Caspar Othmayr, German composer and Lutheran pastor, born in Amberg (d. 1553)
  • 1517-01-17 Antonio Scandello, Italian composer (Passion of Johannes)
  • 1517-01-31 Gioseffo Zarlino, composer
  • 1525-02-03 Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina, composer
  • 1527-03-21 Hermann Finck, German composer, born in Pirna (d. 1558)
  • 1527-05-08 Johann Walter, German composer, born in Kahla (d. 1570)
  • 1527-09-21 Matthaus Ludecus, composer
  • 1530-08-22 Bartolomeo Spontone, composer
  • 1531-08-24 Ercole Bottrigari, composer
  • 1532-03-25 Pietro Pontio, Italian composer (Ragionamento di Musica), born in Parma (d. 1596)
  • 1533-04-08 Claudio Merulo, organist/composer
  • 1534-12-15 Lucas Osiander, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1604)
  • 1538-04-24 Gugliemo Gonzaga, composer
  • 1539-12-20 Paul Melissus [Paul Schede], German poet/composer
  • 1540-06-23 Johann Baptista Serranus, composer
  • 1542-02-22 Santino Garsi da Parma, Italian composer (d. 1604)
  • 1543-01-18 Alfonso Ferrabosco, composer
  • 1544-11-27 Ascanio Trombeti, composer
  • 1545-01-17 Antonio Pace, Italian composer (d. 1581)
  • 1545-10-19 Giovanale Ancina, composer
  • 1546-04-21 Arcangelo Crivelli, composer
  • 1546-07-05 Johann Steuerlein, composer
  • 1547-05-20 Melchior Bischoff, composer
  • 1547-06-28 Cristofano Malvezzi, composer
  • 1549-02-04 Eustache du Caurroy, composer
  • 1549-06-01 Allesandre Spontone, composer
  • 1550-07-31 Jakob Handl, [Petelin], Austrian composer/bandmaster
  • 1550-12-06 Orazio Tiberio Vecchi, composer
  • 1551-09-13 Pandolfo Zallamella, composer
  • 1554-05-20 Paolo Bellasio, Italian composer, born in Verona (d. 1594)
  • 1555-03-02 Ludovico Spontoni, composer
  • 1556-02-21 Sethus Calvisius, composer
  • 1556-08-10 Philipp Nicolai, Germany, theologist/poet/composer
  • 1557-02-15 Alfonso Fontanelli, composer
  • 1557-09-16 Jacques Mauduit, composer
  • 1557-12-07 Girolamo Trombeti, composer
  • 1560-01-05 William Cobbold, composer
  • 1560-03-08 Don Carlo Gesualdo, Italian composer (d. 1613)
  • 1560-08-10 Hieronymus Praetorius, composer
  • 1561-08-20 Jacopo Peri, Italian composer and singer who wrote the 1st recognized opera "Dafne", born in Rome (d. 1633)
  • 1562-08-27 Hans Leo Hassler, composer
  • 1562-12-18 Philipp Dulichius, composer
  • 1563-12-29 Francesco Maria Guaitoli, composer
  • 1566-01-14 Angelo Notari, Italian composer, born in Padua (d. 1663)
  • 1566-11-06 Julien Perrichon, composer
  • 1566-12-11 Manuel Cardoso, Portuguese composer, born in Fronteira (d. 1650)
  • 1566-12-30 Alessandro Piccinini, composer
  • 1567-02-12 Thomas Campion, England, composer/poet/physician
  • 1567-04-25 Aurelio Signoretti, composer
  • 1567-04-26 Nicolas Forme, French composer (d. 1638)
  • 1567-05-15 Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi, Italian composer (L'Orfeo), born in Cremona, Duchy of Milan (d. 1643) baptism date
  • 1567-08-10 Girolamo Giacobbi, composer
  • 1567-12-15 Christoph Demantius, composer
  • 1568-05-17 Christoph Thomas Walliser, composer
  • 1568-09-03 Adriano Banchieri, composer
  • 1569-04-03 Giovanni Battista Massarengo, composer
  • 1569-11-16 Paul Sartorius, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1609)
  • 1569-11-27 Ottavio Vernizzi, composer
  • 1569-12-18 Jakob Hassler, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1622)
  • 1569-12-30 Georg Quitschreiber, composer
  • 1570-10-21 Wolfgang Schonsleder, composer
  • 1571-02-15 Michael Praetorius, Kreuzberg Germany, composer (Syntagma music)
  • 1571-08-08 John Ward, English composer, born in Canterbury, England (d. 1638)
  • 1572-02-14 Hans Christoph Haiden, composer
  • 1572-09-15 Erasmus Widmann, composer
  • 1572-12-27 Jan Campanus, Czech composer and humanist, born in Vodňany (d. 1622)
  • 1573-01-31 Ambrosius Metzger, composer
  • 1573-01-31 Giulio Cesare Monteverdi, composer
  • 1573-02-22 Gemignano Capilupi, composer
  • 1574-01-09 Christoph Buel, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1631)
  • 1574-01-17 Robert Fludd, English composer, born in Bearsted (d. 1637) baptismal date
  • 1574-03-07 John Wilbye, English madrigal composer, born in Brome, Suffolk (d. 1638)
  • 1574-07-08 Giovanni Battista Stefanini, composer
  • 1574-10-21 Nicolò Rubini, Italian composer and cornettist, born in Crevalcore (d. 1625)
  • 1574-12-15 Samuel Besler, German-Polish composer, born in Brzeg (d. 1625)
  • 1576-10-25 Thomas Weelkes, English organist and composer of madrigals, baptised in Elstead (d. 1623)
  • 1576-12-03 Marsilio Casentini, composer
  • 1577-06-02 Giovanni Righi, Italian composer and friar, born in Fabriano (d. 1539)
  • 1577-06-21 Giovanni Del Turco, composer
  • 1578-05-30 Valentin Dretzel, composer
  • 1578-12-02 Agostino Agazzari, composer
  • 1579-07-25 Valerius Otto, German composer, born in Leipzig (d. after 1612)

Weddings in Music

  • 1630-01-07 Composer Pier Cavalli marries rich widow Maria Sosomeno

HeartWedding of Interest

1707-10-17 German composer Johann S Bach marries for the 1st time his cousin Maria Barbara Bach

HeartWedding of Interest

1774-10-10 Composer Antonio Salieri (24) weds Therese Helferstorfer

Composer Antonio Salieri
Composer
Antonio Salieri
  • 1822-03-16 Opera Composer (The Barber of Seville) Gioacchino Rossini marries 1st wife Opera Singer Isabella Colbran in Bologna
  • 1833-10-03 Composer Hector Berlioz marries actress Harriet Smithson
  • 1837-03-28 German composer Felix Mendelssohn (27) marries Cécile Jeanrenaud (20)
  • 1840-09-12 Composer Robert Schumann marries Clara Wieck
  • 1846-08-16 Opera Composer (The Barber of Seville) Gioacchino Rossini marries 2nd wife Olympe Pélissier in Paris

HeartWedding of Interest

1850-07-22 Composer Stephen Foster (24) weds Jane Denny McDowell at Trinity Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Father of American Music Stephen Foster
Father of American Music
Stephen Foster

HeartWedding of Interest

1869-06-03 Composer Georges Bizet (30) weds Genevieve Halevy

Composer Georges Bizet
Composer
Georges Bizet

HeartWedding of Interest

1870-08-25 German composer Richard Wagner (57) weds Franz Liszt's daughter Cosima Liszt (32) at a Protestant church in Lucerne, Switzerland

Composer Richard Wagner
Composer
Richard Wagner

HeartWedding of Interest

1877-07-06 Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (37) weds Antonina Miliukova (29) at the Church of Saint George in Moscow, Russia

HeartWedding of Interest

1879-12-30 Composer John Philip Sousa (25) weds Jane van Middlesworth Bellis

HeartWedding of Interest

1895-11-20 Businessman Harvey Firestone (26) weds composer Idabelle Smith (21)

Tire Industrialist Harvey Firestone
Tire Industrialist
Harvey Firestone
  • 1902-03-09 Composer Gustav Mahler marries Alma Schindler in Vienna

HeartWedding of Interest

1904-06-14 Ragtime composer Scott Joplin (35) weds Freddie Alexander (19) in Arkansas

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin

HeartWedding of Interest

1906-01-23 Composer Igor Stravinsky (23) weds Yekaterina Nosenko

Composer Igor Stravinsky
Composer
Igor Stravinsky
  • 1919-12-19 Composer and songwriter Cole Porter (28) weds socialite Linda Lee Thomas (36)

HeartWedding of Interest

1926-01-04 Composer Irving Berlin (37) weds heiress Ellin Mackay in a simple civil ceremony

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • 1932-05-13 Russian composer Dmitri Sjostakovitch marries Nina Varsar

HeartWedding of Interest

1946-07-24 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Howard Hanson (49) weds Margaret Elizabeth Nelson at the Chautauqua Institution in New York

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson

HeartWedding of Interest

1964-08-04 Jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane (35) weds Alice Macleod

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane

HeartWedding of Interest

1972-07-24 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (24) weds Sarah Hugill

HeartWedding of Interest

1974-09-14 Singer-composer Quincy Jones Jr (41) weds actress Peggy Lipton (28) in Los Angeles, California

Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr
  • 1984-03-22 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (36) weds singer/dancer Sarah Brightman (23) in Hampshire, England
  • 1991-02-09 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (42) weds equestrian Madeleine Gurdon (28) in Westminster, London
  • 1998-05-03 "Jekyll & Hyde" lead singer Linda Eder (37) weds composer Frank Wildhorn (38) at their new 8-acre estate in North Salem, New York

HeartWedding of Interest

2001-06-03 Writer and actress Tina Fey (31) weds "Saturday Night Live" composer Jeff Richmond (40) on a Greek Orthodox ceremony at The Merion Tribute House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Actress & Writer Tina Fey
Actress & Writer
Tina Fey

HeartWedding of Interest

2003-11-29 Composer and former Oingo Boingo singer Danny Elfman (50) weds actress Bridget Fonda (39) at First Congressional Church in Los Angeles

Composer Danny Elfman
Composer
Danny Elfman
  • 2009-03-22 "The Wonder Years" actress Danica McKellar (36) weds composer Mike Verta (36) at St. James by the Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla, California
  • 2009-11-08 "The Practice" actress Marla Sokoloff (29) weds composer Alec Puro (34) at Il Cielo restaurant

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1974-09-13 Singer-composer Quincy Jones Jr (28) divorces actress Ulla Andersson (41) after 5 years of marriage

Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1983-11-14 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (35) divorces Sarah Hugill after more than 11 years of marriage

  • 1990-01-03 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (41) divorces singer/dancer Sarah Brightman (29) after almost 7 years of marriage
  • 2012-06-04 "The Wonder Years" actress Danica McKellar (37) divorces composer Mike Verta (36) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage

Deaths in Music

Deaths 1 - 100 of 5,141

  • 1179-09-17 Hildegard van Bingen, mystic/composer (Ordo Virtutum), dies at 81
  • 1304-05-23 Jehan de Lescurel, French poet and composer
  • 1361-06-09 Philippe de Vitry, French composer/poet, dies at 69
  • 1397-09-02 Francesco Landini, Italian composer
  • 1445-08-08 Oswald von Wolkenstein, Austrian composer
  • 1453-12-24 John Dunstable, English composer, dies
  • 1460-09-20 Gilles Binchois, Flemish composer
  • 1473-01-24 Conrad Paumann, German blind organist/composer, dies
  • 1474-11-27 Guillaume Dufay, French/Flemish composer, dies at about 74
  • 1480-07-06 Antonio Squarcialupi, Italian composer and organist, dies at 64
  • 1492-11-06 Antoine Busnois, French composer
  • 1497-02-06 John Ockeghem, Flemish singer/composer, dies at 79
  • 1517-03-26 Heinrich Isaac, Flemish composer
  • 1518-08-16 Loyset Compère, French composer
  • 1518-11-20 Pierre de la Rue/Peter van Straten, Flemish composer, dies
  • 1521-08-27 Josquin Des Prez, composer, dies
  • 1521-10-24 Robert Fayrfax, composer, dies at 57
  • 1522-06-25 Franchinus Gaffurius, composer, dies at 71
  • 1522-10-30 Jean Mouton, French composer
  • 1528-04-01 Francisco de Peñalosa, Spanish composer
  • 1529-08-30 Juan del Encina, composer, dies at 61
  • 1539-12-20 Johannes Lupi, Flemish composer
  • 1545-04-10 Costanzo Festa, Italian composer
  • 1545-10-18 John Taverner, English composer (Western Wynde), dies at about 55
  • 1548-01-23 Bernardo Pisano, composer, dies at 57
  • 1548-06-14 Carpentras, French composer
  • 1548-08-06 Georg Rhau/Rhaw, German cantor/composer/music publisher, dies
  • 1550-06-13 Johann Spangenberg, composer, dies at 66
  • 1552-02-26 Heinrich Faber, German composer
  • 1553-02-04 Caspar Othmayr, composer, dies at 37
  • 1553-10-07 Cristóbal de Morales, Spanish composer (bc. 1500)
  • 1556-06-10 Martin Agricola [M Sore], German composer/cantor, dies
  • 1558-12-29 Hermann Finck, composer, dies at 31
  • 1559-10-02 Jacquet of Mantua, French composer (b. 1483)
  • 1562-12-17 Adrian Willaert, Flemish singer/bandmaster/composer, dies at about 82
  • 1563-03-12 John Bull, English composer of national anthem (God Save The King), dies
  • 1563-08-11 Bartolomé de Escobedo, Spanish composer (b. circa 1500)
  • 1564-10-05 Pierre de Manchicourt, Flemish composer
  • 1566-03-26 Antonio de Cabezon, composer, dies
  • 1567-01-08 Jacob Vaet, Flemish composer/royal chaplain master, dies at about 37
  • 1567-05-03 Leonhard Paminger, composer, dies at 72
  • 1568-10-14 Jacques Arcadelt, Flemish composer
  • 1571-06-07 Pier Francesco Corteccia, composer, dies at 68
  • 1572-02-23 Pierre Certon, French composer
  • 1572-08-27 Claude Goudimel, French composer
  • 1575-03-15 Annibale Padovano, Italian composer (b. 1527)
  • 1576-01-19 Hans Sachs, German composer, dies at 81
  • 1576-08-15 Baliny Valentin Bakfark, composer, dies
  • 1578-11-08 Johann Walter, composer, dies at 51
  • 1580-01-18 Antonio Scandello, Italian composer (Passion of John), dies at 63
  • 1580-04-01 Alonso Mudarra, Spanish composer
  • 1580-11-30 Richard Farrant, English composer
  • 1585-11-23 Thomas Tallis, composer, dies
  • 1585-11-28 Hernando Franco, Spanish composer (b. 1532)
  • 1587-08-14 Gugliemo Gonzaga, composer, dies at 49
  • 1588-08-12 Alfonso Ferrabosco, composer, dies at 45
  • 1590-02-04 Gioseffo Zarlino, composer, dies at 73
  • 1590-09-20 Lodovico Agostini, Italian composer (b. 1534)
  • 1590-09-21 Ascanio Trombeti, composer, dies at 45
  • 1591-01-07 Jacobus de Kerle, French/Flemish composer, dies at about 59
  • 1591-07-02 Vincenzo Galilei, Italian composer (b. 1520)
  • 1591-07-18 Jakob Handl, [Petelin], Austrian composer/bandmaster, dies at 40
  • 1592-02-29 Alessandro Striggio, Italian composer (b. 1540)
  • 1592-07-01 Marc A Ingegneri, Italian violinist/composer (Responsoria), dies
  • 1594-02-02 Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina, Italian composer, dies at 68
  • 1594-06-14 Orlandus Lassus, composer (Prophet sybillarum), dies at about 61
  • 1594-07-10 Paulo Bellasio, composer, dies at 40
  • 1595-12-27 Pietro Pontio, Italian composer (Ragionamento di Musica), dies at 63
  • 1596-05-06 Giaches de Wert, Flemish composer (b. 1535)
  • 1599-01-22 Cristofano Malvezzi, composer, dies at 51
  • 1599-08-22 Luca Marenzio, Italian composer (b. c. 1553)
  • 1599-11-08 Francisco Guerrero, Spanish composer (b. 1528)
  • 1600-08-15 Johann Baptista Serranus, composer, dies at 60
  • 1601-05-19 Costanzo Porta, Italian composer
  • 1602-02-03 Paul Melissus, [Paul Schede], German poet/composer, dies at 62
  • 1602-03-11 Emilio de' Cavalieri, Italian composer
  • 1602-10-01 Hernando de Cabezon, composer, dies at 61
  • 1603-07-04 Philippus the Monte, priest/bandmaster/composer, dies at 82
  • 1604-01-17 Santino Garsi da Parma, Italian composer, dies at 61
  • 1604-05-04 Claudio Merulo, composer, dies at 71
  • 1604-05-05 Claudio Merulo, Italian organist/composer, dies at 71
  • 1604-08-31 Giovanale Ancina, composer, dies at 58
  • 1604-09-17 Lucas Osiander, German composer, dies at 69
  • 1605-02-19 Orazio Tiberio Vecchi, composer, dies at 54
  • 1605-09-24 Manuel Mendes, Portuguese composer (bc. 1547)
  • 1606-11-12 Matthaus Ludecus, composer, dies at 79
  • 1607-03-11 Giovanni Maria Nanino, Italian composer
  • 1607-09-10 Luzzasco Luzzaschi, Italian composer and organist (b. 1545)
  • 1607-10-26 Philipp Nicolai, German Lutherian theologist/poet/composer, dies at 52
  • 1609-02-28 Paul Sartorius, composer, dies at 39
  • 1609-05-15 Giovanni Croce, Italian composer (b. 1557)
  • 1609-08-07 Eustache du Caurroy, composer, dies at 60
  • 1609-10-01 Gianmatteo Asola, Italian composer
  • 1611-08-27 Tomés L de Victoria, Spanish composer/singer/organist, dies
  • 1612-06-08 Hans Leo Hassler, composer, dies at 49
  • 1612-08-12 Giovanni Gabrieli, Italian composer (Madrigali), dies at about 60
  • 1612-09-30 Ercole Bottrigari, composer, dies at 81
  • 1613-05-05 Johann Steuerlein, composer, dies at 66
  • 1613-08-09 Giovanni Righi, composer, dies at 36
  • 1613-08-18 Giovanni Artusi, Italian composer