Organists in History

Events in Music

  • 1563-02-27 William Byrd is appointed organist at Lincoln Cathedral
  • 1682-07-14 Henry Purcell appointed organist of Chapel Royal, London

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 135

  • 1416-03-27 Antonio Squarcialupi, Italian composer and organist, born in Florence (d. 1480)
  • 1444-02-17 Rudolf Agricola, [Roelof Huysman], Dutch humanist/organist
  • 1533-04-08 Claudio Merulo, organist/composer
  • 1576-10-25 Thomas Weelkes, English organist and composer of madrigals, baptised in Elstead (d. 1623)
  • 1586-06-28 Paul Siefert, German composer and organist, born in Danzig (d. 1666)
  • 1609-07-27 Heinrich Pape, German composer and organist, born in Ratzeburg (d. 1663)
  • 1616-05-19 Johann Jakob Froberger, German singer/organist/composer
  • 1643-03-28 Jose Solana, Spanish composer and organist, born in Sieso, Huesca province (d. 1712)
  • 1652-01-01 Johann Krieger, German composer and organist, born in Nuremberg (d. 1735)
  • 1656-11-03 Georg Reutter, Austrian composer and organist (d. 1738)
  • 1656-11-04 Leonard Sailer, German composer and organist, born in Ulm (d. after 1694)
  • 1659-08-01 Antoine Mouque, Flemish composer and organist and singer, born in Ostend (d. 1723)
  • 1659-09-10 Henry Purcell, English organist/composer (Dido & Aeneas)
  • 1661-09-02 Georg Bohm, German organist/composer
  • 1663-03-16 Nicolas Siret, French baroque composer and organist, born in Troyes (d. 1754)
  • 1667-02-17 Georg Bronner, German composer and organist, born in Hamburg (d. 1720) baptismal date
  • 1668-11-10 Francois Couperin, composer/organist (Concerts Royaux), born in Paris, France
  • 1669-02-01 Miguel Lopez, Spanish composer and organist, born in Villarroya de la Sierra (d. 1723)
  • 1669-02-02 Louis Marchand, French baroque composer and organist (d. 1732)
  • 1673-09-13 Hercule Brehy, Flemish composer and organist, born in Brussels (d. 1737)
  • 1674-11-04 Anton Englert, German composer and organist, born in Schweinfurt (d. 1751)
  • 1676-12-19 Louis-Nicholas Clerambault, composer/organist, born in Paris, France
  • 1678-12-30 William Croft, English composer and organist, born in Nether Ettington (d. 1727)

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1685-02-23 George Frideric Handel, German-British baroque composer and organist (Messiah, Water Music), born in Halle, Duchy of Magdeburg, Germany (d. 1759)

  • 1688-03-25 Johann Gotthilf Ziegler, German baroque composer and organist, born in Germany (d. 1747)
  • 1693-08-30 Jacobus Nozeman, Dutch composer/organist
  • 1694-07-04 Louis-Claude Daquin, [d'Acquin], French organist/composer (La Rose)
  • 1695-02-06 Andre Cheron, French composer, organist and harpsichordist, born in Paris (d. 1766)
  • 1697-06-11 Francesco A Vallotti, Italian organist/composer/theorist
  • 1699-12-23 Joseph Gibbs, English composer and organist, born in Colchester (d. 1788)
  • 1704-02-24 Hubert Renotte, Flemish composer and organist, born in Liège (d. 1745)
  • 1708-01-26 William Hayes, English composer and organist, born in Gloucester (d. 1777) baptismal date
  • 1708-02-08 Vaclav Jan Kopriva, Czech composer and organist, born in Cítoliby, Czech Republic (d. 1789)
  • 1710-02-07 William Boyce, English organist/composer (Cathedral Music), born in London (d. 1779)
  • 1712-01-17 John Stanley, English blind composer and organist, born in London (d. 1786)
  • 1715-04-11 John Alcock, English composer and organist, born in London (d. 1806)
  • 1720-01-04 Johann Friedrich Agricola, German (court)composer/organist
  • 1721-04-01 Pieter Hellendaal, Dutch violinist/organist/composer (Glees)
  • 1723-04-14 John Wainwright, English composer and organist (d. 1768)
  • 1727-02-25 Armand-Louis Couperin, French composer and organist (Notre Dame)
  • 1736-02-03 Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Austria organist/composer
  • 1748-09-17 Robert Wainwright, English composer and church organist (d.1782)
  • 1754-02-17 Jan Jachym Kopriva, Czech composer and organist, born in Cítoliby, Czech Republic (d. 1792)
  • 1756-02-09 Karel Blazej Kopriva, Czech organist and composer, born in Cítoliby, Czech Republic (d. 1785)
  • 1757-07-08 Richard Wainwright, English composer and church organist (d. 1825)
  • 1762-07-21 Willem GF Bentinck, Dutch earl/politician/organist
  • 1763-10-12 John Ross, English composer and organist, born in Newcastle upon Tyne (d. 1837)
  • 1766-02-24 Samuel Wesley, Bristol England, composer/organist (Exultate Deo)
  • 1774-04-17 Vaclav Jan Krtitel Tomasek, organist/pianist/composer
  • 1779-01-08 John White, English organist and violinist (d. 1831)
  • 1787-11-25 Franz Xaver Gruber, Austria, organist/composer ("Silent Night")
  • 1788-01-05 Kaspar Ett, German organist/composer
  • 1789-10-28 Johann Schneider, German composer and organist (d. 1864)
  • 1792-01-08 Lowell Mason, Medfield Mass, organist/composer (Zebulo)
  • 1800-12-27 John Goss, English organist and composer (Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven), (d. 1880)
  • 1815-01-09 William Jackson of Masham, English composer and organist, born in Masham, Yorkshire (d. 1866)
  • 1818-06-30 Edward John Hopkins, English organist and composer, born in London (d. 1901)
  • 1822-04-26 Jan Albert van Eyken, composer/organist
  • 1822-12-10 César Franck, Belgian composer and organist (d. 1890)
  • 1825-07-23 Richard Hol, Dutch composer/organist/conductor
  • 1827-11-12 Gustav Merkel, German organist and composer (d. 1885)
  • 1839-03-10 Dudley Buck, organist and church composer, born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1844-09-11 George Martin, English composer and organist, born in Lambourn, Berkshire (d. 1916)
  • 1850-05-16 Arthur Henry Mann, organist/composer
  • 1850-07-04 Ole Olsen, Norwegian composer and organist, born in Hammerfest, Finnmark (d. 1927)
  • 1852-09-30 Charles Villiers Stanford, Irish organist/composer
  • 1853-03-05 Arthur W Foote, organist/composer (Suite for Strings in E), born in Salem, Massachusetts
  • 1858-08-01 Hans Rott, Austrian composer and organist, born in Vienna (d. 1884)
  • 1862-09-25 Leon Boellmann, French organist/composer (Variations Symphoniques)
  • 1862-11-01 Johan Wagenaar, Dutch composer/conductor/organist (Cyrano)
  • 1867-02-09 Edward Naylor, English composer and organist, born in Scarborough (d. 1934)
  • 1873-01-06 Karl Straube, German organist/conductor
  • 1875-01-14 Albert Schweitzer, doctor/humanitarian/organist (Nobel 1954)
  • 1877-09-17 Jean Hure, French composer and organist, born in Gien, Loire (d. 1930)
  • 1879-09-30 Ernst Isler, Swiss organist and critic, born in Zurich (d. 1944)
  • 1885-01-01 Roland Diggle, English-born American composer and organist (d. 1954)
  • 1885-07-24 Desider Antalffy-Zsiross, Hungarian organist/composer
  • 1886-03-13 Henri D Gagnebin, Swiss organist
  • 1886-05-03 Marcel Dupré, French organist and composer (d. 1971)
  • 1887-11-28 Jacobo Palm, Curacaos pianist/organist
  • 1892-09-17 Hendrik F Andriessen, Dutch organist/composer (Ballade of Merel)
  • 1897-04-16 Jaap Vranken, Dutch organist/composer (Stabat Mater)
  • 1898-06-15 Thomas Henry Wait Armstrong, English organist and composer, born in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire (d. 1994)
  • 1899-01-19 [John] Herbert Whitton Sumsion, organist/composer
  • 1899-06-20 Anthon van der Horst, Dutch organist/composer
  • 1900-01-23 William Ifor Jones, Welsh conductor and organist (d. 1988)
  • 1902-01-05 Pierre Palla, Dutch pianist/organist
  • 1902-01-11 Maurice Durufle, French organist/composer
  • 1903-06-01 Percy Whitlock, English composer and organist, born in Chatham (d. 1946)
  • 1903-07-04 Flor Peeters, Antwerp Belgium, organist/composer (Lied Symphony)
  • 1904-02-21 Armand Preud'homme, Flemish organist/poet
  • 1904-10-16 Reginald Dixon, Sheffield, Britain, theatre organist, (d. 1985)
  • 1906-03-29 E Power Biggs, Westcliff-on-Sea England, organist/composer (CBS)
  • 1906-08-15 Finn Videro, Danish organist and composer, born in Fuglebjerg, Næstved (d. 1987)
  • 1907-10-27 Helmut Walcha, German organist (church music)
  • 1911-02-02 Jean-Jacques Grunenwald, French organist/composer
  • 1911-02-03 Jehan [Ariste] Alain, French organist/composer
  • 1912-04-14 Piet van Egmond, Dutch organist/conductor (Neth Chamber Orch)
  • 1912-04-21 Feike P Asma, Dutch organist
  • 1912-05-03 Virgil Fox, American organist (d. 1980)

Deaths in Music

Deaths 1 - 100 of 118

  • 1473-01-24 Conrad Paumann, German blind organist/composer, dies
  • 1480-07-06 Antonio Squarcialupi, Italian composer and organist, dies at 64
  • 1485-10-27 Rudolph Agricola, [Roelof Huysman], humanist/organist, dies
  • 1597-01-29 Elias Ammerbach, German organist (b. 1530)
  • 1604-05-05 Claudio Merulo, Italian organist/composer, dies at 71
  • 1607-09-10 Luzzasco Luzzaschi, Italian composer and organist (b. 1545)
  • 1611-08-27 Tomés L de Victoria, Spanish composer/singer/organist, dies
  • 1616-06-12 Cornelis F Schuyt, Dutch organist/composer (Madrigalen), dies
  • 1621-10-16 Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, organist/composer, dies at about 59
  • 1625-06-05 Orlando Gibbons, English organist/composer (Silver Swan), dies at 41
  • 1626-11-30 Thomas Weelkes, English organist and composer of madrigals, dies at 47
  • 1628-02-20 Gregor Aichinger, German composer/organist, dies at about 63
  • 1628-03-12 John Bull, English organist/composer, dies
  • 1643-03-01 Girolamo Frescobaldi, Italian composer/organist, dies at 59
  • 1663-04-25 Heinrich Pape, German composer and organist, dies at 53
  • 1667-05-07 Johann Jakob Froberger, German organist/singer/composer, dies at 50
  • 1704-02-23 Georg Muffat, French/German organist/composer, dies at 50

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1706-03-09 Johann Pachelbel, German organist/composer, dies at 52

  • 1707-05-09 Dietrich Buxtehude, German organist/composer, dies at about 69
  • 1707-08-20 Nicolas Gigault, French organist and composer (b. 1627)
  • 1712-09-22 Jose Solana, Spanish composer and organist, dies at 69
  • 1720-03-08 Georg Bronner, German composer and organist, dies at 53
  • 1722-11-24 Johann Adam Reincken, German organist/composer, dies at 99
  • 1723-06-07 Miguel Lopez, Spanish composer and organist, dies at 64
  • 1723-08-23 Antoine Mouque, Flemish composer, organist and singer, dies at 64
  • 1727-08-14 William Croft, English composer and organist, dies at 48
  • 1733-05-18 Georg Bohm, German organist/composer, dies at 71
  • 1735-07-18 Johann Krieger, German composer and organist, dies at 83
  • 1737-02-28 Hercule Brehy, Flemish composer and organist, dies at 63
  • 1738-08-29 Georg Reuter, Austrian composer and organist, dies at 81
  • 1745-06-22 Hubert Renotte, Flemish composer and organist, dies at 41
  • 1745-10-10 Jacobus Nozeman, Dutch composer/organist, dies at 52
  • 1747-09-15 Johann Gotthilf Ziegler, German baroque composer and organist, dies at 59
  • 1749-10-26 Louis-Nicholas Clerambault, French composer/organist, dies at 72
  • 1750-09-14 Carl T Pachelbel, US organist/composer
  • 1751-11-22 Anton Englert, German composer and organist, dies at 77
  • 1754-06-22 Nicholas Siret, French baroque composer and organist, dies at 91

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1759-04-14 George Frideric Handel, German-British baroque composer and organist (Messiah, Water Music), dies at 74

  • 1759-07-25 Johann C Altnikol, German organist/klavecinist/composer, dies at 39
  • 1766-10-07 Andre Cheron, French composer organist and harpsichordist, dies at 71
  • 1768-01-28 John Wainwright, English composer and organist, dies at 44
  • 1770-12-10 Theophil "Gottlieb" Muffat, German court organist/composer, dies at 80
  • 1772-06-15 Louis-Claude Daquin, French organist/composer (La Rose), dies at 77
  • 1774-12-02 Johann Friedrich Agricola, German (court)composer/organist, dies at 54
  • 1777-07-27 William Hayes, English composer and organist, dies at 69
  • 1779-02-07 William Boyce, English organist/composer (Cathedral Music), dies from gout at 69
  • 1780-01-10 Francesco Antonio Vallotti, Italian organist/composer, dies at 82
  • 1782-07-15 Robert Wainwright, English composer and church organist, dies at 33
  • 1785-05-15 Karel Blazej Kopriva, Czech organist and composer, dies at 29
  • 1786-05-19 John Stanley, English blind composer and organist, dies at 74
  • 1788-12-12 Joseph Gibbs, English composer and organist, dies at 88
  • 1789-02-02 Armand-Louis Couperin, Fren composer/organist (Notre Dame), dies at 63
  • 1789-06-07 Vaclav Jan Kopriva, Czech composer and organist, dies at 81
  • 1792-08-17 Jan Jachym Kopriva, Czech composer and organist, dies at 38
  • 1798-01-26 Christian Gottlob Neefe, German organist/composer, dies at 49
  • 1799-04-19 Pieter Hellendaal, violinist/organist/composer (Glees), dies at 78
  • 1803-07-05 William Jackson, (Jackson of Exeter), English composer and organist, dies at 73
  • 1806-02-23 John Alcock, English composer and organist, dies at 90
  • 1825-08-20 Richard Wainwright, composer and church organist, dies at 68
  • 1831-08-22 John White, English organist and violinist, dies at 52
  • 1835-10-22 Willem G F Bentinck, earl/politician/organist, dies at 73
  • 1837-07-28 John Ross, British composer and organist, dies at 73
  • 1847-05-16 Kaspar Ett, German organist/composer, dies at 59
  • 1850-04-03 Vaclav Jan Krtitel Tomasek, organist/pianist/composer, dies at 75
  • 1864-04-13 Johann Schneider, German composer and organist, dies at 74
  • 1866-04-15 William Jackson of Masham, English composer and organist, dies at 51
  • 1872-08-11 Lowell Mason, US organist/composer (Zebulo), dies at 80
  • 1880-05-10 John Goss, English composer and organist (Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven), dies at 79
  • 1885-10-30 Gustav Merkel, German organist and composer, dies at 57
  • 1890-11-08 Caesar-Auguste Franck, Belgian organist/composer, dies at 67
  • 1897-10-11 Leon Boelmann, French organist/composer (Suite Gothique), dies at 35
  • 1901-02-14 Edward John Hopkins, English organist and composer, dies at 82
  • 1904-05-14 Richard Hol, Dutch composer/organist/conductor, dies at 78
  • 1909-10-06 Dudley Buck, US organist and composer, dies at 70
  • 1916-02-23 George Martin, English composer and organist, dies at 71
  • 1916-05-11 Max Reger, German composer/pianist/organist, dies at 43
  • 1930-01-27 Jean Hure, French composer and organist, dies at 52
  • 1937-03-12 Charles-Marie-Jean-Albert Widor, French organist/composer, dies at 93
  • 1937-04-08 Arthur William Foote, US organist/composer, dies at 84
  • 1940-06-20 Jehan Alain, French organist/composer, dies in battle at 29
  • 1941-03-11 Walford Davies, British organist/composer, dies at 71
  • 1944-09-26 Ernst Isler, Swiss organist ad critic, dies at 64
  • 1945-05-01 Desider Antalffy-Zsiross, Hungarian organist/composer, dies at 59
  • 1946-05-01 Percy Whitlock, English composer and organist, dies at 42
  • 1950-04-27 Karl Straube, German organist/conductor, dies
  • 1954-01-13 Roland Diggle, English-born American composer and organist, dies at 69
  • 1956-02-27 Gunther Ramin, German organist/composer/choir conductor, dies at 57
  • 1956-04-20 Jaap Vranken, organist/composer (Stabat mater), dies
  • 1965-03-09 Anthon van der Horst, Dutch organist/composer, dies at 65
  • 1971-05-30 Marcel Dupré, French organist and composer (b. 1886)
  • 1972-08-09 Richard Elsasser, American composer and organist , dies at 45
  • 1977-03-10 E Power Biggs, English organist/composer (CBS), dies at 70
  • 1977-06-02 Henri D Gagnebin, Swiss organist/composer, dies at 91
  • 1981-04-12 Hendrik F Andriessen, Dutch organist/composer (Te Deum), dies at 88
  • 1982-05-11 Piet van Egmond, organist/conductor, dies at 70
  • 1982-12-19 Jean-Jacques Grunenwald, French organist/composer, dies at 71
  • 1985-05-09 Reginald Dixon, British theatre organist, dies at 80
  • 1986-02-07 Armand Preud'homme, Flemish organist/lyricist, dies at 81
  • 1986-06-16 Maurice Duruflé, French composer and organist (b. 1902)
  • 1986-07-04 Flor Peeters, Flemish baron/organist/composer, dies at 83