On This Day

Musicians Born in 1868

  • Jan 6 Vittorio Monti, Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1922)
  • Jan 16 Cyril Metodej Hrazdira, Czech composer and conductor, born in Rájec nad Svitavou, Moravia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1926)
  • Jan 23 Juventino Rosas, Mexican composer & violinist, born in Santa Cruz de Juventino Rosas, Mexico (d. 1894)
  • Jan 27 Cato Engelen-Sewing, Dutch soprano prima donna (Dutch Opera), born in Amsterdam (d. 1961)
  • Jan 28 Frederic Lamond, Scottish composer, pupil of Liszt, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1948)
  • Jan 28 Julian Aguirre, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1924)
  • Feb 3 Dámaso Ledesma, Spanish organist, composer, musicologist, and priest, born in Ciudad Rodrigo, Spain (d. 1928)
  • Feb 5 Lodewijk Mortelmans, Belgian composer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1952)
  • Feb 26 Leonard Borwick, English concert pianist, born in Walthamstow, England (d. 1925)
  • Mar 22 Hamish MacCunn, Scottish composer (The Land of the Mountain and the Flood), and teacher, born in Greenock, Scotland (d. 1916)
  • Mar 27 Patty Smith Hill, American composer, teacher and songwriter ("Happy Birthday To You"), born in Anchorage, Kentucky (d. 1946)
  • Mar 28 Wojciech Gawroński, Polish pianist and composer, born in Sejmany, Russian Empire [now Lithuania] (d. 1910)
  • Apr 13 John Blackwood McEwen, Scottish classical composer, born in Hawick, Scotland (d. 1948)
  • Apr 16 Joel Angel, Russian musicologist and composer (d. 1917)
  • Apr 19 Max Von Schillings, German composer and conductor (Der Pfeifertag), born in Düren, Germany (d. 1933)
  • Apr 22 José Vianna da Motta, Portuguese composer, born in São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe (d. 1948)
  • May 6 Gaston Leroux, French writer (The Phantom of the Opera), born in Paris (d. 1927)
  • May 13 Paolo Gallico, Italian-American pianist and composer (The Apocalypse), born in Trieste (d. 1955)
  • Jun 3 (Ivar) Henning Mankell, Swedish pianist and composer, born in Härnösand, Sweden (d. 1930)
  • Jun 19 Heinrich Schenker, Austrian musicologist (Urlinie) know for his Schenkerian analysis of music, born in Wisniowczyki, Austrian Galicia (d. 1935)
  • Aug 5 Oskar Merikanto [Ala-Kanto], Finnish pianist, organist, and composer, born in Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland (d. 1924)
  • Aug 7 Granville Bantock, English composer and conductor (Hebridean Symphony), born in London (d. 1946)
  • Aug 14 Leone Sinigaglia, Italian composer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1944)
  • Aug 16 Charles Sanford Skilton, American composer (Suite Primeval), born in Northhampton, Massachusetts (d. 1941)
  • Sep 26 Henry F. Gilbert, American composer (The Dance in Place Congo), and musicologist, born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 1928)
  • Oct 10 Guillermo M. Tomás, Cuban composer, born in Cienfuegos, Cuba (d. 1933)
  • Oct 27 Annie Patterson, Irish organist, composer, and musicologist born in Lurgan, Ireland (d. 1934)
  • Nov 4 Carolina “La Belle” Otero, Spanish actress, singer and courtesan, born in Valga, Galicia, Spain (d. 1965)
  • Nov 9 Andrea d'Angeli, Italian composer, born in Italy (d. 1940)
  • Nov 13 Pierre Maurice, Swiss composer, born in Allaman, Switzerland (d. 1936)
  • Nov 15 Ferruccio Giannini, Italian-American operatic tenor (one of the first to be recorded), teacher, and impresario (Verdi Opera House, Philadelphia), born in Barga, Italy (d. 1948)

Scott Joplin

Nov 24 Scott Joplin, American ragtime entertainer and composer ("Maple Leaf Rag"; "The Entertainer"), born in Texarkana, Texas (d. 1917)

  • Nov 28 František Drdla, Czech composer, born in Žďár nad Sázavou, Czech Republic (d. 1944)
  • Dec 10 Louis Victor Saar, Dutch-American composer, born in Rotterdam (d. 1937)
  • Dec 11 Ernst Henrik Ellberg, Swedish composer, born in Söderhamn, Sweden (d. 1948)
  • Dec 14 Richard Batka, Austrian music critic and composer, born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 1922)