On This Day

Musicians Born in 1871

  • Jan 5 Frederick Converse, American composer (The Pipe of Desire), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1940)
  • Jan 15 Bertram Shapleigh, American composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1940)
  • Jan 22 Leon Jessel, German composer (The Parade of the Tin Soldiers), born in Stettin (d. 1942)
  • Jan 29 Eduardo Lopez-Chavarri y Marco, composer
  • Feb 7 (Carl) Wilhelm Stenhammar, Swedish composer considered the finest Swedish pianist of his time, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1927)
  • Mar 6 Ben Harney, American composer and "Father of Ragtime Piano" (You've Been a Good Old Wagon, But You Done Broke Down), born on the Mississippi River (d. 1938)
  • Mar 28 Willem Mengelberg, Dutch conductor (Concertgebouw Orchestra, NY Philharmonic 1922-30), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1951)
  • Apr 1 F. Melius Christiansen, composer
  • Apr 3 Mistinguett [Jeanne Florentine Bourgeois], French actress and singer (Moulin Rouge star), born in Enghien-les-Bains, Val-d'Oise, France (d. 1956)
  • Apr 9 Arthur Fickenscher, American composer, born in Aurora, Illinois (d. 1954)
  • Apr 16 Martin Lunssens, Belgian composer, born in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, Belgium (d. 1944)
  • Apr 21 Leo Blech, German composer and conductor, born in Aachen, Rhenish Prussia (d. 1958)
  • Apr 21 Vojtěch Říhovský, Czech composer, born in Dub nad Moravou, Czechia (d. 1950)
  • Apr 24 Blanche Ring, American singer ("In The Good Old Summer Time"), and stage and screen actress, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1961)
  • Apr 27 Arthur Nevin, American composer, born in Edgeworth, Pennsylvania (d. 1943)
  • May 5 Alberto Cametti, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1935)
  • May 6 August Reusner, German composer, born in Löwenberg, Silesia (d. 1935)
  • May 23 Sigurd Lie, Norwegian composer and conductor, born in Drammen (d. 1904)

James Weldon Johnson

Jun 17 James Weldon Johnson, American Harlem Renaissance poet, lyricist ("Lift Every Voice And Sing"), civil rights activist, and leader of the NAACP, born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1938)

  • Jul 3 Vicente Arregui Garay, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1925)
  • Jul 8 Clement Harris, English composer, born in London (d. 1897)
  • Jul 22 Akos Buttykai, Hungarian composer, born in Halmi (d. 1935)
  • Aug 1 Oskar Fried, German-Russian composer, born in Berlin (d. 1941)
  • Aug 8 William Henry Squire, composer
  • Aug 16 Zakhary Petrovich Paliashvili, Georgian composer (Abesalom and Eteri), born in Kutaisi (d. 1933)
  • Sep 30 Ruben Liljefors, Swedish composer, born in Uppsala, Sweden (d. 1936)
  • Oct 14 Alexander von Zemlinsky, Austrian composer, conductor, and arranger (The Mermaid; Lyric Symphony), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1942)
  • Oct 26 Hermann Löhr, British composer, born in Plymouth, England (d. 1943)
  • Nov 1 Alexander Spendiaryan, Russian-Soviet composer, born in Kakhovka, Russian Empire (d. 1928)
  • Nov 18 Amadeo Vives, Spanish composer, born in Collbató, Spain (d. 1932)
  • Nov 21 Panayot Pipkov, Bulgarian composer, born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria (d. 1942)
  • Dec 20 Henry Kimball Hadley, American composer and conductor, born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 1937)