Birthdays in Music in 1885

  • Jan 1 Roland Diggle, English-born American composer and organist (d. 1954)
  • Jan 23 Boleslaw Wallek-Walewski, composer
  • Jan 27 Jerome Kern, American Broadway composer (Showboat, Roberta), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 27 Eduard K√ľnneke, German composer (d. 1953)
  • Feb 9 Alban Maria Johannes Berg, a Lulu of a composer!, born in Vienna, Austria
  • Feb 12 Licinio Refice, composer
  • Feb 15 Richard Wurz, composer
  • Feb 26 Lili Green, [Alice Sally Mary], Neth/Eng dancer
  • Mar 16 Giacomo Benvenuti, composer
  • Mar 22 Adriano Lualdi, composer
  • Mar 22 Jakabs Medins, composer
  • Mar 26 Julius Harrison, composer
  • Mar 28 Marc-Jean-Baptiste Delmas, composer
  • Apr 5 Dimitrie Cuclin, composer
  • Apr 6 Carlos Leon Salzedo, composer
  • Apr 8 Dimitrios Levidis, composer
  • Apr 16 Leo Weiner, Hungarian composer (Fasching), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1960)
  • Apr 17 Cecil Burleigh, composer
  • Apr 29 Wallingford Riegger, Albany Georgia, composer (Bacchangle)
  • Apr 30 Luigi Russolo, composer
  • May 11 Joe "King" Oliver, American jazz musician (d. 1938)
  • May 14 Otto Klemperer, Breslau Germany, conductor/composer (Das Ziel)
  • May 22 Julio Fonseca, composer
  • Jun 7 Percy Brier, Australian composer, born in North Pine, Queensland (d. 1970)
  • Jun 12 Werner Erich Josten, Elberfeld Germany, composer (Jungle)
  • Jun 19 Stevan Hristic, composer
  • Jun 27 Arthur Harmat, composer
  • Jun 28 Giuseppe Mule, composer
  • Jun 29 Andre Gailhard, composer
  • Jul 7 Ernest Bristow Farrar, composer
  • Jul 12 George Sainton Kaye Butterworth, composer
  • Jul 17 Benjamin James Dale, composer
  • Jul 24 Desider Antalffy-Zsiross, Hungarian organist/composer
  • Aug 3 Naphtali Siegfried Salomon, composer
  • Aug 12 Alexander Albrecht, composer
  • Aug 15 Andrey Filippovich Pashchenko, composer
  • Aug 28 Armas Toivo Valdemar Maasalo, Finnish composer and organist, born in Rautavaara, Finland (d. 1960)
  • Sep 11 Herbert Stothart, composer
  • Sep 14 Vittorio Gui, Italian conductor/composer (Batture d'aspetto)
  • Sep 17 Uzeir Abdul Huseyn Hajibeyov, composer
  • Sep 18 Abdul Muslim Mahomayev, composer
  • Sep 21 Thomas Alexandrovich de Hartmann, composer
  • Oct 8 Will Vodery, African-American composer, born in Philadelphia (d. 1951)
  • Oct 21 Egon Joseph Wellesz, Austrian composer/musicologist
  • Oct 22 Giovanni Martinelli, Montagnana Italy, opera singer (NY Met)
  • Oct 22 Lothar Windsperger, composer
  • Nov 9 Aureliano Pertile, Italian tenor, born in Montagnana, Italy (d. 1952)
  • Nov 13 Montague Fawcett Phillips, British composer, born in Tottenham, London (d. 1969)
  • Nov 27 Rudolph Reti, composer
  • Dec 1 Guy de Lioncourt, composer
  • Dec 10 Janos Hammerschlag, composer
  • Dec 10 Mario Varvoglis, composer
  • Dec 22 Joseph Deems Taylor, American composer (Peter Ibbetson), born in NYC, New York