On This Day

Year 1759 in Music History

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 20 George Frideric Handel is buried in Westminster Abbey, London

  • Dec 13 First music store in America opens (Philadelphia)

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 4 Maria Rosa Coccia, composer

Person of interestRobert Burns

Jan 25 Robert Burns, Scottish poet (Auld Lang Syne) considered the national poet of Scotland, born in Alloway, Scotland (d. 1796)

Poet and Lyricist Robert Burns
Poet and Lyricist
Robert Burns
  • Jan 31 Francois Devienne, French composer, born in Joinville, France (d. 1803)
  • Feb 27 Johann Carl Friedrich Rellstab, composer
  • Mar 2 Johann Christian Friedrich Haeffner, composer
  • Apr 18 Jacques Widerkehr, Alsatian composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1823)
  • May 15 Maria Theresia von Paradis, composer
  • May 18 Charles Duquesnoy, South Netherlands composer and singer, born in Beuzet (d. 1822)
  • May 22 Gervais-François Couperin, French composer (d. 1826)
  • May 23 António da Silva Leite, Portuguese composer, born in Porto, Portugal (d. 1833)
  • Jun 5 Theodor Zwetler, Austrian composer, born in Weitra, Austria (d. 1826)
  • Jul 10 Eleanore Sophia Maria Westenholz, German composer (d. 1838)
  • Nov 10 Frederich von Schiller, German poet and lyricist (Ode to Joy), born in Marbach am Neckar, Germany (d. 1805)
  • Nov 13 Timothy Olmstead, early American composer (d. 1848)
  • Nov 20 Nikolaus Paul Zmeskall, Hungarian cellist and composer, baptized in Leštiny (d. 1833)
  • Nov 27 Franz Krommer, Czech composer, born in Kamenice u Jihlavy, Czech Republic (d. 1831)

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 8 Francois de La Croix, French composer, dies at 76

Person of interestGeorge Frideric Handel

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

  • Jun 19 Charles-Joseph-Balthazar Sohier, composer, dies at 31
  • Jul 25 Johann C Altnikol, German organist/klavecinist/composer, dies at 39
  • Aug 8 Karl Heinrich Graun, German composer, dies at 55
  • Sep 4 Girolamo Chiti, Italian composer and music theorist, dies at 80