On This Day

1759 in Music

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
  • 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 Vinzenz Krommer, composer

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 8 Francois de La Croix, 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