On This Day

1779 in Music

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 8 John White, English organist and violinist (d. 1831)
  • Jan 22 Stefano Pavesi, composer
  • Feb 22 Joachim Nicolas Eggert, Swedish composer, born in Ginst, Rügen Island (d. 1813)
  • Mar 1 Jacob Gottfried Weber, composer
  • Mar 6 Philipp Roth, composer
  • Mar 13 Oliver Shaw, early American composer, born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1848)
  • Mar 21 Alexis Garaude, composer
  • Mar 28 Angelo Maria Benincori, Italian composer, born in Brescia, Italy (d. 1821)
  • Apr 11 Louise Reichardt, German composer, born in Berlin, Prussia (d. 1826)
  • Apr 21 William Knyvett, British singer and composer, born in Westminster, London (d. 1856)
  • May 28 Thomas Moore, Irish poet and musician, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1852)
  • Jul 10 Alois Basil Nikolaus Tomasini, Italian violinist and composer, born in Pesaro, Italy (d. 1858)
  • Jul 20 Ignaz Schuster, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1835)
  • Jul 21 Gottlob Wiedebein, German composer, born in Eilenstedt (d. 1854)
  • Aug 1 Francis Scott Key, American lawyer, poet and composer of the lyrics to "Star-Spangled Banner", born in Carroll County, Maryland (d. 1843)
  • Aug 17 Franz de Paula Roser, composer
  • Sep 8 Johann Philipp Samuel Schmidt, German composer, born in Königsberg, East Prussia (d. 1853)
  • Sep 10 Louis Alexandre Piccinni, Italian-French composer, born in Paris (d. 1850)
  • Nov 6 Michal Bogdanowicz, composer (d. 1830)
  • Dec 1 Pyotr Ivanovich Turchaninov, composer
  • Dec 14 Mariano Rodríguez de Ledesma, Spanish composer, born in Zaragoza, Spain (d. 1847)

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 2 Georg Philipp Kress, composer, dies at 59
  • Feb 7 William Boyce, English organist/composer (Cathedral Music), dies from gout at 69
  • Apr 6 Tommaso MFS Traetta, Italian opera composer (Farnace), dies at 52
  • Oct 28 Raphael Weiss, German composer and priest, dies at 66
  • Dec 15 Manuel Jeronimo Romero de Avila, Spanish theorist and composer, dies at 62
  • Dec 28 Gennaro Manna, Italian composer, dies at 64