On This Day

Year 1786 in Music History

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

May 1 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera "Marriage of Figaro" premieres in Vienna with Mozart himself directing

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jul 31 "Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish dialect" by Robert Burns is published by John Wilson in Kilmarnock, Scotland

Poet and Lyricist Robert Burns
Poet and Lyricist
Robert Burns
  • Nov 7 The oldest musical organization in the United States is founded as the Stoughton Musical Society.

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 3 [Johann Christian] Friedrich Schneider, German composer and conductor (d. 1853)
  • Apr 18 Franz Xaver Schnyder von Wartensee, Swiss composer, born in Lucerne, Switzerland (d. 1868)
  • Jul 25 Giacomo Cordella, Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1846)
  • Sep 11 Friedrich Kuhlau, German-Danish opera composer, born in Lüneburg, Germany (d. 1832)
  • Sep 27 José Mariano Elízaga, Mexican composer, born in Morelia, Mexico (d. 1842)
  • Nov 7 Francisco Andrevi y Castellar, Spanish choirmaster and composer, born in Sanaüja, Spain (d. 1853)
  • Nov 10 Carl Eberwein, German composer and violinist, born in Weimar, Germany (d. 1868)
  • Nov 18 Henry Bishop, British composer and conductor, born in London (d. 1855)
  • Nov 18 Carl Maria von Weber, German romantic composer (Der Freischutz), born in Eutin, Bishopric of Lübeck, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1826)
  • Dec 20 Pietro Raimondi, Italian composer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1853)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 14 Michael Arne, English composer (b. 1740 or 1741)
  • Feb 20 Johann Wolfgang Kleinknecht, German composer, dies at 70
  • Mar 7 František Benda, Bohemian violinist and composer, dies at 76
  • May 19 John Stanley, English blind composer and organist, dies at 74
  • Jul 22 Vaclav Kalous [Simon à Scto Bartholomaeo], Czech composer, dies at 71
  • Jul 29 Franz Asplmayr, composer, dies at 58
  • Aug 7 Friedrich Schwindl, Dutch composer, dies at 49
  • Aug 16 Henri-Jacques de Croes, Flemish composer and violinist, dies at 80
  • Oct 6 Antonio Sacchini, Italian opera composer, dies at 56
  • Oct 19 Pietro Alessandro Pavona, composer, dies at 58