On This Day

Year 1786 in Music History

Events in Music

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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
  • 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