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Year 1791 in Music History

Events in Music


Book releaseHistoric Publication

Mar 18 Robert Burns poem “Tam o’ Shanter,” is published in the "Edinburgh Herald"

Poet and Lyricist Robert Burns
Poet and Lyricist
Robert Burns

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Sep 6 Mozart's opera "La Clemenza di Tito" premieres in Prague

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

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 6 Jose Melchor Gomiz, Spanish composer, born in Ontinyent, Spain (d. 1836)
  • Jan 28 (Louis Joseph) Ferdinand Hérold, French pianist, violinist, and composer of over twenty operas, born in Paris (d. 1833)
  • Feb 1 Charles-Joseph Sax, Belgian music instrument builder of wind and brass instruments whose son invented the saxophone, born in Dinant, Wallonia, Belgium (d. 1865)
  • Feb 20 Carl Czerny, Czech-Austrian pianist, composer (Schule der Virtuosen), and teacher, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1857)
  • Mar 31 Franciszek Wincenty Mirecki, Polish composer, conductor and pedagogue, born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1862)
  • May 11 Jan Vaclav Hugo Vorisek, composer
  • May 29 Pietro Romani, Italian conductor and composer, born in Rome (d. 1877)
  • Jul 9 Nicolás Ledesma, Spanish organist and composer, born in Grisel, Spain (d. 1883)
  • Jul 26 Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart, Austrian composer and 6th child of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1844)
  • Sep 5 Giacomo Meyerbeer, German opera composer (Gott und die Natur - God and Nature), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1864)
  • Oct 31 Ferdinand Huber, Swiss composer, born in St. Gallen, Switzerland (d. 1863)
  • Dec 4 Johann Gottlob Topfer, German composer, born in Niederroßla (d. 1870)
  • Dec 9 Peter Josef von Lindpaintner, German composer, born in Koblenz, Germany (d. 1856)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 11 William Williams Pantycelyn, Welsh hymnist (b. 1717)

Person of interestFrancis Hopkinson

May 9 Francis Hopkinson, American author and composer (designed the first American flag), dies from an apoplectic seizure at 53

Designer of the American Flag Francis Hopkinson
Designer of the American Flag
Francis Hopkinson
  • May 28 Joseph Schmitt, German Dutch composer, dies at 57
  • May 30 Ildephons Haas, German composer, dies at 56
  • Aug 25 Pietro Domenico Paradisi, composer, dies

Person of interestWolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Dec 5 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian musical prodigy and composer (Figaro), dies at 35

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