On This Day

May 1799 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • May 23 Thomas Hood, English poet and composer (The Song of the Shirt), born in London (d. 1845)
  • May 27 Fromental Halévy, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1862)

Deaths in Music

  • May 2 Henri-Joseph Rigel, German composer, dies at 58
  • May 9 Claude-Bénigne Balbastre, French organist, harpsichordist, and composer, dies at 74