Year 1808 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 6 1st college orchestra in US founded, at Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Mar 27 Joseph Haydn's oratorio "Die Schopfung" premieres in Vienna
  • Dec 22 Beethoven's Symphonies No. 5 and No. 6, Choral Fantasy and Piano Concerto No. 4 (featuring the composer as soloist) premiere at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Austria

Musicians Born in 1808

  • Feb 4 Josef Kajetán Tyl, Czech playwright, writer and author of the Czech national anthem (Kde domov můj), born in Kutná Hora, Bohemia, Austrian Empire (d. 1856)
  • Feb 28 Elias Parish Alvars, British harpist and composer ("Voyage d'un Harpiste en Orient"), born in Teignmouth, England (d. 1849)
  • Mar 24 Maria Malibran (née Garcia) Spanish operatic contralto and soprano, born in Paris, (d. 1836)
  • Apr 10 Auguste Franchomme, French cellist and composer, born in Lille, France (d. 1884)
  • May 15 Gottfried Herrmann, composer

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Musicians Who Died in 1808

  • Apr 25 Luigi Tomasini, Italian violinist and composer (head of Prince Esterházy's court orchestra), dies at 66
  • Jun 11 Giovanni Battista Cirri, Italian cellist and composer, dies at 83
  • Jun 16 Georg Wenzel Ritter, German bassoonist, composer and friend of Mozart, dies at 60
  • Jul 20 François-Hippolyte Barthélémon, French composer, dies at 66
  • Jul 29 Selim III, Turkish sultan (1789-1808) poet and composer, assassinated at 46

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