On This Day

Year 1809 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Sep 18 Royal Opera House in London opens

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 2 Friedrich Wilhelm Jahns, German composer, voice teacher and musicologist, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1888)
  • Jan 20 Sebastian de Iradier, Spanish-Basque composer (La Paloma), born in Lanciego, Álav, Spain (d. 1865)

Person of interestFelix Mendelssohn

Feb 3 (Jacob Ludwig) Felix Mendelssohn [Bartholdy], German composer and pianist (Italian Symphony; Songs Without Words), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1847)

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn
  • Mar 19 Fredrik Pacius, composer
  • Mar 31 Otto Jonas Lindblad, Swedish composer (Kungssången - Royal Anthem), born in Karlstorp, Sweden (d. 1864)
  • Apr 23 Eugene-Prosper Prevost, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1872)
  • May 6 William Walker, American composer (The Southern Harmony), born in Martin's Mills, Cross Keys, South Carolina (d. 1875)
  • Aug 30 Adolf Friedrich Hesse, German composer, born in Wrocław, Poland (d. 1863)
  • Oct 2 Anton Emil Titl, Austrian composer, born in Nedvědice (d. 1882)
  • Oct 16 Francesco Schira, composer, born in Island of Malta (d. 1883)
  • Oct 22 Federico Ricci, Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1877)
  • Nov 26 Marià Obiols, Catalan composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1888)
  • Nov 30 Thomas Molleson Mudie, English composer, born in London (d. 1876)
  • Dec 20 Friedrich Karl Kuhmstedt, German composer, born in Oldisleben, Germany (d. 1858)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 4 Bartolomeo Giacometti, composer, dies at 67
  • Feb 20 Johann Joseph Emmert, German composer, dies at 76
  • Mar 7 Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Austrian composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 23 Ferdinand-Philippe-Joseph Staes, composer, dies at 60
  • Mar 26 Gabriele Mario Piozzi, Italian tenor and composer, dies at 68
  • May 31 Franz Joseph Haydn, Austrian composer of the classical period (The Creation; Trumpet Concerto), dies at 77
  • Jun 3 John Christmas Beckwith, British organist and composer (The First Verse of Every Psalm of David with an Ancient or Modern Chant), dies of a stroke at 49
  • Jul 3 Joseph Quesnel, French-Canadian composer and playwright (Colas et Colinette), dies at 62
  • Jul 24 Johann Gottfried Eckard, composer, dies at 74
  • Sep 21 Alexander Reinagle, English-American composer, dies at 53
  • Nov 26 Nicolas-Marie Dalayrac, French composer, dies at 56
  • Dec 31 Franz Ignaz Beck, composer, dies at 75