On This Day

May 1812 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 11 Waltz introduced into English ballrooms. Some observers consider it disgusting and immoral.

Birthdays in Music

  • May 14 Emilie Mayer, German composer of Romantic music, born in Friedland, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (d. 1883)
  • May 20 Gustav Adolf Mankell, composer

Deaths in Music

  • May 13 Johann Matthias Sperger, Austrian double bassist and composer, dies at 62
  • May 21 Joseph Wolfl, Austrian composer, dies at 38