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Year 1818 in Music History

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 10 Pesaro opera theater opens with Gioachino Rossini's "La gaza ladra"

Music concertMusic Concert

Oct 24 Felix Mendelssohn, aged 9, performs his first public concert in Berlin

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn
  • Dec 24 Christmas carol "Silent Night" composed by Franz Xaver Gruber is first sung at St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, Austria

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 27 Jacob Axel Josephson, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1880)
  • Apr 6 Francis Henry Brown, composer
  • Apr 25 Marek Konrad Sokolowski, Polish guitarist and composer, born in Zhytomyr, Ukraine (d. 1883)
  • Jun 17 Charles Gounod, French opera composer (Faust), born in Paris, France (d. 1893)
  • Jun 21 Ernst II, duke of Saxon-Coburg-Gotha (1844-93) and composer, born in Ehrenburg Palace, Coburg, Germany (d. 1893)
  • Jun 30 Edward John Hopkins, English organist and composer, born in London (d. 1901)
  • Jul 15 Heinrich Esser, German violinist and composer, born in Mannheim (d. 1872)
  • Jul 24 Félix Godefroid, Belgian harpist and composer, born in Namur, Belgium (d. 1897)
  • Aug 7 Henry Litolff, French composer and pianist, born in London, England (d. 1891)
  • Oct 6 Joseph Rummel, composer
  • Oct 15 Johann Gungl, Austrian composer and conductor, born in Zsambék, Austrian Empire (d. 1883) (alternatively born March 5 1828)
  • Oct 26 Stefano Golinelli, Italian pianist and composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1891)
  • Nov 26 Louis Lacombe, French pianist and composer, born in Bourges, France (d. 1884)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 1 Fedele Fenaroli, Italian composer, dies at 87
  • Feb 1 Giuseppe Gazzaniga, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • Mar 23 Nicolas Isouard, French composer, dies at 42
  • Mar 28 Antonio Capuzzi, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 62
  • May 7 Leopold Koželuch, Czech composer, dies at 70
  • May 8 Franz Ignaz Kaa, German composer, dies at 78
  • Dec 31 Jean-Pierre Duport, French composer, dies at 77