On This Day

Year 1820 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 9 Pavel Křížkovský, Czech choral composer and conductor (Sts. Cyril and Methodius), born in Kreuzendorf, Austrian Silesia (d. 1885)
  • Jan 23 Alexander Serov, Russian composer & music critic, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1871)
  • Feb 13 (Albert) Béla Kéler, Hungarian composer, and conductor, born in Bártfa, Kingdom of Hungary (now Bardejov, Slovakia) (d. 1882)
  • Feb 17 Henri Vieuxtemps, Belgium composer and teacher (Brussels Cons), born in Verviers Belgium (d. 1881)
  • Feb 29 Adolf Schimon, Austrian German composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1887)
  • Mar 1 Richard Redhead, composer
  • Mar 7 Gustav Heinrich Graben-Hoffman, German composer and teacher, born in Bnin (d. 1900)
  • Mar 21 Frank Mori, English composer, born in London (d. 1873)
  • Mar 24 Fanny Crosby, American hymnist known as the "Queen of Gospel Song Writers", born in Brewster, New York (d. 1915)
  • Apr 17 Gottfried Conradi, Norwegian composer, born in Tønsberg, Norway (d. 1896)
  • May 22 Alexander Fesca, German pianist and composer, born in Karlsruhe, Germany (d. 1849)
  • Jun 18 Martin Andreas Udbye, Norwegian composer and organist, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 1889)
  • Aug 3 Luther Orlando Emerson, American composer, born in Parsonsfield, Maine (d. 1915)
  • Aug 20 Adolphe Fétis, Belgian-French pianist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1873)
  • Aug 24 Jacopo Tomadini, Italian composer, born in Cividale del Friuli, Italy (d. 1883)
  • Aug 30 George Frederick Root, American songwriter (The Battle Cry of Freedom), born in Sheffield, Massachusetts (d. 1895)
  • Oct 1 Gustav Adolf Heinze, Dutch composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1904)
  • Oct 6 Jenny Lind, Swedish soprano known as the 'Swedish Nightingale', born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1887)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 25 Joseph Franz Weigl, German cellist and early proponent of the 'thumb technique', dies at 79
  • Feb 7 Samuel Adams Holyoke, American composer, dies at 57
  • Feb 12 Guillaume Albert Teniers, Flemish composer, dies at 71
  • Mar 26 Jean-Etienne Despreaux, French ballet dancer and composer, dies at 71
  • May 10 Matthäus Stegmayer, Austrian composer, dies at 49
  • May 14 Paul Friedrich Struck, composer, dies at 43
  • Aug 6 Antonin Vranicky, Czech composer and violinist, dies at 59
  • Aug 11 János Lavotta, Hungarian violinist and composer, dies at 56
  • Sep 17 Henri Hamal, Belgian composer, dies at 76
  • Oct 3 Ludwig Wenzel Lachnith, composer, dies at 74
  • Dec 21 Charles-Francois Dumonchau, French pianist and composer, dies at 45