On This Day

May 1839 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • May 8 Adolphe-Basile Routhier, French Canadian lyricist ("O! Canada"), born in Saint-Placide, Quebec (d. 1920)
  • May 19 Alice Mary Smith, British composer, born in London (d. 1884)

Deaths in Music

  • May 3 Ferdinando Paer, composer, dies at 67