On This Day

Year 1840 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Feb 11 Gaetano Donizetti's Opera "La Fille du Regiment" premieres in Paris
  • Apr 13 William Henry Lane ("Juda") perfects tap dance
  • Dec 2 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "La Favorita" premieres in Paris

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 18 Ernst Rudorff, composer
  • Feb 2 Louis Bourgault-Ducoudray, composer
  • Feb 13 Georg Jacobi, composer
  • Feb 25 Alexis Hollander, German composer, born in Ratibor, Silesia (d. 1924)
  • Mar 8 Franco Faccio, Italian composer and conductor, born in Verona, Italy (d. 1891)
  • Mar 26 Carli Zoeller, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1889)
  • Apr 11 John Conrad Nordqvist, Swedish composer, born in Vänersborg, Älvsborg County, Sweden (d. 1920)
  • Apr 12 Edmond Audran, French composer, born in Lyon, France (d. 1901)
  • Apr 12 Franz Xaver Haberl, German priest and musicologist (Magister choralis), born in Mallersdorf-Pfaffenberg, Bavaria (d. 1910)

Person of interestPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

May 7 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer of the late-Romantic period (1812 Overture, Swan Lake), born in Votkinsk, Russia (d. 1893)

  • May 11 Filippo Capocci, composer
  • Jun 6 John Stainer, English composer (The Crucifixion), born in Southwark, London (d. 1901)
  • Jun 24 Louis Brassin, Belgian composer and pianist, born in Aix-la-Chapelle (d. 1884)
  • Jul 4 James McGranahan, American composer, born in Adamsville, Pennsylvania (d. 1907)
  • Aug 1 Aldine Silliman Kieffer, American composer, born in Miami, Missouri (d. 1904)
  • Aug 28 Ira D. Sankey, American evangelist, composer and singer (Gospel hymns), born in Edinburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1908)
  • Sep 3 Jacob Christian Fabricius, Danish composer, born in Aarhus, Denmark (d. 1919)
  • Sep 9 Gentil Theodoor Antheunis, Flemish poet, born in Oudenaarde, Belgium (d. 1907)
  • Sep 14 George Elbridge Whiting, American composer, born in Holliston, Massachusetts (d. 1923)
  • Sep 30 Johan Severin Svendsen, composer
  • Oct 4 Charles Lenepveu, French composer, born in Rouen, France (d. 1910)
  • Oct 5 Fran Gerbič, Slovenian composer and tenor, born in Cerknica (d. 1917)
  • Oct 30 Carlotta Patti, Italian soprano, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1889)
  • Nov 16 Frederick Scotson Clark, English organist and composer, born in Southwark, London (d. 1883)
  • Dec 7 Hermann Goetz, German composer, born in Königsberg, East Prussia (d. 1876)
  • Dec 17 C. F. E. Horneman, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen (d. 1906)

Weddings in Music

  • Sep 12 Composer Robert Schumann marries Clara Wieck

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 12 Friedrich Westenholz, German composer, dies at 61
  • May 5 Gottlob Benedikt Bierey, German composer, dies at 67
  • May 5 Matthäus Fischer, German organist and composer, dies at 76
  • May 27 Niccolo Paganini, Italian composer and violin virtuoso (Princess Lucca), dies at 57
  • Jul 22 Józef Javurek, Polish-Russian composer, dies at 83
  • Jul 23 František Max Kníže, Czech composer, dies at 55
  • Aug 24 Joseph Waast Aubert Nonot, composer, dies at 89
  • Sep 15 Franz Pecháček, Austrian-German composer, dies at 47