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, German pianist, composer, and teacher, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1916)
  • Feb 2 Louis Bourgault-Ducoudray, composer
  • Feb 3 Georges Jacobi, German violinist, composer (The Black Crook), and conductor (Alhambra Theatre, London, 1872-98), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1906))
  • 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 organist, composer (The Crucifixion), musicologist, and educator, 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 Svendsen, Norwegian composer, born in Christiania, Norway (d. 1911)
  • 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


LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 12 Composer Robert Schumann marries Clara Wieck

Composer Robert Schumann
Composer
Robert Schumann

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