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

Musicians Married in 1840

  • Sep 12 German pianist and composer Robert Schumann (30) marries German pianist and composer Clara Wieck (20)

Musicians Who Died in 1840

  • 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

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