On This Day

May 1840 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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

  • May 11 Filippo Capocci, composer

Deaths in Music

  • 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