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Year 1842 in Music History

Events in Music


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Jan 7 Gioachino Rossini's cantata "Stabat Mater" premieres in Paris

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Mar 3 1st performance of Felix Mendelssohn's 3rd "Scottish" Symphony in Leipzig

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn

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Mar 9 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Nabucco" premieres in Milan

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Composer
Giuseppe Verdi
  • Nov 17 Opera "Linda di Chamounix" is produced (London)
  • Dec 7 New York Philharmonic's 1st concert
  • Dec 9 Mikhail Glinka's opera "Russlan and Ludmilla" premieres at the Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre, in St. Petersburg, Russia

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 7 Johan Lindegren, Swedish composer, musician and teacher, born in Ullared, Sweden (d. 1908)
  • Jan 22 Charles Henri Marechal, composer
  • Feb 3 Sidney Clopton Lanier, American composer/poet (Hall of Fame)
  • Feb 22 Carl Rosa, founder (Rosa opera company), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Feb 24 Arrigo Boito, Itlaian opera composer (Mefistofele), and librettist (Verdi's "Falstaff"; mention Ponchielli's "La Gioconda"), born in Padua, Italy (d. 1918)
  • Mar 22 Carl Rosa, German violinist and composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1889)
  • Mar 22 Mykola Lysenko, Ukrainian composer (Taras Bulba), conductor and ethno-musicologist, born in Hrynky, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1912)
  • Apr 14 Sven August Körling, Swedish composer, born in Misterhult, Sweden (d. 1919)
  • Apr 29 Carl Millöcker, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1899)
  • May 5 Johann Nepomuk Fuchs, Austrian composer, born in Frauental, Styria, Austria (d. 1899)

Person of interestJules Massenet

May 12 Jules Massenet, French composer (Manon, Le Cid), born in Montaud, France (d. 1912)

Composer Jules Massenet
Composer
Jules Massenet
  • May 13 Arthur Sullivan, English operatic composer (Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S Pinafore), born in London (d. 1900)
  • Jun 12 Rikard Nordraak, Norwegian composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d.1866)
  • Jun 19 Carl Johann Adam Zeller, Austrian composer, born in Sankt Peter in der Au, Austria (d. 1898)
  • Jun 29 Josef Labor, Austrian composer, born in Hořovice, Bohemia (d. 1924)
  • Jul 4 Gyula Erkel, Hungarian composer, son of Ferenc Erkel, born in Pest (d. 1909)
  • Aug 30 Victor Alphonse Duvernoy, French pianist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1907)
  • Sep 13 Ödön Mihalovich, Hungarian composer, born in Fericsánci, Slavonia (d. 1929)
  • Sep 23 Karl Munzinger, composer
  • Oct 24 Josef Nešvera, Czech composer, born in Praskolesy, Czech Republic (d. 1914)
  • Nov 2 Otto Reubke, German organist, conductor, and composer, born in Hausneindorf, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1913)
  • Dec 15 Henry Gadsby, English musician and composer, born in Hackney, England (d. 1907)
  • Dec 24 Nicola d' Arienzo, Italian composer and writer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1915)
  • Dec 28 Calixa Lavallee, Canadian composer (O Canada), born in Verchères (d. 1891)

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 21 Wojciech Żywny, Polish pianist, composer and Chopin's first piano teacher, dies at 85
  • Mar 7 Christian Theodor Weinlig, German composer, dies at 61
  • Mar 15 Maria Luigi C Z S Cherubini, Italian composer (Dies Irae), dies at 81
  • Jun 20 Michael Umlauf, Austrian violinist, composer and conductor (premiere of Beethoven's 9th), dies at 60
  • Aug 25 Jerome-Joseph de Momigny, Belgian French composer, dies at 80
  • Sep 15 Pierre Baillot, French violinist and composer, dies at 70
  • Oct 2 José Mariano Elízaga, Mexican composer, dies at 56
  • Oct 8 Christoph Ernst Friedrich Weyse, composer, dies at 68
  • Nov 15 Joseph Rastrelli, German composer, dies at 43
  • Nov 24 Pehr Frigel, Swedish composer, dies at 92
  • Dec 5 Marie-Jean Auguste Vestris, French ballet dancer, dies at 82
  • Dec 25 Bedrich Divis Weber, Bohemian composer and musicologist, dies at 76