On This Day

December 1842 in Music History

Events in Music

  • 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

  • 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

  • Dec 5 Marie-Jean Auguste Vestris, French ballet dancer, dies at 82
  • Dec 25 Bedrich Divis Weber, Bohemian composer and musicologist, dies at 76