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Year 1846 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jun 28 Saxophone is patented by Antoine-Joseph "Adolfe" Sax

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 26 Felix Mendelssohn's oratorio "Elijah" premieres at the Birmingham Festival in England

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Nov 5 Robert Schumann's 2nd Symphony in C premieres

Composer Robert Schumann
Robert Schumann

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 6 Opera "La Damnation de Faust" by Hector Berlioz is produced in Paris

Composer Hector Berlioz
Hector Berlioz

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 2 Sandor Erkel, Hungarian composer and son of Ferenc Erkel, born in Pest (d. 1900)
  • Jan 8 Albert Cahen, composer
  • Jan 8 William Wallace Gilchrist, American composer, born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1916)
  • Feb 24 Luigi Denza, Italian composer (Funiculì, Funiculà), born in Castellammare di Stabia (d. 1922)
  • Feb 27 Joaquin Valverde Durán Spanish composer, born in Badajoz (d. 1910)
  • May 2 Zygmunt Noskowski, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1909)
  • May 5 Federico Chueca, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1908)
  • May 8 Oscar Hammerstein, German opera and playwright (Kohinoor), born in Stettin, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1919)
  • May 9 Nicolai Soloviev, Russian music critic and composer, born in Petrozavodsk, Russia (d. 1916)
  • May 26 Arthur Coquard, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1910)
  • Jun 4 Josef Sittard, German musicologist and music critic, born in Vital, Aachen, Germany (d. 1903)
  • Jun 7 Władysław Górski, Polish violinist, composer and teacher, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1915)
  • Jun 30 Ricardo Drigo, Italian composer, born in Padua, Italy (d. 1930)
  • Jul 3 Achilles Alferaki, Russian composer, born in Kharkov, Russian Empire (d. 1919)
  • Aug 4 Silas Gamaliel Pratt, American composer (The Tragedy of the Deep), born in Addison, Vermont (d. 1916)
  • Sep 20 Agnes Tyrrell, Czech pianist and composer, born in Brno, Moravia (d. 1883)
  • Oct 23 Alexander Arkhangelsky, Russian composer, born in Penza, Russian Empire (d. 1924)
  • Nov 2 Antonio Peña y Goñi, Spanish composer, born in San Sebastián, Spain (d. 1896)
  • Nov 4 Gaston Serpette, French composer, born in Nantes, France (d. 1904)
  • Nov 7 Ignaz Brull, Moravain-born composer, born in Prostějov, Moravia (d. 1907)
  • Nov 10 Martin Wegelius, Finnish musicologist and composer, born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1906)
  • Nov 10 Paul Kuczynski, Polish composer, born in Szczecin, Poland (d. 1897)
  • Dec 6 Henryk Jarecki, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1918)
  • Dec 22 Andreas Hallén, Swedish composer, born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 1925)
  • Dec 31 Richard Kleinmichel, Russian composer, born in Poznań, Poland (d. 1901)

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 16 Opera Composer (The Barber of Seville) Gioachino Rossini marries 2nd wife Olympe Pélissier in Paris

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 3 Joseph Weigl, German-Austrian composer (La Principessa d’Amalfi; Emmeline), and conductor, dies at 79
  • Feb 18 Giovanni Liverati, Italian composer, dies at 73
  • Feb 22 Carolus Antonius Fodor [Carel Anton Fodor], Dutch pianist, conductor and prominent composer, dies at 77
  • Apr 16 Domenico Dragonetti, Italian composer and double bass player, dies at 83
  • May 8 Giacomo Cordella, Italian composer, dies at 59
  • Jul 24 Joseph Leopold Eybler, Austrian composer/choir master, dies at 81
  • Aug 1 Peter Ritter, German cellist and composer, dies at 83
  • Aug 7 Johann Christian Heinrich Rinck, composer, dies at 76
  • Aug 27 Franciszek Ścigalski, Polish composer, dies at 64
  • Aug 27 Gottfied Wilhelm Fink, German composer, dies at 63
  • Sep 17 Francesco Giuseppi Pollini, composer, dies at 84