Year 1846 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jun 28 Saxophone is patented by Antoine-Joseph "Adolfe" Sax
  • Aug 26 Felix Mendelssohn's oratorio "Elijah" premieres at the Birmingham Festival in England

Musicians Born in 1846

  • 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)

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Musicians Married in 1846

  • Aug 16 Italian "The Barber of Seville" opera composer Gioachino Rossini (54) marries 2nd wife, French model Olympe Pélissier (47) in Paris, France

Musicians Who Died in 1846

  • 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

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