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Year 1847 in Music History

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 14 Premiere of Giuseppe Verdi's "Macbeth" at the Teatro della Pergola, Florence

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi
  • Nov 25 Opera "Marta" is produced (Vienna)

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 2 Jules Francois Blasini, Curacaos pianist/composer
  • Feb 7 Ernst Franck, German composer/conductor
  • Feb 15 Robert Fuchs, Austrian composer, and teacher (Vienna Conservatory, 1875-1912), born in Frauental, Austria (d. 1927)
  • Feb 16 Ludwig Philipp Scharwenka, German composer (Album polonaise)
  • Mar 19 Constantin Dimitrescu, Romanian composer (Dans ţănănesc), born in Blejoi, Romania (d. 1928)
  • Mar 31 Jarolslaw Zielinski, composer
  • Apr 1 Gavriil Musicescu, composer
  • Apr 9 Paolo Tosti, Italian composer, born in Ortona, Italy (d. 1916)
  • Apr 9 Francis William Davenport, English composer, born in Wilderslowe, Derby (d. 1925)
  • Apr 10 Charles Swinnerton Heap, English composer, born in Birmingham, England (d. 1900)
  • May 13 Johannes Haarklou, composer
  • May 25 Alphonse Goovaerts, Belgian composer and musicologist (Histoire et Bibliographie de la Typographie Musicale dans les Pays-Bas), born in Antwerp, Belgian (d. 1922)
  • Jun 24 Gaston Salvayre, French composer, born in Toulouse, France (d. 1916)
  • Jun 28 Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsson, Icelandic composer (Lofsöngur - National Anthem of Iceland), born in Seltjarnarnes, Iceland (d. 1927)
  • Jul 5 Agnes Zimmermann, German composer, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1925)
  • Jul 31 Ignatio Cervantes, Cuban pianist and composer (Danzas Cubanas), born in Havana (d. 1905)
  • Aug 1 Guido Papini, Italian violinist and composer, born in Camaiore, Italy (d. 1912)
  • Aug 22 Alexander Campbell Mackenzie, Scottish composer, born in Edinburgh (d. 1935)
  • Sep 13 Charles Dupee Blake, American composer, born in Walpole, Massachusetts (d. 1903)
  • Sep 16 Albert Ross Parsons, American composer, born in Sandusky, Ohio (d. 1933)
  • Oct 10 Gheorghe Dima, Romanian composer, born in Șcheii Brașovului, Romania (d. 1925)
  • Oct 21 Guiseppe Giacosa, Italian playwright and librettist (Puccini's La Bohème; Madama Butterfly, and Tosca), born in Colleretto Parella, Kingdom of Sardinia (now Italy) (d. 1906)
  • Nov 1 Emma Albani, Canadian operatic soprano, born in Chambly, United Province of Canada (d. 1930)
  • Nov 30 August Klughardt, German composer, born in Köthen, Germany (d. 1902)
  • Dec 1 Agathe Grondahl, composer
  • Dec 16 Augusta Holmes, Irish-French pianist and composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1903)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 6 Tyagaraja, Composer of Indian classical Carnatic music, dies at 79
  • Jan 22 Georges-Julien Sieber, French music publisher and composer, dies at 71
  • Mar 28 Mariano Rodríguez de Ledesma, Spanish composer, dies at 67
  • Apr 23 Erik Gustaf Geijer, composer, dies at 64
  • May 14 Fanny Cacilia Mendelssohn Hensel, German composer, dies at 41
  • May 16 Kaspar Ett, German organist/composer, dies at 59
  • Jul 19 Johann Wilhelm Wilms, composer, dies at 75
  • Oct 14 William Michael Rooke, composer, dies at 53

Person of interestFelix Mendelssohn

Nov 4 (Jacob Ludwig) Felix Mendelssohn [Bartholdy], German composer and pianist (Italian Symphony; Songs Without Words), dies at 38, after a series of strokes

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn
  • Dec 29 William Crotch, English composer, dies at 72