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Year 1849 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 9 Carl Nikolais opera "Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor" premieres
  • Apr 16 Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera "Le prophète" premieres in Paris
  • May 10 Astor Place Riot: Backers of American actor and working class hero Edwin Forrest attempt to disrupt British actor William McReady's performance at Astor Place Opera House in NYC; Military troops supporting police shoot at the crowd, killing between 22 and 31 [1]
  • Jun 22 Stephen C Massett opens concert at San Francisco courthouse using only piano in California
  • Dec 8 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Luisa Miller" premieres in Naples
  • Dec 14 1st chamber music group in US gives their 1st concert in Boston

Musicians Born in 1849

  • May 27 "Blind" Tom Wiggins, African-American pianist and composer, born in Harris County, Georgia (d. 1908) [1]
  • Jun 11 Joseph Vezina, Quebec composer, born in Quebec City (d. 1924)
  • Jul 15 Moritz Heuzenroeder, German pianist and composer who settled in Australia, born in Ottersberg, Germany (d. 1897)
  • Jul 23 Geza Zichy, Hungarian composer and one-armed pianist, born at Sztára Castle (d. 1924)
  • Aug 18 Benjamin Godard, French composer and violinist, born in Paris, France (d. 1895)

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