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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 Pack destroys Astor Place opera house in NYC (22 killed)
  • Jun 22 Stephen C Massett opens concert at San Francisco courthouse using only piano in California

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Dec 8 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Luisa Miller" premieres in Naples

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi
  • Dec 14 1st chamber music group in US gives their 1st concert in Boston

Birthdays in Music

  • May 27 "Blind" Tom Wiggins, African-American pianist and composer, born in Harris County, Georgia (d. 1908)
  • 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)
  • Sep 17 Vaclav Juda Novotny, Czech composer and music critic, born in Vesce (d. 1922)
  • Sep 23 Mikhail Mikhaylovich Ivanov, composer
  • Sep 29 Ladislao Joseph Philip Paul Zavrtal, composer
  • Oct 16 Arnold Krug, German composer, born in Hamburg (d. 1904)
  • Oct 16 Charles Harford Lloyd, British organist and composer, born in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1919)
  • Nov 8 Edward Julius Biedermann, American organist and composer, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1933)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 25 Elias Parish Alvars, British harpist and composer ("Voyage d'un Harpiste en Orient"), dies of pneumonia at 40
  • Feb 8 Francois-Antoine Habeneck, composer, dies at 68
  • Feb 9 Corneille Vander Planken, Belgian violinist and composer, dies at 76
  • Feb 13 Christian Rummel, German conductor and composer, dies at 61
  • Feb 22 Alexander Fesca, German pianist and composer, dies at 28
  • May 11 Otto Nicolai, German composer & conductor, dies at 38 of a stroke
  • Jun 3 Francois de Paule Jacques Raymond de Fossa, French classical guitarist and composer, dies at 73
  • Jun 10 Friedrich Kalkbrenner, German-French pianist and composer, dies at 63
  • Aug 26 Jacques-Fereol Mazas, composer, dies at 66
  • Sep 25 Johann Baptist Strauss, elder, composer (Radetzky-Marsch), dies at 45

Person of interestFrederic Chopin

Oct 17 Frederic Chopin, Polish-French pianist and composer (Concert in F Minor), dies of at 39

Composer Frederic Chopin
Frederic Chopin
  • Dec 14 Conradin Kreutzer, German composer, dies at 69