Year 1850 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Aug 28 Richard Wagner's opera "Lohengrin" premieres at Weimar, Germany
  • Sep 11 Opera singer Jenny Lind - "The Swedish Nightingale", gives 1st US concert, at Castle Garden in New York City, promoted by P. T. Barnum

Musicians Born in 1850

  • Jan 6 (Franz) Xaver Scharwenka, German pianist, educator, and composer (Mataswintha), born in Samter, Grand Duchy of Posen, Kingdom of Prussia (now Szamotuły, Poland) (d. 1924)
  • Jan 13 Leon Francis Victor Caron, composer
  • Jan 14 Jean de Reszke, Polish tenor, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1925)
  • Jan 17 Alexander Sergeyevich Taneyev, Russian composer, born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1918)
  • Feb 17 Anton Urspruch, German composer, born in Frankfurt (d. 1907)

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Musicians Married in 1850

  • Jul 22 American composer Stephen Foster (24) weds Jane Denny McDowell (20) at Trinity Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Musicians Who Died in 1850

  • Jan 1 Raphael G. Kiesewetter, Austria musicologist (Arab Music), dies at 76
  • Jan 27 Philipp Roth, composer, dies at 70
  • Mar 19 Adalbert Gyrowetz [Vojtěch Jírovec], Bohemian composer (Robert oder die Prüfung), dies at 87 [1]
  • Apr 3 Václav Tomášek, Czech pianist, composer (Eclogues), and pedagogue, dies at 75
  • Apr 24 Louis Alexandre Piccinni, Italian-French composer, dies at 70

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