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Year 1851 in Music History

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Feb 6 Robert Schumann's 3rd Symphony "Rhenisch" premieres in Dusseldorf

Composer Robert Schumann
Robert Schumann

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Mar 11 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Rigoletto" premieres in Venice

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi
  • Nov 22 Opera "La Perle Du Brésil" is produced (Paris)

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 9 Giuseppi Gallignani, Italian composer and conductor, born in Faenza, Emilia-Romagna, Papal State (now Italy) (d. 1923)
  • Jan 25 Jan Blockx, Belgian opera composer (Sea Bride, Princess of Herberg), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1912)
  • Mar 15 Jozef Surzynski, composer
  • Mar 27 Ruperto Chapi, Spanish composer, born in Villena, Spain (d. 1909)

Person of interestVincent d'Indy

Mar 27 Vincent d'Indy, French composer (Symphony on a French Mountain Air), and teacher, born in Paris (d. 1931)

Composer Vincent d'Indy
Vincent d'Indy
  • Apr 7 Otto Adolf Klauwell, composer
  • Apr 12 Emil Liebling, German-American composer, born in Pless, Silesia (d. 1914)
  • May 23 Antoni Stolpe, Polish pianist and composer, born in Pulawy, Poland (d. 1872)
  • Jul 7 Charles Tindley, American gospel music composer (d. 1933)
  • Aug 13 John Lincoln Clem, American general and drummer boy (Union Army), born in Newark, Ohio (d. 1937)
  • Sep 15 Josif Marinković, Serbian composer, born in Vranjevo, Novi Bečej (d. 1931)
  • Oct 23 Guillaume Couture, Canadian choir conductor, composer, and teacher, born In Montreal, Quebec (d. 1915)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 21 (Gustav) Albert Lortzing, German Spieloper composer and actor (Zar und Zimmerman), dies at 49
  • Jan 24 Gaspare Luigi Pacifico Spontini, Italian opera composer and conductor (La Vestale), dies at 76
  • Jan 27 Karl Moser, German composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 20 Josef Alois Ladurner, composer, dies at 81
  • Feb 25 Ferdinand Simon Gassner, composer, dies at 53
  • Mar 4 Michael Henkel, German composer and organist, dies at 70
  • Mar 6 Alexander Aliabiev, Russian composer remembered as one of the fathers of Russian art song, dies at 63
  • Apr 8 John Parry [Bardd Alaw], Welsh composer and harpist, dies at 75
  • Apr 9 Antoine-Charles Glachant, composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 4 Martin-Joseph Mengal, composer, dies at 67
  • Jul 17 Béni Egressy, Hungarian composer, dies at 37
  • Aug 19 Gioseffo Catrufo, composer, dies at 80
  • Nov 20 Wenzel Sedlak, Bohemian clarinetist and composer, dies at 75