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Year 1853 in Music History

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jan 19 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Il Trovatore" premieres in Rome

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi

Historic InventionSteinway & Sons Piano

Mar 5 Piano company Steinway & Sons founded by Heinrich Steinweg (later Henry Steinway) in New York City

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Steinway Piano Advertisement circa 1866
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Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 1 Hans Koessler, composer
  • Jan 3 Iwan Knorr, German composer, born in Mewe (d. 1916)
  • Jan 7 Nikolai Arkas, Ukrainian composer (Katerina), and musicologist, born in Nikolayev (d. 1909)
  • Feb 12 Bertram Luard-Selby, British organist and composer, born in Ightham, Kent, England (d. 1918)
  • Mar 5 Arthur Foote, American classical composer, and a member of the "Boston Six" (Suite for Strings in E), born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1937)
  • Mar 8 Edward Hubertus Joannes Keurvels, Flemish composer (Parisina), born in Antwerp (d. 1916)
  • Apr 5 Alfonso Rendano, Italian composer, born in Consenza, Italy (d. 1931)
  • Apr 21 Charles Malherbe, French violinist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1911)
  • May 1 Charles Lee Williams, English composer and organist, born in Winchester (d. 1935)
  • May 26 Monroe Althouse, American composer, born in Centre Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania (d. 1924)
  • May 30 Karl Valentin, Swedish composer, born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 1918)
  • Jun 16 Johan Gustaf Emil Sjogren, composer
  • Jun 28 Edwin Arthur Jones, American composer (Song of our Saviour), born in Stoughton, Massachusetts (d. 1911)
  • Jul 17 Francesco Fanciulli, American-Italian composer, born in Porto Santo Stefano, Tuscany (d. 1915)
  • Jul 22 Victor Roger, French composer (Les vingt-huit jours de Clairette), born in Montpellier, France (d. 1903)
  • Jul 27 Vladimir Korolenko, Russian writer (The Blind Musician), born in Zhitomir, Volhynian Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1921)
  • Jul 29 Henry Morton Dunham, composer
  • Aug 12 Jean Louis Nicode, composer
  • Oct 14 Ciprian Porumbescu, Romanian composer, born in Șipotele Sucevei, Duchy of Bukovina, Austrian Empire (d. 1883)
  • Dec 13 Joseph Sickman Corsen, Curacao musician, composer and screenwriter, born in Curacao (d. 1911)
  • Dec 22 Maria Teresa Carreno, Venezuelan pianist, singer, composer, and conductor, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1917)
  • Dec 30 André Charles Prosper Messager, French organist, composer and conductor (Les Deux Pigeons, Véronique), born in Montluçon, France (d. 1929)

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 20 23rd US President Benjamin Harrison (20) weds music teacher Caroline Scott (21)

23rd US President Benjamin Harrison
23rd US President
Benjamin Harrison

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 3 Theodor Uhlig, composer, dies at 30
  • Apr 11 Louis Emmanuel Jadin, French composer, dies at 124
  • Apr 15 Johann Leopold Fuchs, German composer, dies at 67
  • May 9 Johann Philipp Samuel Schmidt, German composer, dies at 73
  • Aug 6 Josif Josifovich Genishta, Russian composer, dies at 57
  • Aug 15 Giovanni Battista Polledro, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • Aug 18 Peter Lichtenthal, composer, dies at 73
  • Sep 4 Jonathan Blewitt, English organist and composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 3 George Onslow, English-French composer (chamber music), dies at 69
  • Oct 29 Pierre-Joseph-Guillaume Zimmermann, composer, dies at 68
  • Oct 29 William Richard Bexfield, English composer, dies at 29
  • Oct 30 Pietro Raimondi, Italian composer (Potifar, Giacobbe), dies at 66
  • Nov 4 Alexander Stadtfeld, German composer, dies at 27
  • Nov 23 Francisco Andrevi y Castellar, Spanish choirmaster and composer, dies at 67
  • Nov 23 [Johann Christian] Friedrich Schneider, German composer and conductor, dies at 67
  • Dec 5 Johann Peter Heuschkel, composer, dies at 80