Year 1854 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Apr 16 Franz Liszt's symphonic poem "Mazeppa" premieres at the Court Theatre in Weimar
  • Jun 13 Anthony Faas, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, patents the 1st US accordion, having made improvements to both the keyboard, and to enhance the sound (Patent No. 11,062)
  • Dec 10 Hector Berlioz premieres his oratorio "L'enfance du Christ (The Childhood of Christ)", conducting musicians and soloists from the Opéra-Comique, at the Salle Herz, Paris

Musicians Who Died in 1854

  • Jan 9 Filippo Traetta [Philip Trajetta], Italian composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 4 Carl Ludwig Cornelius Westenholz, composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 17 Gottlob Wiedebein, German composer, dies at 74
  • Apr 18 Joseph Antoni Frantiszek Elsner, Polish composer, dies at 84
  • May 3 William Beale, composer, dies at 70

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