On This Day

May 1854 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • May 5 Antonio Smareglia, Italian composer, born in Pula, Austria-Hungary (d. 1929)
  • May 13 Paul Klengel, German pianist, violinist, composer and educator, born in Leipzig (d. 1935)
  • May 18 Bernard Zweers, Dutch composer (Gisbertus of Aemstel, To My Fatherland), born in Amsterdam (d. 1924)

Deaths in Music

  • May 3 William Beale, composer, dies at 70
  • May 31 Vatroslav Lisinski, composer, dies at 34