On This Day

1855 in Music

Events in Music

  • Apr 26 Composer Gioacchino Rossini leaves Italy
  • Jun 13 Opera "Les Vêpres Sicilenne" is produced (Paris)
  • Sep 27 George Frederick Bristow's "Rip Van Winkle", 2nd American opera, opens in NYC
  • Oct 9 Joshua Stoddard of Worcester, Massachusetts, patents first calliope (musical instrument)

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Oct 18 Franz Liszt's symphonic poem "Prometheus" premieres

Composer & Pianist Franz Liszt
Composer & Pianist
Franz Liszt

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 20 Amedee-Ernest Chausson, composer
  • Jan 22 Ernst Kullak, composer
  • Jan 26 Arthur Hervey, composer
  • Feb 15 Gustav Hollaender, composer
  • Mar 12 John White, American composer (d. 1902)
  • Apr 18 Josef Gruber, Austrian organist and composer, born Wösendorf in the Wachau (d. 1933)
  • Apr 29 Anatoly Liadov, Russian composer (Bewitched Lake), born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1914)
  • Apr 29 Edmund van der Straeten, German composer, born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1934)
  • May 2 Theodore Moses Tobani, German composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1933)
  • May 9 Julius Röntgen, German-Dutch composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1932)
  • May 10 Anatoli Liadov, composer (Enchanted Lake) [NS], born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • May 11 Anatol Konstantinovich Lyadov, Russian composer (Bewitched Lake)
  • Jun 17 Fritz Steinbach, German conductor and composer, born in Grünsfeld, Germany (d. 1916)
  • Jun 23 Maude Valerie White, composer
  • Jul 3 Piotr Maszyński, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1934)
  • Jul 9 Johann Zilcher, German composer (d. 1943)
  • Jul 14 Richard Samuel Hughes, Welsh composer and pianist, born in Aberystwyth, Wales (d. 1893)
  • Jul 16 Charles Francis Abdy Williams, composer (d. 1923)
  • Jul 19 Emil Paur, Austrian conductor, born in Czernowitz, Austria (d. 1932)
  • Jul 25 Edward Solomon, English composer, born in Lambeth, London (d. 1895)
  • Aug 31 Stefan Surzynski, Polish conductor and composer, born in Srem, Poland (d. 1919)
  • Sep 6 Ferdinand Hummel, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1928)
  • Sep 29 Michele Esposito, Italian composer who worked in Ireland, born in Castellamare di Stabia (d. 1929)
  • Oct 12 Arthur Nikisch, Hungarian conductor (Berlin Philharmonic), born in Mosonszentmiklós, Hungary (d. 1922)
  • Oct 14 George Edwardes, British composer (Gaiety Girl), born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England (d. 1915)
  • Nov 1 Guido Adler, Austrian musicologist (Still in the Music)
  • Nov 6 Iosif Kotek, Russian composer and violinist, born in Kamenets-Podolsk, Ukraine (d. 1885)
  • Nov 13 Daniel François Scheurleer, Dutch musicologist and banker, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1927)
  • Dec 10 Marios Varvoglis, Greek composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1967)
  • Dec 11 Julian Edwards, American composer, born in Manchester, England (d. 1910)
  • Dec 23 Alan Gray, British composer (Trinity College), born in York (d. 1935)
  • Dec 26 Arnold Mendelssohn, German composer, born in Ratibor, Province of Silesia (d. 1933)

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 17 Ramon Carnicer y Batlle, Spanish composer, dies at 65
  • Apr 24 Walenty Karol Kratzer, composer, dies at 75
  • Apr 30 Henry Rowley Bishop, British composer/conductor, dies at 68
  • May 4 Camille Pleyel, Austria piano builder/composer, dies at 66
  • Jun 28 Giovanni Agostino Perotti, Italian composer, dies at 86
  • Aug 27 Francisco Eduardo da Costa, Portuguese composer, dies at 36
  • Sep 24 Alexandre Stievenard, composer, dies at 86
  • Oct 13 Gottfried Rieger, Czech composer, dies at 91