Year 1855 in Music History

Events in Music

  • 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 (steam powered musical instrument)
  • Oct 18 Franz Liszt's symphonic poem "Prometheus" premieres

Musicians Born in 1855

  • Jan 20 Ernest Chausson, French Romantic composer (Poème; Solitude dance le bois), born in Paris, France (d. 1899)
  • Jan 22 Ernst Kullak, German pianist, and composer of parlor music, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1914)
  • Jan 26 Arthur Hervey, Irish orchestral and operatic composer, and musicologist, born in Paris, France (d. 1922)
  • Feb 15 Gustav Hollaender, German violinist, conductor, and composer, born in Leobschütz, Germany (d. 1915)
  • Feb 17 Aleksander Różycki, Polish pianist, composer, and music teacher, born in Zhitomir, Russian Empire (d. 1915)

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Musicians Who Died in 1855

  • Mar 17 Ramon Carnicer y Batlle, Spanish composer, dies at 65
  • Apr 24 Walenty Karol Kratzer, composer, dies at 75
  • Apr 30 Henry Bishop, British composer and conductor, dies at 68
  • May 4 Camille Pleyel, Austrian piano builder, and composer, dies at 66
  • Jun 28 Giovanni Agostino Perotti, Italian composer, dies at 86

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