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Events in Music

  • Mar 5 Covent Garden Opera House, London, destroyed in a fire

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 6 Giuseppe Martucci, composer
  • Jan 9 Stevan Mokranjac, composer
  • Jan 11 Christian August Sinding, Kongsberg Norway, composer
  • Jan 18 John Hyatt Brewer, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1931)
  • Feb 2 Makar Grigori Ekmalyan, composer
  • Feb 16 Willem Kes, Dutch violinist/composer/conductor (Parkorkest Amsterdam)
  • Mar 9 Eddie Foy Sr. [Edwin Fitzgerald], Irish-American actor, singer and dancer (A Favorite Fool), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1928)
  • May 26 George Templeton Strong, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1948)
  • Jun 8 Natalia Janotha, Polish pianist and composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1932)
  • Jul 23 Arthur H. Bird, American composer, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1923)
  • Aug 10 Paul Geisler, composer
  • Aug 18 Charles Hutchison Gabriel, composer
  • Aug 18 Jan Karol Gali, composer
  • Aug 24 Felix Mottl, Austrian conductor and composer (Agnes Bernauer), born in Unter-St.-Veit, Austria (d. 1911)
  • Aug 31 Nikoghayos Fadeyi Tigranyan, Armenian composer, born in Gyumri, Armenia (d. 1951)
  • Sep 12 Johann Heinrich Beck, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1924)
  • Sep 30 Andrejs Jurjans, composer
  • Oct 28 Franz Xavier Arens, composer
  • Nov 13 Sigwart Aspestrand, Norwegian composer, born in Fredrikshald, Norway (d. 1941)
  • Nov 25 Sergei Ivanovich Taneyev, Russian composer (Oresteia)
  • Nov 28 Alexandr Dmitriyevich Kastal'sky, composer
  • Dec 2 Robert Kajanus, composer
  • Dec 27 André Gedalge, French composer (le Petit Savoyard, Phoebé) and Mayor of Chessy, Seine-et-Marne, born in Paris, France (d. 1926)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 17 Thomas Attwood Walmisley, composer, dies at 41
  • Feb 17 John Braham, English tenor singer and composer, dies at 81
  • Mar 28 Pyotr Ivanovich Turchaninov, composer, dies at 76
  • May 3 Adolfo Fumagalli, composer, dies at 27
  • May 3 Adolphe Charles Adam, French composer/critic (Giselle), dies at 52
  • Jul 29 Robert Schumann, German composer (Humoresque, Neue Zeitschrift fuer Musik), dies at 46
  • Aug 4 Johann Gottlieb Schneider, German composer, dies at 59
  • Aug 5 Robert Lucas Pearsall, English composer, dies at 61
  • Aug 20 Philipp Jakob Riotte, composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 21 Peter Joseph von Lindpaintner, composer, dies at 64
  • Oct 10 Michal Wielhorski, composer, dies at 67
  • Nov 17 William Knyvett, composer, dies at 77