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Year 1857 in Music History

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Mar 12 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Simon Boccanegra" premieres in Venice

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Dec 29 Franz Liszt's symphonic poem "Die Hunnenschlacht" premieres in Weimar

Composer & Pianist Franz Liszt
Composer & Pianist
Franz Liszt

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 17 Wilhelm Kienzl, Austrian composer (Evangelimann)
  • Feb 28 Gustave Kerker, German born American composer for Broadway musicals (The Belle of New York), born in Hertford, Germany (d. 1923)
  • Mar 3 Alfred Bruneau, composer
  • Mar 8 Ruggero Leoncavallo, Italian composer (I pagliacci/Zaza), born in Naples, Italy (d. 1919)
  • Apr 14 Edgar Stillman Kelley, American composer (Gulliver), born in Sparta, Wisconsin (d. 1944)
  • Apr 29 František Ondříček, Czech violinist and composer, born in Prague (d. 1922)
  • May 2 Frederic Cliffe, English composer, born in Bradford, Yorkshire (d. 1931)
  • May 16 Juan Morel Campos, composer

Person of interestEdward Elgar

Jun 2 Edward Elgar, English composer (Coronation Ode, Pomp and Circumstance), born in Lower Broadheath, Worcestershire (d. 1934)

Composer Edward Elgar
Edward Elgar
  • Jun 12 Achille Simonetti, Italian violinist and composer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1928)
  • Jul 2 Francesco Spetrino, Italian conductor and composer, born in Palermo, Italy (d. 1948)
  • Jul 8 Rudolf Dellinger, composer
  • Jul 29 Iacob Mureșianu, Romanian composer, born in Brașov, Austrian Empire (d. 1917)
  • Aug 8 Cecile Chaminade, composer
  • Aug 14 Max Wagenknecht, German composer, born in Woldisch Tychow, Pomerania, Free State of Prussia (d. 1922)
  • Oct 4 Henry Schoenfeld, American composer, born in Milwaukee (d. 1936)
  • Dec 7 Niccolò van Westerhout, Italian composer, born in Mola di Bari, Italy (d. 1898)
  • Dec 15 Eugeniusz Pankiewicz, Polish composer, born in Siedlce, Poland (d. 1898)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 20 Edward Francis Fitzwilliam, English composer, dies at 32
  • Feb 9 Dionysios Solomos, Greek poet of the Greek national anthem, dies at 58
  • Feb 14 Johannes Bernardus van Bree, Dutch violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 56
  • Feb 15 Mikhail Glinka, Russian composer (Kamarinskaya; Ruslan and Ludmilla), dies at 53
  • Feb 26 Ole Andreas Lindeman, Norwegian composer and musician, dies at 88
  • Mar 17 Adolph Trube, composer, dies at 42
  • Jun 28 Joseph Fischhof, Czech-Austrian pianist and composer, dies at 53
  • Jul 15 Carl Czerny, Czech-Austrian pianist, composer (Schule der Virtuosen), and teacher, dies at 66
  • Sep 18 Karol Kurpiński, Polish composer and conductor (Pygmalion), dies at 72
  • Oct 14 Ignacy Marceli Komorowski, Polish composer, dies of tuberculosis at 33
  • Nov 7 Charles Zeuner, German-American composer and organist, dies at 62
  • Dec 11 Francois Henri Joseph Castil-Blaze, composer, dies at 73