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Year 1859 in Music History

Events in Music


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Jan 22 Johannes Brahms' 1st piano concerto (in D minor) premieres in Hanover

Composer and Conductor Johannes Brahms
Composer and Conductor
Johannes Brahms

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Feb 17 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Un Ballo in maschera" premieres in Naples

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Composer
Giuseppe Verdi
  • Mar 19 Opera "Faust" by Charles Gounod premieres in Paris
  • Mar 28 1st performance of Johannes Brahms' 1st Serenade for orchestra
  • Apr 4 Opera "Dinorah" is produced in Paris

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 21 Antoni Wincenty Rutkowski, Polish composer and pianist, born in Warsaw (d. 1886)
  • Jan 24 Alexander Alexandrovich Ilyinsky, Russian composer (The Fountain of Bakhchisaray), born in Tsarskoye Selo, Russia (d. 1920)
  • Feb 1 Victor Herbert, American cellist, composer, and conductor (Babes in Toyland; Eileen), born in Guernsey, Bailiwick of Guernsey (d. 1924) [he believed he was born in Dublin, Ireland] [1]
  • Mar 8 Otto Taubmann, German composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1929)
  • Mar 12 Josef Cyril Sychra, Czech composer and choirmaster, born in Ústí nad Orlicí (d. 1935)
  • Mar 26 Nikolay Alexandrovich Sokolov, Russian composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1922)
  • Apr 3 Reginald De Koven, American composer, born in Middletown, Connecticut (d. 1920)
  • Apr 5 Wilhelm Harteveld, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm (d. 1927)
  • Apr 11 Basil Harwood, English organist and composer, born in Woodhouse, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1949)
  • May 1 Bohuslav Jeremiáš, Czech composer, born in Řestoky, Czechia (d. 1918)
  • May 2 Eugène d'Harcourt, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1918)
  • May 13 August Enna, Danish composer (The Witch), (d. 1939)
  • Jun 22 Frank Damrosch, German-born American author and music teacher (founded NY Musical Institute of Musical Art later Julliard), born in Breslau, Silesia (d. 1937)
  • Jun 27 Mildred J. Hill, American composer and musician (Happy Birthday To You), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1916)
  • Jul 14 Willy Hess, German violinist, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1939)
  • Sep 4 Edoardo Mascheroni, Italian composer, born in Milan (d. 1941)
  • Sep 17 Richard Henry Warren, American organist and composer, born in Albany, New York (d. 1933)
  • Sep 24 Julius Klengel, German cellist and composer, born in Leipzig, Kingdom of Saxony (d. 1933)
  • Oct 14 Camille Chevillard, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1923)
  • Oct 16 Henryk Pachulski, Polish pianist, composer, and educator (Moscow Conservatory, 1886-1917) born in Łazy, Poland (d. 1921)
  • Oct 26 Arthur Friedheim, Russian composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1932)
  • Nov 1 W. H. Grattan Flood, Irish author and composer, born in Lismore, County Waterford, Ireland (d. 1928)
  • Nov 4 Stanisław Niewiadomski, Polish composer, born in Soposzyn (d. 1936)
  • Nov 17 Gerhard Schjelderup, Norwegian opera composer and musicologist, born in Kristiansand, Norway (d. 1933)
  • Nov 19 Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, Russian composer and musician (Armenian Rhapsody), born in Gatchina, Russia (d. 1935)
  • Nov 22 Cecil Sharp, British collector of English folk music and dance, born in London, England (d. 1924)
  • Nov 30 Sergei Lyapunov, Russian pianist and composer (Lezghinka), born in Yaroslavl, Russian Empire (d. 1924)
  • Dec 9 Algernon Ashton, British composer, born in Durham, England (d. 1937)
  • Dec 24 Roman Statkowski, Polish composer, born in Szczypiorno, Poland (d. 1925)
  • Dec 25 Raoul Gunsbourg, French composer, impressario, and opera director (Opéra de Monte-Carlo, 1892-1951), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1955)
  • Dec 27 William Henry Hadow, British educational reformer and musicologist (Oxford History of Music, Studies in Modern Music), born in Ebrington, Gloucestshire (d. 1937)
  • Dec 28 Gerard Brucken Fock, Dutch composer and painter, born in Koudekerke, Netherlands (d. 1935)
  • Dec 30 Josef Bohuslav Foerster, Czech composer, born in Prague, Bohemia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1951)
  • Dec 31 Max Fiedler, German conductor and composer, born in Zittau, Saxony, (d. 1939)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 20 Bettina von Arnim, German writer and composer of the Romantic era (This Book Belongs to the King), dies at 73
  • Feb 6 Johannes Josephus Viotta, composer, dies at 45
  • Feb 26 Ferdinand Schubert, Austrian composer, brother of Franz Schubert, dies at 64
  • Mar 1 Josef Theodor Krov, Bohemian composer, singer and teacher, dies at 61
  • Jun 18 Joseph Hartmann Stuntz, Swiss composer, dies at 65
  • Jul 29 Auguste Mathieu Panseron, French composer, dies at 63
  • Oct 22 Louis Spohr, German violin virtuoso and composer (Faust), dies at 75
  • Nov 7 Carl Gottlieb Reissiger, composer, dies at 61
  • Nov 22 Ludwig "Louis" Spohr, German violinist/composer (Faust), dies at 75
  • Dec 5 Louis Poinsot, French mathematician and instrument maker, dies at 82
  • Dec 31 Luigi Ricci, Italian composer, dies at 54