Year 1859 in Music History

Events in Music

  • 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

Musicians Born in 1859

  • 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)

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Musicians Who Died in 1859

  • 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

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