On This Day

December 1859 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • 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, Romanian born French composer, 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

  • Dec 5 Louis Poinsot, French mathematician and instrument maker, dies at 82
  • Dec 31 Luigi Ricci, Italian composer, dies at 54