May 1861 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • May 12 Ivan Caryll [Félix Tilkin], Belgian composer of operetta and musical comedy (The Shop Girl; The Spring Chicken; The Pink Lady), born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1921)

Nellie MelbaNellie Melba (1861-1931)

May 19 Australian operatic soprano and face of the Australian 100 dollar note, born in Richmond, Victoria, Australia


Deaths in Music

  • May 3 Anthony Philip Heinrich, America's 1st "full-time" composer, dies at 80
  • May 12 Christian Heinrich Hohmann, German composer, dies at 50