On This Day

Year 1864 in Music History

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 14 Gioachino Rossini's "Petite Messe Solennelle" premieres in Paris

  • Mar 19 Opera "Mireille" premieres in Paris

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 29 Adolf Philipp, composer
  • Feb 5 Carl Teike, German military composer, born in Stettin-Altdamm, Pomerania (d. 1922)
  • Feb 7 Arthur Collins, singer/comedian (Peerless Quartet)
  • Feb 7 Ricardo Castro Herrera, composer
  • Feb 17 Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson, Australian bush poet (Waltzing Matilda, The Man From Snowy River), born near Orange, New South Wales (d. 1941)
  • Mar 15 Johan Halvorsen, Norwegian violinist, conductor (Nationaltheatret Orchestra, 1899-1929), and composer (Bergensiana), born in Drammen, Norway (d. 1934)
  • Mar 15 Leslie Stuart, [Thomas Barrett], British musical theater composer (Florodora), born in Southport, Lancashire, England (d. 1928) coast.
  • Mar 23 Hjalmar Borgstrom, composer
  • Mar 23 Louis Glass, Danish pianist and composer, born in Copenhagen (d. 1936)
  • Apr 10 Eugene Francis Charles D'Albert, German pianist and composer (Golem), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1932)
  • May 14 Eleanor Everest Freer, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1942)

Person of interestRichard Strauss

Jun 11 Richard Strauss, German composer (Also sprach Zarathustra, Don Quixote), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1949)

Composer and Conductor Richard Strauss
Composer and Conductor
Richard Strauss
  • Jun 15 Guy Ropartz [Joseph Guy Marie Ropartz], French composer, born in Guingamp, France (d. 1955)
  • Jun 29 Anton Beer-Walbrun, German composer, born in Kohlberg, Germany (d. 1929)
  • Jul 6 Alberto Nepomuceno, Brazilian composer and conductor (Artemis), born in Fortaleza, State of Ceará, Brazil (d. 1920)
  • Jul 24 Michel-Gaston Carraud, French composer, born in Le Mée-sur-Seine, France (d. 1920)
  • Aug 5 Resurreccion Maria de Azkue, Basque priest, composer and first head of the Euskaltzaindia, born in Lekeitio, Spain (d. 1951)
  • Aug 31 Max Wilhelm Zach, Polish-American violinist and conductor (Boston Symphony 1896-1907; St. Louis Symphony, 1907-21), born in Lemberg, Galicia (now L’vov, Ukraine) (d. 1921)
  • Sep 3 Hale A. VanderCook, American composer, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan (d. 1949)
  • Sep 7 Giovanni Tebaldini, Italian composer, born in Brescia, Lombardy, Italy (d. 1952)
  • Oct 25 Alexander Gretchaninov, Russian composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1956)
  • Oct 26 Joseph Moorat, British composer (Prunella) (d. 1938)
  • Oct 30 Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, American pianist and philanthropist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1953)
  • Nov 10 Alexandre Levy, Brazilian composer and pianist, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1892)
  • Dec 9 Sidney Homer, American composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1953)
  • Dec 17 (John) Felix Körling, Swedish composer and conductor, born in Kristdala, Sweden (d. 1937)
  • Dec 19 Adolf Sandberger, German composer and musicologist, born in Würzburg (d. 1943)
  • Dec 27 Joseph Lauber, Swiss concert pianist and composer, born in Ruswil, Switzerland (d. 1952)
  • Dec 30 Alessandro Longo, Italian composer and musicologist, born in Amantea, Italy (d. 1945)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 4 Mateo Ferrer, composer, dies at 75
  • Jan 8 Victor Dourlen, French composer, dies at 83

Person of interestStephen Foster

Jan 13 Stephen Foster, American composer (My Old Kentucky Home), dies at 37 in New York

Father of American Music Stephen Foster
Father of American Music
Stephen Foster
  • Jan 15 Isaac Nathan, UK-Australian composer (b. 1792)
  • Jan 16 Anton Schindler, German violinist and biographer (Beethoven), dies at 68
  • Jan 23 Michele Puccini, Italian organist and composer (father of Giacomo), dies at 50
  • Jan 24 Otto Jonas Lindblad, Swedish composer (Kungssången - Royal Anthem), dies at 54
  • Feb 16 Vaclav Jindrich Veit, composer, dies at 58
  • Mar 30 Louis Schindelmeisser, German clarinetist and composer, dies 52
  • Apr 13 Johann Schneider, German composer & organist, dies at 74
  • May 2 Giacomo Meyerbeer, German opera composer (Gott und die Natur - God and Nature), dies at 72
  • Jul 28 Johann Hermann Kufferath, German composer, dies at 67
  • Oct 18 Jacques-François Gallay, French horn player and composer, dies at 68
  • Oct 27 Andreas Randel, Swedish composer, dies at 58
  • Dec 21 William Henry Fry, American composer, dies at 51