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Year 1865 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Apr 20 Crosby Opera House opens in Chicago, Illinois; destroyed in the Great Fire of 1871
  • Apr 28 Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera "L'Africaine" premieres in Paris

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Jun 10 Richard Wagner's opera "Tristan und Isolde" premieres in Munich, Germany

Composer Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner

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Dec 17 Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished Symphony" premieres in Vienna with Johann von Herbeck conducting

Composer Franz Schubert
Franz Schubert

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 1 Giuseppe Ferrata, composer
  • Jan 3 Henry Lytton, British actor and opera singer (The Mikado), born in London, England (d. 1936)
  • Feb 5 Harvey Worthington Loomis, American composer (Lyrics of the Red Man), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1930)
  • Mar 2 Théophile "Théo" Ysaÿe, Belgian composer and pianist, born in Verviers, Belgium (d. 1918)
  • Mar 3 Alexander Winkler, Russian composer, born in Kharkiv (d. 1935)
  • Apr 13 Heinrich Reinhardt, Austrian composer, born in Pressburg (d. 1922)
  • May 5 Felicjan Szopski, Polish composer, born in Krzeszowice, Poland (d. 1939)
  • May 9 August de Boeck, Flemish composer, born in Merchtem, Belgium (d. 1937)
  • May 22 Enric Morera i Viura, Spanish musician and composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1942)
  • Jun 4 Guido Gasperini, Italian composer, born in Florence (d. 1942)
  • Jun 9 Carl Nielsen, Danish violinist and composer (Det Uudslukkelige), born in Sortelung, Denmark (d. 1931)
  • Jun 9 Lucien-Denis-Gabriel-Alberic Magnard, French composer
  • Jun 14 Auguste Serieyx, French composer and pedagogue, born in Amiens, France (d. 1949)
  • Jun 15 Paul Gilson, Belgian composer, born in Brussels (d. 1942)
  • Jun 21 Herbert Brewer, English composer, born in Gloucester, England (d. 1928)
  • Jul 6 Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, Swiss musician, composer, and pedagogue (Dalcroze Eurythmics), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1950)
  • Jul 21 Robert Kahn, German composer, born in Mannheim (d. 1951)
  • Jul 29 Nicola Spinelli, composer
  • Aug 10 Alexander K Glazunov, composer (Chopiniana), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • Sep 9 Edwin H. Lemare, British organist and composer (Andantino in D-flat, also known as "Moonlight and Roses"), born in Ventnor, on the Isle of Wight (d. 1934)
  • Sep 11 Alfred Hollins, British composer, born in Hull, Yorkshire (d. 1942)
  • Oct 1 Paul Dukas, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1935)
  • Nov 12 Frans "Sas" van Aerschot, Flemish operetta actor (Paljas), (d. 1939)
  • Nov 26 Earl Ross Drake, American composer, born in Aurora, Illinois (d. 1916)

Person of interestJean Sibelius

Dec 8 Jean Sibelius, Finnish composer (Valse Triste, Finlandia), born in Tavastehus, Finland (d. 1957)

Composer Jean Sibelius
Jean Sibelius
  • Dec 13 Gustav Luders, German-American composer, born in Bremen, Germany (d. 1913)

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 1 Giuditta Pasta, Italian soprano, dies at 67
  • Apr 8 John Park, Scottish composer, dies at 61
  • Apr 26 Charles J Sax, Belgium musician & father of Adolphe Sax inventor of the saxophone, dies at 74
  • Jun 15 Jakob Zeugheer, Swiss composer, dies at 61
  • Jul 24 Johan Filip von Schantz, composer, dies at 30
  • Aug 17 Johann Nepomuk Poissl, Bavarian composer, dies at 82
  • Aug 27 Józef Nowakowski, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 64
  • Sep 24 Frantiszek Sołtyk, Polish composer, dies at 81
  • Oct 8 Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, Moravian violinist and composer, dies at 51
  • Oct 12 William Vincent Wallace, Irish-American violinist (known as the 'Australian Paganini'), and composer (Maritana), dies at 53
  • Nov 6 Thérèse Wartel, French pianist and composer, dies at 51
  • Nov 23 Josef Leopold Zvonař, Czech organist and composer, dies at 41
  • Dec 6 Sebastian de Iradier, Spanish composer (Arreglito), dies at 56
  • Dec 18 Francisco Manuel da Silva, composer, dies at 70