Year 1866 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 5 Bedřich Smetana's first opera "Branibori v Cechach" ("The Brandenburgers in Bohemia") premieres in Prague
  • Mar 30 Bedřich Smetana's comic opera"Verkaufte Braut" (The Bartered Bride) premieres at Prague Provisional Theatre
  • May 30 Opera "Die Verkaufte Braut" premieres (Prague)
  • Nov 17 Opera "Mignon" by Ambroise Thomas premieres at the Opéra-Comique in Paris, Francce

Musicians Born in 1866

  • Jan 13 Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov, composer
  • Feb 5 Rossetter Gleason Cole, composer
  • Feb 10 Bror Beckman, Swedish composer, born in Kristinehamn, Sweden (d. 1929)
  • Feb 16 Johann Strauss III, Austrian composer and conductor (Dem Muthigen gehört die Welt), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1939)
  • Mar 10 Amanda Aldridge, British opera singer, pianist, teacher, and composer of parlour songs and light orchestral pieces music, born in Upper Norwood, London, England (d. 1956)

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Musicians Who Died in 1866

  • Mar 4 Félix Danjou, French church organist, arranger, music teacher, organ builder, and political journalist, dies at 53
  • Mar 10 Antonio Francesco Gaetano S Pacini, Italian-French composer and music publisher, dies at 87
  • Mar 19 Louis Clapisson, French composer and violinist, dies at 57
  • Mar 20 Rikard Nordraak, Norwegian composer, dies at 23
  • Apr 1 Aime Ambroise Simon Leborne, composer, dies at 98

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