On This Day

Year 1868 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 5 Arrigo Boito's opera "Mefistofele" premieres in Milan
  • Mar 9 The opera "Hamlet" by Ambroise Thomas premieres in Paris

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Apr 10 1st performance of Johannes Brahms' "A German Requiem"

Composer and Conductor Johannes Brahms
Composer and Conductor
Johannes Brahms

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May 9 Anton Bruckner's 1st Symphony in C, premieres

Composer Anton Bruckner
Composer
Anton Bruckner
  • May 16 Bedřich Smetana's opera "Dalibor" premieres at the New Town Theatre in Prague
  • Jun 21 Wagner's opera "Meistersinger von Nuernberg" premieres in Munich
  • Oct 22 Jacques Offenbach's opera "Genevieve de Brabant" premieres in NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 6 Vittorio Monti, Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1922)
  • Jan 16 Cyril Metodej Hrazdira, Czech composer and conductor, born in Rájec nad Svitavou, Moravia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1926)
  • Jan 23 Juventino Rosas, Mexican composer & violinist, born in Santa Cruz de Juventino Rosas, Mexico (d. 1894)
  • Jan 27 Cato Engelen-Sewing, Dutch soprano prima donna (Dutch Opera), born in Amsterdam (d. 1961)
  • Jan 28 Frederic Lamond, Scottish composer, pupil of Liszt, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1948)
  • Jan 28 Julian Aguirre, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1924)
  • Feb 3 Damaso Ledesma, composer
  • Feb 5 Lodewijk Mortelmans, Belgian composer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1952)
  • Feb 26 Leonard Borwick, English concert pianist, born in Walthamstow, England (d. 1925)
  • Mar 22 Hamish MacCunn, Scottish composer (The Land of the Mountain and the Flood), and teacher, born in Greenock, Scotland (d. 1916)
  • Mar 27 Patty Smith Hill, American composer, teacher and songwriter ("Happy Birthday To You"), born in Anchorage, Kentucky (d. 1946)
  • Mar 28 Wojciech Gawroński, Polish pianist and composer, born in Sejmany, Russian Empire [now Lithuania] (d. 1910)
  • Apr 13 John Blackwood McEwen, Scottish classical composer, born in Hawick, Scotland (d. 1948)
  • Apr 16 Joel Angel, Russian musicologist and composer (d. 1917)
  • Apr 19 Max Von Schillings, German composer and conductor (Der Pfeifertag), born in Düren, Germany (d. 1933)
  • Apr 22 José Vianna da Motta, Portuguese composer, born in São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe (d. 1948)
  • May 6 Gaston Leroux, French writer (The Phantom of the Opera), born in Paris (d. 1927)
  • May 13 Paolo Gallico, Italian-American pianist and composer (The Apocalypse), born in Trieste (d. 1955)
  • Jun 3 (Ivar) Henning Mankell, Swedish pianist and composer, born in Härnösand, Sweden (d. 1930)
  • Jun 19 Heinrich Schenker, Austrian musicologist (Urlinie) know for his Schenkerian analysis of music, born in Wisniowczyki, Austrian Galicia (d. 1935)
  • Aug 5 Oskar Merikanto [Ala-Kanto], Finnish pianist, organist, and composer, born in Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland (d. 1924)
  • Aug 7 Granville Bantock, English composer and conductor (Hebridean Symphony), born in London (d. 1946)
  • Aug 14 Leone Sinigaglia, Italian composer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1944)
  • Aug 16 Charles Sanford Skilton, American composer (Suite Primeval), born in Northhampton, Massachusetts (d. 1941)
  • Sep 26 Henry Franklin Belknap Gilbert, American composer, born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 1928)
  • Oct 10 Guillermo M. Tomás, Cuban composer, born in Cienfuegos, Cuba (d. 1933)
  • Oct 27 Annie Patterson, Irish organist, composer, and musicologist born in Lurgan, Ireland (d. 1934)
  • Nov 4 Carolina “La Belle” Otero, Spanish actress, singer and courtesan, born in Valga, Galicia, Spain (d. 1965)
  • Nov 9 Andrea d'Angeli, Italian composer, born in Italy (d. 1940)
  • Nov 13 Pierre Maurice, Swiss composer, born in Allaman, Switzerland (d. 1936)

Person of interestScott Joplin

Nov 24 Scott Joplin, American ragtime entertainer and composer (Maple Leaf Rag, The Entertainer), born in Texarkana, Texas (d. 1917)

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin
  • Nov 28 František Drdla, Czech composer, born in Žďár nad Sázavou, Czech Republic (d. 1944)
  • Dec 10 Louis Victor Saar, Dutch-American composer, born in Rotterdam (d. 1937)
  • Dec 11 Ernst Henrik Ellberg, Swedish composer, born in Söderhamn, Sweden (d. 1948)
  • Dec 14 Richard Batka, Austrian music critic and composer, born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 1922)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 3 Moritz Hauptmann, German composer, dies at 75
  • Jan 7 William Batchelder Bradbury, American composer, dies at 51
  • Jan 22 Moritz Ganz, German composer and cellist, dies at 61
  • Mar 2 Carl Eberwein, German composer and violinist, dies at 81
  • Apr 3 Franz Berwald, Swedish composer, dies of pneumonia at 71
  • May 3 Olof Wilhelm Uddén, Swedish composer, dies at 68
  • Jun 5 Anselm Hüttenbrenner, Austrian composer, dies at 73
  • Jul 6 Samuel Lover, Irish composer, dies at 71
  • Jul 10 Carlo Conti, Italian composer, dies at 71
  • Jul 16 Louis François Dauprat, French composer and horn player, dies at 87
  • Jul 20 Antoine Prumier, French harpist and composer, dies at 75
  • Jul 20 Johann Friedrich Kittl, Czech composer, dies at 62
  • Jul 22 Zikmund Kolešovský, Czech composer, dies at 51
  • Aug 11 Halfdan Kjerulf, Norwegian composer (Brudefaerden i Hardanger), dies at 52
  • Aug 27 Franz Xaver Schnyder von Wartensee, Swiss composer, dies at 82
  • Sep 10 Franz Anton Adam Stockhausen, German composer and harpist, dies at 79
  • Sep 24 Jan Albert van Eijken, Dutch composer and organist, dies at 45
  • Oct 6 Leon Charles Francois Kreutzer, composer, dies at 51

Person of interestGioachino Rossini

Nov 13 Gioachino Rossini, Italian composer (Barber of Seville, William Tell), dies at 76