On This Day

Year 1869 in Music History

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Feb 26 Franz Schubert's Symphony number 4, "The Tragic", premieres

Composer Franz Schubert
Franz Schubert
  • May 2 The Folies Trévise (later cabaret hall Folies Bergère) opens as an opera house in Paris, France

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Sep 22 Richard Wagner's opera "Rhine Gold" premieres in Munich

Composer Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 6 Johannes Brahms' "Liebeslieder Walzer" premieres

Composer and Conductor Johannes Brahms
Composer and Conductor
Johannes Brahms

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 3 Paul Charles Rene Landormy, composer
  • Jan 23 Felice Boghen, Italian composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1945)
  • Jan 27 Will Marion Cook, composer
  • Jan 29 Andrey Vladimirovich Scherbachov, composer
  • Feb 10 Vasily Kalafati, Russian composer (Cygany), born in Yevpatoria, Crimea (d. 1942)
  • Mar 3 Henry Wood, British conductor associated with London's promenade "Proms" concerts (Gentle Art of Singing), born in London, England (d. 1944)
  • Apr 5 Albert Roussel, French composer (Rapsodie Flamende), born in Tourcoing, France (d. 1937)
  • Apr 25 Karl Prohaska, Austrian composer, born in Mödling, Austria (d. 1927)
  • Apr 27 William Victor Harris, American composer, born in New York (d. 1943)
  • May 5 Hans Pfitzner, German composer (Palestrina), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1949)
  • May 11 Francisco Lacerda, composer
  • Jun 6 Siegfried Wagner, German opera composer and conductor, born in Tribschen, Lucerne, Switzerland (d. 1930)
  • Jun 13 Ede Poldini, Hungarian composer (La poupée valsante), born in Pest (d. 1957)
  • Aug 14 Armas Järnefelt, Finnish conductor and composer (Berceuse), born in Vyborg, Russian Empire (d. 1958)
  • Sep 6 Walford Davies, English composer, born in Oswestry, Shropshire, England (d. 1941)
  • Sep 10 Caro Roma [Carrie Northey], American composer and singer, born in California (d. 1937)
  • Sep 20 George Robey, English musical theatre actor and comedian, born in South London, England (d. 1954)
  • Sep 21 Henryk Melcer-Szczawiński, Polish pianist, composer, and conductor, born in Marcelin, Poland (d. 1928)
  • Sep 26 Komitas [Soghomon Soghomonian], Armenian priest and composer, born in Kütahya, Ottoman Empire (d. 1935)
  • Oct 9 Harry Lawrence Freeman, African-American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1954)
  • Oct 11 Frederic Norton, English composer (Chu Chin Chow), born in Broughton-in-Salford (d. 1946)
  • Oct 23 Jacobus H "Koos" Speenhoff, Dutch cabaret singer, born in Kralingen, Holland (d. 1945)
  • Oct 26 August Halm, German composer, born in Vellberg, Germany (d. 1929)
  • Dec 16 Alfred Hill, Australian-New Zealand composer and conductor (Hinemoa), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1960)
  • Dec 17 Nikolay Ivanovich Kazanli, composer
  • Dec 26 Harry Redman, American composer, writer, and artist, born in Illinois (d. 1958)

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 3 Composer Georges Bizet (30) weds Genevieve Halevy (20)

Composer Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 17 Alexander Sergeyevich Dargomyzhsky, Russian composer, dies at 55
  • Jan 28 Prudent-Louis Aubery du Boulley, French composer, dies at 72

Person of interestHector Berlioz

Mar 8 Hector Berlioz, French composer (Symphony Fantastic), dies at 65

Composer Hector Berlioz
Hector Berlioz
  • Mar 23 Charles Lucas, English composer and Principle of the Royal Academy of Music, dies at 60
  • Apr 20 Carl Loewe, German composer, dies at 72
  • Apr 20 Piotr Studzinski, Polish conductor and composer, dies at 42
  • May 10 Wilhelm Bernhard Molique, German composer and violonist, dies at 66
  • Jun 15 Albert Grisar, composer, dies at 60
  • Oct 23 Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Tolbecque, Belgian-French composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 18 Louis Moreau Gottschalk, American pianist and composer, dies at 40