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Year 1870 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 19 The opera "Guarany" premieres in Milan

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jun 26 Richard Wagner's opera "Valkyrie", second in his Ring Cycle premieres in Munich, featuring "Ride of the Valkyries"

Composer Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner
  • Oct 13 Gustav Mahler (10) gives his 1st public piano concert

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 3 Henry Eichheim, American composer (Bali -Symphonic Variations), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1942)
  • Jan 4 Percy Pitt, English composer (BBC), born in London (d. 1932)
  • Jan 12 Karel Burian (also Carl Burrian),Czech operatic tenor, born in Rousínov, Moravia, Austrian Empire (d. 1924)
  • Jan 13 Henryk Opieński, Polish violinist, conductor, choral director, composer (Zygmunt August and Barbara), and musicologist (Moniuszko), born in Kraków (d. 1942)
  • Jan 20 Guillaume Lekeu, Belgian composer (Épithalame), born in Heusy, Belguim (d. 1894)
  • Jan 22 Charles Arnold Tournemire, French organist and composer, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1939)
  • Feb 12 Joe Howard, American vaudeville, Broadway, and television singer (Gay Nineties Revue), and songwriter ("Hello Ma Baby"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1961) [1]
  • Feb 12 Marie Lloyd, English music-hall performer (d. 1922)
  • Feb 13 Leopold Godowsky, Polish pianist and composer (Java Suite, 53 Studies on Chopin's Études), born in Žasliai, Russian Empire (now Lithuania), (d. 1938)
  • Feb 27 Louis Coerne, composer
  • Mar 6 Oscar Straus, Viennese composer (Ein Walzertraum), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1954)
  • Mar 10 Alfred Kastner, Austrian-American harpist and composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1948)
  • Mar 18 Frank Hoyt Losey, American composer, arranger of band and orchestral music, and advisor to Edison Phonograph Company, born in Rochester, New Jersey (d. 1931)
  • Apr 7 Joseph Ryelandt, Belgian composer (Christus Rex - Christ the King), born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 1965)
  • Apr 20 Simeon Roncal, Bolivian composer, born in Sucre, Bolivia (d. 1953)
  • Apr 28 Hermann Suter, Swiss composer, born in Kaiserstuhl, Aargau, Switzerland (d. 1926)
  • Apr 30 Franz Lehár, Austrian-Hungarian composer (Naughty Marietta), born in Komárom, Austria-Hungary (d. 1948)
  • May 14 Zygmunt Denis Antoni Stojowski, composer
  • Jun 29 Joseph Carl Breil, American composer (Les amours de la reine Élisabeth), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1926)
  • Jul 15 Ernest Walker, British composer, born in Bombay, British India (d. 1949)
  • Jul 18 Emil Młynarski, Polish violinist, conductor and composer, born in Kybartai, Russian Empire (now Lithuania) (d. 1935)
  • Aug 4 Harry Lauder, Scottish comedian and singer (Roamin' in the Gloamin), born in Portobello, Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1950)
  • Sep 1 Timotei Popovici, composer
  • Sep 8 Hermann Hans Wetzler, German-American composer, born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1943)
  • Sep 22 Arthur Pryor, American band composer and trombone player, born in Saint Joseph, Missouri (d. 1942)
  • Sep 23 John Lomax, Miss, folk song collector/ethnomusicologist
  • Oct 7 "Uncle" Dave Macon, American vaudeville and Grand Ole Opry banjo player, singer-songwriter and comedian, born in Smartt Station, Tennessee (d. 1952)
  • Oct 8 Louis Vierne, French organist (Notre-Dame, 1900-37), and composer (Messe solennelle), born in Poitiers, France (d. 1937)
  • Nov 19 Vicente Lleó, Spanish composer (La Corte de Faraón), born in Torrent, Valencia (d. 1922)
  • Nov 22 Howard Brockway, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1951)
  • Nov 30 Cecil Forsyth, English composer, born in Greenwich, England (d. 1941)
  • Dec 2 Francis Casadesus, French violinist, composer and conductor, born in Paris (d. 1954)
  • Dec 5 Vítězslav Novák, Czech composer, born in Kamenice nad Lipou, Czech Republic (d. 1949)
  • Dec 24 Rosario Scalero, Italian composer, born in Moncalieri, Italy (d. 1954)

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 25 German composer Richard Wagner (57) weds Franz Liszt's daughter Cosima Liszt (32) at a Protestant church in Lucerne, Switzerland

Composer Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 7 Carl Schwencke, German pianist and compose, dies at 72
  • Jan 11 Adolf Ganz, German composer and violinist, dies at 73
  • Jan 26 Cesare Pugni, Italian composer, dies at 67
  • Feb 11 Leopold Eugen Mechura, composer, dies at 66
  • Mar 9 Theodore Labarre, French composer and harpist, dies at 65
  • Mar 10 Isaak-Ignaz Moscheles, Bohemian composer, dies at 75
  • Mar 18 Joaquin y Garbayo Gaztambide, composer, dies at 48
  • Apr 8 Charles-Auguste de Beriot, Belgian violinist and composer, dies at 68
  • Apr 19 Camille Marie Stamaty, French pianist, composer, and teacher of were Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Camille Saint-Saëns, dies at 59
  • Apr 19 William Henry Havergal, composer, dies at 77
  • May 14 Ramon Vilanova y Barrera, composer, dies at 69
  • May 30 Gustave Vogt, French composer, dies at 89
  • Jun 8 Johann Gottlob Topfer, German composer, dies at 78
  • Jun 9 Erik Drake, Swedish composer (Swedish Academy of Music), dies at 82
  • Jul 22 Josef Strauss, Austrian composer (Dynamids), dies at 42
  • Jul 25 Pierre Dupont, French songwriter, dies at 49
  • Aug 16 Edmund Passy, Swedish composer, dies at 80
  • Sep 2 Arthur Saint-Leon, French composer and dancer, dies at 48
  • Oct 20 Michael William Balfe, Irish violinist and composer (The Bohemian Girl), dies at 62
  • Oct 31 Mihály Mosonyi, Hungarian composer, dies at 55
  • Dec 16 Stanisław Duniecki, Polish composer, dies at 31
  • Dec 17 Saverio Mercadante, Italian composer, dies at 75
  • Dec 28 Alexei Fyodorovich Lvov, Russian composer, dies at 72