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Year 1870 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 18 Antonio Carlos Gomes' "Il Guarany" premieres at La Scala Opera House in Milan, Italy, 1st Brazilian opera successful outside Brazil
  • Mar 19 The opera "Guarany" premieres in Milan
  • Jun 26 Richard Wagner's opera "Valkyrie", second in his Ring Cycle premieres in Munich, featuring "Ride of the Valkyries"
  • Oct 13 Gustav Mahler (10) gives his 1st public piano concert

Musicians Born in 1870

  • 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)

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Musicians Married in 1870

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

Musicians Who Died in 1870

  • Jan 7 Carl Schwencke, German pianist and composer, 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

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