On This Day

Year 1871 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Oct 6 Fisk Jubilee Singers begin 1st national tour
  • Dec 24 Giusseppi Verdi's "Aida" opera premieres in Cairo
  • Dec 26 Gilbert and Sullivan collaborate for the first time, on their lost opera, Thespis. It does modestly well, but the two would not collaborate again for four years.

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 5 Frederick Converse, American composer (The Pipe of Desire), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1940)
  • Jan 15 Bertram Shapleigh, American composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1940)
  • Jan 22 Leon Jessel, German composer (The Parade of the Tin Soldiers), born in Stettin (d. 1942)
  • Jan 29 Eduardo Lopez-Chavarri y Marco, composer
  • Feb 7 (Carl) Wilhelm Stenhammar, Swedish composer considered the finest Swedish pianist of his time, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1927)
  • Mar 6 Ben Harney, American composer and "Father of Ragtime Piano" (You've Been a Good Old Wagon, But You Done Broke Down), born on the Mississippi River (d. 1938)
  • Mar 28 Willem Mengelberg, Dutch conductor (Concertgebouw Orchestra, NY Philharmonic 1922-30), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1951)
  • Apr 1 F Melius Christiansen, composer
  • Apr 3 Mistinguett [Jeanne Florentine Bourgeois], French actress and singer (Moulin Rouge star), born in Enghien-les-Bains, Val-d'Oise, France (d. 1956)
  • Apr 9 Arthur Fickenscher, American composer, born in Aurora, Illinois (d. 1954)
  • Apr 16 Martin Lunssens, Belgian composer, born in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, Belgium (d. 1944)
  • Apr 21 Leo Blech, German composer and conductor, born in Aachen, Rhenish Prussia (d. 1958)
  • Apr 21 Vojtěch Říhovský, Czech composer, born in Dub nad Moravou, Czechia (d. 1950)
  • Apr 27 Arthur Nevin, American composer, born in Edgeworth, Pennsylvania (d. 1943)
  • May 5 Alberto Cametti, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1935)
  • May 6 August Reusner, German composer, born in Löwenberg, Silesia (d. 1935)
  • May 23 Sigurd Lie, Norwegian composer and conductor, born in Drammen (d. 1904)
  • Jul 3 Vicente Arregui Garay, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1925)
  • Jul 8 Clement Harris, English composer, born in London (d. 1897)
  • Jul 22 Akos Buttykai, Hungarian composer, born in Halmi (d. 1935)
  • Aug 1 Oskar Fried, German-Russian composer, born in Berlin (d. 1941)
  • Aug 8 William Henry Squire, composer
  • Aug 16 Zakhary Petrovich Paliashvili, Georgian composer (Abesalom and Eteri), born in Kutaisi (d. 1933)
  • Sep 30 Ruben Liljefors, Swedish composer, born in Uppsala, Sweden (d. 1936)
  • Oct 14 Alexander von Zemlinsky, Austrian composer, conductor, and arranger (The Mermaid; Lyric Symphony), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1942)
  • Oct 26 Hermann Löhr, British composer, born in Plymouth, England (d. 1943)
  • Nov 1 Alexander Spendiaryan, Russian-Soviet composer, born in Kakhovka, Russian Empire (d. 1928)
  • Nov 18 Amadeo Vives, Spanish composer, born in Collbató, Spain (d. 1932)
  • Nov 21 Panayot Pipkov, Bulgarian composer, born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria (d. 1942)
  • Dec 20 Henry Kimball Hadley, American composer and conductor, born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 1937)

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 1 Alexander Nikoleyevich Serov, Russian composer, dies at 51
  • Feb 7 Henry Steinway [Heinrich Steinweg], German American piano manufacturer (Steinway & Sons), dies at 73
  • Mar 20 Antonio Buzzolla, composer, dies at 56
  • Apr 5 Georg Andreas Henkel, composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 8 Charles-Louis Hanssens, Belgian composer, dies at 68
  • Apr 27 Sigismond Fortune Francois Thalberg, Austrian composer, dies at 59
  • May 12 Daniel François Esprit Auber, French opera composer (Fra Diavolo), dies at 89
  • May 24 Francisco Salvador Daniel, composer, dies at 40
  • May 26 Aimé Maillart, French opera composer (Les Dragons de Villars), dies at 54
  • Jul 17 Carl Tausig, Polish pianist, student and protégé of Liszt, and composer noted for his transcriptions, dies of typhoid at 29
  • Sep 3 Vaclav Horak, Czech composer, dies at 71
  • Sep 8 Etienne-Joseph Soubre, composer, dies at 57
  • Sep 12 Karl Collan, Finnish composer, dies at 43
  • Sep 26 Cipriani Potter, English pianist and composer, dies at 78
  • Dec 29 Ferdinand Marcucci, Italian harpist and composer, dies at 71