On This Day

December 1871 in Music History

Events in Music

  • 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

  • Dec 20 Henry Kimball Hadley, American composer and conductor, born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 1937)

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 29 Ferdinand Marcucci, Italian harpist and composer, dies at 71