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Events in Music

  • May 24 Leo Delibes' opera "Le Roi l'a Dit" premieres in Paris

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 6 Karl Straube, German organist/conductor
  • Jan 8 Lucien Capet, composer
  • Jan 17 Francois Rasse, Belgian composer, born in Helchin (d. 1955)
  • Feb 1 Clara Butt, Southwick Sussex, contralto (Country of Hope & Glory)
  • Feb 2 Leopold Fall, Austrian operetta composer (Dollar Princess)
  • Feb 23 Dmitri Arakishvili, composer
  • Feb 25 Enrico Caruso, operatic tenor (Faust), born in Naples, Italy
  • Mar 15 David Vaughan Thomas, Welsh musician and composer, born in Ystalyfera (d. 1934)
  • Mar 19 Max Reger, German composer, pianist and professor (Leipzig Univ), born in Brand, Bavarian Empire (d. 1916)
  • Mar 20 Sergei V Rachmaninov, Russian/US pianist/composer (Aleko) [NS=Apr 1]
  • Apr 1 Sergei Rachmaninoff, Novgorod Russia, composer (Prelude in C# Minor)
  • Apr 13 Theodore Morse, composer
  • Apr 14 Viktor Joseph Keldorfer, composer
  • Apr 18 Jean Roger-Ducasse, composer
  • Apr 28 Harold Bauer, English/US pianist (Beethoven-Association)
  • May 3 Nikolay N Tcherepnin, St Petersburg, composer of ballets, songs [OS]
  • May 7 Clarence Dickinson, composer
  • May 15 Nikolay N Tcherepnin, St Petersburg, composer of ballets, songs [NS]
  • May 19 Federico Gerdes, composer
  • Jun 7 Landon Ronald, British composer, pianist and teacher (Guildhall School of Music), born in Kensington, London (d. 1938)
  • Jun 24 Thomas Carl Whitmer, composer
  • Jul 17 Antonina Neshdanova, Russian soprano (Rigoletto)
  • Jul 19 Louis Zimmermann, violinist/1st concert master of Concert building
  • Jul 20 Witold Maliszewski, composer
  • Jul 22 Ettore Pozzoli, composer
  • Aug 6 Mary Carr Moore, composer
  • Aug 11 John Rosamond Johnson, Fla, co-composer (Lift Every Voice & Sing)
  • Aug 18 Leo Slezak, Austrian tenor and actor (Othello, Zirkus Saran, Husaren heraus), born in Mährisch-Schönberg, Austria-Hungary (d. 1946)
  • Aug 18 Otto Harbach, American songwriter (Smoke Gets in Your Eyes), born in NYC, New York (d. 1963)
  • Aug 20 William Henry Bell, composer
  • Aug 22 Karl Nef, Swiss musicologist, born in St. Gallen, Switzerland (d. 1935)
  • Sep 9 Edward Burlingame Hill, composer
  • Sep 21 Papa Jack Laine, American musician (d. 1966)
  • Sep 26 Amilcare Zanella, composer
  • Oct 6 Oscar George Theodore Sonneck, composer
  • Oct 9 Carl Flesch, Hungarian violinist, born in Mosonmagyaróvár, Hungary (d. 1944)
  • Oct 14 Jose Serrano Simeon, composer
  • Oct 27 Henry Tate, Australian composer and poet, born in Melbourne (d. 1926)
  • Nov 10 Henri Rabnaud, French composer (Le Premer Glaire), born in Paris, France (d. 1949)

Person of interestW. C. Handy

Nov 16 W. C. Handy, American composer and musician known as the "Father of the Blues" (Memphis Blues, St Louis Blues), born in Florence, Alabama (d. 1958)

Musician and Father of the Blues W. C. Handy
Musician and Father of the Blues
W. C. Handy
  • Nov 20 Daniel Gregory Mason, composer (Chanticker), born in Brookline, Massachusetts
  • Dec 14 Marie-Alphonse-Nicolas-Joseph Jongen, composer
  • Dec 15 Pongrac Kacsoh, composer
  • Dec 18 Adolf Vogl, German composer, born in Munich (d. 1961)
  • Dec 21 Blagoje Bersa, Croatian composer (d. 1934)
  • Dec 26 Hubert Cuypers, Dutch composer/choir conductor (Minstrels)
  • Dec 26 Karel Moor, Czech composer and conductor, born in Belgrade (d. 1945)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 3 John Lodge Ellerton, British classical composer (The Bridal of Triermain, Domenica), dies at 71
  • Jan 28 Henry Hugo Pierson, English composer, dies at 57
  • Feb 14 Charles Samvei Bovy-Lysberg, composer, dies at 52
  • Mar 5 Marie-Alexis Castillon de Saint-Victor, composer, dies at 34
  • Mar 20 Adolfe Louis Eugene Fetis, composer, dies at 52
  • Apr 13 Carlo Coccia, composer, dies at 90
  • Apr 17 Semyon Stepanovich Gulak-Artemovsky, composer, dies at 60
  • May 13 Kaspar Masek, composer, dies at 79
  • May 26 August Conradi, composer, dies at 51
  • Jun 2 Francois Hainl, composer, dies at 65
  • Jun 13 Angelo Mariani, Italian composer, dies at 51
  • Jul 3 Josef Michal Ksawery Jan Poniatowski, composer, dies at 57
  • Jul 14 Ferdinand David, Dutch violinist/composer, dies at 63
  • Aug 2 Frank Mori, English composer, dies at 53
  • Aug 26 Carl Wilhelm, composer, dies at 57