On This Day

Year 1873 in Music History

Events in Music

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

FireworksNotable Fireworks

May 24 Alexandra Palace opens on Queen Victoria's 54th birthday with a grand celebration including concerts, recitals and fireworks

Queen of the United Kingdom Queen Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Queen Victoria

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 6 Karl Straube, German organist & conductor, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1950)
  • Jan 8 Lucien Capet, French composer and violinist, born in Paris, France (d. 1928)
  • Jan 17 Francois Rasse, Belgian composer, born in Helchin (d. 1955)
  • Feb 1 Clara Butt, British contralto (Country of Hope & Glory; Elgar's "Sea Pictures"), born in Southwick Sussex, England (d. 1936)
  • Feb 2 Leopold Fall, Austrian operetta composer (Dollar Princess)
  • Feb 13 Fyador Chaliapin, Russian operatic bass-baritone (Boris Godunov), born in Kazan, Russia (d. 1938)
  • Feb 23 Dmitri Arakishvili, composer

Person of interestEnrico Caruso

Feb 25 Enrico Caruso, Italian operatic tenor (Faust), born in Naples, Italy (d. 1921)

Operatic Tenor Enrico Caruso
Operatic Tenor
Enrico Caruso
  • Mar 15 David Vaughan Thomas, Welsh musician and composer, born in Ystalyfera (d. 1934)
  • Mar 19 Max Reger, German concert pianist, organist, composer (Hebbel Requiem), and professor (Royal Conservatory - Leipzig, 1907-16), born in Brand, Bavarian Empire (d. 1916)
  • Mar 20 Sergei Rachmaninoff, Russian-American piano virtuoso, conductor, and composer (Aleko; Piano Concerto No. 3), born in Oneg or Semyonovo, Russian Empire (d. 1943) [NS=Apr 1]
  • Apr 1 Sergei Rachmaninoff, Russian-American piano virtuoso, conductor, and composer (Aleko; Piano Concerto No. 3), born in Oneg or Semyonovo, Russian Empire (d. 1943) [OS=Mar 20]
  • Apr 13 Theodore F. Morse, American composer, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1924)
  • Apr 14 Viktor Josef Keldorfer, Austrian composer, born in Salzburg, Austria (d. 1959)
  • Apr 18 Jean Roger-Ducasse, French composer, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1954)
  • Apr 28 Harold Bauer, English-American pianist (Beethoven-Association), born in Kingston, England (d. 1951)
  • May 7 Clarence Dickinson, American composer, born in Lafayette, Indiana (d. 1969)
  • May 15 Nikolay Tcherepnin, Russian composer of ballets, born in St Petersburg, Russia [OS: 03/05]
  • 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, American composer, born in Altoona, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)
  • Jul 17 Antonina Neshdanova, Russian soprano (Rigoletto)
  • Jul 19 Louis Zimmermann, Dutch violinist and 1st concert master of Concert building, born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1954)
  • Jul 20 Witold Maliszewski, Polish composer (founder and first director of Odessa Conservatory), born in Mohyliv-Podilskyi, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1939)
  • Jul 22 Ettore Pozzoli, Italian composer and pianist, born in Seregno (d. 1957)
  • Aug 6 Mary Carr Moore, American composer, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1957)
  • 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, English composer, born in St Albans, England (d. 1946)
  • Aug 22 Karl Nef, Swiss musicologist, born in St. Gallen, Switzerland (d. 1935)
  • Sep 21 Papa Jack Laine, American musician and pioneering bandleader, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1966)
  • Sep 26 Amilcare Zanella, Italian composer and conductor, born in Monticelli d'Ongina, Italy (d. 1949)
  • Oct 6 Oscar George Theodore Sonneck, composer
  • Oct 9 Carl Flesch, Hungarian violinist, born in Mosonmagyaróvár, Hungary (d. 1944)
  • Oct 14 José Serrano Simeón, Spanish composer, born in Sueca, Valencia, Spain (d. 1941)
  • 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, American composer (Chanticker), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1953)
  • Dec 14 Joseph Jongen, Belgian organist and composer (Symphonie concertante, Op. 81), born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1953) [1]
  • Dec 15 Kacsóh Pongrác, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1923)
  • Dec 18 Adolf Vogl, German composer, born in Munich (d. 1961)
  • Dec 21 Blagoje Bersa, Croatian composer, born in Dubrovnik, Croatia (d. 1934)
  • Dec 26 Hubert Cuypers, Dutch organist, composer, and choir conductor (Minstrels), born in Baexem, Netherlands (d. 1960)
  • 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, Swiss pianist and composer, dies at 51
  • Mar 5 Marie-Alexis Castillon de Saint-Victor, French composer, dies at 34
  • Mar 20 Adolphe Fétis, Belgian-French pianist and composer, dies at 52
  • Apr 13 Carlo Coccia, Italian composer, dies at 90
  • Apr 17 Semyon Stepanovich Gulak-Artemovsky, Ukrainian born Russian composer, dies at 60
  • May 13 Kaspar Masek, composer, dies at 79
  • May 26 August Conradi, German organist and composer, dies at 51
  • Jun 2 François George-Hainl, French cellist and 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, German violinist and composer (Hohe Schule des Violinspiels), dies at 63
  • Aug 2 Frank Mori, English composer, dies at 53
  • Aug 26 Carl Wilhelm, composer, dies at 57