On This Day

1873 in Music

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, 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, 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, Italian operatic tenor (Faust), born in Naples, Italy (d. 1921)
  • 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 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 (Rector of Odessa Conservatory), born in Mohyliv-Podilskyi, Russian Empire (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, composer (Chanticker), born in Brookline, Massachusetts
  • Dec 14 Joseph Jongen, Belgian composer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1953)
  • 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 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, 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, 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 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, German violinist and compser (Hohe Schule des Violinspiels), dies at 63
  • Aug 2 Frank Mori, English composer, dies at 53
  • Aug 26 Carl Wilhelm, composer, dies at 57