May 1873 in Music History

Events in Music

Notable Fireworks

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

  • May 24 Leo Delibes' opera "Le Roi l'a Dit" ("The King Has Spoken") premieres at the Opéra-Comique in Paris

Birthdays in Music

  • 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, Peruvian pianist, composer, and educator (founder and first director of the National Conservatory of Music, 1909-26), born in Tacna, Peru (d. 1953)

Deaths in Music

  • May 13 Kaspar Masek, Czech-Slovenian composer, dies at 79
  • May 26 August Conradi, German organist and composer, dies at 51