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Year 1875 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 5 Charles Garnier's new Opera opens in Paris

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Mar 3 Georges Bizet's last and greatest opera "Carmen" premieres in Paris

Composer Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet

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Oct 25 The first performance of the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is given in Boston, Massachusetts with Hans von Bülow as soloist

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 11 Reinhold Glière, Russian-Soviet composer, born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1956)
  • Jan 28 Julian Antonio Carillo-Trujillo, composer
  • Feb 2 Friedrich-Max "Fritz" Kreisler, Austrian-American violinist and composer (Alt-Wiener Tanzweisen), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1962)
  • Feb 4 Raymond Moulaert, Belgian pianist and composer, born in Brussels, Belgian (d. 1962)
  • Feb 7 Erkki Melartin, Finnish composer (Juhlamarssi; Summer Symphony; Fantasia Apocaliptica), born in Käkisalmi, Grand Duchy of Finland (d. 1937)
  • Feb 7 Walter Courvoisier, composer
  • Feb 9 Sydney Hugo Nicholson, British choir director, organist, composer, and founder of the Royal School of Church Music, born in London (d. 1947)
  • Feb 11 Sara Wennerberg-Reuter, composer
  • Feb 26 Richard Wetz, German composer (Requiem, Op. 50 in B minor), born in Gleiwitz, Upper Silesia (now Gliwice, Poland) (d. 1935)
  • Feb 28 Viliam Figus-Bystry, Slovakian composer, born in Banská Bystrica (d. 1937)

Person of interestMaurice Ravel

Mar 7 Maurice Ravel, French composer, pianist and conductor (Daphnis et Chloé; Boléro), born in Ciboure, France (d. 1937)

Composer and Pianist Maurice Ravel
Composer and Pianist
Maurice Ravel
  • Mar 9 Martin Shaw, English composer, born in London (d. 1958)
  • Mar 10 Alexander Borisovich Goldenweiser, Russian pianist & composer (Contrapuntal Sketches), born in Kishinev, Russia (d. 1961)
  • Mar 12 Julio Garreta, composer
  • Mar 14 Norman O'Neill, English composer, born in Kensington, London (d. 1934)
  • Mar 29 Paul Rubens, English musical comedy composer (Miss Hook of Holland), born in London (d. 1917)
  • Apr 4 Jozef Szulc, Polish composer, born in Warsaw (d. 1956)
  • Apr 4 Pierre Monteux, French-American conductor (Boston Symph Orch 1919-24), born in Paris, France (d. 1964)
  • Apr 24 Jeno Huszka, Hungarian composer, born in Szeged, Hungary (d. 1960)
  • May 18 Guido Alberto Fano, Italian composer and pianist, born in Padua (d. 1961)
  • May 31 Italo Montemezzi, Italian composer (L'amore dei tre re), born in Vigasio, Italy (d. 1952)
  • Jun 13 Max d'Ollone, French composer and writer (Le Ménestrel), born in Besançon, France (d. 1959)
  • Jun 23 (Sidney Edward) "Eddie" Pola [Pollacsek], American radio and TV producer, and lyricist ("The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year"; "I Love The Way You Say Goodnight"), born in New York City (d. 1995)
  • Jun 26 Camille Zeckwer, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1924)
  • Jul 17 Donald Francis Tovey, Eton England, musicologist/composer
  • Jul 30 James W. Tate, English composer, born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire (d. 1922)
  • Aug 6 Marcel Labey, French conductor and composer, born in Vésinet, France (d. 1968)
  • Aug 9 Albert William Ketèlbey, British pianist and composer (In A Monastery Garden), born in Aston, Birmingham (d. 1959)
  • Aug 9 Reynaldo Hahn, Venezuelan-French singer, composer, conductor, and music critic, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1947)
  • Aug 12 Ettore Panizza, composer
  • Aug 12 Mezio Agostini, Italian composer, born in Fano, Italy (d. 1944)
  • Aug 15 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, African-British composer (Hiawatha's Wedding Feast), born in London, England (d. 1912)
  • Sep 10 Paul Scheinpflug, German composer, born in Loschwitz, Germany (d. 1937)
  • Sep 17 Vyacheslav Gavrilovich Karatigin, composer (d. 1925)
  • Sep 22 Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis, composer
  • Oct 2 Henry Février, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1957)
  • Oct 5 Cyril Rootham, English organist, composer, and educator born in Redland, Bristol (d. 1938)
  • Nov 3 Emīls Dārziņš, Latvian composer, born in Jaunpiebalga, Russian Empire (d. 1910)
  • Nov 13 Rogelio del Villar, Spanish composer, born in Leon, Spain (d. 1937)
  • Dec 14 Dobri Khristov, Bulgarian composer, born in Varna, Bulgaria (d. 1941)
  • Dec 15 Friedrich Niggli, Swiss composer, born in Aarburg, Switzerland (d. 1959)
  • Dec 22 Antoine Mariotte, French composer, born in Avignon (d. 1944)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 18 Joseph Philbrick Webster, composer, dies at 55
  • Jan 25 Leopold Jansa, composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 1 William Sterndale Bennett, English composer, dies at 58
  • Feb 19 Jean B Vuillaume, French violin maker (octobas), dies at 76
  • Mar 10 Joseph Daussoigne-Méhul, French composer, dies at 84
  • Mar 18 Ferdinand Laub, composer, dies at 43
  • Mar 30 Marie Moke Pleyel, composer, dies at 63
  • Apr 24 Jose Maria de la Purificacion Ventura, composer, dies at 58
  • May 23 Johann Wilhelm Mangold, German composer, dies at 78

Person of interestGeorges Bizet

Jun 3 Georges Bizet, French composer (Carmen), dies of a heart attack at 36

Composer Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet
  • Jun 15 Johan Peter Cronhamm, Swedish composer, dies at 72
  • Jul 17 Gábor Mátray, Hungarian composer and musicologist, dies at 77
  • Sep 15 Louise Farrenc, French pianist, composer and only female professor at the Paris Conservatory during the 19th century, dies at 71
  • Sep 24 William Walker, American composer (The Southern Harmony), dies at 66
  • Oct 28 William Howard Glover, English composer, dies at 56
  • Dec 22 Nikolay Alexeyevich Titov, composer, dies at 75