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Year 1877 in Music History

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 4 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet "Swan Lake" has its world premiere, performed by the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow

  • Apr 19 Opera "Les Cloches de Cornerville" is produced (Paris)

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Apr 27 Jules Massenet's opera "Le Roi de Lahore" (The King of Lahore) premieres at the Palais Garnier, Paris, France

Composer Jules Massenet
Jules Massenet

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Oct 20 Franz Schubert's 2nd Symphony in B premieres

Composer Franz Schubert
Franz Schubert
  • Dec 2 Camille Saint-Saëns' opera "Samson et Dalila" premieres in Weimar

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Dec 16 Anton Bruckner's 3rd Symphony in D, premieres

Composer Anton Bruckner
Anton Bruckner

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Dec 30 Johannes Brahms' 2nd Symphony in D, premieres in Vienna

Composer and Conductor Johannes Brahms
Composer and Conductor
Johannes Brahms

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 17 Hans Jelmoli, Swiss pianist and composer, born in Zurich (d. 1936)
  • Jan 20 Ruth St. Denis, ballerina (Dances of the 5 Senses), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1968)
  • Feb 1 Thomas Frederick Dunhill, British composer (The Wind Among The Reeds), and teacher, born in London (d. 1946)
  • Feb 7 Feliks Nowowiejski, Polish organist and composer, born in Wartenburg, East Prussia, German Empire (d. 1946)
  • Feb 13 Jāzeps Mediņš, Latvian composer, born in Kaunas, Latvia, Russian Empire (d. 1947)
  • Feb 19 Louis Francois-Marie Aubert, French composer (Habanera)
  • Feb 24 Rudolph Ganz, Swiss-American pianist, conductor (St. Louis Symphony, 1921-27), composer, and educator (Chicago Musical College, 1928-54), born in Zurich, Switzerland (d. 1972)
  • Feb 25 Erich von Hornbostel, Austrian musicologist (d. 1935)
  • Feb 26 Russell Alexander, American vaudeville composer and entertainer (Barnum & Bailey Circus Band), born in Nevada, Missouri (d. 1915)
  • Feb 28 Sergei Bortkiewicz, Russian-Austrian composer, pianist, and conductor, born in Kharkov, Russian Empire (d. 1952)
  • Mar 4 Alexander Fyodorovich Gedike, composer
  • Mar 29 Reginald Goss-Custard, British organist, arranger and composer (Chelsea Fayre), born in St. Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, England (d. 1956)
  • Apr 2 Arnold Schering, German musicologist (Humor, Heldentum, Tragik), born in Breslau, Germany (d. 1941)
  • Apr 23 Arthur Farwell, American composer, born in St Paul, Minnesota (d. 1952)
  • Apr 24 Charles Cuvillier, French composer of operetta (The Naughty Princess), born in Paris (d. 1955)
  • May 10 Roderich Mojsisovics-Mojsvar, composer
  • May 25 Billy Murray, Irish-American vaudeville and early recording popular music tenor, known as the 'Denver Nightengale' ("Shine On, Harvest Moon"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1954)

Person of interestIsadora Duncan

May 26 Isadora Duncan, American free form/interpretative dancer, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1927)

  • Jun 14 Jane Bathori, French mezzo-soprano, born in Paris (d. 1970)
  • Jun 23 Blair Fairchild, composer
  • Jun 23 Hermann Stephani, composer
  • Jul 6 David Stanley Smith, American composer (Merrymount), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1949)
  • Jul 13 Karl Erb, German tenor
  • Jul 27 Ernst von Dohnányi [Dohnányi Ernő], Hungarian composer and conductor, born in Pozsony, Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary (d. 1960)
  • Jul 30 Charles Radoux-Rogier, Belgian composer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1952)
  • Aug 16 Karl Hoschna, Tin Pan Alley-era composer (Every Little Movement), born in Kuschwarda, Bohemia (d. 1911)
  • Sep 6 Petar Stojanovic, Serbian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1957)
  • Sep 6 Charles "Buddy" Bolden, African-American jazz cornetist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1931)
  • Sep 9 Jesús Castillo, Guatemalan composer (Quiché Vinak), born in San Juan Ostuncalco (d. 1946)
  • Sep 17 Jean Hure, French composer and organist, born in Gien, Loire (d. 1930)
  • Sep 18 Jozef de Voght, Flemish priest and songwriter (Under the Snow), born in Broechem, Belgium (d. 1956)
  • Sep 20 Armand Marsick, Belgian composer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1959)
  • Sep 26 Alfred Cortot, French-Swiss pianist and teacher, born in Nyon, Vaud, Switzerland (d. 1962)
  • Oct 11 John Parsons Beach, American composer, born in Gloversville, New York (d. 1953)
  • Oct 20 Josephine McGill, composer
  • Oct 24 Pavel Chesnokov, Russian-Soviet composer, born in Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast, Russia (d. 1944)
  • Nov 1 Roger Quilter, British composer, born in Hove, Sussex (d. 1953)
  • Nov 7 Henry Balfour Gardiner, English composer and musician, born in Kensington, England (d. 1950)
  • Nov 21 Louis Campbell-Tipton, American composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1921)
  • Nov 21 Sigfrid Karg-Elert, German composer, born in Oberndorf am Neckar, Germany (d. 1933)
  • Dec 8 Paul Ladmirault, French composer, born in Nantes, France (d. 1944)
  • Dec 13 Mykola Leontovych, Ukrainian composer, born in Selevyntsi, Podolia, Russian Empire (d. 1921)
  • Dec 14 Lieven Duvosel, Flemish music composer (Leiecyclys), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1956)
  • Dec 18 Max Pallenberg, Austrian extempore farce actor (Morn to Midnight), husband of Operetta star Fritzi Massary, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1934)

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 6 Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (37) weds Antonina Miliukova (29) at the Church of Saint George in Moscow, Russia

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 11 Pietro Romani, Italian conductor and composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 1 Joseph-Leon Gatayes, French harpist, dies at 71
  • Mar 12 Crystobal Oudrid y Segura, composer, dies at 52
  • Mar 28 Vincenzo Fioravanti, Italian composer, dies at 77
  • Apr 7 Errico Petrella, Italian composer, dies at 63
  • May 14 John Roberts, Welsh composer, minister and poet, dies at 54
  • Jun 3 Ludwig Ritter von Köchel, Austrian musicologist (Köchel catalogue of Mozart's works), dies of cancer at 77
  • Aug 3 Karl Georg Lickl, composer, dies at 75
  • Sep 12 Julius Reitz, composer, dies at 64
  • Oct 14 Antoine-Amable-Elie Elwart, French composer, dies at 68
  • Oct 28 Johann Herbeck, composer, dies at 45
  • Nov 13 Pietro Antonio Coppola, Italian composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 10 Federico Ricci, Italian composer, dies at 68
  • Dec 31 Alberto Mazzucato, composer, dies at 64