1878 in Music

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Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

Feb 10 Peter Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony in F premieres

  • May 4 Phonograph shown for 1st time at Grand Opera House
  • May 25 Gilbert & Sullivan's opera "HMS Pinafore" premieres in London

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 1 Edwin Franko Goldman, composer
  • Jan 6 Dame Adeline Genée, Danish-British ballerina (d. 1970)
  • Jan 15 Johanna Muller-Hermann, composer
  • Jan 23 Rutland Boughton, British composer (The Immortal Hour), born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire (d. 1960)
  • Jan 28 Walter Kollo [Kollodziepski], German composer (Der Juxbaron)
  • Feb 6 Waclaw Gieburowski, composer
  • Feb 7 Ossip Gabrilovich, composer
  • Feb 16 Selim Palmgren, Finnish pianist and composer (Daniel Hjort), born in Pori, Finland (d. 1951)
  • Feb 21 Fritz Cortolezis, composer
  • Feb 28 Artur Kapp, Estonian composer (d. 1952)
  • Mar 1 Gabriel Edouard Xavier Dupont, composer
  • Mar 4 Egbert Van Alstyne, American songwriter and pianist (d. 1951)
  • Mar 12 Joseph Gustav Mraczek, composer
  • Mar 21 Thurlow Weed Lieurance, composer
  • Mar 23 Franz Schrecker, Austrian composer (Der ferne Klang, Der Schatzgräber)
  • Mar 25 Theodore Samuel Holland, composer
  • Apr 6 Carl Emil Theodor Ehrenberg, composer
  • Apr 8 Rudolf Nelson, composer
  • May 15 Francisco Pujol, composer
  • May 19 Adam von Ahn Carse, composer

Person of interestBill Robinson

May 25 Bill Robinson "Bojangles", American actor and tap dancer (Stormy Weather, The Little Colonel), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1949)

Tap Dancer and Actor Bill Robinson
Tap Dancer and Actor
Bill Robinson
  • Jun 25 Jean Gallon, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1959)
  • Jun 26 Albert Siklós, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1942)

Person of interestGeorge M. Cohan

Jul 3 George M. Cohan, American father of musical comedy (Phantom President, Give My Regards to Broadway), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1942)

Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer George M. Cohan
Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer
George M. Cohan
  • Jul 5 Joseph Holbrooke, English pianist, conductor and composer (3 Blind Mice), born in Croydon, Surrey (d. 1958)
  • Jul 17 Henri Zagwijn, composer
  • Jul 25 Heinrich Gebhard, German-born American composer, born in Sobernheim, Rhineland-Palatinate (d. 1963)
  • Aug 3 Constantino Gaito, Argentinian composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1945)
  • Aug 13 Leonid Vladimirovich Nikolayev, Russian-Soviet composer, born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1942)
  • Aug 18 Fritz Brun, Swiss composer and conductor, born in Lucerne (d. 1959)
  • Aug 27 Joseph John Richards, American composer, born in Cwmafan, Wales (d. 1956)
  • Aug 31 Albert Riemenschneider, American musician and composer, born in Berea, Ohio (d. 1950)
  • Sep 17 Vincenzo Tommasini, Italian composer (Le donne de buon umore), born in Rome (d. 1950)
  • Oct 16 Carlos Pedrell, composer
  • Oct 17 Henri Mulet, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1967)
  • Nov 6 Ernest Irving, English composer, born in Godalming, Surrey (d. 1953)
  • Nov 15 Bela Reinitz, composer
  • Nov 23 André Caplet, French composer and conductor (Conte Fantastic, Le miroir de Jesus), born on a boat sailing between Le Havre (Seine-Maritime) and Honfleur (Calvados) in France (d. 1925)
  • Nov 27 Mabel Wheeler Daniels, composer
  • Dec 5 Arrigo Pedrollo, composer
  • Dec 19 Anton Lajovic, composer

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 2 Josip Runjanin, Croatian Serb composer (Croatian National Anthem) and soldier, dies at 56
  • Feb 22 Franz Hunten, composer, dies at 84
  • Mar 24 Albin Masek, Czech composer, dies at 73
  • Apr 1 Eugene Gautier, composer, dies at 56
  • Apr 5 Wilhelm Speyer, German violinist and composer, dies at 87
  • Apr 21 Temistocle Solera, composer, dies at 62
  • May 22 Franz von Holstein, composer, dies at 52
  • May 27 Carlo Marsili, composer, dies at 49
  • Jun 6 Gottfried Herrmann, composer, dies at 70
  • Jul 2 François Bazin, French composer, dies at 61
  • Jul 23 Miguel Hilarion Eslava y Elizondo, composer, dies at 70
  • Aug 23 Adolf Fredrik Lindblad, composer, dies at 77
  • Sep 9 Jacobo Ficher, composer, dies at 18
  • Oct 25 Ludwig Wilhelm Maurer, composer, dies at 89
  • Nov 28 Marco Aurelio Zani de Ferranti, composer, dies at 78
  • Dec 28 José Bernardo Alcedo, Peruvian composer, dies at 90