Year 1878 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Feb 22 Peter Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony in F premieres at a Russian Musical Society concert in Moscow [February 10 O.S.]
  • May 4 Thomas Edison's Phonograph shown for 1st time at Grand Opera House
  • May 25 W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan's comic opera "H.M.S. Pinafore" premieres in London, their first international success

Musicians Who Died in 1878

  • 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

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