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Events in Music

  • Jan 1 John Brahms' Violin Concerto in D major premieres in Leipzig
  • Mar 29 Tsjaikovski's opera "Jevgeni Onegin," premieres in Moscow
  • Dec 31 Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera "Pirates of Penzance" premieres in NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 1 Sydney Baynes, composer
  • Feb 9 Carl Natanael Berg, composer
  • Feb 10 Franz Carl Bornschein, composer
  • Feb 11 Jean Gilbert [Max Winterfeld], German composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1942)
  • Feb 25 Otakar Ostrcil, composer
  • Feb 26 Frank Bridge, English violinist/composer/conductor/tutor of B Britten
  • Feb 27 Jose Sancho Marraco, composer
  • Mar 11 Justus Hermann Wetzel, composer
  • Mar 19 Joseph Haas, German (opera)composer (Tobias Wunderlich)
  • Mar 25 Otakar Zich, Czech composer, born in Městec Králové (d. 1934)
  • Apr 4 Gabriel Groulez, French composer, born in Lille, France (d. 1944)
  • Apr 29 Thomas Beecham, England, composer (found London Philharmonic)
  • May 6 Johan H T Norlind, Swedish musicologist
  • May 22 Eastwood Lane, composer
  • May 22 Jean Emile Paul Cras, composer
  • May 31 Mark Hambourg, composer
  • Jun 5 Adolf Wiklund, Swedish composer, born in Långserud, Värmland, Sweden (d. 1950)
  • Jun 10 Benjamin Lambord, composer
  • Jun 24 Agrippina J Vaganova, Russian ballet dancer
  • Jun 28 Sigurd von Koch, Swedish composer, born in Ägnö, Stockholm archipelago, Sweden (d. 1919)
  • Jul 3 Philippe Gaubert, French musician and composer, born in Cahors, France (d. 1941)
  • Jul 5 Wanda Landowska, Polish-French harpsichordist (Musique Ancienne), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1959)
  • Jul 5 Volkmar Andreae, Swiss conductor and composer (Tonhalle Orchestra), born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 1962)
  • Jul 7 Jacob Weinberg, Rusian-born Jewish composer, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1956)
  • Jul 9 Ottorino Respighi, Italian composer (Pines of Rome), born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1936)
  • Jul 22 Gustaf Heintze, composer
  • Aug 13 John Ireland, English composer and pianist (Mai-Dun), born in Bowdon, Cheshire, England (d. 1962)
  • Aug 23 Alfrēds Kalniņš, Latvian composer, born in Cēsis, Russian Empire (d. 1951)
  • Aug 24 Rentaro Taki, Japanese pianist and composer, born in Tokyo (d. 1903)
  • Aug 31 Viktor Alexandrovich Uspensky, composer
  • Aug 31 Alma Mahler, Viennese composer and Wife of Gustav Mahler, Walter Gropius and Franz Werfel, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1964)
  • Sep 25 Luís Costa, Portuguese composer, born in Monte de Fralães, Barcelos (d. 1960)
  • Sep 27 Cyril Scott, English composer and author (Heroic Suite), born in Oxton, Cheshire (d. 1970)
  • Sep 29 Joaquin Nin y Castellanos, composer
  • Sep 30 Ernst Isler, Swiss organist and critic, born in Zurich (d. 1944)
  • Sep 30 Henri Casadesus, French violist and composer (Viola d'amour)
  • Oct 3 Warner Oland, Swedish actor (The Jazz Singer, Charlie Chan), born in Nyby, Västerbottens län, Sweden (d. 1938)
  • Oct 5 Halfdan Cleve [née Klewe], Norwegian pianist and composer, born in Kongsberg, Norway (d. 1951)
  • Oct 5 John Erskine, American poet and writer (Private Life of Helen of Troy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1951)
  • Oct 7 Joe Hill, Jevla Sweden, organizer (IWW)/songwriter (Union Scab)/martyr
  • Oct 7 Joseph Bovet, composer
  • Oct 13 Peter Van Anrooy, Dutch conductor and composer (Piet Hein Rhapsodie), born in Zaltbommel, the Netherlands (d. 1954)
  • Oct 18 Grzegorz Fitelberg, Polish violinist/conductor/composer, born in Daugavpils, Russian Empire (now Latvia); (d. 1953)
  • Oct 21 Marie Joseph Canteloube de Malaret, composer
  • Oct 25 Jean Rogister, Belgian virtuoso violist and composer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1964)
  • Oct 25 Mayhew Lester Lake, American composer, born in Southville, Massachusetts (d. 1955)
  • Oct 28 Conrado del Campo y Zabaleta, composer
  • Nov 13 Maurice Delage, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1961)
  • Nov 14 Geoffrey Turton Shaw, composer
  • Nov 27 Adam Tadeusz Wieniawski, composer
  • Nov 29 Jacob Gade, Danish composer(d. 1963)
  • Dec 4 Hamilton Harty, Irish composer and conductor called "the prince of accompanists", born in Hillsborough, Ireland (d. 1941)
  • Dec 7 Rudolf Friml, Czech/US composer (Bohemian suite)
  • Dec 12 Percy Fletcher, composer
  • Dec 15 Rudolf von Laban, Czech/German choreographer (modern dance)
  • Dec 19 Otto Emanuel Olsson, composer
  • Dec 24 Stanislav Pylypovych Lyudkevych, composer
  • Dec 26 Armen Tigran Tigranyan, Armenian music composer and conductor, born in Alexandropol, Armenia (d. 1950)
  • Dec 26 Julius Weismann, German pianist, conductor, and composer (Schwanenweiß), born in Freiburg im Breisgau (d. 1950)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 30 Composer John Philip Sousa (25) weds Jane van Middlesworth Bellis


Deaths in Music

  • Jan 23 Adolf Jensen, composer, dies at 42
  • Apr 9 Ernst Richter, German musical theorist and composer, dies at 70
  • Jul 6 Henry Smart, English organist and composer, dies at 65
  • Aug 22 Friedrich August Kummer, composer, dies at 82
  • Sep 8 Nikolay Ivanovich Zaremba, composer, dies at 58
  • Sep 12 Peter Arnold Heise, composer, dies at 49