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Year 1879 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 1 Johannes Brahms' Violin Concerto in D major premieres in Leipzig
  • Mar 29 Tsjaikovski's opera "Jevgeni Onegin" premieres in Moscow
  • May 16 Antonín Dvořák's "Slavonic Dances" premieres
  • Dec 26 Johannes Brahms' "Tragic Ouverture" premieres
  • Dec 31 Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera "Pirates of Penzance" premieres in NYC

Musicians Born in 1879

  • Jan 2 Sydney Baynes, British conductor, arranger, band leader and composer (Destiny Waltz; Endure to Conquer), born in Sudbury, England (d. 1938)
  • Jan 24 Stanislaw Lyudkevich, Ukranian composer, born in Jaroslaw, Habsburg Empire (now Poland) (d. 1979)
  • Jan 27 Sven Holger Körling, Swedish organist, music teacher, and composer of children's songs, born in Ystad, Sweden (d. 1948)
  • Feb 9 [Carl] Natanael Berg, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm (d. 1957)
  • Feb 10 Franz Carl Bornschein, American composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1948)

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Musicians Married in 1879


Musicians Who Died in 1879

  • Jan 23 Adolf Jensen, German composer, dies of tuberculosis 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, German cellist, composer, and pedagogue, dies at 82
  • Sep 8 Nikolay Ivanovich Zaremba, Russian musical teacher to Tchaikovsky and composer, dies at 58

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