On This Day

Year 1880 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jun 24 First performance of "O Canada," the song that would become the national anthem of Canada, at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 1 John Philip Sousa becomes new director of US Marine Corps Band

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 5 Nikolai Medtner, Russian pianist and composer (Skazi), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1951)
  • Jan 6 Yuliya Veysberg, Russian music critic & composer, born in Orenburg, Russia (d. 1942)
  • Jan 11 Rudolf T Palm, Curacao, pianist/composer
  • Jan 25 Francis George Scott, Scottish composer, born in Hawick, Roxburghshire (d. 1958)
  • Feb 1 Antonio Guarnieri, Italian cellist and opera conductor (La Scala, 1929-50), born in Venice, Italy (d. 1952)
  • Feb 1 Francesco Balilla Pratella, Italian composer, born in Lugo, Italy (d. 1955)
  • Feb 14 Aida Overton Walker, African-American dancer & singer (In Dahomey, Salome), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1914)
  • Feb 14 Edgar Bainton, British-Australian composer, born in Hackney, London (d. 1956)
  • Feb 18 Eric De Lamarter, American organist, composer and conductor (Chicago Symphony), born in Lansing, Michigan (d. 1953)
  • Feb 19 Arthur Shepherd, American composer, born in Paris, Indiana (d. 1958)
  • Feb 23 Edgar Istel, German composer, born in Mainz (d. 1948)
  • Mar 17 Guillermo Uribe Holguin, composer
  • Apr 26 Mikhail Fokine, Russian choreographer and founder of modern dance, born in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1942)
  • May 21 Pablo Luna, Spanish composer (De España vengo), born in Alhama de Aragón, Spain (d. 1942)
  • Jul 2 Albert Szirmai, Hungarian operetta composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1967)
  • Jul 3 Carl Schuricht, German conductor and composer, born in Gdańsk, Poland (d. 1967)
  • Jul 5 Jan Kubelik, Czech composer and violinist, born in Michle (d. 1940)
  • Jul 18 Otto Vrieslander, German composer, born in Münster, Germany (d. 1950)
  • Jul 24 Ernest Bloch, Swiss-born American composer (MacBeth, Schelomo, Israel), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1959)
  • Aug 5 Gertrude E Durden Rush, American composer/playwright (Black Girls Burden), born in Navasota, Texas (d. 1962)
  • Aug 10 Clarence Cameron White, American composer, born in Clarksville, Tennessee
  • Aug 11 Frederick Jerome Work, composer
  • Aug 17 Leo Ascher, Austrian-born composer who moved to the US, born in Vienna (d. 1942)
  • Aug 25 Robert E. Stolz, Austrian composer and conductor, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1975)
  • Sep 7 Attilio Brugnoli, Italian pianist and composer, born in Rome (d. 1937)
  • Sep 7 Kurt von Wolfurt, German composer, born in Lettin (d. 1957)
  • Sep 20 Ildebrando Pizzetti, Italian composer, born in Parma, Italy (d. 1968)
  • Oct 2 George Alexander Russell, American organist, composer and the first Frick Professor of Music for Princeton University, born in Franklin, Tennessee (d. 1953)
  • Oct 6 Julia Culp, mezzo-soprano
  • Oct 7 Jaime Pahissa, composer
  • Oct 12 (James) Healey Willan, British-Canadian organist, composer, and educator, born in Balham, London, England (d. 1968)
  • Nov 2 John Foulds, British cellist, musicologist, and composer (World Requiem; Three Mantras), born in Hulme, Manchester, England (d. 1939)
  • Nov 3 Raffaele Casimiri, Italian musicologist and composer, born in Gualdo Tadino, Italy (d. 1943)
  • Nov 9 Rudolf Karel, Czech composer (Three Hairs of the Wise Old Man), born in Pilseň, Czech Republic (d. 1945)
  • Dec 5 Alexander Schmuller, Russian-Dutch violinist and conductor, born in Mazyr, Belarus (d. 1933)
  • Dec 19 Nemesio Otaño, Spanish organist, choral director, educator, and composer (Basque Suite), born in Azcoitia, Spain (d. 1956) [1]
  • Dec 29 Jean-Fernand Vaubourgoin, French composer (Ophellia), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1952)
  • Dec 30 Alfred Einstein, German-American musicologist and nephew of Albert Einstein, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1952)

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 7 Pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski (19) weds Antonina Korsak

Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister
Ignacy Jan Paderewski

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 23 Gustav Adolf Mankell, composer, dies at 67
  • Mar 25 Joseph Rummel, German composer, dies at 61
  • Mar 26 Mariano Soriano Fuertes y Piqueras, Spanish composer, dies at 62
  • Mar 28 Achille Peri, composer, dies at 67
  • Mar 29 Jacob Axel Josephson, Swedish composer, dies at 62
  • Mar 31 Henryk Wieniawski, Polish violinist and composer (Souv de Moscou), dies at 44
  • Apr 7 Diederich Krug, German pianist and composer (Le petit Chevalier), dies at 60
  • May 9 Johann Hermann Berens, German composer, dies at 54
  • May 10 John Goss, English composer and organist (Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven), dies at 79
  • May 16 Karl August Krebs, composer, dies at 76
  • May 26 John Curwen, English Congregationalist minister and founder of Tonic sol-fa music system, dies at 63
  • Jul 22 Anna Caroline Oury, German pianist and composer, dies at 72
  • Aug 17 Ole Bull, Norwegian violinist and composer (b. 1810)
  • Sep 15 William Hauser, composer, dies at 67
  • Oct 5 Jacques Offenbach, German-French composer (Tales of Hoffman), dies at 61
  • Oct 16 Edward Wolff, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 64
  • Nov 7 Carl Friedrich Weitzmann, composer, dies at 72
  • Nov 8 Jacob Edvard Gille, composer, dies at 66
  • Nov 24 Napoléon Henri Reber, French composer, dies at 73
  • Nov 26 Guilherme Cossoul, Portuguese composer, dies at 52
  • Dec 2 Josephine Lang, German composer, dies at 65
  • Dec 27 Alessandro Nini, Italian composer, dies at 75