On This Day

October 1880 in Music History

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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


Birthdays in Music

  • 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 Healey Willan, Anglo-Canadian composer, born in Balham, London (d. 1968)

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 5 Jacques Offenbach, German-French composer (Tales of Hoffman), dies at 61
  • Oct 16 Edward Wolff, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 64