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Events in Music

  • Feb 10 Jacques Offenbach's opera "Les Contes d'Hoffman" premieres in Paris
  • Mar 23 Gas lamp sets fire to opera house in Nice, France; 70 die
  • Apr 23 Gilbert & Sullivan's opera "Patience" produced in London
  • May 11 Bedrich Smetana's opera "Libusa" premieres in Prague
  • Jun 14 Player piano patented by John McTammany Jr (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
  • Sep 3 Anton Bruckner completes his 6th Symphony
  • Oct 4 Edward Leveaux patents automatic player piano
  • Oct 22 Boston Symphony Orchestra gives its first concert
  • Dec 19 Opera "Hérodiade" by Jules Massenet is produced in Brussels

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 5 Nikolay Andreyevich Roslavets, composer
  • Jan 25 Gustave Frederic Soderlund, composer
  • Feb 1 Jose Ignacio Quinton, composer
  • Feb 6 Karl Weigl, Austrian-American composer, born in Vienna (d. 1949)
  • Feb 12 Anna Pavlova, Russian prima ballerina and choreographer (Diaghilew, Dying Swan), born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1931)
  • Feb 19 Armin Knab, German composer (Eichendorff-cycle)
  • Mar 18 Paul Le Flem, composer
  • Mar 21 Hermann Sandby, composer
  • Mar 25 Béla Bartok, Hungarian composer and pianist (Concerto for Orchestra), born in Nagyszentmiklós, Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary (d. 1945)
  • Apr 8 Fernand Lamy, composer
  • Apr 11 Harvey Bartlett Gaul, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1945)
  • Apr 18 Hermann KJ Zilcher, German pianist/composer (Dr Eisenbart)
  • Apr 20 Nikolai Myaskovsky, Russian composer (Kirov is With Us), born in Modlin Fortress, Poland (d. 1950)
  • Apr 20 Sem Dresden, Dutch composer and conductor, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1957)
  • May 11 Jan van Gilse, composer/resistance fighter (Frau Helga von Staveren)
  • May 11 Pascual Rogatis, composer
  • May 13 Ilona Durigo, Hungarian singer
  • May 24 Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský, Slovak composer, born in Trnava, Slovakia (d. 1958)
  • May 29 Frederik Septimus Kelly, composer
  • Jun 8 Prospero Bisquertt, Chilean composer, born in Santiago, Chile (d. 1959)
  • Jun 29 Curt Sachs, German musicologist, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1959)
  • Jul 9 Richard Hageman, Dutch born American pianist, composer and conductor (Caponsacchi), born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands (d. 1966)
  • Aug 1 Stanislaw Kazuro, Polish composer, born in Vilnius Region (d. 1961)
  • Aug 12 Vaclav Vackar, composer
  • Aug 18 Hermann Karl Josef Zilcher, composer
  • Aug 19 Georges Enesco, [or Enescu], Romania, composer (Romanian Dances)
  • Aug 28 Arne Eggen, Norwegian composer, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 1955)
  • Aug 29 Edvin Kallstenius, Swedish composer and librarian, born in Filipstad, Sweden (d. 1967)
  • Sep 27 Ernest Samuel Williams, composer
  • Sep 27 Johanna "Annie" Bakker, Dutch revue-artist, singer and actress, born (d. 1940)
  • Sep 28 Henry Geehl, English composer, born in London (d. 1961)
  • Oct 1 Leonid Leonidovich Sabaneyev, composer
  • Oct 2 Ferdinand [Fred] Barlow, French composer, born in Mulhouse (d. 1951)
  • Oct 3 Ludomir Michal Rogowski, composer
  • Oct 12 Carlos Lopez Buchardo, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1948)
  • Oct 13 George Bacovia, [Vasiliu], Romanian poet/composer/painter
  • Nov 4 Gena Branscombe, composer
  • Nov 25 Peder Gram, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen (d. 1956)
  • Dec 24 Bronislaw Zygmunt Szulc, composer
  • Dec 24 Charles Wakefield Cadman, composer

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 30 Jaak Nikolaas Lemmens, Flemish composer, dies at 58
  • Mar 23 Nikolay Rubinstein, composer, dies at 45
  • Mar 28 Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, Russian composer (Boris Godunov), dies at 42 [OS=Mar 16]
  • Mar 31 Gaetano Gaspari, composer, dies at 73
  • Apr 16 George William Martin, composer, dies at 56
  • Jun 6 Henry Vieuxtemps, Belgian composer, dies at 61
  • Jul 27 Johann Christian Lobe, composer, dies at 84
  • Aug 19 Joseph Labitzky, Bohemian composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 7 Sidney Clopton Lanier, composer, dies at 39
  • Sep 24 Luigi Ferdinando Casamorata, composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 22 Janis Cimze, Latvian composer, Father of Latvian choir music, dies at 67
  • Nov 25 Theobald Boehm, German inventor of the modern flute, dies at 87