Year 1881 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 2 Camille Saint-Saëns' 3rd Concerto in B, premieres
  • Jan 4 Johannes Brahms' "Academic Festival Overture" premieres in Breslau
  • Feb 10 Jacques Offenbach's opera "Les Contes d'Hoffman" premieres in Paris
  • Mar 23 Gas lamp sets fire to Théâtre Municipal” opera house in Nice, France; 70 die, and building completely destroyed
  • Apr 23 Gilbert & Sullivan's opera "Patience" premieres at The Opera Comique, London
  • May 11 Bedřich Smetana's opera "Libuše" premieres iat the Natonal Theater, 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
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Musicians Who Died in 1881

  • Jan 30 Jaak Nikolaas Lemmens, Flemish composer, dies at 58
  • Mar 23 Nikolay Rubinstein, Russian pianist, conductor, and 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, English composer, dies at 56

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