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Year 1881 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 2 Camille Saint-Saëns' 3rd Concerto in B, premieres

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Jan 4 Johannes Brahms' "Academic Festival Overture" premieres in Breslau

Composer and Conductor Johannes Brahms
Composer and Conductor
Johannes Brahms
  • 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" 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)

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Sep 3 Anton Bruckner completes his 6th Symphony

Composer Anton Bruckner
Composer
Anton Bruckner
  • Oct 4 Edward Leveaux patents automatic player piano
  • Oct 22 Boston Symphony Orchestra gives its first concert

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Dec 19 Opera "Hérodiade" by Jules Massenet is produced in Brussels

Composer Jules Massenet
Composer
Jules Massenet

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 5 Nikolay Andreyevich Roslavets, Russian composer, born in Surazh, Russia (d. 1944)
  • Feb 1 José Ignacio Quintón, Puerto-Rican composer (El coquí; Requiem por Angel Mislán), born in Caguas , Puerto Rico (d. 1925)
  • Feb 6 Karl Weigl, Austrian-American pianist, composer, and educator, born in Vienna, Austria (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)
  • Feb 22 James Reese Europe, American ragtime and early jazz arranger, composer, and bandleader in New York, and with the military in France during WWI, born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 1919) [1]
  • Mar 18 Paul Le Flem, French composer and music critic, born in Radon, France (d. 1984)
  • Mar 21 Hermann Sandby, composer
  • Mar 23 Egon Petri, Dutch classical pianist, born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1962)

Person of interestBéla Bartok

Mar 25 Béla Bartok, Hungarian composer and pianist (Concerto for Orchestra), born in Nagyszentmiklós, Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary (d. 1945)

Composer and Pianist Béla Bartok
Composer and Pianist
Béla Bartok
  • Apr 8 Fernand Lamy, French composer, born in Chauvigny, France (d. 1966)
  • Apr 11 Harvey Bartlett Gaul, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1945)
  • 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, Australian-British composer and rower (Summer Olympic gold 1908), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1916)
  • Jun 8 Próspero 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 Zilcher, German pianist and composer (Dr Eisenbart, Die Liebesmesse), born in Frankfurt am Main (d. 1948)
  • Aug 19 Georges Enesco, Romanian violinist and composer (Romanian Dances), born in Liveni, Dorohoi, Romania (d. 1955)
  • 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 Williams, American composer, born in Wayne County, Indiana (d. 1947)
  • 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 Sabaneyev, Russian composer, born in Moscow (d. 1968)
  • Oct 2 Ferdinand [Fred] Barlow, French composer, born in Mulhouse (d. 1951)
  • Oct 3 Ludomir Michał Rogowski, Polish composer, born in Lublin, Poland (d. 1954)
  • Oct 12 Carlos Lopez Buchardo, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1948)
  • Oct 13 George Bacovia [Vasiliu], Romanian poet and composer (Plumb), born in Bacău, Romania (d. 1957)
  • Nov 4 Gena Branscombe, Canadian pianist and composer, born in Picton, Ontario (d. 1977)
  • Nov 25 Peder Gram, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen (d. 1956)
  • Dec 19 Joseph "King" Oliver, American jazz cornet player, composer, bandleader, and mentor to Louis Armstrong, born in Aben, Louisiana (d. 1938)
  • Dec 24 Bronislaw Zygmunt Szulc, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1955)
  • Dec 24 Charles Wakefield Cadman, American composer, born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania (d. 1946)

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, English composer, dies at 56
  • Jun 6 Henri Vieuxtemps, Belgian violin prodigy, composer, and teacher (Brussels Conservatory), dies at 61
  • Jul 27 Johann Christian Lobe, German 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, Italian 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