March 1881 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 23 Gas lamp sets fire to Théâtre Municipal” opera house in Nice, France; 70 die, and building completely destroyed

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 10 Thomas Quinlan, British opera impresario, born in Bury, England (d. 1951)
  • 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)

Béla BartokBéla Bartok (1881-1945)

Mar 25 Hungarian pianist, composer (Concerto for Orchestra), and ethno-musicologist, born in Nagyszentmiklós, Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary


Deaths in Music

  • 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