On This Day

March 1881 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 23 Gas lamp sets fire to opera house in Nice, France; 70 die

Birthdays in Music

  • 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

Deaths in Music

  • 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