1885 in Music

Events in Music

  • Mar 14 Gilbert & Sullivan's comic opera "Mikado" premieres in London at the Savoy Theatre
  • Mar 20 Yiddish theater opens in NY with Golldfaden operetta
  • Apr 30 Boston Pops Orchestra forms
  • Jun 6 Opera "Lakmé" is produced (Paris)
  • Oct 24 Johann Strauss' operetta "Zigeunerbaron (Gypsy Baron)" premieres in Vienna
  • Oct 25 John Brahms' 4th Symphony in E premieres
  • Nov 9 Opera "Ermine" premieres in London
  • Nov 30 Opera "El Cid" premieres (Paris)
  • Dec 2 Opera "Regina di Saba" premieres in Vienna

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 1 Roland Diggle, English-born American composer and organist (d. 1954)
  • Jan 23 Boleslaw Wallek-Walewski, Polish composer and conductor, born in Lviv, Ukraine (d. 1944)
  • Jan 27 Jerome Kern, American Broadway composer (Showboat, Roberta), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 27 Eduard Künneke, German composer (d. 1953)
  • Feb 9 Alban Maria Johannes Berg, a Lulu of a composer!, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1935)
  • Feb 12 Licinio Refice, composer
  • Feb 15 Richard Wurz, composer
  • Feb 26 Lili Green, [Alice Sally Mary], Neth/Eng dancer
  • Mar 16 Giacomo Benvenuti, composer
  • Mar 22 Adriano Lualdi, composer
  • Mar 22 Jakabs Medins, composer
  • Mar 26 Julius Harrison, British composer and conductor (Bredon Hill), born in Stourport, Worcestershire (d. 1963)
  • Mar 28 Marc-Jean-Baptiste Delmas, French composer, born in Saint-Quentin, France (d. 1931)
  • Apr 5 Dimitrie Cuclin, Romanian composer, born in Galați County, Romania (d. 1978)
  • Apr 6 Carlos Leon Salzedo, composer
  • Apr 8 Dimitrios Levidis, composer
  • Apr 16 Leo Weiner, Hungarian composer (Fasching), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1960)
  • Apr 17 Cecil Burleigh, American composer, born in Wyoming, New York (d. 1980)
  • Apr 29 Wallingford Riegger, Albany Georgia, composer (Bacchangle)
  • Apr 30 Luigi Russolo, composer
  • May 11 Joe "King" Oliver, American jazz musician (d. 1938)
  • May 14 Otto Klemperer, Breslau Germany, conductor/composer (Das Ziel)
  • May 22 Julio Fonseca, composer
  • Jun 7 Percy Brier, Australian composer, born in North Pine, Queensland (d. 1970)
  • Jun 12 Werner Erich Josten, Elberfeld Germany, composer (Jungle)
  • Jun 19 Stevan Hristic, composer
  • Jun 27 Arthur Harmat, composer
  • Jun 28 Giuseppe Mule, composer
  • Jun 29 Andre Gailhard, composer
  • Jul 7 Ernest Bristow Farrar, composer
  • Jul 12 George Sainton Kaye Butterworth, composer
  • Jul 17 Benjamin James Dale, composer
  • Jul 24 Desider Antalffy-Zsiross, Hungarian organist/composer
  • Aug 3 Naphtali Siegfried Salomon, composer
  • Aug 12 Alexander Albrecht, composer
  • Aug 15 Andrey Filippovich Pashchenko, composer
  • Aug 28 Armas Toivo Valdemar Maasalo, Finnish composer and organist, born in Rautavaara, Finland (d. 1960)
  • Sep 11 Herbert Stothart, composer
  • Sep 14 Vittorio Gui, Italian conductor/composer (Batture d'aspetto)
  • Sep 17 Uzeir Abdul Huseyn Hajibeyov, composer
  • Sep 18 Abdul Muslim Mahomayev, composer
  • Sep 21 Thomas Alexandrovich de Hartmann, composer
  • Oct 8 Will Vodery, African-American composer, born in Philadelphia (d. 1951)
  • Oct 21 Egon Joseph Wellesz, Austrian composer/musicologist
  • Oct 22 Giovanni Martinelli, Montagnana Italy, opera singer (NY Met)
  • Oct 22 Lothar Windsperger, composer
  • Nov 9 Aureliano Pertile, Italian tenor, born in Montagnana, Italy (d. 1952)
  • Nov 13 Montague Fawcett Phillips, British composer, born in Tottenham, London (d. 1969)
  • Nov 27 Rudolph Reti, composer
  • Dec 1 Guy de Lioncourt, composer
  • Dec 10 Janos Hammerschlag, composer
  • Dec 10 Mario Varvoglis, composer
  • Dec 22 Joseph Deems Taylor, American composer (Peter Ibbetson), born in NYC, New York

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 4 Iosif Kotek, Russian composer and violinist, dies at 29
  • Feb 15 Leopold Damrosch, composer, dies at 52
  • Feb 18 Charlotte Sainton-Dolby, English contralto and composer, dies at 61
  • Mar 28 Fredrick Vilhelm Ludvig Norman, Swedish composer, dies at 53
  • Mar 31 Franz W Abbot, German composer/choir conductor, dies at 65
  • Mar 31 Philipp Fahrbach the Elder, Austrian composer, dies at 69
  • Apr 23 William Henry Holmes, composer, dies at 73
  • May 5 Lauro Rossi, Italian composer (I falsi monetari), dies at 73
  • May 8 Pavel Krizkovsky, composer, dies at 65
  • May 10 Edward Stephen, composer, dies at 62
  • May 10 Ferdinand Hiller, composer, dies at 73
  • May 11 Ferdinand Hiller, German pianist/composer/conductor, dies at 73
  • May 21 Gavril Yakimovich Lomakin, composer, dies at 73
  • Jun 5 Julius Benedict, composer (Protoghesi), dies at 80
  • Jun 22 Mahdi, [Muhammad Ahmed], Sudanese music reviewer, dies
  • Jul 7 Nicola De Giosa, composer, dies at 66
  • Jul 8 Henry Waelput, Flemish composer/conductor (Blessing of Arms), dies
  • Aug 28 Julius Hopp, Austrian composer, dies at 66
  • Sep 13 Friedrich Kiel, Austrian composer (b. 1821)
  • Sep 15 Juliusz Zarebski, composer, dies at 31
  • Oct 30 Gustav Merkel, German organist and composer, dies at 57