On This Day

Year 1885 in Music History

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 25 Vincent d'Indy's "Saugefleurie" premieres

Composer Vincent d'Indy
Composer
Vincent d'Indy
  • Mar 14 Gilbert & Sullivan's comic opera "Mikado" premieres in London at the Savoy Theatre
  • Mar 15 1st performance of Caesar Franck's "Lesson Djinns"
  • Mar 20 Yiddish theater opens in NY with Goldfaden operetta
  • Apr 30 Henry Lee Higginson starts the "Popular Music" series with the Boston Symphony, which evolves into the Boston Pops Orchestra 1900
  • Oct 24 Johann Strauss' operetta "Zigeunerbaron (Gypsy Baron)" premieres in Vienna

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Oct 25 Johannes Brahms' 4th Symphony in E premieres

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

Person of interestJerome Kern

Jan 27 Jerome Kern, American Broadway composer (Showboat, Roberta), born in NYC, New York

Broadway Composer Jerome Kern
Broadway Composer
Jerome Kern
  • Jan 27 Eduard Künneke, German composer (d. 1953)
  • Feb 9 Alban Berg, a Lulu of a composer!, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1935)
  • Feb 12 Licinio Refice, Italian priest and composer (Cecilia), born in Patrica, Italy (d. 1954)
  • Feb 15 Richard Würz, German composer, and music critic, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1965)
  • Feb 26 Lili Green [Alice Sally Mary], Dutch English dancer, born in Bromley, England (d. 1977)
  • Mar 16 Giacomo Benvenuti, Italian composer, born in Toscolano, Italy (d. 1943)
  • Mar 22 Adriano Lualdi, Italian composer and conductor (d. 1971)
  • Mar 22 Jēkabs Mediņš, Latvian composer, born in Riga, Russian Empire (now Latvia) (d. 1971)
  • 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, Greek composer, born in Athens, Greece (d. 1951)
  • Apr 16 Leo Weiner, Hungarian composer (Fasching), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1960)
  • Apr 16 Alexandre Stellio [Fructueux], Martinican biguine clarinetist, composer, and bandleader, born in Anses d'Arlet, Martinique (d. 1939)
  • Apr 17 Cecil Burleigh, American composer, born in Wyoming, New York (d. 1980)
  • Apr 29 Wallingford Riegger, American cellist, composer (New Dance; Cooper Square), and educator, born in Albany, Georgia (d. 1961)
  • Apr 30 Luigi Russolo, Italian Futurist composer (The Art of Noises), born in Portogruaro, Italy (d. 1947)
  • May 11 [Joe] King Oliver, American jazz musician (Dippermouth Blues), born in Aben, Louisiana (birth date disputed - could be Dec. 19) (d. 1938)
  • May 14 Otto Klemperer, Breslau Germany, conductor/composer (Das Ziel)
  • May 22 Julio Fonseca, Costa Rican composer, born in San José, Costa Rica (d. 1950)
  • Jun 7 Percy Brier, Australian composer, born in North Pine, Queensland (d. 1970)
  • Jun 12 Werner Erich Josten, German composer (Jungle), born in Elberfeld, Germany (d. 1963)
  • Jun 19 Stevan Hristić, Serbian composer, born in Belgrade, Serbia (d. 1958)
  • Jun 27 Artúr Harmat, Hungarian composer, born in Bojná, Hungary (d. 1962)
  • Jun 28 Giuseppe Mulè, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1951)
  • Jun 29 André Gailhard, French classical music composer, born in Paris (d. 1966)
  • Jul 7 Ernest Bristow Farrar, composer
  • Jul 12 George Butterworth, English composer, born in Paddington, London (d. 1916)
  • Jul 17 Benjamin James Dale, composer
  • Jul 24 Desider Antalffy-Zsiross, Hungarian organist and composer, born in Nagybecskerek, Hungary (d. 1945)
  • Aug 3 Siegfried Salomon, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1962)
  • Aug 12 Alexander Albrecht, Slovak composer, born in Arad, Hungarian Kingdom (d. 1958)
  • Aug 15 Andrey Filippovich Pashchenko, Russian composer (A Symphonic Mystery, for Theremin and Orchestra), born in Rostov-on-Don (d. 1972)
  • Aug 28 Armas Toivo Valdemar Maasalo, Finnish composer and organist, born in Rautavaara, Finland (d. 1960)
  • Sep 11 Herbert Stothart, American composer, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1949)
  • Sep 14 Vittorio Gui, Italian conductor and composer (Batture d'aspetto), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1975)
  • Sep 14 María Grever, Mexican-American composer ("What A Difference A Day Makes" / "Cuando vuelva a tu lado"), born in Guanajuato, Mexico (d. 1951)
  • Sep 17 Uzeyir Hajibeyov, Soviet composer who composed the anthem used by Azerbaijan during the Soviet period, born in Agjabadi, Russian Empire (d. 1948)
  • Sep 18 Muslim Magomayev, Azerbaijani-Soviet composer, born in Grozny, Chechen Republic, Russia (d. 1937)
  • Sep 21 Thomas de Hartmann, Russian composer, born in Khoruzhivka, Poltava Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1956)
  • Oct 8 Will Vodery, African-American composer, born in Philadelphia (d. 1951)
  • Oct 21 Egon Joseph Wellesz, Austrian-English composer, teacher, and musicologist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1974)
  • Oct 22 Giovanni Martinelli, Montagnana Italy, opera singer (NY Met)
  • Oct 22 Lothar Windsperger, German composer and music publisher, born in Ampfing, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1935)
  • 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, Serbian composer, born in Užice, Kingdom of Serbia (D. 1957)
  • Dec 1 Guy de Lioncourt, composer
  • Dec 10 János Hammerschlag, Hungarian composer, born in Prague (d. 1954)
  • Dec 10 Marios Varvoglis, Greek composer (Behind the Barbed Wire Fence), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1967)
  • Dec 22 Joseph Deems Taylor, American composer (Peter Ibbetson) and promoter of classical music, born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 4 Iosif Kotek, Russian composer and violinist, dies at 29
  • Feb 15 Leopold Damrosch, German-American composer, and conductor (New York Oratorio Society; New York Symphony), 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, English composer, dies at 73
  • May 5 Lauro Rossi, Italian composer (I falsi monetari), dies at 73
  • May 8 Pavel Křížkovský, Czech choral composer and conductor (Sts. Cyril and Methodius), dies at 65
  • May 10 Edward Stephen, Welsh musician and composer, dies at 62
  • May 10 Ferdinand Hiller, German pianist, composer and conductor, dies at 73
  • May 21 Gavril Yakimovich Lomakin, Russian composer and teacher, dies at 73
  • Jun 5 Julius Benedict, German opera composer (Protoghesi), dies at 80
  • Jun 22 Mahdi [Muhammad Ahmed], Sudanese music reviewer, dies
  • Jul 7 Nicola De Giosa, Italian 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