On This Day

March 1885 in Music History

Events in Music

  • 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

Birthdays in Music

  • 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)

Deaths in Music

  • 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