On This Day

May 1885 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • 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)

Deaths in Music

  • 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