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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, composer

Deaths in Music

  • 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