October 1885 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Oct 24 Johann Strauss' operetta "Zigeunerbaron (Gypsy Baron)" premieres in Vienna

Music Premiere

Oct 25 Johannes Brahms conducts the premiere of his 4th Symphony in e, Op. 98, in Meiningen, Germany

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 8 Will Vodery, African-American composer, born in Philadelphia (d. 1951)
  • Oct 21 Egon Wellesz, Austrian-British composer (Alkestis; The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo), teacher, and musicologist (Byzantine), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1974)
  • Oct 22 Giovanni Martinelli, Italian operatic spinto tenor singer (New York Metropolitan Opera, 1913-45), born in Montagnana, Italy (d. 1969)
  • Oct 22 Lothar Windsperger, German composer and music publisher, born in Ampfing, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1935)
  • Oct 25 Sam M. Lewis [Levine] American singer and lyricist ("Street of Dreams"; "Just Friends"; "Dinah"), born in New York City (d. 1959)

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 30 Gustav Merkel, German organist (Dresden Cathedral, 1864-85), composer, and pedagogue (Dresden Conservatory), dies at 57