1886 in Music

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Feb 23 Tchaikovsky's "Manfred" symphony premieres

  • May 19 Camille Saint-Saëns' 3rd Symphony in C premieres
  • Sep 25 Comedy opera "Dorothy" first produced in London
  • Oct 15 Modest Mussorgsky's musical fantasy "Night on Bald Mountain" premieres in St. Petersburg's Kononov Hall, Russia

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 10 Jose Antonio de Donostia, Basque musicologist & composer, born in Donostia/San Sebastián, Spain (d. 1956)
  • Jan 22 John Joseph Becker, composer
  • Jan 25 Wilhelm Furtwängler, German conductor, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1954)
  • Feb 3 Erwin Kroll, German composer, born in German Eylau (d. 1976)
  • Feb 12 Gustaf Lazarus Nordqvist, Swedish organist and composer, born in Stockholm (d. 1949)
  • Feb 12 Michel Brusselmans, composer
  • Feb 19 George Luther Foote, composer
  • Feb 23 Albert Edward Sammons, composer
  • Mar 3 James Friskin, composer
  • Mar 3 R O Morris [Reginald Owen], British composer and music teacher, born in York, England (d. 1948)
  • Mar 4 Paul Bazelaire, French cellist (d. 1958)
  • Mar 13 Henri D Gagnebin, Belgian-Swiss organist and composer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1977)
  • Mar 28 Jaroslav Novotny, Czech composer, born in Jičín, Austria-Hungary (d. 1918)
  • Mar 29 Gustaf Adolf Tiburtius Bengtsson, Swedish composer, born in Vadstena, Sweden (d. 1965)
  • Apr 1 Casimir von Paszthory, composer
  • Apr 3 Dooley Wilson [Arthur Wilson], American musician and actor (Beulah, Casablanca), born in Tyler, Texas (d. 1953)
  • Apr 5 Jacques Handschin, Swiss musicologist (Der Toncharakter), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1955)
  • Apr 13 Ethel Leginska, British pianist and composer, born in Hull, Yorkshire, England (d. 1970)
  • Apr 16 Jēkabs Graubiņš, Latvian composer, born in Preiļi Palace, Latvia (d. 1961)
  • Apr 16 Konstantin G. Mostras, Russian composer, born in Tambovsky District, Tambov Oblast, Russia (d. 1965)
  • Apr 26 Ma Rainey [Gertrude Pridgett], American singer "Mother of the Blues", born in Columbus, Georgia (d. 1939)
  • Apr 30 Frank Merrick, English composer, born in Clifton, Bristol, England (d. 1981)
  • May 3 Marcel Dupré, French organist and composer, born in Rouen, France (d. 1971)
  • May 5 Manuel Borguno, Spanish composer and pedagogue, born in Rubí (d. 1973)
  • May 8 Jef van Hoof, Flemish composer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1959)
  • May 12 Hermann Grabner, composer
  • May 13 Joseph Achron, Latvia/US violinist/composer (Golem suite)
  • May 18 Ole Windingstad, Norwegian composer (The Tide), born in Sandefjord, Norway (d. 1959)
  • May 24 Paul Paray, French conductor and composer, born in Le Tréport, France (d. 1979)
  • May 26 Al Jolson [Asa Yoelson], American-Lithuanian jazz singer and silent actor (Mamie, Swanee), born in Seredžius, Kovno Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1950)
  • May 28 Nikolai Sokoloff, Russian-American conductor (Seattle Symphony), born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1965)
  • Jun 1 Ernst Kurth, Austrian/Swiss musicologist
  • Jun 9 Kusaku Yamada, composer
  • Jun 15 Charles Wood, composer
  • Jun 19 Robert Herberigs, Flemish composer and writer (Hiawatha's Song), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1974)
  • Jun 29 George Frederick Boyle, Australian-American composer, born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1948)
  • Jul 4 Heinrich Kaminski, German composer, born in Tiengen, Schwarzwald, Germany (d. 1946)
  • Jul 30 Algot Haquinius, Swedish composer, born in Sveg, Sweden (d. 1966)
  • Aug 5 Óscar Esplá Spanish composer, born in Alicante, Spain (d. 1976)
  • Aug 6 Edward Ballantine, American composer and music professor, born in Oberlin, Ohio (d. 1971)
  • Aug 8 Daniel Ruyneman, composer
  • Aug 8 Pietro Alessandro Yon, composer
  • Aug 19 Robert Heger, composer
  • Aug 23 Gottfried Rudinger, German composer, born in Lindau, Germany (d. 1946)
  • Aug 27 Eric Coates, English viola player and composer, born in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire (d. 1957)
  • Aug 27 Rebecca Clarke, English classical composer and violist, born in Harrow, England (d. 1979)
  • Sep 1 Othmar Schoeck, composer
  • Sep 25 Jesús Guridi, Sapnish composer, born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (d. 1961)
  • Oct 6 Edwin Fischer, Swiss pianist and conductor (d. 1960)
  • Oct 26 Gustav Hermann Unger, German composer, born in Kamenz, Germany (d. 1958)
  • Nov 13 Mary Wigman, German dancer and choreographer, born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1973)
  • Nov 25 Rex Maupin, orchestra leader (Tin Pan Alley TV), born in St Joseph, Missouri
  • Dec 20 Domingo Julio Gomez Garcia, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Dec 21 George Norman Peterkin, English composer & music publisher, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1982)
  • Dec 25 Kid Ory, American musician (d. 1973)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 9 Jakob Eduard Schmolzer, Austrian composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 16 Amilcare Ponchielli, Italian composer (La Gioconda), dies at 51
  • Mar 31 Giovanni Rossi, composer, dies at 57
  • Apr 13 Károly Thern, Hungarian composer, dies at 68
  • May 1 Heinrich Franz Daniel Stiehl, composer, dies at 56
  • Jul 29 Adolf Muller, composer, dies at 84

Person of interestFranz Liszt

Jul 31 Franz Liszt, Hungarian romantic composer and virtuoso pianist (Faust Symphony), dies of heart disease at 74

Composer & Pianist Franz Liszt
Composer & Pianist
Franz Liszt
  • Aug 3 Per August Olander, composer, dies at 62
  • Aug 10 Eduard Grell, German composer, dies at 85
  • Aug 13 Adolf von Doss, composer, dies at 62
  • Sep 14 Hubert Reis, German composer, dies at 84
  • Sep 20 John Liptrot Hatton, English composer and pianist, dies at 77
  • Oct 23 Johann Nepomuk Kafka, Bohemian pianist and composer, dies at 67
  • Dec 14 Antoni Wincenty Rutkowski, composer, dies at 27