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Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

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, composer
  • Jan 22 John Joseph Becker, composer
  • Jan 25 Wilhelm Furtwängler, German conductor (d. 1954)
  • Feb 3 Erwin Kroll, German composer, born in German Eylau (d. 1976)
  • Feb 12 Gustaf Lazarus Nordqvist, composer
  • 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, composer
  • 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 17 Otto Lederer, Austrian actor (The Jazz Singer), born in Prague, Austria-Hungary (d. 1965)
  • Apr 26 Ma Rainey, [Gertrude Pridgett], "Mother of the Blues" American singer (d. 1939)
  • Apr 30 Frank Merrik, composer
  • May 3 Marcel Dupré, French organist and composer, born in Rouen, France (d. 1971)
  • May 5 Manuel Borguno, composer
  • 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, composer
  • 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 Nicolai Sokoloff, near conductor (Seattle Symph), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • Jun 1 Ernst Kurth, Austrian/Swiss musicologist
  • Jun 9 Kusaku Yamada, composer
  • Jun 15 Charles Wood, composer
  • Jun 19 Robert Herberigs, Flemish composer/writer (Hiawatha's Song)
  • 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, composer
  • Dec 21 George Norman Peterkin, composer
  • 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 [Ferencz], Hungarian pianist/composer, dies 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, composer, dies at 67
  • Dec 14 Antoni Wincenty Rutkowski, composer, dies at 27