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Year 1887 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 18 Emmanuel Chabrier's opera "Le roi malgré lui" (King, in spite of himself) premieres at the Opéra-Comique in Paris; after 3 performances the theatre burns down
  • May 25 Gas lamp at Paris Opera catches fire; 200 die
  • Oct 13 Australian soprano Nellie Melba makes her operatic debut as Gilda in "Rigoletto" at Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels
  • Oct 31 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's orchestral work "Capriccio Espagnol" premieres in St Petersburg
  • Nov 23 Opera "Trumpeter of Säckingen" 1st American production (NYC)

Musicians Born in 1887

  • Jan 21 Alfred Henry Ackley, American composer, born in Spring Hill, Pennsylvania (d. 1960)
  • Jan 28 Artur Rubinstein, Polish-American concert pianist, born in Łódź, Russian Empire (now Poland), (d. 1982)
  • Jan 28 Lily (Theresa) Strickland, American composer of art songs, piano, and silent film music, and ethnomusicologist (The Music Courier), born in Anderson, South Carolina (d. 1958)
  • Feb 2 Ernst Hanfstängl, German pianist and politician (d. 1975)
  • Feb 3 Carlo Jachino, composer

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Musicians Who Died in 1887

  • Feb 27 Alexander Borodin, Russian composer and scientist, dies at 53
  • Mar 2 Wilhelm Troszel, Polish operatic bass, composer, and voice teacher, dies at 63
  • Mar 16 Emanuel Kania, Polish composer, dies at 59
  • Apr 11 Pyotr Petrovich Sokal'sky, Russian composer, dies at 54
  • Apr 28 Carl Ferdinand Pohl, German-Austrian music historian & composer, dies at 67

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