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February 1887 in Music History

Events in Music

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Feb 5 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Otello" premieres at La Scala in Italy, Verdi's first new opera for over 15 years

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 2 Ernst Hanfstängl, German pianist and politician (d. 1975)
  • Feb 3 Carlo Jachino, composer
  • Feb 7 (James Hubert) "Eubie" Blake, American ragtime composer and pianist ("Memories of You"; "I'm Just Wild About Harry"), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1983) [1]
  • Feb 17 Leevi Antti Madetoja, Finnish composer (Pohjalaisia), conductor and teacher, born in Oulu, Finland, (d. 1947)
  • Feb 20 David McKinley Williams, composer
  • Feb 23 Oskar Frederik Lindberg, composer

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 27 Alexander Borodin, Russian composer and scientist, dies at 53