February 1887 in Music History

Events in Music

Music Premiere

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

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 2 Ernst Hanfstängl, German pianist and politician (d. 1975)
  • Feb 3 Carlo Jachino, Italian composer, born in San Remo (d. 1971)
  • 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, Welsh-American church musician and composer, born in Carnarvonshire, Wales (d. 1978)
  • Feb 23 Oskar Lindberg, Swedish composer (Requiem), born in Gagnef, Sweden (d. 1955)

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 27 Alexander Borodin, Russian composer and scientist (Robert LeDiable), dies at 53