On This Day

May 1887 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

May 2 Gioachino Rossini's corpse transferred to Santa Croce, Florence

  • 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

Birthdays in Music

  • May 2 Vernon Castle, English-American dancer, born in Norwich, Norfolk, England (d. 1918)
  • May 11 Paul Wittgenstein, left handed pianist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1961)
  • May 12 Nandor Zsolt, Hungarian composer, born in Esztergom, Hungary (d. 1936)
  • May 30 Gino Tagliapietra, Italian pianist and composer (Antologia di musica antica e moderna per pianoforte), born in Ljubljana, Slovenia (d. 1954)

Deaths in Music

  • May 23 Ludwig Mathias Lindeman, Norwegian composer and organist, dies at 74