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Events in Music

  • Mar 20 The premiere of the very first Romani language operetta staged in Moscow, Russia.
  • May 7 Edouard Lalo's opera "Le roi d'Ys" premieres in Paris
  • Jun 29 First (known) recording of classical music made, Handel's Israel in Egypt on wax cylinder

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Nov 17 Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony premieres in St Petersburg


Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 10 Emile van Bosch, Dutch revue/operetta-artist (Fair Folks)
  • Jan 12 Claude Delvincourt, composer

Person of interestLead Belly

Jan 20 Lead Belly, American blues 12 string guitarist (Rock Island Line), born in Mooringsport, Louisiana (d. 1949)

Blues Musician Lead Belly
Blues Musician
Lead Belly
  • Feb 2 Candelario Huizar, composer
  • Feb 8 Matthijs Vermeulen, Dutch composer/music critic
  • Feb 27 Lotte Lehmann, German soprano (Der Rosenkavalier, Fidelio), born in Perleberg Germany (d. 1976)
  • Mar 10 Krsto Odak, Croatian composer, born in Siverić (d. 1965)
  • Mar 12 Hall Johnson, American composer (Hall Johnson Choir), born in Athens, Georgia (d. 1970)
  • Apr 9 Florence Price, American composer (Wanamaker Prize 1932) and 1st African-American woman to have a composition played by a major orchestra, born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1953)
  • Apr 12 Heinrich Neuhaus, Soviet pianist (The Art of Piano Playing), born in Elisavetgrad, Russian Empire (d. 1964)
  • Apr 19 William L Axt, composer
  • May 10 Max[imilian Raoul Walter] Steiner, composer (Gone With Wind), born in Vienna, Austria

Person of interestIrving Berlin

May 11 Irving Berlin [Israel Isidore Baline], American composer and lyricist considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history (God Bless America, White Xmas), born in Tyumen, Russian Empire (d. 1989)

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • May 21 May Aufderheide, composer
  • May 25 Miles Malleson, British writer and actor (Phantom of Opera, Postman's Knock), born in Croydon, Surrey, England (d. 1969)
  • May 27 Louis Durey, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1979)
  • Jun 3 Tom Brown, American dixieland jazz trombonist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1958)
  • Jun 8 Poul Julius Ouscher Schierbeck, composer
  • Jun 9 Adrian Grigor'yevich Shaposhnikov, composer
  • Jun 9 Hugo Kauder, Austrian composer, born in Tovačov (d. 1972)
  • Jun 17 Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer, composer
  • Aug 1 Vito Frazzi, Italian composer, born in San Secondo Parmense (d. 1975)
  • Aug 2 Oscar Rasbach, composer
  • Aug 4 Philip Greeley Clapp, composer
  • Aug 6 Heinrich Schlusnus, German baritone (d. 1952)
  • Aug 15 Albert Spalding, composer
  • Aug 16 Armand J. Piron, American jazz violinist and composer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1943)
  • Aug 20 George Sklavos, composer
  • Sep 12 Maurice Chevalier, French actor and singer (Thank heaven for little girls), born in Paris (d. 1972)
  • Oct 3 Roy Webb, American film composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1981)
  • Oct 6 Max Butting, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1976)
  • Oct 11 Piero Coppola, Italian composer, born in Milan, Italy (d. 1971)
  • Oct 14 Ernest Pingoud, composer
  • Oct 31 Harold Vincent Milligan, American musician and composer, born in Astoria, Oregon (d. 1951)
  • Nov 3 William Charles Denis Browne, composer
  • Nov 8 David Monrad Johansen, composer
  • Nov 16 Burnet Corwin Tuthill, American composer (Laurentia), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 3 Ion Nonna Otescu, composer
  • Dec 5 Askell Snorrason, composer
  • Dec 19 Fritz Reiner, US conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Dec 27 Tito Schipa, tenor/composer (La Rondine), born in Lecce, Italy (d. 1965)
  • Dec 28 Gabriel von Wayditch, composer

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 5 Henri Herz, Austrian composer, dies at a day before his 85th birthday
  • Jan 14 Stephen Heller, Hungarian composer and pianist, dies at 74
  • Jan 21 Stephan Hale Alonzo Marsh, composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 10 Ciro Pinsuti, Italian pianist/composer, dies at 57
  • Mar 29 Charles-Henri Valentin Alkan, composer, dies at 74
  • Apr 14 William Fiske Sherwin, American composer, dies at 62
  • Jun 3 Cark Reidel, German composer, dies at 60
  • Jun 20 Cesare Dominiceti, composer, dies at 66
  • Jun 23 Emil Naumann, composer, dies at 60
  • Jul 10 Rafael Hernando, composer, dies at 66
  • Aug 8 Friedrich Wilhelm Jahns, composer, dies at 79
  • Aug 9 Isaac Strauss, composer, dies at 82
  • Dec 2 Franz Xaver Witt, composer, dies at 54
  • Dec 10 Mariano Obiols, composer, dies at 79