Year 1888 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Feb 28 Vincent d'Indy's Wallenstein-trilogy, premieres
  • Mar 10 1st performance of Caesar Franck's symphonic poem for chorus and orchestra "Psyché"
  • Mar 20 The premiere of the very first Romani language operetta staged in Moscow, Russia.
  • Apr 11 The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam is inaugurated
  • May 7 Édouard 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
  • Nov 3 Concertgebouw Orchestra debuts in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, under the baton of founding conductor Willem Kes
  • Nov 17 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky' conducts the premiere of his 5th Symphony at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, Russia

Musicians Who Died in 1888

  • 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
  • Feb 22 Jean-Delphin Alard, French violinist and composer, dies at 72
  • Mar 10 Ciro Pinsuti, Italian pianist and composer, dies at 57

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