December 1888 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 3 Ion Nonna Otescu, Romanian composer and educator (Bucharest Conservatory, 1913-40), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1940)
  • Dec 5 Áskell Snorrason, Icelandic composer, born in Öndolfsstaðir, Iceland (d. 1970)
  • Dec 6 Emiliana de Zubeldía, Spanish-Mexican concert pianist, composer - chiefly for guitar (Landscape Basko), and educator (Academy of Music at the University of Sonora, 1947-87), born in Salinas de Oro, Spain (d. 1987)
  • Dec 19 (Frederick) "Fritz" Reiner, Hungarian-American conductor (Cincinnati Symphony, 1922-31; Pittsburgh Symphony, 1938-48; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1953-63), and educator (Curtis Institute), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1963) [1]
  • Dec 27 (Raffaele Attilio) "Tito" Schipa, Italian tenor and composer (La Rondine), born in Lecce, Italy (d. 1965)
  • Dec 28 Gabriel von Wayditch, Hungarian-American composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1969)

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 2 Franz Xaver Witt, German church musician, composer, and priest, dies at 54
  • Dec 10 Marià Obiols, Catalan composer, dies at 79