On This Day

May 1888 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 7 Édouard Lalo's opera "Le roi d'Ys" premieres in Paris

Birthdays in Music

  • May 10 Max Steiner, Austrian composer (Gone With The Wind), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1971)

Irving Berlin

May 11 Irving Berlin [Israel Isidore Baline], Russian-American composer and lyricist considered one of the greatest songwriters in history ("Always"; "God Bless America"; "White Christmas"; "Cheek To Cheek"), born in Tyumen, Siberia, Russian Empire (d. 1989)

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • May 21 May Aufderheide, American ragtime composer (Dusty Rag), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1972)
  • May 27 Louis Durey, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1979)