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Year 1889 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Nov 20 Gustav Mahler's 1st Symphony premieres in Budapest and is not well received

Musicians Born in 1889

  • Jan 1 Alexander Smallens, conductor, born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • Jan 1 Tadeusz Jarecki, composer
  • Jan 14 Vincenzo Davico, Italian composer, born in Monaco (d. 1969)
  • Jan 19 Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Davos Switzerland, painter, sculptor and dancer
  • Jan 25 Vladimir Scherbachov, Russian composer & professor (Blokovskaya, Thunderstorm), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1952)

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Musicians Married in 1889

  • May 31 Polish pianist, and politician Ignacy Jan Paderewski (38) weds Polish baroness, social activist, and humanitaran Helena Maria von Rosen (32) in Warsaw
  • Sep 6 Explorer Fridtjof Nansen (27) weds mezzo-soprano singer Eva Nansen (30)

Musicians Who Died in 1889

  • Jan 10 Martin Andreas Udbye, composer, dies at 68
  • Jan 14 Ema Puksec, Croatian singer (b. 1834)
  • Feb 1 Joseph Gungl, Austro-Hungarian bandmaster and composer of dances and marches, dies at 78
  • Feb 26 Karl Davydov, Russian virtuoso cellist, dies at 51
  • Mar 3 (Edward) Sydney Smith, British pianist and composer, dies at 49

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