On This Day

Year 1890 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 17 Pietro Mascagni's opera "Rustic Chivalry" premieres in Rome at the Teatro Costanzi
  • Jun 9 Comic opera "Robin Hood" by Reginald De Koven, Harry B. Smith, and Clement Scott premieres in Chicago
  • Oct 23 Opera "Prince Igor" is produced (St Petersburg)
  • Nov 4 Alexander Borodin's opera "Prince Igor" premieres in Petersburg
  • Dec 5 Berlioz' opera "Les Troyens" premieres in Karlsruhe

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 22 Vinko Zganec, Croatian ethnomusicologist (d. 1976)
  • Jan 29 Marguerite Canal, composer
  • Feb 16 Semyon Semyonovich Bogatiryov, composer
  • Feb 24 Antonio Massana, composer
  • Feb 25 Myra Hess, concert pianist, born in London, England
  • Feb 27 Freddie Keppard, American jazz musician (d. 1933)
  • Feb 28 Vaslav Nijinsky, Russian ballet dancer 'the God of Dance' , born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1950) 3/12 NS
  • Mar 12 Vaslav Nijinsky, Ukrainian/US ballet dancer (Petroesjka) [OS=Feb 28]
  • Mar 13 Michael Taube, Polish composer, born in Lodz, Poland (1972)
  • Mar 13 Fritz Busch, German conductor, born in Siegen, Province of Westphalia (d. 1951)
  • Mar 17 Harold Morris, composer
  • Mar 20 Lauritz Melchior, Copenhagen Denmark, baritone tenor (National Symphony)
  • Mar 28 Paul Whiteman "The King of Jazz", American orchestra leader (George Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue"), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1967)
  • Apr 23 Donald Tweedy, American composer, born in Danbury, Connecticut (d. 1948)
  • May 17 Philip James, American composer, born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1975)
  • May 20 Beniamino Gigli, Italian tenor (Enzo-La Gioconde)
  • May 21 Albert van Raalte, conductor (AVRO-orchestra)
  • May 29 Francis de Bourguignon, Belgian composer, born in Brussels (d. 1961)
  • Jun 6 Ted Lewis [Theodore Leopold Friedman], American entertainer, bandleader and musician (Is Everybody Happy?), born in Circleville, Ohio (d. 1971)
  • Jun 10 Powell Weaver, American composer, born in Clearfield, Pennsylvania (d. 1951)
  • Jul 10 André Souris, Belgian composer, born in Marchienne-au-Pont, Belgium (d. 1970)
  • Aug 2 Pauline Hall, Norwegian composer, born in Hamar, Hedmark, Norway (d. 1969)
  • Aug 5 Erich Kleiber, conductor (NBC Symphony 1945-46), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Aug 5 Hans Gál, Austrian-British composer (d. 1987)
  • Aug 9 César Cortinas, Uruguayan composer, born in San José de Mayo, Uruguay (d. 1918)
  • Aug 9 Sándor Jemnitz, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1963)
  • Aug 12 Al Goodman, Nikopol Russia, orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour)
  • Aug 15 Jacques Ibert, French composer (Escales), born in Paris, France (d. 1962)
  • Aug 24 Franz Philipp, German composer, born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany (d. 1972)
  • Aug 28 Ivor Gurney, English composer and poet, born in Gloucester (d. 1937)
  • Sep 6 Manfred Gurlitt, German composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1973)
  • Sep 11 Marius Ulfrstad, Norwegian composer, born in Ellingsøya (d. 1968)
  • Sep 12 Guido Guerrini, Italian composer, born in Faenza, Italy (d. 1965)
  • Sep 15 Frank Martin, Swiss composer (In Terra Fax), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1974)
  • Sep 17 Lubov Tchernicheva, Russian-British ballerina, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1976)
  • Sep 18 Vladimír Ambros, Czech composer, born in Prostějov, Czech Republic (d. 1956)
  • Sep 23 Arthur Walter Kramer, American composer, born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 1 Constantin C. Nottara, Romanian composer (d. 1951)
  • Oct 9 Alfred Swan, Russian composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1970)
  • Oct 9 Janis Medins, Latvian composer, born in Riga, Latvia (d. 1966)
  • Oct 12 Luis de Freitas Branco, Portuguese composer, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1955)
  • Oct 13 Gösta Nystroem, Swedish composer, born in Silvbergs, Sweden (d. 1966)
  • Oct 15 Arcady Dubensky, Russian composer, born in Kirov, Russia (d. 1966)
  • Oct 20 Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton, jazz pianist/composer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Oct 24 Kathleen Lockhart Manning, American composer, born in Hollywood, California (d. 1951)
  • Oct 28 Andrés Isasi, Spanish Basque composer, born in Bilbao, Spain (d. 1940)
  • Nov 16 Aloÿs-Henri-Gérard Fornerod, Swiss composer, born in Montet-Cudrefin, Switzerland (d. 1965)
  • Nov 30 John Tasker Howard, American composer and music historian, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1964)
  • Dec 8 Bohuslav Martinů, Czech, composer (Hry o Marti), born in Polička, Bohemia (d. 1959)

Person of interestCarlos Gardel

Dec 11 Carlos Gardel, Argentine singer and the most prominent figure in the history of tango, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1935)

  • Dec 20 Yvonne Arnaud, French-born pianist, singer and actress (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre), born in Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine, France (d. 1958)
  • Dec 27 Maurice Schoemaker, composer

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 7 Hans Matthison-Hansen, composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 14 Francesco D'Arcais, Italian composer, dies at 59
  • Jan 17 Salomon Sulzer, composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 20 Franz Paul Lachner, German composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 30 Karl Merz, German-American composer (Brainard's Musical World), dies at 53
  • Mar 13 Henry Wylde, English composer and conductor, dies at 67
  • Apr 17 John Barnett, composer, dies at 87
  • May 6 Hubert Leonard, composer, dies at 71
  • May 28 Viktor Nessler, Alsatian composer, dies at 49
  • Jun 3 Henryk Oskar Kolberg, Polish folklorist and composer, dies at 76
  • Jun 20 Theodore Lajarte, French writer on music and composer, dies at 63
  • Jun 28 Edouard Gregoir, Belgian composer, dies at 67
  • Jun 30 Samuel Parkman Tuckerman, composer, dies at 71
  • Sep 5 Ludwig Deppe, German composer, dies at 61
  • Oct 3 Andries Andre, Dutch actor and husband of Geertruida Meeuwissen (Trumpeter-Major), dies at 36
  • Oct 7 John Hill Hewitt, American songwriter (A Minstrel's Return from the War), dies at 89
  • Oct 17 Prosper Philippe Catherine Sainton, French composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 4 Kazamierz Julian Kratzer, Polish composer, dies at 46
  • Nov 8 Caesar Franck, Belgian organist and composer (Symphonic Variations), dies at 67
  • Nov 27 Emanuele Muzio, Italian composer, dies at 69
  • Dec 21 Niels Vilhelm Gade, Danish composer, dies at 73