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Year 1891 in Music History

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 5 Music Hall (Carnegie Hall) opens in New York, Tchaikovsky is guest conductor

Music releaseMusic Premiere

May 15 Jules Massenet's opera "Grisélidis" premieres in Paris

Composer Jules Massenet
Jules Massenet

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 20 Mischa Elman, Russian-American concert violinist, born in Talnoye, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire (now Talne, Ukraine (d. 1967)
  • Jan 21 Nikolay Semyonovich Golovanov, composer
  • Jan 21 Timothy Mather Spelman, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1970)
  • Jan 28 Karel Boleslav Jirak, Czech composer and pedagogue, born in Prague, Bohemia (d. 1972)
  • Jan 31 Max Drischner, composer
  • Feb 7 Joachim Stutschewsky, Austrian-Israeli cellist, composer, and musicologist, born in Romni, Ukraine (d. 1982)
  • Feb 8 Edgar Palm, Curacao, pianist/composer
  • Feb 12 Maurice Yvain, French operetta composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1965)
  • Feb 20 Ivan Harold Browning, American stage and screen actor and singer (Shuffle Along - "I'm Just Wild About Harry"), born in Brenham, Texas (d. 1978)
  • Feb 27 Georges E Migot, French composer
  • Feb 27 Georges Migot, French composer, and poet (Les Agrestide; L'Arche), born in Paris (d. 1976)
  • Mar 3 Federico Moreno Torroba, composer
  • Mar 23 Catherine Murphy Urner, composer
  • Mar 31 Erich Walter Sternberg, composer
  • Apr 15 Väinö Raitio, Finnish composer, born in Sortavala, Grand Duchy of Finland (d. 1945)
  • Apr 21 František Suchý, Czech composer and folk song collector, born in Březové Hory, Bohemia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1973)
  • Apr 23 Sergei Prokofiev, Russian composer (Peter and the Wolf; Alexander Nevsky), born in Sontsovka, Russian Empire (now Sontsivka, Ukraine) (d. 1953)
  • Apr 28 Charley Patton, American Delta blues musician ("Pony Blues"; "High Water Everywhere"), born in Hinds County, Mississippi [date disputed] (d. 1934)
  • May 4 Frederick Jacobi, American composer, born in San Francisco (d. 1952)
  • May 14 Egon Kornauth, Austrian composer, born in Olmütz, Moravia (d. 1959)
  • May 16 Richard Tauber [Denemy], Austrian-British operatic tenor and film actor, born in Linz, Austria (d. 1948)
  • May 22 Lucien Cailliet, French-American composer, conductor and teacher (Philadelphia Orchestra, 1919-1937), born in Châlons-sur-Marne, France (d. 1985)
  • May 22 Eddie Edwards, American jazz trombonist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1963)
  • May 27 Claude Champagne, Canadian composer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1965)
  • Jun 2 Ernst Kunz, Swiss composer, born in Bern (d. 1980)
  • Jun 4 Erno Rapee, American conductor and composer (Radio City Music Hall), born in Narva, Estonia (d. 1945)
  • Jun 6 István Kardos, Hungarian composer, born in Debrecen, Hungary (d. 1975)
  • Jun 7 Athos Palma, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1951)

Person of interestCole Porter

Jun 9 Cole Porter, American composer and lyricist ("Anything Goes"; "Night And Day"; "I've Got You Under My Skin"), born in Peru, Indiana (d. 1964)

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter
  • Jun 10 Al Dubin, Swiss-American lyricist ("Tiptoe Through The Tulips"; "I Only Have Eyes For You"; "You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me"), born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1945)
  • Jun 18 Con Conrad [Dober], American songwriter ("Ma! He's Making Eyes at Me"; "The Continental"), and theatrical producer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1938)
  • Jun 21 Hermann Scherchen, German conductor (Nature of Music), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1966)
  • Jun 26 Heinrich Lemacher, German composer, born in Solingen, Dusseldorf, Germany (d. 1966)
  • Jul 13 Franco Casavola, composer
  • Aug 2 Arthur Bliss, English composer (Olympians), born in London, England
  • Aug 2 Mihail Jora, Romanian composer, born in Roman (d. 1971)
  • Aug 8 Adolf Busch, German violinist (d. 1952)
  • Aug 9 Max [Marcus] Tak, Dutch violinist and radio commentator, born in Amsterdam (d. 1967)
  • Aug 14 Marinus de Jong, Dutch composer, born in Oosterhout, Netherlands (d. 1984)
  • Aug 24 Alexander Mikhaylovich Dzegelyonok, Russian composer, born in Moscow (d. 1969)
  • Aug 25 Alberto Savinio [Andrea Francesco Alberto de Chirico], Italian composer (Capitano Ulisse), born in Athens (d. 1952)
  • Aug 25 Luis Iruarrizaga Aguirre, Basque priest, organist and composer of religious music, born in Yurre, Viscaya, Spain (d. 1928)
  • Aug 25 Samuel Gardner, American composer, born in Kropyvnytskyi, Ukraine (d. 1984)
  • Sep 11 Noel Gallon, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1966)
  • Sep 12 Adolph Weiss, American bassoonist and composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1971)
  • Sep 16 Czesław Marek, Polish composer, born in Przemyśl, Eastern Galicia, Lwów (d. 1985)
  • Sep 22 Jacob H "Jaap" Stotijn, Dutch oboist, and conductor (Residence Orchestra), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1970)
  • Sep 29 Fabien Sevitzky [Koussevitzky], Russian-American conductor (Indianapolis Symphony), born in Vishny Volotchok, Russia (d. 1967)
  • Oct 18 Václav Kálik, Czech composer, born in Opava; (d. 1951)
  • Oct 21 Ted Shawn, US dancer/choreographer (Dance We Must)
  • Oct 22 Fidelio Friedrich Finke, Bohemian German composer, born in Josefsthal, Austria-Hungary (d. 1968)
  • Nov 1 D. H. Th. Vollenhoven, Dutch composer and philosopher, born in Amsterdam (d. 1978)
  • Nov 4 Miroslav Krejčí, Czech composer, born in Rychnov nad Kněžnou, Austria-Hungary (d. 1964)
  • Nov 10 Carl W. Stalling, American film composer (Disney's Silly Symphonies; Warner Brothers Cartoons), born in Lexington, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • Nov 17 Guido Pannain, composer
  • Nov 22 Bengt Axel von Torne, Finnish composer (d. 1967)
  • Nov 29 Richard Frank Donovan, composer
  • Dec 15 A. P. Carter, American musician (Carter Family), born in Maces Spring, Virginia

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 5 Emma Abbott, American soprano, dies at 40
  • Jan 7 (Carl Gottfried) Wilhelm Taubert, German pianist, conductor, and composer, dies at 79
  • Jan 8 Fredrik Pacius, composer, dies at 81
  • Jan 16 Clement Léo Delibes, French romantic composer (Coppélia, Sylvia, Le roi l'a dit, Lakmé), dies at 54
  • Jan 17 Johannes Josephus Hermanus Verhulst, composer, dies at 74
  • Jan 21 Calixa Lavallee, Canadian composer (O Canada), dies at 48
  • Apr 15 Stephen Albert Emery, American pianist, composer, and pedagogue (Elements of Harmony), dies at 49
  • Apr 17 Jules Eugene Abraham Alary, Italian born French composer, dies at 77
  • May 23 Ignace Leybach, French pianist and composer, dies at 73
  • May 26 Frederick Bowen Jewson, Scottish composer, dies at 67
  • Jun 14 Nicolò Gabrielli, Italian opera composer, dies at 77
  • Jun 23 Francis Henry Brown, composer, dies at 73
  • Jun 24 Ann Mounsey, English composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 28 Jose Inzenga y Castellanos, composer, dies at 63
  • Jul 3 Stefano Golinelli, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • Jul 4 Frederic Louis Ritter, composer, dies at 67
  • Jul 21 Franco Faccio, Italian composer and conductor, dies at 51
  • Aug 5 Henry Litolff, French composer and pianist, dies at 73
  • Sep 2 Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger, composer, dies at 76
  • Dec 23 Holger Simon Paulli, Danish conductor and composer, dies at 81
  • Dec 28 Alfred Cellier, British conductor (Glibert and Sullivan) and composer (Dorothy), dies at 47