January 1891 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 8 Bronislava Nijinska, Polish-Russian ballet dancer (Ballets Russes) and choreographer, born in Minsk, Russian Empire (d. 1972)
  • Jan 20 Mischa Elman, Russian-American concert violinist, born in Talnoye, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire (now Talne, Ukraine (d. 1967)
  • Jan 21 Nikolai Golovanov, Russian conductor and composer (Bolshoi Opera), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1953)
  • 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, German organist, harpsichordist, kantor, and composer, born in Prieborn, Silesia (d. 1971)

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, German-Finnish composer (Finnish and Estonian national anthems), conductor, and music educator, known as "the Father of Finnish music", 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 Verhulst, Dutch composer and conductor, dies at 74
  • Jan 21 Calixa Lavallee, Canadian composer (O Canada), dies at 48