On This Day

May 1892 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 21 Ruggero Leoncavallo's opera "I Pagliacci" premieres in Milan

Birthdays in Music

  • May 1 Howard Barlow, American conductor (Voice of Firestone), born in Plain City, Ohio (d. 1972)
  • May 9 Eric Westberg, Swedish composer, born in Hudiksvall, Sweden (d. 1944)
  • May 14 Arthur Vincent Lourie, Russian composer, born in Propoysk, Russia (d. 1966)
  • May 14 Felix Petyrek, Austrian composer, born in Brno, Austria (d. 1951)
  • May 18 Ezio Pinza, Italian American operatic bass singer (South Pacific; RCA Victor Show), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1957)
  • May 19 George "Pops" Foster, American jazz upright bass player, tuba player, and trumpeter, born in Macoll, Louisiana (d. 1969)
  • May 22 Louis van Tulder, Dutch tenor (From Office Stool to High C), born in Amsterdam (d. 1969)
  • May 31 Louis Fourestier, French cellist, composer (Polynice; Patria), conductor (Paris Opera, 1938-65), and pedagogue (Paris Conservatoire, 1945-65), born in Montpellier, France (d. 1976)
  • May 31 Willem Ravelli, baritone singer

Deaths in Music

  • May 2 Wilhelm Rust, German musicologist and composer, dies at 69
  • May 5 Jan Nepomuk Škroup, Czech composer, dies at 80
  • May 6 Ernest Guiraud, French opera composer (Piccolino; Sylvie), arranger (Bizet), and teacher, dies at 54