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April 1896 in Music History

Events in Music

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Apr 13 John Philip Sousa's "El Capitan" premieres at the Tremont Theatre in Boston

  • Apr 20 1st public film showing in US John Philip Sousa's "El Capitan" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 25 Fight in Central Dance Hall starts fire at Cripple Creek, Colorado
  • Apr 25 Sidney Jones & Harry Greenbacks musical "The Geisha" premieres at Daly's Theatre, London; runs for 760 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 8 Karl Hermann Pillney, Austrian composer and painist, born in Graz, Austria-Hungary (d. 1980)
  • Apr 8 Yip Harburg [Isidore Hochberg], American lyricist ("Over The Rainbow"; "It's Only A Paper Moon"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1981)
  • Apr 29 Jacques Wolfe, Romanian-American composer, born in Botoşani, Romania (d. 1973)
  • Apr 30 "Reverend" Gary Davis, American blues and folk guitarist ("Samson And Delilah"; A Little More Faith), born in Laurens, South Carolina (d. 1972)

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 5 John Rogers Thomas, Welsh-American baritone and composer of popular, classical, and sacred music, dies at 66
  • Apr 12 Alexander Ritter, German composer, dies at 62
  • Apr 30 Antonio Cagnoni, Italian opera composer, dies at 68