On This Day

May 1897 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 18 Irish Music Festival 1st held in Dublin

Birthdays in Music

  • May 2 John Frederick Coots, American songwriter, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)
  • May 14 Sidney Bechet, American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist and band leader, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1959)
  • May 16 Walther Geiser, composer
  • May 29 Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Austrian-American composer (Violanta, The Adventures of Robin Hood), born in Brünn, Austria-Hungary (d. 1957)
  • May 29 Ignace Lilien, Dutch-Austrian composer, born in Lemberg (now in Lviv, Ukraine) (d. 1964)

Deaths in Music

  • May 2 William Cleaver Francis Robinson, composer, dies at 63
  • May 10 William Thomas Best, English organist and composer, dies at 70
  • May 21 Karol Mikuli, composer, dies at 77