On This Day

Year 1899 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 5 1st performance of Edward MacDowell's 2nd Concerto in D
  • Sep 18 Scott Joplin granted copyright for his "Maple Leaf Rag", the most famous ragtime composition, by the US Copyright Office

Musicians Who Died in 1899

  • Apr 17 Hans Balatka, Moravian-American conductor (Milwaukee Musikverein; Chicago Oratorio Society), author (Condensed History of Music), and composer, dies at 74
  • May 29 Frantz Jehin-Prume, Canadian violinist and composer, dies at 60
  • Jun 3 Johann Baptist Strauss Jr., Austrian composer (Waltz King), dies at 73
  • Jun 10 Ernest Chausson, French Romantic composer (Poème; Solitude dance le bois), dies in a cycling accident at 44
  • Sep 8 Vaclav Hugo Zavrtal, Bohemian clarinetist, band leader, and composer, dies at 78

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