On This Day

May 1900 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 5 "The Billboard" began weekly publication
  • May 22 Edwin S Votey patents pneumatic piano player

Birthdays in Music

  • May 5 Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, German composer and conductor (Hassan gewinnt), born in Berlin (d. 1973)
  • May 14 Leo Smit, Dutch composer who died in a Nazi extermination camp, born in Amsterdam (d. 1943)
  • May 17 Nicolai Berezowsky, Russian-American composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1953)
  • May 27 Chester Zardis, American jazz 'slap-style' double-bassist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1990)
  • May 28 Tommy Ladnier, American jazz trumpeter (Lovie Austin; King Oliver; New Orleans Feetwarmers; Noble Sissle; Sidney Bechet), born in Mandeville, Louisiana (d. 1939)

Deaths in Music

  • May 10 Richard Storrs Willis, American composer, mostly of hymns ("Carol"; "Fairest Lord Jesus"), dies at 81
  • May 20 Gustav Heinrich Graben-Hoffman, composer, dies at 80