On This Day

May 1902 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

May 14 Italian tenor Enrico Caruso makes his Covent Garden debut opposite Nellie Melba in Verdi's opera "Rigoletto" in London

Birthdays in Music

  • May 3 Hugo Friedhofer, American composer, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1981)
  • May 4 Cvjetko Rihtman, Bosnian composer, born in Rijeka, Croatia (d. 1989)
  • May 16 Jan Kiepura, Polish vocalist and actor (Her Wonderful Lie; Give Us This Night), born in Sosnowiec, Poland (d. 1966)
  • May 17 John Vincent, American composer, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1977)
  • May 18 Meredith Willson, American composer for stage (The Music Man), and screen (The Great Dictator; Little Foxes), born in Mason City, Iowa (d. 1984)
  • May 23 Mark Lothar, German composer (The Story of the Lazy Bear), born in Berlin (d. 1985)
  • May 25 Helvi Leiviskä, Finnish composer, born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1982)
  • May 27 Celius Dougherty, American pianist and composer, born in Glenwood, Minnesota (d. 1986)
  • May 31 Billy Mayerl, British pianist, music hall songwriter, and musical theatre composer, born in London (d. 1959)
  • May 31 Henk Schaer [Hendricus Schaareman], Dutch actor and conductor (Majoor Barbara, Lijmen), born in Delft, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • May 31 Ralph Walter Wood, composer