On This Day in Music for August 4

Events in Music

  • 1777 Retired British cavalry officer Philip Astley establishes his riding school with performances in London, precursor of the circus
  • 1954 The Government of Pakistan approves the National Anthem, written by Hafeez Jullundhry and composed by Ahmed G. Chagla

Weddings in Music

  • 1782 Musician Wolfang Amadeus Mozart (26) weds Constanze Weber in St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, Austria
  • 1925 British economist John Maynard Keynes (42) weds Russian ballerina Lydia Lopokova (33)
  • 1964 Jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane (35) weds jazz harpist and pianist Alice Macleod

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Musicians Who Died on Aug 4

  • 1708 Vincenzo De Grandis, Italian composer, and priest, dies at 77
  • 1712 Johann Jacob de Neufville, German composer, dies at 27
  • 1850 Frantisek Tucek, Czech composer, and music teacher, dies at 68
  • 1856 Johann Gottlieb Schneider, German composer, dies at 59
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