On This Day in Music for January 5

Events in Music

  • 1649 Francesco Cavalli's opera "Giasone" premieres in Venice (the most popular opera of the 17th century)
  • 1866 Bedřich Smetana's first opera "Branibori v Cechach" ("The Brandenburgers in Bohemia") premieres in Prague
  • 1870 Johannes Brahms' collection of lovesongs, "Liebeslieder Walzer" premieres
  • 1875 Charles Garnier's new Opera opens in Paris
  • 1896 Isaac Albéniz' opera "Pepita Jiminez" premieres in Barcelona
  • 1946 "Show Boat" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 417 performances
  • 1952 Darius Milhaud's "West Point Suite", marking the US Military Academy's sesquicentennial, premieres at Carnegie Hall, NYC
  • 1959 Buddy Holly releases his last record "It Doesn't Matter"; he was killed in a plane crash 29 days later
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Musicians Born on Jan 5

  • 1560 William Cobbold, composer
  • 1596 Henry Lawes, English composer, born in Dinton, United Kingdom (d. 1662)
  • 1661 Jacob Balthasar Schutz, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1700)
  • 1667 Antonio Lotti, Italian Baroque composer, born in Venice, Italy (d. 1740)
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Weddings in Music

  • 2015 American actress Cameron Diaz (42) weds Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden (35) at her home in Beverly Hills, California

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Musicians Who Died on Jan 5

  • 1740 Antonio Lotti, Italian opera composer, dies at about 72
  • 1746 Anton Simon Ignaz Praelisauer, German organist and composer, dies at 53
  • 1783 Friedrich Wilhelm Reidt, composer, dies on 73rd birthday
  • 1788 Johann Schneider, German composer and pupil of Bach, dies at 85
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