On This Day in Music for March 19

Events in Music

  • 1859 Opera "Faust" by Charles Gounod premieres in Paris
  • 1864 Opera "Mireille" premieres in Paris
  • 1870 The opera "Guarany" premieres in Milan
  • 1906 Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari's "Quattro Rusteghi" premieres in Munich
  • 1917 Victor Herbert and Harry Blossom's operetta "Eileen", loosely based on a novel by Herbert's grandfather, premieres at Shubert Theater, New York City
  • 1941 Jimmy Dorsey & orchestra record "Green Eyes" & "Maria Elena"
  • 1959 George Weiss, Bo Goldman, and Glenn Paxton musical "First Impressions", adapted from Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice", starring Polly Bergen; Farley Granger, and Hermione Gingold, opens at Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 84 performances
  • 1960 "Redhead" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 455 performances
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Musicians Born on Mar 19

  • 1604 Johan IV, King of Portugal (1640-56), composer, and musicologist, born at Ducal Palace of Vila Viçosa, Vila Viçosa, Portugal (d. 1656)
  • 1668 Francesco Gasparini, Italian baroque composer (Ambleto; Missa Canonica), born in Camaiore, Lucca (now Italy) (d. 1727)
  • 1673 Pedro Vaz Rego, Portuguese composer and poet, born in Campo Maior, Portugal (d. 1736)
  • 1715 Charles-Joseph van Helmont, South Netherlands organist and composer, born in Belgium (d. 1790)
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Weddings in Music

  • 1918 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (17) weds Daisy Parker (21)
  • 1956 British "The Doors of Perception" author Aldous Huxley (62) weds American musician and author Laura Archera (45)

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Musicians Who Died on Mar 19

  • 1711 Thomas Ken, English bishop and hymn-writer (b. 1637)
  • 1782 Louis-Henry Paisible, French composer, dies at 33
  • 1796 Stephen Storace, English composer, dies at 33
  • 1797 Philip Hayes, English composer, dies at 58
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