On This Day in Music for March 23

Events in Music

  • 1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio "Messiah" premieres at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
  • 1881 Gas lamp sets fire to Théâtre Municipal” opera house in Nice, France; 70 die, and building completely destroyed
  • 1886 Tchaikovsky's "Manfred" symphony premieres in Moscow, Russia, conducted by Max Erdmannsdörfer
  • 1896 Umberto Giordano's opera "Andrea Chénier" premieres in Milan
  • 1901 Australian opera star Dame Nellie Melba reveals secret of her now famous toast
  • 1923 Frank Silver and Irving Conn publish their hit song "Yes, We Have No Bananas"
  • 1933 Kroll Opera in Berlin opens
  • 1939 1st performance of Béla Bartók's 2nd Violin Concerto at the Concertgebow, Amsterdam with Zoltán Székely on violin and Willem Mengelberg conducting the Concertgebouw Orchestra
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Musicians Born on Mar 23

  • 1599 Thomas Selle, German baroque composer, born in Zörbig, Saxony (now Germany) (d. 1663)
  • 1749 Hugo Franz Karl Alexander von Kerpen, German composer (d. 1802)
  • 1750 Johannes Matthias Sperger, Austrian double bassist and composer, born in Feldsberg, Lower Austria (now Valtice, Czech Republic) (d. 1812)
  • 1795 Leopold Jansa, Bohemian violinist, composer, and teacher, born in Wildenschwert, Austria-Hungary (now Ústí nad Orlicí, Czech Republic) (d. 1875)
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Weddings in Music

  • 1985 American 'Piano Man' Billy Joel (34) weds American supermodel Christie Brinkley (31), on a yacht moored alongside the Statue Of Liberty; divorce in 1994

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Musicians Who Died on Mar 23

  • 1658 Valentin Dretzel, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1669 Philipp Buchner, German composer, dies at 54
  • 1748 Johann Gottfried Walther, German composer and musicologist, dies at 63
  • 1756 Georg Gottfried Wagner, German composer, dies at 57
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