On This Day

On This Day in Music for May 18

Events in Music

  • 1887 Emmanuel Chabrier's opera "Le roi malgré lui" (King, in spite of himself) premieres at the Opéra-Comique in Paris; after 3 performances the theatre burns down
  • 1889 Jules Massenet's opera "Esclarmonde" premieres in Paris
  • 1897 Irish Music Festival 1st held in Dublin
  • 1948 "Ballet Ballads" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 62 performances
  • 1950 "Liar" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 1959 "Castin' My Spell" by The Johnny Otis Show hits #52
  • 1959 "Judy" by David Seville hits #86
  • 1959 "Russian Band Stand" by Spencer & Spencer hits #91
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Musicians Born on May 18

  • 1744 Joseph Beer, Bohemian clarinetist, and composer (5th clarinet flap), born in Grünwald, Bohemia (d. 1812)
  • 1759 Charles Duquesnoy, South Netherlands composer and singer, born in Beuzet (d. 1822)
  • 1819 Julius Hopp, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1885)
  • 1830 (Károly) "Karl" Goldmark, Hungarian-Viennese violinist and composer (Rustic Wedding Symphony; The Queen of Sheba; Sakuhtala), born in Keszthely, KIngdom of Hungary (d. 1915)
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Weddings in Music

  • 1964 Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore (19) weds Margrit Volkmar
  • 2007 Grammy award-winning singer Amy Winehouse (23) weds former video production assistant Blake Fielder-Civil (25) in Miami, Florida

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Musicians Who Died on May 18

  • 1697 Guillaume Dumanoir, French composer, dies at 81
  • 1733 Georg Böhm, German organist & composer, dies at 71
  • 1767 Thaddaus Ferdinand Lipowsky, German composer, dies at 28
  • 1829 Bernardo Bittoni, Italian composer, dies at 72
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