Deaths in Music in 1885

  • Jan 4 Iosif Kotek, Russian composer and violinist, dies at 29
  • Feb 15 Leopold Damrosch, composer, dies at 52
  • Feb 18 Charlotte Sainton-Dolby, English contralto and composer, dies at 61
  • Mar 28 Fredrick Vilhelm Ludvig Norman, Swedish composer, dies at 53
  • Mar 31 Franz W Abbot, German composer/choir conductor, dies at 65
  • Mar 31 Philipp Fahrbach the Elder, Austrian composer, dies at 69
  • Apr 23 William Henry Holmes, composer, dies at 73
  • May 5 Lauro Rossi, Italian composer (I falsi monetari), dies at 73
  • May 8 Pavel Krizkovsky, composer, dies at 65
  • May 10 Edward Stephen, composer, dies at 62
  • May 10 Ferdinand Hiller, composer, dies at 73
  • May 11 Ferdinand Hiller, German pianist/composer/conductor, dies at 73
  • May 21 Gavril Yakimovich Lomakin, composer, dies at 73
  • Jun 5 Julius Benedict, composer (Protoghesi), dies at 80
  • Jun 22 Mahdi, [Muhammad Ahmed], Sudanese music reviewer, dies
  • Jul 7 Nicola De Giosa, composer, dies at 66
  • Jul 8 Henry Waelput, Flemish composer/conductor (Blessing of Arms), dies
  • Aug 28 Julius Hopp, Austrian composer, dies at 66
  • Sep 13 Friedrich Kiel, Austrian composer (b. 1821)
  • Sep 15 Juliusz Zarebski, composer, dies at 31
  • Oct 30 Gustav Merkel, German organist and composer, dies at 57