On This Day

Events in Music in 1854

Music Premiere

Feb 16 Franz Liszt's symphony "Orpheus" premieres

Music History

Feb 27 German composer Robert Schumann saved from suicide attempt in Rhine River

  • Apr 16 Franz Liszt's symphonic poem "Mazeppa" premieres at the Court Theatre in Weimar
  • Jun 13 Anthony Faas, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, patents the 1st US accordion, having made improvements to both the keyboard, and to enhance the sound (Patent No. 11,062)

Music Premiere

Dec 10 Hector Berlioz premieres his oratorio "L'enfance du Christ (The Childhood of Christ)", conducting musicians and soloists from the Opéra-Comique, at the Salle Herz, Paris