On This Day

Events in Music in 1855

Music History

Apr 26 Composer Gioachino Rossini leaves Italy

Music Premiere

Jun 13 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Les vêpres sicilenne" (The Sicilian Vespers) premieres at the Paris Opéra

  • Sep 27 George Frederick Bristow's "Rip Van Winkle", 2nd American opera, opens in NYC
  • Oct 9 Joshua Stoddard of Worcester, Massachusetts, patents first calliope (steam powered musical instrument)

Music Premiere

Oct 18 Franz Liszt's symphonic poem "Prometheus" premieres