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Events in Music in May 1878

Historic InventionThomas Edison's Phonograph

May 4 Thomas Edison's Phonograph shown for 1st time at Grand Opera House

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Thomas Edison with his second phonograph, photographed in 1878
Thomas Edison with his second phonograph, photographed in 1878
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Music releaseMusic Premiere

May 25 W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan's comic opera "H.M.S. Pinafore" premieres in London, their first international success

English Dramatist William Schwenck Gilbert
English Dramatist
William Schwenck Gilbert