On This Day

Events in Music in 1881

  • Jan 2 Camille Saint-Saëns' 3rd Concerto in B, premieres

Music History

Jan 4 Johannes Brahms' "Academic Festival Overture" premieres in Breslau

  • Feb 10 Jacques Offenbach's opera "Les Contes d'Hoffman" premieres in Paris
  • Mar 23 Gas lamp sets fire to Théâtre Municipal” opera house in Nice, France; 70 die, and building completely destroyed
  • Apr 23 Gilbert & Sullivan's opera "Patience" premieres at The Opera Comique, London
  • May 11 Bedřich Smetana's opera "Libuše" premieres iat the Natonal Theater, in Prague
  • Jun 14 Player piano patented by John McTammany Jr (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Music History

Sep 3 Anton Bruckner completes his 6th Symphony

  • Oct 4 Edward Leveaux patents automatic player piano
  • Oct 22 Boston Symphony Orchestra gives its first concert

Music History

Dec 19 Opera "Hérodiade" by Jules Massenet is produced in Brussels