On This Day

Events in Music in 1881

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

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

Composer and Conductor Johannes Brahms
Composer and Conductor
Johannes Brahms
  • Feb 10 Jacques Offenbach's opera "Les Contes d'Hoffman" premieres in Paris
  • Mar 23 Gas lamp sets fire to opera house in Nice, France; 70 die
  • Apr 23 Gilbert & Sullivan's opera "Patience" produced in London
  • May 11 Bedrich Smetana's opera "Libusa" premieres in Prague
  • Jun 14 Player piano patented by John McTammany Jr (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

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Sep 3 Anton Bruckner completes his 6th Symphony

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

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

Composer Jules Massenet
Composer
Jules Massenet