Music Theorists in History

Birthdays in Music

  • 1591-06-16 Joseph Solomon Delmedigo, Italian physician, mathematician, and music theorist (d. 1655)
  • 1655-09-12 Sebastien de Brossard, French composer and music theorist, born in Dompierre, Orne, France (d. 1730)
  • 1679-01-19 Girolamo Chiti, Italian composer and music theorist, born in Siena (d. 1759)
  • 1708-05-03 Johann Adolph Scheibe, German music theorist and composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1776)
  • 1721-04-24 Johann Philipp Kirnberger, German music theorist and violist, baptized in Saalfeld, Germany (d. 1783)
  • 1737-10-22 Vincenzo Manfredini, Italian harpsichordist, composer, and music theorist, born in Pistoia, Grand Duchy of Tuscany (now Italy) (d. 1799)
  • 1788-08-26 Aloys Schmitt, German pianist, composer and music theorist (Preparatory Exercises, Op. 16), born in Erlenbach am Main, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1866)
  • 1788-10-11 Simon Sechter, Austrian composer and music theorist, born in Frymburk, Bohemia (d. 1867)
  • 1795-05-15 Adolf B Marx, German music theorist
  • 1799-04-13 Ludwig Rellstab, German music theorist, born in Berlin (d. 1860)
  • 1848-05-12 Cyrill Kistler, German composer, educator, and music theorist, born in Großaitingen, Swabia, Germany (d. 1907)
  • 1862-09-30 Georgy Eduardovich Konyus (Conus), Russian composer, and music theorist, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1933)
  • 1887-12-07 Ernst Toch, Austrian composer (Geographical Fugue), music theorist (Melodielehre), and Pulitzer Prize winner (1956), born in n Leopoldstadt, Vienna,, Austria (d. 1964)
  • 1893-12-26 Yury Nikolayevich Tyulin, Russian composer and music theorist, born in Reval, Russian Empire (d. 1976)

Walter Piston

1894-01-20 Walter Piston, Jr., American two-time Pulitzer Prize winning composer (Incredible Flutist), music theorist, and educator (Harvard, 1926-60), born in Rockland, Maine (d. 1976)

  • 1895-08-31 Joseph Schillinger, Ukrainian-American composer, music theorist, and eductaor, born in Kharkiv, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1943) [some source give birthday as September 1]
  • 1905-05-24 Zdeněk Blažek, Czech composer and music theorist (Verchovina), born in Žarošice, Moravia (d. 1988)
  • 1906-10-10 Paul Creston [Giuseppe Guttoveggio], Italian-American composer (Zanoni), educator, and music theorist (Creative Harmony), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1914-09-23 Norman Cazden, American composer, educator, and music theorist, born in New York City (d. 1980)
  • 1922-05-29 Iannis Xenakis, Greek-French composer, music theorist, and architect who helped revolutionize 20th century classical music (Metastaseis), born in Brăila, Romania (d. 2001)
  • 1923-09-15 David Kraehenbuehl, American composer (March of the Trolls), pianist, teacher (Yale), and music theorist (Journal of Music Theory), born in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois (d. 1997)
  • 1927-09-27 Boris Porena, Italian composer, music theorist, poet, and writer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 2022)
  • 1927-10-04 Walter Bishop, Jr, American bebop jazz pianist, music theorist, and educator, born in New York City (d. 1998)
  • 1928-03-30 Diether de la Motte, German composer and music theorist, born in Bonn, Germany (d. 2010)
  • 1943-03-10 Alfred Whitford 'Fred' Lerdahl, American composer (Arches), pedagogue, and music theorist, born in Madison, Wisconsin

Deaths in Music

  • 1050-05-17 Guido van Arezzo, Italian music theorist, dies
  • 1552-02-26 Heinrich Faber, German singer, music theorist, and composer, dies at about 52
  • 1563-03-28 Heinrich Glarean, Swiss music theorist (b. 1488)
  • 1572-08-29 Claude Goudimel, French composer, music theorist, music editor and publisher, dies between 52 and 58 [birthdate disputed]
  • 1655-10-16 Joseph Solomon Delmedigo, Italian physician, mathematician, and music theorist (b. 1591)
  • 1730-08-10 Sebastien de Brossard, French composer and music theorist, dies at 74
  • 1741-02-13 Johann Joseph Fux, Austrian composer/music theorist, dies at about 80
  • 1759-09-04 Girolamo Chiti, Italian composer and music theorist, dies at 80
  • 1776-04-22 Johann Adolph Scheibe, German music theorist & composer, dies at 67
  • 1783-07-27 Johann Philipp Kirnberger, German music theorist and violist, dies at 62
  • 1789-09-12 Franz Xaver Richter, Austro-Moravian singer, violinist, composer, conductor and music theorist, dies at 79
  • 1799-08-16 Vincenzo Manfredini, Italian harpsichordist, composer, and music theorist, dies at 61
  • 1860-11-28 Ludwig Rellstab, German music theorist, dies at 61
  • 1866-07-25 Aloys Schmitt, German pianist, composer and music theorist (Preparatory Exercises, Op. 16) dies at 77
  • 1867-09-10 Simon Sechter, Austrian composer and music theorist, dies at 78
  • 1880-11-07 Carl Friedrich Weitzmann, German composer, conductor, and music theorist, dies at 72
  • 1901-11-25 Josef Gabriel Rheinberger, German composer/music theorist, dies at 62
  • 1907-01-01 Cyrill Kistler, German composer, educator, and music theorist, dies at 58
  • 1933-08-29 Georgy Eduardovich Konyus, Russian composer, and music theorist, dies at 70
  • 1942-08-11 Richard Heinrich Stein, German composer, and music theorist (La musica moderna), dies at 60
  • 1964-10-01 Ernst Toch, Austrian composer (Geographical Fugue), music theorist (Melodielehre), and Pulitzer Prize winner (1956), dies at 76
  • 1965-09-09 Julián Carillo, Mexiacn violinist, composer (D.W. Griffith's Intolerance), and music theorist (Sonido 13 / The Thirteenth Sound),dies at 90

Walter Piston

1976-11-12 Walter Piston, Jr, American two-time Pulitzer Prize winning composer (Incredible Flutist), music theorist, and educator (Harvard, 1926-60), dies at 82

  • 1980-08-18 Norman Cazden, American composer, educator, and music theorist, dies at 65
  • 1985-08-24 Paul Creston [Giuseppe Guttoveggio], Italian-American composer (Zanoni), educator, and music theorist (Creative Harmony), dies at 78
  • 1988-06-19 Zdeněk Blažek, Czech composer and music theorist (Verchovina), dies at 83
  • 1997-01-03 David Kraehenbuehl, American composer (March of the Trolls), pianist, teacher (Yale), and music theorist (Journal of Music Theory), dies of a heart attack at 73
  • 1998-01-24 Walter Bishop, Jr, American bebop jazz pianist, music theorist, and educator, dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 2001-02-04 Iannis Xenakis, Romanian-born, Greek-French composer, music theorist, and architect who helped revolutionize 20th century classical music (Metastaseis), dies after several years of serious illness at 78
  • 2008-01-18 Frank Lewin, German-American composer and music theorist (Yale, 1971-92), dies at 82
  • 2010-05-15 Diether de la Motte, German composer and music theorist, dies at 82
  • 2022-05-27 Boris Porena, Italian composer, music theorist, poet, and writer, dies at 94