Musical Instrument Inventors in History

Events in Music

  • 1690-01-14 The musical instrument, the clarinet is invented in Nürnberg, Germany
  • 1855-10-09 Joshua Stoddard of Worcester, Massachusetts, patents first calliope (steam powered musical instrument)

Television Premiere

1973-11-02 "Barbra Streisand ...and Other Musical Instruments" special premieres on CBS TV


Birthdays in Music

  • 1508-12-09 Gemma Frisius [Jemme Reinerszoon], Frisian physician, mathematician and instrument maker (created globe), born in Dokkum, Friesland (d. 1555)
  • 1655-05-04 Bartolomeo Cristofori, Italian instrument maker - considered the inventor of the piano, born in Padua (d. 1731)
  • 1752-04-05 Sébastien Érard, French musical instruments maker, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1831)
  • 1770-09-19 Johann Georg Repsold, German instrument maker and astronomer, born in Wremen, Wurster Nordseeküste, Germany (d. 1830)
  • 1777-01-03 Louis Poinsot, French instrument worker
  • 1791-02-01 Charles-Joseph Sax, Belgian music instrument builder of wind and brass instruments whose son invented the saxophone, born in Dinant, Wallonia, Belgium (d. 1865)
  • 1830-03-30 Auguste Tolbecque, French-Belgian cellist instrument maker, and composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1919)
  • 1858-02-24 Arnold Dolmetsch, French-Bohemian musician, instrument builder, and promoter of early music, born in LeMans, France (d. 1940)
  • 1863-02-19 Emánuel Moór, Hungarian composer, pianist, and inventor of musical instruments, born in Kecskemét, Hungary (d. 1931)
  • 1895-01-11 Laurens Hammond, American engineer and musical instrument inventor (Hammond organ), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 1973)
  • 1896-08-27 Leon Theremin, Russian-Soviet electronic musical instruments inventor, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1993)
  • 1938-06-24 Lowell Cross, American electronic music composer, instrument maker and laser light show inventor, born in Kingsville, Texas
  • 1973-02-01 Yuri Landman, Dutch instrument inventor & musician, born in Zwolle, Netherlands

Deaths in Music

  • 1397-09-02 Francesco Landini, Italian organist, composer, poet, and instrument maker, dies at about 72 {exact birthday uncertain]
  • 1555-05-25 Gemma Frisius [Jemme Reinerszoon], Frisian physician, mathematician and instrument maker (created globe), dies at 46
  • 1731-01-27 Bartolomeo Cristofori, Italian instrument maker - considered the inventor of the piano, dies at 75
  • 1830-01-14 Johann Georg Repsold, German instrument maker and astronomer, dies at 59
  • 1859-12-05 Louis Poinsot, French mathematician and instrument maker, dies at 82
  • 1931-10-20 Emánuel Moór, Hungarian composer, pianist, and inventor of musical instruments, dies at 68
  • 1940-02-28 Arnold Dolmetsch, French-Bohemian England-based musician, instrument builder, and promoter of early music, dies at 82
  • 1973-07-01 Laurens Hammond, American engineer and musical instrument inventor (Hammond organ), dies at 78
  • 1993-11-03 Leon Theremin, Russian-Soviet electronic musical instrument inventor, dies at 97