Famous Organists in History

Events in Music

  • 1563-02-27 William Byrd is appointed organist at Lincoln Cathedral
  • 1682-07-14 Henry Purcell appointed organist of Chapel Royal, London

Music concertMusic Concert

2020-04-13 Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli sings a special Easter concert in the deserted Milan cathedral, accompanied by an organist

Italian Tenor Andrea Bocelli
Italian Tenor
Andrea Bocelli

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 438

  • 1416-03-27 Antonio Squarcialupi [Giovanni], Italian composer and organist (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, 1432-80), born in Florence (d. 1480)
  • 1444-02-17 Rudolf Agricola [Roelof Huysman], Dutch humanist/organist
  • 1533-04-08 Claudio Merulo, Italian organist and composer, born in Correggio, Italy (d. 1604)
  • 1571-09-28 Michael Praetorius [Schultze], German organist and composer (Syntagma; In Dulce Jublio), born in Creuzberg, Saxony (d. 1621) [birthdate approximate]
  • 1572-02-14 Hans Christoph Haiden, German composer, organist and poet
  • 1576-10-25 Thomas Weelkes, English organist and composer of madrigals, baptised in Elstead (d. 1623)
  • 1585-06-20 Lazaro Valvasensi, Italian organist and composer, born in Valvasone, Italy (d. 1661)
  • 1585-10-09 Heinrich Schütz, German organist and composer, baptised in Köstritz, Germany (d. 1672)
  • 1586-06-28 Paul Siefert, German composer and organist, born in Danzig (d. 1666)
  • 1593-09-20 Gottfried Scheidt, German composer and organist, born in Halle, Germany (d. 1661)
  • 1607-02-09 Abraham Megerle, Austrian organist, composer, and Kapellmeister, born in Wasserburg am Inn (d. 1680)
  • 1607-03-01 Giovanni Francesco Milanta, Italian composer and organist, born in Parma
  • 1607-08-05 Philipp Friedrich Boddecker, German composer and court organist, born in Hagenau (d. 1683)
  • 1609-07-27 Heinrich Pape, German composer and organist, born in Ratzeburg (d. 1663)
  • 1613-01-26 Johann Jakob Wolleb, a Swiss organist , theologian and composer, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1667)
  • 1616-05-19 Johann Jakob Froberger, German singer/organist/composer
  • 1616-12-21 Pietro Andrea Ziani, Italian organist & composer, born in Venice, Italy (d. 1684)
  • 1620-01-09 Johann Weichmann, German organist, and sacred and secular music composer (Sorgen-Lägerin), born in Wolgast, Pomerania (d. 1652)
  • 1623-04-27 Johann Adam Reincken, German organist and composer, born in Deventer, Netherlands (d. 1722)
  • 1632-04-02 Georg Caspar Weckler, German organist and composer, baptized in Nuremberg, Bavaria (d. 1695)
  • 1634-01-07 Adam Krieger, German organist and composer, born in Driesen, Brandenburg-Prussia (now Drezdenkom, Poland) (d. 1666)
  • 1643-03-28 Jose Solana, Spanish composer and organist, born in Sieso, Huesca province (d. 1712)
  • 1644-09-06 Juan Bautista Jose Cabanilles, Spanish organist and composer, born in Algemesí, Spain (d. 1712)
  • 1645-11-30 Andreas Werkmeister, German organist and composer, born in Benneckenstein, Germany (d. 1706)
  • 1651-12-28 Johann Krieger, German organist and composer, born in Nuremberg, Electorate of Bavaria (d. 1735)
  • 1652-01-01 Johann Krieger, German composer and organist, born in Nuremberg (d. 1735)
  • 1652-10-19 Louis Le Quointe, Flemish organist and composer (Bouquet de fleurs), born in Ypres, Spanish Netherlands (d. 1717)
  • 1652-12-16 Giovanni Maria Casini, Italian organist, composer, and priest, born in Florence, Grand Duchy of Tuscany (now Italy) (d. 1719)
  • 1655-03-17 Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, French harpsichordist, organist, singer, and composer (Les pièces de clavessin; Céphale et Procris), born in, Paris (d. 1729)
  • 1656-11-03 Georg Reutter, Austrian composer and organist, born in Vienna (d. 1738)
  • 1656-11-04 Leonard Sailer, German composer and organist, born in Ulm (d. after 1694)
  • 1659-08-01 Antoine Mouque, Flemish composer and organist and singer, born in Ostend (d. 1723)
  • 1659-09-10 Henry Purcell, English organist and composer (Dido & Aeneas), born in St Ann's Lane, Old Pye Street, Westminster (d. 1695)
  • 1660-04-06 Johann Kuhnau, Bohemian organist, choirmaster, and composer (Biblical Sonatas), born in Geising, Bohemia (now Germany) (d. 1722)
  • 1661-09-02 Georg Böhm, German organist and composer, born in Hohenkirchen (d. 1733)
  • 1663-03-16 Nicolas Siret, French baroque composer and organist, born in Troyes (d. 1754)
  • 1667-02-17 Georg Bronner, German composer and organist, born in Hamburg (d. 1720) baptismal date
  • 1668-11-10 François Couperin, French composer and organist (Les Concerts Royaux), born in Paris, France (d. 1733)
  • 1669-02-01 Miguel Lopez, Spanish composer and organist, born in Villarroya de la Sierra, Aragon, Spain (d. 1723)
  • 1669-02-02 Louis Marchand, French baroque composer and organist (d. 1732)
  • 1671-05-21 Azzolino Bernardino Della Ciaia, Italian organist and composer, born in Siena (d. 1755)
  • 1672-09-08 Nicolas de Grigny, French organist and composer, baptized in Reims, France (d. 1703)
  • 1673-09-13 Hercule Brehy, Flemish composer and organist, born in Brussels (d. 1737)
  • 1674-11-04 Anton Englert, German composer and organist, born in Schweinfurt (d. 1751)
  • 1676-12-19 Louis-Nicholas Clerambault, French organist and composer, born in Paris, France (d.1749)
  • 1678-12-30 William Croft, English composer and organist, born in Nether Ettington (d. 1727)
  • 1683-11-21 Johann Michael Müller, German organist and composer, born in Schmalkalden, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1743)

Person of interestGeorge Frideric Handel

1685-02-23 George Frideric Handel, German-British baroque composer and organist (Messiah, Water Music), born in Halle, Duchy of Magdeburg, Germany (d. 1759)

  • 1688-03-25 Johann Gotthilf Ziegler, German baroque composer and organist, born in Germany (d. 1747)
  • 1688-10-17 Domenico Zipoli, Italian organist and composer, born in Prato (d. 1726)
  • 1692-08-13 Anton Simon Ignaz Praelisauer, German organist and composer, baptized in Kötzting, Electorate of Bavaria (now Bad Kötzting, Germany) (d. 1746)
  • 1693-08-30 Jacobus Nozeman, Dutch composer and organist, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1745)
  • 1694-04-07 Coelestin Praelisauer, German organist, composer, and monk, baptized in Kötzting, Electorate of Bavaria (now Bad Kötzting, Germany) (d. 1745)
  • 1694-07-04 Louis-Claude Daquin [d'Acquin], French organist and composer (La Rose), born in Paris (d. 1772)
  • 1695-02-06 Andre Cheron, French composer & organist & harpsichordist, born in Paris, France (d. 1766)
  • 1696-05-23 Johann Caspar Vogler, German composer and organist, born in Hausen, Schwarzburg-Arnstadt (d. 1763)
  • 1696-11-15 Gerhardus Havingha, Dutch organist and composer, born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1753)
  • 1697-06-11 Francesco Antonio Vallotti, Italian organist, composer and theorist, born in Vercelli, Piedmont, Italy (d. 1780)
  • 1697-12-05 Giuseppe de Majo, Italian composer and organist, born in Naples (d. 1771)
  • 1699-11-13 Jan Zach, Czech violinist, organist, and composer, baptized in Čelákovice, Bohemia (d. 1773)
  • 1699-12-23 Joseph Gibbs, English composer and organist, born in Colchester (d. 1788)
  • 1700-07-15 Johann Christoph Richter, German composer Pantaleon Player and Organist, born in Dresden (d. 1785)
  • 1701-01-10 Johann Caspar Simon, German organist & composer, born in Schmalkalden, Germany (d. 1776)
  • 1703-03-01 Dieudonne Raick, Flemish composer and organist, born in Liège (d. 1764) baptism date
  • 1704-02-24 Hubert Renotte, Flemish composer and organist, born in Liège (d. 1745)
  • 1705-09-28 Johann Peter Kellner, German organist and composer, born in Gräfenroda, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1772)
  • 1708-01-26 William Hayes, English composer and organist, born in Gloucester (d. 1777) baptismal date
  • 1708-02-08 Vaclav Jan Kopriva, Czech composer and organist, born in Cítoliby, Czech Republic (d. 1789)
  • 1711-09-11 William Boyce, English organist/composer (Cathedral Music), born in London (d. 1779) baptized date
  • 1712-01-17 John Stanley, English blind composer and organist, born in London (d. 1786)
  • 1713-10-10 Johann Ludwig Krebs, German organist and composer, born in Buttelstedt, Germany (d. 1780)
  • 1715-03-19 Charles-Joseph van Helmont, South Netherlands organist and composer, born in Belgium (d. 1790)
  • 1715-04-11 John Alcock, English composer and organist, born in London (d. 1806)
  • 1719-12-24 Johann Christoph Altnikol, German organist & composer (Bach's son-in-law & copyist), born in Sulików, Poland (d. 1759)
  • 1720-01-04 Johann Friedrich Agricola, German (court) composer and organist, born in Dobitschen, Thuringia (d. 1774)
  • 1720-08-10 Franz Joseph Leonti Meyer of Schauensee, Swiss composer and organist, born in Lucerne, Switzerland (d. 1789)
  • 1721-04-01 Pieter Hellendaal, Dutch violinist/organist/composer (Glees)
  • 1722-01-14 Friedrich Gottlob Fleischer, German organist & composer, born in Köthen, Germany (d. 1806)
  • 1723-04-14 John Wainwright, English composer and organist (d. 1768)
  • 1724-12-08 Claude-Bénigne Balbastre, French organist, harpsichordist, and composer, born in Dijon, France (d. 1799)
  • 1724-12-31 Franz Joseph Oehlschlagel, Czech organist & composer, born in Lahošť, Czech Republic (d. 1788)
  • 1726-12-24 Johann Ernst Hartmann, Danish organist & composer, born in Glogów, Poland (d. 1793)
  • 1727-01-13 Johann Christoph Schmügel, German organist and composer (baptized in Pritzier, Swedish Powerania (now Germany) (d. 1798)
  • 1727-02-25 Armand-Louis Couperin, French composer and organist (Notre Dame)
  • 1728-03-22 Giacomo Insanguine, Italian organist and composer, born in Monopoli (d. 1795)
  • 1730-05-29 William Jackson [Jackson of Exeter], English composer and organist, born in Exeter, England (d. 1803)
  • 1733-04-15 Johann Heinrich Zang, German composer and organist, born in Zella St Blasii, Germany (d. 1811)
  • 1734-06-15 Johann Ernst Altenburg, German composer, organist and trumpeter, born in Weißenfels (d. 1801)
  • 1735-03-09 August Bernhard Valentin Herbing, German organist and composer, born in Halberstadt, Germany (d. 1766)
  • 1736-02-03 Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Austria organist/composer
  • 1736-08-15 Johann Christoph Kellner, German organist and composer, born in Gräfenroda, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1803)
  • 1737-10-02 Franz Schneider, Austrian organist and composer, baptized in Pulkau (d. 1812)
  • 1738-09-20 Václav Norbert Brixi, Czech organist, composer and priest (aka s Jeroným), born in Manětín, Bohemia (d. 1803)
  • 1744-07-20 Henri Hamal, Belgian organist and composer, born in Liège (d. 1820)
  • 1746-09-29 Ernst Ludwig Gerber, German organist, composer and musicologist, born in Sondershausen, Germany (d. 1819)
  • 1747-09-14 José Joaquim dos Santos, Portuguese organist and composer, born in Obidos, Portugal (d. 1801)
  • 1748-09-17 Robert Wainwright, English composer and church organist (d.1782)
  • 1748-12-16 Ferdinand-Philippe-Joseph Staes, Flemish harpsichordist, organist and composer, baptized in Brussels (d. 1809)
  • 1749-06-15 George Joseph Vogler, German composer, organist and teacher, born in Würzburg (d. 1814)
  • 1749-08-26 Johann Ernst Rembt, German organist and composer, born in Suhl, Germany (d. 1810)

Deaths in Music

Deaths 1 - 100 of 334

  • 1473-01-24 Conrad Paumann, German blind organist/composer, dies
  • 1480-07-06 Antonio Squarcialupi, Italian composer and organist, dies at 64
  • 1485-10-27 Rudolph Agricola [Roelof Huysman], humanist/organist, dies
  • 1597-01-29 Elias Ammerbach, German organist (b. 1530)
  • 1604-05-04 Claudio Merulo, Italian organist and composer, dies at 71
  • 1607-09-10 Luzzasco Luzzaschi, Italian composer and organist (b. 1545)
  • 1611-08-27 Tomés L de Victoria, Spanish composer/singer/organist, dies
  • 1616-06-12 Cornelis F Schuyt, Dutch organist/composer (Madrigalen), dies
  • 1617-02-09 Hans Christoph Haiden, German composer, organist and poet, dies at 44
  • 1621-02-15 Michael Praetorius [Schultze], German organist and composer (Syntagma; In Dulce Jubilo), dies at 49
  • 1621-10-16 Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, organist/composer, dies at about 59
  • 1625-06-05 Orlando Gibbons, English organist and composer (Silver Swan), dies at 41
  • 1626-11-30 Thomas Weelkes, English organist and composer of madrigals, dies at 47
  • 1628-02-20 Gregor Aichinger, German composer/organist, dies at about 63
  • 1652-07-24 Johann Weichmann, German organist, and sacred and secular music composer (Sorgen-Lägerin), dies at 32
  • 1661-06-03 Gottfried Scheidt, German composer and organist, dies at 67
  • 1661-06-26 Lazaro Valvasensi, Italian organist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1663-04-25 Heinrich Pape, German composer and organist, dies at 53
  • 1666-05-06 Paul Siefert, German organist and composer, dies at 79
  • 1667-05-07 Johann Jakob Froberger, German organist/singer/composer, dies at 50
  • 1667-10-30 Johann Jakob Wolleb, a Swiss organist , theologian and composer, dies in the plague at 54
  • 1672-11-06 Heinrich Schütz, German organist and composer, dies at 87
  • 1680-05-29 Abraham Megerle, Austrian organist, composer, and Kapellmeister, dies at 73
  • 1684-02-12 Pietro Andrea Ziani, Italian composer and organist, dies at 67
  • 1691-04-23 Jean-Henri D'Anglebert, French composer, harpsichordist and organist, dies at 62
  • 1695-04-20 Georg Caspar Weckler, German Baroque organist and composer, dies at 63
  • 1695-11-21 Henry Purcell, English organist and composer (Indian Queen), dies at 36
  • 1703-11-30 Nicolas de Grigny, French organist and composer, dies at 31
  • 1704-02-23 Georg Muffat, French/German organist/composer, dies at 50
  • 1706-10-26 Andreas Werkmeister, German organist and composer, dies at 60
  • 1707-05-09 Dietrich Buxtehude, German organist & composer, dies at about 69
  • 1707-08-20 Nicolas Gigault, French organist and composer (b. 1627)
  • 1712-04-29 Juan Bautista Jose Cabanilles, Spanish organist and composer, dies at 67
  • 1712-09-22 Jose Solana, Spanish composer and organist, dies at 69
  • 1717-06-09 Louis Le Quointe, Flemish composer and organist (Bouquet de fleurs), dies at 64
  • 1720-03-08 Georg Bronner, German composer and organist, dies at 53
  • 1722-06-05 Johann Kuhnau, Bohemian organist, choirmaster, and composer (Biblical Sonatas), dies at 62
  • 1722-11-24 Johann Adam Reincken, German organist and composer, dies at 99
  • 1723-06-07 Miguel Lopez, Spanish composer and organist, dies at 64
  • 1723-08-23 Antoine Mouque, Flemish composer, organist and singer, dies at 64
  • 1726-01-02 Domenico Zipoli, Italian organist & composer, dies at 37
  • 1727-08-14 William Croft, English composer and organist, dies at 48
  • 1729-06-27 Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, French harpsichordist, organist, singer, and composer (Les pièces de clavessin; Céphale et Procris), dies at 74
  • 1733-05-18 Georg Böhm, German organist & composer, dies at 71
  • 1733-09-11 François Couperin, French composer and organist (Les Concerts Royaux), dies at 64
  • 1735-07-18 Johann Krieger, German organist and composer, dies at 83
  • 1737-02-28 Hercule Brehy, Flemish composer and organist, dies at 63
  • 1738-08-29 Georg Reutter, Austrian composer and organist, dies at 81
  • 1743-09-14 Johann Michael Müller, German organist and composer, dies at 59
  • 1745-02-05 Coelestin Praelisauer, German organist, composer, and monk, dies at 49
  • 1745-06-22 Hubert Renotte, Flemish composer and organist, dies at 41
  • 1745-10-10 Jacobus Nozeman, Dutch composer and organist, dies at 52
  • 1746-01-05 Anton Simon Ignaz Praelisauer, German organist and composer, dies at 53
  • 1747-09-15 Johann Gotthilf Ziegler, German baroque composer and organist, dies at 59
  • 1749-10-26 Louis-Nicholas Clerambault, French composer/organist, dies at 72
  • 1750-09-14 Charles Theodore Pachelbel, American organist and composer, son of Johann Pachelbel, dies at about 60
  • 1751-11-22 Anton Englert, German composer and organist, dies at 77
  • 1753-03-06 Gerhardus Havingha, Dutch organist and composer, dies at 56
  • 1754-06-22 Nicholas Siret, French baroque composer and organist, dies at 91
  • 1756-10-26 Johann Theodor Romhild, German composer and organist, dies at 72

Person of interestGeorge Frideric Handel

1759-04-14 George Frideric Handel, German-British baroque composer and organist (Messiah, Water Music), dies at 74

  • 1759-07-25 Johann C Altnikol, German organist/klavecinist/composer, dies at 39
  • 1766-02-26 August Bernhard Valentin Herbing, German organist and composer, dies at 30
  • 1766-10-07 Andre Cheron, French composer organist and harpsichordist, dies at 71
  • 1768-01-28 John Wainwright, English composer and organist, dies at 44
  • 1770-12-10 Theophil "Gottlieb" Muffat, German court organist/composer, dies at 80
  • 1771-11-18 Giuseppe de Majo, Italian composer and organist, dies at 73
  • 1772-04-19 Johann Peter Kellner, German organist and composer, dies at 66
  • 1772-06-15 Louis-Claude Daquin [d'Acquin], French organist and composer (La Rose), dies at 77
  • 1773-05-24 Jan Zach, Czech violinist, organist, and composer, dies at 73
  • 1774-12-02 Johann Friedrich Agricola, German (court) composer and organist, dies at 54
  • 1777-07-27 William Hayes, English composer and organist, dies at 69
  • 1779-02-07 William Boyce, English organist/composer (Cathedral Music), dies from gout at about 69
  • 1780-01-10 Francesco Antonio Vallotti, Italian organist/composer, dies at 82
  • 1782-07-15 Robert Wainwright, English composer and church organist, dies at 33
  • 1785-05-15 Karel Blazej Kopriva, Czech organist and composer, dies at 29
  • 1785-06-05 Gottfried August Homilius, German organist and composer (Weihnachtsoratorium), dies at 71
  • 1786-05-19 John Stanley, English blind composer and organist, dies at 74
  • 1788-12-12 Joseph Gibbs, English composer and organist, dies at 88
  • 1789-01-02 Franz Joseph Leonti Meyer of Schauensee, Swiss composer and organist, dies at 68
  • 1789-02-02 Armand-Louis Couperin, French composer and organist (Notre Dame), dies at 63
  • 1789-06-07 Vaclav Jan Kopriva, Czech composer and organist, dies at 81
  • 1789-10-10 Pierre-Louis Couperin, French organist and composer, dies at 34
  • 1790-06-08 Charles-Joseph van Helmont, South Netherlands organist and composer, dies at 75
  • 1792-08-17 Jan Jachym Kopriva, Czech composer and organist, dies at 38
  • 1795-02-01 Giacomo Insanguine, Italian organist & composer, dies at 66
  • 1799-04-19 Pieter Hellendaal, Dutch violinist, organist, and composer (Glees), dies at 78
  • 1799-05-09 Claude-Bénigne Balbastre, French organist, harpsichordist, and composer, dies at 74
  • 1803-04-15 Václav Norbert Brixi, Czech organist, composer and priest (aka s Jeroným) dies at 65
  • 1803-07-05 William Jackson [Jackson of Exeter], English composer and organist, dies at 73
  • 1806-02-23 John Alcock, English composer and organist, dies at 90
  • 1809-06-03 John Christmas Beckwith, British organist and composer (The First Verse of Every Psalm of David with an Ancient or Modern Chant), dies of a stroke at 49
  • 1810-02-26 Johann Ernst Rembt, German organist and composer, dies at 60
  • 1811-08-18 Johann Heinrich Zang, German composer and organist, dies at 78
  • 1813-11-21 William Russell, English composer and organist, dies at 36
  • 1817-01-16 Antonín Volánek, Czech organist and composer, dies at 55
  • 1819-06-30 Ernst Ludwig Gerber, German organist, composer and musicologist, dies at 72
  • 1819-10-13 Giovanni Battista Gaiani, Italian organist and composer, dies at 61
  • 1823-10-26 Josef Preindl, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 67

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