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 264

  • 1416-03-27 Antonio Squarcialupi, Italian composer and organist, 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1607-03-01 Giovanni Francesco Milanta, Italian composer and organist, born in Parma
  • 1609-07-27 Heinrich Pape, German composer and organist, born in Ratzeburg (d. 1663)
  • 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)
  • 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 Nuremburg, Bavaria (d. 1695)
  • 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)
  • 1652-01-01 Johann Krieger, German composer and organist, born in Nuremberg (d. 1735)
  • 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)
  • 1661-09-02 Georg Bohm, German organist/composer
  • 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 Francois Couperin, French composer and organist (Concerts Royaux), born in Paris, France (d. 1733)
  • 1669-02-01 Miguel Lopez, Spanish composer and organist, born in Villarroya de la Sierra (d. 1723)
  • 1669-02-02 Louis Marchand, French baroque composer and organist (d. 1732)
  • 1672-09-08 Nicolas de Grigny, French organist, born 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, composer/organist, born in Paris, France
  • 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)
  • 1693-08-30 Jacobus Nozeman, Dutch composer and organist, born in Hamburg, 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)
  • 1699-12-23 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)
  • 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/organist
  • 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)
  • 1724-12-31 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)
  • 1727-02-25 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)
  • 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)
  • 1748-09-17 Robert Wainwright, English composer and church organist (d.1782)
  • 1750-01-25 Johann Gottfried Vierling, German organist & composer, born in Metzels, Germany (d. 1813)
  • 1750-08-10 Daniel Gottlob Türk, German organist and composer, born in Claußnitz, Saxony (d. 1813)
  • 1754-02-17 Jan Jachym Kopriva, Czech composer and organist, born in Cítoliby, Czech Republic (d. 1792)
  • 1755-03-14 Pierre-Louis Couperin, French organist and composer (d. 1789)
  • 1756-01-30 Josef Preindl, Austrian organist & composer, born in Marbach on the Danube, Lower Austria (d. 1823)
  • 1756-02-09 Karel Blazej Kopriva, Czech organist and composer, born in Cítoliby, Czech Republic (d. 1785)
  • 1757-07-08 Richard Wainwright, English composer and church organist (d. 1825)
  • 1757-11-20 Giovanni Battista Gaiani, Italian organist and composer, born in Bologna (d. 1819)
  • 1757-12-11 Charles Wesley, English organist and composer, born in Bristol (d. 1834)
  • 1761-11-01 Antonín Volánek, Czech organist and composer, born in Jaroměř, Czech Republic (d. 1817)
  • 1763-10-12 John Ross, English composer and organist, born in Newcastle upon Tyne (d. 1837)
  • 1763-11-28 Matthäus Fischer, German organist and composer, born in Ried, Swabia (d. 1840)
  • 1766-02-24 Samuel Wesley, composer/organist (Exultate Deo), born in Bristol, England
  • 1770-12-13 John Clarke-Whitfeld, English organist and composer, born in Gloucester, England (d. 1836)
  • 1771-05-01 George Guest, English organist and composer, born in Broseley, England (d. 1831)
  • 1773-06-03 Michael Gottard Fischer, German composer and organist, born in Alach (d. 1829)
  • 1777-10-06 William Russell, English composer and organist, born in London (d. 1813)
  • 1780-05-22 Jan Emmanuel Doležálek, Bohemian organist and composer, born in Chotěboř, Bohemia, Habsburg Monarchy (d. 1858)
  • 1780-06-18 Michael Henkel, German composer and organist, born in Fulda, Germany (d. 1851)
  • 1782-07-19 Jonathan Blewitt, English organist and composer, born in London (d. 1853)
  • 1787-11-25 Franz Xaver Gruber, Austrian organist and composer (Silent Night), born in Hochberg, Austria (d. 1863)
  • 1788-01-05 Kaspar Ett, German organist & composer, born in Eresing, Germany (d. 1847)
  • 1788-02-25 Mateo Ferrer, Spanish composer and organist, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1864)
  • 1789-10-28 Johann Schneider, German composer and organist (d. 1864)
  • 1792-01-08 Lowell Mason, American organist & composer (Zebulo), born in Medfield, Massachusetts (d.1872)
  • 1795-09-20 Charles Zeuner, German-American composer and organist, born in Eisleben, Saxony (d. 1857)
  • 1796-07-20 Edward Hodges, English organist and composer, born in Bristol (d. 1867)
  • 1800-12-27 John Goss, English organist and composer (Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven), (d. 1880)

Deaths in Music

Deaths 1 - 100 of 203

  • 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
  • 1621-10-16 Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, organist/composer, dies at about 59
  • 1625-06-05 Orlando Gibbons, English organist/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
  • 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
  • 1667-05-07 Johann Jakob Froberger, German organist/singer/composer, dies at 50
  • 1695-11-21 Henry Purcell, English organist and composer (Indian Queen), dies at 36
  • 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, dies at 64
  • 1720-03-08 Georg Bronner, German composer and organist, dies at 53
  • 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
  • 1733-05-18 Georg Bohm, German organist & composer, dies at 71
  • 1733-09-11 Francois Couperin, French composer and organist (Le Grand), dies at 64
  • 1735-07-18 Johann Krieger, German composer and organist, dies at 83
  • 1737-02-28 Hercule Brehy, Flemish composer and organist, dies at 63
  • 1738-08-29 Georg Reuter, Austrian composer and organist, dies at 81
  • 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
  • 1745-06-22 Hubert Renotte, Flemish composer and organist, dies at 41
  • 1745-10-10 Jacobus Nozeman, Dutch composer and organist, dies at 52
  • 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 Carl T Pachelbel, US organist/composer
  • 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

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
  • 1774-12-02 Johann Friedrich Agricola, German (court)composer/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
  • 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 & organist, dies at 68
  • 1789-02-02 Armand-Louis Couperin, Fren composer/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
  • 1792-08-17 Jan Jachym Kopriva, Czech composer and organist, dies at 38
  • 1795-02-01 Giacomo Insanguine, Italian organist and composer, dies at 66
  • 1799-04-19 Pieter Hellendaal, violinist/organist/composer (Glees), dies at 78
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1819-10-13 Giovanni Battista Gaiani, Italian organist and composer, dies at 61
  • 1823-10-26 Josef Preindl, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 67
  • 1823-12-03 Joseph Pouteau, French composer and organist, dies at 84
  • 1825-08-20 Richard Wainwright, composer and church organist, dies at 68
  • 1831-08-22 John White, English organist and violinist, dies at 52
  • 1831-09-10 George Guest, English organist and composer, dies at 60
  • 1834-05-23 Charles Wesley, English organist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1835-10-22 Willem G F Bentinck, earl/politician/organist, dies at 73
  • 1836-02-22 John Clarke-Whitfeld, English organist and composer, dies at 65
  • 1837-07-28 John Ross, British composer and organist, dies at 73
  • 1840-05-05 Matthäus Fischer, German organist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1847-05-16 Kaspar Ett, German organist/composer, dies at 59
  • 1851-03-04 Michael Henkel, German composer and organist, dies at 70
  • 1853-09-04 Jonathan Blewitt, English organist and composer, dies at 71
  • 1857-11-07 Charles Zeuner, German-American composer and organist, dies at 62
  • 1858-07-06 Jan Emmanuel Doležálek, Bohemian organist and composer, dies at 78
  • 1863-06-07 Franz Xaver Gruber, Austrian organist and composer (Silent Night), dies at 75
  • 1864-01-23 Michele Puccini, Italian organist and composer (father of Giacomo), dies at 50
  • 1864-04-13 Johann Schneider, German composer & organist, dies at 74
  • 1866-04-15 William Jackson of Masham, English composer & organist, dies at 51
  • 1867-09-01 Edward Hodges, English organist and composer, dies at 71
  • 1868-09-24 Jan Albert van Eijken, Dutch composer and organist, dies at 45
  • 1872-08-11 Lowell Mason, US organist/composer (Zebulo), dies at 80
  • 1873-05-26 August Conradi, German organist and composer, dies at 51