Famous Organists in History (Part 2)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 269

  • 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)
  • 1805-07-09 Henry John Gauntlett, English organist and composer, born in Wellington, Shropshire (d. 1876)
  • 1810-07-18 Peter [Josef Anton] Singer, Austrian monk, organist and composer, born in Unterhäselgehr, Tyrol (d. 1882)
  • 1810-08-14 Samuel Sebastian Wesley, English organist and composer, born in London (d. 1876)
  • 1812-11-28 Ludwig Mathias Lindeman, Norwegian composer and organist, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 1887)
  • 1813-10-26 Henry Smart, English organist and composer, born in London (d. 1879)
  • 1813-11-27 Michele Puccini, Italian organist and composer (father of Giacomo), born in Luca (d. 1864)
  • 1815-01-09 William Jackson of Masham, English composer and organist, born in Masham, Yorkshire (d. 1866)
  • 1818-06-30 Edward John Hopkins, English organist and composer, born in London (d. 1901)
  • 1819-12-13 Edwin George Monk, English church organist and composer, born in Frome, Somerset (d. 1900)
  • 1820-06-18 Martin Andreas Udbye, Norwegian composer and organist, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 1889)
  • 1821-06-27 August Conradi, German organist and composer, born in Berlin (d. 1873)
  • 1822-04-26 Jan Albert van Eijken, Dutch composer and organist, born in Amersfoort, Netherlands (d. 1868)
  • 1822-08-05 Johann Georg Herzog, German composer and organist, born in Hummendorf (d. 1909)
  • 1822-12-10 César Franck, Belgian composer and organist (Symphonic Variations), born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1890)
  • 1823-03-16 William Henry Monk, English composer and organist (Eventide), born in London, England (d. 1889)
  • 1825-07-23 Richard Hol, Dutch composer, organist and conductor, born in Amsterdam (d. 1904)
  • 1826-08-13 William Thomas Best, English organist and composer, born in Carlisle, Cumberland, England (d. 1897)
  • 1827-11-12 Gustav Merkel, German organist and composer (d. 1885)
  • 1829-06-03 Alfonse Charles Renaud de Vilback, French organist and composer, born in Montpelier, France (d. 1884)
  • 1833-02-22 Josef Foerster, Czech composer, and music teacher born in Osenice, Bohemia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1907)
  • 1833-05-09 Boleslaw Dembinski, Polish organist and composer, born in Poznań (d. 1914)
  • 1837-07-06 Władysław Żeleński, Polish organist and composer, born in Grodkowice (d. 1921)
  • 1839-03-09 Phoebe Knapp, American hymn writer and organist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1908)
  • 1839-03-10 Dudley Buck, organist and church composer, born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1839-08-15 Hugh Archibald Clarke, Canadian organist, composer, and educator (The Music of The Spheres), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1927)
  • 1840-11-16 Frederick Scotson Clark, English organist and composer, born in Southwark, London (d. 1883)
  • 1844-02-21 Charles-Marie Widor, French organist, composer and professor (Paris Conservatory), born in Lyon, France (d. 1937)
  • 1844-09-11 George Martin, English composer and organist, born in Lambourn, Berkshire (d. 1916)
  • 1844-12-05 Frederick Bridge, English organist and composer, born in Oldbury, Worcestershire (d. 1924)
  • 1848-06-01 Otto Valdemar Malling, Danish organist and composer (Det hellige Land, opus 46), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1915)
  • 1849-11-08 Edward Julius Biedermann, American organist and composer, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1933)
  • 1850-05-16 Arthur Henry Mann, organist/composer
  • 1850-07-04 Ole Olsen, Norwegian composer and organist, born in Hammerfest, Finnmark (d. 1927)
  • 1852-09-30 Charles Villiers Stanford, Irish organist/composer
  • 1852-12-05 Thomas Laub, Danish organist and composer, born in Langå, Denmark (d. 1927)
  • 1853-02-12 Bertram Luard-Selby, British organist and composer, born in Ightham, Kent, England (d. 1918)
  • 1853-05-01 Charles Lee Williams, English composer and organist, born in Winchester (d. 1935)
  • 1853-12-30 André Charles Prosper Messager, French organist, composer and conductor (Les Deux Pigeons, Véronique), born in Montluçon, France (d. 1929)
  • 1854-08-03 Fernand de La Tombelle, French organist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1928)
  • 1855-04-18 Josef Gruber, Austrian organist and composer, born Wösendorf in the Wachau (d. 1933)
  • 1858-02-14 C. B. Hawley, American organist and composer, born in Brookfield, Connecticut (d. 1915)
  • 1858-08-01 Hans Rott, Austrian composer and organist, born in Vienna (d. 1884)
  • 1858-11-12 Alexis Contant, Canadian pianist, organist and composer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1918)
  • 1859-04-11 Basil Harwood, English organist and composer, born in Woodhouse, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1949)
  • 1859-09-17 Richard Henry Warren, American organist and composer, born in Albany, New York (d. 1933)
  • 1862-09-25 Leon Boellmann, French organist and composer (Variations Symphoniques), born in Ensisheim, France (d. 1897)
  • 1863-01-17 Henry Charles Tonking, British organist and composer, born in Camborne, Cornwall (d. 1926)
  • 1863-09-15 Horatio Parker, American organist and composer, born in Auburndale, Massachusetts (d. 1919)
  • 1867-02-09 Edward Naylor, English composer and organist, born in Scarborough (d. 1934)
  • 1867-05-04 Dynam-Victor Fumet, French composer and organist, born in Toulouse, France (d. 1949)
  • 1867-12-21 John Winter Thompson, American organist, born in Michigan (d. 1951)
  • 1870-10-08 Louis Vierne, French organist and composer, born in Poitiers, France (d. 1937)
  • 1873-01-06 Karl Straube, German organist & conductor, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1950)
  • 1877-02-07 Feliks Nowowiejski, Polish organist and composer, born in Wartenburg, East Prussia, German Empire (d. 1946)
  • 1877-09-17 Jean Hure, French composer and organist, born in Gien, Loire (d. 1930)
  • 1879-07-22 Gustaf Heintze, Swedish pianist, organist, pedagogue and composer, born in Jönköping (d. 1946)
  • 1879-09-30 Ernst Isler, Swiss organist and critic, born in Zurich (d. 1944)
  • 1880-02-18 Eric De Lamarter, American organist, composer and conductor (Chicago Symphony), born in Lansing, Michigan (d. 1953)
  • 1880-10-02 George Alexander Russell, American organist, composer and the first Frick Professor of Music for Princeton University, born in Franklin, Tennessee (d. 1953)
  • 1882-04-16 Seth Bingham, American organist and composer (Six Pieces for Organ), born in Bloomfield, New Jersey (d. 1972)
  • 1883-06-17 Alexandre Eugène Cellier, French organist and composer, born in Molières-sur-Cèze, France (d. 1968)
  • 1883-11-10 Bedrich Antonin Wiedermann, Czech organist and composer, born in Ivanovice na Hané, Czech Republic (d. 1951)
  • 1885-01-01 Roland Diggle, English-born American composer and organist (d. 1954)
  • 1885-07-24 Desider Antalffy-Zsiross, Hungarian organist and composer, born in Nagybecskerek, Hungary (d. 1945)
  • 1885-08-28 Armas Toivo Valdemar Maasalo, Finnish composer and organist, born in Rautavaara, Finland (d. 1960)
  • 1886-02-12 Gustaf Lazarus Nordqvist, Swedish organist & composer, born in Stockholm (d. 1949)
  • 1886-03-13 Henri D Gagnebin, Belgian-Swiss organist and composer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1977)
  • 1886-05-03 Marcel Dupré, French organist and composer, born in Rouen, France (d. 1971)
  • 1887-08-28 Daniel Zamudio, Columbian organist, composer and folklorist, born in Bogata (d. 1952)
  • 1887-11-28 Jacobo Palm, Curaçao-born composer (d. 1982)
  • 1888-06-08 Poul Schierbeck, Danish organist and composer, born in Copenhagen (d. 1949)
  • 1892-09-17 Hendrik Andriessen, Dutch organist and composer (Ballade of Merel), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1981)
  • 1893-02-27 Joseph Messner, Austrian organist and composer, born in Schwaz, Tyrol (d. 1969)
  • 1893-07-28 Rued Immanuel Langgaard, Danish composer and organist, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1952)
  • 1893-10-23 Jean Absil, Belgian organist and composer (Peau d'Ane), born in Bonsecours; (d. 1974)
  • 1895-05-01 Leo Sowerby, American organist and composer (Pulitzer Prize for Music, 1946), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1968)
  • 1896-12-03 Bolesław Szabelski, Polish organist and composer, born in Radoryż (d. 1979)
  • 1897-04-16 Jaap Vranken, Dutch organist and composer (Stabat Mater), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1956)
  • 1898-06-15 Thomas Henry Wait Armstrong, English organist and composer, born in Peterborough, England (d. 1994)
  • 1898-10-15 Gunther Ramin, German organist and composer, born in Karlsruhe, Germany (d. 1956)
  • 1899-01-19 [John] Herbert Whitton Sumsion, organist/composer
  • 1899-06-20 Anthon van der Horst, Dutch organist and composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1965)
  • 1900-01-23 William Ifor Jones, Welsh conductor & organist, born in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales (d. 1988)
  • 1902-01-05 Pierre Palla, Dutch pianist & organist, born in Venlo, Netherlands (d. 1968)
  • 1902-01-11 Maurice Durufle, French organist/composer
  • 1902-04-30 André-François Marescotti, Swiss organist and composer, born in Carouge, Switzerland (d. 1995)
  • 1903-06-01 Percy Whitlock, English composer and organist, born in Chatham (d. 1946)
  • 1903-07-04 Flor Peeters, Flemish organist and composer (Lied Symphony), born in Tielen, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • 1903-07-05 Irwin Fischer, American composer and organist (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), born in Iowa City, Iowa (d. 1977)
  • 1903-07-25 André Fleury, French organist and composer, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1995)
  • 1904-02-21 Armand Preud'homme, Flemish organist/poet
  • 1904-07-02 Carl Weinrich, American organist and composer, born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1981)
  • 1904-10-16 Reginald Dixon, Sheffield, Britain, theatre organist, (d. 1985)
  • 1905-06-09 Walter Kraft, German composer and organist, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1977)
  • 1906-03-29 E. Power Biggs, English organist and composer (CBS), born in Westcliff-on-Sea, England (d. 1977)
  • 1906-08-15 Finn Videro, Danish organist and composer, born in Fuglebjerg, Næstved (d. 1987)
  • 1906-12-14 Helmut Bornefeld, German organist and composer, born in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim, Germany (d. 1990)
  • 1907-10-27 Helmut Walcha, a blind German organist (church music), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1991)

Deaths in Music

Deaths 101 - 200 of 205

  • 1876-02-21 Henry John Gauntlett, English organist and composer, dies at 70
  • 1876-04-19 Samuel Sebastian Wesley, English organist and composer, dies at 65
  • 1879-07-06 Henry Smart, English organist and composer, dies at 65
  • 1880-05-10 John Goss, English composer and organist (Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven), dies at 79
  • 1883-07-05 Frederick Scotson Clark, English organist and composer, dies at 42
  • 1885-10-30 Gustav Merkel, German organist and composer, dies at 57
  • 1887-05-23 Ludwig Mathias Lindeman, Norwegian composer and organist, dies at 74
  • 1890-11-08 Caesar Franck, Belgian organist and composer (Symphonic Variations), dies at 67
  • 1897-05-10 William Thomas Best, English organist and composer, dies at 70
  • 1897-10-11 Leon Boelmann, French organist/composer (Suite Gothique), dies at 35
  • 1900-01-03 Edwin George Monk, English church organist and composer, dies at 80
  • 1901-02-14 Edward John Hopkins, English organist and composer, dies at 82
  • 1904-05-14 Richard Hol, Dutch composer, organist and conductor, dies at 78
  • 1907-01-03 Josef Foerster, Czech composer, and music teacher, dies at 73
  • 1908-07-10 Phoebe Knapp, American hymn writer and organist, dies at 69
  • 1909-10-06 Dudley Buck, US organist and composer, dies at 70
  • 1915-10-05 Otto Valdemar Malling, Danish organist and composer (Det hellige Land, opus 46), dies at 67
  • 1915-12-29 C. B. Hawley, American organist and composer, dies at 57
  • 1916-02-23 George Martin, English composer and organist, dies at 71
  • 1918-11-28 Alexis Contant, Canadian pianist, organist and composer, dies at 60
  • 1918-12-26 Bertram Luard-Selby, British organist and composer, dies at 65
  • 1919-12-18 Horatio Parker, American organist and composer, dies at 56
  • 1924-03-18 Frederick Bridge, English organist and composer, dies at 79
  • 1926-06-07 Henry Charles Tonking, British organist and composer, dies at 63
  • 1927-02-04 Thomas Laub, Danish organist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1928-08-13 Fernand de La Tombelle, French organist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1929-02-24 André Charles Prosper Messager, French organist, composer and conductor (Les Deux Pigeons, Véronique), dies at 75
  • 1930-01-27 Jean Hure, French composer and organist, dies at 52
  • 1933-11-26 Edward Julius Biedermann, American organist and composer, dies at 84
  • 1933-12-02 Josef Gruber, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 78
  • 1933-12-03 Richard Henry Warren, American organist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1937-03-12 Charles-Marie Widor, French organist, composer and professor (Paris Conservatory), dies at 93
  • 1937-04-08 Arthur William Foote, US organist/composer, dies at 84
  • 1937-06-02 Louis Vierne, French organist and composer, dies at 66
  • 1938-04-18 Richard Terry, English organist & musicologist, dies at 73
  • 1940-06-20 Jehan Alain, French organist/composer, dies in battle at 29
  • 1942-11-01 Hugo Distler, German organist, choral conductor and composer, dies at 34
  • 1944-09-26 Ernst Isler, Swiss organist ad critic, dies at 64
  • 1945-05-01 Desider Antalffy-Zsiross, Hungarian organist and composer, dies at 59
  • 1946-01-18 Feliks Nowowiejski, Polish organist and composer, dies at 68
  • 1946-05-01 Percy Whitlock, English composer and organist, dies at 42
  • 1949-01-28 Gustaf Lazarus Nordqvist, Swedish organist and composer, dies at 62
  • 1949-02-09 Poul Schierbeck, Danish organist and composer, dies at 60
  • 1950-04-27 Karl Straube, German organist & conductor, dies at 77
  • 1951-05-29 Josef Bohuslav Foerster, Czech organist and composer, dies at 91
  • 1951-11-05 Bedrich Antonin Wiedermann, Czech organist and composer, dies at 67
  • 1952-07-03 Daniel Zamudio, Columbian organist, composer and folklorist, dies at 64
  • 1952-07-10 Rued Immanuel Langgaard, Danish composer and organist, dies at 58
  • 1953-05-17 Eric De Lamarter, American organist, composer and conductor (Chicago Symphony), dies at 73
  • 1953-11-24 George Alexander Russell, American organist, composer and the first Frick Professor of Music for Princeton University, dies at 73
  • 1954-01-13 Roland Diggle, English-born American composer and organist, dies at 69
  • 1956-02-27 Gunther Ramin, German organist and composer, dies at 57
  • 1956-04-20 Jaap Vranken, Dutch organist and composer (Stabat mater), dies at 59
  • 1960-09-09 Armas Toivo Valdemar Maasalo, Finnish composer and organist, dies at 75
  • 1968-11-11 Jeanne Demessieux, French organist and composer (Te Deum), dies at 47
  • 1973-03-12 Esther Williamson Ballou, American organist, composer and educator, dies at 57
  • 1977-05-07 Irwin Fischer, American composer and organist (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), dies at 73
  • 1977-05-09 Walter Kraft, German organist & composer, dies at 71
  • 1979-08-27 Bolesław Szabelski, Polish organist and composer, dies at 82
  • 1980-10-25 Virgil Fox, American organist, dies at 68
  • 1981-04-12 Hendrik Andriessen, Dutch organist and composer (Te Deum), dies at 88
  • 1981-05-13 Carl Weinrich, American organist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1982-05-11 Piet van Egmond, Dutch organist & conductor (Neth Chamber Orchestra), dies at 70
  • 1982-12-19 Jean-Jacques Grunenwald, French organist/composer, dies at 71
  • 1985-05-09 Reginald Dixon, British theatre organist, dies at 80
  • 1986-02-07 Armand Preud'homme, Flemish organist/lyricist, dies at 81
  • 1986-06-16 Maurice Duruflé, French composer and organist (b. 1902)
  • 1986-07-04 Flor Peeters, Flemish organist and composer (Lied Symphony), dies at 83
  • 1987-03-13 Finn Videro, Danish organist and composer, dies at 80
  • 1988-04-07 Cesar Bresgen, Austrian composer/organist, dies at 74
  • 1988-11-11 William Ifor Jones, Welsh conductor & organist (b. 1900)
  • 1990-07-16 Sidney Torch, English composer, conductor and organist (b. 1908)
  • 1991-06-29 Richard "Groove" Holmes, American jazz organist (Misty), dies of cancer at 60
  • 1991-08-11 Helmut Walcha, a blind German organist (church music), dies at 83
  • 1992-05-30 Leen 't Hart, Dutch organist and composer, dies at 72
  • 1992-11-24 Xavier Darasse, French organist and composer, dies at 58
  • 1993-02-25 Jan D Boeke, Dutch organist/conductor, dies
  • 1993-09-12 Herman Nieland, organist/pianist/composer, dies at 82
  • 1994-06-26 Thomas Henry Wait Armstrong, English organist (Christ College, Oxford), dies at 96
  • 1995-03-07 John Arthur Neill Lambert, composer teacher organist, dies at 69
  • 1995-05-18 Gordon Reynolds, English organist & master of the Choristers at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, dies at 74
  • 1995-05-18 André-François Marescotti, Swiss organist & composer, dies at 93
  • 1995-08-06 André Fleury, French organist and composer, dies at 92
  • 1995-08-11 Herbert Whitton John Sumsion, organist/composer, dies at 96
  • 1995-12-18 Brian Brockless, English organist and composer, dies at 69
  • 1996-11-18 Douglas Guest, British organist (For the Fallen), dies at 80
  • 1996-11-21 Bernard Rose, British organist, soldier, composer, and academic, dies at 80
  • 1997-06-04 [John Robert] Johnny "Hammond" Smith, American jazz and bop organist (Wild Horses Rock Steady), dies of cancer at 63
  • 1998-03-17 Bernarr Rainbow, English historian of music education, organist, and choir master, dies at 83
  • 2000-09-21 Bengt Hambraeus, Swedish Canadian composer and organist, dies at 72
  • 2001-01-23 Eugene [Brother Jack] McDuff, American jazz organist (George Benson, Brother Jack), dies of heart failure at 74
  • 2001-01-24 Leif Thybo, Danish composer and organist, dies at 78
  • 2001-06-15 Leif Kayser, Danish composer and organist, dies at 83
  • 2001-06-15 Julius Juzeliūnas, Lithuanian composer and organist (The Game), dies at 85
  • 2005-02-08 Jimmy Smith, American jazz musician and organist (Walk on the Wild Side), dies at 79
  • 2006-12-18 Daniel Pinkham, American organist, composer (Signs of the Zodiac) and educator (New England Conservatory), dies at 83
  • 2010-07-14 Gene Ludwig, American jazz organist (b. 1937)
  • 2010-12-19 Trudy Pitts, American jazz organist, pianist, and vocalist (b. 1932)
  • 2012-01-16 Gustav Leonhardt, Dutch harpsichordist, organist and conductor, dies at 87
  • 2012-03-10 Heinz Wunderlich, German organist and composer, dies at 92