1805-09

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Jan 1805

8

  • Simon Mayr’s opera Eraldo ed Emma premiered in Milan, lib. G. Rossi

15

  • Louise Bertin born (Les Roches, France) French composer, poet. Died 1877

18

  • Tobias Friedrich Bach II (81) dies in Erfurt

23

  • Wenzel Pichl (63) dies in Vienna following a stroke

publications

  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Piano Sonata op.13 published in Vienna

Feb 1805

4

  • Johann George Tromlitz (79) dies in Leipzig

5

  • Nicolas Isouard’s opera L’Intrigue aux fenêtres [Intrigue at the windows], lib. Jean Nicolas Bouilly, premiered in Paris

15

  • Louise Bertin born (Les Roches, France) French composer, poet. Died 1877
  • Józef Elsner’s opera Stary trzipiot i mlody medrzec [The old scatterbrain and the young sage], lib. François-Benoît Hoffman trans. Matuszewski, premiered in Warsaw

publications

  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Twelve Dances for piano op.16 published in Vienna

Mar 1805

12

  • Gaspare Spontini’s opera Julie premiered in Paris, lib. A.G. Jars

13

  • Edwin Ransford born (Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire) English baritone singer, songwriter, music publisher. Died 1876

17

  • Manuel Patricio Rodríguez García born (Zafra, Spain) Spanish baritone singer, teacher. Son of Manuel del Pópulo Vicente Rodriguez García (1775-1832), brother of Maria Malibran (1808-36) and Pauline Viardot (1821-1910). Died 1906

Apr 1805

6

  • ETA Hoffmann’s opera Die lustigen Musikanten [The Merry Musicians], lib. Clemens Maria Brentano, premiered in Warsaw

7

  • Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony no.3 op.55 premiered in Vienna
  • Anton Eberl’s Symphony in E flat major premiered in Vienna

19

  • Edmond de Coussemaker born (Bailleul, France) French jurist, musicologist, ethnologist. One of the earliest modern figures to specialize in Medieval music. Died 1876

23

  • James Hook’s opera The Soldier’s Return premiered in London. Lib. Theodore Edward Hook

28

  • Peter Pelham (83) dies in Richmond, VA

May 1805

10

  • Johann Evangelist Haydn (61) dies in Eisenstadt

12

  • Jan Nepomucen Bobrowicz born (Kraków) Polish guitarist, composer, music editor, publisher. Died 1881

14

  • Johan Peter Emilius Hartmann born (Copenhagen) Danish composer, organist, civil servant. Father of Emil Hartmann (1836-98). Died 1900

17

  • Catterino Cavos’ opera Knyaz nevidimka [The Invisible Prince], lib. Evgraf Lifanov, premiered in St Petersburg

19

  • Ferdinando Paer’s opera Sofonisba premiered in Bologna, lib. G. Schmidt

27

  • Joseph Wölfl makes his debut London performance

28

  • Luigi Boccherini (62) dies in Madrid following a heart attack

30

  • Nicolas Isouard’s opera La Ruse inutile [the pointless ruse], lib. François-Benoît Hoffman, premiered in Paris

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  • Emerico Lobo de Mesquita (58) dies in Rio de Janeiro

Jun 1805

5

  • Jacob Niclas Ahlström born (Visby, Sweden) Swedish composer, organist, teacher. Kappelmeister to the Swedish court from 1842. Died 1857
  • Simon Mayr’s opera Di locanda in locanda e sempre in sala [Inn to inn and always in the room] premiered in Venice, lib. L.G. Buonavoglia

13

  • Giovanni Paisiello’s cantata Il fonte prodigioso di Orebbe [The prodigious source of the Orebbe] premiered in Naples, lib. P.D.A. Rota

21

  • Friedrich Curschmann born (Berlin) German songwriter, singer. Died 1841

28

  • Napoléon Coste born (Doubs, France) French composer, guitarist. Died 1883

Jul 1805

8

  • Luigi Ricci born (Naples) Italian composer of 30 operas. Brother of Federico Ricci (1809-77). Died 1859

9

  • Henry Gauntlett born (Wellington, Shropshire) English organist, hymnwriter, composer. Died 1876

26

  • Simon Mayr’s opera L’amor coniugale [conjugal love] premiered in Padua, lib. G. Rossi

publications

  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Concerto for piano, violin and orchestra op.17Fantasy for Piano op.18 published in Vienna

Aug 1805

5

  • Louis Spohr appointed Konzertmeister in Gotha

7

  • Joseph Weigl’s opera Vestas Feuer [your fire], lib. Emanuel Schikaneder, premiered in Vienna

21

  • August Bournonville born (Copenhagen) Danish ballet master, choreographer. Died 1879

31

  • Joseph Abaco (95) dies in Verona

Sep 1805

7

  • Julie Dorus-Gras aka Julie-Aimée-Josèphe Van Steenkiste born (Valenciennes, France) French soprano singer. Died 1896

30

  • Nicolas Dalayrac’s opera Gulistan premiered in Paris. Lib. xx

Oct 1805

2

  • Anna Maria Crouch (42) dies in Brighton, possibly in a carriage accident

8

  • The Petrovsky Theatre in Moscow is destroyed by fire

26

  • Simon Mayr’s opera La roccia di Frauenstein [The rock of Frauenstein] premiered in Venice, lib. G. Rossi

28

  • John Thomson born (Sprouston, Roxburgh) Scottish composer, conductor, musicologist, teacher. Died 1841

Nov 1805

1

  • Alessandro Nini born (Pesaro, Italy) Italian composer, teacher. Wrote 8 operas. Died 1880

14

  • Fanny Hensel née Mendelssohn born (Hamburg) German composer, pianist. Sister of Felix Mendelssohn (1809-47). Died 1847

18

  • Nicolas Isouard’s opera Léonce premiered in Paris. Lib. Benoît-Joseph Marsollier des Vivetières

20

  • Ludwig van Beethoven’s opera Fidelio op.72 premiered in Vienna, lib. J. Sonnleithner (first version)

Dec 1805

24

  • Sebastian Lee born (Hamburg) German cellist, teacher, composer. Died 1887

26

  • Simon Mayr’s opera Gli americani [the Americans] premiered in Venice, lib. G. Rossi

1805 (date unknown)

publications

  • Ludwig van Beethoven’s Trio in E op.38; Piano Sonatas nos.19-20 op.49; Romance for violin and orchestra op.50; 8 songs op.52 & Piano Sonata no.21 op.53 ‘Waldstein’ published in Vienna
  • Ludwig van Beethoven’s Violin Sonata op.47 ‘Kreutzer’ published in Bonn and London
  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Piano Trio in G op.35 published in Vienna
  • Rodolphe Kreutzer’s Violin concertos no.15 op.C & no.16 op.D published in Paris
  • Antoine Reicha’s op.59 – 2 piano fantasias published in Leipzig
  • Johann Friedrich Reichardt’s song collection Romantische Gesänge published in Leipzig
  • Louis Spohr’s Violin concerto no.2 op.2 & 3 Duets op.3 for 2 violins published in Leipzig
  • Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel’s Grande sonate op.44 published in Vienna
  • Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel’s op.45 – piano trio published in Berlin
  • Václav Tomášek’s Piano sonata in E op.13 & Symphony in E op.19 published in Leipzig
  • Václav Tomášek’s Piano concerto in C op.18 published in Vienna

Václav Tomášek 1774-1850

Jan 1806

2

  • Rodolphe Kreutzer’s opera Les surprises premiered in Paris, lib. C.A.B. Sewrin

3

  • Henriette Sontag born (Koblenz) German soprano singer. Died 1854

11

  • Franz Xaver Süssmayr’s opera List und Zufall [Cunning and coincidence], lib. Matthäus Stegmayr, premiered in Vienna

19

  • Václav Jindřich Veit born (Libochovany, Czech Rep) Czech composer, teacher, pianist, lawyer. Died 1864

27

  • Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga born (Bilbao) Basque composer. Died 1826

28

  • Etienne-Nicolas Méhul’s opera Les deux aveugles de Tolède [The two blind men of Toledo] premiered in Paris, lib. B.-J. Marsollier des Vivetières

30

  • Vicente Martín y Soler (51) dies in St Petersburg

Feb 1806

2

  • Louis Spohr marries harpist Dorette Scheidler in Gotha

8

  • Gaspare Spontini’s cantata L’eccelsa gara [The excellent contest] premiered in Paris, lib. L. Balocchi

14

  • Jean Dauberval (63) dies in Tours

21

  • Jan Stefani’s opera Frozyna, lib. Jakub Adamczewski, premiered in Warsaw

23

  • John Alcock (90) dies in Lichfield

25

  • Luigi Cherubini’s opera Faniska premiered in Vienna, lib. J. von Sonnleithner

Mar 1806

7

  • Józef Elsner’s opera Wieszczka Urzella [prophetess Urzella].lib. Charles-Simon Favart trans. J. Baudoin, premiered in Warsaw

17

  • Gaspare Spontini’s opera Tout le monde a tort [Everyone is wrong], lib. Spontini, premiered in Paris

23

  • George Pinto (20) dies in London, probably of tuberculosis

29

  • Ludwig van Beethoven’s opera Fidelio op.72 premiered in Vienna, lib. J. Sonnleithner (second version)

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  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Missa Solemnis in C completed
Gaspare Spontini 1774-1851

Gaspare Spontini 1774-1851

Apr 1806

3

  • François Wartel born (Versailles) French tenor singer, teacher. Died 1882

14

  • Friedrich Heinrich Himmel’s opera Die Sylphen [the Sylphs], lib. Robert Ludwig, premiered in Berlin

15

  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s cantata Diana ed Endimione premiered in Vienna, lib. L. Brizzi

22

  • Nicolas Isouard’s opera Le Déjeuner de garçon [Boy’s lunch], lib. Augustin-François Creuzé de Lesser, premiered in Paris

28

  • James Hook’s opera The Invisible Girl premiered in London. Lib. Theodore Edward Hook

May 1806

17

  • Etienne-Nicolas Méhul’s opera Uthal premiered in Paris, lib. J.M.B. Bins de Saint-Victor

30

  • Joseph Bonaparte ousts King Ferdinand of Naples and is proclaimed King, granting most major musical posts to Napoleon’s favourite Giovanni Paisiello

Jun 1806

9

  • Nicolas Dalayrac’s opera Deux mots [two words], lib. Benoît-Joseph des Marsollier Vivetières, premiered in Paris

12

  • Rodolphe Kreutzer’s ballet-pantomime Paul et Virginie premiered in Paris

21

  • Carl Maria von Weber leaves his post as conductor at the theatre in Breslau (Wroclaw)

25

  • Etienne-Nicolas Méhul’s opera Gabrielle d’Estrées premiered in Paris, lib. C.G. d’A. de Saint-Just

29

  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s cantata Das Fest des Dankes und der Freude [The feast of thanksgiving and joy] premiered in Vienna

Jul 1806

1

  • Carl Maria von Weber’s Overtura Chinesa [Chinese Overture] premiered in Wroclaw

23

  • Eduard Marxsen born (Nienstädten, Germany) German pianist, composer. Teacher of Johannes Brahms. Died 1887

30

  • Nicolas Isouard’s opera Idala premiered in Paris. Lib. François-Benoît Hoffman

Aug 1806

10

  • Michael Haydn (68) dies in Salzburg of injuries following an accident
  • Christian Kalkbrenner (50) dies in Paris

17

  • Johann Kaspar Mertz born (Bratislava) Hungaro-Slovak composer, guitarist. Died 1856

20

  • A memorial concert is held in Salzburg for Michael Haydn

21

  • Johannes Frederik Fröhlich born (Copenhagen) Danish composer, violinist, conductor. Died 1860

Sep 1806

2

  • Josef Gusikov born (Shklov, Belarus) Russian klezmer musician. Died 1837

24

  • George Alexander Osborne born (Limerick) Irish composer, pianist. Died 1893

Oct 1806

4

  • Joseph Weigl’s opera Il principe invisibile [the invisible prince], lib. anon, premiered in Vienna

13

  • Louis Ferdinand Prince von Preußen (33) dies at the Battle of Saalfeld, Germany

publications

  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Variations for piano published in Vienna

Nov 1806

15

  • Osip Petrov born (Kirovohrad, Ukraine) Russian bass-baritone singer

Dec 1806

1

  • Ferdinand Paër appointed Director of the Imperial Music Chapel in Paris

4

  • Johann Friedrich Franz Burgmüller born (Regensburg, Germany) German composer, pianist. Brother of Norbert Burgmüller (1810-36). Died 1874
  • Adalbert Gyrowetz’s opera Agnes Sorel premiered in Vienna. Lib. Josef Sonnleithner

18

  • Nicolas Dalayrac’s opera Koulouf premiered in Paris. Lib. René-Charles Guilbert de Pixérécourt

22

  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Twelve Minuets op.24 completed

23

  • Ludwig van Beethoven’s Violin Concerto no.4 op.61 premiered in Vienna

26

  • Simon Mayr’s opera Adelasia e Aleramo premiered in Milan, lib. L. Romanelli

publications

  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Rondo for piano op.19 & Hungarian Dance for piano op.23 published in Vienna

1806 (date unknown)

  • Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata no.22 op.54; Symphony no.3 op.55 & Trio for 2 oboes and horn op.87 published in Vienna
  • Daniel Belknap’s The Village Compilation of Sacred Musick published in Boston, MA
  • John Wall Callcott’s Musical Grammar published in London
  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Rondo quasi una fantasia in E major op.19 published in Vienna
  • Louis Spohr’s Two Quartets op.4 for string quartet; Potpourri no.1 on themes from Gaveaux: Le petit matelot op.5 for violin and string trio; Variations in d op.6 for string trio & Violin concerto no.3 op.7 published in Leipzig
  • Václav Tomášek’s Piano sonata in A op.26 published in Leipzig
  • Václav Tomášek’s 4 Italian Canzonettas op.28, lib. V.A. Svoboda published in Prague
  • Georg Joseph Vogler’s 32 préludes for keyboard & Polymelos (16 pieces for piano, violin and cello) published in Munich

John Wall Callcott 1766-1821

Jan 1807

2

  • Carl Maria von Weber’s Symphony no.1 completed

10

  • Jean-François Le Sueur’s opera L’inauguration du temple de la victoire [the inauguration of the temple of victory], lib. Pierre Baour-Lormian, premiered in Paris

11

  • Simon Mayr’s opera Belle ciarle e tristi fatti [Lovely gossip and painful events], lib. Angelo Anelli, premiered in Venice

12

  • Catterino Cavos’ opera Ilya Bogatyr [Ilya the Hero], lib. Ivan Krylov Andreyevich, premiered in St Petersburg

14

  • Józef Elsner’s opera Andromeda premiered in Warsaw. Lib. Ludwik Osinski

22

  • Charles-Simon Catel’s opera Les Artistes par occasion [Artists by chance], lib. Alexandre-Vincent-Duval Pineux, premiered in Paris

28

  • Carl Maria von Weber’s Symphony no.2 premiered in Karlsruhe

publications

  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Piano Sonata op.20; Piano Trio op.22; Twelve Dances for piano op.24 & Twelve Dances for piano op.25 published

Feb 1807

11

  • Napoleon Orda born (Pinsk, Belarus) Polish-Lithuanian composer, pianist, landscape artist. Died 1883

15

  • Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński born (Dserschynsk, Ukraine) Polish composer, pianist. Died 1867

17

  • Etienne-Nicolas Méhul’s opera Joseph premiered in Paris, lib. A. Duval

publications

  • Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata no.23 op.57 ‘Appassionata’ published in Vienna

Mar 1807

1

  • Niel Gow (79) dies in Dunkeld, Perthshire

5

  • Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 op.60Coriolan Overture op.62Piano Concerto No. 4 premiered at a private concert in Vienna

11

  • Anton Eberl (41) dies in Vienna of scarlet fever

14

  • Rodolphe Kreutzer’s opera François I premiered in Paris, lib. C.A.B. Sewrin and A. de Chazet

15

  • Gaetano Gaspari born (Bologna) Italian composer, choirmaster, music historian, teacher. Died 1881
  • Gottfried von Preyer born (Hausbrunn, Austria) Austrian composer, teacher, conductor. Director of the Vienna Conservatory 1844-49. Died 1901

19

  • Giovanni Paisiello’s opera Elisa premiered in Naples. Lib. Gaetano Rossi

20

  • Clementi & Co.’s premises and stock in Tottenham Court Road, London are severely damaged by a fire

Apr 1807

3

  • Jan Stefani’s opera Rotmistrz Górecki [Captain Gorecki], lib. Wojciech Pekalski, premiered in Warsaw

14

  • Josef Staudigl born (Wöllersdorf, Austria) Austrian bass singer. Died 1861

23

  • Charles-Simon Catel’s opera L’Auberge de Bagnères [Bagnères Inn], lib. C. Jalabert, premiered in Paris

24

  • Józef Elsner’s opera Trybunal niewidzialny [the invisible court], lib. Jean-Guillaume-Antoine Cuvelier de Trie, premiered in Warsaw

May 1807

9

  • Nicolas Isouard’s opera Les Rendez-vous bourgeois [the meeting of the citizens], lib. François-Benoît Hoffman, premiered in Paris

15

  • Amélie-Julie Candeille’s opera Ida premiered in Paris. Lib. Candeille

21

  • Wenzel Müller’s opera Javima premiered in Vienna. Lib. Müller
  • Joseph Weigl’s opera Kaiser Hadrian premiered in Vienna. Lib. Joseph Sonnleithner

22

  • Jan Stefani’s opera Polka premiered in Warsaw. Lib. J. Wybicki

Jun 1807

6

  • Adrien-François Servais born (Halle, Belgium) Belgian composer, cellist. Died 1866

7

  • Alexey Nikolayevich Titov’s opera Nurzadakh premiered in St Petersburg. Lib. Aleksandr Yakovlevich Knyazhnin

18

  • Adalbert Gyrowetz’s opera Die Junggesellen-Wirtschaft [The bachelor-economy], lib. Georg Friedrich Treitschke, premiered in Vienna

24

  • The Théâtre des Variétés opens in Montmartre, Paris

Jul 1807

11

  • Josef Tichatschek born (Teplice nad Metují, Czech Rep) Czech tenor singer. Died 1886

25

  • Jakob Haibel’s operetta Der Müllertomerl [The miller Tomerl], lib. Emanuel Schikaneder, premiered in Vienna

29

  • 26 of Paris’s 35 theatres are closed by decree of Napoleon

31

  • Clara de Chatelain née Clara Du Mazet de Pontigny born (London) English writer, composer, translator. Died 1876

Aug 1807

17

  • Simon Mayr’s opera Nè l’un, nè l’altro [Neither the one nor the other] premiered in Milan, lib. A. Anelli
  • Carl Maria von Weber appointed as secretary to Duke Ludwig Friedrich Alexander in Stuttgart

30

  • Ernesto Cavallini born (Milan) Italian clarinetist, composer. Died 1874

Sep 1807

2

  • Antonio Casimir Cartellieri (35) dies in Libčeves, Czech Rep

12

  • Edward Miller (71) dies in Wheatley, Oxfordshire

13

  • Ludwig van Beethoven’s Mass in C major op.86 premiered in Vienna

17

  • Ignaz Lachner born (Rain Am Lech, Germany) German composer, conductor. Brother of Franz Lachner (1803-90) and Vinzenz Lachner (1811-93). Died 1895

26

  • Valentino Fioravanti’s opera I virtuosi ambulanti [The virtuous peddlers], lib. Giuseppe Luigi Balocchi, premiered in Paris

Oct 1807

3

  • Joseph Weigl’s opera Ostade premiered in Vienna. Lib. Georg Friedrich Treitschke

8

  • Nicolas Dalayrac’s opera Lina premiered in Paris. Lib. Jacques-Antoine de Saint-Cyr Révéroni

21

  • Napoléon Henri Reber born (Mulhouse) French composer, teacher. Died 1880

23

  • Jean-François Le Sueur’s opera Le triomphe de Trajan [The triumph of Trajan], lib. Joseph-Alphonse d’Esménard, premiered in Paris

Nov 1807

14

  • Carlo Coccia’s opera Il matrimonio per lettere di cambio [The marriage for bills of exchange], lib. Giuseppe Checcherini, premiered in Rome

16

  • François George-Hainl born (Issoire, France) French cellist, conductor. Died 1873

30

  • Johann Friedrich Reichardt’s opera Kunst und Liebe [art and love] premiered in Berlin, lib. Reichardt

Dec 1807

5

  • Józef Elsner’s opera Karol Wielki i Witykind [Charlemagne and Witykind], lib. T. Lubienska, premiered in Warsaw

10

  • Nicolas Isouard’s opera Les Créanciers [the creditors], lib. Jean-Baptiste-Charles Vial, premiered in Paris

11

  • Adalbert Gyrowetz’s opera Emericke premiered in Vienna. Lib. Josef Sonnleithner

15

  • Gaspare Spontini’s opera La vestale [the priestess] premiered in Paris, lib. Victor-Joseph-Étienne de Jouy

19

  • Joseph Weigl’s opera Cleopatra premiered in Milan. Lib. Luigi Romanelli

21

  • John Newton (82) dies in London

1807 (date unknown)

  • Muzio Clementi gains exclusive publishing rights for Beethoven’s music in England
  • Ignaz Pleyel founds a piano making business called Pleyel et Cie
  • Georg Joseph Vogler founds a music school in Darmstadt

publications

  • Ludwig van Beethoven’s Triple Concerto op.56 published in Vienna
  • Rodolphe Kreutzer’s Violin concerto no.17 op.G published in Paris
  • Franz Krommer’s Symphony no. 3 in D major op.62 published in Offenbach
  • Louis Spohr’s Variations in A op.8 for string trio & 2 Duets op.9 for 2 violins published in Leipzig
  • Václav Tomášek’s 3 Songs op.33 published in Prague
  • Václav Tomášek’s 6 Piano eclogues op.35 published in Leipzig
  • Carl Maria von Weber’s Grande ouverture à pleusieurs instruments op.8; Thème original varié op.9 & Symphony no.1 op.19 published

Adalbert Gyrowetz 1763-1850

Jan 1808

16

  • Music publishers Casa Ricordi founded in Milan by Giovanni Ricordi and Felice Festa

31

  • Jan Stefani’s opera Stary mysliwy [the old hunter], lib. Wojciech Pekalski, premiered in Warsaw

Feb 1808

14

  • Michael Costa born (Naples) Anglo-Italian composer, conductor. Died 1884

27

  • Simon Mayr’s opera Il vero originale [The real original], lib. Michelangelo Prunetti, premiered in Rome

28

  • Elias Parish Alvars born (Teignmouth, Devon) English harpist, composer. Died 1849

publications

  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Twelve Dances for piano op.27 & Twelve Dances for piano op.28 published

Mar 1808

8

  • Rodolphe Kreutzer’s ballet Les amours d’Antoine et Cléopâtre [the love of Antony and Cleopatra] premiered in Paris

17

  • Pierre-Louis Dietsch born (Dijon) French composer, conductor. Died 1865

19

  • Giovanni Paisiello’s opera I pittagorici premiered in Naples, lib. V. Monti

24

  • Maria Malibran born (Paris) Franco-Spanish mezzo-soprano singer. Daughter of Manuel del Pópulo Vicente Rodriguez García (1775-1832), sister of Manuel Patricio Rodríguez García (1805-1906) and Pauline Viardot (1821-1910). Died 1836

Apr 1808

10

  • Auguste Franchomme born (Lille) French composer, cellist. Died 1884

13

  • The New Arbat Imperial Theatre opens in Moscow replacing the Petrovsky Theatre but is destroyed four years later during Napoleon’s assault on the city

18

  • Joseph Weigl’s opera Il rivale di se stesso [The rival of himself], lib. Luigi Romanelli, premiered in Milan

22

  • Józef Elsner’s opera Echo w lesie [Echo in the forest], lib. Wojciech Pekalski, premiered in Warsaw

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  • Ferdinando Carulli moves to Paris from Italy
  • Mauro Giuliani’s Guitar Concerto op.30 premiered in Vienna

May 1808

15

  • Michael William Balfe born (Dublin) Irish composer, baritone singer. Died 1870
  • Jan Stefani’s opera Papirius premiered in Warsaw. Lib. Pierre-Ange Vieillard de Boismartin

20

  • Thomas Dartmouth Rice born (New York, NY) American minstrel show singer, entertainer. Died 1860

22

  • Edmund Ayrton (73) dies in London

24

  • Nicolas Isouard’s opera Un Jour à Paris [a day in Paris], lib. Charles-Guillaume Étienne, premiered in Paris
  • Rodolphe Kreutzer’s opera Aristippe premiered in Paris, lib. P.F. Giraud and M.T. Leclercq

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  • Ludwig van Beethoven’s Triple Concerto op.56 premiered in Vienna

Jun 1808

11

  • Giovanni Battista Cirri (83) dies in Forli, Italy
  • Ferdinando Bertoni leaves his position as maestro di cappella at the Basilica of San Marco in Venice

24

  • Anna Caroline Oury born (Landshut, Germany) German pianist, composer. Died 1880

28

  • Nicolas Isouard’s opera Cimarosa premiered in Paris. Lib. Jean Nicolas Bouilly

Jul 1808

6

  • Niccolò Antonio Zingarelli’s opera Il ritorno di Serse [The return of Xerxes], lib. Francesco Gonella De Ferrari, premiered in Modena

13

  • Antoine Reicha’s Symphony no.1 in G completed

20

  • François-Hippolyte Barthélémon (66) dies in London

28

  • Charles Lucas born (Salisbury) English cellist, conductor, composer, publisher. Died 1869

Aug 1808

5

  • Adalbert Gyrowetz’s opera Die Pagen des Herzogs von Vendôme [The pages of the Duke of Vendôme], lib. Josef Sonnleithner, premiered in Vienna

10

  • Carl Friedrich Weitzmann born (Berlin) German music theorist, teacher, composer. Died 1880

11

  • Gioachino Rossini’s cantata Il pianto d’Armonia sulla morte di Orfeo [The cry of Harmony on the death of Orpheus] premiered in Bologna, lib. G. Ruggia

Sep 1808

1

  • ETA Hoffmann appointed music director of the Stadttheater of Bamberg

4

  • Antoine Reicha’s Symphony no.3 in F completed

19

  • The first Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, London is destroyed by fire

26

  • Pavel Vranický (51) dies in Vienna

publications

  • Ludwig van Beethoven’s op.69 Cello Sonata No. 3 published

Oct 1808

2

  • Franz Limmer born (Vienna) Austrian composer, conductor. Died 1857

4

  • Joseph Weigl’s opera Das Waisenhaus [The Orphanage], lib. Georg Friedrich Treitschke, premiered in Vienna

11

  • Hyacinthe Klosé born (Corfu) French clarinetist, teacher, composer. Died 1880

24

  • Ernst Richter born (Großschönau, Germany) German music theorist, teacher, composer. Died 1879

29

  • Rodolphe Kreutzer’s opera Jadis et aujourd’hui [Then and Now] premiered in Paris, lib. C.A.B. Sewrin

Nov 1808

3

  • Pasquale Bona born (Cerignola, Italy) Italian opera composer, teacher. Died 1878

Dec 1808

22

  • Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no.4 op.58; Symphony no.5 op.67; Symphony no.6 ‘Pastoral’ op.68 & Fantasia op.80 for piano, chorus and orchestra premiered at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna

23

  • Gioachino Rossini’s Sinfonia in D premiered in Bologna

26

  • Albert Grisar born (Antwerp) Belgian composer of 18 operas. Died 1869
  • Simon Mayr’s opera Il ritorno di Ulisse [the return of Ulysses], lib. Luigi Prividali, premiered in Venice

unk

  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel dismissed from his position as Konzertmeister to Prince Nikolaus Esterházy at Eisenstadt. He is reinstated but fired again in May 1811

publications

  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Piano Sonata op.38 published

1808 (date unknown)

  • Carl Friedrich Zelter establishes the Ripienschule orchestra at the Berliner Singakademie

publications

  • Ludwig van Beethoven’s Three String Quartets op.18 ‘Rasumovsky’; Piano Concerto no.4 op.58; Symphony no.4 op.60; Violin Concerto no.4 op.61 & Overture to Collin’s Coriolan op.62 published in Vienna
  • John Field’s Air russe varié for piano four hands published in Moscow
  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Piano Sonata in C major op.38 published in Vienna
  • Rodolphe Kreutzer’s Violin concertos no.4 op.4; no.5 op.5 & no.7 op.7 published in Paris
  • Antoine Reicha’s op.62 – sonata in A for violin and piano published in Leipzig
  • Louis Spohr’s Violin concerto no.4 op.10; Quatuor brillant op.11 for string quartet & Overture in c op.12 published in Bonn
  • Louis Spohr’s Duo op.13 for violin and viola published in Leipzig
  • Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel’s op.46 – piano trio published in Leipzig
  • Giovanni Battista Viotti’s 3 trios op.19 for 2 violins and viola (nos 19-21) published in Paris (approx date)
  • Carl Maria von Weber’s Momento capriccioso in B Flat Major op.12, Grand pot-pourri op.20 & Grande polonaise in E Flat Major op.21 published
  • Joseph Wölfl’s Piano sonata op.41 “Non Plus Ultra” published in London
Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6 - Herbert von Karajan (Deutsche Grammophon)

Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6 – Herbert von Karajan (Deutsche Grammophon)

Jan 1809

9

  • Louis Spohr’s Violin Concerto no.6 op.28 premiered in Sondershausen, Germany

20

  • Sebastián Iradier born (Lanciego, Spain) Spanish composer. Died 1865

29

  • Luigi Antonio Sabbatini (76) dies in Padova

Feb 1809

3

  • Felix Mendelssohn aka Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy born (Hamburg) German composer, pianist, conductor. Brother of Fanny Mendelssohn (1805-47). Died 1847
  • Johann Friedrich Reichardt’s opera Bradamante premiered in Vienna, lib. H.J. von Collin

6

  • Francesco Azopardi (60) dies in Victoria, Malta

26

  • Francisco Javier García Fajer (78) dies in Zaragoza during the French siege of the city

Mar 1809

7

  • Johann Georg Albrechtsberger (73) dies in Vienna

14

  • Joseph Weigl’s opera Die Schweizerfamilie [the Swiss famiuly], lib. Ignaz Franz Castelli, premiered in Vienna

19

  • Fredrik Pacius born (Hamburg) Finno-German composer, conductor. Composer of Finland’s National Anthem. Died 1891

21

  • Jean-François Le Sueur’s opera La mort d’Adam [the death of Adam], lib. Nicolas-François Guillard, premiered in Paris

31

  • Otto Lindblad born (Karlstorp, Sweden) Swedish composer, choirmaster, violinist. Died 1864

Apr 1809

17

  • Johann Christian Kittel (77) dies in Erfurt

21

  • Christopher Ernst Friedrich Weyse’s opera Sovedrikken [sleeping potion], lib. Adam Gottlob Oehlenschläger, premiered in Copenhagen

May 1809

6

  • William Walker born (Cross Keys, SC) American Baptist hymnwriter, compiler. Died 1875

31

  • Joseph Haydn (77) dies in Vienna

Jun 1809

25

  • Nicolas Isouard’s opera Zélomir premiered in Paris. Lib. Etienne

Jul 1809

3

  • Joseph Quesnel (62) dies in Montreal of pleurisy

6

  • Alexandre François Debain born (Paris) French keyboard manufacturer, inventor of the harmonium (1842). Died 1877

9

  • Eugenia Tadolini born (Forli, Italy) Italian soprano singer. Died 1872

22

  • Heinrich Proch born (Vienna) Austrian composer, violinist. Died 1878

24

  • Johann Gottfried Eckard (74) dies in Paris

Aug 1809

18

  • Philipp Christian Georg Bach (75) dies in Wernigshausen, Germany

28

  • James Hook’s opera Safe and Sound premiered in London. Lib. Theodore Edward Hook

30

  • Adolf Friedrich Hesse born (Wroclaw) German organist, conductor, teacher. Died 1863

Sep 1809

18

  • The second Theatre Royal, Covent Garden (arch. Robert Smirke) opens in London

20

  • Carl Maria von Weber’s Overture and marches for Turandot, Prinzessin von China op.37 premiered in Stuttgart. Play by F. von Schiller

21

  • Alexander Reinagle (53) dies in Baltimore, MD

Oct 1809

11

  • ETA Hoffmann’s opera Dirna premiered in Bamberg. Lib. Julius von Soden

12

  • John Liptrot Hatton born (Liverpool) English composer, keyboard player, conductor. Died 1886

22

  • Federico Ricci born (Naples) Italian opera composer. Brother of Luigi Ricci (1805-59). Died 1877

Nov 1809

4

  • Gioachino Rossini appointed maestro al cembalo [master of the harpsichord] at the Accademia dei Concordi in Bologna

20

  • William Chappell born (London) English writer, music publisher. Died 1888

24

  • Adalbert Gyrowetz’s operetta Der Sammtrock [the velvet skirt], lib. August Friedrich Ferdinand von Kotzebue, premiered in Vienna

26

  • Nicolas Dalayrac (56) dies in Paris

28

  • Gaspare Spontini’s opera Fernand Cortez premiered in Paris, lib. J.A. d’Esmenard and E. de Jouy (first version)

30

  • Luigi Cherubini’s opera Pimmalione premiered in Paris, lib. S. Vestris

Dec 1809

2

  • Józef Elsner’s opera Leszek Bialy, lib. Adam Ludwik Dmuszewski, premiered in Warsaw

31

  • Franz Ignaz Beck (75) dies in Bordeaux

1809 (date unknown)

  • Francis Johnson moves from Martinique to Philadelphia

publications

  • Ludwig van Beethoven’s Cello Sonata op.42; Symphony no.5 op.67; Symphony no.6 ‘Pastoral’ op.68; Cello Sonata op.69 & Piano Trios op.70 published in Leipzig
  • Daniel Belknap’s The Middlesex Songster published in Dedham, MA
  • Edward Bunting’s Second Collection (of Ancient Irish Music) published in London
  • Ferdinando Carulli’s Duo In C Major for guitar and piano op.11 published in Paris
  • John Field’s Divertissement no.1 for piano and string quartet & Polonaise en rondeau in E for piano published in Moscow
  • Rodolphe Kreutzer’s Violin concerto no.8 op.8 published in Paris
  • Johann Friedrich Reichardt’s song collection Göthe’s Lieder, Oden, Balladen und Romanzen I published in Leipzig (vols II to IV follow in 1809-11)
  • Louis Spohr’s Two Quartets op.15 for string quartet published in Leipzig
  • Louis Spohr’s Sonata op.16 for violin and harp published in Bonn
  • Giovanni Battista Viotti’s 3 nouvelles sonates 3me livre for violin (nos 13-15) published in Paris (approx date)
  • Carl Maria von Weber’s Thème original varié op.9 for piano published in Offenbach

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