1835-39

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Jan 1835

6

  • César Cui born (Vilnius, Lithuania) Russian composer, critic, army officer, engineer. Member of ‘the five’ group of Russian composers alongside Mily Balakirev, Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Borodin. Died 1918

10

  • Laurent Menager born (Luxembourg) Luxembourg composer, conductor, , choirmaster, organist. Died 1902

14

  • Ludwig Abel born (Eckartsberga, Germany) German violinist, composer, conductor. Died 1895
  • Felix Otto Dessoff born (Leipzig) German conductor, composer. Died 1892

23

  • August Lanner born (Vienna) Austrian composer, conductor. Son of Joseph Lanner (1801-43). Died 1855

24

  • Vincenzo Bellini’s opera I puritani [the puritans] premiered in Paris, lib. C. Pepoli

26

  • Saverio Mercadante’s opera I due Figaro premiered in Madrid, lib. F. Romani

27

  • Clara Wieck’s Caprices en forme de valse pour le piano op.2 [Caprices in the form of waltzes for piano] premiered in Hanover

Feb 1835

12

  • Franz Ferenczy aka Franz Friedemann born (Uzhhorod, Ukraine) German tenor singer. Died 1881

14

  • Saverio Mercadante’s opera Francesca Donato premiered in Turin, lib. F. Romani

21

  • Giovanni Pacini’s opera Carlo di Borgogna premiered in Venice, lib. G. Rossi

23

  • Fromental Halévy’s opera La Juive [the Jew], lib. Eugène Scribe, premiered in Paris

26

  • Adolphe Danhauser born (Paris) French music theorist, administrator, teacher, composer. Died 1896

28

  • Adolphe Adam’s opera La marquise premiered in Paris, lib. J.-H. Vernoy de Saint-Georges and A. de Leuven

Mar 1835

1

  • Ebenezer Prout born (Oundle, Northants) English musical theorist, writer, teacher, composer, critic. Died 1909

8

  • Hans von Rokitansky born (Vienna) Austrian bass singer, singing teacher. Died 1909

12

  • Gaetano Donizetti’s opera Marino Faliero premiered in Paris, lib. G.E. Bidèra

14

  • Manuel Fernandez Caballero born (Murcia, Spain) Spanish zarzuela composer, conductor. Died 1906

15

  • Eduard Strauss born (Vienna) Austrian composer, conductor. Son of Johann Strauss I (1804-49), brother of Josef Strauss (1827-70) & Johann Strauss II (1825-99). Died 1916

19

  • Franz Betz born (Mainz) German bass-baritone singer. Died 1900

28

  • Daniel Auber’s opera Le cheval de bronze [the bronze horse] premiered in Paris, lib. E. Scribe

Apr 1835

2

  • François Joseph Naderman (53) dies in Paris
  • The Buda theatre company gives its first operatic performance in Budapest with Ferenc Erkel as director

9

  • Franz Liszt’s Grosses Konzertstück über Mendelssohns Lieder ohne Worte [Grand Concert Piece on Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words] for 2 pianos premiered in Paris

23

  • Joseph Antonio Emidy (60) dies in Truro, Cornwall
  • Johan Peter Emilius Hartmann’s opera Korsarerne [The Corsair] premiered in Copenhagen. Lib. Henrik Hertz

26

  • Frédéric Chopin’s Grand Polonaise op.22 for piano and orchestra premiered in Paris
Frédéric Chopin 1810-1849

Frédéric Chopin 1810-1849

May 1835

publications

  • Felix Mendelssohn’s Lieder ohne Worte II op.30 for piano (3 pieces) published in Bonn

Jun 1835

14

  • Nikolai Rubinstein born (Moscow) Russian pianist, conductor, composer, teacher. Co-founder of the Moscow Conservatory in 1866. Brother of Anton Rubinstein (1829-94). Died 1881

17

  • Ole Bull gives a concert at the Paris Opéra, the only violinist other than Paganini to do so

29

  • Adolphe Adam’s opera Micheline premiered in Paris, lib. A. Vilain de Saint-Hilaire, A.M.B.G. Masson and F. de Villeneuve

Jul 1835

10

  • Henryk Wieniawski born (Lublin, Poland) Polish composer, violinist. Died 1880

12

  • Carlo Coccia’s opera Marsa premiered in Naples. Lib. Giovanni Emanuele Bidera

21

  • Désirée Artôt aka Marguerite-Joséphine-Désirée Montagney Artôt born (Brussels) Belgian soprano singer, singing teacher. Died 1907

Aug 1835

3

  • Wenzel Müller (67) dies in Baden bei Wien, Austria

7

  • Allan James Foley born Cahir, Ireland) Irish bass singer. On of the first ever singers to make a recording (1878). Died 1899

30

  • Felix Mendelssohn appointed director of the Concert Society of the Leipzig Gewandhaus

Sep 1835

12

  • Hippolyte André Jean Baptiste Chélard’s opera Die Hermannsschlacht [The Battle of Teutoburg], lib. Carl Weichselbaumer, premiered in Munich

13

  • Felix Mendelssohn appointed director of the Thomasschule in Leipzig

15

  • Giuseppe Verdi’s Messa di Gloria for chorus and orchestra premiered in Busseto

16

  • Alexey Verstovsky’s opera Askol’dova mogila [Askold’s Grave], lib. Mikhail Zagoskin, premiered in Moscow

18

  • Johan Adam Krygell born (Naestved, Denmark) Danish composer, organist. Died 1915

23

  • Vincenzo Bellini (33) dies in Puteaux, France of amoebic dysentery

26

  • Gaetano Donizetti’s opera Lucia di Lammermoor premiered in Naples, lib. S. Cammarano

28

  • Jean Louis Gobbaerts born (Antwerp) Belgian pianist, composer, teacher. Died 1886

29

  • Franz Liszt’s Grandes duo concertant sur la romance de ‘Le Marin’  [Great duo concertante on romance ‘Le Marin’] for piano and violin premiered in Geneva

Oct 1835

7

  • Felix Draeseke born (Coburg, Germany) German composer, teacher. Died 1913

9

  • Camille Saint-Saëns born (Paris) French composer, organist, conductor, pianist, polymath. Died 1921

11

  • Theodore Thomas born (Esens, Germany) American conductor, violinst. Died 1905

21

  • Muthuswami Dikshitar (60) dies in Tamil Nadu, India

29

  • Michael William Balfe’s opera The Siege of Rochelle premiered in London, lib. E. Fitzball

31

  • Krišjānis Barons born (Strutele, Latvia) Latvian folk song collector, musicologist, writer. Died 1923

Nov 1835

9

  • Davorin Jenko born (Cerklje na Gorenjskem, Slovenia) Slovenian composer, choirmaster. Died 1914
  • Jean-Théodore Radoux born (Liège) Belgian composer, bassoonist, teacher. Died 1911

Dec 1835

16

  • Fromental Halévy’s opera L’éclair [The Flash], lib. Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and François-Antonine-Eugène de Planard, premiered in Paris

30

  • Gaetano Donizetti’s opera Maria Stuarda [Mary Stuart] premiered in Milan, lib. G. Bardari

1835 (date unknown)

publications

  • William Sterndale Bennett’s Capriccio op.2 for piano & Piano Concerto no.2 op.4 published in London
  • Frédéric Chopin’s Scherzo in b op.20 for piano published in Leipzig, Paris and London
  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Rondo brillant in G op.126 published in London, Paris and Vienna
  • Heinrich August Marschner’s Rondo scherzando, op.81 for piano 4 hands; 6 Tafelgesänge op.85 & Sonatine no.1 in C, op.91 for piano 4 hands published in Leipzig
  • Heinrich August Marschner’s 3 amusements, op.88 for piano published in Hamburg
  • Felix Mendelssohn’s Psalm cxv op.31 for voice, chorus and orchestra published in Bonn
  • Carl Otto Nicolai’s Fantaisie et variations brillantes sur Norma op.25 for piano and orchestra or string quartet published in Leipzig
  • Gioachino Rossini’s Les soirées musicales (12 songs) published in Paris
  • Clara Schumann’s Valses romantiques op.4 for piano published in Leipzig
  • Robert Schumann’s Allegro op.8 for piano & 6 Etudes de concert d’après des caprices de Paganini op.10 for piano published

Gaetano Donizetti – Maria Stuarda (Decca)

Jan 1836

3

  • Friedrich Witt (65) dies in Würzburg
  • Louis Spohr marries Marianne Pfeiffer in Kassel

6

  • Christopher Ernst Friedrich Weyse’s opera Festen påa Kenilworth [Feast at Kenilworth], lib. Hans Christian Andersen, premiered in Copenhagen

23

  • Daniel Auber’s opera Actéon premiered in Paris, lib. E. Scribe

29

  • Heinrich Marschner’s opera Das Schloss am Ätna [the castle at Atna] premiered in Leipzig, lib. E.A.F. Klingemann

Feb 1836

1

  • Emil Hartmann born (Copenhagen) Danish composer, organist. Son of Johan Peter Emilius Hartmann (1805-1900). Died 1898

4

  • Gaetano Donizetti’s opera Belisario premiered in Venice, lib. S. Cammarano

16

  • Benjamin Edward Woolf born (london) Anglo-American violinist, composer, playwright, journalist. Died 1901

21

  • Léo Delibes born (La Flèche, France) French ballet and opera composer. Died 1891

22

  • Mitrofan Belyayev born (St Petersburg) Russian music publisher. Died 1904
  • John Clarke Whitfield (65) dies in Hereford

23

  • Nicola Vaccai’s opera Giovanna Grey premiered in Milan. Lib. Carlo Pepoli

29

  • Giacomo Meyerbeer’s opera Les Huguenots premiered in Paris, lib. E. Scribe and E. Deschamps
Giacomo Meyerbeer - Les Huguenots (Opera d'Oro)

Giacomo Meyerbeer – Les Huguenots (Opera d’Oro)

Mar 1836

13

  • Peter Joseph von Lindpaintner’s opera Die Macht des Liedes [The power of song], lib. Ignaz Franz Castelli, premiered in Stuttgart

22

  • Saverio Mercadante’s opera I briganti [The robbers] premiered in Paris, lib. J. Crescini

26

  • Daniel Auber’s opera Les chaperons blancs [the white chaperons] premiered in Paris, lib. E. Scribe

29

  • Charles de Bériot marries Maria Malibran in Paris
  • Richard Wagner’s opera Das Liebesverbot [the forbidden love] premiered in Magdeburg, lib. Wagner

Apr 1836

4

  • Charles Jerome Hopkins born (Burlington, VT) American composer, pianist, organist, teacher. Died 1898

16

  • Johann Christian Gottlieb Graupner (68) dies in Boston, MA

19

  • Augustus D. Juilliard born (at sea between France and the United States) American businessman, philanthroist. Founder of the Juilliard School, New York. Died 1919

26

  • Albert Grisar’s opera Sarah premiered in Paris. Lib. Anne-Honoré-Joseph Duveyrier

May 1836

4

  • Giuseppe Verdi marries Margherita Barezzi in Busseto, Italy

6

  • Christian Ignatius Latrobe (78) dies in Droylsden, Gtr Manchester

7

  • Euphrosyne Parepa-Rosa born (Edinburgh) Scottish soprano singer. Co-founder of the Carl Rosa Opera Company. Died 1874
  • Norbert Burgmüller (26) drowns in a spa in Aachen after suffering an epileptic seizure

22

  • The 18th Niederrheinisches Musikfest begins in Düsseldorf under the directorship of Felix Mendelssohn
  • Felix Mendelssohn’s oratorio St Paul op.36, lib. J. Schubring, premiered in Düsseldorf

27

  • Michael Balfe’s opera The Maid of Artois premiered in London, lib. A. Bunn

28

  • Friedrich Baumfelder born (Dresden) German composer, conductor, pianist, teacher. Died 1916
  • Anton Reicha (66) dies in Paris

Jun 1836

1

  • Gaetano Donizetti’s opera Il campanello di notte [The bell in the night] premiered in Naples, lib. Donizetti

9

  • Supply Belcher (85) dies in Farmington, ME

26

  • Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle (76) dies in Paris

Jul 1836

11

  • Antonio Carlos Gomes born (Campinas, Brazil) Brazilian composer, conductor. Died 1896

16

  • Gaetano Crivelli (67) dies in Brescia

Aug 1836

21

  • Gaetano Donizetti’s opera Betly premiered in Naples, lib. Donizetti

Sep 1836

21

  • John Stafford Smith (86) dies in London, supposedly after choking on a grape pip
  • Adolphe Adam’s ballet La Fille du Danube [the daughter of the Danube] premiered in Paris

23

  • Maria Malibran (28) dies in Manchester from complications following a fall from her horse
Maria Malibran 1808-1836

Maria Malibran 1808-1836

Oct 1836

13

  • Adolphe Adam’s opera Le postillon de Lonjumeau premiered in Paris, lib. A. de Leuven and L. Lhérie

19

  • Julius Benedict’s opera Un anno ed un giorno [a year in a day], lib. Domenico Andreotti, premiered in Naples

30

  • Friedrich von Flotow’s opera Sérafine premiered in Royaumont, lib. P.J. Desforges

Nov 1836

13

  • Albin Swoboda, Sr. born (Neustrelitz, Germany) Austrian tenor singer, actor, opera director. Father of Albin Swoboda Jr. (1883-1970). Died 1901

14

  • Louise Bertin’s opera La Esmeralda premiered in Paris. lib. Bertin after Victor Hugo

18

  • W. S. (William Schwenck) Gilbert born (London) English librettist, dramatist, poet, illustrator. Died 1911

19

  • Gaetano Donizetti’s opera L’assedio di Calais [The siege of Calais] premiered in Naples, lib. S. Cammarano

24

  • Richard Wagner marries Christine Wilhelmine “Minna” Planer in Kaliningrad

28

  • Herman Severin Løvenskiold & August Bournonville’s ballet La Sylphide premiered in Copenhagen

Dec 1836

4

  • Daniel Read (79) dies in New Haven, CT

5

  • Giuseppe Ciccimarra (46) dies in Venice

9

  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka’s opera Zhizn′ za tsarya op.4 [A Life for the Tsar] premiered in St Petersburg, lib. Y.F. Rozen, V. Sollogub, N.V. Kukol′nik and V. Zhukovsky

12

  • Giuseppe Farinelli (67) dies in Trieste
  • The first Teatro La Fenice in Venice is destroyed by fire

14

  • Frances Ridley Havergal born (Astley, Worcestershire) English hymnwriter, poet. Died 1879

21

  • Daniel Auber’s opera L’ambassadrice [The ambassadress] premiered in Paris, lib. E. Scribe

26

  • Hans Georg Nägeli (63) dies in Zürich

1836 (date unknown)

  • Maria Proksch born (Prague) Czech pianist, teacher, composer. Daughter of Josef Proksch (1794–1864). Died 1900

publications

  • William Sterndale Bennett’s overture Parisina op.3; Piano Concerto no.3 op.9; Three Musical Sketches op.10 for piano; Six Studies in the Form of Capriccios op.11 for piano & Three Impromptus op.12 for piano published in London
  • Luigi Cherubini’s String Quartets (nos 1-3) published in Paris
  • Frédéric Chopin’s Concerto no.2 op.21 for piano and orchestra; Grande polonaise brillante op.22 for piano and orchestra; Ballade in g op.23 for piano; 4 mazurkas op.24 for piano; 2 Polonaises op.26 for piano & 2 nocturnes op.27 for piano published in Leipzig, Paris and London
  • Félicien David’s Mélodies orientales in 7 volumes (22 pieces for piano) published in Paris
  • Gaetano Donizetti’s Nuits d’été à Pausilippe (6 songs and 6 nocturnes) published in Naples and London
  • John Field’s Nocturne nos.14-16 for piano & string quartet published in Paris
  • Felix Mendelssohn’s Trois caprices op.33 for piano published in Leipzig
  • Gioachino Rossini’s 2 nocturnes for soprano, tenor and piano published in Paris
  • Clara Schumann’s Quatre pièces caractéristiques op.5 for piano & Soirées musicales op.6 (4 pieces for piano) published in Leipzig
  • Robert Schumann’s Sonata no.1 op.11 for piano & 12 Concert sans orchestre op.14 for piano published
  • Henri Vieuxtemps’s Violin Concerto No. 2 “Sauret” Op.19 published

Félicien David 1810-76

Jan 1837

2

  • Mily Balakirev born (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia) Russian composer, conductor, pianist. Member of ‘the five’ group of composer alongside Alexander Borodin, César Cui, Modest Mussorgsky and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Died 1910

7

  • Franz Joseph Antony (46) dies in Münster

12

  • Adolf Jensen born (Kaliningrad) German composer, pianist, teacher. Died 1879

23

  • John Field (54) dies in Moscow of rectal cancer

Feb 1837

13

  • William Sterndale Bennett’s Naiads Overture op.15 premiered in Leipzig

18

  • Gaetano Donizetti’s opera Pia de’ Tolomei premiered in Venice, lib. S. Cammarano

20

  • Albert Lortzing’s opera Die beiden Schützen [The two shooters], lib. Lortzing, premiered in Leipzig

28

  • Giuseppe Lillo’s opera Odda di Bernaver, lib. Giovanni Emanuele Bidera, premiered in Naples

Mar  1837

1

  • Clara Wieck’s Variation on “Cavatine du Pirate” of Bellini for piano premiered in Berlin

11

  • Saverio Mercadante’s opera Il giuramento [the oath] premiered in Milan, lib. G. Rossi

12

  • Félix-Alexandre Guilmant born (Boulogne-sur-Mer) French composer, organist. Died 1911

17

  • Gaetano Donizetti’s sinfonia In morte M. Malibran premiered in Milan
  • Saverio Mercadante’s cantata In morte di Maria Malibran premiered in Milan, lib. A. Piazza

19

  • Antonio Rolla (38) dies in Dresden

27

  • Genevieve Ward born (New York, NY) Anglo-American soprano singer, actress. Died 1922

28

  • Felix Mendelssohn marries Cécile Jeanrenaud in Frankfurt

31

  • Sigismond Thalberg and Franz Liszt play a benefit concert in Paris to raise money for Italian refugees

Apr 1837

1

  • Richard Wagner appointed music director of the Stadttheater in Kaliningrad

8

  • Friedrich von Flotow’s opera Alice premiered in Paris, lib. H. de Sussy and D. de Laperrière

13

  • Julius Weissenborn born (Eisenberg, Germany) German bassoonist, composer, teacher. Died 1888

30

  • Alfred R. Gaul born (Norwich) English composer, choirmaster, teacher. Died 1913

May 1837

5

  • Niccolò Antonio Zingarelli (85) dies in Torre del Greco, Italy

23

  • Józef Wieniawski born (Lublin) Polish pianist, composer, conductor, teacher. Died 1912

27

  • Michael William Balfe’s opera Catherine Grey premiered in London, lib. G. Linley

Jun 1837

1

  • Otto Nicolai appointed Kapellmeister and singing teacher at the Burgtheater in Vienna

8

  • Jan Kleczyński born (Janiewicze, Poland) Polish violinist, composer, chess player, journalist. Died 1895

10

  • Daniel Auber’s opera La fête de Versailles [the feast of Versailles] premiered in Paris, lib. E. Scribe

14

  • William Chatterton Dix born (Bristol) English hymn writer. Died 1898

16

  • Valentino Fioravanti (72) dies in Capua, Italy

23

  • Albert Grisar’s opera L’An mille [1000 years], lib. xx, premiered in Paris

26

  • Ernest Guiraud born (New Orleans, LA) French composer, teacher. Died 1892

Jul 1837

5

  • Adolphe Adam’s ballet Les Mohicans premiered in Paris

6

  • Władysław Żeleński born (Grodkowice, Poland) Polish composer, pianist, organist. Died 1921

11

  • Paul Lacombe born (Carcassonne) French composer, pianist. Died 1927

28

  • Joseph Schubert (82) dies in Dresden

Aug 1837

6

  • Johann Nepomuk Schelble (48) dies in Huffingen, Germany

22

  • The Hungarian National Theatre opens in Budapest. Demolished in 1965

23

  • Ambroise Thomas’ opera La double échelle [The double scale], lib. François-Antonine-Eugène de Planard, premiered in Paris

24

  • Théodore Dubois born (Rosnay, France) French composer, organist, teacher. Died 1924

31

  • Gaetano Donizetti’s hymn La preghiera di un popolo [The prayer of a people] premiered in Naples

Sep 1837

21

  • Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto no.2 op.40 premiered in Birmingham

23

  • Richard John Samuel Stevens (80) dies in London

Oct 1837

6

  • Jean François Lesueur (77) dies in Paris

11

  • Samuel Wesley (71) dies in London

16

  • John Francis Barnett born (London) English composer, conductor, teacher. Nephew of John Barnett (1802-90). Died 1916

17

  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel (58) dies in Weimar

18

  • William Sterndale Bennett begins teaching at the Royal Academy of Music in London

21

  • Josef Gusikov (31) dies in Aachen of tuberculosis

24

  • Edward Taylor succeeds R. J. S. Stevens as Gresham Professor of Music in London, a post he holds until 1863

28

  • Gaetano Donizetti’s opera Roberto Devereux premiered in Naples, lib. S. Cammarano

Nov 1837

6

  • Michael Balfe’s music for J.R. Planché’s play Caractacus premiered in London

7

  • Charles Didelot (70) dies in Kiev

9

  • Alfred Holmes born (London) English violinist, composer, teacher. Brother of Henry Holmes (1839-1905). Died 1876

19

  • Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet no.4 op.44/2 premiered in Leipzig

30

  • Michael William Balfe’s opera Joan of Arc premiered in London, lib. E. Fitzball

unk

  • Francis Johnson’s band leave Philadelphia for England, the first American group to give concerts in Europe

Dec 1837

2

  • Daniel Auber’s opera Le domino noir [the black domino] premiered in Paris, lib. E. Scribe

5

  • Hector Berlioz’s Requiem op.5 [Grande Messe des morts] for tenor, chorus and orchestra premiered in Paris

6

  • Gaspare Spontini’s opera Agnes von Hohenstaufen premiered in Berlin, lib. E. Raupach (second version)

9

  • Émile Waldteufel born (Strasbourg, France) French waltz composer, conductor. Died 1915

22

  • Albert Lortzing’s opera Zar und Zimmermann premiered in Leipzig. Lib. Lortzing

24

  • Cosima Wagner born (Bellagio, Italy) German festival director. Daughter of Franz Liszt (1811-86), wife of Hans von Bülow (1830-94) and Richard Wagner (1813-83), mother of Siegfried Wagner (1869-1930). Died 1930

26

  • Giuseppe Lillo’s opera Rosmunda in Ravenna, lib. Luisa Amalia Paladini, premiered in Venice

30

  • Ida Marie Lipsius born (Leipzig) German music historian, biographer. Died 1927

1837 (date unknown)

  • Dikran Tchouhadjian born (Istanbul) Armenian composer, conductor. Died 1898

publications

  • Charles-Valentin Alkan’s 12 Caprices op.12-16 published in Paris
  • William Sterndale Bennett’s Sonata in f op.13 for piano; Three Romances op.14; overture The Naiades op.15 & Fantaisie op.16 for piano published in Leipzig
  • Frédéric Chopin’s 12 Etudes op.25 for piano published in Leipzig, Paris and London & 2 nocturnes op.32 for piano published in Berlin, Paris and London
  • Frédéric Chopin’s Impromptu in A op.29 for piano & Scherzo in b op.31 for piano published in Paris and London
  • Gaetano Donizetti’s Soirées d’automne à l’Infrascata (4 songs and 1 duet) published in Naples
  • Heinrich August Marschner’s song collection Trinklieder op.93 published in Leipzig
  • Felix Mendelssohn’s Sechs Gesänge op.34; Six Preludes and Fugues op.35 for piano & Three Preludes and Fugues op.37 for organ published in Leipzig
  • Felix Mendelssohn’s Lieder ohne Worte III op.37 for piano (6 pieces) published in Bonn
  • Gioachino Rossini’s Three marches for military band published in Leipzig
  • Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto op.7 published in Leipzig & Variations de concert sur la cavatine du Pirate de Bellini op.8 for piano published in Vienna
  • Robert Schumann’s Davidsbündlertänze op.6 for piano (18 pieces); Carnaval: scènes mignonnes sur quatre notes op.9 (21 pieces) for piano & 12 Etudes symphoniques op.13 for piano published
  • Louis Spohr’s Violin concerto no.13 op.92; Duo concertante op.95 for violin and piano & 6 deutsche Lieder op.101 published in Leipzig
  • Louis Spohr’s Quatuor brillant op.93 for string quartet published in Vienna
  • Louis Spohr’s 6 deutsche Lieder op.94 & ‘Nachklänge einer Reise nach Dresden und in die sächsische Schweiz’ op.96 for violin and piano published in Bonn

Hector Berlioz – Requiem (Decca)

Jan 1838

1

  • Felix Mendelssohn’s Psalm xlii op.42 for voice, chorus and organ premiered in Leipzig

6

  • Max Bruch born (Köln) German composer, conductor. Died 1920
  • Adolphe Adam’s opera Le fidèle berger [The faithful shepherd] premiered in Paris, lib. E. Scribe and J.-H. Vernoy de Saint-Georges

10

  • César Franck’s cantata Notre-Dame des orages [Our Lady of storms] premiered in Paris

13

  • Ferdinand Ries (53) dies in Frankfurt

27

  • Nicola Vaccai’s opera Marco Visconti premiered in Turin. Lib. Luigi Toccagni

30

  • Gaetano Donizetti’s opera Maria de Rudenz premiered in Venice, lib. S. Cammarano

Feb 1838

16

  • Ludwig Berger (60) dies in Berlin

19

  • Heinrich August Marschner’s opera Der Bäbu premiered in Hanover, lib. W.A. Wohlbrück

26

  • Wendelin Weißheimer born (Osthofen, Germany) German composer, conductor, critic, writer, teacher. Died 1910

Mar 1838

1

  • Louis Spohr’s Symphony no.5 premiered in Vienna

2

  • Johann Christian Ludwig Abeille (77) dies in Stuttgart

4

  • Paul Lacôme born (Le Houga, France) French composer, arranger, critic. Died 1920

5

  • Fromental Halévy’s opera Guido et Ginevra premiered in Paris. Lib. Eugène Scribe

6

  • Carlo Coccia’s opera La solitaria delle Asturie [The lonely Asturian], lib. Felice Romani, premiered in Milan

7

  • Jenny Lind makes her stage debut in a performance of Carl Maria von Weber’s opera Der Freischütz in Stockholm

8

  • Albert Grisar’s opera La Suisse à Trianon [The Swiss at Trianon], lib. Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Adolph Ribbing, premiered in Paris

10

  • Saverio Mercadante’s opera Le due illustri rivali [the two illustrious rivals] premiered in Venice, lib. G. Rossi

11

  • Felix Mendelssohn’s overture Ruy Blas premiered in Leipzig

15

  • Karl Davydov born (Kuldīga, Latvia) Russian cellist, composer. Died 1889

18

  • Federico Ricci’s opera La prigione di Edimburgo [the prisoner of Edinburgh], lib. Gaetano Rossi after Walter Scott, premiered in Trieste

21

  • Wilma Neruda born (Brno) Czech violinist. Daughter of Josef Neruda (1807-75). Died 1911

23

  • Luigi Cherubini’s Requiem Mass no.2 in d premiered in Paris

24

  • Thomas Attwood (74) dies in London

30

  • Ambroise Thomas’ opera Le perruquier de la régence [The barber of the Regency], lib. François-Antonine-Eugène de Planard and Paul Eugène Duport, premiered in Paris

Apr 1838

2

  • Felix Mendelssohn’s Serenade und Allegro giojoso op.43 for piano and orchestra premiered in Leipzig

6

  • Jeremiah Ingalls (74) dies in Hancock, VT

16

  • Karel Bendl born (Prague) Czech composer, conductor. Died 1897

19

  • Julius Benedict’s opera The Gypsy’s Warning premiered in London. Lib. Richard Brinsley Peake and George Linley

30

  • Clara Wieck’s Souvenir of Vienna op.9 for piano premiered in Graz
Clara Schumann née Clara Wieck 1819-1896

Clara Schumann née Clara Wieck 1819-1896

May 1838

6

  • Henri Bertini’s Nonetto Op. 107 for flute, oboe, viola, cello, bass, horn, bassoon, trumpet and piano premiered in Paris

17

  • Michael William Balfe’s opera Diadeste premiered in London, lib. E. Fitzball

29

  • Anna Milder (52) dies in Berlin

Jun 1838

7

  • John Lodge Ellerton’s opera Domenica premiered in London. Lib. Ellerton

10

  • Friedrich von Flotow’s opera Le comte de Saint-Mégrin premiered in Royaumont, lib. F. and C. de la Bouillerie

16

  • Frederic Archer born (Oxford) English composer, conductor, organist. Died 1901

19

  • Heinrich Schülz-Beuthen born (Bytom, Poland) German composer, teacher. Died 1915

Jul 1838

9

  • Philip Bliss born (Clearfield County, PA) American baritone singer, hymnwriter, composer, conductor, teacher. Died 1876

17

  • The Théâtre du Vaudeville in Paris is destroyed by fire

19

  • Michael William Balfe’s opera Falstaff premiered in London, lib. S.M. Maggioni

21

  • Johann Nepomuk Maelzel (65) dies on a ship in La Guaira, Venezuela, probably after drinking too much alcohol

23

  • Édouard Colonne born (Bordeaux) French conductor, violinist. Died 1910

28

  • Bernhard Henrik Crusell (63) dies in Stockholm

Aug 1838

3

  • Frederic Clay born (Paris) English composer. Died 1889

12

  • Joseph Barnby born (York) English composer, conductor, organist. Died 1896

14

  • Fabio Campana’s opera Caterina di Guisa [Catherine of Guise], lib. Felice Romani, premiered in Livorno

17

  • Lorenzo Da Ponte (89) dies in New York

22

  • Joseph Callaerts born (Antwerp) Belgian composer, organist, teacher. Died 1901

Sep 1838

2

  • Liliuokalani aka Lydia Liliʻu Loloku Walania Wewehi Kamakaʻeha born (Honolulu) Queen of the Hawaiian Islands, composer, writer. Deposed in a coup in 1893. Died 1917

7

  • Joseph Panny (41) dies in Vienna

10

  • Hector Berlioz’s opera Benvenuto Cellini premiered in Paris, lib. L. de Wailly, A. Barbier and A. de Vigny

18

  • Emil Scaria born (Graz) Austrian bass-baritone singer. Died 1886

30

  • Emily Soldene born (London) English soprano singer, actress, theatre director, critic, journalist. Died 1912

Oct 1838

4

  • Sophia Maria Westenholz (79) dies in Schwerin, Germany

25

  • Georges Bizet born (Paris) French opera composer, pianist. Died 1875

31

  • Adolphe Adam’s opera Le brasseur de Preston [The brewer of Preston] premiered in Paris, lib. A. de Leuven and L. Lhérie

unk

  • Gaetano Donizetti leaves Naples for Paris

Nov 1838

15

  • Friedrich von Flotow’s opera Lady Melvil premiered in Paris, lib. J.H. Vernoy de Saint-Georges and A. de Leuven

Dec 1838

13

  • Alexis de Castillon born (Chartres) French composer, pianist. Died 1873

19

  • William Sterndale Bennett’s Sextet in F Sharp Minor op.8 premiered in London

26

  • Franciszek Lessel (58) dies in Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland

1838 (date unknown)

  • Julius Benedict appointed conductor of the English Opera at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London
  • Francisco José Debali emigrates to Uruguay from Hungary

publications

  • Ludwig van Beethoven’s Overture ‘Leonore no.1’ op.138 published in Vienna
  • Frédéric Chopin’s 4 mazurkas op.30 for piano published in Leipzig and Paris; 4 mazurkas op.33 for piano published in Leipzig, Paris and London & 3 waltzes op.34 for piano published in Leipzig and London
  • John Field’s 88 Passages doigtées par lui même for piano published in St Petersburg
  • Felix Mendelssohn’s Three motets op.39 for female chorus and organ published in Bonn & Sechs Lieder op.41 published in Leipzig
  • Carl Otto Nicolai’s 3 Romanzen op.24; Variazioni concertanti sopra La sonnambula op.26 for soprano and piano or orchestra & Adieu à Liszt op.28 for piano published in Vienna
  • Clara Schumann’s Souvenir de Vienne, Impromptu op.9 for piano published in Vienna & Scherzo op.10 for piano published in Leipzig
  • Robert Schumann’s Fantasiestücke op.12 for piano (8 pieces) & Kreisleriana op.16 for piano (8 pieces) published
  • Louis Spohr’s 6 Gësange op.90 & 6 deutsche Lieder op.103 published in Leipzig
  • Johann Strauss I’s Paris-Walzer op. 101 published in Vienna

Songs published

  • Annie Laurie (William Douglas, Alicia Ann Spottiswoode)

    Sheet music for William Douglas and Alicia Ann Spottiswoode’s song Annie Laurie

Jan 1839

1

  • Saverio Mercadante’s opera Elena da Feltre premiered in Naples, lib. S. Cammarano

9

  • John Knowles Paine born (Boston, MA) American composer, teacher. Died 1906

17

  • Adolphe Adam’s opera Régine premiered in Paris, lib. E. Scribe

30

  • Franz Stockhausen born (Guebwiller, France) German conductor. Brother of Julius Stockhausen (1826-1906). Died 1926
  • Friedrich von Flotow’s opera L’eau merveilleuse [marvelous water] premiered in Paris, lib. T.M.F. Sauvage

Feb 1839

7

  • Élie-Miriam Delaborde born (Nantes) French pianist, composer, painter. Died 1913

8

  • Peter Joseph von Lindpaintner’s opera Die Genueserin [the Genoese women], lib. Carl Philipp Berger, premiered in Vienna

16

  • Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet no.3 op.44/1 premiered in Leipzig

19

  • Ole Bull’s Preghiera dolente e rondo ridente [Sorrowful prayer and cheerful rondo] for violin and orchestra premiered in Berlin

21

  • Felix Mendelssohn’s Psalm xcv op.46 for voice, chorus and orchestra premiered in Leipzig

27

  • Victor Capoul born (Toulouse) French tenor singer. Died 1924

Mar 1839

2

  • Francis Planté born (Orthez, France) French pianist, teacher, recording pioneer. Died 1934
  • Nicola Vaccai’s opera La sposa di Messina [The Bride of Messina], lib. Jacopo Cabianca after Friedrich Schiller, premiered in Venice

7

  • Adolphe Nourrit (37) commits suicide by jumping from a hotel roof in Naples

9

  • Phoebe Knapp born (New York, NY) American hymn composer, organist. Died 1908
  • Saverio Mercadante’s opera Il bravo [the brave] premiered in Milan, lib. G. Rossi and M.M. Marcello

10

  • Dudley Buck born (Hartford, CT) American composer, organist, writer, teacher. Died 1909

11

  • Felix Mendelssohn’s incidental music for Victor Hugo’s play Ruy Blas including overture Ruy Blas op.95 premiered in Düsseldorf

17

  • Josef Rheinberger born (Vaduz, Liechtenstein) German composer, organist. Died 1901

21

  • Modest Mussorgsky born (Karevo, Russia) Russian composer. One of the group known as ‘the five’ alongside Mily Balakirev, César Cui, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Borodin. Died 1881
  • Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 premiered in Leipzig conducted by Felix Mendelssohn after being rediscovered by Robert Schumann

22

  • Camille Saint-Saëns composes his first piano piece, aged 3

28

  • Giuseppe Siboni (59) dies in Copenhagen

publications

  • Sigismond Thalberg’s Fantasy op.33 on melodies from Rossini’s “Moïse” published

Apr 1839

1

  • Daniel Auber’s opera Le lac des fées [Fairy Lake] premiered in Paris, lib. E. Scribe and A.-H.-J. Duveyrier

12

  • Victorin de Joncières aka Félix-Ludger Rossignol born (Paris) French composer, critic. Died 1903
  • Franz Lachner’s opera Alidia premiered in Munich. Lib. Otto Prechtler

13

  • Domenico Ronconi (66) dies in Milan

15

  • Fromental Halévy’s opera Les Treizes [the thirteen], lib. Eugène Scribe and Paul Eugène Duport, premiered in Paris

18

  • Frantz Jehin-Prume aka François-Henri Jehin born (Spa, Belgium) Belgian-Canadian violinist, composer, teacher. Died 1899

May 1839

3

  • Ferdinando Paer (67) dies in Paris

6

  • Ambroise Thomas’ opera Le panier fleuri [The flower basket], lib. Adolph Ribbing and Léon-Lévy Brunswick, premiered in Paris

19

  • Alice Mary Smith born (London) English composer. Died 1884

21

  • Friedrich von Flotow’s opera Le naufrage de la Méduse [The Wreck of the Medusa] premiered in Paris, lib. H. and T. Cogniard

Jun 1839

14

  • Nicolas Mori (43) dies in London after giving a violin recital

24

  • Giovanni Battista Lamperti born (Milan) Italian singing teacher, writer. Son of Francesco Lamperti (1811-92). Died 1910

29

  • Hampartsoum Limondjian (c.70) dies in Istanbul

Jul 1839

9

  • Carl Baermann II born (Munich) German pianist, teacher. Son of Carl Baermann (1810-85). Died 1913

10

  • Fernando Sor (61) dies in Paris of throat cancer

14

  • Sydney Smith born (Dorchester) English composer, pianist. Died 1889

17

  • Friedrich Gernsheim born (Worms, Germany) German composer, conductor, pianist, teacher. Died 1916

23

  • Anton Rubinstein makes his public concert debut in Moscow, aged 9

29

  • Luigi Bolis born (Mapello, Italy) Italian tenor singer, farmer. Died 1905

Aug 1839

8

  • Louis Schindelmeisser’s opera Peter von Szapáry premiered in Budapest. Lib. Schindelmeisser

14

  • Charles Philippe Lafont (57) dies in a carriage accident between Bagneres de Bigorre and Tarbes in France

15

  • Hugh Archibald Clarke born (Toronto) Canadian composer, organist, teacher. Died 1927

24

  • Eduard Nápravník born (Býšť, Czech Rep) Czech composer, conductor. Died 1916

publications

  • Robert Schumann’s Blumenstück (Flower Piece) op.19 & Arabeske in C op.18, both for piano, published in Vienna

Sep 1839

2

  • Fromental Halévy’s opera Le Shérif [the sheriff], lib. Eugène Scribe after Honoré de Balzac, premiered in Paris

10

  • Gaetano Donizetti’s opera Gianni di Parigi [John of Paris] premiered in Milan, lib. F. Romani

19

  • Adolphe Adam’s opera La reine d’un jour [Queen for a day] premiered in Paris, lib. E. Scribe and J.-H. Vernoy de Saint-Georges

20

  • Albert Lortzing’s opera Caramo premiered in Leipzig. Lib. Lortzing

21

  • Gottfried Weber (60) dies in Bad Kreuznach, Germany

23

  • Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 1 completed

Oct 1839

30

  • Felix Mendelssohn’s Verleih’ uns Frieden [Give us peace] for chorus and orchestra premiered in Leipzig

Nov 1839

7

  • Henry Holmes born (London) English composer, violinist, teacher. Brother of Alfred Holmes (1837-76). Died 1905
  • Hermann Levi born (Gießen, Germany) German conductor, teacher, composer. Died 1900

16

  • Albert Grisar’s opera Les Travestissements [the travesties], lib. Martin Paulin Deslandes, premiered in Paris

17

  • Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio premiered in Milan, lib. T. Solera

24

  • Hector Berlioz’s symphony Roméo et Juliette premiered in Paris

25

  • Franz Liszt’s Grand galop chromatique [grand chromatic gallop] for piano & Dante Sonata for piano premiered in Vienna

26

  • Carl Otto Nicolai’s opera Enrico II [Henry II] aka Rosmonda d’Inghilterra [Rosamond of England] premiered in Trieste, lib. Felice Romani

Dec 1839

5

  • Charles Gounod leaves Paris for Rome

7

  • Jan August Vitásek (69) dies in Prague

9

  • Nikolay Kashkin born (Voronezh, Russia) Russian music critic, teacher, theorist. Died 1920

26

  • Giovanni Pacini’s opera Furio Camillo premiered in Rome, lib. J. Ferretti

1839 (date unknown)

  • Nicolas Bochsa elopes with singer Anna Rivière-Bishop, wife of Henry Bishop, and flees England

publications

  • William Sterndale Bennett’s Allegro grazioso op.18 for piano; Piano Concerto no.4 op.19 & overture Die Waldnymphe op.20 published in London and Leipzig
  • Hector Berlioz’s Waverley, grande ouverture op.1 published in Paris
  • Frédéric Chopin’s 24 Preludes op.28 for piano published in Leipzig, Paris and London
  • Gaetano Donizetti’s Un hiver à Paris (5 songs) published in Naples
  • Louise Farrenc’s Quintet No.1 op.30 published
  • Friedrich von Flotow and Jacques Offenbach’s Rêveries & Chants du soir (each 6 pieces for cello and piano) published in Paris
  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka’s Contredanses for piano (5 pieces) published in St Petersburg
  • Francis Johnson’s Victoria Gallop published in Philadelphia
  • Felix Mendelssohn’s Psalm xlii op.42 for voice, chorus and organ; String Quartet nos.3-5 op.44; Sechs Lieder op.47 & Cello Sonata no.1 op.58 published in Leipzig
  • Giacomo Meyerbeer’s 6 élégies et romances published in Leipzig
  • Jacques Offenbach’s Introduction et valse mélancolique, op.14 for cello and piano published in Paris
  • Robert Schumann’s Kinderscenen: Leichte Stücke für das Pianoforte op.15 for piano (13 pieces); Fantasie in C op.17 for piano; Humoreske op.20 for piano; 8 Novelletten op.21 for piano & Sonata no.2 op.22 for piano published
  • Louis Spohr’s 6 deutsche Lieder op.105 published in Halle; String quintet op.106 published in Dresden & Rondo ‘alla spagnuola’ op.111 for violin and piano published in Vienna
  • Louis Spohr’s 3 Duette op.107 for 2 voices and piano & 3 Duette op.108 for 2 voices and piano published in Bonn
  • Carl Maria von Weber’s Symphony no.2 published posthumously in Berlin

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