1858-59

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Jan 1858

3

  • Richard Franck born (Cologne) German pianist, composer, teacher. Son of Eduard Franck (1817-93). Died 1938

6

  • Ben Davies born (Pontardawe) Welsh tenor singer. Died 1943

14

  • Max Bruch’s opera Scherz, List und Rache [Jest, Cunning and Revenge], lib. J.W. von Goethe, premiered in Cologne

15

  • Charles-François Gounod’s opera Le médecin malgré lui [The doctor against his will] premiered in Paris, lib. J. Barbier and M. Carré

21

  • Mélanie Bonis born (Paris) French composer. Died 1937

23

  • Luigi Lablache (63) dies in Naples

26

  • François Bazin’s opera Les Désespérés [the desperate], lib. Adolph Ribbing and Jules Moinaux, premiered in Paris
  • Errico Petrella’s opera Jone, o L’ultimo giorno di Pompei [Jone or the last day of Pompeii], lib. Giovanni Peruzzini, premiered in Milan

30

  • The Hallé Orchestra gives its first concert in Manchester (it had previously been set up as a temporary orchestra for the 1857 Manchester Arts Treasures Exhibition)
Charles Gounod 1818-1893

Charles Gounod 1818-1893

Feb 1858

15

  • Marcella Sembrich aka Prakseda Marcelina Kochańska born (Vyshnivchyk, Ukraine) Polish soprano singer. Died 1935

17

  • Ernest Ford born (Warminster, Wiltshire) English composer, conductor. Died 1919

19

  • Tobias Matthay born (London) English pianist, composer, teacher. Died 1945

21

  • John Henry Maunder born (London) English composer, organist, hymnwriter. Died 1920

24

  • Arnold Dolmetsch born (Le Mans, France) Anglo-French instrument maker, teacher. A specialist in making early music instruments such as recorders, viols and lutes. Died 1940
  • Eugène Oudin born (New York) American baritone singer, composer, translator. Died 1894

Mar 1858

1

  • Anton Rubinstein’s sacred opera Das verlorene Paradies [Paradise Lost] premiered in Weimar, lib. A. Schlönbach after Milton

3

  • Jacques Offenbach’s operetta Mesdames de la Halle [Ladies of the Hall] premiered in Paris, lib. A. Lapointe

9

  • Kate Lee aka Catharine Anna Spooner born (Rufford, Notts) English singer, folk song collector. Died 1904

17

  • Fromental Halévy’s opera La magicienne [the magician], lib. Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, premiered in Paris

30

  • William DeWolf Hopper born (New York) American stage actor, singer, comedian, theatre producer. Died 1935

Apr 1858

3

  • Sigismund Neukomm (79) dies in Paris

7

  • Anton Diabelli (76) dies in Vienna

11

  • Bernard Sarrette (92) dies in Paris

16

  • Johann Baptist Cramer (87) dies in London

19

  • Siegfried Ochs born (Frankfurt) German choirmaster, composer. Died 1929
  • Jacques Offenbach’s operetta La chatte metamorphosée en femme [the cat changed into a woman] premiered in Paris, lib. E. Scribe and A.H.J. Duveyrier

23

  • Frank Osmond Carr born (Bradford) English theatre composer. Died 1916
  • Ethel Smyth born (London) English composer, librettist, suffragist. Died 1944
  • Ferdinand Hiller’s oratorio Saul op.80 premiered in Cologne

May 1858

6

  • Georges Hüe born (Versailles) French composer. Died 1948

8

  • Heinrich Berté (Bettelheim) born (Hlohovec, Slovakia) Austrian opera and operetta composer. Died 1924
  • William Ayrton (81) dies in London

15

  • Joseph Borremans (82) dies in Brussels
  • The third Royal Opera House in Convent Garden, London (arch. Edward Barry) opens in London with a performance of Giacomo Meyerbeer’s opera Les Huguenots

24

  • Giovanni Pacini’s opera Il saltimbanco [the acrobat] premiered in Rome, lib. G. Checchetelli

27

  • Franz Liszt’s Festgesang zur Eröffnung der zehnten allgemeinen deutschen Lehrerversammlung [Festival Chorus at the opening of the tenth German general staff meeting] for choir and organ premiered in Weimar

30

  • Siegfried Alkan born (Dillingen, Germany) German composer. Died 1941

Jun 1858

3

  • Karl Perron (Pergamenter) born (Frankenthal, Germany) German bass-baritone singer, singing teacher. Died 1928
  • Julius Reubke (24) dies in Dresden of tuberculosis

8

  • Harry Rowe Shelley born (New Haven, CT) American composer, organist, teacher. Died 1947

12

  • William Horsley (83) dies in London

25

  • Franz Liszt’s symphonic poem Hamlet premiered in Weimar

27

  • Giovanni Pacini’s oratorio La distruzione di Gerusalemme [The destruction of Jerusalem] premiered in Florence, lib. S. Fioretti

Jul 1858

7

  • Jan Bedrich Kittl’s Symphony No. 4 in C major premiered in Prague

13

  • Pista Dankó born (Szeged, Hungary) Romany bandleader, composer, violinist. Died 1903
  • Arthur Sullivan’s Overture in D minor for orchestra premiered in London

16

  • Eugène Ysaÿe born (Liège, Belgium) Belgian composer, violinist, conductor. Brother of Theo Ysaÿe (1865-1918). Died 1931

21

  • Chancellor Olcott born (Buffalo, NY) American popular singer, songwriter, actor. Died 1932

Aug 1858

1

  • Hans Rott born (Vienna) Austrian composer. Died 1884
  • Stanislaw Moniuszko appointed principal conductor of the Polish Opera

2

  • Catharina van Rennes born (Utrecht) Dutch composer, singing teacher. Died 1940

9

  • Lucy Broadwood born (Melrose, Scotland) English folk song collector, singer, founder member of the Folk-Song Society. Died 1929
  • Isidore de Lara aka Isidore Cohen born (London) English composer, baritone singer, teacher. Died 1935

15

  • Emma Calvé aka Rosa Emma Calvet born (Decazeville, France) French soprano singer. Died 1942

18

  • Friedrich von Flotow’s ballet Die Gruppe der Thetis [The group of Thetis] premiered in Schwerin

24

  • Francis Edward Bache (24) dies in Birmingham of tuberculosis

unk

  • Guy d’Hardelot aka Helen Rhodes born (Boulogne) Anglo-French composer, pianist, teacher. Died 1936

Sep 1858

5

  • Johann Strauss II’s waltz Abschied von St. Petersburg op. 210 [Farewell to Saint Petersburg] premiered in Pavlosk

7

  • The first Leeds Festival takes place following the opening of Leeds Town Hall by Queen Victoria

8

  • William Sterndale Bennett’s pastoral The May-Queen op.39 for 4 voices premiered in Leeds

13

  • Catharinus Elling born (Oslo) Norwegian composer, folk song collector, organist, teacher. Died 1942
  • Theodore Eisfeld is one of only 65 survivors of 538 passengers after the steamship SS Austria catches fire and sinks in the mid Atlantic

15

  • Jeno Hubay born (Budapest) Hungarian composer, violinist, teacher. Died 1937
  • Thomas Adams (73) dies in London

24

  • Stanislaw Moniuszko’s opera Flis premiered in Warsaw. Lib. Stanislaw Wojciech Boguslawski

Oct 1858

15

  • Frank Van der Stucken born (Fredericksburg, TX) American composer, conductor. Founder of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (1895). Died 1929

21

  • Jacques Offenbach’s operetta Orphée aux enfers [Orpheus in the Underworld] premiered in Paris, lib. Crémieux and L. Halévy
  • Giovanni Pacini’s opera Lidia di Bruxelles [Lydia of Brussels], lib. Giuseppe Cencetti,  premiered in Bologna

23

  • Agustarello Affré born (Saint-Chinian, France) French tenor singer, opera director. Died 1931
Jacques Offenbach - Orphée aux Enfers (EMI)

Jacques Offenbach – Orphée aux Enfers (EMI)

Nov 1858

11

  • Alessandro Moreschi born (frascati, Italy) Italian castrato singer. The only castrato singer to have made recordings (1902 & 1904). Died

12

  • (Joseph Pierre) Alexis Contant born (Montreal) Canadian composer, keyboard player, teacher. Died 1918

15

  • Johanna Kinkel (48) dies in London after falling from a window. It was never established whether it was an accident or suicide

20

  • Nellie Stewart aka Eleanor Towzey Stewart born (Sydney) Australian soprano singer, actress. Died 1931

25

  • Marie-Léontine Bordes-Pène born (Lorient) French pianist, teacher. Died 1924

Dec 1858

11

  • Eugen Lindner born (Leipzig) German opera composer, teacher. Died 1915

15

  • Peter Cornelius’s opera Der Barbier von Bagdad (The Barber of Baghdad) premiered in Weimar, conducted by Franz Liszt

17

  • Eva Nansen born (Oslo) Norwegian mezzosoprano singer, skiier. Died 1907

18

  • Giovanni Bottesini’s opera Il diavolo della notte [The devil of the night], lib. Luigi Scalchi & Sinfonia to Il diavolo della notte [Symphony to the devil of the night] premiered in Milan

20

  • Michael William Balfe’s opera Satanella premiered in London, lib. A.G. Harris and E. Falconer

22

  • Giacomo Puccini born (Lucca, Italy) Italian opera composer. Died 1924

25

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël [Christmas oratorio] op.12 premiered in Paris

27

  • Alexandre Pierre François Boëly (73) dies in Paris

1858 (date unknown)

  • Kemani Tatyos Ekserciyan born (Istanbul) Turkish classical composer, poet. Died 1913
  • César Franck appointed organist at Saint Clotilde Basilica, Paris, a position he holds until his death in 1890

publications

  • Charles de Bériot’s Concerto No. 9 in A minor op.104 published
  • Johannes Brahms’s Lieder und Romanzen op.14 (8 songs) published
  • Robert Schumann’s Des Sängers Fluch op.139 for voice, chorus and orchestra; Vier doppelchörige Gesänge op.141 & Vier Gesänge op.142 published

Peter Cornelius 1824-74

Jan 1859

2

  • Mily Balakirev’s Overture on Three Russian Themes premiered in St Petersburg

13

  • Francisco José Debali (67) dies in Montevideo, Uruguay

20

  • Bettina von Arnim (73) dies in Berlin

22

  • Johannes Brahms’s Piano Concerto no.1 op.15 premiered in Hanover

24

  • Alexander Ilyinsky born (Tsarskoye Selo, Russia) Russian composer, teacher. Died 1920

25

  • Johann Strauss II’s waltz Hell und Voll op. 216 [Bright and Full] premiered in Vienna

29

  • Karl Scheidemantel born (Weimar) German baritone singer, opera director, singing teacher. Died 1923

Feb 1859

1

  • Karel Halíř born (Vrchlabí, Czech Rep) Czech violinist, conductor, teacher. Died 1909
  • Victor Herbert born (Dublin) Irish-American operetta composer, cellist, conductor. Died 1924

7

  • Emma Nevada aka Emma Wixiom born (Alpha, CA) American soprano singer, singing teacher. Died 1940

8

  • Anton Rubinstein founds the Russian Music Society in St Petersburg
  • Johann Strauss II’s waltz Promotionen op. 221 [Graduations] premiered in Vienna

17

  • Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Un ballo in maschera [a masked ball] premiered in Rome, lib. A. Somma

26

  • Ferdinand Schubert (64) dies in Vienna

Mar 1859

3

  • Giovanni Battista Rubini (59) dies in Romano di Lombardia, Italy

4

  • Medea Figner née Mei born (Florence) Italian soprano and mezzosoprano singer. Died 1952
  • Félicien David’s opera Herculanum, lib. J. Méry and T. Hadot, premiered in Paris

14

  • Irma Reichová née Keszlerová born (Křivoklát, Czech Rep) Czech soprano singer, singing teacher. Died 1930

19

  • Charles-François Gounod’s opera Faust premiered in Paris, lib. J. Barbier and M. Carré

26

  • Nikolay Alexandrovich Sokolov born (St Petersburg) Russian composer. Died 1922
  • George Frederick Bristow’s Symphony in F sharp minor op.26 premiered in New York

27

  • Adelaide Tosi (58) dies in Naples

Apr 1859

3

  • Reginald de Koven born (Middletown, CT) American composer, critic. Died 1920

4

  • Giacomo Meyerbeer’s opera Le pardon de Ploërmel [Ploërmel’s pardon] premiered in Paris, lib. J. Barbier and M. Carré

11

  • Basil Harwood born (Woodhouse, Gloucs) English composer, organist. Died 1949

12

  • Angiolina Bosio (28) dies in St Petersburg of pneumonia

29

  • Giuseppe Verdi marries soprano Giuseppina Strepponi in Collonges-sous-Salève, France

May 1859

1

  • Tivadar Nachéz born (Budapest) Hungarian violinist, composer. Died 1930

13

  • August Enna born (Nakskov, Denmark) Danish composer. Died 1939

30

  • Thomas Clark (84) dies in Canterbury

Jun 1859

8

  • Léo Delibes’s operetta L’omelette à la Follembuche [The omelette with Follembuche] premiered in Paris, lib. E. Labiche and M. Michel

17

  • Stanislaw Moniuszko’s Modlitwa Panska “Ojcze nasz” [The Lord’s Prayer “Our Father”] for baritone premiered in Warsaw

22

  • Frank Damrosch born (Wroclaw) American conductor, teacher. Son of Leopold Damrosch (1832-85), brother of Walter Damrosch (1862-1950). Died 1937
  • Jacques Offenbach’s operetta Le mari à la porte  [The husband at the door] premiered in Paris, lib. A. Delacour

Jul 1859

6

  • Jacques Offenbach’s operetta Les vivandières de la grande armée [The great army of sutlers] premiered in Paris, lib. A. Jaime and P. Pittaud de Forges

14

  • Willy Hess born (Mannheim) German violinist, teacher. Died 1939

21

  • Charles H. Taylor born (Manchester) English lyricist. Worked with Seymour Hicks, Sidney Jones, Herbert Haines and others. Died 1907

29

  • Auguste Mathieu Panseron (63) dies in Paris

Aug 1859

8

  • Léon Escalais born (Cuxac-d’Aude, France) French tenor singer, singing teacher. Died 1940

12

  • Albert Grisar’s opera Voyage autour de ma chambre [Journey around my bedroom], lib. Félix-Auguste Duvert, Joseph Xavier Boniface Saintine and Augustin Théodore Lauzanne de Vauroussel, premiered in Paris

Sep 1859

19

  • Johannes Brahms’s Psalm xiii op.27 for 3 female voices, organ and strings; O bone Jesu [Good Jesus] op.37/1 for choir & Adoramus te, Christe [We adore you, O Christ] op.37/2 for choir premiered in Hamburg

21

  • Otto Lohse born (Dresden) German conductor, composer. Died 1925
  • Ilka Pálmay aka Ilona Petráss born (Uzhhorod, Ukraine) Hungarian soprano singer, actress. Died 1945
  • Friedrich von Flotow’s opera La veuve Grapin [The widow Grapin] premiered in Paris, lib.  P.A. de Forges

24

  • Julius Klengel born (Leipzig) German composer, cellist. Died 1933

Oct 1859

2

  • Franz Liszt’s Die Seligkeiten [the joys] for baritone, chorus and organ premiered in Weimar

14

  • Camille Chevillard born (Paris) French composer, conductor. Died 1923

20

  • Leandro Campanari born (Rovigo, Italy) Italian violinist, conductor, composer, teacher. Brother of (Giuseppe Campanari 1855-1927). Died 1939

22

  • Karl Muck born (Darmstadt) German-Swiss conductor, pianist. Died 1940

26

  • Arthur Friedheim born (St Petersburg) Russian pianist, conductor, composer, teacher. Died 1932

30

  • Franz Liszt’s Der 137. Psalm for alto, violin, piano and organ premiered in Weimar

Nov 1859

1

  • William Henry Grattan Flood born (Lismore, Waterford) Irish musicologist, historian, composer, writer, teacher. Died 1928

7

  • Carl Gottlieb Reissiger (61) dies in Dresden

10

  • Franz Liszt’s Festlied zu Schillers Jubelfeier [Festive song on Schiller’s Jubilee] for chorus premiered in Weimar

15

  • Joseph Vidal born (Toulouse) French composer. Died 1924

19

  • Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov born (Gatchina, Russia) Russian composer, conductor, teacher. Died 1935
  • Jacques Offenbach’s operetta Geneviève de Brabant premiered in Paris, lib. A. Jaime and E. Tréfeu

22

  • Cecil Sharp born (London) English folklorist, publisher, writer. Founder of the English Folk Dance Society (1911). Died 1924
  • Louis Spohr (75) dies in Kassel

27

  • Mily Balakirev’s overture King Lear premiered in St Petersburg

30

  • Sergei Lyapunov born (Yaroslavl, Russia) Russian composer, pianist. Died 1924

Dec 1859

1

  • The French Opera House (arch. James Gallier) opens in New Orleans with a performance of Rossini’s opera William Tell

2

  • Peter Benoit’s opera Le Roi des Aulnes [The Erl King], lib. E. Castin, premiered in Brussels
  • Johannes Brahms’s Ave Maria op.12 for 4 voices and orchestra & Begräbnisgesang op.13 [funeral song] for 5 voices and wind orchestra premiered in Hamburg
  • Louis Lacombe’s opera L’Amour [love], lib. Paulin Niboyet, premiered in Paris

21

  • Max Fiedler born (Zittau, Germany) German composer, conductor. Died 1939

23

  • Adrian Ross aka Arthur Reed Ropes born (London) English librettist. Died 1933

24

  • Roman Statkowski born (Szczypiorno, Poland) Polish composer, teacher. Died 1925

27

  • William Henry Hadow born (Ebrington, Gloucs) English teacher, musicologist, educationalist. Died 1937

30

  • Josef Bohuslav Foerster born (Dětenice, Czech Rep) Czech composer, critic, teacher. Died 1951

31

  • Luigi Ricci (54) dies in a Prague asylum

1859 (date unknown)

  • Dan W. Quinn born (San Francisco, CA) American popular singer, vaudevillian, early recording star. Died 1938
  • Louis Antoine Jullien gaoled for failing to pay outstanding debts

publications

  • Josef Leopold Zvonař’s České národní písně (Czech National Folk Songs) published in Prague

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