1862-63

<1860-1861 1864-1865>

Jan 1862

5

  • Bedrich Smetana’s overture Wallenstein’s Camp op.14 premiered in Prague

10

  • Giovanni Bottesini’s opera Marion Delorme premiered in Palermo. Lib. Antonio Ghislanzoni after Victor Hugo

11

  • Jacques Offenbach’s operetta Monsieur et Madame Denis premiered in Paris, lib. P.A. Chapelle and M. Delaporte

15

  • Marie Louise ‘Loie’ Fuller born (Hinsdale, IL) American dancer, choreographer, stage lighting pioneer. Died 1928

17

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ Concerto for piano and orchestra no.1 op.17 premiered in Paris

19

  • Josef Reiter born (Braunau am Inn, Austria) Austrian composer, conductor, teacher. Died 1939

29

  • Frederick Delius born (Bradford) English composer. Died 1934

30

  • Walter Damrosch born (Wroclaw) German-American conductor, composer. Son of Leopold Damrosch (1832-85), brother of Frank Damrosch (1859-1937). Died 1950

Feb 1862

4

  • Gaetano Braga’s opera Mormile premiered in Milan. Lib. Francesco Maria Piave

6

  • May Fortescue aka Emily May Finney born (London) English soprano singer, actress. Died 1950

7

  • František Škroup (60) dies in Rotterdam

8

  • Julius Benedict’s opera The Lily of Killarney premiered in London. Lib. John Oxenford and Dion Boucicault

13

  • Karel Weis born (Prague) Czech composer, folk song collector. Died 1944
  • Leopold Schefer (77) dies in Bad Muskau, Germany

15

  • Ferdinand Hiller’s opera Die Katakomben [the catacombs], lib. Moritz Hartmann, premiered in Wiesbaden

17

  • Edward German born (Whitchurch, Shropshire) English composer, violinist, teacher. Died 1936

28

  • Charles-François Gounod’s opera La reine de Saba [The Queen of Sheba] premiered in Paris, lib. J. Barbier and M. Carré

publications

  • Julia Ward Howe and William Steffe’s song The Battle Hymn of the Republic published in Boston in The Atlantic Monthly

Mar 1862

6

  • Eduard Strauss makes his conducting debut in Vienna

18

  • Albert Grisar’s opera La Chatte merveilleuse [the marvelous cat], lib. Philippe François Pinel and Adolphe Philippe d’Ennery, premiered in Paris

22

  • Jacques Offenbach’s operetta Le voyage de MM. Dunanan père et fils [The journey of Messrs. Dunanan father and son] premiered in Paris, lib. P. Siraudin and J. Moinaux

28

  • (George William Louis) Marshall Hall born (London) English composer, conductor, teacher, organist, violinist. Died 1915

Apr 1862

5

  • Leo Stern born (Brighton) English cellist. Died 1904

7

  • Julius Eichberg’s opera The Doctor of Alcantara premiered in Boston. Lib. E. Benjamin Woolf

9

  • Franz Berwald’s opera Estrella de Soria premiered in Stockholm. Lib. Otto Prechtler

17

  • Fromental Halévy (62) dies in Nice

20

  • The Gran Teatre del Liceu opera house (arch. Josep Oriol Mestres) reopens in Barcelona after being substantially rebuilt

22

  • Charles Hayden Coffin born (Manchester) English baritone singer, actor. Died 1935

26

  • César Franck’s Fantaisie (II) in C for organ premiered in Paris
  • Franz Suppé’s operetta Die Kartenschlägerin [the teller], lib. Karl Treumann, premiered in Vienna

May 1862

1

  • William Sterndale Bennett’s Ode for the opening of the Industrial Exhibition op.40 for chorus premiered in London
  • Anton Bruckner’s cantata Festkantate [festival cantata] premiered in Linz, lib. M. Pammesberger
  • Giacomo Meyerbeer’s Fest-Ouvertüre im Marschstyl [Festival Overture in march style] premiered in London

2

  • Maurice Emmanuel born (Dijon, France) French composer, teacher, musicologist, writer. Died 1938

12

  • Félicien-César David’s opera Lalla-Roukh premiered in Paris, lib. H. Lucas and M. Carré

21

  • Edwin Pearce Christy (46) commits suicide by throwing himself from a window in his New York house
  • Edvard Grieg’s String Quartet in d minor premiered in Bergen at his first public performance

24

  • Giuseppe Verdi’s Inno delle nazioni [Hymn of the Nations] for chorus and orchestra premiered in London

25

  • Johann Nestroy (60) dies in Graz, Austria

30

  • Charles Courtice Pounds born (London) English tenor singer, actor. Died 1927
Edwin Pearce Christy 1815-1862

Edwin Pearce Christy 1815-1862

Jun 1862

23

  • Geraldine Ulmar born (Charlestown, MA) American soprano singer, actress. Died 1932

26

  • Ferenc Erkel’s opera Sarolta premiered in Budapest, lib. J. Czanyuga

Jul 1862

2

  • Charles Meyer (63) dies in Dresden

3

  • Friedrich Koch born (Berlin) German cellist, composer, teacher. Died 1927

11

  • Liza Lehmann born (London) English soprano singer, composer. Died 1918
  • Jacques Offenbach’s operetta Les bavards [chatterboxes] premiered in Bad Ems, lib. Nuitter

30

  • Richard Wagner’s Fünf Gedichte für eine Frauenstimme [Five Poems for a woman’s voice] for soprano and orchestra premiered in Mainz

Aug 1862

9

  • Hector Berlioz’s opera Béatrice et Bénédict premiered in Baden-Baden, lib. Berlioz

11

  • Carrie Jacobs-Bond born (Janesville, WI) American songwriter, singer, pianist. Died 1946

12

  • Franz Xaver Haberl ordained as a priest in Passau, Germany

16

  • Dora Bright born (Sheffield) English composer, pianist. Died 1951

21

  • Ernest Reyer’s opera Erostrate premiered in Baden-Baden. Lib. François-Joseph Pierre André Méry and Emiliano Pacini

22

  • Claude Debussy born (St. Germain-en-Laye, France) French composer, pianist. Died 1918

27

  • Henrietta Treffz marries Johann Strauss II in Vienna

31

  • Ignaz Assmayer (72) dies in Vienna

Sep 1862

2

  • Alphons Diepenbrock born (Amsterdam) Dutch composer, writer. Died 1921

20

  • Saint Petersburg Conservatory, the first music school in Russia, founded by Anton Rubinstein

25

  • Léon Boëllmann born (Ensisheim, France) French composer, organist. Died 1897

Oct 1862

8

  • Emil von Sauer born (Hamburg) German composer, pianist, music editor, teacher. Died 1942

10

  • Arthur De Greef born (Leuven, Belgium) Belgian composer, pianist. Died 1940
  • Ole Bull’s Kjaempeslåtten [Giant’s Folkdance] premiered in Oslo

14

  • Jacques Offenbach’s operetta Jacqueline premiered in Paris, lib. Crémieux and L. Halévy

15

  • Conrad Ansorge born (Silesia) German pianist, teacher, composer. Died 1930

25

  • Franz Suppé’s operetta Zehn Mädchen und kein Mann [ten girls and no man], lib. Wilhelm Riese, premiered in Vienna

Nov 1862

1

  • Johan Wagenaar born (Utrecht) Dutch composer, organist, teacher. Died 1941

3

  • William Vincent Wallace’s opera Love’s Triumph premiered in London. Lib. James Robinson Planche

4

  • István Thomán born (Humenné, Slovakia) Hungarian piano virtuoso, teacher. Died 1940

10

  • Giuseppe Verdi’s opera La forza del destino [the force of destiny] premiered in St Petersburg, lib. F.M. Piave

11

  • Johann Strauss II’s waltz Karnevalsbotschafter op. 270 [Carnival Ambassador] & polka Demolirer op. 269 [Demolition Men] premiered in Vienna

15

  • Ballerina Emma Livry is severely burned when her skirts caught fire on stage when she danced too close to some gas lights

16

  • Johannes Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 1 op.25 premiered in Vienna

17

  • Alexey Nikolayevich Verstovsky (63) dies in St Petersburg

21

  • Michael William Balfe’s opera Blanche de Nevers premiered in London, lib. J. Brougham

23

  • Alberto Williams born (Buenos Aires) Argentinian composer, conductor. Died 1952

24

  • Bernhard Stavenhagen born (Greiz, Switzerland) German composer, pianist, conductor. Died 1914

25

  • Ethelbert Nevin born (Pittsburgh) American pianist, composer. Died 1901

27

  • Henryk Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2 op.22 premiered in St Petersburg

29

  • Johannes Brahms’s Piano Quartet no.2 op.26 premiered in Vienna

Dec 1862

18

  • Moriz Rosenthal born (Lviv, Ukraine) Polish pianist, writer. Died 1946

24

  • Meliton Balanchivadze born (Banodzha, Georgia) Georgian composer, singer, teacher. Father of Andria Balanchivadze (1906-92) and George Balanchine (1904-83). Died 1937
  • Joseph Funk (84) dies in Singers Glen, VA

30

  • Thomas Bulch born (Shildon, Durham) Anglo-Australian composer, bandmaster. Died 1930

unk

  • Mily Balakirev, Alexander Borodin, César Cui, Modest Mussorgsky and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov become known as the “mighty handful” or simply “the five”

1862 (date unknown)

  • Stéphan Elmas born (İzmir, Turkey) Armenian composer, pianist, teacher. Died 1937
  • Alexander Borodin appointed lecturer in chemistry at the Medico-Surgical Academy in St Petersburg
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky enrols at the St Petersburg Conservatory to study composition under Anton Rubinstein

publications

  • The first volume of four of August Wilhelm Ambros’s Geschichte der Musik (History of Music) published in Vienna. The final volume appears in 1878, two years after his death
  • Johannes Brahms’s Fünf Gedichte op.19 & Three Duets op.20 for soprano, alto and piano published
  • Ludwig von Köchel’s catalogue of the complete works of Mozart published
  • Josef Leopold Zvonař’s Dějiny české hudby (History of the Czech Music) published in Prague

Songs published

  • The Battle Cry of Freedom (George Frederick Root) ; The Battle Hymn of the Republic  (Julia Ward Howe, William Steffe)

Julia Ward Howe 1819-1910

Jan 1863

6

  • Johannes Brahms’ Piano Sonata no.3 op.5 premiered in Vienna

19

  • Johann Strauss II’s waltz Leitartikel op. 273 [Leading Article] premiered in Vienna

24

  • Ferdinand Hellmesberger born (Vienna) Austrian cellist, conductor, teacher. Son of Joseph Hellmesberger, Sr (1828-93), brother of Joseph Hellmesberger, Jr (1855-1907). Died 1940

Feb 1863

4

  • Pauline de Ahna born (Ingolstadt, Germany) German soprano singer, wife of Richard Strauss. Died 1950
  • Giuseppe Lillo (48) dies in Naples

8

  • Georges Bizet’s ode-symphony Vasco de Gama premiered in Paris

12

  • Michael William Balfe’s opera The Armourer of Nantes premiered in London, lib. J.V. Bridgeman

13

  • Hugo Becker born (Strasbourg) German cellist, cello teacher, composer. Died 1941

18

  • Emilio Arrieta’s opera La vuelta del corsario [The return of the corsair], lib. xx, premiered in Madrid

19

  • Emánuel Moór born (Kecskemét, Hungary) Hungarian composer, pianist, inventor. Died 1931

24

  • Anton Rubinstein’s opera Feramors premiered in Dresden, lib. J. Rodenberg

25

  • Laure Cinti-Damoreau (62) dies in Chantilly, France

Mar 1863

4

  • Ellen Gulbranson born (Stockholm) Swedish soprano singer, singing teacher. Died 1947

10

  • Arthur Sullivan’s Procession March (Royal Wedding March) for orchestra premiered in London

12

  • Edward Taylor (79) dies in Brentwood, Essex

15

  • Leslie Stuart aka Thomas Barrett born (Southport, Lancashire) English composer of musicals, songwriter, organist. Died 1928

20

  • Ernesto Nazareth born (Rio de Janeiro) Brazilian tango and choro composer, pianist. Died 1934

21

  • Hugo Kaun born (Berlin) German-American composer, conductor, teacher. Died 1932

23

  • Franz Liszt’s Cantico del Sol di San Francesco [Canticle in G of St. Francis] for chorus and orchestra premiered in Rome

Apr 1863

3

  • Wilhelm Middelschulte born (Kamen, Germany) German-American composer, organist. Died 1943

8

  • Joseph Netherclift (80) dies in London

14

  • Max Bruch’s opera Die Loreley premiered in Mannheim. Lib. Emanuel Geibel

17

  • Felix Blumenfeld born (Kherson, Ukraine) Russian composer, conductor, pianist, teacher. Died 1931

18

  • Franz Suppé’s operetta Flotte Burschen [fleet boys], lib. Josef Braun, premiered in Vienna

19

  • Felix Blumenfeld born (Kirovohrad, Ukraine) Russian composer, conductor, pianist, teacher. Died 1931

21

  • Paul-Henri-Joseph Lebrun born (Ghent, Belgium) Belgian composer, conductor, teacher. Died 1920

27

  • Edvard Grieg’s Rückblick for chorus premiered in Bergen

May 1863

1

  • Léo Delibes’s opera Le jardinier et son seigneur [The gardener and his lord] premiered in Paris, lib. M. Carré and T. Barrière

4

  • Robert Teichmüller born (Braunschweig) German pianist, teacher. Died 1939

8

  • Cesira Ferrani born (Turin) Italian soprano singer. Died 1943

12

  • Charles Bordes born (La Roche-Corbon, France) French composer, teacher. Died 1909

14

  • Émile Prudent (46) dies in Paris

16

  • Aleksandr Serov’s opera Judith premiered in St Petersburg

25

  • Camille Erlanger born (Paris) French opera composer. Died 1919

27

  • Franz Schalk born (Vienna) Austrian conductor. Died 1931

Jun 1863

2

  • Felix Weingartner born (Zadar, Croatia) Austrian composer, conductor, pianist. Died 1942

5

  • Arthur Somervell born (Windermere) English composer, conductor, teacher. Died 1937

7

  • Franz Gruber (75) dies in Hallein, Austria

16

  • Paul Vidal born (Toulouse) French composer, conductor, teacher. Died 1931

20

  • Franz Liszt takes up residence at Madonna del Rosario monastery near Rome

Jul 1863

3

  • Franz Liszt’s Slavimo slavno, slaveni! for chorus and organ premiered in Rome

10

  • Henry Wylde succeeds Edward Taylor as Gresham Professor of Music in London, a post he holds until 1890

11

  • Jacques Offenbach’s operetta Il Signor Fagotto premiered in Bad Ems, lib. Nuitter and E. Tréfeu

16

  • Fannie Bloomfield Zeisler born (Bielsko, Poland) Austrian-American pianist. Died 1927

21

  • Jacques Offenbach’s operetta Lischen et Fritzchen premiered in Bad Ems, lib. P. Boisselot

23

  • Sophie Lebrun (82) dies in Munich

26

  • Jāzeps Vītols born (Valmiera, Latvia) Latvian composer, conductor, teacher, pianist, critic. Died 1948
  • Emma Livry (20) dies of septicaemia caused by the burns sustained on 15/11/1862 becoming infected

Aug 1863

3

  • Adolf Friedrich Hesse (53) dies in Wroclaw
  • Jakob Rosenhain’s opera Volage et jaloux [Fickle and jealous], lib. xx, premiered in Baden-Baden

16

  • Gabriel Pierné born (Metz) French composer, conductor, organist. Died 1937

Sep 1863

2

  • Isidor Philipp born (Budapest) French pianist, teacher. Died 1958

5

  • Carlos Gomes’s opera Joana de Flandres premiered in Rio de Janeiro. Lib. Salvador de Mendonça

13

  • Heinrich Marschner’s opera Der Sangeskönig Hiarne premiered in Frankfurt, lib. W. Grothe

15

  • Horatio Parker born (Auburndale, MA) American composer, teacher, organist. Died 1919

28

  • Johannes Brahms succeeds Ferdinand Stegmayer as conductor of the Vienna Singakademie

30

  • Georges Bizet’s opera Les pêcheurs de perles [the pearl fishers] premiered in Paris, lib. M. Carré and E. Cormon
Georges Bizet 1838-1875

Georges Bizet 1838-1875

Oct 1863

1

  • Hugh Enes Blackmore born (Greenock) Scottish tenor singer, singing teacher, stage manager. Died 1945

9

  • Alexander Siloti born (Kharkov, Ukraine) Russian composer, conductor, pianist. Died 1945

12

  • William Vincent Wallace’s opera The Desert Flower premiered in London. Lib. Augustus Glossop Harris and Thomas John Williams

18

  • Amilcare Ponchielli’s opera Il parlatore eterno [the eternal speaker], lib. Antonio Ghislanzoni, premiered in Lecco

24

  • Arnold Rosé born (Iaşi, Romania) Austrian violinist. Father of Alma Rosé (1906-44). Died 1946

31

  • WS Gilbert’s first play Uncle Baby opens at the Lyceum in London

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  • Johannes Brahms’s Variations on a Theme by R. Schumann op.23 for piano 4 hands premiered in Hamburg

Nov 1863

1

  • Alfred Reisenauer born (Kaliningrad) German composer, pianist, teacher. Died 1907

4

  • Hector Berlioz’s opera Les Troyens [the Trojans] premiered in Paris, lib. Berlioz

24

  • Ludwig Minkus’s ballet Fiametta premiered in Moscow

26

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ overture Spartacus premiered in Paris

Dec 1863

3

  • Gussie Davis born (Dayton, OH) American popular songwriter. Died 1899

5

  • Johannes Brahms’s Der Jäger Es wollt gut Jäger jagen [the hunters want a good hunter hunted] op.22/4 for choir premiered in Hanover

7

  • Pietro Mascagni born (Livorno, Italy) Italian opera composer, conductor. Died 1945

8

  • Anne Gilchrist born (Manchester) English folk song collector, writer. Died 1954

15

  • Ivan Zajc’s opera Mannschaft an Bord [crew on board], lib. Johann Ludwig Harisch, premiered in Vienna

18

  • Johannes Brahms’s Wechsellied zum Tanze Komm mit, o Schöner [Change song for dancing Come, O Beautiful] op.31/1 for 4 voices and piano premiered in Vienna

19

  • Milka Ternina born (Križ, Croatia) Croatian soprano singer, singing teacher. Died 1941

21

  • Hartmann von An der Lan-Hochbrunn born (Salorno, Italy) Austrian composer, organist, choirmaster, priest. Died 1914

24

  • Enrique Fernández Arbós born (Madrid) Spanish composer, violinist, conductor. Died 1939

26

  • Charles Pathé born (Chevry-Cossigny, France) French film and recording industry pioneer. Co-founder of the Pathé film company and Pathé Records (1896). Died 1957
  • Amilcare Ponchielli’s opera Roderigo re dei Goti [Roderigo king of the Goths] premiered in Piacenza, lib. F. Guidi

29

  • Ion Vidu born (Bocsig, Romania) Romanian composer, choral conductor. Died 1931

1863 (date unknown)

  • Johannes Brahms moves to Vienna
  • Jules Massenet wins the Prix de Rome with his cantata David Rizzio

publications

  • Johannes Brahms’s Duets op.28 – 4 songs for baritone, alto and piano published
  • Henri Vieuxtemps’s Viola sonata op.36 published in Leipzig

Songs published

  • All Quiet On The Potomac Tonight (John Hill Hewitt, Ethel Lynn Beers); Eton Boating Song (William Johnson Cory, Algernon Drummond); My Darling Clementine (Percy Montrose, H S. Thompson); When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again (Louis Lambert, Patrick Gilmore)

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