1864-65

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Jan 1864

5

  • Léo Delibes’s opera La tradition premiered in Paris, lib. H. Derville
  • Jacques Offenbach’s operetta L’amour chanteur [The love singer] premiered in Paris, lib. Nuitter and E. L’Epine

8

  • Marie Renard née Pölzl born (Graz) Austrian mezzosoprano singer. Died 1939
  • Victor Dourlen (83) dies in Paris

11

  • Daniel Auber’s opera La fiancée du Roi de Garbe [The bride of the King of Garbe] premiered in Paris, lib. E. Scribe and J.-H. Vernoy de Saint-Georges
  • Johannes Brahms’s Neckereien Fürwahr, mein Liebchen op.31/2 [Teasing Surely my sweetheart] for 4 voices and piano premiered in Vienna

12

  • Johann Strauss II’s waltz Morgenblätter op. 279 [Morning Journals] premiered in Vienna

13

  • Stephen Foster (37) dies in New York after cutting his head open in a fall whilst suffering from a fever

15

  • Isaac Nathan (71) dies after falling under the wheels of a horse-drawn tram in Sydney

19

  • Johann Strauss II’s polka Vergnügungszug op. 281 [Train Journey] premiered in Vienna

26

  • Otto Lindblad (54) dies in Stora Mellby, Sweden
  • Johann Joseph Abert’s Symphony No.4 in D major op. 31 Columbus premiered in Stuttgart

31

  • Johann Strauss II’s waltz Studentenlust op. 285 [Students’ Joy] premiered in Vienna

Feb 1864

4

  • Jacques Offenbach’s operetta Die Rheinnixen [The Rhine Nymphs] premiered in Vienna, lib. Alfred von Wolzogen

5

  • Carl Albert Hermann Teike born (Szczecin, Poland) German march composer. Died 1922

7

  • Ricardo Castro born (Durango, Mexico) Mexican composer, pianist. Died 1907
  • Arthur Collins born (Philadelphia, PA) American popular baritone singer, early recording star. Worked with Byron G Harlan & the Peerless Quartet. Died 1933

13

  • Hugo Becker born (Strasbourg) German cellist, teacher, composer. Son of Jean Becker (1833-85). Died 1941

16

  • Yevgeniya Mravina aka Yevgeniya Konstantinova Mravinskaya born (st Petersburg) Russian soprano singer. Died 1914
  • Václav Jindřich Veit (58) dies in Litoměřice, Czech Rep

24

  • Bedrich Smetana’s symphonic poem Haakon Jarl op.16 premiered in Prague

26

  • Alfred Bachelet born (Paris) French opera conductor, composer. Died 1944
Bedřich Smetana 1824-1884

Bedřich Smetana 1824-1884

Mar 1864

6

  • Karel Miry’s opera Bouchard d’Avesnes, lib. Hippoliet van Peene, premiered in Ghent

7

  • Amilcare Ponchielli’s opera I Lituani [the Lithuanians], lib. Antonio Ghislanzoni, premiered in Milan

8

  • Errico Petrella’s opera La contessa d’Amalfi premiered in Turin. Lib. Giovanni Peruzzini

10

  • Hippolyte André Jean Baptiste Chélard’s opera Le aquile romane [the Roman eagles], lib. Pierre Emmanuel Albert Hermann du Casse, premiered in Milan

14

  • Gioachino Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle [little solemn mass] premiered in Paris (first version)

15

  • Johan Halvorsen born (Drammen, Norway) Norwegian composer, conductor, violinist. Died 1935

16

  • Jacques Offenbach’s operetta Les géorgiennes [the Georgian] premiered in Paris, lib. J. Moinaux

19

  • Charles-François Gounod’s opera Mireille premiered in Paris, lib. M. Carré

21

  • Aimé Maillart’s opera Lara premiered in Paris. Lib. Pierre-Étienne Piestre and Michel Carré

23

  • Hjalmar Borgstrøm aka Hjalmar Jensen born (Oslo) Norwegiuan composer, critic. Died 1925

25

  • Peter Griesbacher born (Egglham, Germany) German composer, organist, teacher, Catholic priest. Died 1933

30

  • Louis Schindelmeisser (52) dies in Darmstadt

Apr 1864

5

  • Basil Hood born (Yorkshire) English librettist. Worked with Edward German and Arthur Sullivan and provided English lyrics to foreign language operettas. Died 1917

10

  • Eugen d’Albert born (Glasgow) Anglo-German composer, pianist. Died 1932

12

  • Louie Henri aka Louise Webber born (London) English soprano singer, actress. Died 1947
  • Anton Bruckner’s choral piece Um Mitternacht I [at midnight] completed

17

  • Johannes Brahms’s Marienlieder op.22 seven songs for for choir; motets Es ist das Heil uns kommen her op.29/1 [The salvation of us comes] and Tröste mich wieder mit deiner Hülfe op.29/2 [Comfort me back with your help] for choir & Sonata op.34 for 2 pianos premiered in Vienna

18

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

23

  • Bedrich Smetana’s March for the Shakespearean Festival premiered in Prague

28

  • Alexander Borodin appointed professor of chemistry at the Academy of Medicine and Surgery in St. Petersburg

May 1864

2

  • Giacomo Meyerbeer (72) dies in Paris

9

  • Giacomo Meyerbeer’s funeral takes place in Berlin

11

  • Ernest Guiraud’s opera Sylvie premiered in Paris. Lib. Jules-Édouard Adenis and Jules Rostaing

13

  • Vesta Tilley aka Matilda Alice Powles born (Worcester) English music hall star, singer, male impersonator. Died 1952

16

  • Arthur Sullivan’s ballet L’Île Enchantée [the enchanted island] premiered in London

17

  • John William Boone aka Blind Boone born (Miami, MO) American ragtime composer, pianist. Died 1927
  • Rikard Nordraak’s Ja, vi elsker (Yes, we love – the Norwegian national anthem) premiered in Oslo

22

  • Friedrich von Flotow’s ballet Der Königsschuß [The royal shot] premiered in Schwerin

23

  • Louis Glass born (Copenhagen) Danish composer, pianist, conductor. Died 1936

Jun 1864

11

  • Richard Strauss born (Munich) German composer, conductor. Died 1949

15

  • Guy Ropartz born (Guingamp, France) French composer, conductor, teacher. Died 1955

22

  • Franz Suppé’s opera Pique Dame premiered in Graz. Lib. Suppé

27

  • William Sterndale Bennett’s Symphony in G minor op.43 premiered in London

Jul 1864

6

  • Alberto Nepomuceno born (Fortaleza, Brazil) Brazilian composer, conductor. Died 1920

8

  • Jean Paul Kürsteiner born (Catskill, NY) American pianist, composer, songwriter, teacher, music publisher. Died 1943

12

  • Jacques Offenbach’s operetta Le fifre enchanté [the enchanted fife] premiered in Bad Ems, lib. Nuitter and E. Tréfeu

15

  • Marie Tempest née Etherington born (London) English soprano singer, actress. Died 1942

16

  • Joseph O’Mara born (Limerick) Irish tenor singer, opera impresario. Died 1927

19

  • Jacques Offenbach’s operetta Jeanne qui pleure et Jean qui rit [Jeanne crying and Jean laughing] premiered in Bad Ems, lib. Nuitter and E. Tréfeu

Aug 1864

14

  • Kate Cutler born (London) English soprano singer, actress. Died 1955

18

  • Gemma Bellincioni born (Monza) Italian soprano singer. Died 1950

22

  • Giovanni Pacini’s cantata Rossini e la patria [Rossini and his homeland] premiered in Pesaro

31

  • Michael William Balfe’s opera The Sleeping Queen premiered in London, lib. H.B. Farnie

Sep 1864

7

  • Giovanni Tebaldini born (Brescia) Italian composer, organist, music director. Died 1952

8

  • Arthur Sullivan’s masque Kenilworth premiered in Birmingham, lib. H.F. Chorley

Oct 1864

3

  • Auguste Mermet’s opera Roland à Roncevaux [Roland in Roncesvalles], lib. Mermet, premiered in Paris

7

  • Louis F. Gottschalk born (St Louis, MO) American composer, film score pioneer. Died 1934

8

  • Johann Strauss II’s polka S gibt nur a Kaiserstadt,’s gibt nur a Wien! op. 291 [Only one Imperial City, one Vienna] premiered in Pavlosk

24

  • Franco Leoni born (Milan) Italian opera composer, conductor. Died 1949

25

  • Alexander Gretchaninov born (Moscow) Russian composer. Died 1956

29

  • Louis Moreau Gottschalk’s Grande tarantelle for piano and orchestra premiered in Philadelphia

30

  • Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge born (Chicago, IL) American pianist, music patron. Died 1953

Nov 1864

5

  • Joseph Joachim’s Violin Concerto no.3 premiered in Hannover
  • Ivan Zajc’s opera Fitzliputzli premiered in Vienna. Lib. B Young

10

  • Alexandre Levy born (São Paulo) Brazilian composer, pianist, conductor. Died 1892

16

  • Florence Maude Ewart née Donaldson born (London) English composer, violinist, teacher. Died 1949

17

  • Chalía Herrera born (Havana) Cuban soprano singer. The first Cuban singer to make recordings. Died 1948
  • César Franck’s Fantaisie op.16 & Grande Pièce Symphonique op.17 for orchestra premiered in Paris

20

  • Anton Bruckner’s Mass no.1 for chorus, orchestra and organ premiered in Linz

24

  • Anton Bruckner’s Herbstlied [Autumn song] for 6 voices and piano premiered in Linz

Dec 1864

3

  • Julius Benedict’s opera The Bride of Song premiered in London. Lib. Henry Brougham Farnie

8

  • Albert Grisar’s opera Les Bégaiements d’amour [The stammerings of love], lib. Charlemagne Deulin and Emile de Najac, premiered in Paris

11

  • Adele Aus der Ohe born (Hannover) German pianist, composer. Died 1937
  • Anton Bruckner’s Um Mitternacht [at midnight] for 5 voices and piano premiered in Linz

16

  • Léo Delibes’s opera Le serpent à plumes [The Plumed Serpent] premiered in Paris, lib. P. Gille and N. Cham

17

  • Jacques Offenbach’s operetta La belle Hélène premiered in Paris, lib. H. Meilhac and L. Halévy

20

  • Josef Proksch (70) dies in Prague

31

  • Alessandro Longo born (Amantea, Italy) Italian composer, pianist, musicologist, teacher. Died 1945

unk

  • Johann Strauss II’s march Persischer Marsch op.289 [Persian March] premiered in Vienna

1864 (date unknown)

  • Giovanni David (73) dies in St Petersburg

publications

  • Jean-Baptiste Arban’s Grande méthode complète pour cornet à pistons et de saxhorn published in Paris

Songs published

  • Beautiful Dreamer (Stephen Foster); Marching Through Georgia (Henry Clay Work); Tramp! Tramp! Tramp! (The Boys Are Marching) (George F. Root)

Albert Grisar 1808-69

Jan 1865

3

  • Henry Lytton aka Henry Jones born (London) English baritone singer, actor. Died 1936

19

  • Maurice Arnold Strothotte born (St Louis, MO) American composer, violinist, conductor, teacher. Died 1937
  • Edvard Grieg’s Symphony in c minor premiered in Bergen

20

  • Yvette Guilbert born (Paris) French cabaret singer, actress. Died 1944

23

  • Josef Leopold Zvonař (41) dies in Prague

26

  • Franz Kneisel born (Bucharest) Romanian-American violinist, teacher, conductor. Died 1926

28

  • Felice Romani (76) dies in Moneglia, Italy

Feb 1865

5

  • Anton Bruckner’s Trauungslied [wedding song] for 4 voices premiered in Linz

7

  • Johann Strauss II’s waltz Bürgersinn op. 295 [Citizen Spirit] premiered in Vienna

11

  • Karl Millöcker’s operetta Der tote Gast [the dead guest], lib. Johann Ludwig Harisch, premiered in Graz

17

  • Ferdinand Hiller’s opera Der Deserteur [the deserter], lib. Ernst Pasqué, premiered in Cologne

19

  • Agnes Adler born (Copenhagen) Danish pianist. Died 1935
  • Ferdinand Löwe born (Vienna) Austrian conductor, teacher. Died 1925

20

  • Pierre-Louis Dietsch (56) dies in Paris

Mar 1865

2

  • Théo Ysaÿe born (Verviers, Belgium) Belgian composer, pianist. Brother of Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931). Died 1918
  • Niels Gade’s Symphony no.7 in F major op.45 premiered in Leipzig

3

  • Alexander Winkler born (Kharkiv, Ukraine) Russian composer, pianist, teacher. Died 1935

8

  • Félicien-César David’s opera Le Saphir [the sapphire], lib. Michel Carré, T. Hadot and Adolph Ribbing, premiered in Paris

16

  • (Robert) Orlando Morgan born (Manchester) English music teacher, composer, musicologist. Died 1956

19

  • Vilhelm Herold born (Bornholm, Denmark) Danish tenor singer, singing teacher, theatre director. Died 1937

Apr 1865

1

  • Giuditta Pasta (68) dies in Blevio, Italy

5

  • Edward Loder (c.52) dies in London

13

  • Heinrich Reinhardt born (Bratislava) Austrian operetta composer, keyboard player, critic. Died 1922

15

  • Franz Liszt’s Totentanz for piano and orchestra premiered in Den Haag

17

  • Ernest Hogan born (Bowling Green, KY) American songwriter, vaudevillian, coiner of the description ‘ragtime’. The first African American to produce and star in a Broadway show (The Oyster Man, 1907). Died 1909

24

  • Eduard Lassen’s opera Der Gefangene [the prisoner], lib. Lassen, premiered in Brussels

25

  • Léo Delibes’s opera Le boeuf Apis [Apis the ox] premiered in Paris, lib. P. Gille and G. Furpille

28

  • Giacomo Meyerbeer’s opera L’Africaine [the African] premiered in Paris, lib. E. Scribe and F.J. Fétis

May 1865

4

  • Ivan Zajc’s opera Die lazzaroni vom Stanzel [the rascal from Stanzel], lib. Hans Max, premiered in Vienna

9

  • August de Boeck born (Merchtem, Belgium) Belgian composer, organist, teacher. Died 1937

Jun 1865

1

  • (Arthur) Herbert Brewer born (Gloucester) English composer, organist. Organist at Gloucester Cathedral from 1896. Died 1928

5

  • Anton Bruckner’s cantata Germanenzug [Germanic] premiered in Linz, lib. A. Silberstein

9

  • Albéric Magnard born (Paris) French composer. Died 1914
  • Carl Nielsen born (Sortelung, Denmark) Danish composer, violinist, conductor. Died 1931

10

  • Richard Wagner’s opera Tristan und Isolde premiered in Munich, lib. Wagner

15

  • Paul Gilson born (Brussels) Belgian composer, teacher. Died 1942
  • Jakob Zeugheer (61) dies in Liverpool

21

  • Herbert Brewer born (Gloucester) English composer, organist. Died 1928

24

  • Harry Plunket Greene born (Dublin) Irish baritone singer, writer, lecturer, angler. Died 1936

29

  • John Coates born (Bradford) English tenor singer. Died 1941

30

  • Antonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in A completed

Jul 1865

2

  • Johannes Brahms’s Geistliches Lied op.30 [Holy song] for 4 voices and organ premiered in Chemnitz

6

  • Émile Jaques-Dalcroze born (Vienna) Swiss composer, teacher. Developer of Eurhythmics, a way of teaching concepts of rhythm, structure and expression through movement. Died 1950

11

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

21

  • Robert Kahn born (Mannheim, Germany) German composer, pianist, teacher. Died 1951

Aug 1865

5

  • Anton Sistermans born (‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands) Dutch baritone singer. Died 1926

10

  • Alexander Glazunov born (St Petersburg) Russian composer, conductor, teacher. Died 1936

13

  • Emma Eames born (Shanghai) American soprano singer. Died 1952

15

  • Franz Liszt’s oratorio Die Legende von der heiligen Elisabeth [The legend of Saint Elizabeth] premiered in Budapest, lib. O. Roquette

29

  • Franz Liszt’s Deux légendes [two legends] for piano premiered in Budapest

Sep 1865

9

  • Franz Suppé’s operetta Die schöne Galathee [The Beautiful Galatea], lib. Leonhardt Karl Dietmar Kohl von Kohlnegg, premiered in Vienna

11

  • Harry Greenbank born (London) English dramatist, author, lyricist. Brother of Percy Greenbank (1878-1968). Died 1899
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Characteristic Dances for orchestra premiered in Pavlovsk

22

  • Giovanni Bottesini’s Duetto for Clarinet and Double Bass premiered in London

28

  • Stanislaw Moniuszko’s opera Straszny Dwór [The Haunted Manor], lib. Jan Konstanty Checinski, premiered in Warsaw

unk

  • Louis Moreau Gottschalk sails to South America leaving the US for good after being accused of sexual assault of a female seminary student in Oakland (even though he is subsequently cleared)

Oct 1865

1

  • Paul Dukas born (Paris) French composer, teacher, critic. Died 1935

8

  • Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst (51) dies in Nice

11

  • Ludwig Rottenberg born (Chernivtsi, Ukraine) Austro-German composer, conductor. Died 1932

12

  • William Vincent Wallace (53) dies in Sauveterre-de-Comminges, France

19

  • Albert Grisar’s opera Les Douze Innocentes [The Twelve Innocents], lib. Émile de Najac, premiered in Paris

25

  • Filippo Marchetti’s opera Romeo e Giulietta [Romeo and Juliet], lib. Marco Marcelliano Marcello after Shakespeare, premiered in Trieste

27

  • Aleksandr Serov’s opera Rogneda premiered in St Petersburg. Lib. Serov

Nov 1865

3

  • Johannes Brahms’s Der Gang zum Liebchen Es glänzt der Mond nieder op.31/3 [the moonlight shines down on the walk to my love] for 4 voices and piano premiered in Karlsruhe

12

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet in one movement premiered in St Petersburg

17

  • Johannes Brahms’s Variations on an Original Theme op.21/1 (11 variations for piano) premiered in Hanover

22

  • Ambroise Thomas’s Marche religieuse for orchestra premiered in Paris

25

  • Johannes Brahms’s Variations on a Theme by Paganini op.35 (28 variations for piano) & Trio op.40 for violin, cello or horn and piano premiered in Zürich

26

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Overture in F premiered in St Petersburg (first version)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1840-1893

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1840-1893

Dec 1865

3

  • Gustav Jenner born (Sylt, Germany) German composer, conductor. Died 1920

6

  • Sebastián Iradier (56) dies in Vitoria, Spain

7

  • Sibyl Sanderson born (Sacramento, CA) American soprano singer. Died 1903

8

  • Jean Sibelius born (Hämeenlinna, Finland) Finnish composer, conductor. Died 1957

9

  • François Bazin’s opera Le Voyage en Chine [the voyage to China], lib. Eugène-Marin Labiche and Alfred-Charlemagne Lartigue, premiered in Paris

11

  • Friedrich von Flotow’s opera Naida premiered in St Petersburg, lib. J.H. Vernoy de Saint-Georges and L. Halévy
  • Jacques Offenbach’s operetta Les bergers [the shepherds] premiered in Paris, lib. Crémieux and P. Gille

17

  • Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished) premiered in Vienna

18

  • Francisco Manuel da Silva (69) dies in Rio de Janeiro

21

  • Karl Millöcker’s operetta Die beiden Binder [Both ties], lib. Gustav Stoltze, premiered in Graz

26

  • Karl Goldmark’s overture Sakuntala op.13 for orchestra premiered in Vienna

31

  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Symphony No. 1 premiered in St Petersburg (first version)

1865 (date unknown)

publications

  • Johannes Brahms’s Lieder und Gesänge op.32 (9 songs) & Romanzen op.33/1-6 (6 songs) published
  • Henri Vieuxtemps’s Violin Concerto No. 6 Op.47 published
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