1866-67

<1864-1865 1868-1869>

Jan 1866

5

  • Bedřich Smetana’s opera Braniboři v Čechách [The Brandenburgers in Bohemia] premiered in Prague, lib. Karel Sabina

7

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ Sérénade op.15 for organ, harp, violin and viola premiered in Paris

10

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s cantata K radosti [To Joy] for choir and orchestra premiered in St Petersburg

13

  • Vasily Kalinnikov born (Oryol, Russia) Russian composer. Brother of Viktor Kalinnikov (1870-1927). Died 1901

16

  • John Robichaux born (Thibodeaux, LA) American brass band leader, drummer, violinist, composer. Member of the Excelsior Brass Band from 1892 to 1903. Uncle of Joe Robichaux (1900-65). Died 1939

17

  • Johann Strauss II’s waltz Flugschriften op. 300 [Pamphlets] premiered in Vienna

25

  • Antonio Scotti born (Naples) Italian baritone singer. Died 1936

27

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera Zaide K344 premiered in Frankfurt, lib. J.A. Schachtner

28

  • Johann Strauss II’s waltz Wiener Bonbons op. 307 [Viennese Sweets] premiered in Vienna

Feb 1866

5

  • Jacques Offenbach’s operetta Barbe-bleue [Bluebeard] premiered in Paris, lib. H. Meilhac and L. Halévy

16

  • Peter Benoit’s Flute Concerto op.43a & Piano Concerto op.43b premiered in Antwerp

24

  • Jules Massenet’s symphonic suite Pompéia premiered in Paris

26

  • Karl Michael Ziehrer’s operetta Mahomeds Paradies [Mohammed’s paradise], lib. anon, premiered in Vienna

Mar 1866

4

  • Anna Bishop is one of the surviving passengers stranded for three weeks when the ship Libelle is wrecked on Wake Island in the Pacific

10

  • Arthur Sullivan’s Irish Symphony premiered in London

16

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Overture in F premiered in Moscow (second and final version)

20

  • Rikard Nordraak (23) dies in Berlin of tuberculosis

21

  • Franz Suppé’s operetta Leichte Kavallerie [light cavalry], lib. Karl Kostia, premiered in Vienna

Apr 1866

1

  • Ferruccio Busoni born (Empoli, Italy) Italian composer, pianist, conductor, writer, teacher. Died 1924

7

  • Saverio Mercadante’s opera Virginia premiered in Naples, lib. S. Cammarano

24

  • Max Bruch’s Violin concerto no. 1 premiered in Koblenz
  • Ivan Zajc’s opera Die Hexe von Boissy [The Witch of Boissy], lib. Carl Costa, premiered in Vienna

27

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ Suite for cello and piano op.16 premiered in Paris

May 1866

8

  • Arthur Sullivan’s Allegro in B flat minor for piano premiered in London

12

  • Charles Gounod appointed a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris

13

  • Ottokar Novacek born (Fehertemplom, Hungary) Hungaro-Czech composer, violinist. Died 1900

17

  • Erik Satie born (Honfleur, France) French composer, pianist, writer. Died 1925

27

  • Johann Josef Abert’s opera Astorga premiered in Stuttgart. Lib. Ernest Pasqué

28

  • Friedrich von Flotow’s opera Zilda premiered in Paris, lib. J.H. Vernoy de Saint-Georges, H.C. Chivot and A. Duru

30

  • Bedřich Smetana’s opera Prodaná nevěsta [The Bartered Bride] premiered in Prague, lib. K. Sabina (first version)

31

  • Vladimir Rebikov born (Krasnoyarsk, Russia) Russian composer, pianist. Died 1920

Jun 1866

15

  • Charles Wood born (Armagh) Irish composer, teacher. Died 1926

22

  • William Sterndale Bennett appointed conductor of the Royal Academy of Music in London
  • Johannes Brahms’s Piano Quintet op.34 premiered in Leipzig

Jul 1866

23

  • Francesco Cilea born (Palmi, Italy) Italian composer, pianist. Died 1950

25

  • Aloys Schmitt (77) dies in Munich

26

  • Karl Michael Ziehrer’s march König von Sachsen Huldigungs [King of Saxony] op.64 premiered in Vienna

Aug 1866

4

  • Gabriel Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine op.11 for chorus and organ premiered in Paris

27

  • Michael Balling born (Würzburg, Germany) German conductor, viola player. Principal conductor of the Hallé Orchestra 1912-14. Died 1925

28

  • Karel Miry’s opera Maria van Boergondië [Mary of Burgundy], lib. N. Destanberg, premiered in Ghent

Sep 1866

9

  • Edwin Lemare born (Ventnor, Isle of Wight) Anglo-American organist, composer. Died 1934

12

  • Thomas Baker, Giuseppe Operti, George Bickwell, Theodore Kennick & Charles M. Barra’s The Black Crook, first modern ‘book musical’, opens on Broadway (474 performances)

20

  • Gustave Doret born (Aigle, Switzerland) Swiss composer, conductor. Died 1943
Poster for the musical The Black Crook

Poster for the musical The Black Crook

Oct 1866

2

  • Adam Darr (56) commits suicide by drowning himself in the River Lech at Augsburg, Germany

8

  • Jules Massenet marries Constance de Sainte-Marie in Paris

10

  • Karl Michael Ziehrer’s waltz Auf hoher See [On the High Seas] op.66 premiered in Vienna

25

  • Georg Schumann born (Königstein, Germany) German composer, conductor. President of the Prussian Academy of Arts from 1934. Died 1952

29

  • Karel Miry’s opera De Keizer Bij de Boeren [The Emperor and the Farmers], lib. N. Destanberg, premiered in Ghent

30

  • Arthur Sullivan’s Overture in C, “In Memoriam” for orchestra premiered in Norwich

31

  • Jacques Offenbach’s operetta La vie parisienne [Parisian life] premiered in Paris, lib. H. Meilhac and L. Halévy

Nov 1866

5

  • Daniel Protheroe born (Ystradgynlais, Wales) Welsh composer, conductor, teacher. Died 1934

7

  • Paul Lincke born (Berlin) German composer, violinist. Died 1946

10

  • Ivan Zajc’s opera Nachtschwärmer [Nighthawks], lib. B. Young, premiered in Vienna

12

  • Léo Delibes’s ballet La source, ou Naila [The source or Naila] premiered in Paris

15

  • Gervase Elwes born (Northampton) English tenor singer, lawyer. Died 1921

17

  • Ambroise Thomas’s opera Mignon premiered in Paris. Lib. Jules Barbier and Michel Carré

19

  • Hugo Felix born (Vienna) Austrian operetta composer. Died 1934

20

  • Johannes Brahms’s Sextet no.2 op.36 premiered in Zürich

23

  • Johannes Brahms’s Waltzes op.39 & 21 Hungarian Dances premiered in Oldenburg by Clara Schumann and Albert Dietrich

24

  • Arthur Sullivan’s Cello Concerto premiered in London

25

  • Giuseppe Cremonini aka Bianchi born (Cremona) Italian tenor singer. Died 1903

26

  • Adrien-François Servais (59) dies in Halle, Germany

29

  • Waldemar von Baußnern born (Berlin) German composer, teacher, music director. Died 1931

Dec 1866

1

  • Jules Demersseman (33) dies in Paris of tuberculosis

2

  • Harry Burleigh born (Erie, PA) American baritone singer, composer. Died 1949
  • Ludwig Minkus’s ballet Le Poisson d’or [the goldfish] premiered in Moscow

3

  • Jan Kalivoda (65) dies in Karlsruhe following a heart attack

6

  • Anton Bruckner’s choral piece Der Abendhimmel II completed

23

  • Rimsky-Korsakov’s Overture on Three Russian Themes op.28 premiered in St Petersburg

24

  • Karel Miry’s opera De occasie maakt den dief [The occasion makes the thief], lib. N. Destanberg, premiered in Ghent

1866 (date unknown)

  • Moscow Conservatory founded by Nikolai Rubinstein and Prince Nikolai Petrovitch Troubetzkoy

publications

  • Mily Balakirev’s Collection of Russian Folksongs published in St Petersburg
  • Georges Bizet’s Feuilles d’album (6 songs) published in Paris
  • Johannes Brahms’s Zwölf Lieder und Romanzen op.44 for 4 female voices and piano published
  • George Frederick Bristow’s Oratorio of Daniel op.42 published

Songs published

  • When You and I Were Young, Maggie (James A. Butterfield, George Washington Johnson)

Karel Miry 1823-89

Jan 1867

2

  • Karl Millöcker’s operetta Diana premiered in Vienna. Lib. Josef Braun

6

  • Jacques Urlus born (Kelmis, Belgium) Dutch tenor singer. Died 1935

12

  • Giovanni Pacini’s opera Don Diego di Mendoza premiered in Venice, lib. F.M. Piave

27

  • Claude Terrasse born (L’Arbresle, France) French operetta composer. Died 1923

28

  • Eugène Goossens fils born (Bordeaux) Anglo-Belgian conductor, violinist. Son of Eugène Goossens, père (1845-1906). Died 1958

Feb 1867

6

  • Eldridge R. Johnson born (Wilmington, DE) American engineer, co-founder of the Victor Talking Machine Company (1901). Died 1945

9

  • Edward Naylor born (Scarborough, Yorks) English composer, organist. Died 1934

10

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Festival Overture on the Danish National Hymn op.15 premiered in Moscow

12

  • Len Spencer born (Washington, DC) American popular singer, early recording artist. Died 1914

15

  • Johann Strauss II’s waltz An der schönen blauen Donau op. 314 [On the Beautiful Blue Danube] premiered in Vienna

18

  • Johann Strauss II’s waltz Künstlerleben op. 316 [Artists’ Life] premiered in Vienna

21

  • Emile Pessard’s cantata Dalila, winner of the 1866 Prix de Rome, premiered in Paris

23

  • George Thomas Smart (90) dies in London

27

  • Wilhelm Peterson-Berger born (Ullånger, Sweden) Swedish composer, critic. Died 1942

Mar 1867

1

  • Franz Schubert’s Quartettsatz movement for string quartet premiered in Vienna

11

  • Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Don Carlos aka Don Carlo premiered in Paris, lib. J. Méry and C. Du Locle

17

  • Johannes Brahms’ 16 waltzes op.39 for piano four hands premiered in Vienna

21

  • Florenz Ziegfeld born (Chicago) American Broadway musical impresario, founder of the Ziegfeld Follies revues. Died 1932

24

  • Martinus Sieveking born (Amsterdam) Dutch composer, pianist. Died 1950
  • Alfred Mellon (46) dies in London
  • Jules Massenet’s First Suite for Orchestra premiered in Paris

25

  • Arturo Toscanini born (Parma, Italy) Italian conductor. Died 1957

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  • Johann Strauss II’s polka Leichtes Blut Galop op. 319 [Light Blood] premiered in Vienna
Jules Massenet 1842-1912

Jules Massenet 1842-1912

Apr 1867

3

  • Jules Massenet’s opera La grand’tante [the great Aunt], lib. Jules-Édouard Adenis and Charles Grandvallet, premiered in Paris
  • Ivan Zajc’s opera Das Rendezvous in der Schweiz [the rendezvous in Switzerland], lib. B. Young, premiered in Vienna

4

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ Concerto for violin and orchestra no.1 op.20 & Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso for violin and orchestra op.28 premiered in Paris

6

  • Gyula, Sandor and Ferenc Erkel’s folk music drama Dózsa György premiered in Budapest, lib. E. Szigligeti
  • Giovanni Pacini’s opera Berta di Varnol premiered in Naples, lib. F.M. Piave

7

  • Johannes Brahms’s An die Heimat Heimat! Heimat! [to the homeland! homeland! homeland!] op.64/1 for 4 voices and piano premiered in Vienna

12

  • Daddy Stovepipe aka Johnny Watson born (Mobile, AL) American blues singer, guitarist, harmonica player. Died 1963
  • Jacques Offenbach’s operetta La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein premiered in Paris, lib. H. Meilhac and L. Halévy

13

  • William Arundel Orchard born (London) Anglo-Australian composer, condcutor, organist, pianist, teacher. Founding conductor of the Sydney Symphony (1908). Died 1961
  • Arthur Sullivan’s opera The Sapphire Necklace premiered in London, lib. H.F. Chorley

24

  • Karel Navrátil born (Prague) Czech violinist, composer, teacher. Died 1936

27

  • Charles-François Gounod’s opera Roméo et Juliette premiered in Paris, lib. J. Barbier and M. Carré
  • Franz Suppé’s operetta Banditenstreiche [bandits’ tricks], lib. B. Boutonnier, premiered in Vienna

May 1867

1

  • Charles K. Harris born (Poughkeepsie, NY) American popular songwriter. Died 1930

3

  • Fanny Tacchinardi Persiani (54) dies in Paris

4

  • Dynam-Victor Fumet born (Toulouse) French composer, organist. Died 1949

6

  • Johann Caspar Aiblinger (88) dies in Munich

10

  • Walter Passmore born (London) English baritone singer, actor. Died 1946

11

  • Arthur Sullivan and Francis Cowley Burnand’s operetta Cox and Box premiered in London

17

  • Johan Svendsen’s String Quintet in C major op.5 premiered in Leipzig

21

  • Frances Densmore born (Red Wing, MN) American ethnographer, ethnomusicologist. Expert in and recorder of native American songs and music. Died 1957

24

  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Fantasy on Serbian Themes op.6 premiered in St Petersburg
  • Mily Balakirev’s Overture on Czech Themes premiered in St Petersburg

25

  • Emil Kreuz born (Elberfeld, Germany) German composer, conductor, teacher, violinist, viola player. Died 1932

Jun 1867

3

  • Béla Szabados born (Budapest) Hungarian composer, teacher. Died 1936
  • Arthur Sullivan’s overture Marmion premiered in London

8

  • Franz Liszt’s Ungarische Krönungsmesse [Hungarian Coronation Mass] for chorus and orchestra premiered in Budapest

11

  • Edvard Grieg marries his first cousin singer and pianist Nina Hagerup in Oslo

Jul 1867

5

  • Modest Mussorgsky’s Noch’ na lïsoy gore [Night on Bald Mountain] for orchestra completed

20

  • Jacques Offenbach’s operetta La leçon de chant électromagnétique [the electromagnetic singing lesson] premiered in Bad Ems, lib. E. Bourget

27

  • Enrique Granados born (Lleida, Spain) Catalan composer, pianist. Died 1916

30

  • Johann Strauss II’s polka Figaro-Polka op. 320 premiered in Paris

Aug 1867

1

  • Richard Wagner’s opera Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg [Tannhäuser and the Singers’ Contest at Wartburg] premiered in Paris, lib. Wagner (fourth and final version)

10

  • Emil Oberhoffer born (Munich) German-American conductor, composer. Founder of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra aka the Minnesota Orchestra (1903). Died 1933

15

  • Jules Massenet’s cantata Paix et Liberté [peace and liberty] premiered in Paris

28

  • Umberto Giordano born (Foggia, Italy) Italian opera composer. Died 1948
  • William Sterndale Bennett’s cantata The Woman of Samaria op.44 for 4 voices premiered in Birmingham

Sep 1867

1

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ cantata Les noces de Prométhée op.19 [the marriage of Prometheus] for chorus and orchestra premiered in Paris

5

  • Amy Beach born (Henniker, NH) American composer, pianist. Died 1944

7

  • Evan Williams born (Mineral Ridge, OH) American tenor singer. Died 1918

10

  • Simon Sechter (78) dies in Vienna

12

  • Herbert L. Clarke born (Woburn, MA) American cornet player, bandmaster, composer. Died 1945

14

  • Ivan Zajc’s opera Das Gaugericht [The gauge report], lib. B. Young, premiered in Vienna

23

  • John Lomax born (Goodman, MS) American musicologist, folklorist, teacher. Father of Alan Lomax (1915-2002) and Bess Lomax-Hawes (1921-2009). Died 1948

Oct 1867

9

  • Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński (60) dies in Warsaw

12

  • Johan Svendsen’s Symphony No.1 in D major op.4 premiered in Oslo

13

  • Karel Miry’s opera Frans Ackermann premiered in Brussels. Lib. N. Destanberg

14

  • Karel Miry’s opera Brutus en Cesar premiered in Ghent. Lib. P. Geiregat

Nov 1867

16

  • Edvard Grieg’s Violin Sonata no.2 op.13 premiered in Oslo

17

  • Vilem Blodek’s opera V studni [In the Well], lib. Karel Boromejskÿ,  premiered in Prague

18

  • Aleksandr Borodin’s opera Bogatïri [The Heroic Warriors] premiered in Moscow, lib. V.A. Krïlov

23

  • Johannes Brahms’s Ballades no.1 op.10/1 & no.4 op.10/4 for piano premiered in Vienna
  • Jacques Offenbach’s operetta Robinson Crusoé premiered in Paris, lib. E. Cormon and Crémieux

24

  • Scott Joplin born (Linden, TX) American ragtime composer, pianist. Died 1917

27

  • Charles Koechlin born (Paris) French composer, teacher, writer. Died 1950
  • Margaret Ruthven Lang born (Boston, MA) American composer. Died 1972
  • Karel Miry’s opera Le Mariage de Marguerite (Margaret’s marriage], lib. M. de Wille, premiered in Ghent

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  • Mily Balakirev becomes director of the Free School of Music in St Petersburg

Dec 1867

6

  • Giovanni Pacini (81) dies in Pescia, Italy

8

  • Hubert Parry’s cantata O Lord, Thou hast cast us out premiered in Eton

9

  • Her Majesty’s Theatre, Pall Mall, London is burnt down after an accident involving an overheated stove

12

  • Edvard Grieg’s Upon Rikard Nordraak’s Death: Tone Poem for Orchestra premiered in Oslo

18

  • Arthur Sullivan and Francis Cowley Burnand’s operetta The Contrabandista premiered in London

21

  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sadko op.5 for orchestra premiered in St Petersburg

26

  • Georges Bizet’s opera La jolie fille de Perth [The pretty girl from Perth], lib. Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jules-Édouard Adenis after Walter Scott, premiered in Paris

27

  • Henri Christiné born (Geneva) Franco-Swiss composer. Died 1941

1867 (date unknown)

  • The Copenhagen Conservatory founded by Johan Peter Emilius Hartmann, Niels Gade and Holger Simon Paulli

publications

  • Johannes Brahms’s Fünf Lieder op.41 for 4 voices published
  • Hermann Götz’s Piano Trio op.1 & Piano Quartet op.6 published
  • Edvard Grieg’s Lyric Pieces Book 1 op.12 published
  • Stephen István Heller’s Préludes for Mademoiselle Lili op.119 published in Paris

Songs published

  • The Man on the Flying Trapeze (George Leybourne, Gaston Lyle, Alfred Lee)

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