1872-73

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Jan 1872

4

  • Ottilie Sutro born (Baltimore, MD) American pianist. Sister of Rose Sutro (1870-1957). Died 1957

6

  • Alexander Scriabin born (Moscow) Russian composer, pianist. Died 1915

9

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ symphonic poem Le Rouet d’Omphale op.31 [The Wheel of Omphale] premiered in Paris

11

  • Paul Graener born (Berlin) German composer, conductor. Died 1944

14

  • Joseph Christoph Kessler (71) dies in Vienna

15

  • Jacques Offenbach’s operetta Le Roi Carotte [King Carrot] premiered in Paris, lib. V. Sardou

16

  • Henri Büsser born (Toulouse) French composer, conductor. Died 1973

18

  • Jacques Offenbach’s operetta Fantasio premiered in Paris, lib. P. de Musset

23

  • Adelina de Lara aka Lottie Adelina Preston born (Carlisle) English pianist, composer, teacher. Died 1961

Feb 1872

1

  • Clara Butt born (Southwick, Sussex) English contralto singer. Died 1936

2

  • Stanislaw Moniuszko’s operetta Beata [Blessed] premiered in Warsaw. Lib. Jan Konstanty Checinski

6

  • Johan Svendsen’s Violin Concerto op.6 premiered in Leipzig

7

  • Alfred Cellier’s operetta Charity Begins at Home premiered in London. Lib. B. C. Stephenson

8

  • Guiseppe Verdi’s opera Aida is performed in Italy for the first time at La Scala, Milan (see 24th Dec 1871)

12

  • Louie Pounds born (London) English mezzo-soprano singer, actress. Died 1970

16

  • Franz Liszt’s Epithalam zu Eduard Reményi’s Vermählungsfeie for piano and violin premiered in Budapest

17

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s overture Romeo i Dzul′etta [Romeo and Juliet] premiered in St Petersburg (second version)

24

  • Vasily Zolotarev born (Taganrog, Russia) Russian composer, teacher. Died 1964

28

  • Alexander Dargomyzhsky’s opera Kamennyj gost [The Stone Guest], lib. Alexander Pushkin,  premiered in St Petersburg

Mar 1872

6

  • Ben Harney born (Louisville, KY) American ragtime songwriter, pianist. Died 1938
  • Paul Juon born (Moscow) Russo-German composer, teacher. Died 1940

8

  • Jacques Offenbach’s operetta Fleurette premiered in Vienna, lib. J Hopp and F. Zell

10

  • Felix Borowski born (Burton-in-Kendal) Anglo-American composer, teacher, critic. Died 1956

16

  • Charles Lecocq’s opera Les cent vierges [The one hundred virgins], lib. Louis-François Nicolaïe Clairville, Henri-Charles Chivot and Henri-Alfred Duru, premiered in Paris

20

  • Bernhard Sekles born (Frankfurt am Main) German composer, conductor, pianist, teacher. Died 1934

21

  • Max Bruch’s opera Hermione premiered in Berlin. Lib. Emil Hopffer

26

  • Franz Liszt’s Vier Märsche von Franz Schubert for piano four hands premiered in Budapest
  • Jules Massenet’s Introduction et variations for small orchestra premiered in Paris

29

  • Stanislaw Moniuszko’s motet Oto drzewo krzyza (Ecce lignum crucis) [behold the wood of the cross] premiered in Warsaw

30

  • Frederic Austin born (London) English baritone singer, teacher, composer. Brother of Ernest Austin (1874-1947). Died 1952
  • Sergey Nikiforovich Vasilenko born (Moscow) Russian composer, teacher. Died 1956

31

  • Sergei Diaghilev born (Novgorod gubernia, Russia) Russian ballet impresario, critic. Died 1929

Apr 1872

9

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ Romance for flute and orchestra op.37 premiered in Paris

10

  • Edvard Grieg’s incidental music to B. Bjørnson’s play Sigurd Jorsalfar [Sigurd the Crusader] op.22 premiered in Oslo

12

  • Nikolaos Mantzaros (76) dies in Corfu

14

  • Bedrich Smetana’s overture Libuse premiered in Prague
  • Antonin Dvorák’s overture Král a Uhlír [King and Charcoal Burner] op.14 premiered in Prague

23

  • Arthur Farwell born (St. Paul, MN) American composer, conductor, publisher, teacher. Died 1952
  • Violet Gordon-Woodhouse née Gwynne born (Sussex) English harpsichordist and clavichordist. The first player to make a recording of the harpsichord. Died 1948

29

  • Eyvind Alnæs born (Fredrikstad, Norway) Norwegian composer, pianist, organist, choirmaster. Died 1932

May 1872

1

  • Hugo Alfvén born (Stockholm) Swedish composer, conductor, violinist, painter. Died 1960
  • Arthur Sullivan’s Te Deum and Domine salvam fac reginam for chorus and orchestra premiered in London

5

  • Johann Kulik (72) dies in Prague

15

  • Thomas Hastings (87) dies in New York

19

  • Stanislaw Moniuszko’s Piotrowin Mass for choir and organ premiered in Warsaw

22

  • Georges Bizet’s opera Djamileh premiered in Paris, lib. L. Gallet

Jun 1872

4

  • Stanislaw Moniuszko (53) dies in Warsaw following a heart attack

5

  • Johannes Brahms’s Triumphlied op.55 for baritone, 8 voices and orchestra premiered in Karlsruhe

7

  • Leonid Sobinov born (Yaroslavl, Russia) Russian tenor singer, director of the Bolshoi Theatre. Died 1934

12

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’s opera La princesse jaune [the yellow Princess] premiered in Paris, lib. L. Gallet
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Cantata in commemoration of the bicentenary of the birth of Peter the Great for choir and orchestra premiered in Moscow

16

  • Anton Bruckner’s Mass no.3 for chorus, orchestra and organ premiered in Vienna

18

  • Katharine Goodson born (Watford, Hertfordshire) English concert pianist. Died 1958

20

  • Bernhard Sekles born (Frankfurt am Main, Germany) German composer, teacher. Died 1934

Jul 1872

8

  • Harry Von Tilzer aka Aaron Gumbinsky aka Harry Gumm born (Detroit, MI) American popular songwriter. Brother of Albert Von Tilzer (1878-1956). Died 1946

11

  • Eugenia Tadolini (63) dies in Paris of typhoid

12

  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov marries Nadezhda Purgold in St Petersburg

15

  • Alfred Hertz born (Frankfurt) German conductor. Music director of the San Francisco Symphony 1915-30. Died 1942

16

  • Ivan Zajc’s opera Ban Leget, lib. Ivan Dezman, premiered in Zagreb

18

  • Julius Fucík born (Prague) Czech brass band composer, conductor. Died 1916

20

  • Déodat de Séverac born (Saint-Félix-de-Caraman, France) French composer. Died 1921

26

  • Michele Carafa (84) dies in Paris

27

  • Stanislav Binički born (Jasika, Serbia) Serbian composer, conductor, teacher. Died 1942

unk

  • Johann Strauss II’s polka Bitte schön! op. 372 [If You Please!] premiered in Vienna
Ivan Zajc 1832-1914

Ivan Zajc 1832-1914

Aug 1872

4

  • Wilhelm Friedrich Wieprecht (69) dies in Berlin

10

  • Bill Johnson aka William Manuel Johnson born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz bandleader, bassist, inventor of the ‘slap bass’ style. Worked with the Original Creole Orchestra and King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band. Brother of Dink Johnson (1892-1954). Died 1972

11

  • Lowell Mason (80) dies in Orange, NJ

15

  • Harold Fraser-Simson born (London) English composer, songwriter. Died 1944
  • Rubin Goldmark born (New York, NY) American composer, pianist, teacher. Died 1936

16

  • Siegmund von Hausegger born (Graz, Austria) Austrian composer, conductor. Died 1948

Sep 1872

9

  • Josef Stránský born (Humpolec, Czech Rep.) Czech conductor, composer, art dealer. Conductor of the New York Philharmonic 1911-23. Died 1936

10

  • Marie Studholme aka Caroline Maria Lupton born (Eccleshill, Yorkshire) English soprano singer, actress. Died 1930
  • Anton Rubinstein begins a tour of the USA that will see him play 215 concerts and recitals in a little over 8 months

18

  • Carl Friedberg born (Bingen, Germany) German concert pianist, teacher. Died 1955

21

  • Jacques Offenbach’s operetta Der schwarze Korsar [the black corsair] premiered in Vienna, lib. Nuitter, E. Tréfeu, J. Offenbach and R. Genée

22

  • Walter Henry Rothwell born (London) English conductor. First music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1919. Died 1927

23

  • Solomiya Krushelnytska born (Buchach Raion, Ukraine) Ukrainian soprano singer, teacher. Died 1952

27

  • Bentley DeForest “B. D.” Ackley born (Spring Hill, PA) American Gospel composer, pianist. Died 1958

Oct 1872

1

  • Georges Bizet’s incidental music for A. Daudet’s play L’arlésienne premiered in Paris

2

  • Claude Debussy enrols at the Conservatoire Nationale de Musique in Paris

10

  • Georges Bizet’s L’arlésienne suite no.1 for orchestra, adapted from the incidental music from Daudet’s play, premiered in Paris

12

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams born (Down Ampney, Gloucs) English composer, folk song collector, conductor. Died 1958

26

  • Johan Severin Svendsen’s Carnival in Paris op.9 for orchestra & Funeral March, On the Death of King Carl XV op.10 for orchestra premiered in Oslo

28

  • WS Gilbert and Frederic Clay’s musical comedy Happy Arcadia opens in London

Nov 1872

4

  • Richard Henry Walthew born (London) English composer, conductor, pianist, teacher. Died 1951

8

  • Georg Schnéevoigt born (Vyborg, Russia) Finnish conductor, cellist. Died 1947

11

  • Frederick Stock born (Jülich, Germany) German-American conductor, violinist. Music director of the Chicago Symphony 1905-42. Died 1942

16

  • Georges Bizet’s operetta Sol-si-ré-pif-pan premiered in Paris, lib. W. Busnach

22

  • Antonín Dvořák’s Piano Quintet op.5 premiered in Prague

23

  • Ernest Guiraud’s opera Madame Turlupin premiered in Paris. Lib. Pierre-Étienne Piestre and Charles Grandvallet

27

  • Peter Raabe born (Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany) German conductor, composer. Reichsmusikkammer under the Nazi regime from 1935. Died 1945

29

  • Anna von Mildenburg born (Vienna) Austrian soprano singer, singing teacher. Died 1947
  • Giovanni Tadolini (83) dies in Bologna

30

  • Edvard Grieg’s Foran Sydens kloster [Before a Southern Convent] op.20 for soprano, alto, chorus and orchestra premiered in Oslo
  • Jules Massenet’s opera Don César de Bazan premiered in Paris, lib. A. Philipp, P.P. Dumanoir and J. Chantepie

Dec 1872

2

  • Karel Miry’s opera De dichter en zijn droombeeld [The poet and his dream], lib. Hendrik Conscience, premiered in Ghent

4

  • Charles Lecocq’s opera La fille de Madame Angot [The daughter of Madame Angot], lib. Louis-François Nicolaïe, Paul Siraudin and Victor Koning, premiered in Paris

7

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ Cello Sonata no.1 op.32 premiered in Paris

12

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

15

  • Henry Blagrove (61) dies in London of pneumonia

17

  • Claudio Brindis de Salas (72) dies in Havana

18

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Nikolay Rubinstein’s nameday for orchestra premiered in Moscow

19

  • Ludwig Minkus’s ballet Camargo premiered in St Petersburg

20

  • Lorenzo Perosi born (Tortona, Italy) Italian composer. Died 1956

23

  • Vilém Kurz born (Havlíčkův Brod, Czech Rep) Czech pianist, teacher. Died 1945

1872 (date unknown)

  • John Stainer appointed organist at St Paul’s, London

publications

  • WS Gilbert’s second collection of illustrated comic verse More Bab Ballads published in London
  • Charles-Marie Widor’s organ symphonies nunbers 1 to 4 op.13 published in Paris

Cover of the Routledge first edition of WS Gilbert’s More Bab Ballads

Jan 1873

3

  • John Lodge Ellerton (71) dies in London

6

  • Karl Straube born (Berlin) German organist, conductor, teacher, publisher. Died 1950

8

  • Lucien Capet born (Paris) French violinist, composer, teacher (Capet String Quartet). Died 1928
  • Jules Massenet’s incidental music for Leconte de Lisle’s play Les Erinnyes [the Furies] premiered in Paris

13

  • Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Pskovityanka [The Maid of Pskov] premiered in St Petersburg, lib. Rimsky-Korsakov (first version)

19

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ Cello concerto no.1 premiered in Paris

20

  • Karl Millöcker’s opera Abenteuer in Wien [Adventures in Vienna], lib. Alois Scheichel, premiered in Vienna

22

  • Gaetano Braga’s opera Caligola premiered in Lisbon. Lib. Antonio Ghislanzoni

29

  • Jacques Offenbach’s operetta Les braconniers [the poachers] premiered in Paris, lib. H. Chivot and A. Duru

Feb 1873

1

  • Joseph Allard born (Woodland, ME) Canadian folk fiddler, composer, fisherman. Died 1947

2

  • Leo Fall born (Olomouc, Czech Rep) Austrian operetta composer. Died 1925

4

  • Amilcare Ponchielli’s ballet Le due gemelle [The twins] premiered in Milan

7

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no.2 op.17 premiered in Moscow (first version)

11

  • Dimitri Arakishvili born (Vladikavkaz, Russia) Georgian composer, ethnomusicologist, teacher, journalist. Died 1953

13

  • Feodor Chaliapin born (Kazan, Russia) Russian bass singer. Died 1938

14

  • Charles Samuel Bovy-Lysberg (52) dies in Geneva

15

  • Modest Altschuler born (Mogilev, Belarus) Russo-American composer, cellist, conductor. Died 1963

16

  • Carlos Gomes’s opera Fosca premiered in Milan. Lib. Antonio Ghislanzoni

25

  • Enrico Caruso born (Naples) Italian tenor singer, early recording star. Died 1921

28

  • Harold Bauer born (London) English pianist, violinst, teacher. Died 1951

Mar 1873

1

  • Johann Strauss II’s operetta Der Karneval in Rom [the casrnival in Rome] premiered in Vienna, lib. J. Braun

2

  • Georges Bizet’s Petite Suite op.22 for orchestra premiered in Paris

5

  • Alexis de Castillon (34) dies in Paris of an unspecified fever

9

  • Thomas Oliphant (73) dies in London
  • Antonín Dvořák’s Hymnus: Dědicové bilé hory [Hymn: the Heirs of the White Mountain] op.30 for chorus and orchestra premiered in Prague

19

  • Max Reger born (Brand, Germany) German composer, conductor, pianist, teacher. Died 1916
  • Franz Liszt’s Szózat und Hymnus for orchestra premiered in Budapest

30

  • Antonín Dvorák’s Three Nocturnes for orchestra premiered in Prague. Only no.2 May Night survives

31

  • Domenico Donzelli (83) dies in Bologna
  • Emmanuel Chabrier’s operetta Fisch-Ton-Kan premiered in Paris, lib. P. Verlaine and L. Viotti

Apr 1873

1

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff born (Novgorod, Russia) Russian composer, pianist. Died 1943
  • Guiseppe Verdi’s String Quartet in E minor premiered in Naples

5

  • Leo Delibes’ operetta Fleur-de-lys premiered in London. Lib. Henry Brougham Farnie

10

  • César Franck’s symphonic poem Rédemption for soprano, chorus, narration and orchestra premiered in Paris (first version)

11

  • Jules Massenet’s oratorio Marie-Magdeleine premiered in Paris, lib. L. Gallet

13

  • Carlo Coccia (90) dies in Novara.Italy

17

  • Semen Hulak-Artemovsky (60) dies in Moscow
  • Jules Massenet’s operetta L’adorable Bel’-Boul [The lovely Belle Blvd] premiered in Paris, lib. L. Gallet

18

  • Jean Roger-Ducasse born (Bordeaux) French composer, teacher. Died 1954

20

  • Fyodor Keneman born (Moscow) Russian pianist, composer, teacher. Died 1937

22

  • Johann Strauss II’s waltz Wiener Blut op. 354 [Viennese Blood] premiered in Vienna

27

  • Leos Janácek’s The Enforced Bridegroom; Serbian Folksong & Ploughing all for chorus premiered in Brno

28

  • Harold Bauer born (London) English concert pianist, violinist, teacher. Died 1951

29

  • Ignazio Marini (61) dies in Milan

30

  • Théodore Dubois’s opera La Guzla de l’émir [The Emir of Guzla], lib. Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, premiered in Paris

unk

  • The Fisk Jubilee Singers perform two songs for Queen Victoria in London. In return, she commissions a portrait of the group as a gift.

May 1873

1

  • Harry Evans born (Dowlais, Wales) Welsh conductor, choral composer, organist, choir founder. Died 1914

5

  • Charles H. Workman born (Bootle, Merseyside) English baritone singer, actor. Died 1923

8

  • Ilona Eibenschütz born (Budapest) Hungarian concert pianist. Died 1967

13

  • Kašpar Mašek (79) dies in Ljubljana

15

  • Nikolai Tcherepnin born (St Petersburg) Russian composer, conductor, pianist. Father of Alexander Tcherepnin (1899-1977). Died 1945

23

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s incidental music from A.N. Ostrovsky’s play Snegurochka [The Snow Maiden] premiered in Moscow

24

  • Léo Delibes’s opera Le roi l’a dit [The king has said] premiered in Paris, lib. E. Gondinet

26

  • August Conradi (51) dies in Berlin

29

  • Rudolf Tobias born (Kaina, Estonia) Estonian composer, organist. Died 1918
  • Franz Liszt’s oratorio Christus premiered in Weimar

Jun 1873

1

  • Ada Jones born (Oldham, Lancs) American popular singer, early recording star. Died 1922

2

  • François George-Hainl (65) dies in Paris

7

  • Landon Ronald born (London) English conductor, composer, pianist, teacher. Died 1938

13

  • Angelo Mariani (51) dies in Genoa of cancer

16

  • Antonina Nezhdanova born (Odessa) Russian soprano singer. Died 1950

17

  • Alfred Cellier’s operetta The Foster Brothers premiered in London. Lib. Gilbert A’Beckett

Jul 1873

7

  • Johann Strauss II’s waltz Carnevalsbilder [op. 357 Carnival Pictures] premiered in Vienna

18

  • Johan Severin Svendsen’s Coronation March op.13 premiered in Trondheim at the coronation of King Oscar II

19

  • Ferdinand David (63) dies suddenly near Kloster, Switzerland whilst on a walking tour

20

  • Witold Maliszewski born (Mohyliv-Podilskyi, Ukraine) Polish composer, teacher. Died 1939

23

  • Ettore Pozzoli born (Seregno, Italy) Italian pianist, composer, teacher. Died 1957

Aug 1873

1

  • Henri Verbrugghen born (Brussels) Belgian violinist, conductor. Died 1934

6

  • Mary Carr Moore born (Memphis, TN) American composer, conductor, teacher. Died 1957
  • John Wesley Work, Jr. born (Nashville, TN) American choir director, teacher, songwriter, collector of folk songs and spirituals. Father of John Wesley Work III (1901-67). Died 1925
  • Johan Svendsen’s Festival Polonaise op.12 for orchestra premiered in Oslo

11

  • J. (John) Rosamond Johnson born (Jacksonville, FL) Composer, singer, music editor. Brother of James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938). Died 1954

16

  • Georg Hellmesberger, Sr. (73) dies in Graz, Austria

18

  • Otto Harbach born (Salt Lake City, UT) American librettist, lyricist. Worked with Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II amongst others. Died 1963
  • Leo Slezak born (Šumperk, Czech Rep) Czech tenor singer. Died 1946

20

  • William Henry Bell born (St Albans, Herts) English composer, conductor, teacher. Died 1946

27

  • Arthur Sullivan’s oratorio The Light of the World premiered in Birmingham, lib. Sullivan

unk

  • Johann Strauss II’s waltz Bei uns Z’haus op. 361 [At Home] premiered in Vienna

Sep 1873

1

  • The Carl Rosa Opera Company gives its first performance in Manchester (William Vincent Wallace’s Maritana)

4

  • Jacques Offenbach’s operetta Pomme d’api [small apple] premiered in Paris, lib. L. Halévy and W. Busnach

21

  • Papa Jack Laine aka George Vital Laine born (New Orleans, LA) American brass band leader, drummer, music booker. Led the Reliance Brass Band. Died 1966

23

  • Franz Liszt’s Wartburg Lieder for chorus and orchestra premiered in Wartburg

Oct 1873

4

  • Antonin Dvořák’s String Quartet No. 5 completed

6

  • Friedrich Wieck (88) dies in Dresden

8

  • Albrecht Agthe (83) dies in Berlin

18

  • Johannes Brahms’s String Quartet no.2 op.51/2 premiered in Berlin
  • Amilcare Ponchielli’s opera Il parlatore eterno [the eternal speaker] premiered in Lecco, lib. A. Ghislanzoni

26

  • Anton Bruckner’s Symphony no.2 premiered in Vienna (first version)

28

  • The Paris Opéra on the Rue Le Peletier is destroyed by fire

29

  • Giovanni Pacini’s opera Niccolò de’ Lapi premiered in Florence, lib. C. Perini
Anton Bruckner - Complete Symphonies (Deutsche Grammophon)

Anton Bruckner – Complete Symphonies (Deutsche Grammophon)

Nov 1873

2

  • Johannes Brahms’s Variations on a Theme by J. Haydn op.56a for orchestra premiered in Vienna

8

  • Louise Kirkby Lunn born (Manchester) English contralto singer. Died 1930

10

  • Henri Rabaud born (Paris) French composer, conductor. Died 1949

11

  • Charles Penrose born (Biggleswade, Bedfordshire) English music hall star, singer, comedian. Died 1952

16

  • W. C. (William Christopher) Handy born (Florence, AL) American blues composer, songwriter, bandleader, musician, author. Died 1958

29

  • Jacques Offenbach’s operetta La jolie parfumeuse [The beautiful perfumer] premiered in Paris, lib. Crémieux and E. Blum

30

  • Stefano Gobatti’s opera I Goti [The Goths], lib. Stefano Interdonato, premiered in Bologna

Dec 1873

1

  • Johannes Brahms’s Der englische Gruss Gegrüsset Maria op.22/1 for choir premiered in Munich

7

  • Zdenek Fibich’s symphonic poem Othello op.6 premiered in Prague
  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ symphonic poem Phaëton op.39 premiered in Paris

8

  • Anton Bruckner’s motet Christus factus est premiered in Vienna

11

  • Johannes Brahms’s String Quartet no.1 op.51/1 premiered in Vienna

14

  • Joseph Jongen born (Liège, Belgium) Belgian composer, organist, teacher. Died 1953

19

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s symphonic poem Burya [The Tempest] op.18 premiered in Moscow

1873 (date unknown)

publications

  • Joachim Raff’s Symphony no.5 Lenore published

Songs published

  • Home on the Range (Daniel Kelly, Brewster M. Higley)

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