1880-81

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Jan 1880

4

  • Bedrich Smetana’s symphonic poems Tábor & Blaník premiered in Prague

5

  • Nikolai Medtner born (Moscow) Russian composer, pianist. Died 1951

6

  • Antonín Dvořák’s Polonaise in E for orchestra premiered in Prague

7

  • Robert Planquette’s operetta Les Voltigeurs de la 32e [The Voltigeurs of the 32nd], lib. Edmond Gondinet and Georges J. Duval, premiered in Paris

8

  • Melanie Kurt born (Vienna) Austrian soprano singer, singing teacher. Died 1941

11

  • Washington Phillips born (Freestone Co, TX) American Gospel singer, songwriter, celestaphone player. Died 1954

17

  • César Franck’s Quintette for piano and string quartet premiered in Paris

20

  • Johannes Brahms’s Two Rhapsodies op.79 for piano premiered in Krefeld

21

  • Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Mayskaya noch′ [May Night] premiered in St Petersburg, lib. Rimsky-Korsakov

23

  • Percy Wenrich born (Joplin, MO) American ragtime composer, songwriter. Died 1952

30

  • Johannes Brahms’s motet O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf [O Saviour tear on the heavens] op.74/2 for choir premiered in Hamburg

31

  • Alfredo Catalani’s opera Elda premiered in Turin. Lib. Carlo D’Ormeville
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov 1844-1908

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov 1844-1908

Feb 1880

1

  • Francesco Balilla Pratella born (Lugo di Romagna, Italy) Italian composer, theorist, musicologist. Died 1951

12

  • Hubert Parry’s Sonata in A for cello and piano premiered in London

14

  • Edgar Bainton born (London) English composer, conductor. Died 1956
  • Gabriel Fauré’s Piano Quartet no.1 op.15 & Berceuse op.16 for violin and piano premiered in Paris

19

  • Arthur Shepherd born (Paris, ID) American composer, conductor. Died 1958

21

  • Alfred Cellier’s operetta In the Sulks premiered in London. Lib. Frank Desprez
  • Franz Suppé’s operetta Donna Juanita premiered in Vienna. Lib. Camillo Walzel and Richard Genée

26

  • Hubert Parry’s String Quartet in G premiered in London

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  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s Three Intermezzi for clarinet and piano op.13 premiered in Cambridge

Mar 1880

5

  • Anton Rubinstein’s opera Kupets Kalashnikov [The Merchant Kalashnikov] premiered in St Petersburg, lib. N.I. Kulikov

8

  • Léo Delibes’s opera Jean de Nivelle premiered in Paris, lib. P. Gille and E. Gondinet

11

  • Filippo Marchetti’s opera Don Giovanni d’Austria premiered in Turin. Lib. Carlo D’Ormeville

17

  • Guillermo Uribe Holguín born (Bogota) Colombian violinist, composer. Founder of the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia. Died 1971

20

  • Joaquim Antonio da Silva (31) dies in Rio de Janeiro

28

  • Achille Peri (67) dies in Reggio Emilia

29

  • Antonín Dvořák’s Waltzes for strings op.54 premiered in Prague

31

  • Henryk Wieniawski (44) dies in Moscow following a heart attack

Apr 1880

3

  • Hubert Parry’s Piano Concerto in F sharp premiered in London
  • W.S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan’s operetta The Pirates of Penzance opens in London (363 performances)

7

  • Diederich Krug (58) dies in Hamburg

20

  • Borodin’s symphonic poem In the Steppes of Central Asia premiered in St Petersburg

May 1880

1

  • Samuel Naumbourg (63) dies in Saint-Mandé, France

3

  • Johannes Brahms’ Hungarian Dances books 3 & 4 premiered in Bonn

9

  • Hermann Berens (53) dies in Stockholm

10

  • John Goss (79) dies in London

22

  • Jules Massenet’s oratorio La vierge [the Virgin] premiered in Paris, lib. C. Grandmougin

28

  • Leos Janácek’s Violin Sonata no.2 premiered in Vienna

Jun 1880

13

  • Vincent Rose born (Palermo, Italy) Italian-American bandleader, songwriter. Died 1944

24

  • Calixa Lavallée’s anthem O Canada premiered in Montreal

Jul 1880

3

  • Carl Schuricht born (Gdansk) German conductor. Died 1967

5

  • Jan Kubelík born (Prague) Czech violinist, composer. Died 1940

12

  • Louis Cahuzac born (Quarante, France) French clarinetist, composer. Died 1960
  • Giacomo Puccini’s Messa a quattro voci for four voices and orchestra premiered in Lucca

22

  • Anna Caroline Oury (72) dies in Munich

24

  • Ernest Bloch born (Geneva) Swiss-American composer, teacher. Died 1959

29

  • Frederick Hobbs born (Christchurch, New Zealand) New Zealand bass baritone singer, actor, theatre manager. Died 1942

Aug 1880

8

  • Olga Samaroff aka Lucy Mary Agnes Hickenlooper born (Galveston, TX) American pianist, critic, teacher. Died 1948

10

  • Clarence Cameron White born (Clarkesville, TN) American composer, violinist, teacher. Died 1960

17

  • Leo Ascher born (Vienna) Austrian composer. Died 1942
  • Ole Bull (70) dies in Bergen of cancer

25

  • Robert Stolz born (Graz, Austria) Austrian composer, songwriter, conductor. Died 1975

29

  • Hyacinthe Klosé (71) dies in Paris

Sep 1880

7

  • Hubert Parry’s cantata Scenes from Prometheus Unbound for chorus and orchestra premiered in Gloucester

17

  • Désiré-Émile Inghelbrecht born (Paris) French composer, conductor, writer. Died 1965

20

  • Ildebrando Pizzetti born (Parma, Italy) Italian composer. Died 1968

23

  • Antonín Dvořák’s Violin Sonata op.57 premiered in Chrudim, Czech Rep

24

  • Juliusz Wertheim born (Warsaw) Polish pianist, conductor, composer. Died 1928

27

  • Jacques Thibaud born (Bordeaux) French classical violinist. Died 1953

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  • Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy op.46 for orchestra premiered

Oct 1880

1

  • John Philip Sousa appointed head of the US Marine Band, a position he holds until July 1892
  • Johann Strauss II’s operetta Das Spitzentuch der Königin [The Queen’s Lace Handkerchief] premiered in Vienna, lib. H. Bohrmann-Riegen and R. Genée

5

  • Jacques Offenbach (61) dies in Paris of heart failure

12

  • Healey Willan born (London) Anglo-Canadian composer, organist, choirmaster, teacher. Died 1968

15

  • W.S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan’s musical drama The Martyr of Antioch premiered in Leeds
  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3 premiered in Hamburg

21

  • Ciprian Porumbescu’s Ballad for Violin and Orchestra completed

24

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ Jota Aragonese op.64 for orchestra premiered in Madrid

27

  • Carl Zeller’s operetta Capitän Nicoll premiered in Vienna. Lib. Moritz West and F. Zell

30

  • Jacques Offenbach’s operetta Belle Lurette premiered posthumously in Paris. Completed by Léo Delibes. Lib. Ernest Blum, Alfred-Édouard Blau and Raoul Toché
  • Edward Solomon’s comic opera Billee Taylor premiered in London. Lib. Henry Pottinger Stephens

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  • Hans Rott, 22, suffers a nervous breakdown on a train journey and is committed to an asylum in Vienna

Nov 1880

2

  • John Foulds born (Manchester) English composer, conductor. Died 1939

7

  • Carl Friedrich Weitzmann (72) dies in Berlin
  • Johann Strauss II’s waltz Rosen aus dem Süden op. 388 [Roses from the South] premiered in Vienna

8

  • Andreas Peter Berggreen (79) dies in Copenhagen

9

  • Rudolf Karel born (Prague) Czech composer. Died 1945

14

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ Morceau de concert op.62 for violin and orchestra premiered in Paris

17

  • Jules Massenet’s incidental music for A.-P. d’Ennery and J. Verne’s play Michel Strogoff premiered in Paris

22

  • Lillian Russell makes her first appearance on Broadway at Tony Pastor’s Theatre

24

  • Napoléon Henri Reber (73) dies in Paris

27

  • The Teatro Costanzi opens in Rome, arch. Achille Sfondrini. Renamed the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in 1946, and renovated in 1928 and 1958

28

  • Arthur Middleton born (Logan, IO) American bass-baritone singer, singing teacher. Died 1929

30

  • Gyula, Sandor, Elek, Laszlo and Ferenc Erkel’s opera Névtelen hősök [Unknown Heroes] premiered in Budapest, lib. E. Tóth

Dec 1880

1

  • Charles-Marie Widor’s ballet La korrigane premiered in Paris

2

  • Josephine Lang (65) dies in Tübingen, Germany following a heart attack

3

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s The Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom for chorus premiered in Moscow

12

  • Georges Bizet’s Marche funèbre for orchestra premiered in Paris

16

  • Antonín Dvořák’s Piano Quartet op.23 premiered in Prague

18

  • Karl Millöcker’s operetta Apajune, der Wassermann [Apajune, the water sprite], lib. Camillo Walzel and Richard Genée, premiered in Vienna
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien op.45 for orchestra premiered in Moscow

19

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ Suite Algérienne op.60 for orchestra premiered in Paris

23

  • Antonín Dvořák’s Stabat mater op.58 for chorus and orchestra premiered in Prague

26

  • Giovanni Bottesini’s opera La regina di Nepal [The Queen of Nepal], lib. B. Tommasi, premiered in Turin
  • Johannes Brahms’s Tragische Ouverture op.81 [Tragic Overture] premiered in Vienna
  • Amilcare Ponchielli’s opera Il figliuol prodigo [The Prodigal Son] premiered in Milan, lib. A. Zanardini

27

  • Alessandro Nini (75) dies in Bergamo

28

  • Edmond Audran’s opera La mascotte premiered in Paris. Lib. Alfred Duru and Henri Charles Chivot
  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ Septet op.65 premiered in Paris

30

  • Alfred Einstein born (Munich) German-American musicologist, music historian, music editor. Died 1952

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  • Alexander Borodin’s String Quartet No.1 premiered in St Petersburg

1880 (date unknown)

  • Alcide ‘Blind Uncle’ Gaspard born (Avoyelles Parish, LA) American Cajun singer, guitarist, bandleader. Died 1937
  • Aunt Molly Jackson aka Mary Magdalene Garland born (Clay County, KY) American folk singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 1960

Edmond Audran 1840-1901

Jan 1881

2

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ Violin concerto no. 3 premiered in Paris

4

  • Gaetano Merola born (Naples) Italian conductor. Founder of the San Francisco Opera. Died 1953
  • Nikolai Roslavets born (Surazh, Russia) Russian composer, musicologist. Died 1944
  • Johannes Brahms’s Akademische Festouverture [Academic Festival Overture] op.80 premiered in Wroclaw

6

  • Antonín Dvořák’s Polka ‘Pražským akademikum’ [For Prague Students] op.53/1 for orchestra premiered in Prague
  • Leos Janácek’s Menuetto a Scherzo for clarinet and piano premiered in Brno

10

  • Alfred Cellier’s operetta The Masque of Pandora premiered in London. Lib. Benjamin Charles Stephenson

11

  • Aleksandr Borodin’s String Quartet no.1 premiered in Moscow

21

  • Charles Lecocq’s opera Janot premiered in Paris. Lib. Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy

30

  • Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens (58) dies in Zemst, Belgium

31

  • Anna Pavlova born (St Petersburg) Russian dancer. Died 1931
Leoš Janáček 1854-1928

Leoš Janáček 1854-1928

Feb 1881

2

  • Karl Weigl born (Vienna) Austrian composer, teacher. Died 1949

4

  • Josef Bayer’s opera Der Chevalier von San Marco [The knight of St Mark’s], lib. Heinrich Bohrmann-Riegen and J. Riegen, premiered in New York

6

  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s opera The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan premiered in Hanover, lib. W.B. Squire

9

  • Pietro Mascagni’s cantata In Filanda [in the spinning mill] premiered in Milan

10

  • Jacques Offenbach’s opera Les contes d’Hoffmann [Tales of Hoffmann] premiered in Paris. Lib. Paul Jules Barbier and Michel Carré after ETA Hoffmann

12

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no.2 op.17 premiered in St Petersburg (second and final version)

13

  • Ludwig Minkus’s ballet Zoraiya premiered in St Petersburg

19

  • Karl Michael Ziehrer’s operetta Wiener Kinder [Viennese Children], lib. Leopold Krenn and Carl Wolff, premiered in Vienna

20

  • Anton Bruckner’s Symphony no.4 premiered in Vienna (second version, but first performed)

21

  • Kenneth J. Alford aka Frederick Joseph Ricketts born (Kondon) English march composer, army bandmaster, conductor. Died 1945

22

  • James Reese Europe born (Mobile, AL) American brass band, jazz and ragtime bandleader, composer, arranger. Died 1919

25

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s opera Orleanskaya deva [The Maid of Orléans] premiered in St Petersburg, lib. Tchaikovsky

27

  • Franz Ferenczy (46) dies in Weimar

Mar 1881

5

  • Arthur Willner born (Teplice, Czech Rep) Xczech composer, conductor, pianist. Died 1959

13

  • Louis Chauvin born (St Louis, MO) American ragtime pianist, composer. Died 1908

14

  • Richard Strauss’ String Quartet no.2 premiered in Munich

17

  • Mike Bernard born (New York, NY) American ragtime and popular pianist. Died 1936

18

  • Paul Le Flem born (St Malo, France) French composer, conductor, critic. Died 1984

22

  • Franz Suppé’s operetta Der Gascogner [the Gascon] premiered in Vienna. Lib. Camillo Walzel and Richard Genée

23

  • Egon Petri born (Hannover) Dutch-German classical pianist. Died 1962
  • Nikolai Rubinstein (45) dies in Paris of tuberculosis
  • A fire at the Nice Opera House kills 70 people

24

  • Theodor Blumer born (Dresden) German composer, conductor, pianist. Died 1964
  • Franz Liszt’s Réminiscences de Boccanegra for piano premiered in Milan

25

  • Béla Bartók born (Sânnicolau Mare, Romania) Hungarian composer, pianist, ethnomusicologist, teacher. Died 1945
  • Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony no.6 op.60 premiered in Prague

28

  • Modest Mussorgsky (42) dies in St Petersburg of alcohol-related causes

30

  • Modest Mussorgsky’s funeral takes place at the Nevsky cemetary in St Petersburg
  • Richard Strauss’ Symphony in d minor premiered in Munich

31

  • Gaetano Gaspari (74) dies in Bologna

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  • Jules Massenet’s Suite No.6 for orchestra Scènes de féerie [fairy scenes] premiered in London

Apr 1881

1

  • Charles-François Gounod’s opera Le tribut de Zamora premiered in Paris, lib. A.-P. d’Ennery and J. Brésil

20

  • Nikolai Myaskovsky born (Warsaw) Russian composer, teacher. Died 1950

23

  • W.S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan’s operetta Patience premiered in London (578 performances)
  • Gabriel Fauré’s Ballade for piano and orchestra op.19 premiered in Paris

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  • Cécile Chaminade’s Suite for Orchestra premiered in Paris

May 1881

9

  • Franz Liszt’s Zweiter Mephisto-Walzer [second Mephisto waltz] for orchestra premiered in Berlin

10

  • Jacques Offenbach’s operetta Mam’zelle Moucheron premiered in Paris. Lib. xx

11

  • Jan van Gilse born (Rotterdam) Dutch composer, conductor. Died 1944

17

  • Edward Elgar’s Air de ballet for orchestra premiered in Worcester

24

  • Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský born (Trnava, Slovakia) Slovak composer, conductor, teacher. Died 1958

Jun 1881

5

  • Franjo Krežma (18) dies in Frankfurt of tuberculosis

6

  • Henri Vieuxtemps (61) dies in a sanatorium in Mustapha Supérieur, Algeria following several strokes

11

  • Bedřich Smetana’s opera Libuše premiered in Prague, lib. J. Wenzig

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  • Charles Martin Loeffler emigrates to the United States

Jul 1881

2

  • Franz Liszt falls down a flight of stairs in Weimar and is immobilised for eight weeks

3

  • Simeon ‘Blind Simmie’ Dooley born (Spartanburg, SC) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1961
  • Achille De Bassini (62) dies in Cava dei Tirreni, Italy

6

  • Nancy Dalberg born (Funen, Denmark) Danish composer. Died 1949

13

  • Leós Janácek marries pianist Zdenka Schulzová in Brno

27

  • Johann Christian Lobe (84) dies in Leipzig

30

  • Haverly’s Genuine Colored Minstrels, featuring James A Bland, begin a run at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London. Bland stays in England until 1890

Aug 1881

12

  • The National Theatre of Prague is destroyed by fire just two months after its opening

15

  • Ted Snyder born (Freeport, IL) American popular songwriter. Died 1965

18

  • Joseph Labitzky (79) dies in Karlovy Vary, Czech Rep

19

  • George Enescu born (Liveni, Romania) Romanian composer, violinist, teacher, conductor, pianist. Died 1955

28

  • Marthe Chenal born (Paris) French soprano singer, actress. Died 1947

29

  • Edvin Kallstenius born (Filipstad, Sweden) Swedish composer, arranger, librarian. Died 1967

Sep 1881

4

  • Gabriel Fauré’s Messe des pêcheurs de Villerville [Mass for the fishermen of Villerville] premiered in Villerville, France

7

  • Nikol Galanderian born (Ağın, Turkey) Armenian composer. Died 1944
  • Sidney Lanier (39) dies in Tryon, NC of tuberculosis

24

  • Gustav Mahler makes his professional conducting debut in Ljubliana

28

  • Henry Geehl born (London) English pianist, conductor, composer. Died 1961

Oct 1881

2

  • Antonín Dvořák’s opera Tvrdé palice [The Stubborn Lovers] premiered in Prague, lib. J. Stolba

3

  • Gustav Mahler conducts his first opera (Verdi’s Il trovatore) in Ljubljana

9

  • Richard Wüerst (57) dies in Berlin

10

  • The Savoy Theatre in London opens with a performance of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience

11

  • Karel Bendl’s opera Cernohorci [Montenegrins] premiered in Prague. Lib. Eliza Krásnohorská

12

  • Carlos López Buchardo born (Buenos Aires) Argentinian composer, founder of the Conservatorio Nacional in Buenos Aires. Died 1948

22

  • Jānis Cimze (67) dies in Valka, Latvia
  • The Boston Symphony Orchestra makes its performance debut conducted by George Herschel

25

  • Alexandre Luigini’s opera Faublas premiered in Paris. Lib. Victor-Édouard Cadol and George J. Duval

29

  • Karl Millöcker’s operetta Die Jungfrau von Belleville [The Maid of Belleville], lib. Camillo Walzel and Richard Genee, premiered in Vienna

30

  • Johan Severin Svendsen’s Violin Romance op.26 premiered in Oslo
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Serenade op.48 for strings premiered in St Petersburg

31

  • Johannes Brahms’s Zigeunerlieder op.103 [Gypsy Songs] – 11 songs for 4 voices and piano premiered in Berlin

Nov 1881

2

  • Jan Nepomucen Bobrowicz (76) dies in Dresden following a stroke

5

  • Charles Lecocq’s opera Le jour et la nuit [day and night], lib. Eugène Leterrier and Albert-Guillaume-Florent Vanloo, premiered in Paris

9

  • Johannes Brahms’s Piano Concerto no.2 op.83 premiered in Budapest

12

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no.2 op.44 premiered in New York

17

  • The St Louis Symphony plays its first concert

20

  • Arthur Marshall born (Saline, MO) American ragtime pianist, composer. Died 1968

25

  • Theobald Boehm (87) dies in Munich
  • Zdenek Fibich’s opera Blanik premiered in Prague. Lib. Elishka Krásnohorská
  • Johann Strauss II’s operetta Der lustige Krieg [The jolly war] premiered in Vienna, lib. F. Zell and R. Genée

26

  • Leo Smith born (Birmingham) Anglo-Canadian composer, cellist, teacher, critic, writer. Died 1952

28

  • Stefan Zweig born (Vienna) Austrian librettist, playwright, journalist, novelist. Died 1942

Dec 1881

3

  • Henry Fillmore born (Cincinnati, OH) American march composer, publisher, bandleader, trombonist. Died 1956

4

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto op.35 premiered in Vienna

6

  • Johannes Brahms’s Nänie op.82 for 4 voices and orchestra premiered in Zürich

8

  • At least 384 people die in a fire at the Ringtheater, Vienna

14

  • Antonín Dvořák’s String Quartet no.9 op.34 premiered in Trieste

17

  • Giulio Briccialdi (63) dies in Florence

19

  • Jules Massenet’s opera Hérodiade premiered in Brussels, lib. P. Milliet and H. Grémont (3 act version)

24

  • Charles Wakefield Cadman born (Johnstown, PA) American composer, songwriter, journalist, critic. Died 1946

28

  • Georges Hüe’s opera Les Pantins [the puppets], lib. Édouard Montagne, premiered in Paris

1881 (date unknown)

  • Amilcare Ponchielli appointed maestro di cappella of Bergamo Cathedral and also professor of composition at the Milan Conservatory
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