ⓘ 1891 in music

                                     

ⓘ 1891 in music

  • March 16 – A performance of the Budapest Opera is interrupted by a spontaneous demonstration in support of musical director Gustav Mahler, at the time in conflict with intendant Geza Zichy and already negotiating for a position elsewhere.
  • The ensemble attached to the Glasgow Choral Union is formally recognised as the Scottish Orchestra, predecessor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
  • October 16 – The Chicago Symphony Orchestra gives its inaugural concert.
  • The Peabody Mason Concerts are inaugurated with a performance by Ferruccio Busoni.
  • May 5 – The Music Hall in New York City which becomes Carnegie Hall has its grand opening and first public performance, with Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky guest-conducting his own work.
  • May 10 – Danish classical composer Carl Nielsen marries his compatriot, the sculptor Anne Marie Brodersen, in St Marks English Church, Florence, Italy, the couple having first met on March 2 in Paris.
  • February 23 – Fourteen-year-old cellist Pablo Casals gives a solo recital in Barcelona.
                                     

1. Published popular music

  • "The Miners Dream Of Home" w.m. Will Godwin & Leo Dryden
  • "Reuben And Cynthia" w.m. Percy Gaunt
  • "The Man Who Broke The Bank At Monte Carlo" w.m. Fred Gilbert
  • "Hey, Rube!" w. J. Sherrie Matthews m. Harry Bulger
  • "Dont mind, my Darling!" w.m. Paul Steinmark
  • "High School Cadets March" m. John Philip Sousa
  • "Little Boy Blue" w. Eugene Field m. Ethelbert Nevin
  • "Wot Cher!" w. Albert Chevalier m. Charles Ingle
  • "Actions Speak Louder Than Words" w. George Horncastle m. Felix McGlennon
  • "Narcissus" m. Ethelbert Nevin
  • "Molly O!" w.m. William J. Scanlan
  • "The Pardon Came Too Late" w.m. Paul Dresser
  • "The Picture Thats Turned To The Wall" w.m. Charles Graham
  • "Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay" w.m. Henry J. Sayers
                                     

2. Recorded popular music

  • "Saving Them All for Mary" – Al Reeves
  • "Pat Brady as a Police Justice" – Dan Kelly
  • "The Cobbler" – George J. Gaskin
  • "Michael Casey as a Physician" – Russell Hunting
  • "Dance of the Owls" – A. T. Van Winkle Xylophone & Edward Issler Piano
  • "Nannon Waltz" – Isslers Orchestra
  • "Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep" – Holdings Parlor Orchestra
  • "Sally in Our Alley" – Manhansett Quartette
  • "Five Minutes With The Minstrels" – Voss First Regiment Band
  • "The Picture Turned to the Wall" – George J. Gaskin
  • "The Picture Turned to the Wall" – Manhansett Quartette
  • "Drill, Ye Tarriers, Drill" – George J. Gaskin
  • "Home, Sweet, Home" – John York AtLee
  • "Uncle Jefferson – Billy Golden
  • "The Whistling Coon" – George W. Johnson
  • "Turkey in the Straw" – Billy Golden
  • "Little Liza Loves You" – Len Spencer
  • "Paddys Wedding" – Dan Kelly
  • "Pat Brady on a Spree" – Dan Kelly
  • "One Minute Too Late" – Voss First Regiment Band
  • "The Laughing Song" – George W. Johnson
  • "Sweet Marie" – George J. Gaskin
  • "Bell Buoy" – J. W. Myers
  • "Vienna Dudes March" – Duffy and Imgrunds Fifth Regiment Band
  • "College Songs" – Gilmores Band
                                     

3. Classical music

  • Anton Arensky – Cantata on the 10th Anniversary of the Coronation
  • Heinrich von Herzogenberg – Requiem, Op. 72
  • Erik Satie – 6 Gnossiennes for piano
  • Max Bruch – Concerto for Violin No. 3
  • Alphons Czibulka – Wintermarchen Waltzes Op. 366 source of Hearts and Flowers
  • Johannes Brahms – Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115
  • Ethelbert Nevin – Water Scenes
  • Carl Nielsen – Fantasy Pieces for Oboe and Piano
                                     

4. Opera

  • Robert Fuchs – Die Teufelsglocke
  • Frederick Delius – Irmelin
  • Miguel Marques – El monaguillo libretto by Emilio Sanchez Pastor, premiered in Madrid
  • Emile Pessard – Les folies amoureuses premiered on April 15 at the Theatre de lOpera-Comique, Paris
                                     

5. Births

  • date unknown
  • June 10 – Al Dubin, Swiss-born American lyricist died 1945
  • August 2 – Arthur Bliss, composer died 1975
  • September 11 – Noel Gallon, French composer and music educator died 1966
  • September 26 – Charles Munch, Alsatian symphonic conductor and violinist died 1968
  • June 21 – Hermann Scherchen, German conductor died 1966
  • June 3 – Georges Guibourg, French singer, actor and writer died 1970
  • March 22 – Alexis Roland-Manuel, French composer and critic died 1966
  • May 26 – Mamie Smith, blues singer died 1946
  • January 25 – Wellman Braud, jazz musician died 1966
  • March 28 – Leah Frances Russell, Australian opera singer died 1983
  • Charles McCarron, composer and lyricist died 1919
  • October 1 – Morfydd Llwyn Owen, Welsh singer and composer died 1918
  • April 2 – Jack Buchanan, Scottish singer, actor, dancer and director died 1957
  • June 9 – Cole Porter, songwriter died 1964
  • July 16 – Blossom Seeley, US singer and vaudeville performer died 1974
  • September 14 – Czeslaw Marek, Polish composer, pianist, and piano teacher died 1985
  • July 14 – Frehel, French singer and actress died 1951
  • May 30 – Ben Bernie, US bandleader died 1943
  • May 16 – Richard Tauber, Austrian singer died 1948
  • Margaret Morris, dancer and choreographer died 1980
  • February 5 – Dino Borgioli, operatic tenor died 1960
  • November 27 – Giovanni Breviario, operatic tenor died 1982
  • October 29 – Fanny Brice, US actress, comedian and singer died 1951
  • April 23 – Sergei Prokofiev, composer died 1953


                                     

6. Deaths

  • July 3 – Stefano Golinelli, pianist and composer born 1818
  • January 5 – Emma Abbott, singer born 1850
  • January 8 – Fredrik Pacius, composer and conductor born 1809
  • June 14 – Count Nicolo Gabrielli, Italian opera composer born 1814
  • October 27
  • January 16 – Leo Delibes, composer born 1836
  • May 23 – Ignace Leybach, pianist, organist and composer born 1817
  • January 21 – Calixa Lavallee, composer born 1842
  • August 5/6 – Henry Litolff, keyboard virtuoso and composer born 1818
  • Charles Constantin, conductor born 1835
  • January 17 – Johannes Verhulst, conductor and composer born 1816
  • Johann Dubez, Viennese violinist and composer born 1828
  • July 21 – Franco Faccio, composer and conductor born 1840
  • date unknown
  • Harvey B. Dodworth, bandmaster and conductor born 1822
  • December 28 – Alfred Cellier, composer born 1844
  • November 9 – Frederick Mathushek, piano maker born 1814
  • November 20 – Franz Hitz, Swiss pianist and composer born 1828
  • Fanny Salvini-Donatelli, operatic soprano born c.1815