ⓘ 1888 in music

                                     

ⓘ 1888 in music

  • October 5 – At the age of seven, George Enescu becomes the youngest student ever admitted to the Vienna Conservatory
  • April 11 – The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam is inaugurated.
  • August 14 – A recording of Arthur Sullivans "The Lost Chord" is played during a press conference introducing Thomas Edisons phonograph in London.
  • January 5 – The Neues deutsches Theater, Prague, is inaugurated with a performance of Wagners opera Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg.
  • June 29 – G. F. Handels Israel in Egypt is recorded onto wax cylinder at The Crystal Palace in London, the earliest known recording of classical music.
  • Gustav Mahler completes a projected symphonic poem, Totenfeier Funeral Rites. It will eventually become the opening movement of his Symphony No. 2.
                                     

1. Published popular music

  • "The Whistling Coon" w.m. Sam Devere
  • "Over The Waves" "Sobre las Olas" w.m. Juventino Rosas
  • "Drill, Ye Tarriers, Drill" anonymous possibly Thomas F. Casey
  • "Where Did You Get That Hat?" w.m. Joseph J. Sullivan
                                     

2. Classical music

  • Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 Op. 46
  • Lyric Pieces for Piano, Book IV
  • Johannes Brahms – Violin Sonata in D Minor opus 108
  • Cecile Chaminade – Scarf Dance, Callirhoe ballet
  • Claude Debussy – Arabesque No. 1, L. 66 for piano
  • Frederick Delius – Hiawatha tone poem
  • Gabriel Faure – Requiem in D minor, Op. 48
  • Edvard Grieg
  • Cesar Franck – Symphony in D Minor
  • Augusta Holmes – La Nuit et lamour
  • Andantino in D-flat, also known as Moonlight and Roses, Op. 83 No. 2
  • Edwin Lemare
  • Lieder aus "Des Knaben Wunderhorn" song collection
  • Symphony No. 1
  • Gustav Mahler –
  • Ignacy Jan Paderewski – Piano Concerto in A minor
  • Max Reger – String Quartet in D minor with double bass obbligato; without op. 1888–9
  • Sheherazade
  • Joseph Rheinberger – Organ Sonata No. 12 in D-flat, Op. 154
  • Carl Nielsen – Suite for String Orchestra
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov –
  • Russian Easter Festival Overture
  • Don Juan, Macbeth first version
  • Richard Strauss
  • Erik Satie – Gymnopedie for piano
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Symphony No. 5
  • Sleeping Beauty ballet
  • Goethe-Lieder
  • Hugo Wolf
  • Morike-Lieder
                                     

3. Opera

  • Camille Saint-Saens – Ascanio
  • Carl Maria von Weber, completed by Gustav Mahler – Die Drei Pintos
  • Karel Miry – La Napolitaine opera in 1 act, libretto by J. de Bruyne, premiered on February 25 in Antwerp
  • Emile Pessard – Tartarin sur les Alpes premiered on November 17 at the Theatre de la Gaite, Paris
                                     

4. Musical theater

  • The Yeomen of the Guard by W. S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan, premiered on October 3 at the Savoy Theatre, London and on October 17 at the Casino Theatre Broadway, New York
                                     

5. Births

  • May 11 – Irving Berlin, composer d. 1989
  • June 25 – Rosalie Housman, American composer d. 1949
  • June 6 – Pete Wendling, American composer, pianist, and piano roll recording artist d. 1974
  • September 12 – Maurice Chevalier, French singer and actor d. 1972
  • November 16 – Luis Cluzeau Mortet, Uruguayan composer d. 1957
  • October 7 – Cecil Coles, composer d. 1918
  • May 10 – Max Steiner, composer d. 1971
  • May 27 – Louis Durey, composer, member of Les Six d. 1979
  • August 16 – Armand J. Piron, jazz musician d. 1943
  • February 27 – Lotte Lehmann, singer d. 1976
  • February 9 – Ernst Mehlich, German-Brazilian conductor and composer d. 1977
  • June 16 – Bobby Clark, American comedian and singer d. 1960
  • June 3 – Tom Brown, jazz trombonist d. 1958
  • January 20 – Huddie William Ledbetter Lead Belly, American folk and blues singer d. 1949
  • November 23 – Harpo Marx, American comedian, film star, mime artist and musician d. 1964
  • December 28 – Gabriel von Wayditch, American composer of operas d. 1969
  • January 26 – Lisa Steier, Swedish ballerina d. 1928
  • June 17 – Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer, Dutch composer d. 1953


                                     

6. Deaths

  • August 8 – Friedrich Wilhelm Jahns, composer, music teacher and cataloguer, 79
  • April 21 – Julius Weissenborn, bassoonist, 51
  • December 2 – Franz Xaver Witt, church musician and composer, 54
  • June 13 – Timoteo Pasini, Italian composer, conductor, and pianist, 59
  • March 21 – Thomas German Reed, composer and theatre manager, 72
  • March 29 – Charles-Valentin Alkan, French pianist and composer, 74 killed in freak accident, trapped beneath a falling coat-rack
  • March 10 – Ciro Pinsuti, pianist and composer, 58
  • December 26 – Alfred Vance, English music hall singer and comedian, 49 died on stage
  • January 14 – Stephen Heller, pianist and composer, 74
  • August 31 – Blanche Cole, operatic soprano, 37 dropsy
  • February 7 – Aurore von Haxthausen, pianist and composer
  • February 22 – Jean-Delphin Alard, violinist and music teacher, 72
  • January 5 – Henri Herz, pianist and composer, 84
  • November 17 – Jakob Dont, violinist and composer, 73