Essential commemorations and anniversaries in classical music in 2018

Through 10 centuries, so many anniversaries to remember! Classical music covers 10 centuries of history, from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. There are many opportunities each year to celebrate great composers, creations or emblematic venues of classical music. So many anniversaries! From January to December, there is always a good reason to discover a musician, to rediscover a work. And above all, 365 opportunities to be curious.

Essential celebrations in 2018

Some dates to remember in 2018:

No fewer than 15 centenarians are expected in 2018 (and 12 multi-centenarians). This year, among the great figures of classical music to be commemorated are: César Cui (March), Claude Debussy (March), Birgit Nilsson (May), Charles Gounod (June), Leonard Bernstein (August)... and many more.

And what’s going on 2019?

Pyotr Ilyich <strong>Tchaikovsky</strong>
Tchaikovsky
Antonio <strong>Vivaldi</strong>
Vivaldi
Franz <strong>Schubert</strong>
Schubert
Giacomo <strong>Puccini</strong>
Puccini
Claude <strong>Debussy</strong>
Debussy
Claude <strong>Debussy</strong>
Debussy
Leonard <strong>Bernstein</strong>
Bernstein
Charles <strong>Gounod</strong>
Gounod
César <strong>Cui</strong>
Cui
Birgit <strong>Nilsson</strong>
Nilsson

All commemorations in 2018, month by month

 

2018

January

18

Amalie Materna, Commemorations (2018), Classical music, Austrian operatic soprano

100th anniversary (Death)

24

Gottfried von <strong>Einem</strong> Gottfried von Einem, Commemorations (2018), Classical music, Austrian composer

100th anniversary (Birth)

February

05

Gara <strong>Garayev</strong> Gara Garayev, Commemorations (2018), Classical music, Azerbaijani composer (1918-1982)

100th anniversary (Birth)

06

Henry <strong>Litolff</strong> Henry Litolff, Commemorations (2018), Classical music, Piano virtuoso, composer and music publisher

200th anniversary (Birth)

March

11

Antonio <strong>Bazzini</strong> Antonio Bazzini, Commemorations (2018), Classical music, Italian violinist, composer and teacher

200th anniversary (Birth)

13

César <strong>Cui</strong> César Cui, Commemorations (2018), Classical music, Russian composer and army officer

100th anniversary (Death)

15

20

Bernd Alois <strong>Zimmermann</strong> Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Commemorations (2018), Classical music, German composer

100th anniversary (Birth)

Johann Nikolaus <strong>Forkel</strong> Johann Nikolaus Forkel, Commemorations (2018), Classical music, German musician, musicologist and music theorist

200th anniversary (Death)

23

Nicolas <strong>Isouard</strong> Nicolas Isouard, Commemorations (2018), Classical music, Maltese composer

200th anniversary (Death)

31

Scott <strong>Joplin</strong> Scott Joplin, Commemorations (2018), Classical music, American composer, musician, and pianist

150th anniversary (Birth)

May

07

Leopold Koželuch, Commemorations (2018), Classical music, Czech music educator, composer and pianist

200th anniversary (Death)

17

Birgit <strong>Nilsson</strong> Birgit Nilsson, Commemorations (2018), Classical music, Swedish opera singer

100th anniversary (Birth)

18

Toivo <strong>Kuula</strong> Toivo Kuula, Commemorations (2018), Classical music, Finnish composer

100th anniversary (Death)

June

10

Arrigo <strong>Boito</strong> Arrigo Boito, Commemorations (2018), Classical music, Italian opera composer and librettist of Verdi's opera ''Otello''

100th anniversary (Death)

15

Edvard <strong>Grieg</strong> Edvard Grieg, Commemorations (2018), Classical music, Norwegian composer and pianist

175th anniversary (Birth)

MasterpiecesComplete works

17

Charles <strong>Gounod</strong> Charles Gounod, Commemorations (2018), Classical music, French composer (1818-1893)

200th anniversary (Birth)

MasterpiecesComplete works

21

Ernest II, Duke of <strong>Saxe-Coburg and Gotha</strong> Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Commemorations (2018), Classical music, German prince (1818-1893)

200th anniversary (Birth)

July

24

Ruggiero Ricci, Commemorations (2018), Classical music, American classical violinist

100th anniversary (Birth)

August

16

Loyset Compère, Commemorations (2018), Classical music, Franco-Flemish Renaissance composer

500th anniversary (Death)

25

Leonard <strong>Bernstein</strong> Leonard Bernstein, Commemorations (2018), Classical music, American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist

100th anniversary (Birth)

September

12

Theodor <strong>Kullak</strong> Theodor Kullak, Commemorations (2018), Classical music, German musician

200th anniversary (Birth)

22

Henryk <strong>Szeryng</strong> Henryk Szeryng, Commemorations (2018), Classical music, Polish-Mexican violinist

100th anniversary (Birth)

Andrea <strong>Bocelli</strong> Andrea Bocelli, Commemorations (2018), Classical music, Italian tenor and singer-songwriter

60th anniversary (Birth)

October

15

Alexander Dreyschock, Commemorations (2018), Classical music, Czech composer and pianist

200th anniversary (Birth)

24

Charles <strong>Lecocq</strong> Charles Lecocq, Commemorations (2018), Classical music, French composer

100th anniversary (Death)

29

Rudolf Tobias, Commemorations (2018), Classical music, Estonian composer

100th anniversary (Death)

November

13

20

Pierre de <strong>la Rue</strong> Pierre de la Rue, Commemorations (2018), Classical music, Franco-Flemish Renaissance singer, composer

500th anniversary (Death)

December

10

Giulio <strong>Caccini</strong> Giulio Caccini, Commemorations (2018), Classical music, Italian composer

400th anniversary (Death)

22

Giacomo <strong>Puccini</strong> Giacomo Puccini, Commemorations (2018), Classical music, Italian opera composer (1858-1924)

160th anniversary (Birth)

MasterpiecesComplete works

See also...

Others commemorations and anniversaries

Classical music history (timelines)

2018 web medias retrospective

 

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