Essential commemorations and anniversaries in classical music in 2021

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 2021

Some dates to remember in 2021:

No fewer than 19 centenarians are expected in 2021 (and 7 multi-centenarians). This year, among the great figures of classical music to be commemorated are: Mario Lanza (January), Astor Piazzolla (March), Enrico Caruso (August), Josquin des Prez (August), Camille Saint-Saëns (December)... and many more.

And what’s going on 2022?

Wolfgang Amadeus <strong>Mozart</strong>
Mozart
Anna <strong>Netrebko</strong>
Netrebko
Giuseppe <strong>Verdi</strong>
Verdi
Antonio <strong>Vivaldi</strong>
Vivaldi
Igor <strong>Stravinsky</strong>
Stravinsky
Enrico <strong>Caruso</strong>
Caruso
Camille <strong>Saint-Saëns</strong>
Saint-Saëns
Astor <strong>Piazzolla</strong>
Piazzolla
Josquin des <strong>Prez</strong>
Prez
Mario <strong>Lanza</strong>
Lanza

All commemorations in 2021, month by month

 

2021

January

23

Mykola <strong>Leontovych</strong> Mykola Leontovych, Commemorations (2021), Classical music, Composer, conductor, and teacher

100th anniversary (Death)

Władysław Żeleński, Commemorations (2021), Classical music, Polish neoromantic composer, pianist and organist

100th anniversary (Death)

27

31

Mario <strong>Lanza</strong> Mario Lanza, Commemorations (2021), Classical music, American tenor and actor

100th anniversary (Birth)

March

11

Astor <strong>Piazzolla</strong> Astor Piazzolla, Commemorations (2021), Classical music, Argentine tango composer, bandoneon player and arranger

100th anniversary (Birth)

21

Arthur Grumiaux, Commemorations (2021), Classical music, Belgian violinist and pianist

100th anniversary (Birth)

25

Béla <strong>Bartók</strong> Béla Bartók, Commemorations (2021), Classical music, Hungarian composer and pianist

140th anniversary (Birth)

MasterpiecesComplete works

April

06

Igor <strong>Stravinsky</strong> Igor Stravinsky, Commemorations (2021), Classical music, Russian composer, pianist and conductor

50th anniversary (Death)

MasterpiecesComplete works

08

Franco <strong>Corelli</strong> Franco Corelli, Commemorations (2021), Classical music, Italian opera singer

100th anniversary (Birth)

24

Johann <strong>Kirnberger</strong> Johann Kirnberger, Commemorations (2021), Classical music, German composer

300th anniversary (Birth)

May

17

Dennis Brain, Commemorations (2021), Classical music, British virtuoso horn player

100th anniversary (Birth)

18

Gustav <strong>Mahler</strong> Gustav Mahler, Commemorations (2021), Classical music, Austrian late-Romantic composer

110th anniversary (Death)

MasterpiecesComplete works

June

July

18

Pauline <strong>Viardot</strong> Pauline Viardot, Commemorations (2021), Classical music, French mezzo-soprano and composer

200th anniversary (Birth)

24

Giuseppe Di di <strong>Stefano</strong> Giuseppe Di di Stefano, Commemorations (2021), Classical music, Italian opera singer

100th anniversary (Birth)

August

02

Enrico <strong>Caruso</strong> Enrico Caruso, Commemorations (2021), Classical music, Italian operatic tenor

100th anniversary (Death)

27

Josquin des <strong>Prez</strong> Josquin des Prez, Commemorations (2021), Classical music, Franco-Flemish composer

500th anniversary (Death)

Complete works

September

04

Ariel Ramírez, Commemorations (2021), Classical music, Argentine composer, pianist and music director

100th anniversary (Birth)

18

Anna <strong>Netrebko</strong> Anna Netrebko, Commemorations (2021), Classical music, Russian-born Austrian operatic soprano

50th anniversary (Birth)

27

Engelbert <strong>Humperdinck</strong> Engelbert Humperdinck, Commemorations (2021), Classical music, German composer

100th anniversary (Death)

October

08

Friedrich <strong>Kiel</strong> Friedrich Kiel, Commemorations (2021), Classical music, German composer and music teacher

200th anniversary (Birth)

16

Jan Pieterszoon <strong>Sweelinck</strong> Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Commemorations (2021), Classical music, Dutch composer, organist, and pedagogue in the Renaissance-Baroque eras

400th anniversary (Death)

Franz <strong>Doppler</strong> Franz Doppler, Commemorations (2021), Classical music, Austrian musician

200th anniversary (Birth)

21

Malcolm <strong>Arnold</strong> Malcolm Arnold, Commemorations (2021), Classical music, English composer, conductor

100th anniversary (Birth)

22

Franz <strong>Liszt</strong> Franz Liszt, Commemorations (2021), Classical music, Hungarian romantic composer and virtuoso pianist

210th anniversary (Birth)

MasterpiecesComplete works

24

Sena Jurinac, Commemorations (2021), Classical music, Female opera singer

100th anniversary (Birth)

November

05

Georges <strong>Cziffra</strong> Georges Cziffra, Commemorations (2021), Classical music, Hungarian pianist

100th anniversary (Birth)

19

Géza <strong>Anda</strong> Géza Anda, Commemorations (2021), Classical music, Swiss pianist and conductor of Hungarian birth

100th anniversary (Birth)

22

Christina Nilsson, Commemorations (2021), Classical music, Swedish operatic soprano

100th anniversary (Death)

December

04

Deanna <strong>Durbin</strong> Deanna Durbin, Commemorations (2021), Classical music, Canadian singer and actress

100th anniversary (Birth)

05

Wolfgang Amadeus <strong>Mozart</strong> Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Commemorations (2021), Classical music, Austrian composer of the Classical period

230th anniversary (Death)

MasterpiecesComplete works

16

Camille <strong>Saint-Saëns</strong> Camille Saint-Saëns, Commemorations (2021), Classical music, French composer, organist, conductor and pianist

100th anniversary (Death)

MasterpiecesComplete works

22

Giovanni <strong>Bottesini</strong> Giovanni Bottesini, Commemorations (2021), Classical music, Italian composer, conductor, double bass player

200th anniversary (Birth)

25

Hans <strong>Huber</strong> Hans Huber, Commemorations (2021), Classical music, Swiss composer (1852-1921)

100th anniversary (Death)

See also...

Others commemorations and anniversaries

Classical music history (timelines)

 

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