1871 in music
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This article is about music-related events in 1871.
- Autumn – Charles Gounod begins a stay with soprano Georgina Weldon and her husband in London.
- December 24 – Giuseppe Verdi's Opera Aida premieres.
- December 26 – The Victorian burlesque Thespis, first of the Gilbert and Sullivan light opera collaborations, premières at the Gaiety Theatre, London. It does modestly well, but the two composers will not again work together until 1875.
- Anton Bruckner gives a series of organ recitals in London.
- Asger Hamerik becomes musical director of the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.
Published popular music
- "The Blue and the Gray" by James W. Long
- "Good Bye, Liza Jane" (anon)
- "The Little Church Around The Corner" w.m. Charles A. White
- "The Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane" w.m. William S. Hays
- "Mollie Darling" w.m. William S. Hays
- "Oh aint I got the Blues!" by A.A. Chapman
- "Onward, Christian Soldiers" w. Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould m. Sir Arthur Sullivan
- "Reuben and Rachel" w. Harry Birch m. William Gooch
- "Susan Jane" w.m. William S. Hays
- Georges Bizet – Jeux d'enfants (Bizet)
- Peter Cornelius – Chorgesänge
- Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – String Quartet No. 1 (Tchaikovsky)
- Geneviève de Brabant, London production
- The Mascot, London production
- La Mascotte, Vienna production
- Le Roi Carotte, London production
- Thespis, London production
- March 1 – Ben Harney, American composer and ragtime pianist (d. 1938)
- April 21 – Leo Blech, German conductor and composer (d. 1958)
- June 17 – James Weldon Johnson, African American songwriter, author, diplomat and educator (d. 1938)
- June 29 – Luisa Tetrazzini, Italian soprano (d. 1940)
- August 16 - Zacharia Paliashvili, Georgian composer (d. 1933)
- December 20 – Henry Kimball Hadley, American composer (d. 1937)
- January 4 – Vincent Adler, pianist and composer (b. 1826)
- February 1 – Alexander Serov, composer and music critic (b. 1820)
- February 11 – Filippo Taglioni, dancer and choreographer (b. 1777)
- March 26 – François-Joseph Fétis, composer and musicologist (b. 1784)
- April 27 – Sigismond Thalberg, pianist and composer (b. 1812)
- May 26 – Aimé Maillart, composer (b. 1817)
- July 17 – Carl Tausig, pianist and composer (b. 1841) (typhoid)
- July 20 – François Delsarte, singer and music teacher (b. 1811)
- August 12 – Tiyo Soga, composer of hymns (b. 1829)
- September 3 – Václav Emanuel Horák, church musician and composer (b. 1800)
- September 26 – Cipriani Potter, pianist and composer (b. 1792)
- date unknown