1877 in music
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This article is about music-related events in 1877.
- December 30 – The premiere of Brahms' Symphony No. 2 is given in Vienna by the Vienna Philharmonic under the direction of Hans Richter.
- Thomas Edison invents the phonograph.
- Richard Wagner conducts in London.
- Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky marries Antonina Milyukova.
- Ludwig Thuille and Richard Strauss meet as students at Innsbruck. They become lifelong friends.
Published popular music
- "Abdul Abulbul Amir" w.m. Percy French
- "Captain Cuff" w.m. G. W. Hunt
- "Chopsticks" m. Arthur de Lulli
- "Dear Old Pals" w.m. G. W. Hunt
- "Early In De Mornin'" w.m. Will Hays
- "In The Gloaming" w. Meta Orred m. Annie Fortescue Harrison (Words 1874)
- "Little Daisy's Request" by Arabella M. Root
- "The Lost Chord" w. Adelaide Anne Procter m. Sir Arthur Sullivan (Words 1858)
- "My Name Is John Wellington Wells" w. W. S. Gilbert m. Arthur Sullivan
- "Phelim O'Toole" by Harry Banks
- "Time Was When Love And I Were Well Acquainted" w. W. S. Gilbert m. Arthur Sullivan
- Johannes Brahms – Symphony No. 2, Op. 73 in D
- Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 3 in D minor (Novak edition)
- Felix Draeseke – Fata Morgana, Op. 13
- Antonín Dvořák – String Quartet No. 9, Op. 34 in D minor
- César Franck – Lesson Eolides
- Robert Fuchs – Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 20 in F♯ minor
- Karl Goldmark – Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 28 in A minor
- Franz Liszt - Les Jeux d'Eaux à la Villa d'Este for piano.
- Leon Minkus – La Bayadère (ballet)
- Joachim Raff – Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 206 in A minor
- Josef Rheinberger – Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 105 in E minor
- Camille Saint-Saëns – La Jeunesse d'Hercule, Six Études for piano (including 'En forme de valse')
- Emmanuel Chabrier – L'étoile
- Peter Heise – Monarch and Constable
- Jules Massenet – Le roi de Lahore
- Camille Saint-Saëns – Samson et Dalila
- Charles Villiers Stanford – The Veiled Prophet of Khorossan
- The Chimes of Normandy, adapted from Les Cloches de Corneville, Broadway production opened at the Fifth Avenue Theatre on October 22 and ran for 16 performances
- Les Cloches de Corneville by Robert Planquette, Paris production opened at the Folies-Dramatique on April 19 and ran for 408 performances
- Le Grand Mogol, Marseilles production
- Orpheus in the Underworld by Jacques Offenbach, London revival
- The Sorcerer, Gilbert & Sullivan London production opened at the Opera Comique on November 17 and ran for 175 performances
- January 12 – Maude Nugent, songwriter (d. 1958)
- February 16 – Sergei Bortkiewicz, Russian composer and pianist (d. 1952)
- May 25 – Billy Murray, singer (d. 1954)
- June 8 – Thorvald Aagaard, Danish composer (d. 1937)
- July 14 – Agnes Nicholls, operatic soprano (d. 1959)
- July 17 – Edward Madden, US lyricist
- July 27 – Ernő Dohnányi, Hungarian composer, conductor and pianist (d. 1960)
- September 6 – Buddy Bolden, ragtime musician (d. 1931)
- September 7 – Petar Stojanović, violinist and composer (d. 1957))
- September 15 – Daisy Wood, music hall singer (d. 1961)
- November 21 – Sigfrid Karg-Elert, German composer (d. 1933)
- January 1 – Julie Berwald, opera singer, member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.
- January 18 – George Tolhurst, composer (b. 1827)
- March 23 – Caroline Unger, operatic contralto (b. 1803)
- April 7 – Errico Petrella, opera composer (b. 1813)
- April 26 – Louise Bertin, composer and poet (b. 1805)
- June 3 – Ludwig Ritter von Köchel, cataloguer of the works of Mozart (b. 1800)
- June 13 – Cesare Ciardi, flautist and composer (b. 1818)
- June 29 – Clorinda Corradi, operatic contralto (b. 1804)
- August 5 – Luigi Legnani, guitarist and composer (b. 1790)
- September 12 – Julius Rietz, German cellist, composer and teacher, editor of an edition of Mendelssohn's complete works (b. 1812)
- October 3 – Thérèse Johanne Alexandra Tietjens, operatic soprano (b. 1831)
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