1893 in music
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Events in the year 1893 in music.
- February 9 – Première of Giuseppe Verdi's final opera Falstaff in La Scala in Milan.
- August 14-15 – America's oldest music organization, the Stoughton Musical Society performs at the World's Columbian Exposition.
- October 16–28 – In Saint Petersburg (Russia), Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky conducts the first performance of his Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, Pathétique (Патетическая), nine days before his death (attributed to cholera). The second performance takes place 21 days later at a memorial concert conducted by Eduard Nápravník, incorporating minor revisions. Tchaikovsky wrote it between February and the end of August at Klin.
- December 16 – Antonín Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" receives its première at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
- December 29 – Claude Debussy's String Quartet is premièred in Paris.
- American sisters Patty and Mildred J. Hill publish Song Stories for the Kindergarten including "Good Morning to All", which later becomes known as "Happy Birthday to You".
Published popular music
Selected compositions (words/music indicated by "w.m."):
- "Can't Lose Me, Charlie" w.m. Harry S. Miller
- "The Cat Came Back" w.m. Henry S. Miller
- "December And May" w. Edward Marks m. William Lorraine
- "Do Do My Huckleberry Do" w. Harry Dillon m. John Dillon (the Dillon Brothers)
- "The Fatal Wedding" w. W. H. Windom m. Gussie L. Davis
- "Good Morning to All" w. Patty Smith Hill m. Mildred J. Hill
- "I Long to See The Girl I Left Behind" w.m. John T. Kelly
- "The Liberty Bell" by John Philip Sousa
- "Mamie, Come Kiss Your Honey" w.m. May Irwin
- "Marguerite" by Charles A. White
- "Oh! Mr Porter" w. Thomas Le Brunn m. George Le Brunn
- "Private Tommy Atkins" w. Henry Hamilton m. S. Potter
- "Say 'Au Revoir', But Not 'Good-Bye'" by Harry Kennedy
- "Sweet Marie" w. Cy Warman m. Raymond Moore
- "They All Take After Me" w. T. W. Connor m. Harry Randall
- "Two Little Girls in Blue" w.m. Charles Graham
- "The Volunteer Organist" w. William G. Gray m. Henry Lamb
- "When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder" w.m. James M. Black
- "Zacatecas" by Genaro Codina
Recorded popular music
- "Daisy Bell"
- Dan W. Quinn
- Amy Beach – Gaelic Symphony
- Johannes Brahms
- Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118
- Four Pieces for Piano, Op. 119
- Antonín Dvořák – Symphony no. 9 in E minor, "From the New World"
- Edward German – Symphony in A minor, "Norwich"
- Johan Halvorsen – Entry of the Boyars
- Sergei Rachmaninoff – Fantaisie-Tableaux, for two pianos, Op. 5
- Jean Sibelius – Lemminkäinen Suite
- Josef Suk – Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor
- Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Symphony no. 6 in B minor, "Pathétique"
- Granville Bantock – Caedmar
- Julius Bechgaard – Frode premiered on May 11 in Copenhagen
- Engelbert Humperdinck – Hänsel und Gretel
- Isidore de Lara – Amy Robsart
- Emile Pessard
- Une nuit de Noël premiered at the Ambigu, Paris
- Mam'zelle Carabin premiered on November 3 at the Théâtre des Bouffes Parisiens, Salle Choiseul, Paris
- Giacomo Puccini – Manon Lescaut
- Giuseppe Verdi – Falstaff
- A Gaiety Girl London production opened at the Prince of Wales Theatre on October 14 and ran for 413 performances
- Jane Annie London production opened at the Savoy Theatre on May 13 and ran for 50 performances
- Little Christopher Columbus London production opened at the Lyric Theatre on October 10 and ran for 279 performances
- Morocco Bound (music Frank Osmond Carr lyrics: Adrian Ross) London production opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre on April 13 and transferred to the Trafalgar Square Theatre on January 8, 1894, for a total run of 295 performances.
- A Trip To Chinatown Broadway production
- Utopia Limited London production opened at the Savoy Theatre on October 7 and ran for 245 performances
- February 10 – Jimmy Durante, American comedian and singer (died 1980)
- February 15 – Walter Donaldson, American songwriter (died 1947)
- February 21 – Andrés Segovia, Spanish classical guitarist (died 1987)
- April 2 – Sergei Protopopov, Russian composer and music theorist (died 1954)
- April 16 – Federico Mompou, Spanish classical composer (died 1987)
- June 26 – Big Bill Broonzy, American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist (died 1958)
- June 28 – Luciano Gallet, Brazilian composer, pianist and conductor (died 1931)
- July 3 – Mississippi John Hurt, American country blues singer and guitarist (died 1966)
- July 28 – Rued Langgaard, Danish composer and organist (died 1952)
- August 21 – Lili Boulanger, French composer (died 1918)
- August 22 – Dorothy Parker, American writer, poet and lyricist (died 1953)
- September 13 – Larry Shields, American Dixieland jazz clarinetist (died 1953)
- September 24 – Blind Lemon Jefferson, blues musician (died 1929)
- October 1 – Cliff Friend, American Tin Pan Alley songwriter (died 1974)
- November 8 – Clarence Williams, American jazz pianist, composer, promoter, vocalist, theatrical producer and publisher (died 1965)
- December 24 – Harry Warren, born Salvatore Antonio Guaragna, American film songwriter (died 1981)
- January 18 – Julius Eichberg, composer (b. 1824)
- May 25 – Johann Rufinatscha, composer and music teacher (b. 1812)
- June 10 – Elek Erkel, Hungarian composer, son of Ferenc Erkel (b. 1843)
- June 25 – Ferenc Erkel, Hungarian composer (b. 1810)
- July 16 – Antonio Ghislanzoni, librettist (b. 1824)
- August 7 – Alfredo Catalani, composer (b. 1854)
- August 31 – Sir William Cusins, instrumentalist, conductor and composer; Master of the Queen's Music (b. 1833)
- September 8 – Michel Lentz, lyricist of the national anthem of Luxembourg (b. 1820)
- September 13 – Carl Ludvig Gerlach, opera singer and composer
- October 16 – Carlo Pedrotti, conductor and composer (b. 1817)
- October 18 – Charles Gounod, composer (b. 1818)
- November 6 – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, composer (b. 1840)
- date unknown – Felix Battanchon, cellist (b. 1814)
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