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 28 (October 16 O.S.) - 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.
- Song "Good Morning to All" by Mildred J. Hill and Patty Smith Hill first published in the book "Song Stories for the Kindergarten".
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
- Amy Beach - Gaelic Symphony
- 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
- Johannes Brahms - Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118
- Johannes Brahms - Four Pieces for Piano, Op. 119
- 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)
- 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)
- 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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