1833 in music

This article is about music-related events in 1833.


  • February 24 – The Grand Theatre, Warsaw, Poland, is inaugurated with a production of Rossini's The Barber of Seville.
  • May 13Felix Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony in A major, Op. 90, is premièred under the composer's baton in London; although very successful there he withdraws it for revision.
  • July 8 – Lyrics by Francisco Acuña de Figueroa are selected as the National Anthem of Uruguay.
  • October 3 – French composer Hector Berlioz marries Anglo-Irish actress Harriet Smithson in a civil ceremony at the British Embassy in Paris with Liszt as one of the witnesses.
  • December 1 – Launch of Le Ménestrel, a French weekly music journal; it survives until 1940.
  • Late – First publication of the Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 for organ attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach as part of a collection of Bach's organ works produced by Breitkopf & Härtel in Leipzig and partly prepared by Mendelssohn.
  • Carl Friedrich Rungenhagen, director of the Sing-Akademie zu Berlin, conducts the first performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's St John Passion after the composer's death in 1750.

    Popular music

  • "God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen"
  • "Još Hrvatska ni propala" m. Ferdo Livadić w. Ljudevit Gaj (written in 1832)

    Classical music

  • Charles Valentin AlkanRondo Brilliant for String Quartet
  • William Sterndale Bennett – Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor
  • Frédéric Chopin
  • Grande valse brillante in E-flat major, Op. 18
  • Boléro, Op. 19
  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel – Fantasy for piano
  • Felix MendelssohnSymphony No. 4 "Italian"


  • Gaetano DonizettiLucrezia Borgia
  • Heinrich MarschnerHans Heiling


  • March 7Franz Wohlfahrt, violin teacher and composer (d. 1884)
  • March 17Giuseppe Gariboldi, flautist and composer (d. 1905)
  • April 30Hortense Schneider, operatic soprano (d. 1920)
  • May 5Jean Becker, violinist (d. 1884)
  • May 7Johannes Brahms, composer (d. 1897)
  • May 9
  • Beniamino Carelli, singing teacher (d. 1921)
  • Bolesław Dembiński, organist and composer (d. 1914)
  • June 7Alexander Ritter, composer and violinist (d. 1896)
  • July 26Otto Singer, composer (d. 1894)
  • September 26Gustav Stolpe, conductor and composer (d. 1902)
  • October 26Adelaide Phillips, operatic contralto (d. 1882)
  • November 12Alexander Borodin, composer (d. 1887)
  • date unknown
  • Luigi Bassi, clarinet player and composer (d. 1871)
  • Mathilda Enequist, opera singer (d. 1898)


  • January 16 - Nannette Streicher, German piano maker, composer, music educator and writer (b 1769)
  • January 19Ferdinand Hérold, composer (b. 1791)
  • January 20Gertrud Elisabeth Mara, operatic soprano (b. 1749)
  • March 3Heinrich Werner, composer (b. 1800)
  • April 7Antoni Radziwiłł, Polish aristocrat and musician (b. 1775)
  • May 25Johann Andreas Streicher, pianist, composer and piano maker (b. 1761)
  • May 28Johann Christian Friedrich Hæffner, composer (b. 1759)
  • May 29William Marshall, fiddler and composer (b. 1748)
  • July 24Hedda Wrangel, Swedish aristocrat and musician (b. 1792)
  • September 14John Andrew Stevenson, composer (b. c.1761)
  • October 1Luísa Todi, operatic soprano (b. 1753)
  • November 8Maximilian Stadler, pianist and composer (b. 1748)