January 5, 1824: George Gordon, Lord Byron arrives in Missolonghi to fight for the independence of Greece.
January 7, 1824: The first issue of the Berliner allgemeine musikalische Zeitung goes on sale.
January 8, 1824: Ludwig van Beethoven (53) writes a conciliatory letter to his sister-in-law, Johanna van Beethoven, offering her financial assistance.
January 8, 1824: Michael Faraday is elected to the Royal Society.
January 8, 1824: Liebe op.15, a song for voice and piano by Jan Václav Vorísek (32) to words of Müchler, is published in Vienna.
January 11, 1824: Franz Liszt (12) improvises at the piano at a meeting of the Société Académique des Enfants d’Apollon in Paris. They make him an honorary member.
January 12, 1824: In Paris, Hector Berlioz (20) takes the oral examination at the Faculty of Sciences and passes, giving him the degree of Bachelier ès sciences physiques and qualifying him for advanced study in medicine. The degree will be awarded tomorrow.
January 21, 1824: A British force led by the Governor of Sierra Leone, Charles MacCarthy, is virtually wiped out by the Ashanti at Accra in the Gold Coast (Ghana). MacCarthy is killed in the battle.
January 22, 1824: Pierre et Marie, ou Le soldat ménétrier, a vaudeville by Adolphe Adam (20), is performed for the first time, at the Théâtre Gymnase-Dramatique, Paris.
January 24, 1824: Gioachino Rossini (31) conducts in London for the first time, Zelmira at the King’s Theatre. It is not well attended and the performance is not particularly good.
January 26, 1824: Théodore Gericault dies in Paris at the age of 32.
January 27, 1824: Publication of the Rondo espagno op.17 for piano by Jan Václav Vorísek (32) is advertised in Vienna.
February 3, 1824: In Berlin, Carl Friedrich Zelter publicly announces that his student, Felix Mendelssohn, has completed his apprenticeship and calls him to the world of independent composers. It is Mendelssohn’s 15th birthday.
February 4, 1824: L’ajo nell’imbarazzo, a melodramma giocoso by Gaetano Donizetti (26) to words of Ferretti after Giraud, is performed for the first time, in Teatro Valle, Rome.
February 7, 1824: Die beiden Neffen oder Der Onkel aus Boston, a singspiel by Felix Mendelssohn (15) to words of Casper, is performed for the first time, before a small invited audience at the Mendelssohn residence in Berlin.
February 11, 1824: Publication of the Variations brillantes op.6 for piano by Jan Václav Vorísek (32) is advertised in the Wiener Zeitung.
February 22, 1824: Chumash Indians revolt against Mexican authorities at Mission Santa Barbara, Alta California.
February 24, 1824: Jan Václav Tomásek (49) marries Vilemine Ebert, the sister of poet Karel Ebert.
February 26, 1824: Ludwig van Beethoven (53) receives a petition signed by 30 musicians, publishers, and other admirers, pleading with him to put on a performance of his newest works.
February 27, 1824: Gioachino Rossini (31) signs a contract with the French government at the French embassy in London. He agrees to stay in France for one year, write new operas for the Théâtre-Italien and the Opéra as well as produce his older operas.
February 29, 1824: Royalist forces arrive at Callao, Peru to support an anti-Bolívar insurrection. Bolívar and his government flee Lima for Pativilca. Royalists enter Lima but will depart again in a few weeks.
March 2, 1824: 10:00 Shrove Tuesday. Bedrich Smetana is born in the brewery of Litomysl Chateau in Litomysl, Kingdom of Bohemia, 137 km east of Prague, son of Frantisek Smetana, a cooper, barrel binder, and master brewer in service to several noblemen, and Barbora Lynkova, daughter of a coachman. The child is the third of his mother’s ten children and the eleventh of his father’s eighteen children.
March 5, 1824: After Burmese forces capture the Island of Shahpuri, which is claimed by the East India Company, the British Governor General of India, Lord Amherst, declares war on Burma.
March 6, 1824: Maria Szymanowska (34) gives her first performance in Paris, in a private salon, on her three-year concert tour of Europe.
March 7, 1824: Il crociato in Egitto, a melodramma eroico by Giacomo Meyerbeer (32) to words of Rossi, is performed for the first time, in Teatro La Fenice, Venice. The composer receives his most overwhelming success to date. It is the last Italian opera he will write.
March 7, 1824: Prince Louis-Philippe sponsors a concert by Franz Liszt (12) before a large and illustrious audience in the Théâtre-Italien, Paris. The reviewer of Le Drapeau writes, “I am convinced that the soul and spirit of Mozart have passed into the body of young Liszt.”
March 13, 1824: Carlo Ludovico, son of Duchess Maria Luisa, becomes Duke of Parma.
March 14, 1824: Franz Schubert’s (27) String Quartet D.804 is performed for the first time, in the Hall of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Vienna.
March 17, 1824: Great Britain and the Netherlands sign the Treaty of London dividing the east indies between themselves. The Netherlands will rule Sumatra, Java, Maluku, Irian Jaya and adjacent islands while the British take Malaya, Singapore and retain an interest in North Borneo. Aceh is nominally independent.
March 17, 1824: The first part of Franz Schubert’s (27) song cycle Die schöne Müllerin, to words of Müller, is published.
March 19, 1824: José António de Oliveira Leite de Barros, conde de Basto replaces Joaquim Pedro Gomes de Oliveira as Secretary of State (prime minister) of Portugal.
March 26, 1824: Don Juan (cantos xv-xvi) by George Gordon, Lord Byron is published.
March 31, 1824: Franz Schubert (27) writes to Leopold Kupelweiser that he is “the most wretched and unhappy creature in the world.” He despairs over his health which “will never be right again,” his hopes which “have come to nothing” and his “passion for beauty” which “threatens to forsake” him. “...every night, when I go to bed, I hope I may not wake again, and every morning only recalls yesterday’s grief.” He also writes, “The latest news in Vienna is that Beethoven (53) is to give a concert at which he is to produce his new symphony, three movements from the new mass, and a new overture…” (Sachs, 13)
April 3, 1824: Morning and Evening Service for chorus and organ by Samuel Wesley (58) is performed completely for the first time, in St. Paul’s Cathedral, London.
April 7, 1824: Mass in D “Missa Solemnis” for soloists, chorus and orchestra by Ludwig van Beethoven (53) is performed completely for the first time, in St. Petersburg. See 25 October 1821.
April 11, 1824: Maria Szymanowska (34) gives a very successful performance at the Paris Conservatoire, on her three-year concert tour of Europe.
April 17, 1824: A treaty between Russia and the United States confines Russian claims in North America to north of 54° 40’ N latitude.
April 17, 1824: The Central American Federation emancipates all slaves.
April 19, 1824: On Easter Monday, George, sixth Lord Byron, volunteer in the Greek rebellion, dies at Messolongi, 200 km west of Athens, of malarial fever at the age of 36. His heart and lungs will be buried in Greece, but his body will be laid to rest in Hucknall Torkard Church near Newstead, Nottinghamshire.
April 24, 1824: On Elafonisi, an island off Crete, about 600-800 Greeks, mostly women and children, are killed by Ottoman soldiers. Those who survive are enslaved by the Ottomans.
April 30, 1824: The garrison of Lisbon revolts in favor of the absolutist Dom Miguel, younger son of King João VI.
May 1, 1824: Ludwig van Beethoven (53) takes a room for the summer in Penzing, but he will leave after three weeks claiming that people on a nearby footbridge always stare at him while he is shaving.
May 6, 1824: At the last rehearsal for the premiere of his Symphony no.9, Ludwig van Beethoven (53) stands at the stage door and embraces every one of the participants as they pass.
May 7, 1824: The Symphony no.9 “choral” for soloists, chorus and orchestra by Ludwig van Beethoven (53) to words of Schiller is performed for the first time, in the Kärntnertortheater, Vienna. At the conclusion of the work, the crowd bursts into uproarious applause, including stamping of feet and waving. Caroline Unger, the alto soloist, turns the composer around to view the spectacle because he cannot hear it. In the audience is a very interested Franz Schubert (27). The journal Cäcilia will number this among the most important dates in the history of music.
May 9, 1824: After King João VI of Portugal submits to his son, Dom Miguel, he boards a British ship and reasserts his authority. Miguel is sacked as commander of the army and sent into exile.
May 10, 1824: The National Gallery opens to the public in London. The 38 paintings are the collection of banker John Julius Angerstein, bought by the government, and are exhibited at his house until a permanent building can be constructed.
May 10, 1824: Maria Szymanowska (34) gives her first public performance in London, on her three-year concert tour of Europe.
May 11, 1824: The Royal Navy, carrying over 10,000 troops, capture Rangoon (Yangon).
May 12, 1824: Marianne Wieck leaves her husband Friedrich in Leipzig and, taking her infant son Victor and her daughter Clara (4), goes to her father’s house in Plauen to arrange a legal separation.
May 13, 1824: The absolutist son of King João, Dom Miguel, flees Portugal, his revolt having failed.
May 14, 1824: Pedro de Sousa Holstein, marques e conde de Palmela replaces José António de Oliveira Leite de Barros, conde de Basto as Secretary of State (prime minister) of Portugal.
May 19, 1824: Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka (19) begins his duties as an under-secretary in the office of the Council of Communications, St. Petersburg. “I had to be in the office only five to six hours per day, I was not assigned work at home, and I had no real duties or responsibilities. Consequently, all the rest of my time I could devote to my favorite activities, especially music.”
May 23, 1824: Shortly after Antonio Salieri (73) cuts his own throat in a suicide attempt, Calisto Bassi begins passing out printed copies of his poem “A Lodovico van Beethoven Ode Alcaica.” In it, Bassi makes the first claim that Salieri poisoned Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (†32). Vienna police quickly confiscate as many copies as they can find.
May 25, 1824: Franz Schubert (27) leaves Vienna for Zseliz to take up the position of music master to the Esterházy family.
May 26, 1824: The United States recognizes the Empire of Brazil.
May 27, 1824: Charles II, or The Merry Monarch, a comedy with music by Henry R. Bishop (37) to words of Payne, is performed for the first time, in Covent Garden, London.
May 31, 1824: The Cathedral of the Assumption is consecrated in Baltimore. It is the first Roman Catholic cathedral in the United States.
June 1, 1824: Gustaf af Wetterstedt replaces Lars von Engeström as Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden.
June 5, 1824: Franz Liszt (12) plays his London debut, in a semi-private setting at the Argyll Rooms.
June 6, 1824: Daniel Auber’s (42) opéra comique Le concert a la cour, ou La débutante to words of Scribe and Mélesville is performed for the first time, in Théâtre Feydeau, Paris.
June 8, 1824: Noah Cushing of Quebec receives a British patent for a washing machine. It is the first patent issued in Canada.
June 9, 1824: Le baiser au porteur, a vaudeville by Adolphe Adam (20), is performed for the first time, at the Théâtre Gymnase-Dramatique, Paris.
June 11, 1824: Maria Szymanowska (34) gives a performance in the Hanover Square rooms, London in the presence of members of the royal family.
June 11, 1824: Gioachino Rossini’s (32) canzone Il pianto delle muse in morte di Lord Byron is performed for the first time, in Almack’s Assembly Rooms, London.
June 12, 1824: Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot publishes Reflctions on the Motive Power of Fire. He makes important discoveries about the steam engine. The book is seen as the beginning of thermodynamics.
June 15, 1824: The Emperor of Austria grants Antonio Salieri’s (73) petition to be relieved of his duties at full salary. “In the service of four monarchs of the imperial house you have proved an incorruptible truth and devotion, and a perfect self-negation, which have never for a moment wavered, even in the most diverse and, for less magnanimous persons than you, tempting relations.” He has held court positions since the death of Gluck (†37). The letter is dated today but the Emperor actually made the decision in Prague on 6 June.
June 16, 1824: Evening. 22 men, led by Richard Martin, MP, meet in Old Slaughter’s Coffee House near Covent Garden in London. They desire to enforce regulations on the humane treatment of animals passed by Parliament in 1822 and thereby organize themselves into a group they call the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Among their number is William Wilberforce. In 1840, Queen Victoria will allow them to add “Royal” to their title.
June 18, 1824: Grand Duke Ferdinando III of Tuscany dies in Florence and is succeeded by his son Leopoldo II.
June 21, 1824: The British Parliament repeals the Combinations Acts of 1799-1800, thus allowing British workers to organize.
June 21, 1824: The Egyptian fleet captures the Greek island of Psara for Sultan Mahmut II.
June 22, 1824: Mexican authorities and Chumash Indians reach a peaceful resolution in Alta California.
June 26, 1824: An den Tod D.518, a song by Franz Schubert (27) to words of Schubart, is published in the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung, Vienna.
July 8, 1824: Hector Berlioz (20) arrives home in La Côte-St.-André for a stay of two and a half weeks.
July 11, 1824: Luis María de Salazar y Salazar replaces Narciso de Heredia y Begines, Conde de Ofalia as First Secretary of State of Spain.
July 14, 1824: King Kamehameha II of Hawaii dies of measles while visiting London.
July 15, 1824: Camden Chapel is dedicated by the Bishop of London, with music provided by its organist, Samuel Wesley (58).
July 17, 1824: After ten weeks in London, Maria Szymanowska (34) departs the city, heading for Paris.
July 21, 1824: King Buddha Loetla (Rama II) of Krung Thep (Thailand) dies in Bangkok and is succeeded by his son Nangklao (Rama III).
July 24, 1824: The Harrisburg Pennsylvanian publishes the first public opinion poll, showing General Andrew Jackson as a favorite in the upcoming US presidential election.
July 25, 1824: At the request of the Ottoman Sultan Mahmut II, an Egyptian fleet and army sail from Alexandria (El Iskandariya) to aid in subduing Greek insurgents.
July 25, 1824: After two and a half weeks at home in La Côte-St.-André, in increasing conflict with his father and family over his chosen vocation, Hector Berlioz (20) leaves to return to Paris.
July 27, 1824: Franz Liszt (12) and his father are presented to King George IV at Windsor. He plays for the King and a small private gathering for two hours.
July 28, 1824: Gaetano Donizetti’s (26) dramma semiseria Emiliá di Liverpool after Scatizzi is performed for the first time, in Teatro Nuovo, Naples.
August 1, 1824: Gioachino Rossini (32) arrives in Paris under contract to the Ministry of the Royal Household to write two new operas and produce one of his already existing works. He also agrees to become director of the Théâtre-Italien.
August 1, 1824: This month, the Annals of Philosophy publishes “On the Results of some Chemical Analyses and the Decomposition of Silica” by Jöns Jacob Berzelius. He describes his isolation of silicon.
August 2, 1824: A referendum in the State of Illinois abolishes slavery.
August 3, 1824: Singapore is ceded to Great Britain by the Sultan of Johore.
August 4, 1824: The United States recognizes the United Provinces of Central America.
August 4, 1824: Franz Liszt (12) plays the first of two concerts at the Theatre-Royal in Manchester.
August 6, 1824: South American cavalry under Simón Bolívar defeat the Spanish at Junín, 150 km northeast of Lima.
August 15, 1824: The Cape Mesurado Colony, founded by the American Colonization Society for the repatriation of American slaves, is expanded into the Colony of Liberia.
August 18, 1824: Carl Maria von Weber (37) receives an offer from Charles Kemble for a new opera for Covent Garden. The Englishman would also like Weber to come to London to produce Der Freischütz and Preciosa.
August 21, 1824: Mexico gives up its claim to Guatemala.
August 21, 1824: Carl Maria von Weber (37) decides to accept the offer by Charles Kemble he received three days ago for a new opera for Covent Garden.
August 24, 1824: Greeks fighting for their independence ask Great Britain to intervene against the Turks. The British government will refuse.
August 24, 1824: Le roi René, ou La Provence au XVe siècle, an opéra comique by Ferdinand Hérold (33) to words of Belle and Sewrin, is performed for the first time, in the Théâtre Feydeau, Paris.
August 31, 1824: Hector Berlioz (20) writes from Paris, replying to a scornful letter from his father: “I am driven involuntarily towards a magnificent career--no other adjective can be applied to the career of artist--and not towards my doom. For I believe I shall succeed; yes, I believe it...I wish to make a name for myself, I wish to leave some trace of my existence on this earth; and so strong is the feeling--which is an entirely honorable one--that I would rather be Gluck or Méhul dead than what I am in the flower of my age.”
September 10, 1824: Greeks defeat Ottoman naval forces off Bodrum, Turkey.
September 14, 1824: Following a referendum on the matter, Chiapas is incorporated into Mexico.
September 15, 1824: Benderli Selim Sirri Pasha replaces Mehmed Said Galip Pasha as Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire.
September 16, 1824: King Louis XVIII of France dies in Paris and is succeeded by his brother, Charles X.
September 17, 1824: After spending the summer with her mother, Clara Wieck (5) is legally given into the custody of her father in Leipzig.
October 1, 1824: This month, 15-year-old Louis Braille will unveil the system he invented allowing the blind to read.
October 3, 1824: The first constitution of the United States of Mexico goes into effect, having been approved yesterday.
October 10, 1824: (Manuel Felix Fernández) Guadelupe Victoria becomes the first President of Mexico under the new constitution.
October 11, 1824: The Times of London runs an article about the newly published biographical dictionary of musicians from Sainsbury and Co. Their article on Samuel Wesley (58) states that he died in 1815. The Times points out that Wesley is very much alive.
October 16, 1824: Franz Schubert (27) departs Zseliz, where he has been music tutor to the Esterházy family, to return to Vienna, in the company of Baron Schönstein.
October 21, 1824: Joseph Aspdin, a mason, receives a British patent for Portland Cement. It is the first improvement on the cement used by the ancient Romans.
October 21, 1824: Le bal champêtre, a vaudeville by Adolphe Adam (21), is performed for the first time, at the Théâtre Gymnase-Dramatique, Paris.
November 4, 1824: Léocadie, a drame lyrique by Daniel Auber (42) to words of Scribe and Mélesville after Cervantes, is performed for the first time, in Théâtre Feydeau, Paris.
November 5, 1824: Stephen Van Rensselaer founds the school that bears his name in Troy, New York. (It is presently the oldest technological institute in the English-speaking world)
November 15, 1824: The Symphony no.1 op.11 by Felix Mendelssohn (15) is performed for the first time, in the Mendelssohn home, Berlin on the occasion of his sister Fanny’s 19th birthday.
November 15, 1824: Fire breaks out in Edinburgh and will run for two days.
November 17, 1824: Publication of the Two Piano Pieces op.109a by Johann Nepomuk Hummel (46) is announced in the Wiener Zeitung.
November 17, 1824: The Great Fire of Edinburgh comes to an end after destroying large parts of the city including Parliament Hill and the High Street.
November 19, 1824: When a brief stint of warm weather breaks an ice jam on the Neva River, the water building up behind it inundates St. Petersburg in a catastrophic flood. Some estimates put the death toll as high as 10,000.
November 22, 1824: In Berlin for a stay of six weeks, Ignaz Moscheles writes in his diary, “This afternoon...I gave Felix (Mendelssohn) (15) his first lesson, never for a moment forgetting that I was sitting beside a master, not a pupil.
November 24, 1824: A Credo in D for chorus and orchestra by Gaetano Donizetti (26) is performed for the first time.
November 25, 1824: Gioachino Rossini (32) signs a contract with the Théâtre-Italien, Paris to become directeur de la musique et de la scène.
December 2, 1824: Six weeks of voting in the US Presidential election leaves the result in doubt. There is no clear winner between General Andrew Jackson, Secretary of State John Quincy Adams, Secretary of the Treasury William Crawford, and Speaker of the House Henry Clay.
December 7, 1824: After traveling for a month, Andrew Jackson arrives in Washington to await the outcome of the hung presidential election of 1824.
December 7, 1824: A hack version of Carl Maria von Weber’s (38) Der Freischütz called Robin des bois ou les trois balles opens at the Théâtre de l’Odéon in Paris. It will run for over 300 performances.
December 9, 1824: South American troops under Antonio José de Sucre defeat Spanish and Loyalist forces on the plateau of Ayacucho, 325 km southeast of Lima, thus ending Spanish power in South America.
December 11, 1824: Die Erscheinung D.229, a song by Franz Schubert (27) to words of Kosegarten, is published in the Album musicale, Vienna.
December 14, 1824: La haine d’une femme, a vaudeville by Adolphe Adam (21), is performed for the first time, at the Théâtre Gymnase-Dramatique, Paris.
December 24, 1824: Carl August Peter Cornelius is born in Mainz, in the Grand Duchy of Hessen, fourth of six children born to Carl Joseph Gerhard Cornelius and Friederike Schradtke, both actors.
December 27, 1824: Hector Berlioz’ (21) Messe en Grande Symphonie is rehearsed in the Church of St. Roch, Paris. The parts prepared by the children of the choir are riddled with errors causing the musicians to give up. A performance planned for tomorrow is cancelled.
December 28, 1824: Peace is reached between the Wiradjuri nation and the British at Parramatta, New South Wales ending the Bathurst war.
December 31, 1824: Great Britain recognizes the independence of the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata, Mexico, and Colombia.