1808 in music
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This is a list of music-related events in 1808.
- December 20 – The original Covent Garden Theatre in London is destroyed by a fire, along with most of the scenery, costumes and scripts.
- December 22 – Beethoven concert of 22 December 1808: Ludwig van Beethoven conducts and plays piano in a marathon benefit concert at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna consisting entirely of first public performances of works by him including the Symphony No. 5, Symphony No. 6, Piano Concerto No. 4 and Choral Fantasy.
- Harvard University forms its own orchestra.
- Ignaz Schuppanzigh founds the Razumovsky quartet.
- Ignaz Assmayer becomes organist of St. Peter's Abbey in Salzburg.
- "Believe Me, if All Those Endearing Young Charms", part of the Irish Melodies by poet Thomas Moore and composer (Sir) John Andrew Stevenson
- Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 5, Symphony No. 6, "Ghost" Piano Trio, Cello Sonata No. 3, Op. 69
- Bernhard Henrik Crusell – Clarinet Concerto no. 2
- Carl Maria von Weber – Momento capriccioso
- February 14 – Michael Costa, Italian-born conductor and composer (d. 1884)
- March 24 – Maria Malibran, soprano (d. 1836)
- April 10 – Auguste Franchomme, French cellist and composer (d. 1884)
- May 15 – Michael William Balfe, Irish composer (d. 1870)
- October 24 – Ernst Richter, German musical theorist (d. 1879)
- December 26 – Albert Grisar, Belgian composer (d. 1869)
- February 29 – Carlos Baguer, Spanish composer, 39
- May 14 – Robert Broderip, organist and composer
- May 22 – Edmund Ayrton, English organist, 73
- July 20 – François-Hippolyte Barthélémon, French violinist, 66
- September 29 – Paul Wranitzky, Moravian composer, 51
- date unknown – Gaétan Vestris, dancer (born 1729)