1820 in music
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This is a list of music-related events in 1820.
- Pietro Raimondi returns to Naples and begins his career as an opera composer.
- The Musical Fund Society is founded at Musical Fund Hall in Philadelphia. Its first public concert on April 22, 1821 featured Beethoven’s 2nd Symphony.
- Franz Liszt plays in public for the first time in Ödenburg.
- Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 30
- Franz Berwald – Violin Concerto in C sharp minor, Op. 2
- Felix Mendelssohn – Violin Sonata in F major
- Franz Schubert
- Louis Spohr
- Grand Rondo in G major for violin and piano, Op. 51
- Potpourri on Irish Themes in A major, Op. 59
- Potpourri on Themes from Mozart's Die Zauberflöte for violin and piano in F-sharp minor, Op. 50
- Quintet for piano and winds in C minor, Op. 52
- Symphony No. 2 in D minor, Op. 49
- Violin Concerto No. 9 in D minor, Op. 55
- Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga – Los Esclavos Felices
- Giovanni Pacini – La schiava di Bagdad (première October 28 at Teatro Carignano, Turin)
Published popular music
- "Hail to the Chief" – words, Sir Walter Scott; music James Sanderson
- "D'ye Ken John Peel" – words, John Woodcock Graves. music traditional.
- January 9 – Pavel Křížkovský, conductor and composer (d. 1885)
- February 10 – Cornelius Gurlitt, composer (d. 1901)
- February 17 – Henri Vieuxtemps, violinist and composer (d. 1881)
- March 24 – Fanny Crosby, American lyricist (d. 1915)
- May 21 – Michel Lentz, lyricist of the Luxembourg national anthem (d. 1893)
- August 13 – George Grove, music writer (d. 1900)
- August 30 – George Frederick Root, songwriter (d. 1895)
- September 5 – Louis Köhler, pianist, composer and conductor (d. 1886)
- October 6 – Jenny Lind, Swedish singer (d. 1887)
- December 17 – Karl Anton Eckert, conductor and composer (d. 1879)
- date unknown
- February 2 – Peder Schall, composer (b. 1762)
- March 26 – Jean-Étienne Despréaux, French dancer, choreographer and composer (b. 1748)
- August 6 – Antonín Vranický, Bohemian violinist and composer (b. 1761)
- August 28 – Antonín Kraft, cellist and composer (b. 1749)
- October 3 – Ludwig Wenzel Lachnith, horn player and composer (b. 1746)
- date unknown – Marie Bigot, piano teacher (b. 1786)