Deaths in Music in 1954

  • Jan 10 Fred Raymond, composer, dies at 53
  • Jan 11 Oscar Straus, Austrian composer (Brave Soldier), dies at 83
  • Jan 13 Roland Diggle, English-born American composer and organist, dies at 69
  • Jan 27 Paul-Marie Masson, composer, dies at 71
  • Feb 2 Theodor Rogalski, composer, dies at 52
  • Feb 4 Vaclav Vackar, composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 5 Vittorio Gnecchi, composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 7 Jan Adam Maklakiewicz, composer, dies at 54
  • Mar 4 Georg Gohler, composer, dies at 79
  • Mar 4 Noel Gay, [Richard Moxon Armitage], composer, dies at 55
  • Mar 6 Louis Zimmermann, violinist, dies at 80
  • Mar 14 Ludomir Michal Rogowski, composer, dies at 72
  • Mar 15 Arthur Fickenscher, composer, dies at 82
  • Mar 19 Walter Braunfels, composer, dies at 71
  • Mar 21 Harry Lawrence Freeman, composer, dies at 84
  • Apr 5 Claude Delvincourt, composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 9 Philip Greeley Clapp, composer, dies at 65
  • Apr 15 Juan Vicente Lecuna, composer, dies at 54
  • May 2 Pauline de Cock-Manifarges, singer, dies at 82
  • May 16 Clemens Krauss, Austrian conductor (Vienna State Opera), dies at 61
  • May 19 Charles Edward Ives, US composer (Unanswered Question), dies at 79
  • May 21 Janos Hammerschlag, composer, dies at 68
  • May 28 Achille Longo, composer, dies at 54
  • Jun 10 Will Rossiter, composer, dies at 87
  • Jun 13 Nikolai Obouhov, composer, dies at 62
  • Jun 27 Francis L Casadesus, French violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 83
  • Jul 19 Jean Roger-Ducasse, composer, dies at 81
  • Aug 2 Rene Amengual, composer, dies at 42
  • Aug 8 Gino Tagliapietra, composer, dies at 67
  • Aug 13 Hermann W S Waltershausen, German musicologist/composer, dies at 71
  • Aug 17 Billy Murray, singer (Denver Nightengale), dies at 77
  • Sep 9 Alfred Gradstein, composer, dies at 49
  • Sep 10 Peter Anders, German opera singer, dies
  • Sep 11 Licinio Refice, composer, dies at 69
  • Sep 19 Tibor Harsanyi, composer, dies at 56
  • Oct 5 Flor Alpaerts, Flem composer (Tyl Uilenspiegel/Pallieter), dies at 78
  • Oct 6 Hakon Borresen, composer, dies at 78
  • Oct 23 Henri Zagwijn, composer, dies at 76
  • Oct 27 Franco Alfano, Italian (opera)composer (Puccini's Turandot), dies at 78

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Nov 3 Henri E B Matisse, French painter/sculptor (Dance II), dies at 84

Impressionist Painter Henri Matisse
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  • Nov 11 John Rosamund Johnson, composer, dies at 81
  • Nov 21 Karol Rathaus, composer, dies at 59
  • Nov 29 Dink Johnson, American musician (b. 1892)
  • Nov 30 Wilhelm Furtw√§ngler, German conductor (b. 1886)
  • Dec 1 Fred Rose, American songwriter and music publishing executive (b. 1897)
  • Dec 3 Enrique Soro Barriga, composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 4 Nina Vasar, wife of Russian composer Dmitri Sjostakovitsj, dies
  • Dec 20 Emilis Melngailis, composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 25 Johnny Ace, American rhythm and blues singer, accidentally shoots himself in the head at 25
  • Dec 25 Rosario Scalero, composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 31 Peter Van Anrooy, conductor/composer (Piet Hein Rhapsodie), dies at 75