Composers in History (Part 55)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 5401 - 5,500 of 7,524

  • 1921-03-04 Halim El-Dabh, Egyptian-American pianist, darabukha drummer, and composer (Martha Graham ballet scores), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2017)
  • 1921-03-11 Astor Piazzolla, Argentinian banodeonist, and composer (Tango Nuevo), born in Mar del Plata, Argentina (d. 1992)
  • 1921-03-12 Ralph Shapey, American composer (Fantasy; Rituals), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • 1921-03-13 Carlo Prosperi, Italian composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1990)
  • 1921-03-20 Primoz Ramovs, composer
  • 1921-03-21 Antony Hopkins, composer
  • 1921-03-30 Kan Ishii, Japanese composer (Marimo), born in Tokyo (d. 2009)
  • 1921-03-30 Oto Ferenczy, composer
  • 1921-04-01 Douglas Allenbrook, composer
  • 1921-04-01 William L Bergsma, American composer (Fortunate Island), born in Oakland, California
  • 1921-04-01 Steve Race, British composer, jazz pianist and radio and television presenter (BBC's "My Music", 1967-94), born in Lincoln, England (d. 2009)
  • 1921-04-06 Andrew Welsh Imbrie, composer
  • 1921-04-08 Jan Novák, Czech classical composer, born in Nová Říše, Morovia (d. 1984)
  • 1921-04-19 Will Ogdon, American composer, born in Redlands, California (d. 2013)
  • 1921-04-24 Laci Boldemann, Swedish composer, born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1969)
  • 1921-04-26 Jimmy Giuffre, American jazz clarinetist, composer, arranger, and proponent of "free improv" jazz, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1921-05-12 Edvard Mirzoyan, Armenian composer, born in Gori, Georgia (d. 2012)
  • 1921-05-17 Bob Merrill, American composer and lyricist (People; Mambo Italiano), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 1998)
  • 1921-06-25 Peter Wishart, English composer, born in Crowborough, England (d. 1984)
  • 1921-07-10 Revaz Il'yich Lagidze, Georgian composer (Tbiliso), born in Baghdati (d. 1981)
  • 1921-07-13 Ernest Gold [Goldner], Austrian-born American film composer (Exodus), born in Vienna (d. 1999)
  • 1921-07-15 Jack Hamilton Beeson, composer
  • 1921-07-23 Jerome Rosen, American composer and educator, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2011)
  • 1921-08-03 Alec Wyton, English-born American composer, born in London (d. 2007)
  • 1921-08-03 Richard Adler, American composer and songwriter (Pajama Game; Damn Yankees), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1921-08-07 Karel Husa, Czech-American Pulitzer prize winning composer (Trojan Women), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2016)
  • 1921-08-08 Roger Nixon, American composer, born in Tulare, California (d. 2009)
  • 1921-09-01 Matt Higgins Doran, American composer, born in Covington, Kentucky
  • 1921-09-07 Arthur Ferrante, American pianist and composer (Ferrante & Teicher - Exodus), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1921-09-08 Hans Ulrich Engelmann, German composer (Ophelia), born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 2011)
  • 1921-09-09 Andrzej Dobrowolski, Polish classical and experimental composer, born in Lwów, Poland (now Ukraine) (d. 1990)
  • 1921-09-15 Jan Frank Fischer, composer
  • 1921-09-16 Fritz Geissler, German composer, born in Wurzen, Saxony (d. 1984)
  • 1921-09-24 Leonard Salzedo, British composer, born in London, England (d. 2000)
  • 1921-09-28 Ilhan Usmanbas, composer
  • 1921-10-01 Héctor Campos Parsi, Puerto Rican classical music composer, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 1997)
  • 1921-10-21 Jarmil Burghauser, composer
  • 1921-10-21 Sir Malcolm Arnold, British trumpeter, and classical and film score composer (The Bridge On The River Kwai), born in Northampton, England (d. 2006)
  • 1921-10-27 Anestis Logothetis, Austrian composer, born in Burgas, Bulgaria (d. 1994)
  • 1921-11-01 Jan Tausinger, Romanian-Czech violist and composer, born in Piatra Neamţ, Romania (d. 1980)
  • 1921-11-01 John W. Peterson, American songwriter, born in Lindsborg, Kansas (d. 2006)
  • 1921-11-02 Fernando Correia de Oliveira, Portuguese composer, born in Porto, Portugal (d. 2004)
  • 1921-11-08 Douglas Townsend, American composer, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1921-11-12 Robert Fleming, composer
  • 1921-11-13 Joonas Kokkonen, Finnish composer (The Last Temptations), born in Iisalmi, Finland (d. 1996)
  • 1921-11-13 Yoshiro Irino, Japanese composer, born in Vladivostok, Russia (d. 1980)
  • 1921-12-06 Piero Piccioni, Italian musician, conductor and composer, born in Turin, Piedmont, Italy (d. 2004)
  • 1921-12-07 Arne Dørumsgaard, Norwegian composer, born in Fredrikstad, Norway (d. 2006)
  • 1921-12-18 Jaime León, Colombian pianist, composer, and conductor Filarmónica de Bogota, 1971-78), born in Cartagena de Indias, Columbia (d. 2015)
  • 1921-12-19 Ludvík Podéšť, Czech composer, born in Dubňany (d. 1968)
  • 1921-12-22 Robert Frank Kurka, American composer ("The Good Soldier Schweik"), born in Cicero, Illinois (d. 1957)
  • 1921-12-24 Gerard Thomas Victory, Irish composer, born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland (d. 1995)

Person of interestSteve Allen

1921-12-26 Steve Allen, American comedian, composer, writer and TV host (Tonight Show, Steve Allen Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • 1922-01-02 Nico Schuyt, Dutch composer, born in Alkmaar (d. 1992)
  • 1922-01-03 Jacques Wildberger, Swiss composer (In My End is My Beginning), born in Born, Switzerland (d. 2006)
  • 1922-01-04 Frank Wess, flutist/saxophonist/composer, (d. 2013)
  • 1922-01-06 Finn Einar Mortensen, Norwegian composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1983)
  • 1922-01-10 Ester Mägi, Estonian composer 'First Lady of Estonian music', born in Tallinn, Estonia (d. 2021)
  • 1922-01-18 Yehezkel Braun, Israeli composer (Shir ha-shirim), born in Breslau, Germany (d. 2014)
  • 1922-01-30 Pal Jardanyi, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1966)
  • 1922-02-11 Tudor Jarda, Romanian composer, born in Cluj (d. 2007)
  • 1922-02-19 Josef Matej, Czech composer, born in Brusperk (d. 1992)
  • 1922-02-21 Uroš Krek, Slovenian composer, born in Ljubljana (d. 2008)
  • 1922-02-22 Andre Asriel, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1922-02-22 Felix Werder, German-born Australian composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2012)
  • 1922-02-25 Matti Rautio, Finnish classical composer (The Blue Heron), born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1986) 
  • 1922-03-02 Eric Feldbush, composer
  • 1922-03-02 Mario Zafred, composer
  • 1922-03-03 Kazimierz Serocki, Polish composer and co-founder of the Warsaw Autumn Festival, born in Toruń, Poland (d. 1981)
  • 1922-03-12 Thomas Hugh Eastwood, British composer, born in Hawley, Blackwater, England (d. 1999)
  • 1922-03-14 Les Baxter, American exotica musician, orchestra leader and composer (Ritual Of The Savage, Born Again), born in Mexia, Texas (d. 1996)
  • 1922-03-30 German Germanovich Galinin, composer
  • 1922-03-30 Peter Jona Korn, composer
  • 1922-04-04 Elmer Bernstein, American film music composer (The Magnificent Seven; To Kill A Mockingbird; The Age Of Innocence; Thoroughly Modern Millie), born in New York City (d. 2004)
  • 1922-04-05 Harry Freedman (Henryk Frydmann), Canadian composer, born in Lodz, Poland (d. 2005)
  • 1922-04-07 Kenneth Peacock, Canadian pianist, ethnomusicologist and composer (Rituals of Earth, Fire and Darkness), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2000)
  • 1922-04-11 Alexander Raichev, Bulgarian composer, born in Lom, Bulgaria (d. 2003)
  • 1922-04-14 David Alexandrovich Toradze, Soviet composer, born in Tbilisi, Georgia (d. 1983)
  • 1922-04-26 Paul-André Gaillard, Swiss composer, born in Veytaux, Switzerland (d. 1992)
  • 1922-04-29 (Jean-Baptiste) "Toots" Thielemans, Belgian-American jazz harmonica player and composer, born in Brussels (d. 2016)
  • 1922-05-24 Sadao Bekku, Japanese classical and film composer (Matango), born in Tokyo (d. 2012)
  • 1922-05-29 Iannis Xenakis, Greek-French composer, music theorist, and architect who helped revolutionize 20th century classical music (Metastaseis), born in Brăila, Romania (d. 2001)
  • 1922-06-03 Ivan Patachich, composer
  • 1922-06-04 Irwin Bazelon, American composer (Duo for Viola), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1922-06-06 Ian Hamilton, Scottish composer, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2000)
  • 1922-06-07 Hubert Du Plessis, South African pianist and composer, born in Malmesbury, Cape Province, Union of South Africa (d. 2011)
  • 1922-06-12 Leif Thybo, Danish composer and organist, born in Holstebro, Denmark (d. 2001)
  • 1922-06-15 John Veale, English composer, born in Bromley, Kent (d. 2006)
  • 1922-06-17 Kelsey Jones, Canadian composer, born in South Norwalk, Norwalk, Connecticut (d. 2004)
  • 1922-06-17 Jerry Fielding, American jazz musician and composer (Lively Ones, Hogan's Heroes), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1980)
  • 1922-06-18 Claude Helffer, French classical pianist and composer, born in Paris (d. 2004)
  • 1922-06-23 Francis Thorne, American composer (Fortuna; Elegy), born in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1922-06-24 Roy Elihu Travis, American composer (Passion of Dedipus), born in NYC, New York
  • 1922-06-27 George Theophilus Walker, African-American pianist, composer and teacher (Lilacs; In Praise Of Folly), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2018)
  • 1922-07-02 Genrikh Matusovich Vagner, Belarusian composer, born in Żyrardów, Poland (d. 2000)
  • 1922-07-14 Peter Andrew Tranchell, composer
  • 1922-07-23 Stefans Grové, South African composer (Nonyana, The Ceremonial Dancer; Cyclops; Glimpses), born in Bethlehem, Orange Free State, Union of South Africa (d. 2014)
  • 1922-07-24 Leo Kraft, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1922-07-26 Andrzej Koszewski, Polish choral and orchestral composer, and musicologist, born in Poznań, Poland (d. 2015)
  • 1922-07-30 Zbigniew Wiszniewski, Polish composer, born in Lwów, Lwowskie, Poland (d. 1999)

Weddings in Music


Divorces in Music


Deaths in Music

Deaths 5401 - 5,500 of 5,957

  • 2005-09-16 Harry Freedman (Henryk Frydmann), Canadian composer, dies at 83
  • 2005-09-17 Alfred Reed, American composer, dies at 84
  • 2005-10-03 Adrian Ratiu, Romanian composer, dies at 77
  • 2005-10-06 Warren Frank Benson, American composer (The Leaves Are Falling), and educator (Eastman School, 1967-1993), dies at 81
  • 2005-11-06 Miguel Aceves Mejía, Mexican actor, composer and singer, dies at 90
  • 2005-11-14 Jeno Takacs, Austrian composer, dies at 103
  • 2006-02-08 Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer, best known for his film scores in the Godzilla films, dies at 91
  • 2006-03-04 Jan Felderhof, Dutch violinist and composer, dies at 98
  • 2006-03-13 Arne Dørumsgaard, Norwegian composer, dies at 84
  • 2006-03-29 Werner Wolf Glaser, German-Swedish composer, dies at 95
  • 2006-04-06 Augustyn Bloch, Polish composer, dies at 76
  • 2006-04-09 Robin Orr, Scottish composer, dies at 96
  • 2006-04-28 Ben-Zion Orgad, Israeli composer, dies at 79
  • 2006-05-05 Naushad Ali, Indian composer, and Hindi film music director, dies at 86
  • 2006-05-25 Otto Zykan, Austrian pianist and composer, dies at 71
  • 2006-05-27 Dieter Acker, German composer and pedagogue, dies at 65
  • 2006-06-12 György Ligeti, Hungarian classical composer (Le Grand Macabre), dies at 83 (b. 1923)
  • 2006-06-17 Julian Slade, English popular composer (Salad Days), dies at 76
  • 2006-07-22 Dika Newlin, American composer, Schoenberg expert and punk rocker, dies at 82
  • 2006-08-08 Michael Hurd, British composer and musicologist known for his choral music (Jonah-Man Jazz), dies at 77
  • 2006-08-23 Jacques Wildberger, Swiss composer (In My End is My Beginning), dies at 84
  • 2006-08-24 James Carl Tenney, American composer, dies at 72
  • 2006-08-26 Josef Hadar, Israeli violinist and composer (Evening of Roses), dies at 79
  • 2006-09-02 [Jean-Josephat] Clermont Pépin, Canadian pianist and composer (Implosion Symphony), dies of liver cancer at 80
  • 2006-09-09 Richard Burmer, American composer and musician, dies at 50
  • 2006-09-23 Sir Malcolm Arnold, British trumpeter, and classical and film score composer (The Bridge On The River Kwai), dies at 84
  • 2006-09-28 Viktor Kalabis, Czech composer (Two Worlds), dies at 83
  • 2006-10-18 Anna Russell, English music satirist and composer, dies at 94
  • 2006-10-21 Rene Gerber, Swiss composer, dies at 98
  • 2006-11-03 Paul Mauriat, French easy listening orchestra leader, composer, and arranger ("Love Is Blue"), dies at 81
  • 2006-11-08 Basil Poledouris, American film score composer, dies of cancer at 61
  • 2006-11-16 John Veale, English composer, dies at 84
  • 2006-12-12 Lucien Goethals, Belgian composer, dies at 75
  • 2006-12-14 Otmar Macha, Czech composer (Quattro Group), dies at 84
  • 2006-12-16 Taliep Petersen, South African singer and composer (b. 1950)
  • 2006-12-18 Daniel Pinkham, American organist, composer (Signs of the Zodiac) and educator (New England Conservatory), dies at 83
  • 2006-12-22 Galina Ustvolskaya, Russian composer, dies at 87
  • 2006-12-23 Timothy J. Tobias, American composer and musician, dies at 54
  • 2006-12-28 Komei Abe, Japanese composer, dies at 95
  • 2007-01-19 Murat Nasyrov, Russian singer and composer, dies at 37
  • 2007-01-28 Karel Svoboda, Czech composer of popular music (b. 1938)
  • 2007-02-01 Gian Carlo Menotti, Italian-born composer, dies at 95
  • 2007-02-09 Louis Ballard [Honganózhe], Native American composer and educator (The Four Moons), dies at 75
  • 2007-02-24 Leroy Jenkins, American composer and violinist (b. 1932)
  • 2007-03-04 Richard Joseph, British games soundtrack composer (b. 1954)
  • 2007-03-04 Tadeusz Nalepa, Polish composer, guitar player, vocalist and lyricist (b. 1934)
  • 2007-03-07 Frigyes Hidas, Hungarian composer, dies at 78
  • 2007-03-18 Alec Wyton, English-born American composer, dies at 85
  • 2007-04-03 Zoltan Pongracz, Hungarian composer (Mariphonia), dies at 95
  • 2007-04-20 Andrew Hill, American jazz pianist, composer and educator, dies at 75
  • 2007-05-03 Ellsworth Milburn, American composer and educator (Menil Antiphons), dies of complications from pneumonia at 69
  • 2007-05-09 Jacob Gilboa, Israeli composer, dies at 87
  • 2007-05-16 Albert Delvaux, Belgian composer (Symphonia Burlesca), dies at 93
  • 2007-05-26 J Edward Oliver, cartoonist and composer (b. 1942)
  • 2007-06-02 Kentaro Haneda, Japanese pianist, composer and arranger for film, anime, and video games, dies of liver cancer at 58
  • 2007-06-13 Oskar Morawetz, Czech-Canadian composer (From the Diary of Anne Frank), dies at 90
  • 2007-07-08 Jindřich Feld, Czech composer (Concerto for Flute and Orchestra), dies at 82
  • 2007-07-13 Zdeněk Lukáš, Czech composer, dies at 78
  • 2007-08-06 Teizo Matsumura, Japanese composer ("Chinmoku / Silence"; "Hymn to Aurora") and haiku poet, dies at 78
  • 2007-08-13 Tudor Jarda, Romanian composer, dies at 85
  • 2007-08-14 Tikhon Nikolayevich Khrennikov, Soviet composer and leader of the Union of Soviet Composer, dies at 94
  • 2007-08-16 Max Roach, American percussionist, drummer, and composer (b. 1924)
  • 2007-09-11 [Josef] Joe Zawinul, Austrian-American jazz keyboardist, composer and musician (Weather Report - "Birdland") dies from Merkel cell carcinoma at 75
  • 2007-09-15 Aldemaro Romero, Venezuelan pianist, composer, arranger, and orchestral conductor, dies at 79
  • 2007-09-16 Jean Balissat, Swiss composer pedagogue and conductor (Kaleidoscope for trumpet and percussion), dies at 71
  • 2007-10-01 Ronnie Hazlehurst, English conductor and TV theme song composer (Are You Being Served?), dies at 79
  • 2007-10-13 Tom Dawes, American rock musician and composer who wrote music for commercial jingles ("Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz” for Alka-Seltzer and “7Up, the Uncola”), dies at 64
  • 2007-10-24 Petr Eben, Czech organ composer (b. 1929)
  • 2007-11-14 Mauro Bortolotti, Italian composer, dies at 80
  • 2007-12-04 Friedrich Zehm, German pianist and composer, dies at 85
  • 2007-12-05 Karlheinz Stockhausen, German classical and electronic music composer, dies at 79
  • 2007-12-05 Andrew Imbrie, American composer (b. 1921)
  • 2007-12-10 Robert Moevs, American composer, dies at 87
  • 2007-12-16 Harald Genzmer, German composer, dies at 98

Person of interestOscar Peterson

2007-12-23 Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, dies of kidney failure at 82

Jazz Musician Oscar Peterson
Jazz Musician
Oscar Peterson
  • 2007-12-25 Hans Otte, German composer and pianist (The Book of Sounds, Book of Hours), dies at 81
  • 2007-12-28 Jiří Pauer, Czech composer, dies at 88
  • 2008-01-04 Mort Garson, Canadian-American composer ("Our Day Will Come") and Moog synthesizer pioneer, dies of renal failure at 83
  • 2008-01-18 Frank Lewin, American composer and music theorist (b. 1925)
  • 2008-01-22 Ștefan Niculescu, Romanian composer, dies at 80
  • 2008-02-19 Teo Macero [Attilio Joseph Macero], American jazz saxophonist, composer and record producer (Miles Davis), dies at 82
  • 2008-03-04 Leonard Rosenman, American composer (Rebel Without A Cause; Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • 2008-04-02 Jacques Bondon, French composer, dies at 80
  • 2008-05-03 Uroš Krek, Slovenian composer, dies at 85
  • 2008-05-15 Alexander Courage, American composer of original Star Trek theme, dies at 88
  • 2008-05-15 Walt Dickerson, American jazz vibraphone player, and composer ("To My Queen"), dies of cardiac arrest at 80
  • 2008-05-16 Wilfrid Howard Mellers, English musicologist and composer (François Couperin and the French Classical Tradition), dies at 94
  • 2008-07-03 Oliver Schroer, Canadian fiddler and composer (b. 1956)
  • 2008-07-18 Tauno Marttinen, Finnish composer, dies at 95
  • 2008-07-24 Norman Dello Joio [Nicodemo DeGioio], American classical composer (Choreography: Three Dances for Strings), dies at 95
  • 2008-08-08 Joseph Gelineau, French Catholic Jesuit priest and composer, dies at 87
  • 2008-08-10 Isaac Hayes, American musician and composer (Shaft), dies at 65
  • 2008-08-12 Donald Erb, American composer known for large orchestral works, dies at 81
  • 2008-08-25 Josef Tal, Israel composer (Israeli art music), dies at 97
  • 2008-08-25 Pehr Henrik Nordgren, Finnish composer (The Whole World Will Lament; Kwaidan-balladit), dies at 64
  • 2008-09-19 Alois Pinos, Czech composer, dies at 82
  • 2008-10-03 Aurel Stroe, Romanian composer, dies at 76
  • 2008-10-11 Neal Hefti, American orchestra leader (Kate Smith Show) and composer (Li'l Darlin), dies at 85
  • 2008-10-24 Moshe Cotel, American composer and pianist (b. 1943)
  • 2008-11-12 Serge Nigg, French composer, dies at 84

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