Composers in History (Part 59)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 5801 - 5,900 of 7,413

  • 1927-03-02 Witold Szalonek, Polish composer (Satire), educator, and musicologist, born in Czechowice-Dziedzice, Poland (d. 2001) [1]
  • 1927-03-04 Robert DiDomenica, American flautist, composer and educator, born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1927-03-08 Jaromir Podesva, composer
  • 1927-03-08 Josef Berg, Czech composer (d. 1971)
  • 1927-03-08 Dick Hyman, American jazz pianist, composer, arranger, conductor, and organist, born in New York City
  • 1927-03-09 Hans Ludwig Schilling, German composer, born in Mayen, Germany (d. 2012)
  • 1927-03-09 John Beckwith, Canadian composer, born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • 1927-03-17 Sulkhan Ivanovich Nasidze, composer
  • 1927-03-18 John Kander, American musical theater and film composer, with Fred Ebb (Cabaret; Chicago; New York, New York; Funny Lady), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1927-03-20 John Joubert, British South African composer (Chamber Music for brass quintet), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2019)
  • 1927-03-23 Osvaldo Lacerda, composer
  • 1927-03-24 János Decsényi, Hungarian composer (Farewell to a Vanished Century), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1927-04-11 Domenico Guaccero, Italian composer, born in Palo de Colle, Italy (d. 1984)
  • 1927-04-17 Christopher Whelen, British composer and conductor, born in London, England (d. 1993)
  • 1927-04-22 Pascal Bentoiu, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2016)
  • 1927-04-23 Russell Smith, American composer, born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (d. 1998)
  • 1927-04-25 Ernst Widmer, Swiss-Brazilian composer, born in Aarau, Switzerland (d. 1990)
  • 1927-05-13 Karl-Heinz Köper, German conductor, and composer (Tuba-Tabu; Pop Corn Concerto), born in Hanover, Germany (d. 2011)
  • 1927-05-20 David Frederick Barlow, composer
  • 1927-05-20 Walter Aschaffenburg, German-American composer, born in Essen, Germany (d. 2005)
  • 1927-05-28 Bernhard Lewkovitch, Danish organist and composer, born in Copenhagen
  • 1927-06-09 Franco Donatoni, Italian composer, born in Verona, Italy (d. 2000)
  • 1927-06-11 Josef Anton Reidl, German composer, born in Munich, Germany (d. 2016)
  • 1927-06-13 Knut Wiggen, Norwegian computer music pioneer and composer, born in Buvika (d. 2016)
  • 1927-06-17 Martin Böttcher, German composer and conductor, born in Berlin (d. 2019)
  • 1927-06-18 Simeon Pironkov, Bulgarian composer, born in Lom, Bulgaria (d. 2000)
  • 1927-06-19 Karel Kupka, Czech composer, born in Rychvald
  • 1927-07-01 Hans Eklund, Swedish composer, born in Sandviken (d. 1999)
  • 1927-07-06 Charles Whittenberg, American composer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1984)
  • 1927-07-12 Pavle Merku, Italian-Slovene composer and ethnomusicologist, born in Trieste (d. 2014)
  • 1927-07-18 Carlo Franci, Italian composer and conductor, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2019)
  • 1927-07-20 Michael Gielen, Austrian conductor/composer
  • 1927-07-24 Wilfred Josephs, English composer, born in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne (d. 1997)
  • 1927-07-31 Ștefan Niculescu, Romanian composer, born in Moreni, Dâmbovita (d. 2008)
  • 1927-08-05 Gunnar Bucht, Swedish composer, born in Stocksund, Sweden
  • 1927-08-21 Wilhelm Killmayer, German composer, born in Munich, Germany (d. 2017)
  • 1927-08-22 Aleksandar Obradovic, Serbian composer, born in Bled, Slovenia (d. 2001)
  • 1927-08-23 Martial Solal, French jazz pianist and composer, born in Algiers, French Algeria
  • 1927-08-30 Piet Kee, Dutch organist and composer, born in Zaandam, Netherlands (d. 2018)
  • 1927-09-02 Tzvi Avni, Israeli classical composer (Meditations On A Drama), born in Saarbrücken, Germany
  • 1927-09-06 Keith Humble, Australian composer, born in Geelong, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1927-09-07 Graham Dudley Whettam, British composer, born in Swinden, Wiltshire (d. 2007)
  • 1927-09-20 John Dankworth, English jazz musician and composer, born in Woodford, Essex, England (d. 2010)
  • 1927-09-27 Boris Porena, Italian composer, poet, and writer, born in Rome
  • 1927-09-30 Hossein Dehlavi, Persian composer, conductor and teacher (Sarbaz; Plectrum Orchestra), born in Tehran, Persia (d. 2019)
  • 1927-10-05 John W. Downey, American classical composer (A Dolphin), born in Chicago (d. 2004)
  • 1927-10-10 Thomas Wilson, Scottish composer, born in Trinidad, Colorado (d. 2001)
  • 1927-10-13 Lee Konitz, American jazz saxophonist (Birth of the Cool), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • 1927-10-24 Renato de Grandis, Italian composer, born in Venice, Italy (d. 2008)
  • 1927-10-24 Gilbert Bécaud [François Gilbert Léopold Silly], French singer, pianist, composer and actor (Nathalie) known as "Monsieur 100,000 Volts" for his energetic performances, born in Toulon, France (d. 2001)
  • 1927-10-27 Dominick Argento, American composer (Colonel Jonathan the Saint), born in York, Pennsylvania (d. 2019)
  • 1927-10-27 Bernard Parmegiani, French composer (L'Oeil écoute - The Eye Listens), born in Paris (d. 2013)
  • 1927-10-31 Anita Kerr, American singer composer and producer (The Anita Kerr Singers), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1927-11-04 Vittorio Fellegara, Italian composer, born in Milan (d. 2011)
  • 1927-11-11 Mose Allison, American jazz and blues piano player, singer, and composer ("Everybody's Cryin' Mercy"; "Your Mind Is on Vacation"), born in Tippo, Mississippi (d. 2016)
  • 1927-11-18 Lawrence Moss, American composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1927-11-24 Emma Lou Diemer, composer
  • 1927-12-01 Grant Beglarian, composer

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1927-12-05 Bhumibol Adulyadej [Rama IX], King of Thailand (1946-2016), jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2016)

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  • 1927-12-06 Jacques Bondon, French composer, born in Boulbon, Bouches-du-Rhône, France (d. 2008)
  • 1927-12-07 Vlastimir Peričić, Serbian composer, born in Vršac, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (d. 2000)
  • 1927-12-09 Pierre Henry, French composer (considered pioneer of musique concrète), born in Paris (d. 2017)
  • 1927-12-23 Joseph Castaldo, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1927-12-28 Oleg Karavaichuk, Russian pianist and composer, born in Kiev (d. 2016)
  • 1928-01-02 Tiberiu Olah, composer
  • 1928-01-10 Wallace Berry, Canadian-American composer (d. 1991)
  • 1928-01-16 Ezra Sims, American composer of microtonal music, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1928-01-17 Jean Barraqué, French composer, born in Hauts-de-Seine, France (d. 1973)
  • 1928-01-19 Gerard Schurmann, Dutch-British conductor, and composer of classical music (The Double Heart), and film scores, (The Bedford Incident), born in Java, Dutch East Indies (d. 2020) dies at 96
  • 1928-01-20 Robert Satanowski, Polish opera conductor and general, born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1997)
  • 1928-01-27 Jean-Michel Damase, French pianist and composer, born in Bordueax (d. 2013)
  • 1928-01-29 Bengt Hambraeus, Swedish Canadian composer and organist, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2000)
  • 1928-01-30 Mitch Leigh, American musical composer (Man of La Mancha), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1928-02-26 Aldonis Kalnins, Latvian composer, born in Užava parish, Soviet Union
  • 1928-03-02 John Manduell, British-based South African composer and educator (Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, 1973-96), born in Johannesburg, Union of South Africa (d. 2017)
  • 1928-03-04 Samuel Adler, composer
  • 1928-03-06 Ronald Stevenson, composer
  • 1928-03-08 Frank Michael Beyer, composer
  • 1928-03-13 Ronnie Hazlehurst, English television composer (Are You Being Served?, The Rise and Fall of Reginald Perrin), born in Dukinfield, England (d. 2007)
  • 1928-03-15 Nicolas Flagello, composer
  • 1928-03-16 Ramon Barce, Spanish composer, born in Madrid (d. 2008)
  • 1928-03-17 Edino Krieger, composer
  • 1928-03-21 Ruth Anderson, American flutist, classical and electronic music composer (I Come Out of Your Sleep), born in Kalispell, Montana (d.2019)
  • 1928-03-27 Antonín Tučapský, Czech composer, teacher, and choral conductor, born in Opatovice, Moravia, Czechoslovakia (d. 2014)
  • 1928-03-28 José Luis de Delás, Spanish composer, born in Barcelona (d. 2018)
  • 1928-03-29 Václav Felix, Czech composer, and pedagogue, born in Prague (d. 2008)
  • 1928-03-30 Diether de la Motte, German composer and music theorist, born in Bonn, Germany (d. 2010)
  • 1928-04-04 Monty Norman, English singer and film composer (James Bond Theme), born in London
  • 1928-04-05 David Farquhar Andress, New Zealand composer (Ring Around the Moon; A Unicorn for Christmas), born in Cambridge, New Zealand (d. 2007)
  • 1928-04-08 Fred Ebb, American musical theater lyricist, with John Kander (Cabaret; Chicago; New York, New York; Funny Lady), born in New York City (d. 2004)
  • 1928-04-16 Walt Dickerson, American jazz vibraphone player, and composer ("To My Queen"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008) [1]
  • 1928-04-24 Gustav Krivinka, Czech composer, born in Doubravice nad Svitavou, Czech Republic (d. 1990)
  • 1928-05-08 William Jay Sydeman, American avant-garde composer, born in New York City
  • 1928-05-09 Páll Pampichier Pálsson, Austrian-Icelandic composer, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1966)
  • 1928-05-12 Burt Bacharach, composer (I'll Never Fall in Love Again), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1928-05-25 Frigyes Hidas, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2007)
  • 1928-05-27 Thea Musgrave, Scottish composer (Mary Queen of Scots, Pontalba), born in Barnton, Edinburgh
  • 1928-06-07 Charles Strouse, American composer (Bye Bye Birdie, Annie), born in NYC, New York
  • 1928-06-12 Richard Sherman, American composer and lyricist (The Sherman Brothers - Mary Poppins), born in NYC, New York
  • 1928-06-25 William Joseph Russo, American trombonist, jazz, classical and theater composer (Titans Symphony) and educator, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)

Weddings in Music


Divorces in Music


Deaths in Music

Deaths 5801 - 5,893 of 5,893

  • 2018-02-28 Harvey Schmidt, American musical theatre composer and illustrator (The Fantasticks), dies of complications of congestive heart failure at 88
  • 2018-03-08 Milko Kelemen, Croat composer (Archetypon), dies at 93
  • 2018-03-12 Olly Wilson, American composer and founder of TIMARA, dies of complications of dementia at 80
  • 2018-05-04 Naser Cheshm Azar, Iranian composer, dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 2018-05-20 Dieter Schnebel, German experimental composer (Harley-Davidson, for nine motorbikes and trumpet), dies at 88
  • 2018-05-25 Piet Kee, Dutch organist and composer, dies at 90
  • 2018-06-25 Bo Nilsson, Swedish composer (Doppelspiel), dies at 81
  • 2018-07-07 Paul Fetler, American composer (December Stillness; Three Poems By Walt Whitman), dies at 98
  • 2018-07-08 Oliver Knussen, British composer (Where the Wild Things Are, Chicara), dies at 66
  • 2018-08-23 George Theophilus Walker, African-American pianist, composer and teacher (Lilacs; In Praise Of Folly), dies at 96
  • 2018-09-21 Katherine Hoover, American flautist, composer (Eleni: A Greek Tragedy), teacher and conductor, dies at 80
  • 2018-09-21 José Luis de Delás, Spanish composer and conductor, dies at 90
  • 2018-09-29 James "Big Jim" Wright, American Grammy and Dove Award-winning keyboardist, composer, arranger, and record producer (Sound of Blackness; Mariah Carey) dies at 52
  • 2018-10-03 Bent Lorentzen, Danish orchestral, electronic, and opera composer, dies at 83
  • 2018-10-12 Takehisa Kosugi, Japanese violinist and experimental music composer (Group Ongaku; Taj Mahal Travellers), dies at 80
  • 2018-10-24 Darijan Božič, Slovenian composer and conductor, dies at 86
  • 2018-11-07 Francis Lai, French film music composer (Love Story), dies at 86
  • 2018-11-07 Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Irish pianist, composer and educator (University of Limerick), dies at 67
  • 2018-11-12 Igor Mikhailovich Luchenok, Belarusian composer and teacher, dies at 80
  • 2018-11-20 Harald Heilmann, German composer, dies at 94
  • 2018-11-20 Levine Andrade, Indian-British violinist (Arditti Quartet, 1974-90), film score composer and conductor, dies at 64
  • 2018-11-22 Imrat Khan, Indian sitar and surbahar player and composer, dies of a stroke at 83
  • 2018-11-24 Harold Farberman, American percussionist, conductor, and composer (Medea), dies at 89
  • 2018-12-17 Galt MacDermot, Canadian musician and composer (Hair), dies at 89
  • 2018-12-26 Theodore Antoniou, Greek conductor and composer (Paean, Celebration), dies at 83
  • 2018-12-30 Larry Austin, American classical and electronic composer and educator, dies at 88
  • 2019-01-01 Juan Guinjoan, Catalan composer and pianist, dies at 87
  • 2019-01-07 John Joubert, British South African composer (Chamber Music for brass quintet), dies at 91
  • 2019-01-19 Mario Bertoncini, Italian composer, dies at 86
  • 2019-01-26 Michel Legrand, French composer, film arranger and jazz musician (Summer of '42, Windmills of Your Mind), dies at 86
  • 2019-02-04 Zbigniew Penherski, Polish composer (Little Music for the End of Century), dies at 84
  • 2019-02-20 Dominick Argento, American composer (Colonel Jonathan the Saint), dies at 91
  • 2019-02-21 Peter Michael Braun, German composer, dies at 82
  • 2019-02-28 André Previn, German-American conductor (London Symphony), film score composer (My Fair Lady), and jazz pianist, dies at 89
  • 2019-03-03 Peter Hurford, British organist, composer and choral conductor (St. Albans Cathedral), dies at 88
  • 2019-03-05 Jacques Loussier, French pianist and composer who created jazz arrangements of Bach and other classical music, dies at 84
  • 2019-03-17 Barbara Benary, American composer (Gamelon Son Of Lion), dies at 73
  • 2019-03-22 Carlo Franci, Italian composer and conductor, dies at 91 [1]
  • 2019-03-22 Scott Walker [Noel Scott Engel], American-born British singer-songwriter and composer (The Walker Brothers), dies of cancer at 76
  • 2019-03-26 Heinz Winbeck, German composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 73
  • 2019-04-16 Jörg Wolfgang Demus, Austrian classical pianist and composer, dies at 90
  • 2019-04-19 Martin Böttcher, German composer and conductor, dies at 91
  • 2019-05-07 Georg Katzer, German composer (electro-acoustic music), dies at 84
  • 2019-05-19 Alfred Janson, Norwegian jazz and classical pianist and composer (Passacaglia Vendetta; Variations over Variations on a Norwegian Folk Tune), dies at 82
  • 2019-06-10 Sven-David Sandström, Swedish composer (Jeppe: The Cruel Comedy), dies of cancer at 76
  • 2019-06-13 Charles M. Wilson, Canadian organist and composer (The Angels Of The Earth), dies at 88
  • 2019-07-01 Bogusław Schaffer, Polish composer and playwright, dies at 90 [1]
  • 2019-07-02 Michael Colgrass, American-Canadian composer who won the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Music for the piece "Déjà vu", dies at 81
  • 2019-07-21 Ben Johnston [Benjamin Burwell Johnston Jr], American microtonal composer (Gambit), dies at 93
  • 2019-08-14 Ivo Malec, Croat-French composer (Miniatures pour Lewis Carroll; Lumina), dies at 94
  • 2019-08-23 Mario Davidovsky, Argentine-American electro-acoustic composer (Synchronisms), dies at 85
  • 2019-08-31 Wim Statius Muller, Curaçaoa conductor, pianist, and composer, dies at 89
  • 2019-09-17 Harold Mabern Jr., American post-bop jazz pianist and composer, dies at 83
  • 2019-09-21 Christopher Rouse, American composer (1993 Pulitzer Prize for Music), dies at 70
  • 2019-10-15 Hossein Dehlavi, Persian composer, conductor and teacher (Sarbaz; Plectrum Orchestra), dies of Alzheimer complications at 92
  • 2019-10-22 Hans Zender, German composer and conductor (Stephen Climax; Chief Joseph), dies at 82
  • 2019-10-25 Chou Wen-chung, Chinese-American composer (Mode of Shang), dies at 96
  • 2019-10-28 Zoltán Jeney, Hungarian composer and educator (Franz Liszt Academy, 1995-2019), dies at 76
  • 2019-11-22 Cecilia Seghizzi, Italian composer, dies at 111
  • 2019-11-24 Juan Antonio Orrego-Salas, Chilean composer, dies at 100
  • 2019-11-29 Irving Burgie (Lord Burgess), American Caribbean music composer and musician (Day-O), dies at 95
  • 2019-11-29 Ruth Anderson, American flutist, classical and electronic music composer (I Come Out of Your Sleep), dies at 91 [1] [2]
  • 2019-12-27 Garrett List, American classical and jazz composer and trombonist (Julliard Ensemble) dies at 76
  • 2019-12-28 Erzsébet Szőnyi, Hungarian composer, dies at 95
  • 2020-01-19 Jimmy Heath "Little Bird", American jazz saxophonist and composer, dies at 93
  • 2020-01-27 Alberto Naranjo, Venezuelan jazz drummer, composer and arranger, dies at 78
  • 2020-02-03 Eric Parkin, British classical pianist and champion of British composers, dies at 95
  • 2020-02-09 Sorrel [Doris Ernestine] Hays, American pianist and composer (The Glass Woman), dies of cancer at 78
  • 2020-03-24 Gerard Schurmann, Dutch-British conductor, and composer of classical music (The Double Heart), and film scores, (The Bedford Incident) dies at 96
  • 2020-03-29 Krzysztof Penderecki, Polish composer ("Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima"), dies at 86
  • 2020-03-31 Zoltán Peskó, Hungarian opera conductor and composer, dies at 83
  • 2020-04-02 Claudio Spies, Chilean American composer, dies at 95
  • 2020-04-13 Ryo Kawasaki, Japanese jazz fusion guitarist, composer, band leader, and synthesizer software programmer, dies at 73
  • 2020-05-03 Frederick Charles Tillis, American jazz and classical composer, dies at 90
  • 2020-05-28 Lennie Niehaus, American jazz saxophonist and film composer (Clint Eastwood films), dies at 90
  • 2020-06-25 Marga Richter, American classical pianist and composer (Landscapes of the Mind; Out of Shadows and Solitude), dies at 93
  • 2020-06-27 Johnny Mandel, American composer, arranger and musician (M*A*S*H theme), dies at 94
  • 2020-07-02 Nikolai Kapustin, Russian jazz pianist and composer, dies at 82
  • 2020-07-06 Ennio Morricone, Italian composer and musician (film soundtracks for The Mission and The Hateful Eight), dies at 91 [1]
  • 2020-07-28 Bent Fabric [Fabricius-Bjerre], Danish pianist and composer (Alley Cat), dies at 95 [1]
  • 2020-09-09 Ronald Bell, American rock saxophonist and composer (Kool & The Gang), dies at 68
  • 2020-09-15 Jan Krenz, Polish conductor and composer, dies at 94 [1]
  • 2020-09-29 Isidora Žebeljan, Serbian classical, opera, and film composer, dies at 53
  • 2020-10-11 Jon Gibson, American flute and saxophone player (Philip Glass Ensemble, 1968-2019), and composer (The Voyage of The Beagle), dies at 80 [1]
  • 2020-11-06 Barbara York, Canadian composer (A Butterfly in Time), dies of pulmonary fibrosis at 71 
  • 2020-12-03 Noah Creshevsky, American electroacoustic composer, dies of cancer at 75
  • 2020-12-08 Harold Budd, American avant-garde ambient pianist and composer (The Pavilion of Dreams), dies of Covid-19 at 84 [1]
  • 2020-12-25 Jaan Rääts, Estonian pianist, orchestral and film score composer, dies at 88
  • 2020-12-28 Armando Manzanero, Mexican composer and singer (It’s Impossible, Adoro), dies at 86 [1]
  • 2020-12-29 Claude Bolling, French jazz and classical cross-over pianist and composer (Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio), dies at 90 [1] [2]
  • 2021-02-09 Armando "Chick" Corea, American jazz-fusion pianist and composer; 23 time Grammy winner (Return To Forever, Delhpi I, Toy Dance), dies of cancer at 79 [1]
  • 2021-02-15 (Juan) "Johnny" Pacheco, Dominican-American salsa flutist, bandleader, composer, record producer and label executive (Fania Records), dies at 85 [1]
  • 2021-02-17 Doug Grisby, American soul music bassist, composer and producer (Patti LaBelle; Teena Marie), dies after suffering a stroke at 57

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