On This Day

Deaths in Music on April 3

  • 1797 Nonnosus Madlseder, German composer, dies at 66
  • 1826 Reginald Heber, bishop & hymn writer, dies
  • 1827 Ernst Chladni, German physicist and musician (Estimating the speed of sound Chladni's law), dies at 70
  • 1850 Vaclav Jan Krtitel Tomasek, Czech composer, dies at 75
  • 1858 Sigismund Ritter von Neukomm, Austrian composer and royal chaplain master, dies at 79
  • 1868 Franz Berwald, Swedish composer, dies of pneumonia at 71
  • 1882 Friedrich Wilhelm Kücken, German composer, dies at 71

Person of interestJohannes Brahms

1897 Johannes Brahms, German composer and conductor (Hungarian Dances; A German Requiem), dies at 63

Composer and Conductor Johannes Brahms
Composer and Conductor
Johannes Brahms
  • 1901 Richard D'Oyly Carte, English opera impresario (Gilbert & Sullivan operas), dies at 56
  • 1909 Benjamin Johnson Lang, composer, dies at 71
  • 1919 Paul Geisler, composer, dies at 62
  • 1920 Homer Newton Bartlett, composer, dies at 74
  • 1930 Emma Albani, Canadian operatic soprano, dies at 82
  • 1942 Albert Siklós, Hungarian composer, dies at 63
  • 1942 Paul Gilson, Belgian composer, dies at 76
  • 1949 Basil Harwood, English composer, dies at 89

  • 1950 Adolf Wiklund, Swedish composer, dies at 70
  • 1950 Kurt Weill, German composer (Die Dreigroschenoper - The Threepenny Opera), dies at 50
  • 1962 Manolis Kalomiris, Greek opera composer, dies at 78
  • 1972 Ferde Grofé American composer (Grand Canyon Suite), dies at 80
  • 1976 Maurice Johnstone, English brass band composer, dies at 75
  • 1978 Ray Noble, English bandleader, comedian and actor (The Very Thought of You), dies at 74
  • 1983 Danny Rapp, American musician (Danny & The Juniors - "At The Hop"), takes his own life at 41
  • 1986 Peter Pears, English tenor (Death in Venice), dies at 75
  • 1987 Hans Gál, Austrian-British composer (Die heilige Ente (The Sacred Duck)), dies at 97
  • 1990 Sarah Vaughan, American jazz singer, dies of lung cancer at 66
  • 1996 (Roosevelt) "Booba" Barnes, American blues guitarist, dies at 59
  • 1999 Lionel Bart, English pop and theatrical music composer (Oliver), and writer, dies of liver cancer at 68
  • 2001 Lester "Big Daddy" Kinsey, American Chicago blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, dies at 74
  • 2002 Fad Gadget [Francis Tovey], English singer and musician, dies of a heart attack at 45
  • 2003 Homer Banks, American singer and songwriter ("Be What You Are"), dies at 61
  • 2005 Tony Croatto, Italian singer (b. 1940)
  • 2007 Zoltan Pongracz, Hungarian composer (Mariphonia), dies at 95
  • 2010 Dusan Radic, Serbian composer, dies at 80
  • 2013 Robert Ward, American composer (Pantaloon), dies at 95
  • 2015 Bob Burns, American drummer (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a car crash at 64
  • 2015 Andrew Porter, British organist, opera director, music critic, and librettist, dies at 86
  • 2016 Donald "Don" Francks, Canadian actor, singer and musician (Terminal Choice, Finian's Rainbow), dies at 84
  • 2017 Kishori Amonkar, Indian classical Hindustani singer, dies at 84