Deaths in Music in 1917

  • Feb 5 Paul Rubens, English musical comedy composer, (Miss Hook of Holland), dies at 41
  • Feb 10 Emile Pessard, composer, dies at 73
  • Feb 13 Joel Angel, Russian musicologist and composer, dies at 48
  • Mar 29 Fran Gerbič, Slovenian composer, dies at 76

Person of interestScott Joplin

Apr 1 Scott Joplin, American ragtime composer (The Entertainer, Maple Leaf Rag), dies at 48

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin
  • Apr 7 Spyridon Filiskos Samaras, composer, dies at 53
  • May 11 Otto Adolf Klauwell, composer, dies at 66
  • May 25 Leon Felix Augustin Joseph Vasseur, composer, dies at 72
  • Jun 6 Iacob Moresianu, composer, dies at 59
  • Jun 12 Maria Teresa Carreno, composer, dies at 63
  • Jul 16 Ludwig Philipp Scharwenka, German composer (Album Polonaise), dies at 70
  • Sep 8 Charles Edouard Lefebvre, composer, dies at 74

Person of interestMata Hari

Oct 15 Mata Hari [Margaretha Geertruida Zelle], Dutch dancer, courtesan and convicted German WWI spy, executed by firing squad at 41

Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy Mata Hari
Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy
Mata Hari
  • Dec 7 Ludwig Minkus, Austrian ballet composer, dies at 91