On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 1931

  • Jan 10 Oscar Fetrás [Otto Faster], German composer (Mondnacht auf der Alster), dies at 76
  • Jan 21 Felix Blumenfeld, Russian composer, conductor and pianist, dies at 67
  • Jan 23 Anna Pavlova, Russian prima ballerina and choreographer (Diaghilew, Dying Swan), dies from pneumonia at 49
  • Feb 7 Ion Vidu, Romanian composer and conductor, dies at 67

Nellie Melba

Feb 23 Nellie Melba [Helen Mitchell], Australian operatic soprano, dies at 69

  • Mar 8 Clara Kathleen Rogers, composer, dies at 87
  • Apr 4 George Whitefield Chadwick, composer, dies at 76
  • Apr 6 Giuseppe Radiciotti, Italian musicologist and composer, dies at 73
  • Apr 9 Paul Antonin Vidal, composer, dies at 67
  • May 3 Frank Hoyt Losey, composer, dies at 59
  • May 3 Otto Winter-Hjelm, Norwegian musician and composer, dies at 93
  • May 12 Eugène Ysaÿe, Belgian composer and violinist, dies at 72
  • May 13 Josif Marinković, Serbian composer, dies at 79
  • Jun 9 Henrique Oswald, Brazilian composer, dies at 79
  • Aug 6 (Leon Bismarck) "Bix" Beiderbecke, American jazz cornetist, one of the most influential jazz soloists of the 1920s, pianist, and composer (In A Mist), dies at was lobar pneumonia. of alcoholism exacerbated pneumonia at 28
  • Aug 20 Waldemar von Baussnern, composer, dies at 64
  • Sep 10 Alfonso Rendano, Italian composer, dies at 78
  • Sep 28 Sylvain Dupuis, Belgian conductor, composer, (Le Chant de la Création), and music educator, dies at 74
  • Oct 3 Carl Nielsen, Danish violinist and composer (Det Uudslukkelige), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • Oct 20 Emánuel Moór, Hungarian composer, pianist, and inventor of musical instruments, dies at 68
  • Oct 29 Luciano Gallet, Brazilian pianist, composer, conductor, and educator, dies at 38
  • Nov 4 Buddy Bolden, African-American early jazz musician, dies at 54
  • Nov 17 Georgi Atanasov, Bulgarian composer (Gergana), dies at 50
  • Nov 19 Frederic Cliffe, English composer, dies at 74
  • Nov 23 Evert Cornelis, Dutch conductor and pianist, dies at 46
  • Nov 30 John Hyatt Brewer, American composer, dies at 75
  • Nov 30 Marc-Jean-Baptiste Delmas, French composer, dies at 46
  • Dec 27 Peter C. Lutkin, American organist, composer (The Lord Bless You and Keep You), choral conductor, and educator (Northwestern University, 1891-1931)dies of a heart attack at 73
  • Dec 27 Walter Courvoisier, Swiss composer, dies at 76