On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 1937

  • Jan 8 John Felix August Korling, composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 14 Erkki Melartin, Finnish composer (Juhlamarssi; Summer Symphony; Fantasia Apocaliptica), dies at 62
  • Mar 2 Gustav Wohlgemuth, German composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 11 Paul Scheinpflug, composer, dies at 61
  • Mar 12 Jenő Hubay [Huber], Hungarian violinist, composer, and educator (Budapest Conservatory, 1886-1934), dies at 78
  • Mar 12 Charles-Marie Widor, French organist (Saint-Sulpice, 1870-1933), composer (10 organ symphonies), and professor (American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, 1921-34), dies at 93
  • Mar 29 Karol Maciej Szymanowski, Polish pianist and composer (Symphony No. 3 - Song Of The Night), dies of tuberculosis at 54
  • Apr 8 Arthur William Foote, American organist and composer, dies at 84
  • Apr 8 William Henry Hadow, British educational reformer and musicologist (Oxford History of Music, Studies in Modern Music), dies at 77
  • Apr 8 Arthur Foote, American classical composer, and a member of the "Boston Six" (Suite for Strings in E), dies at 83
  • Apr 10 Algernon Ashton, British composer, dies at 77
  • Apr 15 Nikolai Artzibushev, Russian jurist & composer, dies at 79
  • May 2 Arthur Somervell, English composer, dies at 73
  • May 4 Noel Rosa, Brazilian guitrist, mandolin player, and songwriter, dies of tuberculosis at 26
  • May 11 Viliam Figuš-Bystrý, Slovak composer, dies at 62
  • Jun 2 Louis Vierne, French organist (Notre-Dame, 1900-37), and composer (Messe solennelle), dies at the console at 66

  • Jul 10 Attilio Brugnoli, Italian pianist and composer, dies at 56

Person of interestGeorge Gershwin

Jul 11 George Gershwin [Jacob Gershvin], American composer (An American in Paris), dies at 38

Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin
  • Jul 17 Henri-Constant-Gabriel Pierne, composer, dies at 73
  • Jul 28 Muslim Magomayev, Azerbaijani-Soviet composer, dies at 51
  • Aug 23 Albert Roussel, French composer (Rapsodie Flamende), dies at 68
  • Sep 4 Giovanni Salviucci, Italian composer, dies at 29
  • Sep 6 Henry Kimball Hadley, composer, dies at 65
  • Sep 23 Caro Roma [Carrie Northey], American composer and singer, dies at 68
  • Sep 26 Bessie Smith, American blues singer known as the "Empress of the Blues" (recorded over 200 songs), dies of injuries sustained in car crash at 43
  • Oct 9 August de Boeck, Flemish composer, dies at 72
  • Oct 22 Frank Damrosch, German-born American author and music teacher (founded New York Musical Institute of Musical Art, later Julliard), dies at 88
  • Nov 2 Maude Valérie White, French-born English composer, dies at 82
  • Nov 4 Rogelio del Villar, Spanish composer, dies at 61
  • Nov 23 Louis Victor Saar, Dutch-American composer, dies at 68
  • Dec 26 Ivor Gurney, English composer and poet, dies of tuberculosis at 47

Person of interestMaurice Ravel

Dec 28 Maurice Ravel, French composer, pianist and conductor (Daphnis et Chloé; Boléro), dies at 62

Composer and Pianist Maurice Ravel
Composer and Pianist
Maurice Ravel