Deaths in Music in 1948

  • Jan 1 Hermann K J Zilcher, German pianist/composer (Liebesmesse), dies at 66
  • Jan 1 Willem Landré, Dutch composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 8 Richard Tauber, Austrian tenor (b. 1891)
  • Jan 9 Violet Gordon-Woodhouse, British musician, dies at 75
  • Jan 21 Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, composer, dies at 72
  • Jan 26 Ignaz Friedman, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 65
  • Feb 7 "Red" McKenzie, blues-jazz singer (played comb-with-tissue-paper), dies
  • Feb 21 Frederick Archibald Lamond, composer, dies at 80
  • Mar 3 Antonin Artaud, French songwriter and director (Theatre Seraphin), dies at 51
  • Mar 27 Karel Candael, Flemish composer, dies at 64
  • Apr 21 Carlos Lopez Buchardo, Argentine composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 24 Joseph Wihtol, composer, dies at 84
  • Apr 24 Manuel Marua Ponce, Mexican composer (Ferial), dies at 65
  • Apr 24 Jāzeps Vītols, Latvian composer, dies at 84
  • May 8 Alfred Holy, Czech composer and harpist, dies at 81
  • May 12 Isidor Achron, composer, dies at 55
  • May 24 Alfred Kastner, composer, dies at 78
  • May 31 Jose Vianna da Motta, Portuguese composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 1 Sonny Boy Williamson I [John Lee], American blues musician (Down & Out Blues), dies at 34
  • Jun 7 Georges Adolphe Hue, composer, dies at 90
  • Jun 8 Franz Carl Bornschein, composer, dies at 69
  • Jun 14 Ernst Henrik Ellberg, composer, dies at 79
  • Jun 14 John Blackwood McEwen, composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 20 George Frederick Boyle, Australian-American composer, dies at 61
  • Jun 27 George Templeton Strong, American composer, dies at 92
  • Jul 21 Donald Nichols Tweedy, American composer, dies at 58
  • Jul 27 Francesco Spetrino, composer, dies at 91
  • Aug 20 David John de Lloyd, composer, dies at 65
  • Aug 26 Oscar L Fernandez, Brazilian conductor/composer (Imbapara), dies at 50
  • Aug 27 Oley Speaks, American composer (On the Road to Mandalay), dies at 74
  • Aug 27 Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez, composer, dies at 50
  • Oct 23 Eugeniusz Morawski-Dabrowa, Polish composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 24 Franz Lehar, Austrian/Hungarian composer (Wiener Frauen), dies at 78
  • Nov 12 Umberto Giordano, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • Nov 23 Uzeir Abdul Huseyn Hajibeyov, composer, dies at 63
  • Nov 24 Raoul Armand Georg Koczalski, composer, dies at 64
  • Nov 30 Franco Vittadini, Italian composer, dies at 64
  • Dec 7 Godfrey Turner, composer, dies at 35
  • Dec 14 R O Morris [Reginald Owen], British composer and music teacher, dies at 62
  • Dec 17 Edgar Istel, German composer, dies at 68