On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 1949

  • Jan 9 Amilcare Zanella, Italian composer and conductor, dies at 75
  • Jan 14 Joaquín Turina, Spanish pianist and composer (Rima), dies at 66
  • Jan 25 Emil Axman, Czech composer, dies at 61
  • Jan 27 Boris Asafiev, Russian composer and music critic, dies at 64
  • Jan 28 Gustaf Lazarus Nordqvist, Swedish organist and composer, dies at 62
  • Feb 1 Herbert Stothart, American composer, dies at 63
  • Feb 5 Juozas Tallat-Kelpsa, composer, dies at 50
  • Feb 8 Franco Leoni, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • Feb 8 Leonid Polovinkin, Russian conductor, and composer (Night Dreams), dies at 54
  • Feb 9 Poul Schierbeck, Danish organist and composer, dies at 60
  • Feb 19 Auguste Jean Maria Charles Serieyx, composer, dies at 83
  • Feb 21 Ernest Walker, British composer, dies at 78
  • Feb 28 Stanley Marchant, English composer, dies at 65
  • Mar 11 Juan Lamonte de Grignon, composer, dies at 76
  • Mar 28 Grigoras Dinicu, Romanian violin virtuoso and composer, dies at 59
  • Apr 3 Basil Harwood, English composer, dies at 89
  • May 6 Kunihiko Hashimoto, Japanese composer, violinist, conductor, and musical educator, dies of gastric cancer at 44
  • May 22 Hans Pfitzner, German composer (Palestrina), dies at 80
  • Jun 2 Dynam-Victor Fumet, French composer, dies at 82
  • Jul 7 Bunk Johnson, American musician (b. 1879 or 1889)
  • Jul 8 Riccardo Pick-Mangiagalli, Italian composer, dies at 66
  • Jul 9 Fritz Bennicke Hart, British composer, and conductor, dies of cardiac issues at 75
  • Jul 18 Vítězslav Novák, Czech composer, dies at 78
  • Aug 11 Karl Weigl, Austrian-American pianist, composer, and educator, dies of bone marrow cancer at 68
  • Aug 18 Paul J Mares, US jazz trumpetist/composer (Tin Roof Blues), dies at 49
  • Aug 21 Gerhard von Keussler, German composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 31 Paul Hoffer, German composer, dies at 53

Richard Strauss

Sep 8 Richard Strauss, German composer (Also sprach Zarathustra, Don Quixote), dies at 85

  • Sep 11 Henri Rabaud, French composer and conductor (L'ete), dies at 75
  • Sep 12 Harry Burleigh, African American composer (Springarn Medal), dies at 82
  • Sep 20 Nikolaos Skalkottas, Greek composer, dies at 45
  • Sep 24 Pierre de Bréville, French composer, author and professor (Une histoire du théâtre lyrique en France), dies at 88
  • Oct 4 Edmund Eysler, Austrian composer, mostly of operettas (Bruder Straubinger; The Golden Mistress), dies from injuries from falling off of a stage at 75
  • Oct 9 Viktor Alexandrovich Uspensky, Russian composer, dies at 70
  • Oct 16 Hale A. VanderCook, American composer, dies at 85
  • Oct 24 Joaquín Nin, Cuban composer and pianist, father of Anaïs Nin, dies at 70
  • Oct 27 Ginette Neveu, French violinist (b. 1919)

Bill Robinson

Nov 25 Bill Robinson "Bojangles" American famed tap dancer (The Little Colonel, Stormy Weather), dies at 71

Lead Belly

Dec 6 Lead Belly [Huddie William Ledbetter], American blues 12 string guitarist (Rock Island Line), dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 64

  • Dec 17 David Stanley Smith, American composer (Merrymount), dies at 72