Deaths in Music in 1949

  • Jan 9 Amilcare Zanella, composer, dies at 75
  • Jan 14 Joaquín Turina, Spanish pianist/conductor/composer (Rima), dies at 66
  • Jan 25 Emil Axman, Czech composer, dies at 61
  • Jan 27 Boris Asafiev, composer, dies at 64
  • Jan 28 Gustaf Lazarus Nordqvist, 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, composer, dies at 81
  • Feb 8 Leonid Alexeyevich Polovinkin, Russian composer, 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, 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 22 Hans Erich Pfitzner, Russian/German composer, 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, composer, dies at 75
  • Jul 18 Vítězslav Novák, Czech composer (b. 1870)
  • Aug 11 Karl Weigl, Austrian-American composer, dies 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
  • Sep 8 Richard Strauss, German composer (Also sprach Zarathustra), dies at 85
  • Sep 11 Henri Rabaud, French composer/conductor (L'ete), dies at 75
  • Sep 20 Nikolaos Skalkottas, 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, dies at 75
  • Oct 9 Viktor Alexandrovich Uspensky, composer, dies at 70
  • Oct 16 Hale A. VanderCook, American composer, dies at 85
  • Oct 24 Joaquin Nin y Castellanos, composer, dies at 70
  • Oct 27 Ginette Neveu, French violinist (b. 1919)

Person of interestBill Robinson

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

Tap Dancer and Actor Bill Robinson
Tap Dancer and Actor
Bill Robinson

Person of interestLead Belly

Dec 6 Lead Belly, [Huddie William Ledbetter], blues singer, dies at 64

Blues Musician Lead Belly
Blues Musician
Lead Belly
  • Dec 17 David Stanley Smith, American composer (Merrymount), dies at 72