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, 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, composer, dies at 54
  • Feb 9 Poul Julius Ouscher Schierbeck, 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, composer, dies at 59
  • Apr 3 Basil Harwood, composer, dies at 89
  • May 22 Hans Erich Pfitzner, Russian/German composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 2 Dynam-Victor Fumet, composer, dies at 82
  • Jul 7 Bunk Johnson, American musician (b. 1879 or 1889)
  • Jul 8 Riccadro Pick-Mangiagalli, 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, 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 22 Sam Wood, American communist fighter and director (For Whom the Bell Tolls), dies at 66
  • Sep 24 Pierre Breville, composer, dies at 88
  • Oct 4 Edmund Eysler, Austrian composer, dies at 75
  • Oct 9 Viktor Alexandrovich Uspensky, composer, dies at 70
  • Oct 16 Hale Ascher VanderCook, composer, dies at 85
  • Oct 24 Joaquin Nin y Castellanos, composer, dies at 70
  • Oct 27 Ginette Neveu, French violinist (b. 1919)
  • Nov 25 Luther "Bill" Robinson, "Bojangles" famed tap dancer, dies at 71

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

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