On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 1950

  • Jan 12 Koos van de Griend, Dutch composer, dies at 44
  • Feb 10 Armen Tigran Tigranyan, Armenian music composer and conductor, dies at 70
  • Feb 19 Edyth Walker, American opera singer, dies at 82
  • Feb 26 Harry Lauder, Scottish comedian and singer (Roamin' in the Gloamin), dies at about 75
  • Mar 8 Jaroslav Kocian, composer, dies at 67
  • Apr 3 Adolf Wiklund, Swedish composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 3 Kurt Weill, German composer (Die Dreigroschenoper - The Threepenny Opera), dies at 50
  • Apr 8 Vaslav Fromich Nijinsky, Ukrainian ballet dancer, dies in London
  • Apr 19 Lord Berners [Gerald Tyrwhitt], English composer (1st Childhood), dies at 66
  • Apr 27 Adam Tadeusz Wieniawski, Polish composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 27 Karl Straube, German organist & conductor, dies at 77
  • May 7 Bertha "Chippie" Hill, American blues and vaudeville singer (King Oliver's Jazz Band), struck and killed by a car in New york City at 45
  • May 17 Eduardo Fabini, composer, dies at 67
  • May 26 Antonina Neshdanova, Russian soprano (Bolshoi Theater), dies
  • Jun 22 Julio Fonseca, Costa Rican composer, dies at 65
  • Jun 28 Henry Balfour Gardiner, English composer and musician, dies at 72

  • Jul 1 Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, Swiss musician (b. 1865)
  • Jul 6 Theodore "Fats" Navarro, American jazz trumpet player, dies from poor health following long-term heroin addiction, tuberculosis, and a weight problem, at 26
  • Jul 11 Timotei Popovici, composer, dies at 79
  • Jul 21 Albert Riemenschneider, American pianist, educator, musicologist, and founder of America'a oldest Bach Festiva, dies at 71
  • Aug 8 Nicolai Yakovlevich Miaskovsky, composer, dies at 69
  • Aug 8 Nikolai Myaskovsky, Russian composer (Kirov is With Us), dies at 69
  • Sep 15 Vojtěch Říhovský, Czech composer, dies at 79
  • Oct 23 Al Jolson [Asa Yoelson], American-Lithuanian jazz singer and silent actor (Mamie, Swanee), dies at 64
  • Nov 19 Thomas Wood, English composer, dies at 57
  • Nov 20 Francesco Cilea, Italian composer (Adriana Lecouvreur), dies at 84
  • Dec 1 Ernest John Moeran, British composer, dies at 55
  • Dec 2 Constantin "Dinu" Lipatti, Romanian classical pianist and composer, dies of Hodgkins disease complications at 33
  • Dec 15 Robert Müller-Hartmann, German composer, dies at 66
  • Dec 16 Otto Vrieslander, German composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 22 Julius Weismann, German pianist, conductor, and composer (Schwanenweiß), dies at 70
  • Dec 22 Walter Damrosch, German-American conductor (New York Symphony, 1885-1928; commissioned Gershwin's Piano Concerto), and composer (The Man Without A Country), dies at 88
  • Dec 23 Vincenzo Tommasini, Italian composer (Le donne de buon umore), dies at 72
  • Dec 26 Emile Enthoven, Dutch composer and lawyer, dies at 47
  • Dec 31 Charles Koechlin, French composer (The Jungle Book), dies at 83