On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 1951

  • Jan 3 Ferdinand [Fred] Barlow, French composer, dies at 69
  • Jan 10 Athos Palma, Argentine composer, dies at 59
  • Jan 19 Constantin C. Nottara, Romanian composer, dies at 60
  • Jan 22 Eastwood Lane, American composer, dies at 71
  • Feb 9 Eddy Duchin, American pianist and bandleader (Eddy Duchin Orchestra), dies of acute myelogenous leukemia at 41
  • Feb 10 Joseph Bovet, composer, dies at 71
  • Feb 17 Nikoghayos Fadeyi Tigranyan, Armenian composer, dies at 94
  • Feb 20 Howard Brockway, American composer, dies at 80
  • Mar 6 Ivor Novello [David Ivor Davies], Welsh composer, writer and actor (Keep the Home Fires Burning, The Truth Game), dies at 58
  • Mar 8 John Winter Thompson, composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 20 Kathleen Lockhart Manning, American composer, dies at 60
  • Mar 22 Willem Mengelberg, Dutch conductor (Concertgebouw Orchestra, NY Philharmonic 1922-30), dies at 79
  • Mar 25 Sidney “Big Sid” Catlett, American jazz drummer (Louis Armstrong), dies of a heart attack at 41
  • Apr 1 Clement D'Hooghe, Belgian composer, dies at 51
  • Apr 2 Simon Barere, Russian pianist, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 54 while performing Grieg's Piano Concerto at Carnegie Hall
  • Apr 6 Halfdan Cleve, Norwegian composer, dies at 71
  • Apr 12 Harold Vincent Milligan, American musician and composer, dies at 62
  • Apr 25 Jerzy Fitelberg, Polish composer, dies at 47
  • Apr 26 John Alden Carpenter, American composer (Sea Drift), dies at 75
  • May 17 Karl Heinrich David, composer, dies at 66
  • May 20 Jan Ingenhoven, Dutch composer and conductor, dies at 74
  • May 29 Dimitrios Levidis, Greek composer, dies at 66
  • May 29 Josef Bohuslav Foerster, Czech organist and composer, dies at 91
  • May 29 Robert Kahn, German composer, dies at 85
  • Jun 4 Serge Koussevitzky, Russian-American conductor (Boston Symphony, 1924-49), dies at 76
  • Jun 17 Carl Vogler, Swiss composer, dies at 77
  • Jun 23 Armin Knab, German composer (Wunderhorn), dies at 70
  • Jul 6 Josef Hüttel, Czech composer, dies at 57
  • Jul 9 Jorgen Bentzon, Danish composer, dies at 54

Arnold Schoenberg

Jul 13 Arnold Schoenberg, Austrian-American composer (Verklärte Nacht - Transfigured Night; 2nd Quartet), and painter associated with the expressionist movement, dies at 76

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg
  • Jul 19 Max Ettinger, Jewish-German composer (Jiddische Requiem), dies at 77
  • Aug 11 Ebbe Hamerik, Danish composer, dies at 52
  • Aug 15 Artur Schnabel, Austrian pianist (Reflections on Music), dies at 69
  • Aug 21 Leonard Constant Lambert, English composer (Rio Grande), dies at 45
  • Sep 3 Robert Hernried, Austrian born American composer and conductor, dies at 67
  • Sep 9 Cecil Gray, Scottish composer and music critic, dies at 56
  • Sep 9 Gibson Gowland, British actor (Greed, Blind Husbands, The Phantom of the Opera), dies at 74
  • Sep 10 Giuseppe Mulè, Italian composer, dies at 66
  • Sep 14 Fritz Busch, German conductor, dies at 61
  • Sep 15 Jacinto Guerrero, Spanish musician and composer, dies at 56
  • Sep 17 Jimmy Yancey, American boogie-woogie jazz and blues pianist, dies (somewhere between 50 and 57 - birth year documentation uncertain)
  • Oct 23 Charles Cyril "Charlie" Creath, American jazz trumpeter, saxophonist, accordionist, and bandleader, dies at 60
  • Nov 5 Agrippina J Vaganova, Russian ballet dancer and pedagogue (Fundamentals of the Classical Dance), dies at 72
  • Nov 5 Bedrich Antonin Wiedermann, Czech organist and composer, dies at 67
  • Nov 9 Resurreccion Maria de Azkue, composer, dies at 87
  • Nov 9 Sigmund Romberg, Hungarian/American composer (Blossom Time), dies at 64
  • Nov 13 Nikolai Medtner, Russian pianist and composer (Skazi), dies at 71
  • Nov 13 Hugo Leichtentritt, composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 13 Nikolai Karlovich Metner, composer, dies at 71
  • Nov 18 Václav Kálik, Czech composer, dies at 60
  • Nov 18 Will Vodery, African-American composer, dies at 66
  • Nov 20 Thomas Quinlan, English opera impresario, dies at 70
  • Dec 1 Felix Petyrek, composer, dies at 59
  • Dec 12 Mildred Bailey, American jazz singer (b. 1907)
  • Dec 13 Selim Palmgren, Finnish pianist and composer (Daniel Hjort), dies at 73
  • Dec 15 María Grever, Mexican-American composer ("What A Difference A Day Makes" / "Cuando vuelva a tu lado"), dies at 66
  • Dec 22 Powell Weaver, American composer, dies at 61
  • Dec 23 Alfrēds Kalniņš, Latvian organist, composer (Baņuta), conductor, and pedagogue, dies at 72