Deaths in Music in 1956

  • Jan 3 Alexander Tikhonovich Gretshaninov, Russian/US composer, dies at 91
  • Jan 4 Alexandr Tikhonovich Grechaninov, composer, dies at 91
  • Jan 5 Mistinguett, French singer (b. 1875)
  • Jan 12 Norman Kerry, American actor (Air Eagles, Phantom of Opera), dies at 61
  • Jan 27 Erich Kleiber, Austrian conductor, dies
  • Feb 4 Peder Gram, Danish composer, dies at 74
  • Feb 18 Gustave Charpentier, French opera composer (Louise), dies at 95
  • Feb 21 Edwin Franko Goldman, composer, dies at 78
  • Feb 27 Frank Dailey, orchestra leader (Music at Meadowbrook), dies at 54
  • Feb 27 Gunther Ramin, German organist/composer/choir conductor, dies at 57
  • Mar 5 Erich Itor Kahn, composer, dies at 50
  • Mar 11 Sergey Nikiforovich Vasilenko, Russian opera composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 16 Joseph John Richards, composer, dies at 77
  • Mar 25 George Luther Foote, composer, dies at 70
  • Mar 26 Thomas Alexandrovich de Hartmann, composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 10 Bozidar Sirola, composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 10 Jozef Szulc, Polish composer, dies at 81
  • Apr 20 Jaap Vranken, organist/composer (Stabat mater), dies
  • Apr 20 Lieven Duvosel, Flemish music composer (Levensschets), dies at 78
  • Apr 29 Nemesio Otano y Eugenio, composer, dies at 75
  • May 12 Vladimir Ambros, composer, dies at 65
  • May 29 Hermann Abendroth, German conductor (Gewandhausorkest), dies at 73
  • Jun 4 Max Kowalski, composer, dies at 73
  • Jun 23 Reinhold Glière, Russian-Soviet composer, dies at 81
  • Jun 26 Clifford Brown, US jazz trumpeter (Joyspring, Jordu), dies at 25
  • Jul 13 Vladimir Grigor'yevich Zakharov, composer, dies at 54
  • Jul 14 Jaroslav Ridky, composer, dies at 58
  • Jul 26 Miguel Bernal Jiminez, composer, dies at 46
  • Aug 30 Jose Antonio de Donostia, composer, dies at 70
  • Sep 6 Felix Borowski, composer, dies at 84
  • Sep 15 Henry Clough-Leiter, composer, dies at 82
  • Sep 21 Robert Mills Delaney, composer, dies at 53
  • Sep 27 Gerald Finzi, British composer (Dies natalis), dies at 55 of disseminated shingles, complicated by encephalitis
  • Oct 6 Walter Herlihy, announcer (Music at Meadowbrook), dies at 42
  • Oct 19 Isham Jones, American musician (b. 1894)
  • Oct 26 Walter Gieseking, German pianist/composer, dies at 60
  • Nov 2 Jacob Weinberg, Russian-born Jewish composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 5 Art Tatum [Arthur Tatum Jr], American jazz pianist and composer, dies from complications of uremia at 47
  • Nov 7 Una Mae Carlisle, US pianist/singer, dies at 40
  • Nov 11 Victor Young, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), dies at 56
  • Nov 22 Theodore Kosloff, Russian-born actor, ballet dancer and choreographer, dies at 74
  • Nov 24 Guido Cantelli, Italian conductor (b. 1920)
  • Nov 26 Tommy Dorsey, big bandleader, dies at 51
  • Dec 8 Edgar Leslie Bainton, composer, dies at 76
  • Dec 9 Hans Barth, German-born American composer, dies at 59
  • Dec 12 Lorenzo Perosi, composer, dies at 83