On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 1957

  • Jan 9 Mary Carr Moore, American composer, dies at 83
  • Jan 16 Arturo Toscanini, Italian US conductor (NBC), dies in NYC at 89
  • Feb 7 Rudolph Reti, Serbian composer, dies at 71
  • Feb 16 Józef Hofmann, Polish-American pianist, composer, educator (Curtis Institute, 1924-38), and inventor, dies of pneumonia at 81
  • Feb 23 Marika Ninou, Greek singer (b. 1918)
  • Feb 25 Kurt von Wolfurt, German composer, dies at 76
  • Mar 8 Othmar Schoeck, composer, dies at 70
  • Mar 25 Joseph "Fud" Livingston, American jazz clarinetist, arranger, and composer ("I'm Thru With Love") and composer, dies at 50
  • Apr 15 Pedro Infante, Mexican actor & singer, dies at 39
  • Apr 29 Otallo Morales, Spanish composer, dies at 82
  • Apr 30 Ludwig Schiedermair, German musicologist (Beethoven), dies at 80
  • May 2 Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern, Polish composer and cultural attache, dies at 53
  • May 5 Mikhail Fabianovich Gnesin, Russian composer (Vrubel; The Youth Of Abraham), dies at 74
  • May 9 Ezio Pinza, Italian American operatic bass singer (South Pacific, NY Met Opera), dies at 64
  • May 17 Shalva Azmayparashvili, composer, dies at 54
  • May 21 Aleksandr Vertinsky, Russian singer (b. 1889)
  • May 29 George Bacovia [Vasiliu], Romanian poet and composer (Plumb), dies at 75
  • Jun 9 Robert Oboussier, Swiss composer, dies at 56
  • Jun 12 James F "Jimmy" Dorsey, US orchestra leader, dies at 53
  • Jun 28 Ede Poldini, Hungarian composer (La poupée valsante), dies at 88
  • Jul 3 Richard Mohaupt, German composer (Bucolica), dies at 52
  • Jul 8 Henry Février, French composer, dies at 81
  • Jul 9 Alexander Fyodorovich Gedike, Soviet-Russian pianist, and composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 20 Phil Hanna, singer (Once Upon a Tune), dies at 46
  • Jul 30 Sem Dresden, Dutch composer and conductor, dies at 76
  • Aug 18 Wawrzyniec Żuławski, Polish composer, dies during an alpine rescue mission on Mont Blanc, in the Alps, at 41
  • Aug 24 Albert Edward Sammons, British violinist, and composer (Phantasy Quartet), dies at 71
  • Sep 1 Dennis Brain, British classical horn player (Serenade), killed in a car wreck at 38
  • Sep 11 Petar Stojanovic, Serbian composer, dies at 80

Jean Sibelius

Sep 20 Jean Sibelius, Finnish composer (Valse Triste; Finlandia), dies at 91

  • Sep 28 Luis Cluzeau-Mortet, Uruguayan composer, dies at 67
  • Oct 14 [Carl] Natanael Berg, Swedish composer, dies at 78
  • Nov 4 Joseph Canteloube,French composer, dies at 78
  • Nov 9 Ettore Pozzoli, Italian classical pianist and composer, dies at 84
  • Nov 20 Weldon Hart, American composer, commits suicide at 46
  • Nov 29 Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Austrian-American composer (Violanta; The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 60
  • Nov 30 Beniamino Gigli, Italian tenor (b. 1890)
  • Nov 30 Dick McPartland, American jazz guitarist, dies at 52
  • Dec 12 Robert Frank Kurka, American composer ("The Good Soldier Schweik"), dies of leukemia at 35
  • Dec 20 Walter Page, American jazz double bassist, baritone saxophonist, tuba player, and bandleader (Blue Devils; Count Basie Orchestra), dies at 57
  • Dec 21 Eric Coates, English viola palyer and composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 21 Tony Lewis, British rock singer-songwriter and bass player (The Outfield - "Your Love") (d. 2020)
  • Dec 26 Artur Malawski, Polish composer, dies at 53
  • Dec 28 Ernie Henry, American jazz saxophonist (Fats Navarro; Dizzy Gillespie; Illinois Jacquet), dies of a heroin overdose at 31