Deaths in Music on December 5

  • 1663 Severo Bonini, Italian composer and monk, dies at 80
  • 1745 Christoph Förster, German composer, dies at 52
  • 1758 Johann Friedrich Fasch, composer, dies at 70

Person of interestWolfgang Amadeus Mozart

1791 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer, dies in Vienna Austria at 35

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • 1799 Robert Kimmerling, composer, dies at 61
  • 1842 Marie-Jean Auguste Vestris, French ballet dancer, dies at 82
  • 1853 Johann Peter Heuschkel, composer, dies at 80
  • 1859 Louis Poinsot, French mathematician/instrument maker, dies at 82
  • 1902 Henry Stephen Cutler, composer, dies at 78
  • 1916 Hans Richter, Austrian-Hungarian composer, dies at 73
  • 1940 Jan Kubelik, Czech composer, dies at 60
  • 1953 Jorge Negrete [Moreno], Mexican singer and actor (The Rebel, La madrina del diablo), dies of hepatitis at 42
  • 1963 Karl Amadeus Hartmann, German composer, dies at 58
  • 1972 Kenny Dorham [McKinley], American jazz trumpeter, dies at 48
  • 1977 Rahsaan Roland Kirk, American jazz multi-instrumentalist (Bright Moments, The Case of the 3 Sided Dream in Audio Color) dies of a stroke at 42
  • 1986 Carmol Taylor, country songwriter, dies at 53 of cancer
  • 1987 "Fat" Larry James, American drummer (Fat Larry's Band-Zoom), dies at 38
  • 1989 John M Pritchard, British conductor, dies at 68
  • 1993 Douglas Hopkins, guitarist (Gin Blossoms), dies of gun shot at 32
  • 1993 Doug Hopkins, American musician and songwriter (Gin Blossoms), dies at 32
  • 1996 Peter Hall, folklorist/musician, dies at 60
  • 1996 Wilf Carter, country singer, dies at 91
  • 2007 Karlheinz Stockhausen, German composer (b. 1928)
  • 2007 Andrew Imbrie, American composer (b. 1921)
  • 2008 Anca Parghel, Romanian jazz singer and composer (b. 1957)
  • 2012 Dave Brubeck, American jazz pianist, dies from heart failure at 91
  • 2017 Johnny Hallyday [Jean-Philippe Smet], French singer and actor known as the "Elvis Presley of France," dies from lung cancer at 74