On This Day

Deaths in Music on January 14

  • 1676 Pier Francesco Cavalli, Italian opera composer, dies at 73
  • 1786 Michael Arne, English composer (b. 1740 or 1741)
  • 1802 Marie Allard, French ballerina (Auguste Vestris), dies at 59
  • 1817 Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny, French composer, dies at 87
  • 1830 Johann Georg Repsold, German instrument maker and astronomer, dies at 59
  • 1888 Stephen Heller, Hungarian composer and pianist, dies at 74
  • 1889 Ema Puksec, Croatian singer (b. 1834)
  • 1890 Francesco D'Arcais, Italian composer, dies at 59
  • 1907 Karl von Perfall, German composer, dies at 82
  • 1935 Heinrich Schenker, Austrian musicologist (Urlinie) know for his Schenkerian analysis of music, dies at 66
  • 1943 Adolf Sandberger, German composer and musicologist, dies at 78
  • 1945 Sándor Vándor, Hungarian Jewish composer, murdered in the Holocaust at 43 [1]
  • 1949 Joaquín Turina, Spanish pianist and composer (Rima), dies at 66
  • 1952 Artur Kapp, Estonian composer (Peace Symphony; Paradise and Peri), and educator, dies at 73
  • 1961 Henry Geehl, English composer, dies at 79
  • 1965 Jeanette MacDonald, American soprano (When I'm Calling You), dies at 63

  • 1967 Renato Lunelli, Italian composer and musicologist, dies at 71
  • 1971 Ethel Glenn Hier, American composer, dies at 82
  • 1978 Robert Heger, composer, dies at 91
  • 1984 Paul Ben Haim [Frankenburger], Israeli composer, dies at 86
  • 1986 Daniel Balavoine, French singer-songwriter, dies in a helicopter crash at 33
  • 1987 Alton Purnell, American Dixieland jazz pianist, and singer, dies at 75
  • 1995 Ruby Starr [Constance Henrietta Mierzwiak], American rock singer (Black Oak Arkansas), dies of brain tumor at 44
  • 1995 Alexander Gibson, British conductor and founder of the Scottish Opera, dies at 68
  • 1996 Pamelo Mounk'a, Congolese musician, dies at 50
  • 2004 Valfar, Norwegian heavy metal musician (Windir), dies in a snowstorm at 25
  • 2011 Trish Keenan, lead vocalist of English band Broadcast (b. 1968)
  • 2014 Flavio Testi, Italian composer and musicologist, dies at 91
  • 2016 René Angélil, Canadian music executive, actor and director (Omertà, L'apparition), and husband of Céline Dion, dies of throat cancer at 73
  • 2018 Marlene VerPlanck [Pampinella], American jazz and pop vocalist, dies of pancreatic cancer at 84
  • 2018 François Morel, Canadian pianist, conductor, and composer (Antiphonie; Me duele España), dies at 91
  • 2021 Sylvain Sylvain [Mizrahi], Egyptian-American rock guitarist (New York Dolls), dies of cancer at 69