On This Day

Deaths in Music on March 26

  • 1517 Heinrich Isaac, Flemish composer
  • 1566 Antonio de Cabezon, Spanish composer, dies
  • 1657 Jacob van Eyck, Dutch blind flautist and carillonneur, dies at 69
  • 1713 Paul Esterhazy, Hungarian prince, composer and patron, dies at 77
  • 1736 Georg Balthasar Schott, German composer, dies at 49
  • 1809 Gabriele Mario Piozzi, Italian tenor and composer, dies at 68
  • 1820 Jean-Etienne Despreaux, French ballet dancer and composer, dies at 71

Person of interestLudwig van Beethoven

1827 Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer (5th Symphony, Ode to Joy), dies of liver disease at 56

  • 1837 Joseph Lincke, German cellist and composer, dies at 53
  • 1880 Mariano Soriano Fuertes y Piqueras, Spanish composer, dies at 62
  • 1892 Anton Wallerstein, German composer, dies at 78
  • 1909 Nikolai Arkas, Ukrainian composer, dies at 56
  • 1918 Caesar A. Cui, Lithuanian fort builder and composer, dies at 83
  • 1924 Augusto (de Oliveira) Machado, Portuguese composer (Lauriane; Camões es os Luziadas), dies at 78
  • 1932 Jean Cartan, French composer, dies at 25
  • 1933 Eddie Lang [Salvatore Massaro], American jazz guitarist known as the "father of jazz guitar", dies at 30

  • 1956 Thomas de Hartmann, Russian composer, dies at 70

Person of interestNoël Coward

1973 Noël Coward, English playwright (Hay Fever, Private Lives), director (In Which We Serve-1942 Academy Award), actor and singer, dies of heart failure at 73

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 1973 Safford Cape, American-Belgian conductor, composer and music historian, dies at 67
  • 1980 Jon-Jon Poulos, American drummer (Buckinghams), dies at 32
  • 1987 Eugen Jochum, German conductor (Hamburg Orchestra), dies at 84
  • 1988 Musa Kaleem [Orlando Wright], American jazz saxophonist, dies at 67
  • 1994 Jan Bor, Dutch violinist/painter, dies at 83
  • 1995 Eazy-E [Eric Lynn Wright], American rapper (N.W.A.), dies from AIDS-related illness at 30
  • 2002 Randy Castillo, American drummer (Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe) (b. 1950)
  • 2004 Jan Berry, American musician (Jan and Dean) dies after a stroke at 62
  • 2005 Paul Hester, Australian drummer (Split Enz and Crowded House) (b. 1959)
  • 2006 Nikki Sudden, British singer-songwriter (b. 1956)
  • 2015 John Renbourn, English folk guitarist and songwriter (Pentangle), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 2016 David Baker, American composer (Reflections) and educator, dies at 84
  • 2019 Ranking Roger [Roger Charlery], British rock vocalist (The Beat, General Public), dies of cancer at 56
  • 2019 Heinz Winbeck, German composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 73