Deaths in Music on March 28

  • 1563 Heinrich Glarean, Swiss music theorist (b. 1488)
  • 1687 Constantine Huygens, diplomat/poet/composer (Bluebottles), dies at 90
  • 1818 Antonio Capuzzi, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 62
  • 1847 Mariano Rodriguiz de Ledesma, composer, dies at 67
  • 1856 Pyotr Ivanovich Turchaninov, composer, dies at 76
  • 1860 Johann Ludwig Bohner, composer, dies at 73
  • 1877 Vincenzo Fioravanti, Italian composer, dies at 77
  • 1880 Achille Peri, composer, dies at 67
  • 1881 Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, Russian composer (Boris Godunov), dies at 42 [OS=Mar 16]
  • 1885 Fredrick Vilhelm Ludvig Norman, Swedish composer, dies at 53
  • 1907 Pavel Ivanovich Blaramberg, composer, dies at 65
  • 1910 Édouard Colonne, French violinist and conductor, dies at 71
  • 1914 Hanus Trnecek, composer, dies at 55
  • 1927 Karl Prohaska, Austrian composer, dies at 57
  • 1928 Giuseppe Ferrata, composer, dies at 63
  • 1943 Sergei Vasilievitch Rachmaninov, Russian composer and pianist, dies at 69
  • 1947 Rudolph Hermann Simonsen, composer, dies at 57
  • 1949 Grigoras Dinicu, Romanian violin virtuoso and composer, dies at 59

Person of interestW. C. Handy

1958 W. C. Handy, American composer and musician known as the "Father of the Blues" (Memphis Blues, St Louis Blues), dies of bronchial pneumonia at 84

Musician and Father of the Blues W. C. Handy
Musician and Father of the Blues
W. C. Handy
  • 1963 Alec Templeton, Welsh pianist and composer (Concertino Lirico), dies at 52
  • 1971 Felix Wolfes, composer, dies at 78
  • 1974 Dorothy Fields, US singer (Way you Look Tonight), dies at 68
  • 1974 Arthur Crudup, American blues singer and guitarist, dies of heart attack at 68
  • 1975 Renzo Massarani, composer, dies at 77
  • 1978 Dino Ciani, Italian pianist (d. 1941)
  • 1984 Carmen Dragon, American conductor, composer and arranger (b. 1914)
  • 1987 Maria Augusta Trapp, singer (Trapp Family Singers), dies at 82
  • 1992 Josef Matej, Czech composer, dies at 70
  • 1994 Albert Goldman, US rock biographer (Lives of John Lennon, Elvis), dies at 66
  • 1994 Eugene Ionesco, playwright (Rhinoceros, Bald Soprano), dies at 84
  • 1999 Freaky Tah, American rapper (Lost Boyz) (b. 1971)
  • 2001 Moe Koffman, Canadian musician (b. 1928)
  • 2003 Rusty Draper, American country and pop singer (b. 1923)
  • 2005 Dame Moura Lympany, British pianist (b. 1916)
  • 2006 Proinsias Ó Maonaigh, Irish musician (b. 1922)
  • 2012 Alexander Arutiunian, Armenian composer, dies at 91
  • 2012 Earl Scruggs, American bluegrass musician, dies from natural causes at 88