Deaths in Music on May 4

  • 1604 Claudio Merulo, composer, dies at 71
  • 1770 Christian Gottfried Krause, German composer, dies at 51
  • 1855 Camille Pleyel, Austria piano builder/composer, dies at 66
  • 1893 George Washington Hewitt, composer, dies at 82
  • 1929 Henry Morton Dunham, composer, dies at 75
  • 1937 Noel Rosa, Brazilian songwriter (b. 1910)
  • 1953 Thomas Tertius Noble, composer, dies at 85
  • 1955 Georges Enescu, Romanian/French violist/composer (Oedipe), dies at 73
  • 1966 Juan Maria Thomas Sabater, composer, dies at 69
  • 1967 Bengt Axel von Torne, composer, dies at 75
  • 1974 Israel Citkowitz, composer, dies at 65
  • 1983 Nino Sanzogno, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • 1984 Diana Dors [Fluck], British actress and singer (Berserk!, Steaming), dies of cancer at 52
  • 1987 Paul Butterfield, singer/harmonica player, dies of drug abuse at 44
  • 1995 Louis Krasner, Ukrainian-American violinist, dies at 91

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2012 MCA [Adam Yauch], Beastie Boys vocalist, dies from cancer at 47

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  • 2016 Ursula Mamlok, German American avant-garde composer, dies at 93
  • 2018 Naser Cheshm Azar, Iranian composer, dies of a heart attack at 67