Deaths in Music on May 9

  • 1707 Dietrich Buxtehude, German organist/composer, dies at about 69
  • 1745 Tomaso Antonio Vitali, Italian composer and violinist, dies at 82
  • 1785 Franz Xaver Schnitzer, composer, dies at 44

Person of interestFrancis Hopkinson

1791 Francis Hopkinson, American author and composer, (designed the first American flag), dies from an apoplectic seizure at 53

Designer of the American Flag Francis Hopkinson
Designer of the American Flag
Francis Hopkinson
  • 1799 Claude-Benigne Balbastre, composer, dies at 72
  • 1822 Charles Duquesnoy, composer, dies at 62
  • 1853 Johann Philipp Samuel Schmidt, composer, dies at 73
  • 1880 Johann Hermann Berens, composer, dies at 54
  • 1905 Ernst Pauer, Austrian composer and pianist, dies at 78
  • 1928 Constantin Dimitrescu, composer, dies at 81
  • 1944 Ethel Mary Smyth, composer, dies at 86
  • 1957 Ezio F Pinza, Italian bass (Scale of Milan, NY Met Opera), dies
  • 1966 Alfred Mendelsohn, composer, dies at 56
  • 1967 Philippa Schuyler, African-American child prodigy and composer, dies at 35
  • 1970 Percy Brier, Australian composer, dies at 84
  • 1974 Lyubomir Pipkov, composer, dies at 69
  • 1976 Raymond Chevreuille, Belgian composer, dies at 74
  • 1976 Valentino Bucchi, composer, dies at 59
  • 1977 Walter Kraft, composer, dies at 71
  • 1979 Lan Adomian, Russian-born American composer, dies at 73
  • 1985 Reginald Dixon, British theatre organist, dies at 80
  • 1989 Keith Whitley, country singer (Don't Close Your Eyes), dies at 33
  • 1990 Luigi Nono, Italian composer (Intolleranza), dies at 66
  • 1991 Rudolf Serkin, Bohemian-American pianist (Marlboro Sch of Music), dies at 88
  • 1995 Marshall Royal, jazz Sax/Clarinet, dies at 82
  • 1998 Alice Faye [Leppert], American actress and singer (Hello Frisco, Hello, Fallen Angel, Stowaway), dies of stomach cancer at 83
  • 2001 James E. Myers, American songwriter (Rock Around the Clock) and producer (b. 1919)
  • 2002 Leon Stein, American composer, dies at 81
  • 2005 Nasrat Parsa, Afghani singer (b. 1969)
  • 2007 Jacob Gilboa [Erwin Goldberg], Israeli composer, dies at 87
  • 2010 Lena Horne, American singer and actress (b. 1917)