Deaths in Music on October 17

  • 1825 Peter Winter, German composer, dies at 71
  • 1837 Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Austrian composer, dies at 58

Person of interestFrederic Chopin

1849 Frederic Chopin, Polish/French pianist/composer, dies at 39

Composer Frederic Chopin
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Frederic Chopin
  • 1890 Prosper Philippe Catherine Sainton, composer, dies at 77
  • 1897 Isidor Dannstrom, composer, dies at 84
  • 1904 Nikolai Amani, Russian composer, dies at 32
  • 1909 Nicola Spinelli, composer, dies at 44
  • 1910 Julia Ward Howe, composer (Battle Hymn of Republic), dies at 91
  • 1944 Pavel Haas, Czech Jewish composer, murdered at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp at 45 (b. 1899)
  • 1966 Wieland Wagner, German opera director, dies
  • 1972 Billy Williams, American singer (b. 1910)
  • 1975 Vittorio Gui, Italian composer (Batture d'aspetto), dies at 90
  • 1979 Karel Reiner, Czech composer, dies at 69
  • 1981 David Guion, composer, dies at 88
  • 1984 Alberta Hunter, US blues singer/composer, dies at 89
  • 1991 Tennessee Ernie Ford, American country music singer and actor (Sixteen Tons), dies of liver disease at 72
  • 1993 Criss Oliva, American musician (Savatage), dies at 30
  • 1996 Berthold Goldschmidt, composer/conductor, dies at 93
  • 1996 Christopher Acland, musician, dies at 30
  • 2001 Jay Livingston, American composer (Buttons & Bows, Mona Lisa, Tammy), dies at 86
  • 2004 Uzi Hitman, Israeli singer (b. 1952)
  • 2007 Teresa Brewer, American pop and jazz singer (b. 1931)
  • 2008 Levi Stubbs, American baritone singer (Four Tops), dies at 72
  • 2009 Vic Mizzy, American composer (themes to Green Acres and The Addams Family) (b. 1916)
  • 2017 Ingvar Lidholm, Swedish composer (Toccata e Canto), dies at 95