1944 in Music - Deaths

Deaths

  • January 9 - Johanna Beyer, pianist and composer (b. 1888)
  • January 29 - Carl Aeschbacher, choirmaster and composer (b. 1886)
  • February 4 - Yvette Guilbert, cabaret singer and actress (b. 1865)
  • February 7 - Lina Cavalieri, opera singer (b. 1874)
  • April 4 - Alma Rosé, violinist and composer (b. 1906) (food poisoning or typhoid at Auschwitz concentration camp)
  • April 13 - Cecile Chaminade, pianist (b. 1857)
  • April 19 - Jimmie Noone, jazz musician (b. 1895)
  • April 23 - Marion Harris, jazz singer (b. 1857) (hotel fire)
  • May 9 - Dame Ethel Smyth, composer (b. 1858)
  • May 16 - Leone Sinigaglia, composer (b. 1868)
  • May 20 - Vincent Rose, Italian-born US bandleader and composer
  • June 2 - Zikmund Schul, composer (b. 1916) (tuberculosis)
  • June 5 - Riccardo Zandonai, opera composer (b. 1883)
  • June 10 - Sylvio Lazzari, composer (b. 1857)
  • June 25 - Lucha Reyes (Mexican singer) (b. 1906) (suicide)
  • July 4 - Alice Burville, singer and actress (b. 1856)
  • July 14 - Asmahan, Syrian singer and actress (b. 1912) (drowned)
  • July 19 - Will Marion Cook, violinist and composer (b. 1869)
  • August 1 - Cecil Mack, songwriter and music publisher (b. 1883)
  • August 7 - Agustin Barrios, composer (b. 1885)
  • August 8 - Aino Ackté, operatic soprano (b. 1876)
  • August 12 - James Simon, pianist, composer and musicologist (b. 1880) (killed at Auschwitz concentration camp)
  • August 19 - Sir Henry Wood, conductor (b. 1869)
  • October 1 - Carlo Sigmund Taube, pianist, conductor and composer (b. 1897) (killed at Auschwitz concentration camp)
  • October 16 - Hans Krása, Czech-German composer (b. 1899) (gassed in Auschwitz)
  • November 14 - Carl Flesch, violinist (b. 1873)
  • November 26 - Florence Foster Jenkins, soprano famous for her lack of musical ability (b. 1868)
  • November 27 - Margarete Dessoff, conductor, singer and voice teacher (b. 1874)
  • November 30 - Antoine Mariotte, conductor and composer (b. 1875)
  • December 2 - Josef Lhévinne, pianist (b. 1874)
  • December 15 - Glenn Miller, trombonist, composer and bandleader (b. 1904) (missing in action)
  • December 27 - Amy Beach, composer and pianist (b. 1867)
  • date unknown - Lalla Miranda, coloratura soprano (b. 1874)

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