1939 in music

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List of years in music (table)

This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1939.

Events[edit]

Publications[edit]

Albums released[edit]

Biggest hit songs[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the limited set of charts available for 1939.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Judy Garland Over the Rainbow 1939 United States US BB 1 of 1939, Oscar in 1939, AFI 1, RYM 1 of 1939, POP 1 of 1939, RIAA 1, Scrobulate 71 of vocal, Acclaimed 497
2 Glenn Miller Moonlight Serenade 1939 United States US BB 5 of 1939, RYM 5 of 1939, POP 5 of 1939, UK 12 - Mar 1954, Europe 12 of the 1930s, Scrobulate 53 of jazz, Italy 74 of 1954, Party 74 of 1999, Acclaimed 1202
3 Kate Smith God Bless America 1939 United States US BB 2 of 1939, POP 2 of 1939, US 1940s 5 - Aug 1940, Europe 18 of the 1930s, RIAA 19, RYM 33 of 1939, Acclaimed 568
4 Billie Holiday Strange Fruit 1939 United States RYM 2 of 1939, Scrobulate 25 of jazz, Europe 92 of the 1930s, Acclaimed 180, RIAA 273, WXPN 717
5 Louis Armstrong When the Saints Go Marching In 1939 United States US BB 4 of 1939, POP 4 of 1939, RIAA 13, RYM 18 of 1939, Scrobulate 33 of swing

Top hits on record[edit]

Top Christmas Hits[edit]

Top blues records[edit]

Published popular music[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Premieres[edit]

Sortable table
Composer Composition Date Location Performers
Bartók, Béla Violin Concerto No. 2 1939-03-23 Netherlands Amsterdam Székely / Concertgebouw OrchestraMengelberg [1]
Bax, Arnold Symphony No. 7 1939-06-09 United States New York City (EXPO) New York PhilharmonicBoult[2]
Bliss, Arthur Piano Concerto 1939-06-10 United States New York City (EXPO) Solomon / New York PhilharmonicBoult[3]
Boughton, Rutland Symphony No. 3 (1937) 1939-01-01 United Kingdom London [unknown ensemble] – Pougnet [4]
Britten, Benjamin Young Apollo 1939-08-02 Canada Toronto Britten / Toronto Melodic StringsChuhaldin[5]
Enescu, George Orchestral Suite No. 3, "Villageoise" (1938) 1939-02-02 United States New York City Carnegie Hall New York Philharmonic-SymphonyEnescu[6]
Ginastera, Alberto Harp Sonatina 1939-06-26 Argentina Buenos Aires Sebastiani[7]
Harris, Roy Symphony No. 3 1939-02-24 United States Boston Boston SymphonyKoussevitzky[8]
Hovhaness, Alan Exile (Symphony No. 1) (1936) 1939-05-26 United Kingdom London BBC SymphonyHeward [9]
Lutoslawski, Witold Symphonic Variations 1939-06-17 Poland Cracow Polish Radio SymphonyFitelberg[10]
Prokofiev, Sergei Alexander Nevsky, cantata 1939-05-17 Soviet Union Moscow Gagarina / Moscow Philharmonic – Prokofiev[11]
Messiaen, Olivier Chants de Terre et de Ciel 1939-01-23 France Paris Bunlet, Messiaen[12]
Prokofiev, Sergei Zdravitsa, cantata 1939-12-21 Soviet Union Moscow USSR Radio SymphonyGolovanov[13]
Rosenberg, Hilding Symphony No. 3 1939-12-11 Sweden Stockholm Swedish Radio Symphony – Rosenberg[14]
Shostakovich, Dmitri Symphony No. 6 1939-11-21 Soviet Union Leningrad Leningrad PhilharmonicMravinsky[15]
Stravinsky, Igor Le roi des étoiles, cantata 1939-04-19 Belgium Brussels Brussels Radio SymphonyAndré[16]
Vaughan Williams, Ralph Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus 1939-06-10 United States New York City (EXPO) New York PhilharmonicBoult[17]
Walton, William Violin Concerto 1939-12-07 United States Cleveland Heifetz / Cleveland OrchestraRodziński[18]
Weinberger, Jaromír Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree 1939-10-12 United States New York City New York PhilharmonicBarbirolli[19]
Xian Xinghai Yellow River Cantata 1939-04-13 Republic of China (1912–49) Yan'an [unknown ensemble] – Wu Xiling[20][21]

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Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Poster for The Wizard of Oz

Births[edit]

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