1944 in music

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Singer Bing Crosby performing in London, 1944

This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1944.

Events[edit]

Albums released[edit]

Biggest hit songs[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the limited set of charts available for 1944.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Bing Crosby Swinging On a Star 1944 United States US 1940s 1 - Jun 1944, US 1 for 9 weeks Aug 1944, Oscar in 1944, US BB 3 of 1944, POP 3 of 1944, Europe 14 of the 1940s, AFI 37, RYM 44 of 1944, Acclaimed 1619
2 Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters Don't Fence Me In 1944 United States US 1940s 1 - Nov 1944, US 1 for 8 weeks Dec 1944, US BB 4 of 1944, Europe 5 of the 1940s, POP 9 of 1944, Acclaimed 1699
3 Bing Crosby I'll Be Seeing You 1944 United States US 1940s 1 - May 1944, US 1 for 4 weeks Jul 1944, US BB 15 of 1944, Europe 15 of the 1940s, POP 15 of 1944, RYM 43 of 1944
4 Bing Crosby I Love You 1944 United States US 1940s 1 - Apr 1944, US 1 for 5 weeks May 1944, US BB 19 of 1944, Europe 21 of the 1940s, POP 23 of 1944, RYM 43 of 1944
5 Ella Fitzgerald & The Ink Spots I'm Making Believe 1944 United States US 1940s 1 - Nov 1944, US 1 for 2 weeks Dec 1944, US BB 14 of 1944, POP 14 of 1944, RYM 23 of 1944

Top hit records[edit]

Published popular music[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Premieres[edit]

Sortable table
Composer Composition Date Location Performers
Antheil, George 1942 (Symphony No. 4) 1944-02-13 United States New York City NBC SymphonyStokowski [1]
Barber, Samuel Capricorn Concerto 1944-10-08 United States New York City Saidenberg Little SymphonySaidenberg [2]
Bartók, Béla Concerto for Orchestra 1944-12-01 United States Boston Boston SymphonyKoussevitzky [3]
Bartók, Béla Sonata for Solo Violin 1944-11-26 United States New York City Menuhin [4]
Bernstein, Leonard Jeremiah (Symphony No. 1) 1944-01-28 United States Pittsburgh Tourel / Pittsburgh Symphony – Bernstein [5]
Carter, Elliott Symphony No. 1 1944-04-27 United States Rochester, NY Eastman-Rochester SymphonyHanson [6]
Copland, Aaron Letter from Home 1944-10-17 United States New York City Philco Radio Hour OrchestraWhiteman [7][8]
Copland, Aaron Violin Sonata 1944-01-17 United States New York City Posselt, Copland [9]
Dallapiccola, Luigi Liriche Greche III – Sex Carmina Alcaei 1944-11-10 Italy Rome Danco / RAI Symphony in RomePrevitali [10]
Ginastera, Alberto Canciones populares argentinas 1944-07-17 Argentina Buenos Aires Frías de López, Luzzatti [11]
Ginastera, Alberto Obertura para el Fausto criollo 1944-05-12 Chile Santiago de Chile Chile SymphonyCastro [12]
Ginastera, Alberto Preludios americanos 1944-08-07 Argentina Buenos Aires Spivak [13]
Hindemith, Paul Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Weber 1944-01-20 United States New York City New York PhilharmonicRodzinski [14]
Jolivet, André Danses rituelles 1944-12-05 France Paris Paris Conservatory Concert Society OrchestraCluytens [15]
Jolivet, André Poèmes intimes 1944-04-04 France Paris Bernac / Paris Conservatory Concert Society OrchestraCluytens [16]
Jongen, Joseph Piano Concerto 1944-01-06 Belgium Brussels Del Pueyo / Brussels PhilharmonicAndré [17]
Khachaturian, Aram Suite from Masquerade 1944-08-06 Soviet Union Moscow USSR Radio Symphony OrchestraGorchakov [18]
Moore, Douglas In memoriam 1944-04-27 United States Rochester, NY Eastman-Rochester SymphonyHanson [19]
Piston, Walter Symphony No. 2 1944-03-05 United States Washington DC USA National SymphonyKindler [20]
Prokofiev, Sergei Piano Sonata No. 8 1944-12-30 Soviet Union Moscow Gilels [21]
Rainier, Priaulx String Quartet 1944-07-03 United Kingdom London Zorian Quartet [22]
Schoenberg, Arnold Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte 1944-11-23 United States New York City Harrel, Steuermann / New York PhilharmonicRodzinski [23]
Schoenberg, Arnold Piano Concerto 1944-02-06 United States New York City Steuermann / NBC SymphonyStokowski [24]
Schoenberg, Arnold Theme and Variations for Orchestra 1944-10-20 United States Boston Boston SymphonyKoussevitzky [25]
Schoenberg, Arnold Variations on a Recitative (1941) 1944-04-10 United States New York City Weinrich [26]
Shostakovich, Dmitri Piano Trio No. 2 1944-11-14 Soviet Union Leningrad Tsiganov, Chirinsky, Shostakovich [27]
Shostakovich, Dmitri String Quartet No. 2 1944-11-14 Soviet Union Leningrad Beethoven Quartet [28]
Stravinsky, Igor Norwegian Moods 1944-01-13 United States Cambridge, MA Boston Symphony – Stravinsky [29]
Stravinsky, Igor Scherzo à la russe (band version) 1944-09-05 United States New York City Whiteman Band [30]
Stravinsky, Igor Sonata for Two Pianos 1944-08-02 United States Madison, WI Boulanger, Johnston [31]
Tippett, Michael A Child of Our Time, oratorio 1944-03-19 United Kingdom London Cross, MacArthur, Pears, Lloyd / London PhilharmonicGoehr [32]

Compositions[edit]

  • George Antheil – Symphony No. 4
  • Samuel Barber
  • Béla BartókSonata for solo violin
  • Arnold Bax
    • A Legend, tone poem, for orchestra
    • To Russia, for choir with baritone solo
  • Leonard BernsteinFancy Free (ballet)
  • John Cage
    • A Book of Music, for two prepared pianos
    • Four Walls, for piano and voice
    • The Perilous Night, suite for prepared piano
    • Prelude for Meditation, for prepared piano
    • Root of an Unfocus, for prepared piano
    • Spontaneous Earth, for prepared piano
    • Triple-Paced No. 2, for prepared piano
    • The Unavailable Memory Of, for prepared piano
    • A Valentine Out of Season, for prepared piano
  • Julián Carrillo
    • Himno a la paz, for two choirs and piano
    • Suite No. 4, for piano
  • Elliott Carter
    • The Difference, for soprano, baritone, and piano
    • The Harmony of Morning, for SSAA choir and small orchestra
    • Holiday Overture
  • Carlos ChávezLa hija de Cólquide (ballet)
  • Aaron CoplandAppalachian Spring (ballet)
  • Henry Cowell
    • Animal Magic of the Alaskan Esquimo, for band
    • Derwent and the Shining Sword, incidental music
    • Elegie for Hanya Holm, for piano
    • Manaunaun’s Birthing, for orchestra
    • Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 1, for band
    • Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 2, for string orchestra
    • Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 3, for orchestra
    • Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 4, for soprano, alto, and bass recorders, woodwinds, and strings
    • Kansas Fiddler, for piano
    • Mountain Music, for piano
    • The Pasture, for voice and piano
    • Sonatina, for baritone, violin, and piano
  • George Crumb – Two Duos for flute and clarinet
  • David DiamondRounds
  • Ernő DohnányiSymphony No. 2
  • George Enescu – Piano Quartet No. 2 in D minor, Op. 30
  • John Fernström – Symphony No. 10
  • Vivian FineConcertante for Piano and Orchestra
  • Gerald FinziFarewell to Arms
  • Cecil Armstrong GibbsWestmoreland Symphony
  • Camargo Guarnieri – String Quartet No. 2
  • Alois Hába
    • Milenci (The Lovers), song cycle for soprano and piano, Op. 57
    • Moravian Love-Songs (5), for mezzo-soprano with guitar or piano accompaniment, Op. 58
    • Sonata for chromatic harp, Op. 59
    • Sonata for diatonic harp, Op. 60
    • Suite, for quarter-tone trumpet and trombone, Op. 56
  • Paul HindemithHérodiade, ballet, for orchestra
  • Vagn Holmboe – Symphony No. 4
  • Alan Hovhaness
    • Armenian Rhapsody No. 1, Op. 45, for percussion and strings
    • Armenian Rhapsody No. 2, Op. 51, for string orchestra
    • Elibris, Op. 50, concerto for flute and strings
    • Khrimian Hairig, Op. 49, for trumpet and strings
    • Lousadzak, Op. 48, concerto for piano and strings
    • Mazert Nman Rehan ("Thy Hair is Like Basil Leaf"), Op. 38, for piano
    • Varak, Op. 47a, for violin and piano
  • Jacques Ibert
  • Joseph Jongen – Concerto for Harp No. 1
  • Dmitry Kabalevsky
    • Easy Pieces (24), Op. 39, for piano
    • Easy Variations, in D major (Toccata) and A minor, Op. 40, for piano
    • Preludes (24), Op. 38, for piano
  • Aram Khachaturian
    • Anthem of the Armenian SSR, for orchestra
    • Choreographic Waltz, for piano
    • Russian Fantasy, for orchestra
    • Suite from Masquerade, for orchestra
    • Symphony No. 2, "The Bell" (second version)
  • Zoltán KodályMissa Brevis
  • Frank MartinPetite symphonie concertante
  • Bohuslav Martinů
    • Piano Quintet No. 2
    • Písničky na dvě stránky [Songs on Two Pages], for voice and piano
    • Sonata No. 3, for violin and piano
    • Symphony No. 3
    • Trio, for flute, cello, and piano
  • Olivier MessiaenVingt regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus, for piano
  • Darius Milhaud
    • Air, Op. 242, for viola and orchestra
    • Le bal martiniquais, Op. 249, versions for orchestra and for two pianos
    • Borechou – Schema Israël (Bless Ye the Lord – O Hear, Israel), Op. 239, for cantor, chorus, and organ
    • Caïn et Abel, Op. 241, for reciter and orchestra
    • Jeux de printemps, Op. 243, ballet
    • La libération des Antilles, Op. 246, for voice and piano
    • La muse ménagère, Op. 245, for piano (also orchestrated)
    • Printemps lointain, Op. 253, for voice and piano
    • Sonata No. 1 "sur des thèmes inédits et anonymes de XVIIIe siècle", Op. 240, for viola and piano
    • Sonata No. 2, Op. 244, for viola and piano
    • Suite française, Op. 248, for band or for orchestra
    • Symphony No. 2, Op. 247
  • Harry Partch
    • Yankee Doodle Fantasy
    • Two Settings from Joyce's Finnegans Wake
  • Francis PoulencUn soir de neige, for six-part choir
  • Sergei Prokofiev
    • Adagio, for cello and piano, Op. 97bis
    • Cinderella, Op. 87, ballet, for orchestra
    • March in B-flat, Op. 99, for band
    • Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-flat major, Op. 84
    • Pieces (6) from Cinderella, Op. 102, for piano
    • Russian Folksongs (12), Op. 104, for voice and piano
    • Symphony No. 5, in B-flat major, Op. 100
  • Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Igor Stravinsky
  • Michael Tippett
    • Plebs Angelica, motet for double choir
    • The Weeping Babe, motet for soprano and SATB choir
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos -
  • William WaltonLai and Rondet de carol, for piano
  • Grace WilliamsSea Sketches

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