1944 in music

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List of years in music (table)
  • 1941
  • 1942
  • 1943
  • 1944
  • 1945
  • 1946
  • 1947
  • Singer Bing Crosby performing in London, 1944

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

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    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

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    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]
    Barber, Samuel Symphony No. 2 1944-03-03 United States Symphony Hall, Boston Boston Symphony OrchestraKoussevitzky [3]
    Bartók, Béla Concerto for Orchestra 1944-12-01 United States Boston Boston SymphonyKoussevitzky [4]
    Bartók, Béla Sonata for Solo Violin 1944-11-26 United States New York City Menuhin [5]
    Bernstein, Leonard Jeremiah (Symphony No. 1) 1944-01-28 United States Pittsburgh Tourel / Pittsburgh Symphony – Bernstein [6]
    Carter, Elliott Symphony No. 1 1944-04-27 United States Rochester, NY Eastman-Rochester SymphonyHanson [7]
    Copland, Aaron Letter from Home 1944-10-17 United States New York City Philco Radio Hour OrchestraWhiteman [8][9]
    Copland, Aaron Violin Sonata 1944-01-17 United States New York City Posselt, Copland [10]
    Dallapiccola, Luigi Liriche Greche III – Sex Carmina Alcaei 1944-11-10 Italy Rome Danco / RAI Symphony in RomePrevitali [11]
    Ginastera, Alberto Canciones populares argentinas 1944-07-17 Argentina Buenos Aires Frías de López, Luzzatti [12]
    Ginastera, Alberto Obertura para el Fausto criollo 1944-05-12 Chile Santiago de Chile Chile SymphonyCastro [13]
    Ginastera, Alberto Preludios americanos 1944-08-07 Argentina Buenos Aires Spivak [14]
    Hindemith, Paul Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber 1944-01-20 United States New York City New York PhilharmonicRodzinski [15]
    Jolivet, André Danses rituelles 1944-12-05 France Paris Paris Conservatory Concert Society OrchestraCluytens [16]
    Jolivet, André Poèmes intimes 1944-04-04 France Paris Bernac / Paris Conservatory Concert Society OrchestraCluytens [17]
    Jongen, Joseph Piano Concerto 1944-01-06 Belgium Brussels Del Pueyo / Brussels PhilharmonicAndré [18]
    Khachaturian, Aram Suite from Masquerade 1944-08-06 Soviet Union Moscow USSR Radio Symphony OrchestraGorchakov [19]
    Moore, Douglas In memoriam 1944-04-27 United States Rochester, NY Eastman-Rochester SymphonyHanson [20]
    Piston, Walter Symphony No. 2 1944-03-05 United States Washington DC USA National SymphonyKindler [21]
    Prokofiev, Sergei Piano Sonata No. 8 1944-12-30 Soviet Union Moscow Gilels [22]
    Rainier, Priaulx String Quartet 1944-07-03 United Kingdom London Zorian Quartet [23]
    Schoenberg, Arnold Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte 1944-11-23 United States New York City Harrel, Steuermann / New York PhilharmonicRodzinski [24]
    Schoenberg, Arnold Piano Concerto 1944-02-06 United States New York City Steuermann / NBC SymphonyStokowski [25]
    Schoenberg, Arnold Theme and Variations for Orchestra 1944-10-20 United States Boston Boston SymphonyKoussevitzky [26]
    Schoenberg, Arnold Variations on a Recitative (1941) 1944-04-10 United States New York City Weinrich [27]
    Shostakovich, Dmitri Piano Trio No. 2 1944-11-14 Soviet Union Leningrad Tsiganov, Chirinsky, Shostakovich [28]
    Shostakovich, Dmitri String Quartet No. 2 1944-11-14 Soviet Union Leningrad Beethoven Quartet [29]
    Stravinsky, Igor Norwegian Moods 1944-01-13 United States Cambridge, MA Boston Symphony – Stravinsky [30]
    Stravinsky, Igor Scherzo à la russe (band version) 1944-09-05 United States New York City Whiteman Band [31]
    Stravinsky, Igor Sonata for Two Pianos 1944-08-02 United States Madison, WI Boulanger, Johnston [32]
    Tippett, Michael A Child of Our Time, oratorio 1944-03-19 United Kingdom London Cross, MacArthur, Pears, Lloyd / Morley College Choir / London PhilharmonicGoehr [33]

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