1949 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 1949.

Events[edit]

Albums released[edit]

Frank Sinatra in 1949

US No. 1 hit singles[edit]

These singles reached the top of the US charts in 1949.

First week Number of weeks Title Artist
January 8, 1949 1 "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth" Spike Jones
January 15, 1949 1 "Buttons and Bows" Dinah Shore
January 22, 1949 7 "A Little Bird Told Me" Evelyn Knight
March 12, 1949 2 "Cruising Down the River" Blue Barron
March 26, 1949 7 "Cruising Down the River" Russ Morgan
May 14, 1949 11 "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend" Vaughn Monroe
July 30, 1949 5 "Some Enchanted Evening" Perry Como
September 3, 1949 4 "You're Breaking My Heart" Vic Damone
October 1, 1949 8 "That Lucky Old Sun" Frankie Laine
November 26, 1949 6 "Mule Train" Frankie Laine

Biggest hit singles[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the limited set of charts available for 1949.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Vaughn Monroe Ghost Riders In The Sky 1949 United States US BB 1 of 1949, US 1 for 11 weeks May 1949, POP 1 of 1949, Europe 33 of the 1940s, RIAA 297, Acclaimed 1303
2 Frankie Laine Mule Train 1949 United States US 1940s 1 – Nov 1949, US 1 for 6 weeks Nov 1949, US BB 7 of 1949, POP 12 of 1949, RYM 38 of 1949, Europe 51 of the 1940s, Italy 73 of 1955
3 Frankie Laine That Lucky Old Sun 1949 United States US 1940s 1 – Sep 1949, US 1 for 8 weeks Oct 1949, US BB 2 of 1949, POP 10 of 1949, Europe 40 of the 1940s, RYM 57 of 1949
4 The Andrews Sisters I Can Dream, Can't I? 1949 United States US 1940s 1 – Oct 1949, US 1 for 4 weeks Jan 1950, Europe 4 of the 1940s, US BB 11 of 1950, POP 23 of 1950, RYM 69 of 1949
5 Gene Autry Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 1949 United States US 1940s 1 – Dec 1949, US 1 for 1 weeks Jan 1950, RYM 4 of 1949, RIAA 31, Global 33 (5 M sold) – 1949, Acclaimed 1051

Top hit records[edit]

Top R&B and Country hit records[edit]

Published popular music[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Premieres[edit]

Sortable table
Composer Composition Date Location Performers
Barber, Samuel Piano Sonata 1949-12-09 Cuba Havana Horowitz [4]
Bartók, Béla Viola Concerto (1945) 1949-12-02 United States Minneapolis Primrose / Minneapolis SymphonyDorati [5]
Bernstein, Leonard The Age of Anxiety (Symphony No. 2) 1949-04-08 United States Boston Bernstein / Boston SymphonyKoussevitzky [6]
Britten, Benjamin Spring Symphony 1949-07-09 Netherlands Amsterdam (Holland Festival) Vincent, Ferrier, Pears / Netherlands Radio Choir, Concertgebouw OrchestraVan Beinum [7]
Bush, Alan Nottingham Symphony (Symphony No. 2) 1949-06-27 United Kingdom Nottingham London PhilharmonicEllenberg [8]
Carter, Elliott Wind Quintet 1949-02-27 United States New York City Orenstein, Abosch, Paul, Bobo, Popkin [9]
Copland, Aaron Preamble for a Solemn Occasion 1949-12-19 United States New York City Olivier / Boston SymphonyBernstein [10]
Cowell, Henry Symphony No. 5 (1948) 1949-01-05 United States Washington DC USA National SymphonyKindler [11]
Delius, Frederick Summer Evening, Winter Night and Spring Morning (1890) 1949-01-02 United Kingdom London [unknown orchestra] – Beecham [12]
Dello Joio, Norman Concertante for Clarinet and Orchestra 1949-05-22 United States Chautauqua, NY Shaw / Chautauqua SymphonyAutori [13]
Egge, Klaus Sinfonia giocosa (Symphony No. 2) (1947) 1949-07-09 Norway Oslo [unknown orchestra] – Grüner-Hegge [14]
Einem, Gottfried von Orchestral Suite from Dantons Tod 1949-02-09 Allied-occupied Germany Baden-Baden SWF SymphonyRosbaud [15]
Enescu, George Romanian Concert Overture (1948) 1949-01-23 United States Washington DC USA National Symphony – Enescu [16]
Ghedini, Giorgio Federico Concerto funebre in memoria di Duccio Galimberti (1948) 1949-03-02 Italy Rome Accademia di Santa Cecilia OrchestraRossi [17]
Ginastera, Alberto Ollantay (1947) 1949-10-29 Argentina Buenos Aires Teatro Colón Regular OrchestraE. Kleiber [18]
Ginastera, Alberto String Quartet No. 1 (1948) 1949-10-24 Argentina Buenos Aires Mozart Quartet [19]
Glinka, Mikhail String Quartet (1824) 1949-02-27 Soviet Union Moscow Beethoven Quartet [20]
Harris, Roy Kentucky Spring 1949-04-05 United States Louisville Louisville PhilharmonicWhitney [21]
Henze, Hans Werner Apollo und Hyazintus 1949-06-26 West Germany Frankfurt Plümacher, Picht-Axenfeld / Members of the HR Symphony – Henze [22]
Henze, Hans Werner Ballett-Variationen 1949-09-26 West Germany Düsseldorf NWDR SymphonyRomansky [23]
Henze, Hans Werner Chor gefangener Trojer (1948) 1949-02-06 Allied-occupied Germany Bielefeld Bieleld Musikverein Choir, Stadtorchester BielefeldHoffmann [24]
Henze, Hans Werner Symphony No. 2 1949-12-01 West Germany Stuttgart SDR Radio SymphonyMüller-Kray [25]
Henze, Hans Werner Variations for Piano 1949-06-17 West Germany Frankfurt Kaul [26]
Hindemith, Paul Concerto for Woodwinds, Harp and Orchestra 1949-05-15 United States New York City CBS SymphonyJohnson [27]
Honegger, Arthur Concerto da camera 1949-05-06 Switzerland Zurich Jaunet, Saillet / Collegium Musicum ZürichSacher [28]
Howells, Herbert Music for a Prince (1948) 1949-01-23 United Kingdom London BBC SymphonySargent [29]
Jolivet, André Étude sur les modes antiques (1944) 1949-06-09 France Paris Haloua [30]
Jolivet, André Symphonic Suite from Guignol et Pandore (1943) 1949-12-11 France Paris Colonne OrchestraFourestier [31]
Landowski, Marcel Jean de la Peur (Symphony No. 1) 1949-04-03 France Paris Pasdeloup OrchestraWolff [32]
Lutoslawski, Witold Overture for Strings 1949-11-09 Czechoslovakia Prague Prague Radio SymphonyFitelberg [33]
Malipiero, Gian Francesco Mondi celesti (1947) 1949-02-03 Italy Capri [unknown ensemble] – Giulini [34]
Malipiero, Gian Francesco Sinfonia degli archi (Symphony No. 6) 1949-02-11 Switzerland Basel Basel Chamber OrchestraSacher [35]
Martinu, Bohuslav Piano Concerto No. 3 1949-11-20 United States Dallas Fiskurny / Dallas SymphonyHendl [36]
Mennin, Peter The Cycle (Symphony No. 4) 1949-03-18 United States New York City Collegiate Chorale, New York PhilharmonicShaw [37]
Messiaen, Olivier Turangalîla Symphony (1948) 1949-12-02 United States Boston Loriod, Martenot / Boston SymphonyBernstein [38]
Milhaud, Darius Concerto for Marimba and Vibraphone 1949-02-12 United States St. Louis Connor / St. Louis SymphonyGolschmann [39]
Milhaud, Darius Kentuckiana (1948) 1949-01-04 United States Louisville Louisville OrchestraWhitney [40]
Myaskovsky, Nikolai Cello Sonata No. 2 1949-03-05 Soviet Union Moscow Rostropovich, Dedyukhin [41] [42]
Nystroem, Gösta Sinfonia del mare (Symphony No. 3) (1948) 1949-03-24 Sweden Gothenburg Eksell / Gothenburg SymphonyEckerberg [43]
Ohana, Maurice La venta encantada (1940) 1949-04-29 France Paris Girard OrchestraGirard [44]
Panufnik, Andrzej Sinfonia rustica (Symphony No. 1) (1948) 1949-05-13 Poland Warsaw Warsaw Philharmonic – Panufnik [45]
Poulenc, Francis Cello Sonata (1948) 1949-05-18 France Paris Fournier, Poulenc [46]
Rubbra, Edmund Symphony No. 5 (1947) 1949-01-26 United Kingdom London BBC SymphonyBoult [47]
Scelsi, Giacinto La nascita del Verbo 1949-10-28 France Paris RTF National Orchestra and ChorusDesormière [48]
Schoenberg, Arnold Phantasy for Violin and Piano 1949-09-13 United States Los Angeles Koldofsky, Stein [49]
Schuman, William Symphony No. 6 (1948) 1949-02-26 United States Dallas Dallas SymphonyDorati [50]
Seiber, Matyás Ulysses 1949-05-27 United Kingdom London Lewis / Morley College Choir, Kalmar OrchestraGoehr [51]
Shostakovich, Dmitri Song of the Forests 1949-12-11 Soviet Union Leningrad [unknown chorus], Leningrad PhilharmonicMravinsky [52]
Tansman, Alexandre Music for Strings (1947) 1949-01-24 Spain Barcelona Barcelona Chamber Orchestra – Tansman [53]
Thompson, Randall Symphony No. 3 1949-05-15 United States New York City CBS SymphonyJohnson [54]
Ustvolskaya, Galina The Dream of Stepan Razin 1949-10-08 Soviet Union Leningrad [unknown baritone] / Leningrad PhilharmonicMravinsky [55]
Weinberg, Mieczyslaw Moldavian Rhapsody 1949-11-30 Soviet Union Moscow (USC Plenum) USSR Radio SymphonyGauk [56]
Zimmermann, Bernd Alois Concerto for Strings 1949-07-25 West Germany Cologne NWDR SymphonyMeylan [57]
Zimmermann, Bernd Alois Symphonic Variations and Fugue on In dulci jubilo 1949-12-10 West Germany Coblenz Southwest German Radio SymphonyGerdes [58]

Compositions[edit]

Opera[edit]

Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sonata for Bolt & Screw". Time magazine. January 24, 1949. Retrieved 2007-12-15. 
  2. ^ "Mr. Walter Widdop – A Fine English Tenor", The Times, 7 September 1949, p. 7
  3. ^ Kanfer, Stefan (1989). A summer world : the attempt to build a Jewish Eden in the Catskills from the days of the ghetto to the rise and decline of the Borscht Belt (1st ed. ed.). New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux. pp. 205–209. ISBN 978-0374271800. 
  4. ^ Samuel Barber: A Guide to Research
  5. ^ Boosey & Hawkes
  6. ^ The Leonard Bernstein Office
  7. ^ IRCAM
  8. ^ Alan Bush Trust
  9. ^ IRCAM
  10. ^ IRCAM
  11. ^ Henry Cowell Website
  12. ^ Amadeus Online almanac
  13. ^ University of Virginia Social Networks and Archival Content
  14. ^ Amadeus Online almanac
  15. ^ Gottfried von Einem Foundation
  16. ^ Patachonf Discographies
  17. ^ Le muse del popolo: storia dell'Arci a Torino, 1957-1967
  18. ^ Alberto Ginastera: A Researcha dn Information Guide
  19. ^ IRCAM
  20. ^ Amadeus Online almanac
  21. ^ University of Virginia Social Networks and Archival Contents
  22. ^ IRCAM
  23. ^ IRCAM
  24. ^ Hans Werner Henze Stiftung
  25. ^ IRCAM
  26. ^ IRCAM
  27. ^ Schott Music
  28. ^ The Music of Arthur Honegger
  29. ^ The Career and Reputation of Herbert Howells (page 116)
  30. ^ IRCAM
  31. ^ IRCAM
  32. ^ Guide de la musique symphonique
  33. ^ IRCAM
  34. ^ Amadeus Online almanac
  35. ^ All the conducting masterclasses
  36. ^ Naxos Records
  37. ^ Eroica Recordings
  38. ^ IRCAM
  39. ^ The Emergence and Evolution of a Generalized Marimba Technique
  40. ^ NuMuLu
  41. ^ Niukolai Myaskovsky: The Conscience of Russian Music
  42. ^ Le Chant du Monde
  43. ^ Gehrmans Musikförlag
  44. ^ IRCAM
  45. ^ Polish Music Information Centre
  46. ^ Hyperion Records
  47. ^ Barbirolli Society
  48. ^ Hors de l'avant garde: Son, musique et composition chez Giacinto Scelsi dans la production de sa maturité (page 23)
  49. ^ IRCAM
  50. ^ Naxos Records
  51. ^ Musicwbe International
  52. ^ Shostakovich: A Life Remembered
  53. ^ L'oeuvre de Alexandra Tansman: Catalogue practique
  54. ^ Your Classical
  55. ^ IRCAM
  56. ^ Atlanta Symphony, page 32
  57. ^ IRCAM
  58. ^ IRCAM