1950 in music

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Clarinetist George Lewis in 1950 was prominent in the revived popularity of traditional jazz.

This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1950.

Events[edit]

Albums released[edit]

No. 1 hit singles[edit]

These singles reached the top of Billboard magazine's charts in 1950.

First week Number of weeks Title Artist
January 7, 1950 1 "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" Gene Autry
January 14, 1950 4 "I Can Dream, Can't I?" The Andrews Sisters
February 11, 1950 1 "Rag Mop" The Ames Brothers
February 18, 1950 4 "Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy" Red Foley
March 18, 1950 4 "Music! Music! Music!" Teresa Brewer
April 15, 1950 2 "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake" Eileen Barton
April 29, 1950 11 "The Third Man Theme" Anton Karas
July 15, 1950 5 "Mona Lisa" Nat King Cole
August 19, 1950 13 "Goodnight, Irene" Gordon Jenkins & The Weavers
November 18, 1950 2 "Harbor Lights" Sammy Kaye
December 2, 1950 4 "The Thing" Phil Harris
December 30, 1950 9 "The Tennessee Waltz" Patti Page

Biggest hit singles[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the limited set of charts available for 1950.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart entries
1 Nat King Cole Mona Lisa 1950 United States US 1940s 1 – Jun 1950, US 1 for 5 weeks Jul 1950, Oscar in 1950, US BB 2 of 1950, RYM 2 of 1950, POP 2 of 1950, DDD 4 of 1950, Italy 48 of 1951, RIAA 109, Acclaimed 1292
2 Patti Page Tennessee Waltz 1950 United States US 1940s 1 – Nov 1950, US 1 for 9 weeks Dec 1950, US BB 4 of 1950, DDD 5 of 1950, Global 7 (10 M sold) – 1950, POP 7 of 1950, RYM 77 of 1951, RIAA 198, Acclaimed 1447
3 Phil Harris The Thing 1950 United States US 1940s 1 – Nov 1950, US 1 for 4 weeks Dec 1950, Peel list 1 of 1950, US BB 12 of 1950, POP 12 of 1950, RYM 108 of 1950
4 Red Foley Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy 1950 United States US 1940s 1 – Jan 1950, US 1 for 4 weeks Feb 1950, DDD 17 of 1950, US BB 18 of 1950, POP 25 of 1950, RYM 117 of 1950
5 Teresa Brewer Music! Music! Music! 1950 United States US 1940s 1 – Feb 1950, US 1 for 4 weeks Mar 1950, US BB 3 of 1950, POP 3 of 1950

Top hit records[edit]

Top R&B hits on record[edit]

  • "Double Crossin' Blues" – Johnny Otis with Little Esther & the Robins

Published popular music[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Premieres[edit]

Sortable table
Composer Composition Date Location Performers
Andriessen, Hendrik Organ Concerto 1950-11-01 Netherlands Amsterdam Concertgebouw OrchestraMonteux [7]
Boulez, Pierre Le Soleil des eaux (2nd version, subsequently withdrawn) 1950-07-18 France Paris Joachim, Mollet, Peyron / RTF National OrchestraDésormière [8]
Boulez, Pierre Piano Sonata No. 2 (1948) 1950-04-29 France Paris Grimaud [9]
Cage, John String Quartet in Four Parts 1950-08-12 United States Black Mountain, NC Summer Session Quartet [10]
Guridi, Jesús String Quartet No. 2 1950-05-14 Spain Madrid National Chamber Music Association [11]
Hartmann, Karl Amadeus Adagio (Symphony No. 2) 1950-09-10 West Germany Donaueschingen (Musiktage) SWF SymphonyRosbaud [12]
Jolivet, André Concerto for Flute and Strings 1950-01-24 France Paris Rampla / [unknown orchestra and conductor] [13]
Khachaturian, Aram Triumphal Poem 1950-12-09 Soviet Union Moscow USSR Radio SymphonyGauk [14]
Martinu, Bohuslav Intermezzo for Large Orchestra 1950-12-29 United States New York City Louisville OrchestraWhitney [15] [16]
Martinu, Bohuslav Piano Trio No. 2 1950-05-19 United States Cambridge, MA Liepmann, Finckel, Tucker [17]
Martinu, Bohuslav Sinfonietta La Jolla 1950-08-13 United States San Diego, CA Orchestra of the Musical Arts Society of La JollaSokoloff [18]
Nono, Luigi Variazioni canoniche sulla serie dell'op. 41 di Schoenberg 1950-08-27 West Germany Darmstadt (Ferienkurse) Darmstadt Landestheater OrchestraScherchen [19]
Prokofiev, Sergei Cello Sonata (1949) 1950-03-01 Soviet Union Moscow Rostropovich, Richter [20]
Searle, Humphrey Poem for 22 Strings 1950-08-27 West Germany Darmstadt (Ferienkurse) Darmstadt Landestheater OrchestraScherchen [21]
Strauss, Richard Four Last Songs (1948) 1950-05-22 United Kingdom London Flagstad / Philharmonia OrchestraFurtwängler [22]
Villa-Lobos, Heitor Montanhas de Brasil (Symphony No. 6) (1944) 1950-04-29 Brazil Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theatre Symphony – Villa-Lobos [23]

Compositions[edit]

Opera[edit]

Musical theatre[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Dorothy Kirsten and Bing Crosby in "Mr. Music".

Births[edit]

January – February[edit]

March – April[edit]

May – June[edit]

July – August[edit]

September – October[edit]

November – December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Anon., "Columbia Records Acquires Casals", The New York Times (14 March): 21.
  2. ^ Anon., "Composer Wins Music Contest", The New York Times (30 August): 27.
  3. ^ "Hymnus Paradisi". The Musical Times (Musical Times Publications Ltd) 91 (1291): 352–353. September 1950. doi:10.2307/935574. JSTOR 935574. 
  4. ^ Howard Taubman, "Gulda Impresses in Piano Program: 20-Year-Old Austrian Artist Shows Great Musical Gifts in Recital at Carnegie Hall", The New York Times (12 October): 51.
  5. ^ Anon., "Soprano Winds Steber Award". The New York Times (4 November): 13.
  6. ^ Ronald Crichton, "Sargent, Sir (Harold) Malcolm (Watts)", The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell (London: Macmillan Publishers, 2001).
  7. ^ Bruno Klassiek
  8. ^ IRCAM
  9. ^ Encyclopedia Universalis
  10. ^ Black Mountain Studies Journal
  11. ^ Doce Notas
  12. ^ Schott Music
  13. ^ IRCAM
  14. ^ Le Chant du Monde
  15. ^ Naxos Records
  16. ^ Louisville Orchestra
  17. ^ Classics Online
  18. ^ Boosey & Hawkes
  19. ^ Fondazione Onlus
  20. ^ Classical Connect
  21. ^ Darmstädter Ferienkurse, 1946-1966
  22. ^ Musicweb International
  23. ^ Historia de la sinfonía
  24. ^ Prince of Pianists | Lipatti | Classical Music | Mark Ainley