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1949 in Music

This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1949.

Specific locations

Specific genres

Events

Albums released

US No. 1 hit singles

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

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

Top R&B and country hit records

Published popular music

Classical music

Premieres

Sortable table
Composer Composition Date Location Performers
Barber, Samuel Piano Sonata 1949-12-09 Cuba Havana Horowitz [6]
Bartók, Béla Viola Concerto (1945) 1949-12-02 United States Minneapolis Primrose / Minneapolis Symphony - Dorati [7]
Bernstein, Leonard The Age of Anxiety (Symphony No. 2) 1949-04-08 United States Boston Bernstein / Boston Symphony - Koussevitzky [8]
Britten, Benjamin Spring Symphony 1949-07-09 Netherlands Amsterdam (Holland Festival) Vincent, Ferrier, Pears / Netherlands Radio Choir, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Van Beinum [9]
Bush, Alan Nottingham Symphony (Symphony No. 2) 1949-06-27 United Kingdom Nottingham London Philharmonic - Ellenberg [10]
Carter, Elliott Wind Quintet 1949-02-27 United States New York City Orenstein, Abosch, Paul, Bobo, Popkin [11]
Copland, Aaron Preamble for a Solemn Occasion 1949-12-19 United States New York City Olivier / Boston Symphony - Bernstein [12]
Cowell, Henry Symphony No. 5 (1948) 1949-01-05 United States Washington DC USA National Symphony - Kindler [13]
Delius, Frederick Summer Evening, Winter Night and Spring Morning (1890) 1949-01-02 United Kingdom London [unknown orchestra] - Beecham [14]
Dello Joio, Norman Concertante for Clarinet and Orchestra 1949-05-22 United States Chautauqua, NY Shaw / Chautauqua Symphony - Autori [15]
Egge, Klaus Sinfonia giocosa (Symphony No. 2) (1947) 1949-07-09 Norway Oslo [unknown orchestra] - Grüner-Hegge [16]
Einem, Gottfried von Orchestral Suite from Dantons Tod 1949-02-09 Allied-occupied Germany Baden-Baden SWF Symphony - Rosbaud [17]
Enescu, George Romanian Concert Overture (1948) 1949-01-23 United States Washington DC USA National Symphony - Enescu [18]
Ghedini, Giorgio Federico Concerto funebre in memoria di Duccio Galimberti (1948) 1949-03-02 Italy Rome Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra - Rossi [19]
Ginastera, Alberto Ollantay (1947) 1949-10-29 Argentina Buenos Aires Teatro Colón Regular Orchestra - E. Kleiber [20]
Ginastera, Alberto String Quartet No. 1 (1948) 1949-10-24 Argentina Buenos Aires Mozart Quartet [21]
Glinka, Mikhail String Quartet (1824) 1949-02-27 Soviet Union Moscow Beethoven Quartet [22]
Harris, Roy Kentucky Spring 1949-04-05 United States Louisville Louisville Philharmonic - Whitney [23]
Henze, Hans Werner Apollo und Hyazintus 1949-06-26 West Germany Frankfurt Plümacher, Picht-Axenfeld / Members of the HR Symphony - Henze [24]
Henze, Hans Werner Ballett-Variationen 1949-09-26 West Germany Düsseldorf NWDR Symphony - Romansky [25]
Henze, Hans Werner Chor gefangener Trojer (1948) 1949-02-06 Allied-occupied Germany Bielefeld Bieleld Musikverein Choir, Stadtorchester Bielefeld - Hoffmann [26]
Henze, Hans Werner Symphony No. 2 1949-12-01 West Germany Stuttgart SDR Radio Symphony - Müller-Kray [27]
Henze, Hans Werner Variations for Piano 1949-06-17 West Germany Frankfurt Kaul [28]
Hindemith, Paul Concerto for Woodwinds, Harp and Orchestra 1949-05-15 United States New York City CBS Symphony - Johnson [29]
Honegger, Arthur Concerto da camera 1949-05-06 Switzerland Zurich Jaunet, Saillet / Collegium Musicum Zürich - Sacher [30]
Howells, Herbert Music for a Prince (1948) 1949-01-23 United Kingdom London BBC Symphony - Sargent [31]
Jolivet, André Étude sur les modes antiques (1944) 1949-06-09 France Paris Haloua [32]
Jolivet, André Symphonic Suite from Guignol et Pandore (1943) 1949-12-11 France Paris Colonne Orchestra - Fourestier [33]
Landowski, Marcel Jean de la Peur (Symphony No. 1) 1949-04-03 France Paris Pasdeloup Orchestra - Wolff [34]
Lutoslawski, Witold Overture for Strings 1949-11-09 Czechoslovakia Prague Prague Radio Symphony - Fitelberg [35]
Malipiero, Gian Francesco Mondi celesti (1947) 1949-02-03 Italy Capri [unknown ensemble] - Giulini [36]
Malipiero, Gian Francesco Sinfonia degli archi (Symphony No. 6) 1949-02-11 Switzerland Basel Basel Chamber Orchestra - Sacher [37]
Martinu, Bohuslav Piano Concerto No. 3 1949-11-20 United States Dallas Firkusny / Dallas Symphony - Hendl [38]
Mennin, Peter The Cycle (Symphony No. 4) 1949-03-18 United States New York City Collegiate Chorale, New York Philharmonic - Shaw [39]
Messiaen, Olivier Turangalîla-Symphonie (1948) 1949-12-02 United States Boston Loriod, Martenot / Boston Symphony - Bernstein [40]
Milhaud, Darius Concerto for Marimba and Vibraphone 1949-02-12 United States St. Louis Connor / St. Louis Symphony - Golschmann [41]
Milhaud, Darius Kentuckiana (1948) 1949-01-04 United States Louisville Louisville Orchestra - Whitney [42]
Myaskovsky, Nikolai Cello Sonata No. 2 1949-03-05 Soviet Union Moscow Rostropovich, Dedyukhin [43][44]
Nystroem, Gösta Sinfonia del mare (Symphony No. 3) (1948) 1949-03-24 Sweden Gothenburg Eksell / Gothenburg Symphony - Eckerberg [45]
Ohana, Maurice La venta encantada (1940) 1949-04-29 France Paris Girard Orchestra - Girard [46]
Panufnik, Andrzej Sinfonia rustica (Symphony No. 1) (1948) 1949-05-13 Poland Warsaw Warsaw Philharmonic - Panufnik [47]
Poulenc, Francis Cello Sonata (1948) 1949-05-18 France Paris Fournier, Poulenc [48]
Rubbra, Edmund Symphony No. 5 (1947) 1949-01-26 United Kingdom London BBC Symphony - Boult [49]
Scelsi, Giacinto La nascita del Verbo 1949-10-28 France Paris RTF National Orchestra and Chorus - Desormière [50]
Schoenberg, Arnold Phantasy for Violin and Piano 1949-09-13 United States Los Angeles Koldofsky, Stein [51]
Schuman, William Symphony No. 6 (1948) 1949-02-26 United States Dallas Dallas Symphony - Dorati [52]
Seiber, Matyás Ulysses 1949-05-27 United Kingdom London Lewis / Morley College Choir, Kalmar Orchestra - Goehr [53]
Shostakovich, Dmitri Song of the Forests 1949-12-11 Soviet Union Leningrad [unknown chorus], Leningrad Philharmonic - Mravinsky [54]
Tansman, Alexandre Music for Strings (1947) 1949-01-24 Spain Barcelona Barcelona Chamber Orchestra - Tansman [55]
Thompson, Randall Symphony No. 3 1949-05-15 United States New York City CBS Symphony - Johnson [56]
Ustvolskaya, Galina The Dream of Stepan Razin 1949-10-08 Soviet Union Leningrad [unknown baritone] / Leningrad Philharmonic - Mravinsky [57]
Weinberg, Mieczyslaw Moldavian Rhapsody 1949-11-30 Soviet Union Moscow (USC Plenum) USSR Radio Symphony - Gauk [58]
Zimmermann, Bernd Alois Concerto for Strings 1949-07-25 West Germany Cologne NWDR Symphony - Meylan [59]
Zimmermann, Bernd Alois Symphonic Variations and Fugue on In dulci jubilo 1949-12-10 West Germany Coblenz Southwest German Radio Symphony - Gerdes [60]

Compositions

Opera

Jazz

Musical theater

Musical films

Births

Deaths

References

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