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

Albums released

Biggest hit songs

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

Published popular music

Classical music

Premieres

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

  • 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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