1939 in music

This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1939.

List of years in music (table)

Specific locationsEdit

Specific genresEdit

EventsEdit

PublicationsEdit

Albums releasedEdit

Biggest hit songsEdit

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the limited set of charts available for 1939.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Judy Garland Over the Rainbow 1939   US BB 1 of 1939, Oscar in 1939, AFI 1, RYM 1 of 1939, POP 1 of 1939, RIAA 1, Scrobulate 71 of vocal, Acclaimed 497
2 Glenn Miller Moonlight Serenade 1939   US BB 5 of 1939, RYM 5 of 1939, POP 5 of 1939, UK 12 – Mar 1954, Europe 12 of the 1930s, Scrobulate 53 of jazz, Italy 74 of 1954, Party 74 of 1999, Acclaimed 1202
3 Kate Smith God Bless America 1939   US BB 2 of 1939, POP 2 of 1939, US 1940s 5 – Aug 1940, Europe 18 of the 1930s, RIAA 19, RYM 33 of 1939, Acclaimed 568
4 Billie Holiday Strange Fruit 1939   RYM 2 of 1939, Scrobulate 25 of jazz, Europe 92 of the 1930s, Acclaimed 180, RIAA 273, WXPN 717
5 Louis Armstrong When the Saints Go Marching In 1939   US BB 4 of 1939, POP 4 of 1939, RIAA 13, RYM 18 of 1939, Scrobulate 33 of swing

Top hits on recordEdit

Top Christmas hitsEdit

Top blues recordsEdit

Published popular musicEdit

Classical musicEdit

PremieresEdit

Sortable table
Composer Composition Date Location Performers
Bartók, Béla Violin Concerto No. 2 1939-03-23   Amsterdam Székely / Concertgebouw OrchestraMengelberg[1]
Bax, Arnold Symphony No. 7 1939-06-09   New York City (EXPO) New York PhilharmonicBoult[2]
Bliss, Arthur Piano Concerto 1939-06-10   New York City (EXPO) Solomon / New York PhilharmonicBoult[3]
Boughton, Rutland Symphony No. 3 (1937) 1939-01-01   London [unknown ensemble] – Pougnet[4]
Britten, Benjamin Young Apollo 1939-08-02   Toronto Britten / Toronto Melodic StringsChuhaldin[5]
Enescu, George Orchestral Suite No. 3, "Villageoise" (1938) 1939-02-02   New York City Carnegie Hall New York Philharmonic-SymphonyEnescu[6]
Ginastera, Alberto Harp Sonatina 1939-06-26   Buenos Aires Sebastiani[7]
Harris, Roy Symphony No. 3 1939-02-24   Boston Boston SymphonyKoussevitzky[8]
Hovhaness, Alan Exile (Symphony No. 1) (1936) 1939-05-26   London BBC SymphonyHeward[9]
Lutoslawski, Witold Symphonic Variations 1939-06-17   Cracow Polish Radio SymphonyFitelberg[10]
Messiaen, Olivier Chants de Terre et de Ciel 1939-01-23   Paris Bunlet, Messiaen[11]
Prokofiev, Sergei Alexander Nevsky, cantata 1939-05-17   Moscow Gagarina / Moscow Philharmonic – Prokofiev[12]
Prokofiev, Sergei Zdravitsa, cantata 1939-12-21   Moscow USSR Radio SymphonyGolovanov[13]
Rosenberg, Hilding Symphony No. 3 1939-12-11   Stockholm Swedish Radio Symphony – Rosenberg[14]
Shostakovich, Dmitri Symphony No. 6 1939-11-21   Leningrad Leningrad PhilharmonicMravinsky[15]
Stravinsky, Igor Le roi des étoiles, cantata 1939-04-19   Brussels Brussels Radio SymphonyAndré[16]
Vaughan Williams, Ralph Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus 1939-06-10   New York City (EXPO) New York PhilharmonicBoult[17]
Walton, William Violin Concerto 1939-12-07   Cleveland Heifetz / Cleveland OrchestraRodziński[18]
Weinberger, Jaromír Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree 1939-10-12   New York City New York PhilharmonicBarbirolli[19]
Xian Xinghai Yellow River Cantata 1939-04-13   Yan'an [unknown ensemble] – Wu Xiling[20][21]

CompositionsEdit

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Musical theaterEdit

Musical filmsEdit

 
Poster for The Wizard of Oz

BirthsEdit

DeathsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ Music Sales Classical
  4. ^ Hyperion Records
  5. ^ IRCAM
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-04-10. Retrieved 2017-04-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ IRCAM
  8. ^ Boston Symphony Orchestra
  9. ^ Dictionary of American Classical Composers
  10. ^ IRCAM
  11. ^ IRCAM
  12. ^ Orchestra Virtuale del Flaminio
  13. ^ Edition Sikorski
  14. ^ "Gehrmans Musikförlag". Archived from the original on 2015-07-25. Retrieved 2015-07-24.
  15. ^ Shostakovich: A Life
  16. ^ IRCAM
  17. ^ Cornell Chamber Orchestra
  18. ^ Naxos Records
  19. ^ "New York Philharmonic Archives". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-08-12.
  20. ^ Naxos Records
  21. ^ "Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-07-24. Retrieved 2015-07-24.
  22. ^ Times Film Festival review and background Archived 2006-04-20 at the Wayback Machine
  23. ^ "The conductor and pianist Steuart Bedford has died". The Gramophone. 2021-02-16. Retrieved 2021-02-16.
  24. ^ Tucker, Stephen R. (1998). "David Allan Coe." In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 102.
  25. ^ The Illustrated Weekly of India. Published for the proprietors, Bennett, Coleman & Company, Limited, at the Times of India Press. October 1974. p. 83.
  26. ^ Dennis Hevesi (11 April 2012). "Barney McKenna, Banjo Player in the Dubliners, Dies at 72". The New York Times.