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

List of years in music (table)
Clarinetist George Lewis in 1950 was prominent in the revived popularity of traditional jazz.

Contents

Specific locationsEdit

Specific genresEdit

EventsEdit

Albums releasedEdit

No. 1 hit singlesEdit

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 singlesEdit

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   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   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   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   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   US 1940s 1 – Feb 1950, US 1 for 4 weeks Mar 1950, US BB 3 of 1950, POP 3 of 1950

Top hit recordsEdit

Top R&B hits on recordEdit

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

Published popular musicEdit

Classical musicEdit

PremieresEdit

Sortable table
Composer Composition Date Location Performers
Andriessen, Hendrik Organ Concerto 1950-11-01   Amsterdam Concertgebouw OrchestraMonteux [7]
Boulez, Pierre Le Soleil des eaux (2nd version, subsequently withdrawn) 1950-07-18   Paris Joachim, Mollet, Peyron / RTF National OrchestraDésormière[8]
Boulez, Pierre Piano Sonata No. 2 (1948) 1950-04-29   Paris Grimaud[9]
Cage, John String Quartet in Four Parts 1950-08-12   Black Mountain, NC Summer Session Quartet[10]
Foss, Lukas Song of Anguish 1950-03-10   Boston Boston SymphonyFoss[11]
Guridi, Jesús String Quartet No. 2 1950-05-14   Madrid National Chamber Music Association[12]
Hartmann, Karl Amadeus Adagio (Symphony No. 2) 1950-09-10   Donaueschingen (Musiktage) SWF SymphonyRosbaud[13]
Howells, Herbert Hymnus Paradisi (1938) 1950-09-07   Gloucester (Three Choirs Festival) Baillie, William Herbert / London Symphony – Howells[14][15]
Jolivet, André Concerto for Flute and Strings 1950-01-24   Paris Rampla / [unknown orchestra and conductor][16]
Khachaturian, Aram Triumphal Poem 1950-12-09   Moscow USSR Radio SymphonyGauk[17]
Martinu, Bohuslav Intermezzo for Large Orchestra 1950-12-29   New York City Louisville OrchestraWhitney [18][19]
Martinu, Bohuslav Piano Trio No. 2 1950-05-19   Cambridge, MA Liepmann, Finckel, Tucker [20]
Martinu, Bohuslav Sinfonietta La Jolla 1950-08-13   San Diego, CA Orchestra of the Musical Arts Society of La JollaSokoloff[21]
Nono, Luigi Variazioni canoniche sulla serie dell'op. 41 di Schoenberg 1950-08-27   Darmstadt (Ferienkurse) Darmstadt Landestheater OrchestraScherchen[22]
Prokofiev, Sergei Cello Sonata (1949) 1950-03-01   Moscow Rostropovich, Richter[23]
Searle, Humphrey Poem for 22 Strings 1950-08-27   Darmstadt (Ferienkurse) Darmstadt Landestheater OrchestraScherchen[24]
Strauss, Richard Four Last Songs (1948) 1950-05-22   London Flagstad / Philharmonia OrchestraFurtwängler[25]
Villa-Lobos, Heitor Montanhas de Brasil (Symphony No. 6) (1944) 1950-04-29   Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theatre Symphony – Villa-Lobos [26]
Villa-Lobos, Heitor Piano Concerto No. 2 (1948) 1950-04-21   Rio de Janeiro João de Souza Lima [pt; de; ru] / Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theatre Symphony – Villa-Lobos[27]

CompositionsEdit

OperaEdit

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Musical theatreEdit

Musical filmsEdit

BirthsEdit

January – FebruaryEdit

March – AprilEdit

May – JuneEdit

July – AugustEdit

September – OctoberEdit

November – DecemberEdit

DeathsEdit

NotesEdit

  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. ^ Boston Symphony Orchestra
  12. ^ Doce Notas
  13. ^ Schott Music
  14. ^ Naxos
  15. ^ Thesis by Martin John Ward for the University of Birmingham, p.75
  16. ^ IRCAM
  17. ^ Le Chant du Monde
  18. ^ Naxos Records
  19. ^ "Louisville Orchestra". Archived from the original on June 26, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  20. ^ "Classics Online". Archived from the original on June 26, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  21. ^ Boosey & Hawkes
  22. ^ "Fondazione Onlus". Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  23. ^ Classical Connect
  24. ^ Darmstädter Ferienkurse, 1946-1966
  25. ^ Musicweb International
  26. ^ Historia de la sinfonía
  27. ^ Villa-Lobos, sua obra, Version 1.0. (MinC / IBRAM, and the Museu Villa-Lobos, 2009; based on the third edition, 1989): 56–57.
  28. ^ Prince of Pianists | Lipatti | Classical Music | Mark Ainley Archived October 22, 2015, at the Wayback Machine