1952 in music

This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1952.

List of years in music (table)

Specific locations

Specific genres



  • Pierre SchaefferA la recherche d'une musique concrète (The Search for a Concrete Music), an explanation of his experimental approach to composing.
  • John Serry Sr.The Syncopated Accordionist.[4]

Musical groups formed

Albums released

US No. 1 hit singles

These singles reached the top of US Billboard magazine's charts in 1952.

First weekNumber of weeksTitleArtist
March 15, 19529"Wheel of Fortune"Kay Starr
May 17, 19525"Blue Tango"Leroy Anderson
June 21, 19522"Here in My Heart"Al Martino
July 5, 19521"Delicado"Percy Faith & his Orchestra
July 12, 19529"Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart"Vera Lynn
September 13, 19525"You Belong to Me"Jo Stafford
October 18, 19525"I Went to Your Wedding"Patti Page
November 22, 19521"It's in the Book"Johnny Standley
November 29, 19524"Why Don't You Believe Me?"Joni James
December 27, 19522"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"Jimmy Boyd

Biggest hit singles

The following singles achieved the highest chart positions in the limited set of charts available for 1952.[5]

# Artist Title Year Country Chart entries
1Percy FaithDelicado1952CanadaUS 1940s 1 – Apr 1952, US 1 for 1 weeks Jul 1952, Peel list 1 of 1951, US BB 18 of 1952, POP 18 of 1952, Italy 26 of 1952, RYM 127 of 1952
2Jo StaffordYou Belong to Me1952USUK 1 – Nov 1952, US 1940s 1 – Aug 1952, US 1 for 5 weeks Sep 1952, US BB 4 of 1952, POP 4 of 1952, RYM 145 of 1952
3Al MartinoHere in My Heart1952USUK 1 – Nov 1952, US 1940s 1 – May 1952, US 1 for 2 weeks Jun 1952, US BB 20 of 1952, POP 20 of 1952, RYM 22 of 1952
4Kay StarrWheel of Fortune1952USUS 1940s 1 – Feb 1952, US 1 for 9 weeks Mar 1952, Peel list 3 of 1952, US BB 8 of 1952, POP 8 of 1952, DDD 35 of 1952, Acclaimed 2343
5Frankie LaineHigh Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)1952USOscar in 1952, US BB 3 of 1952, POP 3 of 1952, US 1940s 5 – Jul 1952, UK 7 – Nov 1952, RYM 34 of 1952, Italy 48 of 1952

Top hits on record

Published popular music

Top R&B and country hits on record

Classical music


Arnold, MalcolmEnglish Dances, set 2, Op. 331952-08-05 London (Proms)BBC SymphonySargent[6]
Beck, ConradHymne1952-10-11 Donaueschingen (Musiktage)SWF SymphonyRosbaud[7]
Berio, LucianoDue pezzi for violin and piano1952–?-? Lenox, MA (Tanglewood MF)Lorin Maazel (violin), Seymour Lipkin (piano)[8]
Cage, John4′33″1952-08-29 Woodstock, NYTudor[9]
Chávez, CarlosViolin Concerto1952-02-29 Mexico CityViviane Bertolami (violin), OSN – Chávez[10]
Michel Ciry [fr][chamber-music work]1952-07-21 Darmstadt (Ferienkurse)[faculty and students of the Ferienkurse][11]
Cowell, HenrySymphony No. 7, for chamber orchestra1952-11-25 BaltimoreBaltimore Little OrchestraStewart[12]
Dallapiccola, LuigiTartiniana1952-03-04 Bern[13]
dall'Oglio, RenzoEspressioni (5) for orchestra1952-07-20 Darmstadt (Ferienkurse)Landestheaterorchester DarmstadtMaderna[11]
Engelmann, Hans UlrichOrchester-Phantasie1952-07-20 Darmstadt (Ferienkurse)Landestheaterorchester DarmstadtMaderna[11]
Wolfgang FortnerIsaacs Opferung, oratory scene1952-10-12 Donaueschingen (Musiktage)Sudock, Krebs, Rehfuss / SWF SymphonyRosbaud[14][15]
Fricker, Peter RacineConcerto for Cor Anglais and Orchestra1952-07-20 Darmstadt (Ferienkurse)Hartung / Landestheaterorchester DarmstadtMaderna[11]
Ginastera, AlbertoPiano Sonata No. 11952-11-29 Pittsburgh (ICMF)Harris[16]
Goeyvaerts, KarelViolin Concerto No. 21952-07-20 Darmstadt (Ferienkurse)Gertler / Landestheaterorchester DarmstadtMaderna[11]
Hindemith, PaulDie Harmonie der Welt Symphony1952-01-25 BaselBasel Chamber OrchestraSacher[17]
Hummel, BertoldMissa brevis 19511952-10-12 Donaueschingen (Musiktage)Domchor FreiburgStemmer[15]
Husa, Karel[chamber-music work]1952-07-21 Darmstadt (Ferienkurse)[faculty and students of the Ferienkurse][11]
Jolivet, AndréHarp Concerto1952-10-12 Donaueschingen (Musiktage)Laskine / SWF SymphonyRosbaud[15][18]
Klebe, GiselherNocturnes (2) for orchestra1952-07-20 Darmstadt (Ferienkurse)Landestheaterorchester DarmstadtMaderna[11]
Kubik, GailSymphony Concertante [1952 Pulitzer][19]1952-01-07 New York CityThe Little OrchestraScherman[20]
Lokshin, AleksandrHungarian Fantasy for violin and orchestra1952–?-? MoscowSitkovetsky / USSR Radio SymphonySanderling[21]
Maderna, BrunoMusica su due dimensioni for flute, cymbals and tape1952-07-21 Darmstadt (Ferienkurse)Gazzelloni, Grano[11][22][23]
Malipiero, G. FrancescoSinfonia dello Zodiaco1952-01-23 LausanneOrchestre de la Suisse RomandeSanzogno[24]
Martin, FrankViolin Concerto1952-01-24 BaselSchneeberger / Basel Chamber OrchestraSacher[25]
Martinů, BohuslavPiano Trio No. 31952-02-25 New York CityMannes Trio[26]
Martinů, BohuslavSerenade for Two Clarinets and String Trio1952-01-04 New York CityMcGinnis, Cerminara, J. Fuchs, L. Fuchs, Greenhouse[26]
Martinů, BohuslavStowe Pastorals1952-05-07 BaselTrapp Family Ensemble[26]
Mennin, PeterString Quartet No. 21952-02-24 New York CityJuilliard Quartet[27]
Messiaen, OlivierLe merle noir1952-06-? ParisContestants of the Conservatory's flute competition + Lee[28]
Montsalvatge, XavierCuarteto indiano1952-05-04 MadridNational Chamber Music Association
Nono, LuigiEspaña en el corazón1952-07-21 Darmstadt (Ferienkurse)Dumaine, Hildebrandt / Ferienkurse, Landestheater OrchestraMaderna1[11][29]
Panufnik, AndrzejHeroic Overture (2nd version)1952-05-16 WarsawWarsaw PhilharmonicRowicki [30]
Pettersson, AllanConcerto for Strings No. 11952-04-06 StockholmSwedish Radio SymphonyMann[31]
Prokofiev, SergeiSymphony-Concerto for cello and orchestra1952-02-18 MoscowRostropovich / Moscow Youth OrchestraRichter[32]
Prokofiev, SergeiSymphony No. 71952-10-11 MoscowUSSR Radio SymphonySamosud[citation needed]
Rubbra, EdmundString Quartet No. 2 in E-flat, Op. 731952-05-11[33] London (Victoria and Albert Museum)Griller Quartet[34]
Shostakovich, DmitriPreludes and Fugues (24) for piano1952-12-23 LeningradNikolayeva[35]
Stockhausen, KarlheinzKreuzspiel1952-07-21 Darmstadt (Ferienkurse)Grano, Wildgans, Sandt, Rosmann, Maderna, Trumpfheller, GeppertStockhausen[36]
Stockhausen, KarlheinzSpiel1952-10-11 Donaueschingen (Musiktage)2SWF Radio SymphonyRosbaud[37]
Stravinsky, IgorCantata1952-11-11 Los AngelesLos Angeles Symphony SocietyIgor Stravinsky[38]
Togni, CamilloOmaggio a Bach for two pianos1952-07-21 Darmstadt (Ferienkurse)Gerd Kämper, Togni[39]
Jacques WildbergerQuartet for flute, clarinet, violin, and cello1952-07-21 Darmstadt (Ferienkurse)Mertens, Rosokowsky, Stier, Huth[11][39]
Zimmermann, Bernd AloisOboe Concerto1952-10-11 Donaueschingen (Musiktage)Schneider / SWF SymphonyRosbaud[40]
  • 1 The ensemble Bruno Maderna conducted comprised both faculty and students of the Ferienkurse and members of the Landestheater Orchestra Darmstadt.
  • 2 Only the first half of Spiel was performed at Donaueschingen in 1952. The complete score was only first performed in a radio recording made in July 1973 with the SWR Symphony Orchestra, Baden-Baden, conducted by the composer. The first public performance of the complete composition was given by the Berlin Philharmonic on 14 September 1975, also under the composer's baton.[41]




Musical theatre

Musical films

Bob Hope and Bing Crosby On the Road to Bali




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