Events::1939 in music
- March 23 – Béla Bartók's Violin Concerto No. 2 (the only violin concerto known to be by him at this time) is premièred by Zoltán Székely and the Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Willem Mengelberg.
- May 17 – Sergei Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky (Op. 78) cantata debuts in Moscow. It is an adaptation from the 1938 film score to Alexander Nevsky.
- June 10 – Première of Arthur Bliss's Piano Concerto in B-flat with soloist Solomon; Arnold Bax's 7th Symphony; and Ralph Vaughan Williams' Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus, with the New York Philharmonic under Sir Adrian Boult at Carnegie Hall.
- June 21 – Francis Poulenc's Organ Concerto is premièred in Paris.
- November 1 – Bruno Walter leaves Germany for the United States.
- December – Ali Akbar Khan accompanies Ravi Shankar on the sarod during the latter's debut performance at the annual music conference in Allahabad.
- Harry James forms his own band with Frank Sinatra as vocalist.
- The Nordstrom Sisters are the resident act at the The Ritz Hotel, London.
- Jo Stafford and The Pied Pipers join the Tommy Dorsey orchestra.
- Dorothy Kirsten makes her professional concert debut at the New York World's Fair.
- Manuel de Falla leaves Granada for exile in Argentina.
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