‘Composing Music Is Almost Like Trying To Remember A Dream’

I can’t limit it to just one, so I will mention a few:

Albéric Magnard, French composer in the era of Debussy, Ravel and Fauré. During WW1 some Germans were trying to forage some food on his property, and he tried to force them to leave, firing at and killing one, but they set his house on fire, killing him and destroying all his unpublished manuscripts. He rivaled Ravel for talent (IMO).

Lili Boulanger, sister of Nadia and twice as talented, who died of intestinal tuberculosis brought on by bronchial pneumonia at the age of 2. In contrast, Nadia, see as the great light who trained many American ex-patriots and others in Paris after WW1 (Aaron Copland for one), used to make students whom she perceived as not brilliant to lie under the piano the rest of the class, heaping abuse on them while Nadia praised whoever had the floor in the class discussion. Lili was angelic, never hurt a bone in anyone’s body. She is one of the sources of the cliché that only the good die young.

Guillaume Lekeu, Belgian composer whose works are the equivalent to ten + CDs, who was seen as the promise of Belgium after Cesar Franck, and in fact was a master of counterpoint before he died - of a sorbet contaminated with typhoid fever - at the age of 24.

Clifford Brown, true Jazz trumpet rival to Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie, who died in a car accident while his wife was driving him and Richie Powell (brother of Bud Powell) to a gig, on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, his wife falling asleep at the wheel, she driving to help the other two get some rest.

Then there’s Patsy Cline, country singer (I fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams), who died in a plane crash because her pilot was not licensed to fly with instruments (i.e. he flew by visual only).

Now the BIG ones. Buddy Holly and Richie Valens. AND John Lennon.


Source : https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-saddest-death-in-music-history

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