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I hope I’m not giving away too much by saying that The Composer is Dead
ends with a funeral march...Classical composers have always had a preoccupation with death, partly because we are human, like you, partly because we grapple with the mysteries of the universe, partly because death sells records and always has...Someday you'll be able to tell your grandchildren that you appreciated a living composer before that living composer became, like all composers, dead.
I have been asked if I might say a word or two about the text of The Composer Is Dead
, and the one or two words are "Boo hoo." The story which, as far as I know, is absolutely true is so heartbreakingly glum that I cannot imagine that you will be able to listen to it without dabbing at your tears with a nearby handkerchief.
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