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Luis de Pablo

The Spanish composer Luis de Pablo dies. Yesterday, 10 October, the Spanish composer Luis de Pablo (Bilbao, 1930; Madrid, 2021) passed away and the news on La 1 news programme devoted a meagre twenty seconds to the story… If he had seen it, the composer would have been devastated, and…

Koichi Sugiyama

Koichi Sugiyama dies at the age of 90. Japanese composer Koichi Sugiyama (Nagoya, 1931-2021), known above all for being one of the most important composers of soundtracks for anime cartoons and video games, including the famous Dragon Quest saga, part of which was performed last July at the opening ceremony of…

Richard H. Kirk

Richard H. Kirk, of Cabaret Voltaire, dies. Richard Harold Kirk, founding member of the British electronic music band Cabaret Voltaire, died today at the age of 65, according to Mute Records, for whom he recorded some of his work, both in Cabaret Voltaire and as a solo artist. Kirk founded…

Mikis Theodorakis

Mikis Theodorakis dies at the age of 96. Mikis Theodorakis, the most famous of Greek contemporary composers, died today, Thursday, in Athens, aged 96. According to his website, he died at 8.35 a.m. of cardiorespiratory arrest. The author of an enormous body of work, he became famous above all for…

Siegfried Matthus

Siegfried Matthus, the author of “Judith”, dies. The German composer, conductor and festival conductor Siegfried Matthus died on Friday 27 August at the age of 87. Born in Mallenuppen, which today belongs to Russia and was then East Prussia in the Weimar Republic, after World War II his family remained…

Raymond M. Schafer

Raymond Murray Schafer died at 88. The Canadian composer, professor, music educator, ecologist and visual artist Raymond Murray Schafer, creator in 1970 of the term “soundscape” to refer to the recording of environmental sounds that allow us to appreciate the sonority of a place, died last Saturday at the age…

Peter Rehberg

Peter Rehberg is dead at 53. Anglo-Austrian musician Peter Rehberg passed away on 22 July, following a heart attack. A well-known figure in the fields of electronic and ambient music, he initially released his records under the alias Pita, as well as under his own name. He was one of…

Louis Andriessen

Dutch composer Louis Andriessen dies at 82. Dutch composer Louis Andriessen has died at the age of 82 at De Hogeweyk, a nursing home near Amsterdam, his wife told the ANP news agency on 1 July 2021. Andriessen was considered his country’s most important contemporary composer. His music is influenced…

Jon Hassell

Composer Jon Hassell dies at the age of 84. The influential American avant-garde composer Jon Hassell passed away on 26 June, his family confirmed in a statement on Facebook on Saturday night. His friend and collaborator Brian Eno had launched a GoFundMe in April 2020 to raise money for Hassell’s…

Ester Mägi

Grand old lady of Estonian music Ester Mägi dies. Estonian composer Ester Mägi died yesterday at the age of ninety-nine, just a few months shy of her hundredth birthday. The author of an extensive oeuvre, her music was never at the centre of the stylistic disputes that characterised the music…

Harold Budd

Harold Budd, victim of covid-19, dies at 84. The American composer Harold Budd, one of the most influential in the field of ambient music, has died at the age of 84 as a result of covid-19. Harold Montgomery Budd was born in Los Angeles on 24 May 1936 and grew…