Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Unfortunate Ends

Classical composers who came to unfortunate ends:-

George Butterworth - killed at the Battle of the Somme.
Jean-Baptiste Lully - hit himself on the toe with his conducting baton; it turned gangrenous, kiling him.
Anton Webern - shot by an American soldier by mistake when he nipped out for a smoke during a curfew at the end of the Second World War.
Enrique Granados - died on a cruise ship torpedoed by a German U-boat during World War I.
Harles Valentin Alkan - crushed to death by a falling bookcase.
Ernest Chausson - rode his bicycle into a brick wall.
Alexander Borodin - dropped dead on the dance floor in full national costume at a winter ball in St Petersburg.


  1. Oh my gosh! I guess when it's your time...it's your time, right?

  2. Whereas Mr. Borodin's death was probably happening so fast he had no time to feel pain or fear, and while he was (hopefully) having a great time at the ball, some of the others are quite puzzling. Why did one of them ride is bike into a brick wall? Was he drunk? And to imagine being squeezed to death by book case... *shudder* I shall refrain from making tasteless jokes about heavy literature here.

  3. WHOA! those are unfortunate ends! I hope to go peacefully in my sleep, everyone's wish I think. But...I will probably have to be melodramatic about it....that's just me LOL. smiles across the miles my friend!


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