Remembering R. Murray Schafer (1933-2021)

R. Murray Schafer (photo by André Leduc)

[Ed. Note: Canadian composer, acoustic ecologist, and ISCM Honorary Member R. Murray Schafer passed away on August 14, 2021. In honor of his memory we are posted some reflections on him from three Canadian composer colleagues which have been mostly adapted from comments that were read during the 2017 ISCM General Assembly in Vancouver during…

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Remembering Walter

Walter de Schepper (photo byAnna Dorota Władyczka)

[Ed. Note: It is with great sadness that we report on the death of Walter De Schepper, who served as ISCM’s Treasurer from 2016 to 2020, on 24 January 2021. Below are some personal reminiscences of Walter by Peter Swinnen, ISCM’s President from 2014 to 2019 as well as a friend and colleague at the…

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Walter De Schepper (1963-2021)

Walter De Schepper in Beijing (2018) Photo by Anna Dorota Władyczka.

The ISCM is deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Walter de Schepper. Walter was the ISCM’s Treasurer from 2016-2020, and assisted us greatly during a period of significant change. His personal enthusiastic style in meetings drew us into closer accord in relation to our financial planning, and we were also extremely grateful…

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Isao Matsushita (1951-2018)

We were very sad to learn of the recent passing, on 16 September 2018, of Japanese composer and conductor Isao Matsushita, who also served as president of the Asian Composers League as well as president of the Japan Federation of Composers, and has been a fixture on the international contemporary music scene for over four…

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In Memoriam ISCM Honorary Member Franz Eckert (1931-2017)

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of longtime ISCM legal counsel and ISCM Honorary Member Franz Eckert on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at the age of 86. Dr. Eckert served as the ISCM’s legal counsel from 1971 to 2015. He was elected an ISCM Honorary Member for the great value of…

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Klaus Huber (1924-2017)

Swiss composer, conductor and violinist Klaus Huber, a towering figure in modern music and an honorary member of the ISCM (since 1994), has died at the age of 92 in Perugia, Italy. Born in Bern in 1924, Huber studied violin and music pedagogy at the Zurich Conservatory from 1947 to 1949 with the legendary violinist…

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SIGNIFICANT AMERICAN COMPOSERS WHO DIED IN 2014 Robert Ashley (28 Mar 1930-3 Mar 2014) read more… Seymour Barab (9 Jan 1921-28 Jun 2014) read more… Charlie Haden (6 Aug 1937-11 Jul 2014) read more… Fred Ho (10 Aug 1957-12 Apr 2014) read more… Lee Hyla (31 Aug 1952-6 Jun 2014) read more… Leo Kraft (24…

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Reinhard Oehlschlägel (1936-2014)

We are very sad to note the passing of our honorary member Reinhard Oehlschlägel in Cologne on April 29, 2014. In the words of John Davis, our former president: “A true champion of contemporary music, Honorary Member of ISCM, fierce advocate, passionate about so much music. His MusikTexte magazine documents so much contemporary music from…

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