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The wife of composer Gerard Schurmann has announced that the composer has sadly passed away:

 

Today, March 24th at 12.30pm, my darling Gerard, love of my life, passed on into another existence. Distraught beyond words, I am also the luckiest person alive to have been able to share 55 years of my life with him. His thoughts and approach to life were totally unique, like no one else I ever met. He was caring of others, passionate, sometimes difficult but always wonderful, with a vital life force that’s reflected in his beautiful music. He didn’t want to go and fought hard to stay, until age and his failing heart overcame his resistance. My heart goes out to Karen, his lovely daughter and her family in the north of England. It’s tragic that he was unable to see them at this time. He kept active up to the end, sorting out scores and making arrangements for Volume 2 of his film music. During what’s left of my life, I shall devote it to fostering his music. He will always be with me. I would like to use facebook to let people know about a memorial, as soon as we are able to assemble again. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation can be made to any animal shelter. Thank you. Carolyn (Nott) Schurmann

 

 

Over the years I had some very humble exchanges with Gerard via facebook. He was always very courteous and respectful. Upon my first initaion, I got message from him inquiring who I was and why I was connecting with him? I nervously told him I was big fan of film music and was familair with his works specifically his orchestrations for LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. To which he sweetly replied "Any fan of film music is friend of mine"

 

So when the news came out that Tadlow was recording LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (And its a splendid recording no doubt) I was curious if this recording was going to be faithfull to his original orchestrations or not? The previous recording had not adhered to. He was very responive to my queries and promised me that it was indeed being done that way. He even excitedly forwarded my messages to James Fitzpatrick. We continued many exchanges over the years and always responded back.

 

Chandos recording of his film scores is a wonderful tribute to his own scores. Iam glad that second volume is in the works.

RIP.

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The wife of composer Gerard Schurmann has announced that the composer has sadly passed away:   Today, March 24th at 12.30pm, my darling Gerard, love of my life, passed on into another existe

Aw, shucks! I feel like we were JUST talking about him, really (over on FSM) -- in relation to the new Chandos CD, and the fact that he might very well be the oldest active film composer on the planet

His contribution to that score was quite important thereby fleshing it to its current form. I discussed this briefly with him about his involement to an article on it. He was quite appreciative of it.

Aw, shucks! I feel like we were JUST talking about him, really (over on FSM) -- in relation to the new Chandos CD, and the fact that he might very well be the oldest active film composer on the planet. On the other hand, he was blessed with 96 years of life - more than most of us can dream of - and an impressive career, even if he never became big and famous like many of the composers on the films he worked on as orchestrator and the like.

A Vol. 2 would be a fitting tribute to him, if it gets released. I really like Vol. 1.

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15 minutes ago, Richard Penna said:

I had just been reading last night about his involvement with Lawrence of Arabia in the rejected film scores book.

 

RIP.

His contribution to that score was quite important thereby fleshing it to its current form. I discussed this briefly with him about his involement to an article on it. He was quite appreciative of it.

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On 3/25/2020 at 3:22 PM, Thor said:

It's what he's most famous for, of course, but he did so many other great things, also as a composer. Which is why the recent Chandos CD is so important.

Apparently the Lawrence collaboration wasnt a very happy experience for him. 

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On 3/25/2020 at 11:00 AM, Richard Penna said:

I had just been reading last night about his involvement with Lawrence of Arabia in the rejected film scores book.

 

RIP.

 

Why would Lawrence be mentioned in a rejected film scores book?

 

On 3/27/2020 at 4:17 AM, Amer said:

Apparently the Lawrence collaboration wasnt a very happy experience for him. 

 

The French are known to be difficult.

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