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Last words of the great musicians


Last words

It is sobering to think that when Mozart was my age he had already been dead a year. Tom Lehrer

As death, when we come to consider it closely, is the true goal of our existence. I have formed during the last few years such close relations with this best and truest friend of mankind, that his image is not only no longer terrifying to me, but is very soothing and consoling! I thank my God for graciously granting me the opportunity of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Last words Mozart 5 December 1791: "The taste of death is upon my lips…I feel something, that is not of this earth".

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven 26 March 1827: "Applaud, my friends, the comedy is finished". His final words are subject to historical debate, and vary with many biographies. Among those that have been reported to be his last words are: "I feel as if up to now I had written no more than a few notes"

Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms 3 April 1897: "Ah, that tastes nice. Thank you" after he had a small glass of wine.

Frederic Chopin

Polish composer Frederic Chopin 17 October 1849: "The Earth is suffocating… Swear to make them cut me open, so that I won't be buried alive". He had a neurotic fear of being buried alive.

Joseph Haydn

Joseph Haydn died at the end of May in 1809, shortly after an attack on Vienna by the French army under Napoleon. He was 77. Among his last words was his attempt to calm and reassure his servants when cannon shot fell in the neighborhood: "My children, have no fear, for where Haydn is, no harm can fall".

Gustav Mahler

Austrian composer Gustav Mahler "Mozart! Mozart!"

James Brown

American singer James Brown 25 December 2006: "I'm going away tonight".

Bob Marley

Bob Marley 11 May 1981 "Money can't buy life" to his son Ziggy

Barry White

Barry White 4 July  2003: "Leave me alone - I'm fine".

George Harrison

George Harrison 29 November 2001: "Love one another".

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