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5 Composers who lost their lives during the First World War


On November 11th, 1918 the First World War ended. On Saturday, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we remember those who lost their lives serving in the Great War and other wars since.

When war was declared on July 28th, 1914, many great composers and musicians of the era were called to serve their country. Ralph Vaughan Williams, Maurice Ravel, Alban Berg, Percy Grainger were all composers who enlisted. Musicians like Fritz Kreisler and Paul Wittgenstein suffered physical harm: Kreisler was injured in a battle just four weeks into his service; Wittenstein losing his right arm. Many more were emotionally and mentally scarred by their experience and, tragically, some promising musical talents were lost at the front.

 Intermezzo host Chris Wolf will be featuring composers who lost their lives in the First World War in the 1 o’clock hour of the show. You will hear music of Cecil Coles, Frederick Septimus Kelly, Ernest Farrar, Rudi Stephan and George Butterworth – all composers who lost died too soon.