Shocking death of a young composer, 28

Shocking death of a young composer, 28


norman lebrecht

January 15, 2018

Daniel Barkley was a young Irish composer whose life ended on January 11.

Here is his final blog.

His family write: Danny was a beautiful and fragile soul whose being, company, wit and foremost music brought happiness to so many. It is in memory of him that his family ask you to support MindWise, a mental health charity, rather than send flowers or cards.


  • Jan Kaznowski says:

    His brother wrote that Daniel had fought depression :

  • V.Lind says:

    Not a good day for Irish music: Dolores O’Riordan has suddenly died aged 46. A shocker; cause as yet unreleased.

  • John Borstlap says:

    Obviously a very gifted composer. A true loss for music. Terrible story.

  • Zelda Macnamara says:

    I have just looked at his brother’s blog and heard some of his music. He is a real loss to the music world. So sad.

  • Alex Davies says:

    How incredibly sad. I just listened to a couple of his works on He clearly was a composer of quite exceptional talent. What a loss to us all.

  • Anne McCambridge says:

    Danny was a wonderful composer and a kind and gentle soul. He will be greatly missed by anyone who was fortunate enough to have met him, or to have heard his music..

  • Alan says:

    For myself, and dealing now with severe post- traumatic stress disorder thanks to very able psychologist and psychiatrist (and hopefully healing) I can only emphasize. His music (thank you Alex) brought me to tears. Depression is a dark and lonely place. I have taught generations of medical students that a broken arm or a cancer brings sympathy but dealing with the mind (and depression) is something intangible but, being there, it is horrible beyond belief. My sympathy for his family. I am not a musician but his music resonates for me!! A huge loss.

  • Hilary says:

    Very impressive piano trio. A personal voice here. Brilliant sense of timing. The intensity never drops.