Sudden death of a US composer, 66

The death has been reported of David Macbride, professor of composition at the University of Hartford and a much-respected composer in his own right.

He appears to have died in his sleep.

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  • It may have been respiratory failure. Anyone who has difficulty with sleeping should see a sleep doctor in case it is sleep apnea. Respiratory failure kills a lot of men early in their lives.

  • He was much beloved by all – as a student, and later a colleague, I found him always thoughtful and kind. RIP

  • I knew David back in New York in the late 70s, when I was living on the upper west side. David lived in that area, too. I was a harpsichordist who formed a duo with guitarist Jerry Willard. For a couple of programs, I wrote a trio for harpsichord, guitar, and viola. I am not sure how I found David, but he ended up playing viola for us. We had a lot of crazy fun doing the programs. He was just a kid back then, even before his Columbia days. I was very saddened to hear about David’s passing. Very fine composer and a very nifty guy.

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