A Dutch master dies on his bike

We are sorry to hear of the death in Amsterdam of the composer René Samson, after suffering a heart attack while riding his bike.

René was 71.

Born into a Jewish family in Surinam, he worked as a chemist for Shell, studying various instruments in his spare time until, at 40, he became a fulltime composer. His works were mostly for chamber ensembles.

The last one listed is a Lieder cycle, The Scent of Pink.


Photo © Jean van Lingen / Working Group Caribbean Arts

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  • Dear Norman. René wasn’t knocked off his bike: he suffered cardiac arrest while he was on his bike. This morning we performed several of his chamber music works and his songs on his funeral. It was very impressive.

  • Melisande says:

    What a saddening news about the humane and wonderful musician/composer.
    He will not be forgotten.

  • Mike Schachter says:

    This also happened to the eminent historian Roy Porter and to a well known cardiologist by the grimmest of ironies an expert on sudden death. Both in late 50s.

  • John Borstlap says:

    A terrible story. I met him a couple of times and got a very positive impression of the man.

  • fflambeau says:

    Perhaps a good way to go (he was 71 after all) since we must all go at some time? Yes, sad for his loved ones and admirers but perhaps for the better?

    • Melisande says:

      …. but perhaps for the better?
      You seem to act like a false and unkind prophet who knows best.
      So unsensitive towards life in general, but in this case tasteless.

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