Death of a US orchestral composer, 96

Gerard Schurmann, a composer who was commissioned by leading US orchestras, has died in Los Angeles, aged 96.

Born in the former Dutch East Indies, he was raised in England, where he formed a close friendship with the composer Alan Rawsthorne.

Moving to the US in 1981, he was much esteemed by Lorin Maazel and Edo de Waart.

He also composed extensively for film.

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  • Very sad! He was also a good friend of Bernard Herrmann and we used to see a lot of him in London in the 60s together with Benny who was a close family friend.

    • Annabel, how wonderful to read your comment, and be reminded of those days when we all got together with Benny. I’d love to be in touch. Can you send me an e-mail? If you can’t see the address here, Sam Wilcock at Novello (Wise Music Group) would give it to you.

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