Virus toll, week 5: These we have lost

In our fifth week of isolation the following deaths were recorded in the music community:

43 Harpsichord pioneer James Weaver

44 Formidable Russian composer Alexander Vustin (pictured)

45 Jazz bassist Henry Grimes

46 Julia Craik, manager of The Premises rehearsal studios in Hackney

47 Virginia composer Walter Braxton

48 Idaho pianist Kelly Hove

49 Broadway costume designer Jennifer Robin Arnold

50 Philadephia tenor sax Bootsie Barnes

51 LA klezmer singer Alby Kass

52 NY Rapper Fred the Godson, 35

53 Baltimore Symphony cellist Eva F Anderson

54 Bournemouth guitar teacher Terry Cheesman, 62

 

Earlier:

This was week 1.

Week 2

Week 3.

Week 4

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  • Sorry, but do we really need to number the dead? Can we respect and mourn without labelling each individual with a number. It’s a bit morbid. I’m not sure what the number means – the date order of their death?; the order that the information was received? This is like a memorial wall, and those kind of walls are rarely numbered.

    • Er…there are only a few for which this is true. Many people who died have had the Covid-19 virus, but it likely only played a small (or no) part in their death. (For instance, they may have had late stage cancer).

      And the lockdown will also raise the number of deaths. For example, many fewer people than normal are being treated for cancer at the moment.

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