Death of a US pianist-composer, 80

The composer and pianist Arthur Maddox has died, aged 80.

Based in Eugene, Oregon, he worked with the National Academy of Artistic Gymnastics and the official pianist of the US Women’s Olympic Gymnastics Team. He was a close friend of the novelist Ken Kesey. His children’s piece Tricker the Squirrel Meets Big Double the Bear has been widely performed by US orchestras.

As a student, he helped John Cage make a four-hand version of his piece Cheap Imitation.




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    • Aww, wasn’t that sweet. Such a warm, humane and sensitive correction to the death notice of a musician who will be sorely missed. It oozed empathy (eye roll).

      Spare me these bean counter pianists with no people skills.

  • A lovely man, I knew Art well in the late 90’s and wrote my Music for Art and Tom for him with sax player Tom Bergeron. RIP Art.

    • Hi Rob,
      My name is Don Latarski. I’m putting together a video memorial for Art. He and I worked together extensively here in Eugene, OR mostly around the compositions of Mason Williams. If you have a story and/or video/audio that you’d like to share, please send to me at:

  • My friend Arthur Maddox was 80 years old when he passed on Monday, Oct. 19 in Eugene, OR. He had been isolated in a locked-down rehabilitation center since March, unable to recover from emergency hip surgery. He developed pneumonia and passed without being able to see friends or return to his home. He was a gifted composer, pianist and arranger and is greatly missed.

    • Dear Ms Parker: Art was very good to me when I visited him in around 2000 – he kindly organised a concert featuring my music in Beall Hall and played the Stravinsky Two Piano Sonata together, a work we both loved, and some of my own pieces. A warm and sympathetic man. My condolences to you.

  • Ken Kesey’s play (not the film which did not follow the play) One Flew Over the Cukoos Nest brought tears to my eyes because of its humanity and realism. It seems that Mr Maddox in his composing for children was concerned about humanity as well

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