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Guillaume Lekeu
Birth: Jan. 20, 1870
Death: Jan. 21, 1894

Composer. Born in Verviers, Belgium, he studied at the Paris Conservatory and placed second in its 1891 Prix de Rome competition. He also studied privately with Cesar Franck and Vincent D'Indy, who were so impressed with his natural ability that they introduced him to several influential music figures. In 1893, the famous violinist Eugene Ysaye commissioned two chamber works from him, a Violin Sonata and a Piano Quartet. The Sonata is a work of genius and remains a staple of the violin repertory. He completed only the first movement of the Quartet. In October 1893 Lekeu fell ill after eating contaminated sherbert, and never recovered; he died of typhoid one day after his 24th birthday. His Quartet was finished by D'Indy. Lekeu left around 50 unpublished student compositions. Some have been performed and recorded, but his fame will continue to rest on the Violin Sonata - and the unfulfilled promise it represents. After hearing it an American critic wrote that Lekeu's early death was a loss "more tragic than that of Schubert or Pergolesi." (bio by: Bobb Edwards) 
 
Burial:
Cimetiere de Heusy
Verviers
Liège, Belgium
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Bobb Edwards
Record added: Oct 16, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9610545
Guillaume Lekeu
Added by: Bobb Edwards
 
Guillaume Lekeu
Added by: Bobb Edwards
 
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- Mellissa Lake Co. Illinois
 Added: Jan. 23, 2014
I'm sorry you became ill and left us too soon, Guillaume, but your music will live on forever... Rest in Peace. See you in Heaven.
- Mary
 Added: Jul. 7, 2012
I light a candle for Guillaume Lekeu ...
- Candles
 Added: Jan. 21, 2012
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