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Translates to "Death is Part of Life" During my fourth semester studying Chemistry at the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, the father of one of my classmates and friend, Andrea Gessner, was diagnosed with cancer and died within less than two months. During this time, I composed this music and played it to her as a way to offer condolesence. Over ten years later, I began to write musical scores of my compositions. I had previously video taped myself playing them because I noticed that I started to forget how to play them. When writing down the music piece by piece I followed the order of the pieces of the video recordings. It was the 4th of January 2002, when "Der Tod gehort zum Leben" was the next piece to work on. I immediately thought that I should write it down in memory of Charles (Chuck) Simpson. Chuck was a member of Trinity Emmanuel Lutheran Church. He and his wife, Effie, were always kind to me. His memorial service was on the same day, Jan. 4, 2002.

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This music was created as a hobby by a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The College at Brockport. If you enjoy the music and would like to use it yourself, please consider donating to the Morris Fellowships, designation 117.00, to support undergraduate summer research fellowships in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. To donate please visit the online donation form.

Der Tod Gehoert Zum Leben