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A beautiful stroke? A side note on the 75th anniversary of the spectacular death of the French organist and composer Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

Foerch, Christian ; Lemercier, Sophie ; Hennerici, Michael G.

In: Cerebrovascular diseases, 34 (2012), Nr. 4. pp. 322-325. ISSN 1015-9770

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The great French organist and composer Louis Vierne (1870-1937) died while performing an organ recital at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris - right in front of the console. This historical article provides insights into the biography of a highly talented musician who was challenged by disability and diseases throughout his career. A special focus is placed on the circumstances of Vierne’s remarkable death. Until now, both a primary cerebrovascular event and a "heart attack" are discussed in reference books and encyclopedias as the immanent causes of death. From the perspective of a stroke neurologist, a reappraisal of Vierne’s medical history and the events that happened during his last concert is presented. Copyright (C) 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Cerebrovascular diseases
Volume: 34
Number: 4
Publisher: S. Karger AG
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2014 13:46
Date: 2012
ISSN: 1015-9770
Page Range: pp. 322-325
Faculties / Institutes: Medizinische Fakultät Mannheim > Neurologische Klinik
Subjects: 610 Medical sciences Medicine
780 Music
Controlled Keywords: Vierne, Louis, Organist, Schlaganfall, Herzinfarkt
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