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R. Murray Schafer, composer, writer and acoustic ecologist, has died at 88

In Composers

R. Murray Schafer, the eminent Canadian composer, writer, and acoustic ecologist who popularized the term “soundscape,” died on Aug. 14 following a struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 88. The news was confirmed in an email to friends and colleagues from Schafer’s wife, Eleanor James.

“The loss of Schafer represents the loss of our greatest composer, one whose creative spirit knew no bounds,” reflects David Jaeger, a former producer at CBC Music and a longtime friend and colleague of Schafer.

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