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Patrick Byers (Cante Luta): Blog

In Memory of Patrick

Posted on September 26, 2010 with 9 comments

Thoughts and reflections on the life and death of an American composer, Patrick Byers.

Robert Brizel

April 10, 2011

Having found this site late, rest in peace, old friend. Rest in peace.

Samuel Kinghorn

January 29, 2011

I am stunned at the news of Patrick's death. I just put the Harlem Sonata in my fingers for this fall. During the process I felt a rather unusual ethereal presence. I live in Tucson and attributed that presence to the recent terrorist shoothing of Gabrielle Giffords... in which a nine year old girl (Christina Greene, born 9-11-2001) was one among the dead. I now know why that presence, which is still with me, was so strong. It was Patrick with Christina. The very sound that Patrick created with his beautiful mind lives in his music. Just as Mozart is immortal through his music so will Byers.


November 14, 2010

Music is mortal but love is not.
Rest in God's peace where the True Composer has called you home.

Harry Shifman

September 28, 2010

You left us with your notes, your glorious inventions inviting passionate musing. You left us with your songs of journeys courageously sought. You left us with memories of laughter, bewilderment at the condition of our fragile imperfect selves. You left us better and more human to have known you, my dear dear friend. You left us and the loss will last till the night swallows us all. rest easy gentle soul.

Andrew Akers

September 27, 2010

Patrick sent me this note about 16 months ago as he and I were comparing notes and thoughts about cancer ;
"Disease makes the days fuller, love richer, and life full of rich memory and family and friends. I highly recommend it to all approaching the autumn years! Nothing is taken for granted."

Ally Rosen Fischman

September 26, 2010

There will never be a better song written for the Turns Around the Back. You will never be forgotten...thank you for 4 fabulous years at LaGuardia!

Nathalie Matychak

September 26, 2010

Thank you for being you, Mr Byers. All my love to your family

Rachel Morrison

September 26, 2010

Thank You Mr. Byers for being the best musician I have ever known. Rest in Peace


September 26, 2010

Love is eternal. All of us who come here love you Patrick. You haved passed into Glory.