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"A sparkle in the eye, a burning warmth in the heart, a kiss on the cheek of life ~ and a multitude of notes, woven into a gorgeous musical quilt and tossed out into the ether of eternity....This is our Patrick." ~ Olegna Fuschi


Patrick passed away at 11:30 P.M. on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at the age of 59. This website will remain indefinitely as a lasting tribute to my former classmate and dear friend. Patrick and I have worked diligently on this website for two years. He has approved all of its content. For the sake of journalistic integrity and out of respect for my friend and client it will not be altered. My prayers and thoughts are with his family.

Hopefully Patrick's children and grandchildren will find comfort from positive reflections on his contributions to music and their lives. I will continue publishing his letters to the remainder of his children and his reflections on music and his life. We exchanged literally hundreds of emails over the years. He still has much to say as a composer and a man. Please visit the "Blog" and "Guestbook" pages to express condolences. All entries will not immediately appear until they have been reviewed and approved.   -Larry B. Binns


- Family Request: 2007 Steinway Hall Performance -

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"Your legacy, dear friend, will not be defined by your present plight, rather by the music that emanates from your heart. Those who have had the privilege of knowing you, your loyal friends, mourn that you have endured trials and anger of heart in recent years. Nevertheless, we rejoice that your musical genius and character triumphs despite your present ordeal.

I shared with another close friend your letter to me, some months ago, regarding the performance of your compositions. He was impressed by your utter humility and sincere unpretentiousness. Your music is a reflection of 'the composer and the man', that I have been privileged to be a classmate, acquaintance, and friend to for nearly forty years.

This website is dedicated to our mutual love for the craft of music composition and memorializes your personal contributions, sacrifice, and devotion to maintaining the integrity of the creative act of producing music in it's most lofty element and art form, classical music. I have made such a dedication to only one other living composer, Harold Blanchard, whom I also have the greatest respect and admiration. May your legacy endure!" - Larry Brian Binns


In Memoriam:


February 9, 1993 - February 1, 2011

Excerpts from Colin's Life:


Please Note: Many of the regular visitors and family member have expressed their appreciation for the flash player that automatically starts with some of Patrick's beautiful music and hearing Patrick's voice, commentaries, and explanations about life and music.

However, technology and website design is constantly evolving, Soon, the autostart flash player will be discontinued and replaced with a "widget" that you can start and stop. The website itself will ultimately take on a more modernized look as well. The flash player is being discontinued for the following technological reasons, and is not my choice:

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"The Flash based audio player has a few uses for some people still, however most people will find using the newer HTML5 Widget based player to be much easier and better in just about every way.

The Flash based audio player offers seamless playback by loading itself into a frame above or below your page to always play your tracks without interruption, even on page change. This audio player uses the Flash technology to play your audio files. Note, that this technology has been discontinued by Adobe for any future support as of several years ago. As such, this player will not be compatible with many different devices. Any Apple device, and most newer phones will not even see the player if they visit your site.

Currently, this is the only method for playback on site load, which is a commonly asked for feature. Please understand it is considered bad practice to have audio players start playing on site load. This is due to the fact that if someone were in a quiet place and had their speakers turned on, such as a library, if they visited your site music would come blasting out of their speakers. This is both disruptive, and startling in some cases, and we tend to discourage people from doing this on general principles."

Keep in mind, the streaming of Patrick's music and commentaries will still be available via the widget which will be located near the navigation buttons.

-Larry B. Binns