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Mystery Stories - Dead Music Composers Write Again | Dream of Death

Updated on May 30, 2013
Franz Liszt
Franz Liszt | Source

Dead Music Composers Write Again

Composers such as Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Johann Sebastian Bach, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Franz Schubert, Edvard Grieg, Claude Debussy, Frédéric Chopin, Robert Schumann and Ludwig van Beethoven are said to have written compositions after their death – with the help of a south-London housewife, Rosemary Brown in 1964.

Brown was first introduced to the world of dead musicians when she was only seven years old. A spirit appeared to her, told her that he was a composer, and would make her a famous musician one day. Brown did not know who he was until about 10 years later when she saw a picture of Franz Liszt.

For generations, Brown and her family members were allegedly psychic, and Brown has displayed psychic power at an early age. She shared events before they took placed, claiming that her “visitors” have told her.

Brown claimed that the dead composers dictated their “new” musical works to her. Speaking in English, each composer has different style of dictating their work to her. Browns have written down 40-page of sonata from Schubert, a three-movement Fantasie-Impromptu from Chopin, two sonatas from Beethoven, including his 10th and 11th Symphonies, both unfinished.

The dead composers’ transcriptions were later performed in a recording titled The Rosemary Brown Piano Album. Brown has also published a few books including Unfinished Symphonies: Voices from the Beyond.

These works have been examined by experts who confirm that they are definitely written in the respective styles of the composers. Furthermore, Brown paid very little attention to music and has little musical education and could not possibly have written such music herself. In 1964, after Liszt re-appeared to her, she bought a second-hand piano and took lessons for three years. Her neighbour, once a church organist was not impressed with her playing, saying, “She could just about struggle through a hymn”.

Some music critics have assessed Brown’s works and agreed that they resembled the composers’ published work. There were suspicions that these are forgery and imitation work, but considerably musical knowledge and years of training are essential to be able to do so.

Lord Thomas Lyttleton
Lord Thomas Lyttleton | Source

Dream of Death

In 1779, Lord Thomas Lyttleton (a British MP and profligate) dreamt that he would die in three days time at sharp midnight. It upset him so much that he told his friends about the dream in the following morning. They tried to reassure him that everything would be alright, but he could not get the dream out of his mind. The days followed and he suffered from extreme depresses ion as the fatal hour approached.

On the third evening, he invited some guests to his house for dinner in an attempt to forget about the dream. As midnight approached, he became more and more anxious and depressed. Eventually, he could not take it anymore and retired to his bedroom to await death.

He lay on his bed and watched the clock tick away his final seconds. As the clock struck midnight, Lord Lyttleton wondered how he was to die, but nothing happened !

A few minutes later, one of his guests looked into the room to check on him and was surprised to find the Lord in the highest of spirits. “I’ve beaten death,” cried Lyttleton. “I’ll be down to join you all shortly.”

When the butler entered the room a while later, he found his lordship lying on the bed gasping for breath. The butler rushed downstairs for help, but it was too late. Lord Lyttleton was dead. One of the guests looked at the bedroom clock and said his dream was almost right, but the time was slightly wrong. It was then half past twelve.

The buttler corrected him and said that since Lord Lyttleton was so worried, he altered all the household clocks to half an hour earlier today. The dream was true – Lyttleton died on the stroke of midnight.


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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      Thank you, John Sarkis. I learnt something new from your aticles too. :)

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      John Sarkis 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Excellent article. Boy, you learn something new everyday. I'm a musician and had no idea of this. Very interesting article - voted as such

      Take care


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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      What you said is so true, Seeker7. We are only living in our small nutshell, not knowing the many wonders and mysteries that were/are taking place in the larger world.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Fascinating stories that add to the ever growing evidence that the concrete existance we call life is only a small part of a much bigger and fascinating picture.

      Voted up!!

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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      Thank you, David Legg for your comment. Glad to see you here.

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      David Legg 7 6 years ago from Trout Paradise, Colorado

      Weird story, but interesting. Thanks for sharing that.