1948-1983

On the night of March 8 1983, the 35-year-old French-Canadian composer Claude Vivier was stabbed to death in his Paris apartment. His killer was a male prostitute Vivier had met in a bar earlier that evening. On the worktable was the manuscript of Vivier's final, uncompleted work, Glaubst du an die Unsterblichkeit der Seele? (Do You Believe in the Immortality of the Soul?), a dramatised monologue in which Vivier describes a journey on the metro during which he becomes attracted to a young man. The music breaks off abruptly following the line: "Then he removed a dagger from his jacket and stabbed me through the heart."

Although Claude Vivier is better known for predicting his own untimely murder than for composing, some scholars argue that he may be one of the finest composers Canada has ever produced. [link]

Vivier onstage behind a microphone looking sassy in a crazy printed t-shit.