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“Monteux and the Spirit World”


Photograph by John Diamond, M.D.


As he lay dying, the great conductor Pierre Monteux stated, “When I see Brahms, I must apologize to him for the way I have played his beautiful music.” [1]

And “he spoke of seeing Arthur Schnabel and Willem Mengelberg.”[2] And he “spoke of Franz Schubert, whom he hoped to see.”

He must have long believed in the Spirit World as we may when we listen to him – It’s in his music.

And of course, so surrendered, he had no fear of death – and nor need we when we surrender to him.


[1] Doris Monteux, It’s All in the Music (London: William Kimber, 1966), p. 211.

[2] Ibid., p. 212.