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The World's Greatest Music
The First and Second World Wars cut short the lives of many composers and musicians who would have gone on to greater things had they lived. Here are a few to remember.
Gurney studied at the Royal College of Music under Stanford, who rated his student highly. Gurney enlisted as a private soldier in the Gloucestershire Regiment in February 1915, and composed music during his service. He was gassed in September 1917. After the war he suffered a serious breakdown and, despite studying for a brief time with Ralph Vaughan Williams and continuing to compose and write poetry, spent the last 15 years of his life in mental hospitals.
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