Anton Webern (1883-1945)
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In Remembrance of Great Composers
15. Anton Webern (1883-1945)
The signficant Austrian composer was shot and killed by an American Army soldier following the arrest of his son-in-law for black market activities. The incident occurred when, 45 minutes before a curfew was to have gone into effect, Webern stepped outside the house so as not to disturb his sleeping grandchildren, in order to enjoy a cigar given to him that evening by his son-in-law.