The Kevorkian Papers

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BachWhatever else they say about me – and believe me they've said, and called me, just about everything – they usually don't call me a musician. Not that I claim to be one. But I do love music, and in recent years I have found that attempting to compose my own music has been both curiously satisfying and one of the most intellectually challenging things I have ever done.

May I add, also, one of the most humbling. Once during an interview, the journalist Jack Lessenberry asked me who I thought had possessed the greatest mind in recorded human history. I think he expected me to answer Einstein, or Newton, or Aristotle or Vesalius. But I didn't hesitate; for me, the only answer was Johann Sebastian Bach. Later when he asked me what historical event I would most have liked to have witnessed, I replied that I would have liked to have sat motionless on a bench and watched Bach composing on of his concertos, which come closer than most of the frail works of man to deserving the term immortal.

That doesn't mean that Bach is the only music I enjoy, though his work will always be the greatest to me. Bet you never know that the man they call Dr. Death is a huge fan of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, or that the swing tun "Celery Stalks at Midnight" can always be counted on to make me smile.

The prosecutors would be justified in coming after me if I dared to compare my musical efforts with any of these men. But I think you may find echoes of most of my musical heroes in these works, which are performed here with absolute brilliance by the Morpheus Quintet.

Incidentally, the thing I hope the world will say about me years from now is that I was a physician who sought to relieve suffering. Music has often soothed me – and I hope that these works here make me smile.

Beauty and grandeur are joys that the splendor of music best cloys,
preferentially based on a wide range of taste,
from old BACH down to sounds more like noise.


My paltry works herein presented are a token of awe thereby vented
for old Bach as the best, and the way it's expressed
he would hopefully not have resented.
The following songs are from my Classical CD, Gigue for Flute and Piano. All that I request is that when you share these songs you leave the title and the author intact.

Download Name Play Length
download 01 - A Minute Minuet

1:49 min
download 02 - The Bells at Dawn

2:22 min
download 03 - Gigue for Two Flutes, Second Movement

1:50 min
download 04 - Flute and Harpsichord, First Movement

2:10 min
download 05 - Flute and Harpsichord, Second Movement

3:27 min
download 06 - Flute and Harpsichord, Third Movement

2:18 min
download 07 - Piano and Flute, First Movement

2:22 min
download 08 - Piano and Flute, Second Movement

3:21 min
download 09 - Piano and Flute, Third Movement

2:31 min
download 10 - Prelude for Two Flutes, First Movement

2:10 min
download 11 - Prelude for Two Flutes, Second Movement

4:25 min
download 12 - Prelude for Two Flutes, Third Movement

2:18 min
download 13 - Springing to Fall for Piano, First Movement

2:03 min
download 14 - Springing to Fall for Piano, Second Movement

1:15 min
download 15 - A Procession of Spring for Piano

0:55 min


0 #1 Julie InYourFaceNewYorker 2011-05-16 20:57
I love Dr. Kevorkian's music. I got the first CD "A Very Still Life" on eBay and listen to it everyday on the subway. I especially like "Whispering Came Violets." It sounds like it should serve as an underscore for an eerie graveyard dance scene for a Tim Burton movie. It actually inspired me to resurrect (no pun intended) a character I created (I'm an animator, albeit non-professionally) in early 2007 that I had all but forgotten about. Isn't it great when music does that, just puts images in your mind whether or not you want them to appear?

I like all the other songs, of course, but these are my favorites. Sometimes I wake up in the morning with them "playing" in my head. Good music does that to me.

Just curious, can anybody tell me, does Kevorkian himself ever participate in this website? I suspect not, but it would be interesting (after all, Richard Dawkins does on his!) :)

Julie (a.k.a InYourFaceNewYorker)

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