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#1519783 - 09/21/10 12:52 PM we've lost one of our own--RIP dear Phlebas
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dear forum members,
i have just received an e-mail from phlebas' brother telling me phlebas died suddenly on sunday. the family wanted his friends on the piano forums to know.

i've written an email to frank baxter to alert him and suggest we start a phlebas thread with photos, videos, and sound recordings.

phlebas was a wonderful witty friend and a gifted and generous pianist.

i've sent his brother the URL to pianoworld and will send him one to this and other threads also. my idea is we could create a place here to honor him where his family could come and read our remembrances and condolences.
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#1519791 - 09/21/10 01:10 PM Re: we've lost one of our own--RIP dear Phlebas [Re: piqué]
Mark_C Offline
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Oh no!!!
Truly a shock.
I had noticed that he hadn't been here for a few weeks but didn't think much of it -- summer etc. And maybe that's unrelated since as you said, it was sudden.

Truly a shock.
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#1519797 - 09/21/10 01:20 PM Re: we've lost one of our own--RIP dear Phlebas [Re: piqué]
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My condoleances to Phlebas family and his close friends.

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#1519804 - 09/21/10 01:31 PM Re: we've lost one of our own--RIP dear Phlebas [Re: piqué]
Monica K. Offline

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Registered: 08/10/05
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This is very sad. frown I always enjoyed what Phlebas had to say and learned a lot from him. My thoughts go out to his family and loved ones.
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#1519811 - 09/21/10 01:36 PM Re: we've lost one of our own--RIP dear Phlebas [Re: piqué]
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Registered: 03/26/08
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I'm very sorry to hear this. Godspeed, Phlebas.


Edited by FormerFF (09/21/10 01:42 PM)
Edit Reason: typo
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#1519815 - 09/21/10 01:41 PM Re: we've lost one of our own--RIP dear Phlebas [Re: piqué]
Piano*Dad Offline
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I'm in shock. We had many a good conversation.
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#1519817 - 09/21/10 01:42 PM Re: we've lost one of our own--RIP dear Phlebas [Re: piqué]
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My condolences to Phlebas' family and friends.
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#1519827 - 09/21/10 01:51 PM Re: we've lost one of our own--RIP dear Phlebas [Re: piqué]
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My condolences to Phlebas' loved ones.

I have had the privilege and pleasure of meeting Phlebas and listening to him play the piano a few times at various piano parties. He is a good man who shall be missed.
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#1519832 - 09/21/10 01:58 PM Re: we've lost one of our own--RIP dear Phlebas [Re: piqué]
Minaku Offline
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Oh my God! Count me in as shocked as well. It was too soon. My condolences to Phlebas's family and friends.
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#1519834 - 09/21/10 02:03 PM Re: we've lost one of our own--RIP dear Phlebas [Re: piqué]
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Edited by piqué (09/21/10 02:04 PM)
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#1519837 - 09/21/10 02:07 PM Re: we've lost one of our own--RIP dear Phlebas [Re: piqué]
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What? I am shocked! My condolences also to Phelbas' family and friends.

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#1519841 - 09/21/10 02:14 PM Re: we've lost one of our own--RIP dear Phlebas [Re: piqué]
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Registered: 04/09/10
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Condolences to Phelbas' family and friends. I enjoyed reading his posts.

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#1519842 - 09/21/10 02:14 PM Re: we've lost one of our own--RIP dear Phlebas [Re: piqué]
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Registered: 09/16/06
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I am sorry to hear this. I made sure I read his posts when I saw them.

Cathy
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#1519849 - 09/21/10 02:30 PM Re: we've lost one of our own--RIP dear Phlebas [Re: piqué]
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I am sorry to hear about this. Though I did not know him well, he always seemed like a good person with interesting things to say.
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#1519851 - 09/21/10 02:36 PM Re: we've lost one of our own--RIP dear Phlebas [Re: piqué]
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So sad. My condolences to his family.

I had the pleasure of meeting Phlebas at a NY piano crawl in 2003 http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/921398/ .

He was a gentleman and a wonderful piano player.
Talented yet unassuming, easy to chat with.

We've exchanged emails and PMs over the years, I've always appreciated his intelligence and sense of humor.

He will be missed.
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#1519852 - 09/21/10 02:36 PM Re: we've lost one of our own--RIP dear Phlebas [Re: piqué]
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Posts: 19862
Loc: Kansas
I will miss his advice. He knew the answer to my every question. I used to post my questions above ground, but he would be the one answering so I converted to private messages. He was a most extraordinarily accomplished pianist. It was a joy to hear him play in NY.

My condolences to his family.

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#1519862 - 09/21/10 02:48 PM Re: we've lost one of our own--RIP dear Phlebas [Re: piqué]
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Rest in Peace...

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#1519874 - 09/21/10 02:56 PM Re: we've lost one of our own--RIP dear Phlebas [Re: piqué]
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Very sad. He was much too young.

I always appreciated and respected his posts.

My sincerest condolences.
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#1519877 - 09/21/10 03:04 PM Re: we've lost one of our own--RIP dear Phlebas [Re: piqué]
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Loc: boston north
So sad to hear this.

My condelences to those close to him.

Cherish the happy memories.

Roberta
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#1519885 - 09/21/10 03:10 PM Re: we've lost one of our own--RIP dear Phlebas [Re: piqué]
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Posts: 5429
Loc: Europe
Oh my God!

Rest in Piece Phlebas and my condelences to his family! frown
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#1519893 - 09/21/10 03:20 PM Re: we've lost one of our own--RIP dear Phlebas [Re: piqué]
apple* Offline


Registered: 01/01/03
Posts: 19862
Loc: Kansas
I will miss his advice. He knew the answer to my every question. I used to post my questions above ground, but he would be the one answering so I converted to private messages. He was a most extraordinarily accomplished pianist. It was a joy to hear him play in NY.

My condolences to his family.

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love and peace, Õun (apple in Estonian)

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#1519894 - 09/21/10 03:22 PM Re: we've lost one of our own--RIP dear Phlebas [Re: piqué]
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Registered: 07/24/09
Posts: 1029
Loc: Oregon
Very sad news. My condolences to Phlebas' family and friends. I, too, enjoyed reading his posts.
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#1519896 - 09/21/10 03:22 PM Re: we've lost one of our own--RIP dear Phlebas [Re: piqué]
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Registered: 11/23/09
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Loc: US
My condolences to Phlebas' family.


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There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we'll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we'll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.
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#1519898 - 09/21/10 03:25 PM Re: we've lost one of our own--RIP dear Phlebas [Re: piqué]
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Registered: 01/01/03
Posts: 19862
Loc: Kansas
I came to find out that I shared January 2nd, 2003 as the first day of posting at PW with Phlebas.. We posted first posts just hours apart, less than two.

sigh. He was the most helpful person ever.
first posts .






I am so shocked and so sorry for his dear family.
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#1519901 - 09/21/10 03:31 PM Re: we've lost one of our own--RIP dear Phlebas [Re: piqué]
piqué Offline
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phlebas selected his screen name from a poem, t.s. eliot's "the waste land."

here is the stanza his name came from:

Quote:
IV. DEATH BY WATER


PHLEBAS the Phoenician, a fortnight dead,
Forgot the cry of gulls, and the deep seas swell
And the profit and loss.
A current under sea
Picked his bones in whispers. As he rose and fell
He passed the stages of his age and youth
Entering the whirlpool.
Gentile or Jew
O you who turn the wheel and look to windward,
Consider Phlebas, who was once handsome and tall as you.


i am not sure what to make of that!
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#1519903 - 09/21/10 03:32 PM Re: we've lost one of our own--RIP dear Phlebas [Re: piqué]
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Registered: 12/12/05
Posts: 2896
Loc: Florida
Oh dear frown

I didn't know much of Phlebas, but I always remember of his performance of the Chopin Etude Op 10 No 10 in our Pianist Corner Etude E-cital.

Rest in peace, Phlebas.

My sincere condolences to Phlebas's family.

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#1519904 - 09/21/10 03:34 PM Re: we've lost one of our own--RIP dear Phlebas [Re: LisztAddict]
piqué Offline
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lisztaddict,
where can we find and repost that recording?
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#1519905 - 09/21/10 03:34 PM Re: we've lost one of our own--RIP dear Phlebas [Re: piqué]
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Registered: 09/02/09
Posts: 1324
Loc: Canada
Oh no! Although I don't know him very well, he has always been someone I held in high esteem here. I'm thankful that we were able to have him with us during his short time on earth.

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#1519911 - 09/21/10 03:41 PM Re: we've lost one of our own--RIP dear Phlebas [Re: piqué]
MiM Offline
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Registered: 07/09/09
Posts: 543
Loc: Pennsylvania
A very respectable name on this forum.

My sincere condolences to all his family and loved ones.
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#1519935 - 09/21/10 04:15 PM Re: we've lost one of our own--RIP dear Phlebas [Re: piqué]
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Easily one of my favorite people on the forums. Whenever his name was attached to something, I was sure to read it.

His absence will be conspicuous. I offer my condolences to his family, and my thanks for everything he shared with us during his time here.
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