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The composer died of liver failure complicating cirrhosis, a disease often associated with alcohol abuse. Although many factors contribute to liver injury, the degree of alcohol consumption, if pertinent, also becomes a major issue in the progression of the disease. Karl Holz, one of the composer’s friends, commented: “... ” Dr. Andreas Wawruch (1773-1842), who attended the composer in his last days, stated: “... ” The valet apparently removed some of the unflattering entries made by Wawruch during the final stages of the composer’s illness.

Carl Maria von Weber Chapter 9. Gioachino Rossini Chapter 10. Franz Schubert Chapter 11. Hector Berlioz Chapter 12. Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy; Berry aneurysm Chapter 13. Fryderyk Chopin Chapter 14. Robert Schumann Chapter 15. Franz Liszt Chapter 16. Richard Wagner Chapter 17. Johannes Brahms Chapter 18. Georges Bizet Chapter 19. Modest Mussorgsky Chapter 20. Pyotr Tchaikovsky Chapter 21. Gustav Mahler Chapter 22. Sergei Rachmaninoff Chapter 23. Maurice Ravel Chapter 24. Igor Stravinsky Chapter 25.

1746, wearing of tartans is prohibited in Great Britain. 1750, Europe’s population is approximately 140 million. A Chronology of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Illnesses: Childhood onward: Nearsighted. 1729 (age 44): Summer fever prevented a visit with George Frideric Handel. 1748 (age 63): Progressive decrease in visual acuity. 1749 (age 64): April, downturn in health from a possible stroke. Transient decline in work capacity. Eye pain now accompanied his poor vision. December onward, scant composing because of poor vision.

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