Composer Christopher Auerbach-Brown just informed me by phone that composer Donald Erb died at about 2 AM this morning. He’d been declining for some time. Chris had last seen him on Saturday, and said he did not look at all well. I didn’t know Don very well personally, though I’d heard plenty of stories. He’d been either a charter member or very early joiner of the Cleveland Composers Guild, the organization of which I have the misfortune to be President, but hadn’t been an active member in years (he sent his dues in though). And of course I knew quite a bit of his music.
The memorial service will be at 1:00 tomorrow (14th) at Lakeview Cemetery, near the Mayfield Rd. entrance and the Garfield monument.
Jay Batzner escapes a cut-and-gut in a master class.