Mourning for Patrick Meadows – An Obituary

My friend Ingrid translated this German-language obituary from Mallorca Magazin on the Culture page, titled Trauer um Patrick Meadows, for me.

Here’s the original newspaper clipping.

On Thursday, May 4, the music festival in Deia begins. The founder died on April 22nd [2017]. An obituary.

With a piano recital by the 15-year-old prodigy Lixin Zhang in Son Marroig, the 39th edition of Deia International Music Festivals will begin on Thursday, 4 May, at 8:30 pm.

As festival director Alfredo Oyaguez announced, this year’s event series is dedicated to its founder, Patrick Meadows. Meadows died on Saturday, April 22, at the age of 82 after a long and serious illness.

Meadows, born on July 18, 1934 in Oak Hill, West Virginia, made his way to Mallorca from the east coast of the United States in the early 1970s. Before settling in Deia,  he lived in Galilea.

From 1978 on wards, with his partner Stephanie Shepard, he organized sunset chamber music every Sunday in Son Marroig, the former estate of the Archduke, where friends from various countries took part. These concerts expanded into the International Music Festival of Deia.

This Festival was joined for years by musicians from the island, the Spanish mainland and many other countries.

In 2008, three years after the death of his partner Stephanie, Meadows turned the festival over to pianist and conductor Alfredo Oyaguez.

The pianist Suzanne Bradbury praised the deceased as a pioneer on an island that is now rich in festivals, as well as a creative and versatile mind: teachers, musicians, writers, researchers, publishers.

In fact, Meadows discovered previously unknown works in archives and published them, including a “Great Concert Piece on the Themes of Mendelssohn’s ‘Songs Without Words’: for 2 Pianos” by Franz Liszt and works by British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

Meadows is buried in the cemetery of Deia next to the grave of Stephanie Shepard.