Composer Leo Spellman Dies At Age 99

99 year old Leo Spellman played the piano every day until he became too ill to do so.

Spellman died Saturday.

For decades, he was a featured player on the CBC, and his orchestra played posh Toronto hotels.

The long forgotten rhapsody he composed about his experiences during the Holocaust made its Canadian debut on Labour Day this year.

Leo Spellman composed the piece in a displaced persons camp in Germany after the war.

It was buried in a box in his garage for more than 50 years until the 2002 movie The Pianist revived the memory.

Spellman remembered the sadness and the people he saw killed.

Spellman was laid to rest today.

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