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 Posted:   Jan 27, 2007 - 1:34 PM   
 By:   Urs Lesse   (Member)

After I have already mentioned it in a different thread, I have been encouraged to inform others of the sad death of my friend Christian Madsen from Århus, Denmark.

Jens Christian Madsen set an abrupt end to his young life on or before 9 October 2006 after many years of clinical depression and some related physical problems.

Born in 1979, Christian studied German and Spanish in Århus (Denmark), where he lived and died, as well as in Kiel (Germany) and Madrid. Christian was an exceptionally bright student and always eager to improve his German language abilities to perfection. He was about to complete his MA in 2007 or 2008.

Christian was an avid soundtrack collector with a collection of probably 3500 to 4000 soundtrack CDs by the end of his life. However, he was most and foremost a passionate John Barry fan, which is how I got to know Christian in autumn of 2004: Probably the only John Barry CD missing in his collection was The Quiller Memorandum which I offered to copy for him when he expressed his wish to complete his John Barry collection in an FSM board thread around that time. In the following two years, we would frequently chat about everything film music related, movies, public life in Germany and also private things, usually via MSN messenger, but occasionally also by phone. I guess that almost half a dozen of film music packages 'commuted' between Denmark and Germany in the course of our friendship. Christian also helped me to discover many previously unknown (to me) great scores, especially the works of Roy Budd. Unfortunately I never got the chance to meet Christian in person, although we often discussed it when an interesting film music concert in Germany or Ghent (Belgium) would offer the opportunity. Together with friends of the Danish Film Music Society, Christian was able to see many of the greatest composers live when they would give concerts in Europe.

I learned to know Christian as an always incredibly helpful, friendly and polite human being. He was also quite open to me about his personal problems, but as everyone will understand, this is all I will say about his situation.

Christian's death deeply saddened me when his parents informed me in October. I also often found myself in situations when I would think what Christian's opinion about this or that new soundtrack release or, for example, about the new James Bond movie and its score would be. Or I would find an interesting soundtrack CD in a bargain bin and spontaneously think if he would be interested in it, only to remember I will never get to talk with him again.

As I expressed on another thread, out of co-incidence Christian and his death has become related with Yann Tiersen's Good Bye Lenin! to me, but I think that if anyone of you wants to play a movie score in commemoration of Christian Madsen, then John Barry's CHAPLIN would certainly be a very appropriate choice.


 Posted:   Jan 27, 2007 - 1:49 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

This is very sad news. He was a nice looking young man and though not a frequent poster, a pleasant and thoughtful one. I'm very sorry to hear this.

 Posted:   Jan 27, 2007 - 1:50 PM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

Oh this very sad news indeed. the 2nd Person from the messageboard we know of who has passed away. RIP Christian Madsen.

Amer frown

 Posted:   Jan 27, 2007 - 2:03 PM   
 By:   scorechaser   (Member)

So sad. My deepest condolesces to his family and friends. I recieved Howard Shore´s MRS. DOUBTFIRE from him, which he had twice.

Very sad.


 Posted:   Jan 27, 2007 - 2:47 PM   
 By:   CAT   (Member)

NP: The Quiller honor of Christian and the completion of his Barry collection.

Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

 Posted:   Jan 27, 2007 - 6:34 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Yeah, I remember seeing him around the board. frown

Sad news.

NP _ Mercury Rising

 Posted:   Jan 27, 2007 - 7:32 PM   
 By:   Zooba   (Member)

May Christian Rest in Peace.

I only knew of his name on the board, but may I add my Condolonces to Family and Friends.

He was one of us.


 Posted:   Jan 27, 2007 - 7:43 PM   
 By:   Filmscorecollector   (Member)

Very sad. My condolences.

 Posted:   Jan 27, 2007 - 8:47 PM   
 By:   Olivier   (Member)

Terribly sad.

 Posted:   Jan 27, 2007 - 9:17 PM   
 By:   Michael Arlidge   (Member)

Now you are free, our friend.

 Posted:   Jan 28, 2007 - 1:26 AM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

My sincere condolences.

 Posted:   Jan 28, 2007 - 1:59 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Awwww no! that's horrible news.

As a massive Barry fan myself Christian was always on my radar here, I'm truly saddened, as I've said far too recently for comfort, another one of 'our own' has passed on.

It's late now and I'm off to bed but I'll play some Barry for you later today Christian, it'll be my pleasure.

 Posted:   Jan 28, 2007 - 6:24 AM   
 By:   MWRuger   (Member)

I honestly have to say that I don’t understand why anyone would kill themselves. Despite pain so deep that it hurt s to the very bone and into the very soul I have never thought the world is better reduced by a single soul, even my shriveled up raisin of a soul.

Christen, I may not understand why you did what you did, but I mourn your passing as I do all those lost in the fog. I hope you find you way home to us in the next cycle when the wheel turns and spins us out again.

It doesn’t really matter what I play, but I will play the music of the lost, who died too young. Marc Bolan, Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, Freddie Mercury and others who loved music and left us diminished.

 Posted:   Jan 28, 2007 - 6:33 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

I had some brief email correspondence with Christian a year or two ago and found him to be extremely friendly and knowledgable. I'm sorry that the correspondence didn't go on longer, and was terribly sad when Urs told me that he'd passed on.

Urs - I'm glad you decided to give the sad news to the board. NP Chaplin, which has a nice symmetry to it, as I got it from you.


 Posted:   Jan 28, 2007 - 12:05 PM   
 By:   Gizmo   (Member)

This is quite a shock. I've met Christian on several occasions and remember him as a passionate, very intense young man. I believe he loved film music more than he could manage.

 Posted:   Jan 28, 2007 - 1:02 PM   
 By:   Oblicno   (Member)

Rest in Peace fella.

 Posted:   Jan 29, 2007 - 3:54 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

So young...such a shame. I feel for his family; parents losing a child is the most tragic of losses.

 Posted:   Jan 29, 2007 - 4:25 PM   
 By:   Mike Esssss   (Member)

RIP, Christian. I hope you've escaped from what needed escaping.

 Posted:   Jan 29, 2007 - 5:16 PM   
 By:   Laurent WATTEAU   (Member)

Rest In Peace Christian.

 Posted:   Jan 29, 2007 - 7:16 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

May his parents find some peace.

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