4. Arnold Schoenberg: The Austrian composer and expressionist painter died on Friday 13 July 1951 shortly before midnight. He had apparently been in bed, sick and anxious all day. In a letter to Schoenberg's sister, his wife Gertrud wrote: 'About a quarter to twelve I looked at the clock and said to myself: another quarter of an hour and then the worst is over. Then the doctor called me. Arnold's throat rattled twice, his heart gave a powerful beat and that was the end.'