A slightly different procedure to last year

Last December I wrote “The same procedure as every year…”; this is not its follow-up – rather it’s a slightly different angle. Whereas last year I was looking ahead at which composer’s music would be out of copyright from 1st January 2012 (nb: read the various disclaimers to this statement at https://musicb3.wordpress.com/2011/12/23/the-same-procedure-as-every-year/), this December I wanted to look backwards: and considered those composers and musicians who died in 2012; I also give you one library item per person were possible, so that you can celebrate their lives musically, even though their printed music, where published, will be copyright-protected in the UK until 1st January 2083!

January 13th 2012: Dilys Elwyn-Edwards, 93, Welsh composer. One item, of a couple, we hold is a song which is item 2 in volume M290.a.95.1214, called The Clothes of Heaven, words by W.B. Yeats.

February 29th 2012: Davy Jones, 66, British actor and musician (The Monkees). Though in copyright and not borrowable, you can consult Selections from the greatest hits of the Monkees at A1999.10 (needs to be ordered in the Anderson Room).

March 15th 2012: Edvard Hagerup Bull, 89, Norwegian composer. His Sinfonia humana (published 1971) intrigues me with the following titles for each movement: Résignation – Optimisme – Souffrances et résistances – Esperances; at UL: item no. 2 in volume M310.c.95.167.

April 8th 2012: George Wilberforce Kakoma, 88, Ugandan composer. His probably most-often played work is the national anthem of Uganda, which has been used since 1962 to celebrate Uganda’s independence; see p. 459 of National anthems of the world, at Pen: Rb.300.19B.N1 (reference book); 2002 edition at UL: M290.b.200.3.

May 4th 2012: Adam Yauch, 47, American musician (Beastie Boys) ; in case you don’t remember them, Angus Batey’s Rhyming & stealing : A history of the Beastie Boys, at UL: M950.c.95.613 might jog your memory, or give you a good introduction to this very popular band from the 1980s.

June 14th 2012: Marjorie Hyams, 91, American jazz vibraphonist; for a sample of her playing:

July 16th 2012: Jon Lord, 71, English musician; maybe you don’t know his name, but if I tell you that he co-wrote Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water you will probably know this song ; Deep Purple : Greatest hits by Troy Stetina is at UL: A2002.904 (printed music) & CD.1991 (CD) both not borrowable, and need to be ordered in the Anderson Room.

August 6th 2012: Marvin Hamlisch, 68, American composer; the most famous music he wrote was for A Chorus Line, at UL: A2007.436(Order in Anderson Room; not borrowable)

September 1st2012:Sean Bergin, 64, South African-born jazz musician; the Pendlebury Library has a CD which he recorded with Louis Moholo amongst others; Pen: CD.B.331.

October 27th 2012: Hans Werner Henze, 86, German composer; if you don’t know Henze’s music, don’t mind opera, and need a “quick fix”, consider his Boulevard Solitude (1952). Vocal score: Pen at Pb.261.92H.B1; CD: Pen at CD.C.184; DVD: DVD.C.275; [study score at UL is at binding]

November 5th 2012: Elliott Carter, 103, American composer; a truly astonishing composer for writing music right up to his death at 103 (last work in 2012: 12 Short Epigrams for Piano). We actually have many more than the 43 Carter works for which you can find records online – don’t forget that about 250,000 printed music items have been catalogued, and are searchable in our card catalogue. (We also have some uncatalogued scores by Carter.)

December 4th 2012: Jonathan Harvey, 73, English composer. There are various Cambridge connections, but Harvey’s Gaude Maria, premiered at the King’s College Choir’s A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is my personal favourite; at UL: Item no. 7 in volume M250.b.95.114

December 5th 2012: Dave Brubeck, 91, American jazz pianist; not only famous for his Take Five, see the transcriptions Jazz impressions of Japan, at UL: Item no. 1 in volume M340.a.95.454

December 24th 2012: Richard Rodney Bennett, 76, English composer; also wrote film music. Another King’s College Choir connection: On Christmas day : To my heart ; at UL: M250.c.200.33. If you have access to Naxos Music Library (user name and password available from Pendlebury Library Issue Desk for registered users, or use Naxos/Sound terminal in Anderson Room): recording on Naxos Music Library of Christmas day: To my heart

Which names would you have picked? Please add as your comment.


About Clemens Gresser

Between August 2010 and September 2021 I worked as a librarian at the University of Cambridge (Cambridge, UK); the last six years of that time I was at the Faculty of Divinity Library. Between August 2010 and November 2013 I was the Deputy Head of Music at Cambridge University Library and at the Pendlebury Library of Music. Between December 2013 and September 2015 I was the Librarian at the Marshall Library of Economics. Since September 2021 I have been the Heythrop Librarian at the London Jesuit Centre.
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2 Responses to A slightly different procedure to last year

  1. sw508Susi says:

    Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, incomparable interpreter of Schubert song
    Witney Houston, soul singer par excellence
    Ravi Shankar, guru to the Beatles and others
    Paavo Berglund, Sibelian extraordinaire
    Charles Rosen, doyenne of the keyboard

    …we miss them all very much…



  2. Pingback: New year: time to take stock | MusiCB3 Blog

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