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!
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.
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 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
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