One of the kindest people
Philip Jones died late on Monday afternoon, 17 January 2000, following
a long illness, having achieved worldwide fame as a trumpeter and as leader
of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble. A memorial service will be held later
in January. Philip was Principal of Trinity College of Music, London, from 1988-1994, completely transforming
the institution, and TCM's Christopher Ellicott says that Philip was one
of the kindest people he has ever met.
Obituaries: The Times; Yahoo
Music begins where speech stops
has announced a new CD of world première recordings of music by American
composer Dominick Argento (born 1927, York, Pennsylvania). Argento won the
Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1975 for his song cycle From the Diary of
Virginia Woolf. Argento's latest opera The Dream of Valentino
is set in the early days of Hollywood and examines fame and the immigrant
experience. Valentino Dances - the suite from this opera, is included
on the new CD along with Reverie, Reflections on a Hymn Tune,
Le Tombeau dEdgar Poe, Valse Triste and A Ring of
Time (Preludes and Pageants for Orchestra and Bells). The CD, entitled
Valentino Dances - Music of Dominick Argento will be available from
February 2000 as RR-91.
Cybergrass and the Vienna Philharmonic
William Osborne, an American expatriate composer living in Germany, has
stirred up a hornets nest using the internet, mobilising a cyber-group of
feminists to pressurise the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (founded 1842) into accepting
its first ever woman member - harpist Anna Lelkes was hired in 1997. Read the full
story in Jan Herman's article at MSNBC.
Hugill's score for the play Candle Dancing by Coni Ciongoli-Koepfinger
has been commended in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's annual critics' Pick of the Year
Candle Dancing was premièred in April 1999 in Pittsburgh,
at the Veronicas Veil Auditorium, and the substantial score includes a setting
of the Requiem Mass. The score was the result of an internet collaboration
(using emails, MIDI files and web pages) between Hugill and playwright Ciongoli-Koepfinger.
They had never met until the week of the première.
Really more useful
Andrew Lloyd-Webber, composer of top-selling musicals The Phantom
of the Opera and Cats has bought Stoll Moss, a top London
theatre company, owning famous houses such as the Garrick, Her Majesty's,
the Palladium and Theatre Royal Drury Lane, for GBP 85 million. A new company
will be formed, to include also the theatres previously owned by Lloyd-Webber's
Really Useful Group
- the Adelphi, the New London and the Palace. Read the full story at CNN.
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