American composer, conductor, and pianist Charles Wuorinen has passed away. Wuorinen was the first person to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for an electronic music work, Time’s Encomium. He was also a MacArthur Fellow and received numerous other commissions and awards. His book, Simple Composition, is one of the clearest explications of composing using 12-toneContinue reading “RIP Charles Wuorinen (1938-2020)”
Saddened to learn of the passing of composer and conductor Oliver Knussen. One of the truly great musicians of our time, Knussen had received an honorary doctorate from the Royal Academy of Music, where he was Richard Rodney Bennett Professor of Music, just a few days ago. A renowned pedagogue as well as a superlative conductorContinue reading “RIP Oliver Knussen (1952-2018)”
All of us at Sequenza 21 are saddened to learn of the passing of Matt Marks. A musical polymath, he was a composer, new music advocate, provocative Twitter presence, co-founder and key organizer of New Music Gathering, and a versatile performer, both a vocalist-actor in various projects and a founding member of the ensemble Alarm Will Sound, in which he played FrenchContinue reading “RIP Matt Marks (1980-2018)”
The formidable Swiss pedagogue and composer Klaus Huber died last week, aged 92. Among his students were Kaija Saariaho, Wolfgang Rihm, Brian Ferneyhough, and Toshio Hosokawa, Below is one of my favorite works by the composer, his Quintet for Strings, performed by the Arditti Quartet and violist Garth Knox.
Contemporary soul singer Charles Bradley has died at the age of 68. The cause was cancer. He will be remembered as the finest shouter in blues, funk, and soul circles since James Brown.
The extraordinary jazz guitarist John Abercrombie, has died at the age of 72. A player equally comfortable in acoustic and electric settings and in the roles of leader and accompanist, Abercrombie played in a variety of styles, encompassing free jazz, fusion, and standards. He was a consummately versatile, tasteful, and imaginative musician. A large body ofContinue reading “RIP John Abercrombie (1944-2017”
Pierre Henry, the father of musique concrete, and the grandfather of all of us in the electroacoustic music field, has died at the age of 89. William Grimes has more about Henry’s life and visionary status in an obituary published in the New York Times.
Saddened to hear of Lindsey Christiansen‘s passing. She was a voice teacher at Westminster Choir College, where I teach, for over thirty years. My favorite Lindsey story in which I was involved: We were working on the honors program, Lindsey teaching me how best to advise students (I learned a lot in thatContinue reading “Lindsey Christiansen: An Appreciation”
Note: There have been several passings of note in recent months. 2016 has been an unkind year for musicians: hence the number of obituaries on the blog. I am saddened to learn of Pauline Oliveros’s passing. I use her book Deep Listening: A Composer’s Sound Practice in my teaching: it has opened many students’ minds. I didn’t knowContinue reading “RIP Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016)”
Computer music pioneer Jean-Claude Risset has died at age 78.