31 DEC 2000 MacNAGHTEN, Anne (CBE, founder of the Macnaghten Concerts).
Promoted contemporary British composers.
She was born in Londonderry, August 9, 1908. ~ aged 92. London Times Obit
24 DEC 2000 HAUGLAND, Aage (Danish Operatic bass)
BARON OCHS in DER ROSENKAVALIER
at the MET.
Died of cancer at age 56.
Washington Post Obit
23 DEC 2000 BORGE, Victor (Comedic pianist).
Victor Borge died in his home in Connecticut. He was the author of
such humorous books as My Favorite Intermissions,
Lives of the Musical Greats and Other Facts You Never Knew Were
Missing. Borge died at home in his sleep.
Would have been 92 on January 3. Tributes Boston Globe Obit
15 DEC 2000 DEARNLEY, Christopher (Organist, Director of Music St Paul's Cathedral, England).
Popular choral director. b-Wolverhampton, 11 FEB 1930. ~ age 70.
12 DEC 2000 FRIEDRICH, Götz (Opera producer) He was born on
4 AUG 1930.
Was at the Royal
Opera House, Covent Garden, in 1989, from 1981 until his death he
was General Director of the Deutsche Oper in West Berlin. ~ age 70. London Times Obit
10 DEC 2000 ALLAN, David Bremner (French horn player) He was a member of the
Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and the Boston Brass Ensemble, died
in Avery Manor in Needham, MA. ~ age 72. Boston Globe Obit
06 DEC 2000 KLEMPERER, Werner (Actor, conductor and narrator)
Son of conductor Otto. He appeared as a narrator with many major
symphony orchestras with a repertoire that included Beethoven’s
Egmont and Fidelio, Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du
Soldat and Oedipus Rex.
His narration of Mozart’s The Impresario, with the Mostly Mozart
Festival Orchestra, aired on PBS’s 'Live
from Lincoln Center'. He also conducted many orchestral performances and performed in
including The Sound of Music, with the New York City Opera. He
Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with companies in Seattle and
Cleveland. Well known for his portrayal of Col Klink on TV's 'Hogan's Heros'. ~ age 80.
06 DEC 2000 TUCKER, Mark (Musicologist and Duke Ellington expert) Born on June 4, 1954. Wrote book, Ellington: The Early Years (1991) Oral historian in the music department at Columbia University. Published the memoirs of the clarinettist Garvin Bushell (1988). ~ age 46.
25 NOV 2000 SHULASMITH, Shafir (Odessan concert pianist and teacher).
Performed with conductors Boult, Barbirolli, Wood and Fistoulari.
b- 1 MAY 1923. ~ age 77.
London Times Obit
25 NOV 2000 BARWICKI, John ( BSO bass player).
A member the Boston Symphony and the Boston Pops,
died of pancreatic cancer at Fairlawn Nursing Home
in Lexington, MA. ~ age 90. Boston Globe Obit
20 NOV 2000 LEGG, James (Composer)
Legg has been a composition fellow at Tanglewood's Berkshire Music Center, the Aspen Music
Festival, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Bellagio Center (run by the Rockefeller Foundation), the
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Atlantic Center for the Arts.
17 NOV 2000 RUDIAKOV, Michael (American cellist who performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra)
Studied at the Manhattan School of Music in 1956. Formerly principal cellist of the Indianapolis Symphony and principal cellist of the Jerusalem Symphony.
Faculty of Sarah Lawrence College, directed a chamber music series. He taught at the New England Conservatory, the Manhattan School of Music, and Lehman College. Recently faculty at the Manchester Music Festival in Vermont, director in 1985.
Heart attack in Manchester, NH. ~ age 66.
10 NOV 2000 TYSON, Alan (English Musicologist, CBE, FBA) Scholarly studies of music of Beethoven and Mozart.
Birth, 27 OCT 1926. ~ age 74.
07 NOV 2000 BOYDELL, Brian (Irish Composer) Birth, Dublin, 17 MAR 1917. ~ age 83.
06 NOV 2000 LOVERIDGE, Iris (British pianist).
Loveridge was born in London on April 10, 1917. Popular pianist who
played concertos with Sir John Barbirolli and Sir Henry Wood,
chamber music with the Alberni Quartet, Evelyn Rothwell.
Her music ranging from Bach to Rubbra. Her funeral was in
Gloucestershire. ~ age 83.
31 OCT 2000 SMITH, Brooks (Pianist, teacher and accompanist) Toured many years with violinist Jascha Heifetz. Died in Covina, CA. ~ age 88. NY Times, Obit
31 OCT 2000 RUBIO, David (aka David Spink, flamenco guitarist and guitar builder) Rubio Quartet named in his honor. Built guitars in Cambridge, England. Made 8 stringed guitar with Paul Galbraith. ~
27 OCT 2000 BERRY, Walter
(Austrian Bass Baritone)
World reknown bass baritone who won acclaim for his interpretations of Mozart and Strauss and was beloved by Austrians for his renditions of Franz Schubert, died of a heart attack at his home in Vienna. ~ age 71.
Boston Globe Obit
21 OCT 2000 ADAMS, David (Managing director of music publishers Boosey and Hawkes) Birth, 10 DEC 1909. ~ age 90.
16 OCT 2000 GOLUB, David (
Pianist, conductor )
American pianist and chamber music conductor, died of lung cancer at his home in Milan. ~ Age 50.
Boston Globe Obit
08 OCT 2000 WALTERS, Jess (American baritone, teacher)
Debut in 1941 as
with the New York Opera Company. His Covent Garden debut came in 1947
he sang 684 performances with that company. He came to the University
Texas at Austin in 1965. ~ age 91
Austin Statesman Obit
25 SEP 2000 REILLY, Tommy (MBE, concert harmonica player) Born on 21 AUG August 1919.
Son of a versatile military bandmaster, Captain James Reilly, Royal Military School of Music,
who had founded the Elmdale Harmonica Band. Michael Spivakovsky's Harmonica Concerto was written
for Reilly and premiered at the Festival of Britain in 1951. It was the first major work for the instrument. ~ Age 81.
14 SEP 2000 del MONTE, Carlo (tenor, real name was Elenio Barjau). Died in Mexico City.
Born in Badalona.
22 AUG 2000 GIGLI, Rina (Italian soprano). She was born in Naples 30 JAN 1916.
Taught by her father, Beniamino, and made her first appearance at in Rome in 1936. Opera debut whith her father in 1940 at Spoleto as Suzel in Mascagni's L'amico Fritz.
She sang at Covent Garden in 1946 with Naples' San Carlo Company, as Mimi to her father's Rodolfo and Nedda to his Canio in Pagliacci. She toured many opera houses singing with her father. At San Carlo in 1949 she was praised for her Desdemona to Ramón Vinay's Otello. In 1951 she toured South Africa with her father and Tito Gobbi. She also made a few recordings with her father. After his death in 1957 her career faded. Her second husband was bass, Plinio Clabassi.
~ age 84.
21 AUG 2000 WILSON, Neil (American Tenor). Died at Memorial Sloane-Kettering Hospital in New York after a short battle with kidney cancer. Lived in New York and Berlin. He spent 5 seasons with the Metropolitan Opera where he made his debut as Macduff in "Macbeth" in 1988. ~ age 44.
20 AUG 2000 EVANS, Nancy (English Mezzo-Soprano)
OBE. Was born in Liverpool on 19 MAR 1915.
English Opera Group from its formation in 1946.
~ age 85.
18 AUG 2000 KRAINIS, Bernard (Recorder performer)
Promoted and played period music and championed early music and period instruments. ~ 75.
Boston Globe, AP Obit
17 AUG 2000 DONATONI, Franco (Italian composer) Was born in Verona on 9 JUN 1927. His career spanned nearly fifty years, his compositions of the last two decades being most popular. He studied violin as well as composition, graduated in general studies and accountancy, and taught at the conservatories in Bologna and Turin. ~ 73.
15 AUG 2000
PAPINEAU-COUTURE, JEAN (Canadian composer). A teacher and former
Dean of the Faculty of
Music at the Université de Montréal, he was a
founding member of many Canadian musical organizations. He
won the Prix de musique Calixa-Lavallée and the
Canadian Music Council Medal.
b- 12 NOV 1916 in Outremont near Montréal, Québec. ~ age 84.
10 AUG 2000 DANCO, Suzanne (Belgian soprano, opera and song recitalist). Was born on 22 JAN 1911. Noted as an accomplished Mozartian, Mimi and Mélisande, she impressed audiences with her intense interpretations throughout the 1950s, graced many of the principal opera houses and international festivals in Europe. She was born into a Flemish environment and brought up in Brussels. She was supported in her studies at the Brussels Conservatory by the Queen of Belgium. ~ age 89.
08 AUG 2000 WIENER, Otto (Viennese Baritone). Born in
Vienna 13 FEB 1913. Concert debut 1937. Graz debut in 1953,
Simon Boccanegra. Vienna State and Bavarian State operas.
MET debut 18 OCT 1962 as Hans Sachs.
Noted Dutchman, Gunther and Wotan. Photo ~ age 87.
03 AUG 2000 PLATT, (Sir) Peter (British musicologist) He was born in
Sheffield on 6 JUL 1924. He died in Sydney. Studied Western and
Eastern music. He explored the
world of the Indian sitar and
championed the Baroque oboe. ~ age 76
03 AUG 2000 PERKINS, Kenneth (Canadian violinist, teacher,
and chamber musician). The co-founder and second violinist of the
Orford Quartet. Perkins died at his home in Hartington, Ont.
~ age 65. Obituary,
Tamara Bernstein - National Post
27 JUL 2000 DYER, Lorely (British soprano). She was born on
15 DEC 1907. In 1938 she was a guest singer with the Carl Rosa Opera
Company playing Micaela in Carmen and Adele in Die
Fledermaus. She was Gretel for Covent Garden's touring
production of Humperdinck's Hänsel and Gretel. In 1940
Sir Thomas Beecham invited her to sing Mimì in La Bohème. She was
also Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly at Sadler's Wells.~ age 92.
24 JUL 2000 SHUMSKY, Oscar (American violinist, conductor and teacher).
Born in Philadelphia,
23 MAR 1917. He
died in Rye, New York. ~ age 83.
21 JUL 2000 HAMILTON, Iain (Scottish composer). He turned Tolstoy's Anna Karenina into an opera. ~ age 78.
19 JUL 2000 LEGGE, Harry (OBE, conductor), was born on 24 APR
1914. He influenced orchestral training
in Britain. He was also the musical director and
conductor of the National Youth Wind Orchestra for 20
years. ~ age 86.
17 JUL 2000 DISPEKER, Thea (Vocalist impresario). An influential impresario on both sides of the Atlantic. For
over 50 years she
represented some of the most
distinguished singers in the world, as
well as instrumentalists, conductors
and stage directors.
She was born
in Munich on 28 SEP 1902. Died NYC. ~ age 97.
15 JUL 2000 QUILICO, Louis (Canadian Baritone).
He died at Toronto Western Hospital following complications arising from knee surgery. ~ age 75. La Scena Musicale 2000
04 JUL 2000 STEVENSON, Mark (British harpsichord craftsman). His authentic instruments helped to foster interest in early music. Was born on 1 DEC 1943. He died of cancer. ~ age 56
28 JUN 2000 GLOCK, Sir William (British Administrator, pianist and critic). A
former BBC Controller of Music who founded the Dartington School of
Music). b- 3 MAY 1908 ~ age 92.
25 JUN 2000 BLOCK, Arnold (American composer) Was founder of the Mohawk Concerts in the US Berkshire Mountains). ~ age 77.
21 JUN 2000 HOVHANESS, Alan (Armenian-American Composer who blended western
with Asian music in his compositions). Was at his death composer-in-residence at the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. He died at Seattles's Swedish Medical Center where he was being treated a
chronic stomach problem. b-Somerville, MA 8 MAR 1911. ~ age 89. A selected
look at Hovhaness's discography
21 JUN 2000 MILNER, Martin (British violinist and orchestra leader).
Leader of the Hallé Orchestra. He was born on 17 FEB 1928. ~ age 72.
16 JUN 2000 DUFALLO, Richard (Orchestra conductor) Was
known for his powerful performances of contemporary music, died
at Denton, Texas of
stomach cancer. ~ age 67.
12 JUN 2000 LURTSEMA, Robert J. (The longtime Host and Executive Producer of Boston WGBH-FM's Morning Pro Musica). Known for his resonant voice and birdsong theme. Lung disease.
~ age 68. Tribute
10 JUN 2000 PATTERSON, Frank (Irish tenor, sang to
Popes and Presidents). Was born in Ireland and studied in Paris,
emigrated to America and made his home in New York City. Was diagnosed with cancer and had been
undergoing radiation therapy. He had been hospitalized at the
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
~ age 58.
09 JUN 2000 EDWARDS, Gwynne (Violist and teacher). b- 27
SEP 1909. He was
Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at the Royal
Academy of Music, for 36 years. Was principal violist with the
London Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia of London and co-principal of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and
the Royal Philharmonic. ~ age 90.
01 JUN 2000 SUMERA, Lepo (Estonian radio recording engineer and composer, film
scores, symphonies. Estonian minister of culture.) b- 8 May 1950 in
Tallin. ~ age 50.
01 JUN 2000 CZERWENKA, Oskar (Viennese Bass). Born in Vocklabruck, near Linz on 5 JUL 1924.
Debut in Graz, 1947. MET debut 26 DEC 1959. Buffo specialties. Years with the Vienna State Opera. ~ age 76
27 MAY 2000 PETERS, Johanna McLennan (Mezzo-Soprano) Was administrator Phoenix Opera, Guildhall School. 40 year veteran of British Opera. b-Glasgow, 3 JAN 1932. ~ age 68.
24 MAY 2000 COLEMAN, Eleanor (Singer, Boston Opera House)
From Hingham, MA. Died in Weymouth. ~ age 87.
20 MAY 2000 RAMPAL, Jean Pierre (French Flutist, conductor
and teacher). Heart attack, in Paris. b-Marseilles 7 JAN 1922 ~ age 78.
18 MAY 2000 FERRIS, William (American choral conductor and composer).
Led the William Ferris Chorale and specialized in performing works by
contemporary composers. He taught at the Vatican. In 1989 he was
given a papal knighthood by Pope John Paul II. Ferris collapsed while
directing a rehearsal of Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem in Chicago. ~ age 63.
17 MAY 2000 KOHS, Ellis (composer, music teacher, and theorist).
Leukemia. ~ age 84.
14 MAY 2000 VALLETTI, Cesare (Tenor renowned for his
interpretations of Mozart's operas), in Rome, Italy of heart failure. He gave up his
career in 1967 because of health problems. ~ age 79.
06 MAY 2000 SALZEDO, Leonard (British composer of ballet
scores). The Witch Boy. b- London, 24 SEP 1921.
~ age 78.
28 APR 2000 BORG, Kim (Swedish-Finnish born Bass-Baritone, Composer) b-Helsinki 7 AUG 1919. ~ age 80.
29 MAR 2000 SOKOLOW, Anna (A dancer and choreographer). B
orn in Hartford, Connecticut, on February 9, 1910. She
died in New York. ~ age 90.
20 MAR 2000 FINE, Vivian (Orchestra, ballet composer). She
wrote ballet scores for Martha Graham and Jose Limon. Died in
Bennington, Vt., after an automobile accident. She lived in
Hoosick Falls, N.Y.
~ age 86.
16 MAR 2000 HENDERSON, Roy. (British baritone). He became one of the country's leading
singing teachers after a notable performing career. CBE,
born in Edinburgh on July 4, 1899. He died at
Bromley, Kent. ~ age 100.
07 MAR 2000 HARRIS, Margaret R. Harris (Pioneering conductor).
Margaret Rosezarian Harris was the first black woman to conduct the
symphony orchestras of Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, and
many other US cities. She died of a heart attack.
~ age 56.
02 MAR 2000 YOUNG, Alexander. (Tenor, known for playing the Rake
for Stravinsky). Born on 18 OCT 1920. ~ age 79.
18 FEB 2000 RODRIGUEZ, Rafaela Maria (Plasmati).
(Lyric soprano had radio show) of Fitchburg, MA. Died
at Highland Long Term Care. ~ age 84.
27 JAN 2000 GULDA, Friedrich (Austrian pianist and composer),
died of a heart attack in Weissenbach am Attersee.
He was born in Vienna on
16 May 1930. ~ age 69.
22 JAN 2000 COSSUTTA, Carlo (Italian tenor), died of cancer in Udine.
He was born in Trieste on 8 MAY 1932. ~ age 67.
16 JAN 2000 JONES,
Philip (Trumpeter and founder of world popular Philip Jones
Brass Ensemble in 1951). Born 12 MAR 1928 in Bath. ~ age 71.
04 JAN 2000 PLEASANTS, Henry (A musicologist and critic in England). Died in
London. He was born in Wayne, Pennsylvania, on 12 MAY 1910. ~ age 89.
03 JAN 2000 BRAE, June (British ballerina). Died in Bath, England.
She was born at Ringwood, Hampshire, on 18 MAY 1917. ~ age 82.