July 9, 2011
Billy Blanco, a veteran Bossa Nova composer, died Friday in a Rio de Janeiro hospital from complications of a stroke he suffered in October. Mr. Blanco was at the heart of the Bossa Nova movement when it bloomed in the early 1960s. He wrote more than 300 songs and collaborated with the genre's biggest names, such as Tom Jobim, Joao Gilberto, and Baden Powell. Blanco was known as the "Diamond of Bossa Nova. " He was born in the Amazon jungle city of Belem, but migrated south to Sao Paulo as a young man to study architecture.
June 9, 2011
Andrew Gold, 59, a singer, musician, and composer whose songs included the 1977 hit "Lonely Boy," died in his sleep Friday at his home in Encino, Calif., said his sister, Melani Gold Friedman. She said he had cancer but had been responding to treatment. Mr. Gold was a multi-instrumental player whose popular singles included "Thank You for Being a Friend" and the British hit "Never Let Her Slip Away. " He was in Linda Ronstadt's band, arranged songs for and performed on several Ronstadt albums, including Heart Like a Wheel , and did session work for artists such as James Taylor and Carly Simon.
July 3, 2012
Abram Wilson, 38, an acclaimed jazz trumpeter and composer from New Orleans who helped lead a new generation of jazz artists in Britain, performing as a kind of cultural attache from the jazz homeland, died June 9 in London. He died several days after suspending a concert tour and checking into a hospital with stomach pains, his wife, Jennie Cashman, said. The cause was cancer, she said. Mr. Wilson, who was raised in New Orleans and steeped in its hybrid musical traditions, was known for combining musical forms.
June 27, 2011
Television and film music composer Fred Steiner, 88, creator of the bold and gritty theme for the Perry Mason TV series and one of the composers of the Oscar-nominated score for The Color Purple , died of natural causes Thursday at his home in the town of Ajijic in the Mexican state of Jalisco, according to his daughter Wendy Waldman, a singer-songwriter. One of the busiest composers working in Hollywood in the 1950s and '60s, Mr. Steiner also crafted music for Gunsmoke ; The Twilight Zone ; Star Trek ; Have Gun, Will Travel ; Rawhide ; Hogan's Heroes ; and other TV series.
April 12, 2011
Mexican composer Daniel Catan, 62, who adapted the Italian film Il Postino to opera, died Friday while working on a new opera in Austin, Texas, a University of Texas spokeswoman said Monday. The cause of death Friday was not immediately released. Mr. Catan was best known in the United States for his operatic adaptation of Il Postino, which is sung in Spanish. The Los Angeles Opera premiered Il Postino last year with Placido Domingo playing the poet Pablo Neruda and tenor Charles Castronovo as the wide-eyed postman Mario Ruoppolo.
November 23, 2012
Richard Robbins, 71, the composer who created memorable scores for such films as A Room With a View , Howards End , and The Remains of the Day during a quarter-century collaboration with director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant, died Nov. 7 in Rhinebeck, N.Y., of Parkinson's disease, said Michael Schell, his longtime partner. Mr. Robbins created the score for nearly every Merchant-Ivory film from The Europeans in 1979 to The White Countess in 2005. He earned back-to-back Academy Award nominations in 1992 and 1993 for his original music for Merchant-Ivory productions.
July 27, 2012 |
AUGUST RODIN is generally considered the father of modern sculpture, though his works reference the classical sculpture of ancient Greece and Rome. That balance of old and new is reflected in the just-reopened Rodin Museum on the Parkway. As part of its summer concert series, the museum commissioned contemporary French composer Philippe Hurel to create three pieces, called "Spectral Impressions," that will be performed Saturday in the museum's sculpture garden by the Argento Chamber Ensemble.
February 15, 2012
Dory Previn Shannon, 86, who helped write the score for the film Valley of the Dolls " and the theme for Last Tango in Paris , has died. According to her husband, Joby Baker, she died Tuesday of natural causes at her farm in Southfield, Mass. She earned Oscar nominations in the 1960s for writing lyrics alongside Andre Previn's music for the films Pepe and Two for the Seesaw . She and Previn were married from 1959 to 1970. She won an Emmy in 1984 for cowriting the theme song for the TV show Two of a Kind . She sang at Carnegie Hall, wrote a libretto for Mozart's opera The Impresario and recorded many albums.
May 24, 2013 |
Henri Dutilleux, 97, a composer whose modest output belied his huge impact on listeners and musicians alike, died Wednesday in Paris, European news services reported. Mr. Dutilleux, born in Angers and trained at the Paris Conservatory, maintained a compositional link with Debussy and Ravel while taking their economy and elegance to greater levels of complexity and dissonance. Conductor Charles Dutoit, a Dutilleux champion who led several notable premieres, said that his death, though expected, was a major loss.
November 8, 2012 |
NEW YORK - The composer Elliott Carter, 103, whose challenging and rhythmically complex works earned him widespread admiration and two Pulitzer Prizes, died Monday. In a 1992 interview, Mr. Carter described his works as "music that asks to be listened to in a concentrated way and listened to with a great deal of attention. It's not music that makes an overt theatrical effect, but it assumes the listener is listening to sounds and making some sense out of them. " The complex way that the different instruments interact in his compositions created drama for listeners who made the effort to understand them, but it made them difficult for orchestras to learn.