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Wynton Marsalis signs to Booseys

26/01/2008

Leading jazz musician, trumpeter and composer, Wynton Marsalis has signed an exclusive agreement with Boosey & Hawkes who will represent Marsalis’s compositions on a worldwide basis.

In 1997, Marsalis was the first jazz artist to receive the Pulitzer Prize in music for his work Blood on the Fields and he has also won nine Grammy awards.

Says Boosey & Hawkes General Manager, Marc Ostrow: "I am honored to work with such a brilliant American cultural icon. Marsalis's music, like those of the other legendary composers we represent, transcends any label, and its honesty and humanity are instantly felt by the listener. The music of Wynton Marsalis should live alongside the masterworks of Bartók, Bernstein, Copland, Stravinsky, as well as those of Andrew Hill and Charles Mingus."

Says Mr. Marsalis: "I am delighted to be published by Boosey & Hawkes and to be in the company of such distinguished classical and jazz composers."

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Luke Bedford to be Wigmore Hall's first Composer-In-Residence

25/01/2008

John Gilhooly, Director of Wigmore Hall, has today announced that the Hall’s recently launched commissioning scheme is to be underpinned by a gift of £500,000 donated by André Hoffmann (who is the grandson of the conductor and philanthropist Paul Sacher). This will enable more than 50 new works (by 50 different composers) up until 2014.

“This generous and important gift ensures that Wigmore Hall will maintain its position as a leading venue for new music” said Gilhooly. “In addition to this gift, we have sought and secured commissioning partners – venues and festivals worldwide – so that any new work will receive several international performances, following a Wigmore Hall world premiere”.

Gilhooly also announced that the Hall is to have its first ever Composer-in-Residence from 2009. “Luke Bedford is an important young voice and a distinctive musical force, and we are very pleased that he has accepted our invitation to become our Composer-in-Residence from 2009. The position will involve composition as well as working with the Hall’s Community & Education programme.”

“Since the Hall opened its doors in 1901, it has been a champion of new music – having a composer join the team here in a leadership capacity is one of the most natural and obvious things that we could do”.


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Ivan Hewett on Messaien

17/01/2008

As the Southbank in London gears up for its celebration of the music of Olivier Messiaen, Ivan Hewett explores the contradictions of his mystical music in today's Telegraph


Boston Globe on Magnus Lindberg

14/01/2008

He belongs to a generation of composers that inherited the solemn rites and rigors of post-war modernism and struggled to transform them into a personal language that could speak beyond the ivory tower.
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Judith Weir on finding your own voice

11/01/2008

As the Barbican prepares a season celebrating the work of Judith Weir, Britain's foremost female composer talks to Ivan Hewett in yesterday's Telegraph

"A lot of young composers these days have become very expert at a kind of safe modernism, like Birtwistle mixed with a bit of George Benjamin," she says with some heat, "but you wonder what the point of it is. What do they actually want to say?"

[with thanks to Lawes in the C:T forum for pointing this article out]
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Getting young people interested in new music

08/01/2008

James MacMillan discusses the best ways to engage young people in contemporary classical music:

http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/01/does_contemporary_classical_mu.html

and critic Andrew Dickson responds:

http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/01/preaching_to_the_unconverted.html

Pierre-Laurent Aimard to be new artistic director of Aldeburgh

18/12/2007

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, the renouned French pianist and conductor will succeed Thomas Adès as Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival for three years with effect from 2009.

Jonathan Reekie, Chief Executive of Aldeburgh Music said: "After an inspirational ten years with Thomas Adès at the helm, in our search for a replacement we were looking for an outstanding, original musician and programmer, who would both respect the Aldeburgh traditions but also stamp their mark on the Festival. In Pierre-Laurent Aimard we have all those qualities, rare in one person - a brilliant performer with a flair for creating concerts and Festivals. His performances here have been the talk of recent Aldeburgh Festivals and we are very much looking forward to working with him."

Stockhausen dies

07/12/2007

German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen has died at the age of 79. Although his reputation had declined in recent years after a series of increasingly bizarre projects, Stockhausen was unquestionably one of the most influential composers of the late 20th Century music.

Guardian Obituary

BBC website

2007 British Composer Awards Winners

07/12/2007

The winners of the 2007 British Composer Awards were announced at a ceremony in London on Wednesday. The winners were:


Chamber
Brian Ferneyhough: String Quartet No. 5

Community or Educational Project
Stephen Deazley: Thrie Heids

Vocal
Oliver Knussen: Requiem – Songs for Sue

New Media
Jem Finer: Score for a Hole in the Ground

Instrumental Solo and Duo
Harrison Birtwistle: Crowd

Wind Band or Brass Band
Edwin Roxburgh: An Elegy for Ur

Liturgical
Tarik O’Regan: Threshold of Night

Stage Works
Stephen McNeff: Tarka the Otter

Choral
Julian Anderson: Heaven is Shy of Earth

Making Music Award
Howard Jones: The Illusion of Progress

Orchestral
Thomas Adès: Tevot

BBC Radio 3 Listeners Award
Guto Puw: Oboe Concerto

International Award
Wolfgang Rihm: Verwandlung

Peter Lieberson wins Grawemeyer Award

03/12/2007

Peter Lieberson has been awarded the 2008 Grawemeyer Award, worth $200,000 for his Neruda Songs, a group of five love songs setting work by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. The songs were written for Lieberson's wife, the late mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, who had been diagnosed with cancer in 2005. She performed the work with the organizations that jointly commissioned it, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Boston Symphony, before she died in 2006.
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