On this day, JOHN BARRY, composer, died 30th January, 2011
He was 77 yrs old. John Barry Prendergast, OBE (3 November 1933 – 30 January 2011) was an Oscar winning English film score composer. He was best known for composing 11 James Bond soundtracks and was hugely influential on the 007 series' distinctive style.
In a career spanning almost 50 years, Barry received a number of awards for his work, including five Academy Awards; two for Born Free, and one each for The Lion in Winter (also won a BAFTA), Out of Africa and Dances with Wolves (which also won a Grammy Award).
Australian connection: During 2006, Barry was the executive producer on an album entitled Here's to the Heroes by the Australian ensemble The Ten Tenors. The album features a number of songs Barry wrote in collaboration with his lyricist friend, Don Black.
This post was modified from its original form on 31 Jan, 13:53
Philip Glass, composer, born 31 January, 1937
......... taken from Wikipedia
Born on this day, 1937, Philip Glass is an American music composer. He is considered one of the most influential composers of the late 20th century, especially in bringing art music to the public... His earlier music is often (controversially) described as minimalist. Of his later work he describes himself as a composer of "music with repetitive structures," and as a "Classicist", trained in and studied harmony and counterpoint such composers as Schubert, Bach and Mozart.
Glass is a prolific composer of operas, musical theatre works, symphonies, concertos, solo works, chamber music, and film scores, e.g. Kundun
Thank you Jenny for this interesting thread. Looking forward to seeing more postings.
Music History, 3 February
Born on this day 1809 - composer Felix Mendelssohn
...born Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy on 3 February 1809 in Hamburg, Germany.
Initially Jewish, Mendelssohn's family converted to Christianity, joining the Lutheran church. Considered to be the greatest child prodigy since Mozart, Mendelssohn was responsible for reviving the work of Johann Sebastian Bach, another gifted Lutheran, which had been largely forgotten for eighty years. Mendelssohn directed a performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion in 1829, the first performance of the work since Bach's death, and it earned Mendelssohn an international reputation at age twenty.
Mendelssohn also revived much of Mozart's work, and the influence of both Bach and Mozart can be seen in his own compositions. Mendelssohn wrote his first twelve symphonies before he was fourteen, and by the time he was seventeen, his compositions had developed maturity. He wrote incidental music for the performance of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, including the Wedding March that is played as the recessional at many weddings. Other popular works include his Violin Concerto in E Minor, Piano Concerto No 1 in G Minor and Piano Concerto No 2 in D Minor, the oratorio Elijah and the concert overture The Hebrides, otherwise known as Fingal's Cave.
Ever prone to over-working, Mendelssohn died at age 38 from a series of strokes, on 4 November 1847.
Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy guitarist, died 6 Feb '11
Robert William Gary Moore (4 April 1952 – 6 February 2011), better known as Gary Moore, from Belfast, Northern Ireland, best recognized as a blues rock guitarist and singer. [Wikipedia]
Parisienne Walkways, Gary Moore-listen on youtube...
The following stories are from the Belfast Telegraph...
Tribute: The Boys Are Back In Town
Reformed rock band Thin Lizzy are to pay an emotional tribute to their former colleague Gary Moore in Belfast next week when they play in the late guitarist's home town.
Gary Moore Death: Friends Shocked By Loss of Thin Lizzy Axe Hero
The passing of legendary Celtic rock musician Gary Moore -who was regarded as one of the greatest guitarists of his generation -has been met with disbelief by his friends and fellow musicians. Tributes continue to pour in.
Gary Moore Thin Lizzy Guitarist
The body of music legend Gary Moore will be flown to Britain later today (friday 11th feb). Relatives, including his brother Cliff and a girlfriend, are set to accompany the coffin of the Thin Lizzy guitarist on a lunchtime flight from Malaga to London.
Forever Young? Why Being a Musician Can Slow Effects of Ageing
from the dailymail.co.uk
12th May 2011
While a growing body of research finds musical training gives students learning advantages in the classroom, a new study has found musical training can also offset some of the negative effects of growing old.