December 7, 2012 |
Jonathan Harvey, a British modernist composer whose operas and other works reflected a deep engagement with spirituality, died Dec. 4 at a hospice in Sussex, England. He was 73. Faber Music, which published many of Dr. Harvey's compositions, said the cause was motor neuron disease. Dr. Harvey developed his style in the 1980s working at Pierre Boulez's Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics and Music in Paris. Fruits of that work included "Mortuous Plango, Vivos Voco," an experimental composition using...
April 12, 2009 |
Genevieve Fritter Bieber, 93, a violinist, music director and composer in the Washington area for decades, died March 18 at her home in Alexandria. She had Alzheimer's disease. Mrs. Bieber, known most of her professional life as Genevieve Fritter, was the music director and composer-in-residence for 20 years for the Montgomery Ballet. She was a member of many local orchestras and often substituted in the National Symphony Orchestra. Her "Theme and Variations for String Orchestra" was performed at the Kennedy Center in...
April 27, 2011 |
American composer Peter Lieberson, who wrote his most inspired songs for his great love, the late mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, died April 23 at a hospital in Tel Aviv. He was 64 and had complications from lymphoma. The New York-born composer, who lived in Santa Fe, N.M., was in Israel for medical treatment. His cancer was diagnosed while he was mourning his wife's death in 2006 from breast cancer. Dr. Lieberson was a well-established artist years before he met Lorraine Hunt in 1997.
June 28, 2011 |
Television and film music composer Fred Steiner, 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 undisclosed causes June 23 at his home in the Mexican state of Jalisco. He was 88. 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...
November 5, 2012 |
Elliott Carter, the Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer who fused European and American modernist traditions in seminal but formidable works, and who lived to hear ovations for music that was once thought to be anything but listener-friendly, died Nov. 5 at his home in New York City. He was 103. His assistant, Virgil Blackwell, confirmed the death but did not disclose an immediate cause. Mr. Carter's career was like some of the towering cathedrals of Europe: so long in the making...
December 28, 2012 |
Richard Rodney Bennett, a British composer, pianist and arranger who was nominated three times for Academy Awards, died Dec. 24 in New York City at age 76. His publisher, Novello & Co., confirmed his death but did not specify a cause. Mr. Bennett was nominated for Oscars for the scores for "Far From the Madding Crowd" in 1967, "Nicholas and Alexandra" in 1971 and "Murder on the Orient Express" in 1974. After he studied with composer Pierre Boulez in the 1950s, Mr. Bennett's work evolved...