A Dark Day for Music Lovers

December 5, 2012

It is with a genuinely sad heart that I pass along reports of the deaths of two major figures in music. Both Johnathan Harvey and Dave Brubeck have passed away in the preceding hours.  Details can be found here:

Jonathan Harvey – Jonathan Harvey dies aged 73 (Guardian UK)

Dave Brubeck – Dave Brubeck, jazz pianist, dead at age 91 (Chicago Tribune)

I had the privilege of having an extended composition lesson with Mr. Harvey and also got to hear him speak on a few occasions. While I’ll leave it to others to say all the things that should be said about the high quality of his music and teaching, I will encourage you to listen to some of his music. His repertoire has a wide range of styles and emotions, but there should be something for just about everybody. Much of it (although not his most famous works) are available on Spotify and Tombeau de Messiaen might be the most appropriate given it’s subject matter.

While I am not a frequent listener of Mr. Brubeck’s music, I did, in fact, enjoy some earlier this very week. His lively and charming arrangement/performance of Leonard Bernstein’s “Maria ” appears in a crucial scene of the wonderful Silver Linings Playbook.

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