Classical Musician Deaths 1999
- 16 DEC 1999
(Coloratura Soprano). ~ 51 years.
- 14 DEC 1999 Brouwenstijn, Gre (Dutch soprano)
Died in Amsterdam.
The pride of Dutch music lovers, Brouwenstijn made her international début at London's
Covent Garden in Aida conducted by Barbirolli. She made few recordings, and her last
performance was as Leonore in Fidelio in 1971. ~ age 84.
- 02 DEC 1999 KING, Robert Davis
(A musician and musicologist; taught at BU)
Of Easton, MA. An
expert on music for brass instruments, died of
cancer at Life Care
Center in West Bridgewater. ~ 85 years .
- 05 DEC 1999 TAYLOR, Kendall (CBE, concert pianist and teacher),
He was born on July
27, 1905. ~ 94 years.
- 02 DEC 1999 BYRD, Charlie
(Classical and Jazz guitarist). Based for many years in the Washington, D.C. area performing at the 'Showboat Lounge' and in
his own club in Silver Spring, MD. b- Suffolk, Va 1925. Died at his home in Annapolis MD, cancer. ~ 74 years.
- 00 NOV 1999 KEAL, Minna (British composer) Keal was born in March, 1909. ~ 90 years
- 00 NOV 1999 PITFIELD, Thomas (British composer, teacher, artist and
craftsman). Born, Bolton 5 APR 1903. Associate of composers
Maxwell Davies, Alexander Goehr and John McCabe who were
beneficiaries of his teaching at the Royal Northern College
of Music. ~ 96 years.
- 18 NOV 1999 BOWLES, Paul (writer and composer),in Tangier. b. in New York 31 DEC 1910.
An intimate of Aaron Copland, Gertrude
Stein and William Burroughs. Nadia Boulanger awakened his taste for
music. He returned home in 1929 and sought out Boulanger's most distinguished American pupil of the early
1920s, Aaron Copland. Copland took a deep personal interest in this strange, sexually ambiguous and gifted boy,
and offered to give him lessons in composition.
~ 88 years.
- 14 NOV 1999
(Pianist, distinguished professor of
music at Indiana University), died
at his residence. ~ 77 years.
- 12 NOV 1999 CASADESUS, Gaby (pianist and teacher), died at her home in Paris. She
was born Gaby L'Hote in Marseille, France. She
worked with leading French composers from Gabriel Faure
and Maurice Ravel to Darius Milhaud. In 1921 she married
another composer and one of the century's great pianists,
Robert Casadesus, who wrote several works for them to
perform together. They became frequent partners in two-piano
recitals and made a number of acclaimed recordings. Robert
died in 1972, and afterwards Gaby helped found a summer
music festival in Lille, France. In 1975 she started the Robert
Casadesus International Piano Competition in Cleveland, which
is now called the Cleveland International Piano
~ 98 years.
- 10 NOV 1999 GALIMIR, Felix (Chamber violinist)NYC.
b. Vienna, Austria. Violin studies with A. Bak, Vienna
Conservatory of Music, and Carl Flesch. Founded Galimir String Quartet and concertized
throughout Europe, 1929. Recorded Ravel String Quartet under composer's direction.
Former member, NBC Symphony Orchestra. Concertmaster, Symphony of the Air.
Faculty, Marlboro Summer School of Music and Marlboro Music Festival. The Juilliard
School faculty since 1962.
Important link to musical traditions of the past.
Mentor to generations of chamber musicians at Juillard, Curtis and Marlboro. ~ 89 years.
- 02 NOV 1999 PAVLOVSKI, Anton (Classical Guitarist, Teacher and
KUAT-FM Radio Personality).
Anton died unexpectedly in his sleep of a brain aneurysm. A fine
musician with two decades of performing solo guitar works as well as collaborations with
instrumentalists. ~ 54 years.
- 31 OCT 1999 FERGUSON,
Classical composer, educator)
British musician who produced a series of
admired editions after his inspiration as a
composer dried up. ~
- 22 OCT 1999 CALLAND, Fred (NPR Classical and Opera host, commentator
and producer from 1970). The voice of NPR's
World of Opera, International Concert Hall and Grand
Piano. His essays appeared on All Things Considered and
other NPR News shows, as well as his series, Fred Calland's
Music Notes. ~ 75 years.
- 15 OCT 1999 LOCKE, Josef, (Irish singer) whose romantic tenor voice and
colorful life inspired the 1992 film 'Hear My Song'. ~ 82 years.
- 07 OCT 1999 DURUFLE', Mme. Marie Madeleine
Durufle', (organist, pedagogue and wife of the late composer Maurice
Durufle'). She passed away from complications after an injury
sustained in a fall.
- 06 OCT 1999 REISS, Stephen OBE, (General Manager of the Aldeburgh
Festival, 1955-71). b- 7 AUG 1918. ~ 81 years.
- 02 OCT 1999 TINTNER, George (Canadian conductor) from a fall at his home in Halifax, Nova Scotia,
Canada. ~ 82 years. London Times OBIT
- 28 SEP 1999 HILL, Paul (Choral conductor) of Lou Gehrig's Disease. Prominent Washington,
D. C. musician. ~ 65 years.
- 13 SEP 1999 SLADEN, Victoria (English soprano). She was born on
May 24, 1910. ~ aged 89.
- 11 SEP 1999 THOMSON, John Mansfield (Music scholar), died in Wellington, New Zealand, on September 11 aged 73.
He was born in Blenheim, New Zealand, on 10 MAR 1926. ~ 73 years.
- 10 SEP 1999 McCUE, Bill (Scottish opera singer, actor and entertainer), died of
cancer. b-17 AUG 1934 ~ 65 years.
- 10 SEP 1999
KRAUS, Alfredo (Spanish Tenor) in Madrid. b- 24 SEP 1927 ~ 71 years.
- 24 AUG 1999 LAGOYA, Alexandre (French Guitarist) ~ 70 years.
- 21 JUL 1999 POUNCEY, Denys (English Organist and Master of the Choristers at
Wells Cathedral, 1936-70). He was born on December 23, 1906. ~ 92 years.
- 15 AUG 1999 SARAZIN, Anamarie (Dancer performed 20 years with Boston Ballet a ballerina
who specialized in such fiery roles as the murderous Lizzie Borden in ''Fall River
Legend,'' the spunky flirt in ''Tarantella,'' and the mythic sorceress in
''Medea''), died of cancer in Boston. ~ 53 years.
- 31 JUL 1999 HUGHES, Dr. Robert (American composer of over 5000 pieces,
many for organ) in Greenville, S. C. ~ 83 years.
(Hughes composed under three pseudonyms: James Denton, James Moffatt, and John Johnson).
- 27 JUL 1999
FLEMING, Amaryllis (English cellist and teacher) ~ 73 years.
- 23 JUL 1999 de COTEAU, Denis, (San Francisco Ballet's music director
and conductor for 23 years and instrumental in the company's international
success) died following a long battle with cancer. ~ 73 years.
- 10 JUL 1999 SANDERS, Samuel (Pianist) b- NYC, 27 JUN 1937. Death from complications
of second heart surgery. ~ 62 years.
- 06 JUL 1999 RODRIGO, Joaquin (Spanish composer), in Madrid. b- 22 NOV 1901 ~ 98 years.
- 15 JUL 1999 WEBSTER, Beveridge Webster, (A pianist, advocate of modern
composers and teacher who was an associate of composer Maurice Ravel), died in
Kendal-at-Hanover retirement community in Hanover, N.H. ~ 91 years.
- 27 JUN 1999
ENGLUND, Sven Einar (composer, pianist and teacher, born 17 June
1916, Ljugarn, Gotland, Sweden. ~ 83 years.
- 24 JUN 1999 GRIFFITH, Ted (Trombone, Prof. McGill Univ., Montreal and Baltimore Syms))
- 06 JUN 1999 MUSIN, Ilya (Russian conductor and teacher),
died in St Petersburg aged 95. He was born on December 24, 1904
- 26 MAY 1999 SACHER, Paul (Conductor, Billionaire, and arts patron) after
a long illness, in Zurich. ~ 93 years.
- 24 MAY 1999 SUR, Donald (composer) b. Honolulu 1 FEB 1935. d- Boston. ~ 64 years.
- 19 MAY 1999 BLADES, Jimmy; OBE, (percussion player and author) born in
Peterborough on September 9, 1901. ~ 97 years.
- 09 MAY 1999 BLECH, Harry; CBE, (founder and conductor of the London Mozart Players). b. March 2, 1910. Important in the rebuilding of British musical life after World War II. ~ 89 years.
- 08 MAY 1999 JABLONSKI, Marek (Canadian pianist) died in Edmonton, cancer. ~ 59 years
- 29 APR 1999 BARZIN, Leon (Music Dir. NYC Ballet, National Orchestra Assn.) in Naples FL ~ 98 years.
- 00 APR 1999 LOLYA, Andrew (Principal flute, NYC Ballet Orch 1961-1998).
- 16 APR 1999
MORGAN, Fred (Recorder craftsman) auto accident in Australia.
- 06 APR 1999 PLEETH, William (English cellist)b. 12 JAN 1916.
Taught J. DuPre. ~ 83 years.
- 02 APR 1999 TURNBULL, Carol M. (Clarinetist and teacher, in Cambridge, MA) ~ 82 years.
- 18 MAR 1999 BERBERIAN, Hampartzoum (Composer) b. Adana Turkey.
d. Watertown, MA, cancer. ~ 93 years.
- 17 MAR 1999 GOLD, Ernest (Oscar winning film composer) Complications
from stroke in Los Angeles. ~ 77 years.
- 16 MAR 1999 STOKES, Eric Norman (Composer and teacher) b. Haddon Heights, NJ
14 JUL 1930. Auto accident Minneapolis. ~ 69 years.
- 12 MAR 1999 SAYAO, Bidu (Baulduina de Oliveira) b. near Rio de Janeiro
May 11 1906 (Brazilian Opera diva) pneumonia, at her home in Lincolnville,
Maine. ~ 94 years.
- 12 MAR 1999 MENUHIN, Yehudi (Violinist and conductor)
b. NYC 22 APR 1916.
Heart failure in Berlin.
~ 82 years
- 23 FEB 1999 GIPPS, Ruth Dorothy Louisa (Composer, conductor and teacher)
b. Bexhill-On-Sea, East Sussex 20 FEB 1921; MBE 1981; m. Robert Baker 1942:
d. Eastbourne, East Sussex. ~ 78 years
- 22 FEB 1999 GERHARDT, Charles Allan (Conductor and record producer)
Complications from brain surgery. ~ 72 years
- 22 FEB 1999 PHELPS, Larry (Organist and organ builder) m. Gillian Weir,
- 20 FEB 1999 BOATWRIGHT, Howard (Composer, conductor, violinist and former dean
of music at Syracuse Univ.)
~ 80 years
- 16 FEB 1999 SCHLEE, Alfred (Universal Edition Publisher, pianist, cellist,
musicologist and composer) in Vienna. b. Dresden, 19 NOV 1901 ~ 97 years
- 06 FEB 1999 KVANDAL, Johann (Norwegian composer) during an operation. ~ 79 years.
- 01 FEB 1999 GRILLO, Joann (MET Opera mezzo-soprano) Heart attack recouperation from surgery
in Brooklyn NY. b-14 MAY 1939, NYC ~ 59 years
- 25 JAN 1999 SHAW, Robert (Choral conductor, Atlanta Symphony) Stroke in New
Haven, CT. b-30 APR 1916 in Red Bluff, CA ~ 82 years
- 10 JAN 1999 KRELL, John C. (Piccolo and Flutist, Philadelphia Orchestra)
Heart attack. ~ 84 years.
- 04 JAN 1999 SAPP, Allen (Composer, Prof. emeritus, Cincinnati Conservatory
of Music) Heart failure. ~ 76 years
- 03 JAN 1999 DeGEORGE, Portia (MET Opera singer) ~ 92 years
- 03 JAN 1999 YAMAGUCHI, Goro (Shakuhachi player and Master of Traditional
Japanese music) Heart attack. ~ 65 years
- 02 JAN 1999 LIEBERMAN, Rolf (Swiss Opera administrator and composer) ~ 88 years