Musical artists we misplaced in 2021

Remembering these we misplaced over the previous 12 months

By Peter Alexander Dec. 30 at 2:15 p.m.

Under is my annual remembrance of musicians that we the residing misplaced over the previous 12 months. Allow us to take a second to really feel gratitude for each who touched us individually and collectively over their lives and careers. This record is after all not compprehensive. As all the time, it’s fairly private. I could not embrace these whom you’ll miss most, and in that case I invite you so as to add your personal recollections within the feedback. 

Gerry Marsden

Jan. 3: Gerry Marsden, lead singer, guitarist and founding father of Gerry & the Pacemakers, a Merseybeat group that was created in Liverpool, UK, within the Nineteen Fifties and disbanded in 1966, and whose model of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “You’ll By no means Stroll Alone” grew to become the anthem of the Liverpool Soccer Membership, 78

Jan. 6: Osian Ellis, Welsh harpist with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Melos Ensemble, who had a detailed musical partnership with Benjamin Britten, 92

Jan. 14: Elijah Moshinsky, celebrated Australian opera director who staged many productions on the Royal Opera Home in London, in addition to the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Scottish Opera, Opera Australia, Teatro all Scala and the Wiener Staatsoper, amongst others, 75

Sammy Nestico

Jan. 17: Phil Spector, famend music producer who developed the “wall of sound,” producer of recordings by the Ronettes, Ike & Tina Tuner, and the Beatles “Let It Be” album; whereas serving a 19-year sentence for homicide, 81

Jan. 17: Sammy Nestico, prolific American composer and arranger for Rely Basie, the U.S. Air Drive and Marine bands in Washington, D.C., and trombonist for the Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Gene Krupa and different huge bands, 96

Mary Wilson

Feb. 8: Mary Wilson, founding member and linchpin of The Supremes, one of many biggest and most influential of the Motown teams, from their first hit in 1963 and in all of their 12 No. 1 hits, 76

Feb. 9: Chick Corea, a virtuoso keyboard participant who had nice affect on the world of jazz, by each his creativity and his enjoyment of performing, and who labored with jazz artists from Stan Getz to Miles Davis earlier than forming his personal electrical band, “Return to Perpetually,” 79

March 2: Bunny Wailer, born Neville Livingston, one of many unique members of the esteemed and extremely influential Wailers trio with Peter Tosh and Bob Marley, with whom he grew up as a near-stepbrother, and who received the Grammy for greatest Reggae Album thrice, 73

Bunny Wailer

March 9: James Levine, one of the crucial admired conductors of the late 20th and early 21st centuries who over a 47-year tenure constructed the orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera into one of many world’s greatest, till he was sidelined by well being points and fired after an extended historical past of sexual improprieties caught up with him; cherished by opera singers and Met audiences alike; additionally music director of the Chicago Symphony’s Ravinia Competition 1973–93, the Munich Philharmonic 1999–2004, and the Boston Symphony 2004–11; adopted by accounts of abuse of youthful males courting again to his scholar years, he was suspended after which fired by the Met when these accounts grew to become public and topic to investigation, 77

March 13: Kenneth Cooper, harpsichordist and musical scholar, founding father of the Berkshire Bach Ensemble, identified for performing Baroque music with aptitude and creativity, 79

Christa Ludwig

April 7: Wayne Peterson, composer, skilled jazz musician and professor of composition at San Francisco State College for greater than 30 years who received the 1992 Pulitzer Prize in composition, sparking an issue as a result of the Pulitzer committee had rejected the advice of the music jury, 93

April 24: Christa Ludwig, German mezzo-soprano identified for each insightful opera and intimate art-song performances; cherished by her followers and sometimes known as the best mezzo of her time, her numerous roles included Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro and Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, 93

April 26: Al Schmitt, a number of Grammy-winning recording engineer who produced recordings by Jefferson Airplane, Al Jarreau and Eddie Fischer, amongst others, and recorded Frank Sinatra, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Diana Krall, and different artists over a span of 60 years, 91

Martin Bookspan

April 28: Paul Kellogg, a artistic and imaginative opera impresario who led the Glimmerglass Opera from 1979—with no earlier administrative expertise—till 2006, and later the New York Metropolis Opera from 1996 till 2007, 84

April 29: Martin Bookspan, the voice of radio broadcasts of the Boston Symphony and the New York Philharmonic and announcer for “Dwell from Lincoln Middle,” additionally an announcer for a cleaning soap opera and the writer of books on music, amongst different careers, 94

Gianna Rolandi

June 20: Gianna Rolandi, American coloratura soprano identified for her performances as Zerbinetta in Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos and the title roles of Janacek’s Crafty Little Vixen and Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, amongst different roles, throughout a profession largely centered on the New York Metropolis Opera, 68

June 20: Jeanne Lamon, violinist and for 33 years director of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra of Toronto, which grew to become a world heart for Baroque efficiency and introduced their multi-media efficiency “Tales of Two Cities: the Leipzig-Damascus Espresso Home” to Macky Auditorium in March 2019, 71

June 21: Mimi Stern-Wolfe, for a few years a fixture of musical life on the Decrease East Aspect of Manhattan who introduced an annual live performance of music by composers misplaced to AIDS, the founding father of Downtown Music Productions, which introduced concert events of music by ladies, music of the Holocaust, and different performances exploring lesser identified realms, 84

June 26: Frederic Rzewski, composer of 36 variations on the Chilean protest music The Folks United will By no means be Defeated, one of many nice piano items of the previous century, and himself a virtuoso pianist, identified for his leftwing political convictions in addition to his quite a few musical works, 83

Frederic Rzewski

July 1: Louis Andriessen, Dutch composer influenced by Stravinsky, American minimalism and bebop, whose output included movie music, two operas and different stage works, and what he known as “huge symphonic works . . . utilizing the supplies of the vernacular,” 82

July 9: Gil Wechsler, the primary resident lighting designer on the Metropolitan Opera whose lighting designs have been featured in additional than 100 Met productions from 1977 till 1996, together with among the most lavish reveals within the firm’s historical past, 79

Jean Kraft. Picture by Douglas Merriam

July 15: Jean Kraft, American mezzo-soprano who sang 784 performances on the Metropolitan Opera from 1970 to 1989, together with 11 telecasts and greater than 75 radio broadcasts, along with performances on the Santa Fe Opera, Central Metropolis Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera and Vienna State Opera, 94

July 17: Graham Vick, British opera director identified for his efforts to succeed in new audiences, by numerous casting and use of non-traditional performing areas, and his founding of Birmingham Opera, the place he gave performances in English and saved ticket costs low, however who additionally directed productions at Glyndebourne, the Met, and different main homes, 67

July 20: Jerry Granelli, jazz drummer from Halifax, Nova Scotia , who was the final surviving member of the Vince Guaraldi Trio that recorded the music for “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and who as a session drummer performed with jazz artists together with Invoice Evans and Invoice Frisell, and likewise with Sly Stone, the Kingston Trio and the Grateful Useless, 80

Igor Oistrakh

Aug. 14: Igor Oistrakh, Russian violinist who carried out and recorded extensively within the West all through the Chilly Conflict, a member of the Oistrakh violin dynasty alongside along with his father, David, and son, Valery, 90

August 14: Hugh Wooden, British composer of symphonic, chamber and vocal works, largely unknown outdoors Nice Britain, the place he was effectively revered and acquired many commissions, 89

August 14: R. Murray Schafer, Canadian composer identified for his idea of the soundscape and a frontrunner within the area of acoustic ecology, founding father of the World Soundscape Venture, 88

August 21: Don Everly, the final surviving member of the Everly Brothers vocal duo who hit peak teen stardom within the late Nineteen Fifties with hits together with “Wake Up Little Susie” and ”Cathy’s Clown,” however have been eclipsed within the early ‘60s by the Beatles and the opposite mega-groups of that decade, resulting in a dramatic onstage breakup in 1973, 84

August 24: Charlie Watts, for greater than 50 years the stable, un-flamboyant and jazz-inflected drummer of the Rolling Stones, who as a skilled graphic artist additionally designed among the Stone’s album covers, 80

Charlie Watts

Sept. 2: Mikis Theodorakis, Greek composer identified internationally for his movie music, together with scores for Zorba the Greek, Z and Serpico, who additionally fought a warfare of resistance towards the Greek army junta that took energy in 1967, resulting in his arrest and momentary banishment from Greece, 96

Paddy Maloney

Sept. 30: Carlisle Floyd, composer-librettist from the South greatest identified for his opera Susannah, which transferred the Biblical story of Susannah and the elders to Tennessee, and different operatic tales of Americana, very long time school member at Florida State College in Tallahassee, 95

Oct. 1: Raymond Gniewek, concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for 43 years, a place to which he was appointed in 1957 on the age of 25, and who was instrumental within the orchestra’s rise to a first-class ensemble, 89

Oct. 12: Paddy Maloney, Irish musician, composer and producer, founding father of the normal Irish folks group The Chieftains, famous as a participant of the uilleann pipes and the tin whistle, whose profession spanned practically 60 years and included collaborations with musicians as numerous as Sir James Galway, Chet Atkins, Mick Jagger, Sinéad O’Connor, and Van Morrison, 83

Edita Gruberova

Oct. 18: Edita Gruberova, Slovak-born coloratura soprano who debuted on the Wiener Staatsoper in 1970 because the Queen of the Night time, a job by which she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1977; additionally identified for different coloratura roles throughout a profession that lasted till 2001 with performances at Gyndebourne, the Bayerische Staatsoper, and La Scala, 74

Oct. 21: Bernard Haitink, chief conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra for 27 years who additionally performed the London Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Dresden Staatkapelle, the Vienna Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony, amongst others, at Glyndebourne and different opera firms, and made greater than 450 recordings, 92

Slide Hampton

Nov. 11: Graeme Edge, drummer and co-founder of The Moody Blues who fell in love with rock ‘n’ roll as a boy, writer of most of the group’s “Spoken phrase poems” hooked up to songs together with “Knights in White Satin,” one of many songs for which they have been greatest identified, 80.

Nov. 20: Slide Hampton, jazz trombonist, composer ,arranger and Grammy-award winner who began taking part in trombone in his father’s band, then performed with Dizzy Gillespie and Maynard Ferguson, amongst others, and led “The World of Trombones,” a band of as much as 9 trombones and a drummer; 89

Stephen Sondheim

November 26: Stephen Sondheim, one of many only a few real titans of the Broadway stage of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, composer and lyricist who discovered on the toes of household pal Oscar Hammerstein, broke onto Broadway with lyrics for West Aspect Story (1957) and Gypsy (1959) after which pointed to his future path writing music and lyrics for the Tony-Award profitable A Humorous Factor Occurred on the Technique to the Discussion board (1962); within the following a long time he offered music and lyrics for an astonishingly assorted collection of reveals, together with Firm (1970), Follies (1971), A Little Night time Music (1973), Pacific Overtures (1976), Sweeney Todd (1979), Sunday within the Park with George (1984), and Into the Woods (1987); in the midst of this profession he collaborated with a few of Broadway’s greatest, together with director Hal Prince, orchestrator Jonathan Tunick and playwright/director/librettist James Lapine; 91

NOTE: Hyperlinks to performances have been added after the unique posting of this text.

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