Archive for January, 2009

Lebrecht January 2009 Newsletter

Greetings to everyone for 2009.

There are several major music anniversaries this year and Lebrecht, as in previous years, has created ready to use collages for the key composers. Our in-house designers have created some original artwork especially for this purpose. These can be used as magazine or newspaper covers or for specialist books and offer original artwork at a huge saving for clients’ in-house expenses.

The composers span the eighteenth century through to the twenty first. The main music anniversaries coming up in 2009 are:

Henry Purcell, English composer, 350th birth anniversary 10 September 1659 – 21 November 1695

Georg Frideric Handel, German-English composer, 250th death anniversary 14 April 1759 (born 1685)

Franz Josef Haydn, Austrian composer, 200th death anniversary 31 May, 1809 (born 1732)

Felix Mendelssohn, German composer, 200th birth anniversary 3 February 1809 (died 1847)

Bohuslav Martinu, Czech composer, 50th death anniversary August 28 1959 (born 1890)

Isaac Albeniz, French composer, 100th death anniversary May 18 1909 (born 1860)

André Previn, American conductor and composer , 80th birthday on 6 April 1929.

Buddy Holly, American singer and songwriter, 50th death anniversary 3 February 1959 (born 1936)

Carmen Miranda, Portuguese singer famous for her hats full of fruit,100th birth anniversary
5 January 1909 (died 1955)

This is a fabulous year for dance with the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Ballet Russe set up by Serge Diaghilev, Russian impressario, in Paris in 1909. The ballet company rapidly became famous for it s avant garde productions using artists such as Picasso and Miro for decor and costumes, and works composed by Stravinsky and Milhaud, and including the famous Russian dancer Nijinsky.

Literary anniversaries include a number of poets.
Robert Burns, Scottish poet, (very popular in Russia) 300th birth anniversary 25 January 1759 (died 1796 ).
Stephen Spender, English poet, 100th birth anniversary 28 February 1909 (died 1995).
J M Synge, Irish playwright, 100th death anniversary 24 March 1909 (born 1871)

Philosophers, famous for their writings, are Charles Darwin, who wrote ‘On the Origin of Species…’ 200th birth anniversary 12 January 1809 (died 1882)

Simone Weil, French religious philosopher , 100th birth anniversary 3 February 1909 (died 1943)

Best wishes for a fruitful year for everyone in the creative industries from Lebrecht photo library.

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Betty Freeman, Lebrecht  photographer, who died at her home in Los Angeles on January 4, 2009 at the age of 87, was the leading patron of new music in the late 20th and early 21st century.

She was the force behind such modern classics as John Adam’s opera Nixon in China, Steve Reich’s electronic string quartet Different Trains and Harrison Birtwistle’s Antiphonies, and the dedicatee of works by Cage, Feldman, Berio and dozens more. She found Harry Partch living on the strets of Los Angeles and gave him shelter in her garage. In all, more than 80 composers were beneficiaries of her support, in over 400 works.

Betty was also a close friend of the artists David Hockney and R B Kitaj and a gifted photographer in her own right. Her portraits of modern composers, taken with the privilege of close and prolonged collaboration, are exclusively represented by Lebrecht Music and Arts Photo Library. An accomplished pianist, Betty established a musical salon in Los Angeles in the 1980s. She had no nostalgia for 19th century romantics and supported without prejudice both streams of post-modernism – both the minimalist and atonal tendencies. Few people could claim to be a close friend of both Philip Glass and Pierre Boulez. Among other composers she commissioned are George Benjamin, Markus Stenz, Thomas Ades, Hanspeter Kyburz, Harry Partch, Anders Hillborg, Philippe Boesmans, Conlon Nancarrow, Lou Harrison, Helmut Lachenmann, George Crumb, Jorg Widmann, Matthias Pintscher, Friedrich Cerha, Olga Neuwirth, Luciano Berio, Morton Feldman, Gyorgy Kurtag and LaMonte Young.

Her friendship with Lebrecht Music and Arts dates almost from its foundation in the early 1990s. The knowledge that her work was professionally and internationally represented encouraged Betty to continue making photographs right up to her final illness. She was a kind and extraordinarily considerate friend who put the interests of art above personal comfort and convenience. She was also a funny, witty, strong-minded woman who will be terribly missed by all who knew her the world over.