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'Greatness' is not composer Adams' concern


John Adams talks to Richard Scheinin of San Jose Mercury News ahead of the premiere of his piece 'Son of Chamber Symphony' by Alarm Will Sound.
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Boston Globe on Kurtag The Purist


Ahead of the Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic's performance of Stele at Symphony Hall, the Boston Globe looks at the uncompromising music Gyorgy Kurtag .
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2nd Horblit Award for Elliott Carter


Elliott Carter, is to receive the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Mark M. Horblit Award for distinguished work by an American composer. This will be the second time the 98 year old receives the honour, having previously been awarded it in 1988.
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British Composer Awards Shortlitsts Announced


From over 300 entries, the 2007 British Composer Awards shortlists were announced yesterday at the Barbican Center in London:

Chamber - Brian Ferneyhough: String Quartet No. 5, Simon Holt: 4 Quarters, Patrick Nunn: Escape Velocity
Choral - Julian Anderson: Heaven is Shy of Earth, Francis Grier: The Passion of Jesus of Nazareth, Mark-Anthony Turnage: A Relic of Memory
Community or Educational Project - Stephen Deazley: Thrie Heids, Jonathan Dove and Matthew King: Hear Our Voice, Edward McGuire: Ring of Strings
Instrumental Solo or Duo - George Benjamin: Piano Figures, Harrison Birtwistle: Crowd, Jonathan Harvey: Run Before Lightning
International Award - Derek Bermel: Soul Garden, Brett Dean: Wolf-Lieder, Wolfgang Rihm: Verwandlung
Liturgical - Richard Causton: Jesu, sweete sone dear, Gabriel Jackson: Orbis patrator optime, Tarik O’Regan: Threshold of Night
Making Music Award - Howard Jones: The Illusion of Progress, Joanna Lee: whippoorwill, Martin Suckling: Mosaic
New Media - Jem Finer: Score for a Hole in the Ground, Janek Schaefer: Vacant Space
Orchestral - Thomas Adès: Tevot, James Dillon: Piano Concerto Andromeda, Jonathan Harvey: Body Mandala
Stage Works - Jonathan Dove: The Enchanted Pig, Stephen McNeff: Tarka the Otter, Lynne Plowman: House of the Gods
Vocal - David Horne: Life’s Splinters, Oliver Knussen: Requiem - Songs for Sue, David Matthews: Terrible Beauty
Wind Band or Brass Band - David Horne: Waves and Refrains, Edwin Roxburgh: An Elegy for Ur, Gwilym Simcock: Lichfield Suite

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Olympic Music : Tan Dun uses water and paper, Golijov goes for 90,000 flutes


Composer Tan Dun is going to employ "organic music" - produced by basic natural elements such as water and paper - in his production for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Meanwhile, Osvaldo Golijov wrote a piece in which all 90,000 people in the crowd were handed a flute when they arrived at the Shanghai Stadium as part of the Special Olympics 2007 Summer World Games Opening Ceremony in Shanghai, China on Oct. 2. The audience played five notes answering a theme played by cellist Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.

“The 90,000 flutes sound like the Milky Way on fire,” said Golijov

Andris Nelsons to be new CBSO Music Director


28-year old Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons has been announced as the new Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, starting in the 2008/9 season, replacing Sakari Oramo, who will stand down as music director at the end of this season following 10 years with the Orchestra.

Sebastian Bell Dies Aged 65


Sebastian Bell, Principal Flute of the London Sinfonietta since it was formed in 1968 has died aged 65, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer.

Composer and conductor, Oliver Knussen, added: “Bas was the intelligent, committed musician personified. He played marvellously, of course, and as well as being a superb ensemble player had an authoritative and distinctive stage presence as a soloist. He tackled technical challenges thoroughly and with apparent relish. In rehearsal and performance he was amazingly alert, a joy for the conductor because you never had to get his attention. He was always there, always aware of what was going on and, most importantly in uncharted territory, aware of what could occur. It is difficult indeed to imagine his absence, and I will miss him very much.”
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Dawn Upshaw awarded $500,000 MacArthur Foundation award


Soprano Dawn Upshaw is among this years MacArthur Foundation "genius awards". The MacArthur Foundation said that Ms. Upshaw “is breaking down stylistic barriers and forging a new model of a performer who is directly involved in the creation of contemporary music.”

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UE to Represent Saed Haddad


Universal Edition have announced a new partnership with Jordanian composer Saed Haddad (b. 1972). Haddad, who was trained in Europe and now lives in northern Germany, has been performed and commissioned by ensembles and festivals including Ensemble Modern, London Sinfonietta, Nieuw Ensemble, Arditti Quartet and the Donaueschingen Festival.
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Anderson and Lieberson Nominated for Grammy


CD releases of music by Julian Anderson and Lowell Lieberson have been revealed as the shortlisted discs in the contemporary section of the Gramophone Awards 2007. In fact, of the three discs on the shortlist, two feature Julian Anderson's music. The list is as follows:

Julian Anderson: Alhambra Fantasy (Ondine)
Julian Anderson: Book of Hours (NMC)
Lowell Lieberson: Neruda Songs (Nonesuch)

The winner of this, and all the other categories, will be announced on October 3rd.
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