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LPO appoints Mark-Anthony Turnage composer-in-residence


The London Philharmonic Orchestra has appointed Mark-Anthony Turnage as composer-in-residence. The role will include work with the LPO's education department and its recording label, as well as writing additional works for premiere.

The role is the latest in a long-line of distinguished positions, including residencies with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony, and English National Opera.

The first work to come from the residency will be the world premiere of Turnage's saxophone concerto Hidden Love Song, to be given in the upcoming season.

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Sibelius 4 hits the shelves


Sibelius has launched the latest upgrade to its notation software - Sibelius 4.

New features include Dynamic Parts which update automatically when you change the score; 1700 ready-made worksheets & resources; the ability to write music to video; and the option to copy-and-paste direct to Microsoft Word.

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Michael Daugherty signs to Booseys


Composer Michael Daugherty has signed a publishing deal with Booseys & Hawkes.

Daugherty first came to attention in the 1990s for works inspired by 20th-century pop culture, including the Metropolis Symphony, a tribute to Superman. He has been composer in residence for the Detroit and Colorado Symphony Orchestras, and has upcoming commissions with, among other organizations, the Bournemouth Symphony, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the College Band Directors National Association. In 2005, the American Symphony Orchestra listed Daugherty as one of the ten most-performed living composers in the country.

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Siegfried Palm dies


Siegfried Palm, former head of International Society for Contemporary Music, acclaimed cellist, and former general director of Berlin's Deutsche Oper has died.

Palm was a champion of contemporary music, and made a number of notable recordings, including the Ligeti Cello Concerto on Teldec.

Maxwell Davies joins Royal Academy


Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has been appointed as a professor at the Royal Academy of Music. The RAM composition department is led by Professor Simon Bainbridge, but it seems likely that Professor Curtis Price, instrumental in attracting Sir Harrison Birtwistle to King's College London, during his tenure there, was responsible for pulling off a similar coup at the Academy.

Price said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Max to our illustrious teaching staff. His irrepressible presence, which we recently enjoyed here during the festival devoted to his music presented by the Academy and the South Bank Centre, is sure to become a particularly appreciated part of Academy life’.

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies said ‘It is a great privilege to be asked by the Royal Academy of Music to participate in the teaching of composition, performing practices and musical analysis. I know the students are of the highest standard, and I hope I will be able to do justice to this appointment.’

Composers who have studied at the Academy include Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Cornelius Cardew, Nicholas Maw, John Tavener, Michael Nyman, Brian Ferneyhough, Paul Patterson, Craig Armstrong and Augusta Read Thomas.

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"American Symphonist" David Diamond dies aged 89


David Diamond, a U.S. composer known for his melodic and lyrical style, has died at the age of 89.

Diamond was once described by Leonard Bernstein as "a vital branch in the stream of American music".

Diamond wrote 11 symphonies and 10 string quartets, as well as songs and film scores. His most popular work was probably the 1944 "Rounds" for string orchestra,

After experiencing early success in the 1940s, Diamond's style fell out of favor as atonal music began to gain ground, but he enjoyed renewed interest in his music toward the end of his life.

In a 1990 interview with The New York Times, Diamond said he felt his style had been vindicated by time. "I don't look back in anger because I feel that I've won the battle. The others have disappeared," The Times quoted him as saying.

Diamond was born on July 9, 1915, in Rochester and studied in New York before moving to Paris in the 1930s. He became a professor of composition at the Juilliard School in New York in 1973 and continued teaching well into the 1990s.

He won several lifetime awards including the National Medal of Arts in 1995, and his Symphony No. 11 (1989-91) was one of a few major works commissioned by the New York Philharmonic in celebration of its 150th anniversary.

KAGEL awarded Rolf Schock Prize 2005


auricio Kagel has been awarded the prestigious 2005 Rolf Schock Prize for Music. Awarded annually, the Schock Prizes honour figures from the fields of philosophy, mathematics, visual arts and music. The awards are made by the The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts and the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, and are each work SEK 400,000.

In the citation, the judges described Kagel's contribution to music:

for six decades [he] has created a unique musical universe in which a variety of sources of sound have been investigated and incorporated into scenic action, film and radio plays. In Kagel’s work playful candour is combined with strict artistic discipline, bold new creations with in-depth historical perspective.

Princess Christina, Mrs Magnuson, is to award the prizes at a ceremony at the Royal Swedish Academy of Music on 27 October 2005.
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UE sign Victoria Borisova-Ollas


Universal Edition have signed the Russian-born Victoria Borisova-Ollas. Borisova-Ollas first came to prominence as the runner up in the first Masterprize competition for her work 'Wings of Wind'.

Since then works have included her 14-minute orchestral work The Kingdom of Silence, which was given its world premičre in 2003 by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra under Peter Eötvös, and a Symphony. She is currently working on a piece for wind instruments and orchestra for the RSO Stuttgart and conductor Andrey Boreyko. This premičre is scheduled for 12 October 2005.

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War of Words as ENO introduces surtitles


Some superb examples of operatic cattyness in yesterday's Guardian, over the rights and wrongs of ENOs decision to finally succumb to surtitles for English-language operas.

"Surtitles are," said David Pountney, "a celluloid condom inserted between the audience and the immediate gratification of understanding."

Director Graham Vick, who once threatened to bomb the colliseum should they introduce surtitles said:

"...they've put a bomb under it themselves. It's saying 'What we are doing is pointless'."

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IgorFest Launches in Birmingham


Stravinsky remains as important a figure as ever in the world of contemporary music. In an extraordinary undertaking, the CBSO and related organisations in Birmingham, England have launched a festival in which they plan to perform Stavinsky's entire output over the next four years.

2005 events include a BRB programme of four Stravinsky ballets, including The Rite of Spring (8-11 June), a Stravinsky Discovery Day at the CBSO Centre (12 June), a music theatre programme by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (19 June), and two Stravinsky concerts by the CBSO including Symphony of Psalms and The Firebird (15/18 June) conducted by Oramo, and Song of the Nightingale, Movements and The Fairy’s Kiss conducted by Oliver Knussen (23 June).

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