The time for film and TV awards has come, and we thought to bring you a Dranoff commission by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett who scored countless films, among them Murder on the Orient Express, Far from the Maddening Crowd, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and Enchanted April.
For the 12th International 2 Piano Competition in 2008, we engaged Sir Richard to write a two piano piece, The Lilliburlero.
It was inspired in part by one of the marches seen in the movie Barry Lyndon
, a march composed by Henry Purcell that became popular in England at the time of the Glorious Revolution of 1688. Its lyrics were intended to discredit the administration of King
Sir Richard was a prolific composer and pianist who had studied with Gustav Holst and Pierre Boulez. His interests and tastes were of a very wide range – opera, choral works, orchestral music, his movie scores, and jazz. He said that it was as if the different styles of music that he was writing went on 'in different rooms, albeit in the same house'.
He also had a wonderful voice, and deeply enjoyed concertizing and collaborating with such vocalists as Cleo Laine, Claire Martin and Mary Cleere Haran. He was knighted in 1998 for is distinguished service the arts. It was a great pleasure working with him.
Another pleasure for me at this moment is announcing the first Dranoff concert of this season. It is a LIVE (!!) performance by Orlando and Orlay Alonso, brothers who are a piano duo. Please scroll down to see the announcement.
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