Swedish composer – Allan Pettersson http://allanpettersson.org/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 21:06:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://allanpettersson.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-19-120x120.png Swedish composer – Allan Pettersson http://allanpettersson.org/ 32 32 Shazam 2 Director Confirms WandaVision Composer Scored Sequel https://allanpettersson.org/shazam-2-director-confirms-wandavision-composer-scored-sequel/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://allanpettersson.org/shazam-2-director-confirms-wandavision-composer-scored-sequel/ Shazam! Fury of the gods adds an MCU favorite to the sequel crew. In an interaction on Twitter, the director David F.Sandberg revealed that the composer Christopher Beck is behind the straight score. The veteran film score composer replaced Benjamin Wallfishwho worked on the music for the first film. Recently, a fan asked Sandberg on […]]]>

Shazam! Fury of the gods adds an MCU favorite to the sequel crew. In an interaction on Twitter, the director David F.Sandberg revealed that the composer Christopher Beck is behind the straight score. The veteran film score composer replaced Benjamin Wallfishwho worked on the music for the first film.

Recently, a fan asked Sandberg on Twitter, “Hey David, I don’t know if it’s been announced, but is Benjamin Wallfisch coming back to score Shazam!” 2? Thank you and I can’t wait to see the movie! To which the Swedish director replied, “That was the plan but the timings got in the way (there are just too many films being made at the moment). @CBeckOfficial is scoring this one and he did an amazing job!”

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Looks like the scheduling conflict caused Beck to Fury of the gods and the fans are not complaining! The Canadian composer has scored many fan-favorite movies and TV shows over the years and even won an Emmy for his work on buffy the vampire slayer. He has worked on various big budget films like Frozen, edge of tomorrowand The Muppets among others. But perhaps he’s best known for scoring Marvel Cinematic Universe titles such as the Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lily-LEDs The ant Man and its sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp. Last year he was nominated for another Emmy for his work on Wanda Vision and his most recent MCU score was for the Disney+ series Hawk Eye.

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Fury of the gods was recently delayed to avoid a box office clash with james cameronis long overdue Avatar: The Way of the Water. Sandberg is directing the film from a screenplay by Henry Gaydenwho also wrote Shazam!. The sequel adds Helen Mirren as the villainous Hespera, a daughter of Atlas, cast with lucy liu like Hespera’s sister, Kalypso. Also, Grace Fulton will replace Michelle Borth as an adult Mary.

The returning cast members are, Zacharie Levi like Shazam with Asher Angel like Billy Batson, Jack Dylan Grazer like Freddy, Ian Chen like Eugene, Jovan Armand like Pedro, and Faithe Herman like Darla among others. Talk about Fury of the gods Levi told Collider:

“I’m really proud of the first one, I think we made a really, really good movie. I think the second one is better. I think we had more time, we had more budget. We had, basically, everything The actors were coming back, and we all got to know our characters a little bit more; we could kind of sit on them a bit more.

Shazam! Fury of the gods hits theaters on December 21, 2022. Check out Sandberg’s Tweet below.

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Tribute to pioneering British opera singer and composer in Friday’s Google Doodle https://allanpettersson.org/tribute-to-pioneering-british-opera-singer-and-composer-in-fridays-google-doodle/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 15:35:03 +0000 https://allanpettersson.org/tribute-to-pioneering-british-opera-singer-and-composer-in-fridays-google-doodle/ Amanda Aldridge (1866-1956) (Wikimedia Commons) Musician Amanda Aldridge was honored by Google Doodle. Friday, June 17, the search engine marked the 111th anniversary of a famous recital given by the classically trained British singer and composer at Queen’s Small Hall in London. Amanda was born in 1866 in Upper Norwood, London, into a theatrical family. […]]]>

Amanda Aldridge (1866-1956) (Wikimedia Commons)

Musician Amanda Aldridge was honored by Google Doodle.

Friday, June 17, the search engine marked the 111th anniversary of a famous recital given by the classically trained British singer and composer at Queen’s Small Hall in London.

Amanda was born in 1866 in Upper Norwood, London, into a theatrical family. Her father was the legendary African-American stage actor Ira Aldridge, while her mother was the Swede opera singer Amanda Brandt.

One of five children born to the couple, Amanda hoped to follow in her mother’s footsteps. After being interned at a specialized convent school in Ghent, Belgium, she studied voice with world-renowned soprano Jenny Lind, known as the “Swedish Nightingale”, and George Henschel at the Royal College of Music.

After completing her studies, she became a full-fledged concert singer and piano accompanist. However, a cruel attack of laryngitis permanently damaged his throat and prematurely interrupted his performing career.

Undeterred, Amanda reinvented herself as a vocal coach at the Royal Conservatory of Music, training some of the great black singers of the early 20th century, including Paul Robeson, Marian Anderson and Roland Hayes. When Robeson played Othello in the West End in 1930, she gave him the same earrings his father had worn to play the part, which had become a family heirloom.

She also developed a successful side business in songwriting, composing around 30 love themes and light orchestral works between 1907 and 1925 under the pseudonym “Montague Ring”. Much of the music was classified as “living room music” to be played at home by amateurs before record players became commonplace.

Some of his compositions, notably the 1913 piano piece “Three African Dances”, honor his family’s ancestral heritage.

When her older brother Luranah – also a talented opera singer – was diagnosed with rheumatism, Amanda became his carer.

Amanda Aldridge was commemorated in the latest Google Doodle (Google)

Amanda Aldridge was commemorated in the latest Google Doodle (Google)

Amanda was so devoted to Luranah that she declined an invitation from WEB Dubois to attend a meeting of the historic Second Pan-African Congress in 1921, writing, “My sister is very helpless… I cannot leave more than a few minutes at the time. .”

Amazingly, for a woman born in the height of the Victorian era, Amanda Aldridge not only lived to see the arrival of television, but also to appear on it, which she did at the age of 88. in 1954 when she appeared on the BBC show. music for you.

She died in London on March 9, 1956, the day before her 90th birthday.

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Amanda Aldridge: Google honors opera singer and composer https://allanpettersson.org/amanda-aldridge-google-honors-opera-singer-and-composer/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 04:57:00 +0000 https://allanpettersson.org/amanda-aldridge-google-honors-opera-singer-and-composer/ Today’s Google Doodle pays homage to Amanda Aldridge, opera singer and acclaimed lounge music composer. Amanda Aldridge was born on March 10, 1866 in London, England, into a family of actors and musicians. Her mother was a Swedish opera singer, while her father was a renowned African-American stage actor. Having a natural talent for music, […]]]>

Today’s Google Doodle pays homage to Amanda Aldridge, opera singer and acclaimed lounge music composer.

Amanda Aldridge was born on March 10, 1866 in London, England, into a family of actors and musicians. Her mother was a Swedish opera singer, while her father was a renowned African-American stage actor. Having a natural talent for music, she studied voice and harmony at the Royal College of Music in London under the tutelage of greats like Jenny Lind and Sir George Henschel. After graduating, she embarked on her own music career.

However, Amanda Aldridge’s concert career was cut short after a bout of laryngitis led to a throat injury that damaged her voice. Instead, she turned to the profession of a music teacher, paving the way for many others to carry forward the great tradition of music. Amanda Aldridge’s students include Paul Robeson, a prominent American actor and political activist, and Marian Anderson, the first African-American singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera.

Amanda Aldridge was also an accomplished composer in the “living room music” business. Back when record players weren’t a common household item, the most effective way to get songs out there was through sheet music. Parlor music was intended to be played at home with a piano—a common feature in middle-class homes—and accompanied by vocals.

Between 1907 and 1925, Amanda Aldridge composed more than thirty works – often under the pseudonym “Montague Ring” – including the song “Azalea”, seen below. His works have been credited for expertly blending the diverse styles of his own ethnic background, often using lines from Black American poetry in his lyrics.

Amanda Aldridge introduced herself, aged 88, to the next generation of music listeners by appearing on British TV show ‘Music for You’. She died a year later, a day before her 90th birthday. As to why Google chose today to celebrate the singer, on June 17, 1911, gave a recital at Queens Small Hall in London.

Today’s Google Doodle is primarily based on one of Amanda Aldridge’s rare photographs, showing the musician in her prime. Around the central image there is a bit of decoration, made from the treble clef and bass clef of musical notation.

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How low will we go? Interest rate reduction probability from BridgePayday https://allanpettersson.org/how-low-will-we-go-interest-rate-reduction-probability-from-bridgepayday/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 14:43:00 +0000 https://allanpettersson.org/?p=1851 Some economists believe that if the economy enters a recession, the Federal Reserve will likely shift its focus to a different target for the federal funds rate. Despite this, the Federal Reserve would not be the first organization to take such a step. Recent speculation has claimed that the European Central Bank may reduce its […]]]>

Some economists believe that if the economy enters a recession, the Federal Reserve will likely shift its focus to a different target for the federal funds rate. Despite this, the Federal Reserve would not be the first organization to take such a step.

Recent speculation has claimed that the European Central Bank may reduce its negative policy rate by ten basis points (0.1 percent), bringing it down to -0.5 percent from its current level of -0.1 percent. The Bank of Japan has maintained a policy rate that is in the negative since 2016. It has been predicted by Alan Greenspan, a former chairman of the Federal Reserve, that interest rates in the United States would go below zero.

The reality is exactly as it is.

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Even if the Federal Reserve were to leave interest rates at their current 0% level, the federal funds rate is already at such a historically low level (2.1 percent as of the FOMC meeting in August, or 1.85 if rates were to be cut on Wednesday). You can see that the Federal Reserve is in a difficult situation by looking at the graph that is shown above. It is possible to get an accurate estimate of the magnitude of the monetary stimulus by looking at the actual federal funds rate (after making adjustments for inflation) (after adjusting for inflation).

An axis depicting the real funds’ rate showed when each of the most recent seven recessions started, as well as the level that the rate was at in September of the current year. As a result of the Federal Reserve’s inability to lower its target rate below zero, the rate of the absolute fund is the opposite of the inflation rate. This can be seen in the graph that is located above and to the right of the axis.

Each bar illustrates one of the “munitions” that the Federal Reserve may use to alter interest rates. This is far less than half of what the Federal Reserve was able to do during previous recessions when its target funds rate was zero. If the Federal Reserve could achieve lower real funds rates by lowering its target rate to negative one, it would have additional tools at its disposal to combat a recession.

It is possible that the federal funds rate will reach zero if the Federal Reserve decides to impose fines on banks for maintaining reserve holdings. At the moment, the Federal Deposit is paying commercial banks like JP Morgan and Citigroup interest on the money such banks put in reserve (especially the excess reserve holdings).

The interest rate that is paid on excess reserves is subject to IOER adjustments made by the Federal Reserve in order to maintain control of the federal funds rate. The nation’s commercial banks are required by law to make deposits with the Federal Reserve. Because of this, the IOER comes out to be zero. When the IOER is at its lowest possible level, commercial banks are compelled to make deposits with the Federal Reserve. According to this, banks likely charge clients a fee for the protection of their cash.

There is a limit to how low-interest rates can go before they no longer serve any purpose. The capacity of individuals and banks to hold money that does not accrue interest results in a reduction in the rates of both federal funds and other short-term liquid assets.

You will be expected to pay a premium in exchange for the luxury of not being required to carry about significant sums of cash with you at all times. People and businesses alike will be willing to fork up some money in exchange for the convenience of not having to carry big quantities of cash with them at all times.

There is some speculation that the government’s use of negative money might have a somewhat stimulative effect on the economy. It is necessary for the interest rates on bank loans, corporate bonds, and mortgages to continue falling in order for a negative policy rate to be effective. It seems doubtful that there would be any more decreases in the benchmark rate for the 10-year Treasury note (less than 2 percent).

Variations in the federal funds rate do not always reflect themselves here.

If funds were lowered from zero to negative 50 basis points, the yield on the 10-year Treasury note could not decrease by more than 15 basis points (half a percent). The savings may be attributed in significant part to the expected length of time that the policy will be in effect. It is anticipated that the interest rates offered by banks would not have any significant influence. For instance, the policy rate set by the ECB has not resulted in a reduction in lending rates in Sweden as was anticipated. According to Usman Konst of BridgePayday As a consequence of the negative interest rates, banks are required to make payments to the central bank, which lowers their profits and may restrict the amount of money that is available for lending.

By gradually decreasing interest rates, the government may be able to bring down the costs associated with its borrowing. If everything else remained the same, a more favorable debt-to-GDP ratio could be maintained with lower interest rates on federal funds and on U.S. Treasury notes. This would also help reduce the financial pressure that the government is now under.

It is possible that interest rates on government financing may be cut, but this would not help the nation’s present debt situation. This would take up some of one’s available time. The government is forced to “roll over” debts that are about to expire since interest rates for borrowing money are now lower.

In contrast to the debt issued by specific corporations, U.S. Treasury notes cannot be redeemed or “called” before the day on which they are scheduled to mature. There won’t be much of an increase in short-term profits owing to the fact that just 28% of the government’s debt comes due this year (Table FD-5). If the objective is to keep the macroeconomy stable, it is not a good idea to give governments permission to run massive budget deficits rather than work to reduce their debt.

A negative interest rate may constitute a violation of the law, as stated by the Federal Reserve. As was said before, if the federal funds rate were to be lowered to zero, banks would be required to pay a fee in order to maintain their reserve levels. According to an internal letter from 2010, the Federal Reserve Board still pays interest on banks’ excess reserves despite the fact that the legal basis for doing so is unknown. This is despite the fact that the Federal Reserve Board continues to do so.

What it comes down to, in essence

Prior until this point, the Fed’s self-imposed constraint of a zero lower objective for the federal funds rate has been a barrier to rate decreases. Since the Great Recession, low-interest rates and low inflation have made traditional monetary policy tools less successful in pulling the economy out of a slump. This has weakened the efficacy of monetary policy in general.

In 2009, just as the last recession was getting worse, the Federal Reserve implemented QE and forward guidance. Due to the fact that they complete one another, both programs would benefit tremendously by the inclusion of this. The United States economy has not yet attained its full potential, despite the fact that GDP growth has been consistent and the unemployment rate has been low. The federal funds rate is still at a level that is much below what it would sustain.

Because of concerns over the efficiency of the programs and the adverse effects on financial markets, the Federal Reserve will gradually implement a hostile interest rate policy. These concerns stem from the detrimental effects that the programs have had in the past.

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Nils Frahm – how the composer became a mainstay in Spotify playlists https://allanpettersson.org/nils-frahm-how-the-composer-became-a-mainstay-in-spotify-playlists/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 23:32:00 +0000 https://allanpettersson.org/nils-frahm-how-the-composer-became-a-mainstay-in-spotify-playlists/ The playlists the Swedish streaming giant curates itself are by far the most popular on the platform, and Frahm is among several of the most utilitarian. Classic sleep, Atmospheric piano and music for concentration all contain a piece or two of him. “What about music for plants?” he asks when FRG weekend evokes this, his […]]]>

The playlists the Swedish streaming giant curates itself are by far the most popular on the platform, and Frahm is among several of the most utilitarian. Classic sleep, Atmospheric piano and music for concentration all contain a piece or two of him.

“What about music for plants?” he asks when FRG weekend evokes this, his tongue firmly in his cheek next to the cigarette he takes from time to time.

We check it out, and it turns out that Spotify really is curating a playlist called, “for green leaves, green thumbs, and green ears.” Frahm isn’t one of the dozens of soundscapes featured there, and he’s not upset.

“This name, music for plants, says it all, really. I think most people who use those playlists don’t really listen carefully to your song, when you’re one of hundreds there,” he says.

“Like maybe your song is just played at the plants. Now I love the plants, but they won’t give me good feedback. »

Paradoxically, Frahm says the feedback from a live audience helps him write songs when he’s back at Funkhaus. For the show he will debut during his visit to Australia before touring the world over the next two years, the basic song structures are worked out and some elements pre-programmed, but much of what he superimposes is improvised.

“I can always tell when something I’ve played isn’t quite right, even if no one is giving me direct feedback,” he says.

“I feel like the attention of a lot of people listening helps me write my songs a bit.”

A FRG weekend A review of Frahm’s Sydney Opera House performance from 2018, on the second of his three previous visits here, gives an idea of ​​what to expect from his one-of-a-kind performance.

“Synthesizers bounce, keyboard riffs loop hypnotically, toy piano tinkles, a sampled choir or pipe organ adds drama, breakbeats slip away never resolving into a full club banger,” the reviewer wrote. .

“Frahm can rush between his myriad gear and throw his head back like he’s shredding an epic guitar solo rather than turn a knob, but it’s still music for the listener’s head more only for her hips.”

And their sense of adventure. Frahm’s relentless search for original sounds has seen him play from inside his grand piano with toilet brushes before, but this time his sonic palette will include one of history’s most unusual instruments – a glass harmonica.

Invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1761, it consists of glass bowls of various sizes rotating on a motorized rotisserie, from which Frahm will conjure notes by wetting his fingers and rubbing them as they rotate.

“It was removed from all orchestras around 1850; doctors at the time thought the vibrations on your hands were driving you crazy,” he says.

“Who knows, maybe it will make me normal.”

Nils Frahm plays Vivid Live at the Sydney Opera House from June 15and Hobart June 19 Dark Mofo.

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Iconic composer Vangelis dies aged 79 | Movies https://allanpettersson.org/iconic-composer-vangelis-dies-aged-79-movies/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://allanpettersson.org/iconic-composer-vangelis-dies-aged-79-movies/ The Oscar-winning keyboard genius behind some of the most memorable film scores has died. Vangelis was 79 years old. Born Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou in 1943, Vangelis grew up in Athens and formed his first band in 1963, called the Forminx, who were best known for covering pop music of the time, notably the Beatles. When […]]]>

The Oscar-winning keyboard genius behind some of the most memorable film scores has died. Vangelis was 79 years old.

Born Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou in 1943, Vangelis grew up in Athens and formed his first band in 1963, called the Forminx, who were best known for covering pop music of the time, notably the Beatles.

When the group broke up in 1966, Vangelis became a writer and producer for hire, working on scores for Greek films. For a chance to build his own career, he moved to Paris, forming the progressive rock quartet Aphrodite’s Child alongside other Greek expats such as Demis Roussos.

Still, Vangelis was tired of the commercial pop world and once Aphrodite’s Child disbanded he returned to music for films and TV shows, while becoming a solo artist and moving again, this time to London. His work from the era, including the ‘Heaven And Hell’ album, entered the Top 40 and this particular music was used to mark Carl Sagan. Cosmos TV series.

Continuing his score work, it was in the 1980s that the composer experienced the height of his success, and he won an Oscar for the soundtrack of 1981’s chariots of fire. Music has become synonymous and well used. He also caught the attention of Ridley Scott, who had him work on the score for blade runnerwho helped bring the future Los Angeles seen on screen to life.

He worked again with Scott on 1492: Conquest of Paradiseand would contribute music to a variety of films, including The bounty, francesco, alexander and bitter moon. His most recent score was for 2007 El Greco, a biopic of the Greek artist. Alongside his screen work, he has been commissioned by a number of sports bodies for the soundtrack of major events, including the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

“Music is the most multidimensional knowledge we have,” he once said. “It is as specific as nature can be. Any form that nature takes contains a specific sound combination. Music is a language. It is a memory of the cosmic system, a memory of the past and the future. Before it’s all science, not entertainment.” It may have been science to him, but he also made great art out of it.

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Music lovers celebrate the national composer’s 75th birthday [PHOTO] https://allanpettersson.org/music-lovers-celebrate-the-national-composers-75th-birthday-photo/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 12:17:00 +0000 https://allanpettersson.org/music-lovers-celebrate-the-national-composers-75th-birthday-photo/ By Laman Ismayilova The Academic Opera and Ballet Theater of Azerbaijan staged the opera “Intizar” to mark the 75th birthday of the national composer, People’s Artist Frangiz Alizada, reports Azernews. “Intizar” is an opera about the history and events of Karabakh, it tells about the struggle between good and evil. This large-scale work embodies the […]]]>

By Laman Ismayilova

The Academic Opera and Ballet Theater of Azerbaijan staged the opera “Intizar” to mark the 75th birthday of the national composer, People’s Artist Frangiz Alizada, reports Azernews.

“Intizar” is an opera about the history and events of Karabakh, it tells about the struggle between good and evil. This large-scale work embodies the thoughts and aspirations of the Azerbaijani people.

The author of the libretto is the rector of the Baku branch of Moscow State University, academician Nargiz Pashayeva and composer – People’s Artist Frangiz Alizade.

The main soloists of the opera and ballet theater, honored artists Inara Babayeva (Melek), Ramil Gasimov (Arif), Ilham Nazarov (foreigner) and other famous singers took part in the ballet organized within the framework of the festival dedicated to the composer.

The production is presented under the direction of the Opera and Ballet Theater’s Principal Conductor and Music Director, Honored Artist Ayyub Guliyev. The show was received with great interest by the public.

Meanwhile, the anniversary of the composer’s birth was also widely celebrated at the State Academic Philharmonic Orchestra.

The concert soloists were Swedish cellist Markis Kuplais and People’s Artist of Azerbaijan, singer Gulnaz Ismayilova, who were accompanied by the Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra performed under the direction of People’s Artist Fakhraddin Karimov.

The concert program included musical pieces composed by Frangiz Alizade, including the work “Nizami Cosmology” performed for the first time in Baku.

Speaking at the event, Culture Minister Anar Karimov noted that Chairman of the Union of Azerbaijani Composers Frangiz Alizada successfully promotes Azerbaijani musical culture abroad.

The Minister stressed that the composer made a significant contribution to the development of Azerbaijani music, enriching the art of composition and classical music.

His works have been performed at international festivals in Stockholm, Warsaw, London, Heidelberg, Amsterdam, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Frankfurt, Berlin, Zurich, Bonn and Cologne.

At the same time, the composer’s works were also performed at the International Mugham Center as part of a festival.

The concert program included chamber works – five works by the composer, each of which was distinguished by its originality.

The concert began with a piece of music for string orchestra “Metamorfosis” composed for Berliner Philharmoniker (Germany).

After its premiere, this work definitely entered the repertoire of many chamber orchestras. During the festival, the work was performed by the Gara Garayev State Chamber Orchestra.

The composition “Sirius” for solo vibraphone plunged the listeners into a marvelous musical universe.

The title of the composition, associated with one of the brightest stars in the galaxy, is addressed to the famous English percussionist Evelyn Glennie.

The composition was performed by the soloist of the State Symphony Orchestra Boris Pashkin.

The musical piece “Deyishme II” for double bass, tabla and chamber orchestra includes a European double bass and the traditional Indian tabla instrument.

The composition was first performed at the opening of the German Morgenland festival, and in Baku it was performed for the first time.

The musical piece was performed by Turkish bassist Onur Ozkan, drummer Vusal Bayramov and the Gara Garayev State Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Samad Suleymanli.

The composition “Oyan!” for solo cello, one of Firangiz Alizade’s most beloved instruments, is also included in the repertoire of famous virtuosos around the world.

Written in 2005 by order of Mstislav Rostropovitch for the 8th Paris International Cello Competition, it was performed for the first time during the final concert of the competition.

Swedish cellist Markis Kuplais performed the musical piece in Baku as part of the festival.

The concert ended with a piece for chamber orchestra Dance (2016). It is one of the composer’s most popular opuses.

The concert ended with a musical piece for chamber orchestra Dance (2016). The musical piece is one of the composer’s most popular opuses.

The work performed by the State Chamber Orchestra totally captivated the audience.

The gala concert ended with a long standing ovation and applause.

The media partners of the event are Azernews.az, Trend.az, Day.az, Milli.az.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi Score Has ‘Loki’ Composer Natalie Holt Balancing ‘Star Wars’ Legacy With New Touches https://allanpettersson.org/obi-wan-kenobi-score-has-loki-composer-natalie-holt-balancing-star-wars-legacy-with-new-touches/ Thu, 26 May 2022 16:10:23 +0000 https://allanpettersson.org/obi-wan-kenobi-score-has-loki-composer-natalie-holt-balancing-star-wars-legacy-with-new-touches/ With “Obi Wan Kenobi”, debuting Friday on Disney +, English composer Nathalie Holt becomes the first woman to score a live-action »star wars“, on the heels of his success with Marvel’s “Loki”. She spent four months on the project, including two months in Los Angeles to record with many of the same musicians who recorded […]]]>

With “Obi Wan Kenobi”, debuting Friday on Disney +, English composer Nathalie Holt becomes the first woman to score a live-action »star wars“, on the heels of his success with Marvel’s “Loki”.

She spent four months on the project, including two months in Los Angeles to record with many of the same musicians who recorded John Williams’ new theme for the series, as revealed Variety in mid-February.

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“It’s been such a great balance, throughout the process, of finding the right level of ‘Star Wars’ homage, because we have heritage characters,” she says, referring to Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. (Ewan McGregor), Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen) and others, “and adding new stuff as well,” she says.

“These historical figures have big themes that everyone expects to hear when they hit the screen. But we’re also doing something new for them. [The story takes place] just before ‘A New Hope’ so we lead to that place.

Holt started before Williams brought in his new theme. His first encounter on “Obi-Wan” actually happened before his much-talked-about “Loki” score debuted a year ago. Then, in late December, as post-production intensified, Holt got together for two days with director Deborah Chow and “we explored musically what she wanted.”

In episode 1, Holt explains: “Obi is in the desert, he has given up everything, he is lost, he is alone. I tried a few simple instruments but it didn’t feel right. Suddenly John was on board, and his involvement unlocked the use of these heritage themes.

Williams, of course, scored all nine “Star Wars” films, winning an Oscar for the 1977 original and earning nominations for five of the sequels, including the final three, “The Force Awakens,” “The Last Jedi,” and “The Rise of Skywalker” in 2015-2019. He also wrote the theme for one of the recent standalone films, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” in 2018.

For “Obi-Wan,” he did more than just write a theme, Holt reveals. “He made a sequel, including the main theme, which is used in the titles, and different versions of it. So we have this “Obi-Wan” sequel that we used in the show appropriately. For me,” she adds, “it was almost paralyzing, I’m such a big John Williams fan.”

She describes Williams’ theme as “contemplative, moving, quite lonely and slightly angsty, but there is a kind of hope, which is exactly what Deborah had asked for”. Holt wrote her own Obi-Wan theme, before it was clear Williams would contribute, “and weirdly it’s very similar to his,” she says.

“My job was basically to bring in new elements, a slightly new approach. I gave origin themes to some characters. Just telling stories, drawing inspiration from John and the tradition while adding something new,” says Holt. New music was also needed for the Inquisitors, characters originally invented for the “Star Wars” animated series.

Seventy-five musicians from Los Angeles performed the music for the six-part series, although Holt reports that she “had a few percussion sessions” in London while recording famed cellist Caroline Dale and Swedish folk musician Ale Möller , whose “huge ancient hunting horn sounded so powerful” that she couldn’t help but incorporate it too.

Canadian classical violinist James Ehnes flew in for the Los Angeles sessions. Holt, a violinist herself, played “some of the more atmospheric folk stuff,” as well as viola solos, “and sang a little too, so I’m on the soundtrack,” she admits. Plus, keeping it all in the “Star Wars” family, she mixed all of the “Obi-Wan” music at “Mandalorian” composer Ludwig G.whereransom.

Holt has always been a “Star Wars” fan. “My dad and I watched movies when I was 5,” she says. “I saw them on VHS again and had a massive crush on Luke Skywalker,” she laughs. “I think ‘ET’ was the first time I noticed film music when I was a kid. He made the soundtrack to my life, basically, with ‘Raiders [of the Lost Ark]’ and ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘Schindler’s List.’

She still hasn’t met or spoken with the 90-year-old maestro. However, Williams signed Obi-Wan’s score for her. “I’ll frame it,” she said.

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‘Chariots of Fire’ and ‘Blade Runner’ composer Vangelis dies aged 79 https://allanpettersson.org/chariots-of-fire-and-blade-runner-composer-vangelis-dies-aged-79/ Sat, 21 May 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://allanpettersson.org/chariots-of-fire-and-blade-runner-composer-vangelis-dies-aged-79/ ATHENS ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Chariots of Fire’ composer Vangelis, the Oscar-winning electronic music pioneer whose distinctive musical style defined a generation of movie soundtracks, has died aged 79, the Greek Prime Minister on May 19. class=”cf”> According to several Greek media, Vangelis died of the coronavirus in France where he lived part-time, as well as […]]]>
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‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Chariots of Fire’ composer Vangelis, the Oscar-winning electronic music pioneer whose distinctive musical style defined a generation of movie soundtracks, has died aged 79, the Greek Prime Minister on May 19.

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According to several Greek media, Vangelis died of the coronavirus in France where he lived part-time, as well as in London and Athens.

“Vangelis Papathanassiou is no longer with us,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis tweeted. “The music world has lost international (artist) Vangelis.”

“It is with great sadness that we announce that the great Greek Vangelis Papathanassiou died late on the night of Tuesday May 17,” said his lawyer quoted by the ANA news agency.

Vangelis’ 1982 theme “Chariots of Fire” won him an Academy Award for Best Original Score, beating John Williams’ music for the first Indiana Jones film.

It reached the top of the American charts and was an enduring hit in Britain, where it was used in the London 2012 Olympic Games medal ceremonies.

Vangelis’ work on more than a dozen soundtracks included “Missing,” “Antarctica,” Costa-Gavras’ “The Bounty,” “1492: Conquest of Paradise,” Roman Polanski’s “Bitter Moon,” and the epic by Oliver Stone “Alexander”.

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He also wrote music for theater and ballet, as well as the 2002 FIFA World Cup anthem.

Vangelis was a child prodigy who gave his first piano concert at the age of six, although he never took formal lessons.

In a 2019 interview with the Los Angeles Times, the composer said he saw parallels to the dystopian world portrayed in “Blade Runner.”

“When I saw images I understood that this was the future. Not a bright future, of course. But this is where we are going,” he said.

He was showered with honours, receiving the Max Steiner Award for Film Music, the French Legion of Honor, the NASA Public Service Medal and Greece’s highest honour, the Order of the Phoenix.

Later, Vangelis moved between homes in Paris, London and Athens, carefully guarding her private life with little about her personal life.

“I don’t give interviews, because I have to try to say things that I don’t need to say,” he told the LA Times in 2019.

“The only thing I need is to make music.”

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Vangelis, famed film composer and synth pioneer, dies at 79 https://allanpettersson.org/vangelis-famed-film-composer-and-synth-pioneer-dies-at-79/ Thu, 19 May 2022 18:16:00 +0000 https://allanpettersson.org/vangelis-famed-film-composer-and-synth-pioneer-dies-at-79/ Composer Vangelis, who gave the film chariots of fire its characteristic synth sound, is dead. He was 79 years old. According to his assistant Lefteris Zermas, Vangelis died on May 17 in a Paris hospital from heart failure. Vangelis was born Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou in the Greek city of Agria. He was a self-taught musician […]]]>

Composer Vangelis, who gave the film chariots of fire its characteristic synth sound, is dead. He was 79 years old. According to his assistant Lefteris Zermas, Vangelis died on May 17 in a Paris hospital from heart failure.

Vangelis was born Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou in the Greek city of Agria. He was a self-taught musician who became a young piano prodigy. Then he moved to Paris and co-founded the popular prog-rock band Aphrodite’s child. The band eventually broke up, and Vangelis got a solo recording contract with RCA Records.

In 1981, he composed the score of chariots of fire. Its opening theme, with its uplifting inspirational swell and ornate arrangement, was released as a single and reached the top of the charts. Billboard Hot 100. His efforts earned him a win for Best Original Score at the Oscars.

The success led him to further film work. He notably composed the soundtrack of the original blade runneras well as Carl Sagan’s PBS documentary series Cosmos. Outside of composing sheet music, Vangelis has been prolific in his solo career, releasing albums regularly until last year. Juno to Jupiter.

While he was most associated with the synthesizer, the instrument was also a source of frustration for him. “I’ve been using synthesizers for so many years, but they were never designed properly. They create a lot of problems.” he told NPR in 2016. “Computers have completely different logic than human logic.” So for his 2016 record Rosettededicated to the space probe of the same name, he simply built his own synthesizer.

Vangelis always had an interest in space which was reflected in his music – in its scale and atmosphere. He believed there was something inherent in humans wanting to find out – whether that meant in the sky or in a studio. For Vangelis, becoming a musician was never a conscious decision. “It’s very difficult not making music,” Vangelis told NPR in 1977. “It’s as natural as I eat, as I make love. The music is the same.”

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