Monday, July 09, 2018

Oliver Knussen

British composer and conductor Oliver Knussen has died following a short illness, much too young at 66. I don't think I've heard any of his music live; four years ago in London, he conducted one of the concerts I attended at the Birtwistle at 80 festival.

Lots of memories of Knussen, who was a mentor, inspiration, and friend to so many. He seems to have been a genuinely decent human as well as a great composer and musician.

1 comment:

David Bratman said...

I have heard Knussen live. I think I was at the concert on the occasion of which Kosman interviewed him, at which he conducted "The Way to Castle Yonder", but I don't have a firm record of it. I do know for sure, though, that I heard MTT conduct his Third Symphony in 2008. It was the composer's skill at orchestration which most impressed me.