Two ice-break composers died today.
Dave Brubeck, a classically trained composer, single-handedly defined modern jazz.
Jonathan Harvey, an English church chorister of the old school, saved electronic music from advancing desuetude.
(photo: (c) Maurice Foxall)
Brubeck’s signature work was Take Five (actually written by Paul Desmond and performed by the Dave Brubeck Quartet). Harvey’s was Mortuos plango, vivos voco – the first masterpiece to be written in Boulez’s Ircam, as timely and epoch-making, in its modest way, as Stockhausen’s Gesang der jünglinge 25 years earlier.
Both were kind and gentle souls. Bruckeck was 91, Harvey 73.
Their music will outlast us all.