Monday, July 11, 2005

Reader Response: Raphael Mostel's Nacht En Dageraad (Night and Dawn)

I received a very nice e-mail, this weekend, from
American composer Raphael Mostel thanking me
for mentioning, this past winter on,
his memorial composition NIGHT AND DAWN /
NACHT EN DAGERAAD, commissioned for the
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Brass Ensemble
in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the allied
liberation of the Netherlands. In May, the world
premiere was given by the RCO brass in a
once-in-a-lifetime joint performance together
with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra brass.

Mr Mostel will be interviewed about his work today, by
John Schaefer, on, between 2 and 3 PM. He
also hopes that Leonard Slatkin will perform his work
with the brass of the National Symphony Orchestra.
(The Washington Symphonic Brass, consisting of members
of the NSO, has apparently already committed to performing
the work.)

I look forward to hearing this memorial work live here in
Washington, or in the San Francisco Bay Area or in Europe.

(Some readers may recogize Raphael Mostel's name for his
ritualistic and ceremonial works for ancient instruments of
the world frequently performed by the
Tibetan Singing Bowl Ensemble: New Music for Old Instruments,
which he founded in 1983 and has been conducting and
directing ever since. Also see:


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