2000

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Jan

1

  • Moritz Eggert’s Internet Symphony premiered in Hof, Germany

2

  • Nat Adderley (67) dies in Lakeland, FL from complications of diabetes
  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Sonance 2000 for brass ensemble premiered in London
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Jubilate Deo for choir, organ and wind instruments premiered in London
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Spiegel und Fluss for orchestra premiered in Hamburg

5

  • James MacMillan’s Magnificat for choir and orchestra premiered in Wells, Somerset

8

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Sonance Severance 2000 for orchestra premiered in Cleveland

10

  • Colin Matthews’s Calmo for viola and piano premiered in London

11

  • Barney Childs (73) dies in Redlands, CA of Parkinson’s Disease

15

  • Jay-Z has the Billboard number one album for one week with Vol. 3: Life and Times of S. Carter

16

  • Gene Harris (66) dies in Boise, ID of kidney failure
  • Will “Dub” Jones (71) dies in Long Beach, CA

18

  • Morton Subotnick’s Gestures for electronics premiered in New York

20

  • Thomas Adès’s January Writ for chorus and organ premiered in London

22

  • The Manic Street Preachers have the UK number one single for one week with The Masses Against the Classes

27

  • Friedrich Gulda (69) dies in Steinbach am Attersee, Austria of heart failure

28

  • Thea Musgrave’s Lamenting With Ariadne for viola and chamber orchestra premiered in Birmingham

29

  • Jan Müller-Wieland’s opera Das Märchen der 672. Nacht [The tale of the 672nd night], lib. Birgit Müller-Wieland, premiered in Vienna

releases

  • Manic Street Preachers – The Masses Against the Classes (Epic)
  • Biosphere / Higher Intelligence Agency – Birmingham Frequencies (Headphone)
  • D’Angelo – Voodoo (Virgin)
  • Primal Scream – Xtrmntr (Creation)
  • Rick Rizzo & Tara Key – Dark Edson Tiger (Thrill Jockey)
  • Songs: Ohia – The Lioness (Secretly Canadian)
  • Sunn O))) – ØØ Void (Hydra Head)
  • Luke Vibert & BJ Cole – Stop the Panic (Cooking Vinyl)
Sunn O)))

Sunn O)))

Feb

2

  • George Benjamin’s Palimpsests for orchestra premiered in London

3

  • Alla Rakha (80) dies in Mumbai following a heart attack

4

  • Doris Coley (58) dies in Sacramento, CA of lung cancer

6

  • Gus Johnson (86) dies in Denver, CO
  • Julian Anderson’s Alhambra Fantasy for chamber orchestra premiered in London

11

  • Lord Kitchener aka Aldwyn Roberts (77) dies in Champs Fleur, Trinidad

12

  • Screamin Jay Hawkins (70) dies Neuilly-sur-Seine, France following surgery
  • D’Angelo has the Billboard number one album for the first of two weeks with Voodoo

15

  • Valentin Silvestrov’s Elegy for cello with two tamtams premiered in Moscow

16

  • Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera The Silver Tassie premiered in London. Lib. Amanda Holden

17

  • John Zorn’s Contes de fees for violin, piano and orchestra premiered in New York

21

  • Violet Archer (86) dies in Ottowa, Ontario

23

  • Ofra Haza (42) dies in Ramat Gan, Israel of AIDS-related pneumonia
  • The 42nd Grammy Awards are held in Los Angeles. Santana win record of the year with Smooth and album of the year with Supernatural. Other winners include Christina Aguilera, Beck, Randy Newman, Madonna, June Carter Cash, Tom Waits, Wayne Shorter, Whitney Houston, TLC, Eminem, Burning Spear and Tony Bennett

26

  • All Saints have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Pure Shores

releases

  • Air – Playground Love (Source)
  • All Saints – Pure Shores (London)
  • Anti-Pop Consortium – Tragic Epilogue (75 Ark)
  • Cure – Bloodflowers (Fiction)
  • Ghostface Killah – Supreme Clientele (Epic)
  • Kid Koala – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Ninja Tune)
  • Lambchop – Nixon (Merge)
  • Tara Jane O’Neil – Peregrine (Quarterstick)
  • Pan American – 360 Business / 360 Bypass (Kranky)
  • DJ Spooky vs Scanner – The Quick and the Dead (Sulphur)
  • Steely Dan – Two Against Nature (Giant)
  • Yo La Tengo – And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out (Matador)
Ofra Haza 1957-2000

Ofra Haza 1957-2000

Mar

2

  • Elliott Carter’s Two Diversions for piano premiered in New York

4

  • Władysław Daniłowski (97) dies in Miami Beach, FL

7

  • Pee Wee King (86) dies in Louisville, KY following a heart attack

9

  • Kalevi Aho’s Symphony No.11 premiered in Lahti, Finland

10

  • Elena Firsova’s String Quartet no.10 premiered in London

11

  • Moritz Eggert’s Sandbox – Variations for tape premiered in Darmstadt
  • Madonna has the UK number one single for one week with American Pie
  • Oasis have the UK number one album for one week with Standing on the Shoulder of Giants

13

  • Cab Kaye (78) dies in Amsterdam of mouth cancer
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Im Anfang for orchestra premiered in Bremen

16

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Nine Settings of Lorine Niedecker for soprano and cello premiered in London

18

  • Chicane have the UK number one single for one week with Don’t Give Up
  • Destiny’s Child have the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with Say My Name

20

  • Vivian Fine (86) dies in Bennington, VT, following a car accident

23

  • Ed McCurdy (81) dies in Halifax, Nova Scotia

24

  • Meg White and Jack White are divorced

26

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Ostinato with Melody for piano premiered in London
  • Elliott Carter’s Retrouvailles for piano premiered in London
  • Unsuk Chin’s Piano Etude No.6 (Grains) premiered in London
  • John Corigliano’s music for François Girard’s film The Red Violin wins the best original score Oscar at the 72nd Academy Awards

27

  • Ian Dury (57) dies in London of metastatic colorectal cancer

30

  • Patrick Nunn’s String of Pearls for clarinet, violin and piano premiered in Cheliabinsk, Russia

releases

  • Chicane – Don’t Give Up (Xtravaganza)
  • Doves – The Cedar Room (Heavenly)
  • Moby – Natural Blues (Mute)
  • Air – The Virgin Suicides (Virgin)
  • Alva Noto – Prototypes (Mille Plateaux)
  • Asian Dub Foundation – Community Music (FFRR)
  • Bowery Electric – Lushlife (Beggars Banquet)
  • Broadcast – The Noise Made By People (Warp)
  • Common – Like Water for Chocolate (MCA)
  • Vladislav Delay – Entain (Mille Plateaux)
  • Vladislav Delay – Multila (Chain Reaction)
  • Dirty Three – Whatever You Love You Are (Bella Union)
  • Do Make Say Think – Goodbye Enemy Airship the Landlord Is Dead (Constellation)
  • Eels – Daisies of the Galaxy (Dreamworks)
  • Thomas Fehlmann – One to Three (Apollo)
  • For Carnation (Touch and Go)
  • Laurent Garnier – Unreasonable Behaviour (F Communication)
  • Handsome Family – In The Air (Carrot Top)
  • Mekons – Journey to the End of the Night (Quarterstick)
  • Mira Calix – One on One (Warp)
  • Nils Økland – Straum (Rune Grammofon)
  • Radian – TG11 (Mego/Rhiz)
  • 16 Horsepower – Secret South (Razor & Tie)
  • Third Eye Foundation – Little Lost Soul (Domino)
  • Ulver – Perdition City (Jester)
  • Susumu Yokota – The Magic Thread (Leaf)
Ian Dury 1942-2000

Ian Dury 1942-2000

Apr

1

  • Santana have the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with Supernatural

7

  • Heinz Burt (57) dies in Southampton of motor neurone disease
  • Gavin Bryars’s Super Flumina for four voices premiered in York

12

  • Metallica file a lawsuit against file-sharing site Napster for copyright infringement

13

  • Kalevi Aho’s Kolme tangoa [Three Tangos] for violin, guitar, double bass, accordion and piano premiered in Tampere, Finland

14

  • Carlisle Floyd’s opera Cold Sassy Tree, lib. Floyd, premiered in Houston

15

  • Moby has the UK number one album for the first of five weeks with Play

18

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s opera The Last Supper premiered in Berlin. Lib. Robin Blaser

22

  • Fragma have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Toca’s Miracle

23

  • Volker David Kirchner’s Menuha for orchestra premiered in Ludwigshafen, Germany

25

  • Niels Viggo Bentzon (80) dies in Copenhagen

26

  • Elliott Carter’s Asko Concerto for sixteen players premiered in Amsterdam

27

  • Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Symphony No. 8 premiered in Philadelphia

28

  • Kim Borg (80) dies in Fredensborg, Denmark

29

  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Sonata for violin and piano no.2 premiered in London

releases

  • Fragma – Toca’s Miracle (Positiva)
  • LTJ Bukem – Journey Inwards (Good Looking)
  • Neko Case & Her Boyfriends – Furnace Room Lullaby (Bloodshot)
  • Chicane – Behind the Sun (Xtravaganza)
  • Circulation – Colours (Circulation)
  • Delgados – The Great Eastern (Chemikal Underground)
  • Doves – Lost Souls (Heavenly)
  • Einstürzende Neubauten – Silence Is Sexy (Mute)
  • DJ Food – Kaleidoscope (Ninja Tune)
  • GAS – Pop (Mille Plateaux)
  • Heiner Goebbels – Surrogate Cities (ECM)
  • Hilliard Ensemble – In Paradisum: Music of Victoria & Palestrina (ECM)
  • Mike Ladd – Welcome to the Afterfuture (Ozone)
  • Ute Lemper – Punishing Kiss (Decca)
  • Piano Magic – Low Birth Weight (Rocket Girl)
  • Pilote – Antenna (Certificate 18)
  • A Silver Mt. Zion – He Has Left Us Alone but Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our Rooms (Constellation)
  • Speedy J – A Shocking Hobby (Novamute)
  • Mika Vainio – Kajo (Touch)
  • Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard – Gladiator OST (Decca)
Heiner Goebbels - Surrogate Cities (ECM)

Heiner Goebbels – Surrogate Cities (ECM)

May

2

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Concerto for horn and orchestra & Roma Amor for orchestra premiered in London

6

  • Oxide and Neutrino have the UK number one single for one week with Bound 4 Da Reload (Casualty)
  • John Zorn’s La Machine d’etre for soprano and orchestra premiered in Bologna

11

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s 17 Tate Riffs for three flutes, three oboes, three trumpets and three marimbas premiered in London
  • Colin Matthews’s Pluto, the Renewer for orchestra premiered in Manchester (an epilogue to Holst’s Planets Suite)

16

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s The Sadness of Komachi for tenor and prepared piano premiered in Tokyo

20

  • Jean-Pierre Rampal (78) dies in Paris of heart failure
  • Volker David Kirchner’s opera Gilgamesh premiered in Hannover. Lib. Imad Atwani
  • Colin Matthews’ Aftertones – Three Landscapes of Edward Blunden for soprano, chorus and orchestra premiered in Huddersfield
  • Thea Musgrave’s Aurora for string orchestra premiered in Los Angeles

21

  • Dulcie Holland (87) dies in Sydney

22

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s In Frage for ensemble premiered in Vienna

24

  • Elliott Carter’s Tempo e tempi for soprano and orchestra premiered in London
  • Rapper 50 Cent is shot nine times in Queens, NY, but survives
  • Colin Matthews’ Two Tributes for chamber ensemble premiered in London

30

  • Tex Beneke (86) dies in Costa Mesa, CA

31

  • Johnnie Taylor (66) dies in Dallas following a heart attack

releases

  • A-Ha – Summer Moved On (WEA)
  • Bob Dylan – Things Have Changed (Columbia)
  • Goldfrapp – Lovely Head (Mute)
  • Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker (Bloodshot)
  • Calexico – Hot Rail (City Slang)
  • Sylvain Chauveau – Le livre noir du capitalisme (Noise Museum)
  • Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP (Aftermath)
  • Fennesz, O’Rourke & Rehberg – The Magic Sound of Fenn O’Berg (Mego)
  • Tommy Guerrero – A Little Bit of Somethin’ (Mo Wax)
  • Gunshot – International Rescue (Words of Warning)
  • Hecker – [r*] Iso | Chall (Mego)
  • Iron Maiden – Brave New World (EMI)
  • Kronos Quartet – Caravan (Nonesuch)
  • Zan Lyons – Desolate (Foundry)
  • Pearl Jam – Binaural (Epic)
  • A Perfect Circle – Mer de noms (Virgin)
  • Porcupine Tree – Lightbulb Sun (Snapper)
  • Saint Etienne – Sound of Water (Mantra)
  • St Germain – Tourist (Blue Note)
  • Sleater-Kinney – All Hands on the Bad One (Kill Rock Stars)
  • Sonic Youth – NYC Ghosts & Flowers (DGC)
  • Tarwater – Animals, Suns & Atoms (Kitty Yo)
  • Amon Tobin – Supermodified (Ninja Tune)
  • Paul Weller – Heliocentric (Island)
Eminem aka Marshall Mathers b.1972

Eminem aka Marshall Mathers b.1972

Jun

1

  • Eric Gilder (89) dies in London
  • Tito Puente (77) dies in New York following open heart surgery

2

  • Derroll Adams (74) dies in Antwerp

7

  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Sextet for violin, viola, cello, clarinet, horn and piano premiered in Vienna

10

  • Bon Jovi have the UK number one album for one week with Crush
  • Eminem has the Billboard number one album for the first of six weeks with The Marshall Mathers LP

15

  • Kalevi Aho’s opera Salaisuuksien kirja [The Book of Secrets] premiered in Savonlinna, Finland. Lib. Paavo Rintala & Kalevi Aho
  • Minoru Miki’s opera Genji monogatari [The Tale of Genji], lib. Colin Graham, premiered in St Louis, MO

16

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s opera Mr Emmet Takes a Walk premiered in Kirkwall. Lib. David Pountney

17

  • Aaliyah has the Billboard number one single for one week with Try Again
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Orkney Saga V: Westerly Gale in Biscay, Salt in the Bread Broken for choir and orchestra premiered in Kirkwall
  • Arvo Pärt’s Como cierva sedienta for soprano or choir and orchestra premiered in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

19

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Symphony no.7 premiered in Kirkwall

21

  • Alan Hovhaness (89) dies in Seattle
  • Kalevi Aho’s Quintet for Flute, violin, two violas and cello premiered in Kuhmo, Finland
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ Grand Oratorio: The Meaning of Life premiered in Kirkwall
  • Henryk Górecki’s Slave, sidus Polonorum op.72 for chorus premiered in Hannover

22

  • James MacMillan’s Mass for choir and organ premiered in London

23

  • Jerome Richardson (79) dies in Englewood, NJ
  • (to 25th) The 2000 Glastonbury Festival is held at Worthy Farm, Somerset featuring Chemical Brothers, Cypress Hill, Pet Shop Boys, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, David Bowie, Willie Nelson, Nine Inch Nails, Leftfield and Basement Jaxx

25

  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Music for recorders, marimbaphone and strings premiered in Hannover

28

  • William Glock (92) dies in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Oxfordshire

30

  • Konrad Boehmer’s Orpheus unplugged for piano and tape premiered in Landsberg, Netherlands
  • Nine people are crushed to death during Pearl Jam’s set at a rock festival in Roskilde, Denmark

releases

  • Moby – Porcelain (Mute)
  • Saint Etienne – Heart Failed (In the Back of a Taxi) (Mantra)
  • Belle and Sebastian – Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant (Matador)
  • Biosphere – Cirque (Touch)
  • Blonde Redhead – Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons (Touch and Go)
  • Billy Bragg & Wilco – Mermaid Avenue 2 (Elektra)
  • Deftones – White Pony (Maverick)
  • Holger Czukay – La Luna (Tone Casualties)
  • Steve Earle – Transcendental Blues (E-Squared)
  • David Holmes – Bow Down to the Exit Sign (Go Beat)
  • Jurassic 5 – Quality Control (Rawkus)
  • Pole 3 (Kiff)
  • Queens of the Stone Age – Rated R (Interscope)
  • Rothko – Forty Years to Find a Voice (Lo)
  • Scanner – Diary (Sulphur)
  • Sufjan Stevens – A Sun Came! (Asthmatic Kitty)
  • Paul Van Dyk – Out There and Back (Deviant)
  • Walkabouts – The Train Leaves at Eight (Glitterhouse)
  • White Stripes – De Stijl (Sympathy for the Record Industry)
Walkabouts - The Train Leaves at Eight (Glitterhouse)

Walkabouts – The Train Leaves at Eight (Glitterhouse)

Jul

1

  • David Diamond’s Symphony no.10 premiered in Seattle
  • Eminem has the UK number one album for the first of two weeks over two runs week with The Marshall Mathers LP

2

  • Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Mania for cello and orchestra or ensemble premiered in Porvoo, Finland

6

  • Ľudovít Rajter (93) dies in Bratislava

8

  • Eminem has the UK number one single for one week with The Real Slim Shady

11

  • Jaroslav Filip (51) dies in Bratislava following a heart attack

12

  • Lord Shorty aka Garfield Blackman (58) dies in Port of Spain, Trinidad of bone marrow cancer

19

  • Mabel Scott (85) dies in Los Angeles
  • Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Fractured Lines for two solo percussionists and orchestra premiered in London
  • Christian Wolff’s Exercise 28 for theremin, violin, French horn and double bass premiered in New York

22

  • Coldplay have the UK number one album for one week with Parachutes

24

  • Oscar Shumsky (83) dies in New York

29

  • Moritz Eggert’s Goldberg Plays for piano and large ensemble premiered in Freden, Germany

releases

  • Bent – Programmed to Love (Sport)
  • Bonobo – Animal Magic (Tru Thoughts)
  • Icebreaker International – Trein Maersk (IT)
  • Oval – Ovalprocess (Thrill Jockey)
  • Plaid – Trainer (Warp)
  • Who Is Jill Scott? (Hidden Beach)
  • Sam Shalabi – Shalabi Effect (Alien8)
Jill Scott b.1972

Jill Scott b.1972

Aug

3

  • Michael Nyman’s opera Facing Goya premiered in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Lib. Victoria Hardie

13

  • Nazi Hassan (35) dies in London of lung cancer
  • Henryk Górecki’s Lobesgesang op.76 for chorus premiered in Mainz

15

  • Kaija Saariaho’s opera L’amour de loin [Love from Afar] premiered in Salzburg. Lib. Amin Maalouf. Based on the life of troubador and crusader Jaufré Rudel

16

  • Alan Caddy (60) dies in London of alcohol-relared causes

17

  • Franco Donatoni (73) dies in Milan

19

  • Erik Bergman’s Le voyage op.142 for saxophone quartet premiered in Helsinki

25

  • Jack Nitzche (63) dies in Los Angeles
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Concerto for string quartet and orchestra premiered in Amsterdam

26

  • Nelly has the Billboard number one album for the first of five weeks with Country Grammar
  • Arvo Pärt’s Which was the son of for chorus premiered in Reykjavik
  • Spiller have the UK number one single for one week with Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)

28

  • Philip Glass’s opera In the Penal Colony premiered in Seattle. Lib. Glass after Franz Kafka

29

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Deus passus for 5 soloists, choir and orchestra premiered in Stuttgart

31

  • Saunders King (91) dies in Oakland, CA following a stroke
  • Richard Barrett’s Transmission for guitar and electronics premiered in Oldenburg, Germany

releases

  • Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist (Modular)
  • Photek – Terminus (Science)
  • Shellac – 1000 Hurts (Touch and Go)
  • Total Science – Advance (Vinyl Distribution)
Kaija Saariaho b.1952

Kaija Saariaho b.1952

Sep

1

  • Zygmunt Krauze’s Emille Bell for string orchestra premiered in Seoul

2

  • Madonna has the UK number one single for one week with Music
  • Arvo Pärt’s Zwei Beter [Two worshipers] for female choir premiered in Hannover

11

  • Stanley Turrentine (66) dies in New York

15

  • Aulis Sallinen’s opera King Lear premiered in Helsinki. Lib. Saulinen after Shakespeare

16

  • Madonna has the Billboard number one single for the first of four weeks with Music

20

  • Johannes Maria Staud’s … gleichsam als ob … for orchestra premiered in Schwaz, Austria

21

  • Bengt Hambraeus (72) dies in Montreal

22

  • Willie Cook (76) dies in Stockholm

25

  • Osvaldo Golijov’s La Pasión según San Marcos [The Passion according to St. Mark] for chorus and orchestra premiered in Stuttgart

26

  • Baden Powell de Aquino (63) dies in Rio de Janeiro of pneumonia

28

  • Heiner Goebbels’s … même soir… for six percussionists premiered in Munich

30

  • LL Cool J has the Billboard number one album for one week with Goat
  • James MacMillan’s Exsultet for brass and percussion premiered in Manchester
  • Madonna has the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with Music
  • Arvo Pärt’s Orient and Occident for choir and string orchestra premiered in Berlin
  • Aribert Reimann’s opera Bernarda Albas Haus [The House of Bernarda Alba], lib. Reimann after Federico García Lorca, premiered in Munich
  • Hans Zender’s Cello Concerto: Bardo premiered in Winterthur, Switzerland

releases

  • DJ Shadow – Dark Days (MCA)
  • Louis Armstrong – The Complete Hot Five & Hot Seven Recordings (Columbia)
  • At The Drive-In – Relationship of Command (Grand Royal)
  • Banco de Gaia – Igizeh (Gekko)
  • Björk – Selmasongs (One Little Indian)
  • Damon and Naomi with Ghost (Sub Pop)
  • Go-Betweens – The Friends of Rachel Worth (Circus)
  • Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain (Mute)
  • Emmylou Harris – Red Dirt Girl (Grapevine)
  • Leila – Courtesy of Choice (XL)
  • Nelly – Country Grammar (Fo’ Real)
  • NoMeansNo – One (Alternative Tentacles)
  • Photek – Solaris (Science)
  • Ian Pooley – Since Then (V2)
Aribert Reimann b.1936

Aribert Reimann b.1936

Oct

1

  • David Lang’s Short Fall for piccolo, piano, violin and cello premiered in Luxembourg

4

  • Tofig Guliyev (82) dies in Baku, Azerbaijan

7

  • Madonna has the Billboard number one album for one week with Music

10

  • Ferenc Farkas (94) dies in Budapest
  • Colin Matthews’s Contimuum for mezzo-soprano and large ensemble premiered in London

12

  • Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Concerto for Harp and Orchestra premiered in Minneapolis

13

  • Britt Woodman (80) dies in Los Angeles

14

  • Mystikal has the Billboard number one album for one week with Let’s Get Ready
  • Radiohead have the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with Kid A

17

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Una Balena Azzura for chorus and piano or organ premiered in Trentino

18

  • Julie London (74) dies in Encino, CA following a stroke
  • Gwen Verdon (75) dies in Woodstock, VT following a heart attack
  • Zack de la Rocha leaves Rage Against the Machine

21

  • Radiohead have the Billboard number one album for one week with Kid A
  • U2 have the UK number one single for one week with Beautiful Day

22

  • Gavin Bryars’s Violin Concerto premiered in Bexhill, Sussex
  • Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Another Set To for trombone and orchestra premiered in London

26

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s …fleuve V (omnia tempus habent) for 2 voices, choir and orchestra premiered in Berlin

27

  • Winston Grennan (56) dies in New York of cancer

28

  • Ja Rule has the Billboard number one album for one week with Rule 3:36

29

  • Carlos Guastavino (88) dies in Santa Fe, Argentina

30

  • Steve Allen (78) dies in Los Angeles following a heart attack caused by internal injuries sustained in a car accident

unk

  • Brian Ferneyhough’s Opus Contra Naturam for piano premiered in Leuven, Belgium

releases

  • …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – Mistakes and Regrets (Domino)
  • Blur – Music Is My Radar (EMI)
  • Goldfrapp – Utopia (Mute)
  • Queens of the Stone Age – The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret (Interscope)
  • DJ Rolando – Jaguar (430 West)
  • U2 – Beautiful Day (Island)
  • Don Caballero – American Don (Touch and Go)
  • Johnny Cash – American III: Solitary Man (American)
  • Deltron 3030 (75 Ark)
  • Godspeed You Black Emperor – Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven (Kranky / Constellation)
  • Midnight Choir – Unsung Heroine (Glitterhouse)
  • Jeff Mills – Metropolis (Tresor)
  • Radiohead – Kid A (Parlophone)
  • Our Aim is to Satisfy Red Snapper (Warp)
  • Esbjorn Svensson Trio – Good Morning Susie Soho (Act)
  • Two Lone Swordsmen – Tiny Reminders (Warp)
  • U2 – All That You Can’t Leave Behind (Island)
  • World’s End Girlfriend – Ending Story (FRD)
Radiohead - Kid A (Parlophone)

Radiohead – Kid A (Parlophone)

Nov

3

  • Robert Sherlaw Johnson (68) dies in Oxford

6

  • Herbert Brün (82) dies in Urbana, IL

8

  • Brian Boydell (83) dies in Dublin
  • Dick Morrissey (60) dies in Deal, Kent of cancer

10

  • György Ligeti’s With Pipes, Drums, Fiddles for mezzo-soprano and wind and percussion ensemble premiered in Metz

11

  • David Matthews’s Two Pieces for Strings (little Chaconne & Fall Dances) op.70 premiered in Valletta, Malta
  • U2 have the UK number one album for one week with All That You Can’t Leave Behind

16

  • John Casken’s Nearly Distant for saxophone quartet premiered in Manchester

18

  • Destiny’s Child have the Billboard number one single for the first of eleven weeks with Independent Women Part I
  • Jay-Z has the Billboard number one album for one week with The Dynasty: Roc La Familia

19

  • Arthur Butterworth’s Guitar Concerto op.109 premiered in Leeds
  • Philip Glass’s Double Concerto for timpani and orchestra premiered in New York
  • Patrick Nunn’s 21st Century Junkie for six pianos premiered in London
  • Arvo Pärt’s Cecilia, vergine romana for choir and orchestra premiered in Rome

23

  • Arvo Pärt’s My Heart is in the Highlands for countertenor or alto and organ premiered in Saluzzo, Italy. Text by Robert Burns

25

  • The Beatles have the UK number one album for the first of nine weeks with the compilation 1

26

  • DJ Screw (29) dies in Houston of a prescription drug overdose
  • Richard Barrett’s Liebestod for 4 recorders and electronics premiered in Vienna

27

  • Valentin Silvestrov’s Requiem for Larissa for mixed chorus and orchestra premiered in Kiev

30

  • Gerhard Schedl (43) commits suicide by gunshot near his house in Eppstein, Austria
  • John Corigliano’s Symphony no.2 premiered in Boston

releases

  • Arab Strap – Rocket Take your Turn / Blackness (Chemikal Underground)
  • Daft Punk – One More Time (Virgin)
  • Eminem – Stan (Interscope)
  • PJ Harvey – Good Fortune (Island)
  • Queens of the Stone Age – Feel Good Hit of the Summer (Interscope)
  • Aesop Rock – Float (Mush)
  • Erykah Badu – Mama’s Gun (Motown)
  • Coldplay – Parachutes (Capitol)
  • Fall – The Unutterable (Eagle)
  • Fingathing – The Main Event (Grand Central)
  • PJ Harvey – Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (Island)
  • Clint Mansell – Requiem for a Dream (Nonesuch)
  • Outkast – Stankonia (La Face)
  • Márta Sebestyén – Dudoltam (Hungaroton)
  • Songs: Ohia – Ghost Tropic (Secretly Canadian)
  • Wu-Tang Clan – The W (Loud)
Dick Morrissey 1940-2000

Dick Morrissey 1940-2000

Dec

1

  • Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Aditus for orchestra premiered in Mainz

2

  • The Beatles have the Billboard number one album for the first of eight weeks over two runs with the compilation 1
  • Destiny’s Child have the UK number one single for one week with Independent Women Part I
  • Thea Musgrave’s Ring Out Wild Bells for clarinet, violin, cello and piano premiered in Philadelphia

3

  • Patrick Nunn’s The Oxen for children’s choir and piano premiered in London

4

  • Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Dichotomie for solo piano premiered in Los Angeles

5

  • Gene Gutchë (93) dies in White Bear Lake, MN

9

  • John Adams’s oratorio El Niño premiered in Paris

13

  • The closure of music magazine Melody Maker is announced

16

  • Eminem has the UK number one single for one week with Stan

18

  • Kirsty MacColl (41) drowns after an accident on a diving holiday in Cozumel, Mexico

19

  • Robert Buck (42) dies in Pittsburgh of liver disease
  • Pops Staples (85) dies after suffering a concussion in a fall at his home in Chicago

22

  • Joel and Ethan Coen’s film O Brother, Where Art Thou? opens starring George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson with music by T-Bone Burnett
  • Madonna marries film director Guy Ritchie at Skibo Castle in Dornoch, Scotland

23

  • Victor Borge (91) dies in Greenwich, CT

24

  • Nick Massi (73) dies in Newark, NJ of cancer

27

  • Jack McVea (86) dies in Los Angeles

releases

  • Boards of Canada – In a Beautiful Place out in the Country EP (Warp)
  • Outkast – BOB (La Face)
  • Avalanches – Since I Left You (Modular)
  • Boris – Flood (Noble)
  • Ken Ishii – Flatspin (Exceptional)
Kirsty MacColl 1959-2000

Kirsty MacColl 1959-2000

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