2003

<2002 2004>

Jan

5

  • Daphne Oram (67) dies in Maidstone, Kent following a couple of strokes

8

  • Ron Goodwin (77) dies in Newbury, Berkshire

11

  • Mickey Finn (55) dies in Croydon, Surrey of liver and kidney disease.

16

  • Henryk Czyż (79) dies in Warsaw

17

  • Balint Vazsonyi (66) dies in Washington, DC

18

  • Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Etudes and Elegies for large orchestra premiered in London

25

  • Norah Jones has the Billboard number one album for the first of four weeks over two runs with Come Away with Me

26

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Piano Trio: Voyage to a Fair Isle premiered in Kongsberg, Norway

29

  • Douglas Allanbrook (81) dies in Annapolis, MD following a heart attack

releases

  • Electric Six – Danger! High Voltage (XL)
  • Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1 (Warner Bros)
  • Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto – Vrioon (Raster-Noton)
  • Knife – Deep Cuts (Rabid)
  • Sole – Selling Live Water (Anticon)
  • Supersilent – 6 (Rune Grammofon)
The Knife

The Knife

 

Feb

1

  • Nancy Whiskey (67) dies suddenly in Leicester

2

  • Lou Harrison (85) dies in Lafayette, IN following a heart attack
  • Unsuk Chin’s Double Concerto for piano, percussion and ensemble premiered in Paris
  • Thomas Larcher’s Still for viola and orchestra premiered in Salzburg

7

  • John Lanchbery (79) dies in Melbourne
  • Arvo Pärt’s Lamentate for piano and orchestra premiered in London

8

  • Jennifer Lopez featuring LL Cool J has the Billboard number one single for the first of four weeks with All I Have

12

  • Arvo Pärt’s Peace Upon You, Jerusalem for female choir premiered in New York

13

  • George Benjamin’s Shadowlines for piano premiered in London

15

  • The Dixie Chicks have the Billboard number one album for one week with Home

19

  • Johnny Paycheck (64) dies in Nashville of emphysema

20

  • 99 people are killed at a club in West Warwick, RI when rock band Great White’s pyrotechnics cause a fire

22

  • 50 Cent has the Billboard number one album for the first of six weeks over three runs with Get Rich or Die Tryin’
  • Massive Attack have the UK number one album for one week with 100th Window

23

  • The 45th Grammy Awards are held in New York. Norah Jones wins record of the year with Don’t know Why and album of the year with Come Away With Me. Other winners include Coldplay, BB King, Randy Newman, Thomas Newman, Dixie Chicks, Diana Krall, Pat Metheny, Celia Cruz, India Arie, Eminem and Bruce Sprtingsteen

24

  • Walter Scharf (92) dies in Los Angeles
  • Pascal Dusapin’s opera Perelà, uomo di fumo [Perelà, man of smoke], lib. Dusapin, premiered in Paris

26

  • Othar Turner (95) dies in Gravel Springs, MS

27

  • James MacMillan’s To My Successor for choir premiered in London

28

  • André Tanker (61) dies in Maraval, Trinidad following a heart attack

releases

  • Massive Attack – Special Cases (Virgin)
  • Asian Dub Foundation – Enemy of the Enemy (Labels)
  • William Basinski – The Disintegration Loops II (2062)
  • Calexico – Feast of Wire (Quarterstick)
  • Cat Power – You Are Free (Matador)
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Nocturama (Mute)
  • Cul de Sac – Death of the Sun (Strange Attractors)
  • Dirty Three – She Has No Strings Apollo (Bella Union)
  • John Fahey – Red Cross (Revenant)
  • Richard Hawley – Lowedges (Setanta)
  • Hecker – Sun Pandämonium (Mego)
  • Massive Attack – Hundredth Window (Virgin)
  • Richard Thompson – The Old Kit Bag (Cooking Vinyl)
  • Mika Vainio – In the Land of the Blind the One-Eyed Is King (Touch)
Othar Turner 1907-2003

Othar Turner 1907-2003

 

Mar

2

  • Hank Ballard (75) dies in Los Angeles of throat cancer
  • Malcolm Williamson (71) dies in Cambridge

8

  • 50 Cent has the Billboard number one single for the first of nine weeks with In the Club
  • Norah Jones has the UK number one album for the first of four weeks with Come Away with Me

12

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Vier Studien zu einem Klarinettenquintett [clarinet quintet] premiered in Badenweiler

13

  • Enriko Josif (78) dies in Belgrade
  • Steve Reich’s Dance Patterns for two pianos, two vibraphones and two xylophones premiered in Brussels

16

  • Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji’s Piano Concerto No.5 premiered in Utrecht
  • Avet Terterian’s opera The Earthquake premiered posthumously in Munich

17

  • Bill Carlisle (94) dies in Nashville

18

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Missa Parvula for treble singer and organ premiered in London

22

  • Edward Cowie’s Gaia for 24 solo voices and large ensemble premiered in London
  • Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Fata Morgana for violin, cello and piano premiered in London

23

  • Elliot Goldenthal’s music for Julie Taymor’s film Frida wins the best original score Oscar at the 75th Academy Awards

24

  • Artie Shapiro (87) dies in Los Angeles of lung cancer

27

  • Luciano Berio (77) dies in Rome
  • Edwin Carr (76) dies in Waiheke Island, New Zealand
  • James MacMillan’s A Deep but Dazzling Darkness for violin, chamber orchestra & tape premiered in London

30

  • Henryk Górecki’s Five Kurpian Songs op.75 for chorus premiered in Warsaw

releases

  • Coldplay – Clocks (Parlophone)
  • Roots – The Seed 2.0 (MCA)
  • Aereogramme – Sleep & Release (Chemikal Underground)
  • Angels of Light – Everything is Good Here / Please Come Home (Young God)
  • Aphex Twin – 26 Mixes for Cash (Warp)
  • William Basinski – Melancholia (2062)
  • DJ Format – Music for the Mature B Boy (Genuine)
  • Kristin Hersh – The Grotto (4AD)
  • Magnolia Electric Co. (Secretly Canadian)
  • Midnight Choir – Waiting for the Bricks to Fall (Glitterhouse)
  • Mira Calix – Skimskitta (Warp)
  • Muggs – Dust (Anti)
  • Murs – The End of the Beginning (Definitive Jux)
  • Muzsikás – Ősz az Idő (Fono)
  • Throwing Muses [2003] (4AD)
  • White Stripes – Elephant (XL )
  • Susumu Yokota – Over Head (Play)
William Basinski b.1958

William Basinski b.1958

 

Apr

1

  • Leslie Cheung (46) commits suicide in Hong Kong by jumping from the 24th floor of the Mandarin Oriental hotel

2

  • Edwin Starr (61) dies in Bramcote, Nottinghamshire following a heart attack

3

  • Homer Banks (61) dies in Memphis of cancer
  • Elliott Carter’s Boston Concerto for orchestra premiered in Boston

6

  • Babatunde Olatunji (75) dies in Salinas, CA from diabetes

10

  • Little Eva (59) dies in Kinston, NC of cervical cancer

12

  • The White Stripes have the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with Elephant

17

  • Earl King (69) dies in New Orleans
  • James MacMillan’s Symphony No. 3 – Silence premiered in Tokyo

19

  • Conrad Leonard (104) dies

20

  • Johnny Douglas (82) dies in Bognor Regis, Sussex

21

  • Nina Simone (70) dies in Carry-le-Rouet, France of cancer

22

  • Felice Bryant (77) dies in Gatlinburg, TN

28

  • Apple launches its I-Tunes Music Store

30

  • John Adams’s My Father Knew Charles Ives for orchestra premiered in San Francisco

releases

  • Blur – Out of Time (Parlophone)
  • White Stripes – Seven Nation Army (XL)
  • Arab Strap – Monday at the Hug & Pint (Chemikal Underground)
  • Autechre – Draft 7.30 (Warp)
  • William Basinski – The Disintegration Loops III (2062)
  • William Basinski – The Disintegration Loops IV (2062)
  • Black Keys – Thickfreakness (Fat Possum)
  • Sylvain Chauveau – Un Autre Decembre (130701)
  • Loren Connors – Departing of a Dream Vol. II (Family Vineyard)
  • Matt Elliott – The Mess We Made (Domino)
  • Goldfrapp – Black Cherry (Mute)
  • Tommy Guerrero – Soul Food Taqueria (Mo Wax)
  • Thomas Köner – Zyklop (Mille Plateaux)
  • Mono – One Step More and You Die (Rykodisc)
  • Opeth – Damnation (Music for Nations)
  • Alasdair Roberts – Farewell Sorrow (Rough Trade)
  • Set Fire to Flames – Telegraphs in Negative / Mouths Trapped in Static (130701)
  • Sam Shalabi – Osama (Alien8)
  • Wire – Send (Pink Flag)
  • Yo La Tengo – Summer Sun (Matador)
Tommy Guerrero b.1966

Tommy Guerrero b.1966

May

3

  • Michael Daugherty’s Fire and Blood for violin and orchestra premiered in Detroit
  • Madonna has the UK number one album for one week with American Life

4

  • Sesto Bruscantini (83) dies in Civitanova Marche, Italy
  • Arthur Oldham (76) dies in Villejuif, France

5

  • Kurt Schwertsik’s Adieu Satie op. 86 for string quartet and bandoneon premiered in Ludwigshafen, Germany

7

  • Siegfried Matthus’s Concerto for Two for trumpet and trombone premiered in New York

10

  • Madonna has the Billboard number one album for one week with American Life

11

  • Noel Redding (57) dies Clonakilty, Republic of Ireland of cirrhosis of the liver

14

  • Richard Danielpour’s Apparitions for chamber orchestra premiered in Newark, NJ

15

  • June Carter (73) dies in Nashville of complications following heart-valve replacement surgery

17

  • Blur have the UK number one album for one week with Think Tank

22

  • Arvo Pärt’s In principio for mixed choir and orchestra premiered in Graz, Austria

24

  • Philip Glass’s opera The Sound of a Voice premiered in Cambridge, MA. Lib. David Henry Hwang
  • The Isley Brothers have the Billboard number one album for one week with Body Kiss

25

  • David Matthews’s After Sunrise op.82 for orchestra premiered in Tunbridge Wells, Kent

29

  • Elliott Carter’s Of Rewaking for soprano and orchestra premiered in Chicago

30

  • Mickie Most (64) dies in London of cancer

31

  • Gavin Bryars’s Psalm 132 (133) for mixed chorus, trumpet and organ premiered in Edinburgh
  • 50 Cent featuring Nate Dogg has the Billboard number one single for the first of four weeks with 21 Questions

releases

  • John Cale – 5 Tracks EP (EMI)
  • Chris Clark – Ceramics is the Bomb EP (Warp)
  • Public Enemy – Son of a Bush EP (Koch)
  • Radiohead – There There (Parlophone)
  • Natacha Atlas – Something Dangerous (Mantra)
  • Blur – Think Tank (Parlophone)
  • Cinematic Orchestra – Man With a Movie Camera (Ninja Tune)
  • Four Tet – Rounds (Domino)
  • Tim Hecker – Radio Amor (Mille Plateaux)
  • Matthew Herbert Big Band – Goodbye Swingtime (Accidental)
  • Jaga Jazzist – The Stix (Ninja Tune)
  • Led Zeppelin – How the West Was Won (Atlantic) recorded live on 25 & 27 Jun 1972 in Los Angeles and Long Beach
  • Arne Nordheim – Dodeka (Rune Grammofon)
  • Prefuse 73 – One Word Extinguisher (Warp)
  • David Sylvian – Blemish (Samadhi Sound)
Kurt Schwertsik b.1935

Kurt Schwertsik b.1935

Jun

1

  • Kurt Schwertsik’s opera Katzelmacher premiered in Wuppertal. Lib. Rainer Werner Fassbinder

5

  • Manuel Rosenthal (98) dies in Paris
  • Daron Hagen’s opera Vera of Las Vegas, lib. Paul Muldoon, premiered in New York

7

  • Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Ketty Nez, Carlos Sanchez, Sandeep Bhagwati, Maxim Seloujanow & Moritz Eggert’s opera The last days of V.I.R.U.S. premiered in Munich

8

  • James Clarke’s Landschaft mit Glockenturm for piano premiered in Cambridge

14

  • Led Zeppelin have the Billboard number one album for one week with How the West Was Won

19

  • Moritz Eggert’s Processional for trumpet premiered in Graz

20

  • Peanuts Hucko (85) dies in Fort Worth, TX

21

  • Metallica have the Billboard number one album for one week with St Anger
  • Radiohead have the UK number one album for one week with Hail to the Thief

22

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Seven Skies of Winter for instrumental ensemble premiered in Kirkwall

23

  • David Lang’s Breathless for wind quintet and This Was Written By Hand for piano premiered in London

27

  • (to 29th) The 2003 Glastonbury Festival is held at Worthy Farm, Somerset featuring REM, De La Soul, Radiohead, Jimmy Cliff, Röyksopp, Goldfrapp, Love, Sigur Rós and The Streets

28

  • Luther Vandross has the Billboard number one album for one week with Dance with my Father

29

  • Kalevi Aho’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.2 premiered in Vilppula, Finland

releases

  • Electric Six – Gay Bar (XL)
  • Massive Attack – Butterfly Caught (Virgin)
  • Bardo Pond – On the Elipse (ATP)
  • Beyoncé – Dangerously in Love (Columbia)
  • Biffy Clyro – The Vertigo of Bliss (Beggars Banquet)
  • Bonobo – Dial M For Monkey (Ninja Tune)
  • The Decline of British Sea Power (Rough Trade)
  • Colleen – Everyone Alive Wants Answers (Leaf)
  • Comets on Fire (Alternative Tentacles)
  • Eels – Shootenanny! (Dreamworks)
  • Esmerine – If Only a Sweet Surrender to the Nights to Come Be True (Resonant)
  • 50 Cent – Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (Aftermath)
  • Mars Volta – De-Loused in the Comatorium (Universal)
  • Metallica – St Anger (Elektra)
  • Mogwai – Happy Songs for Happy People (PIAS)
  • Nephlim Modulation Systems – Woe to Thee O Land Whose King Is a Child (Big Dada)
  • µ-ziq – Bilious Paths (Planet Mu)
  • Paddy McAloon – I Trawl the MegaHertz (EMI)
  • National – Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers (Brassland)
  • Radiohead – Hail to the Thief (Parlophone)
  • Tindersticks – Waiting for the Moon (Beggars Banquet)
  • Gillian Welch – Soul Journey (Acony)
Tindersticks - Waiting for the Moon (Beggars Banquet)

Tindersticks – Waiting for the Moon (Beggars Banquet)

Jul

1

  • Herbie Mann (73) dies in Santa Fe, NM

4

  • Barry White (58) dies in Los Angeles of kidney failure
  • Harrison Birtwistle’s 26 Orpheus Elegies (first part) for oboe, harp and counter-tenor premiered in Cheltenham

5

  • Beyoncé has the UK number one album for the first of five weeks with Dangerously in Love

6

  • Skip Battin (69) dies in Salem, OR of Alzheimer’s disease

7

  • Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Eulogy for viola and ensemble premiered in Cheltenham

11

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Naxos Quartet no.2 for string quartet premiered in Cheltenham

12

  • Benny Carter (95) dies in Los Angeles
  • Beyoncé has the Billboard number one album for one week with Dangerously in Love
  • Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z has the Billboard number one single for the first of eight weeks and the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with Crazy in Love

13

  • Compay Segundo (95) dies in Havana of kidney failure

15

  • Elisabeth Welch (99) dies in London
  • David Matthews’s String Trio No.2 op.89 premiered in Cheltenham

16

  • Celia Cruz (77) dies in Fort Lee, NJ of brain cancer

17

  • John Casken’s Blue Medusa for bassoon and ensemble premiered in Potters Bar, Herts

30

  • Sam Phillips (81) dies in Memphis

releases

  • Kraftwerk – Tour de France 2003 (EMI)
  • Muse – Stockholm Syndrome (Warner Bros)
  • Circulation – Colours 2 (Circulation)
  • Danger Mouse & Jemini – Ghetto Pop Life (Lex)
  • Dizzee Rascal – Boy in da Corner (XL)
  • Pole (Mute)
  • Damien Rice – O (14th Floor)
  • Sufjan Stevens – Greetings from Michigan: The Great Lake State (Asthmatic Kitty)
  • Super Furry Animals – Phantom Power (XL)
Elisabeth Welch 1904-2003

Elisabeth Welch 1904-2003

Aug

6

  • Julius Baker (87) dies in Danbury, CT

9

  • Gregory Hines (57) dies in Los Angeles of liver cancer
  • Bill Perkins (79) dies in Sherman Oaks, CA

10

  • Osvaldo Golijov’s opera Ainadamar premiered in Tanglewood, MA. Lib. David Henry Hwang

13

  • Gavin Bryars’s Psalm 83 (84) for mixed choir premiered in Edinburgh

16

  • Kalevi Aho’s Symphony No.12: Luosto premiered in Sodankylä, Finland

18

  • Steve Reich’s Cello Counterpoint for cello and pre-recorded tape premiered in Urbana-Champaign, IL

22

  • Floyd Tillman (88) dies in Bacliff, TX

27

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Unbenannt IV for organ and orchestra premiered in Lucerne

29

  • Michael Nyman’s Violin Concerto premiered in Hamburg

releases

  • LFO – Freak (Warp)
  • Radiohead – Go To Sleep (Parlophone)
  • UNKLE – Eye for an Eye (Mo Wx)
  • Mary J Blige – Love and Life (Geffen)
  • Broadcast – Ha Ha Sound (Warp)
  • Elbow – Cast of Thousands (V2)
  • Lisa Gerrard – Whale Rider  OST (4AD)
  • Guided by Voices – Earthquake Glue (Matador)
  • Kraftwerk – Tour de France Soundtracks (EMI)
  • Kate Rusby – Underneath the Stars (Pure UK)
  • A Silver Mt Zion – This Is Our Punk Rock Thee Rusted Satellites Gather + Sing (Constellation)
  • 16 Horsepower – Olden (Glitterhouse)
  • Esbjörn Svensson Trio – Strange Place for Snow (Act)
  • Neil Young – Greendale (Reprise)
Osvaldo Golijov b.1960

Osvaldo Golijov b.1960

Sep

4

  • Susan Chilcott (40) dies in Timsbury, Somerset of breast cancer
  • Tibor Varga (82) dies in Sion, Switzerland

5

  • Henri Dutilleux’s Correspondances for soprano and orchestra premiered in Berlin

6

  • Elena Firsova’s Requiem for soprano, mixed choir and orchestra premiered in Berlin
  • Elton John has the UK number one single for one week with Are You Ready For Love?

7

  • Warren Zevon (56) dies in Los Angeles of Mesothelioma

12

  • Johnny Cash (71) dies in Nashville of complications from diabetes

13

  • Mary J Blige has the Billboard number one album for one week with Love and Life

14

  • John Serry, Sr. (88) dies in New York

15

  • Jack Brymer (88) dies in Redhill, Sussex

17

  • Ljubica Marić (94) dies in Belgrade

19

  • Frank Lowe (60) dies in New York of lung cancer
  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Theseus Game for large ensemble with two conductors premiered in Duisburg

21

  • Zygmunt Krauze’s Adieu for piano and orchestra premiered in Warsaw

26

  • Robert Palmer (54) dies in Paris following a heart attack

27

  • Paul Burlison (74) dies in Horn Lake, MS of colon cancer
  • Donald O’Connor (78) dies in Los Angeles of heart failure
  • Konrad Boehmer’s Ouroboros for piano premiered in Heilbronn, Netherlands
  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Adagio for cello and orchestra premiered in Vienna

unk

  • Mark Moorman’s documentary film Tom Dowd & the Language of Music opens at the Toronto International Film Festival

releases

  • Chemical Brothers – The Golden Path (Virgin)
  • Dido – White Flag (BMG)
  • Franz Ferdinand – Darts of Pleasure (Domino)
  • Killers – Mr Brightside (Lizard King)
  • White Stripes – I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself (XL)
  • Erykah Badu – Worldwide Underground (Motown)
  • Carla Bozulich – The Red Headed Stranger (DiCristina Stair)
  • Camera Obscura – Underachievers Please Try Harder (Elefant)_
  • Chris Clark – Empty the Bones of You (Warp)
  • Comets on Fire – Field Recordings from the Sun (Ba Da Bing)
  • Her Majesty The Decemberists (Kill Rock Stars)
  • Cara Dillon – Sweet Liberty (Rough Trade)
  • Emmylou Harris – Stumble into Grace (Nonesuch)
  • Robert Hood – Wire to Wire (Peacefrog)
  • Laibach – WAT (Mute)
  • LFO – Sheath (Warp)
  • M83 – Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts (Gooom)
  • Matmos – The Civil War (Matador)
  • Muse – Absolution (A&E)
  • My Morning Jacket – It Still Moves (ATO)
  • Outkast – Speakerboxxx / The Love Below (La Face)
  • Perfect Circle – Thirteenth Step (Virgin)
  • Rapture – Echoes (Universal)
  • Red Snapper (Lo)
  • Six Organs of Admittance – For Octavio Paz (Holy Mountain)
  • Esbjörn Svensson Trio – Seven Days of Falling (Act)
  • UNKLE – Never Never Land (Universal / Mo Wax)
  • Ricardo Villalobos – Alcachofa (Playhouse)
  • Robert Wyatt – Cuckooland (Hannibal)
Cara Dillon – Sweet Liberty (Rough Trade)

Cara Dillon – Sweet Liberty (Rough Trade)

Oct

2

  • Colin Matthews’s Reflected Images for orchestra premiered in San Francisco
  • Thea Musgrave’s opera Pontalba premiered in New Orleans. Lib. Musgrave

4

  • Beyoncé featuring Sean Paul has the Billboard number one single for the first of nine weeks with Baby Boy
  • John Casken’s Choses en moi for string quartet premiered in Manchester
  • Muse have the UK number one album for one week with Absolution

5

  • James Clarke’s Twilight / Dämmerung for sextet premiered in Dresden

7

  • Arthur Berger (95) dies in Boston

10

  • Aulis Sallinen’s Horn Concerto premiered in Helsinki

11

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s The Ring Dance of the Nazarene for baritone, tombak, mixed choir and ensemble premiered in Amsterdam
  • Dido has the UK number one album for the first of ten weeks over four runs with Life for Rent
  • Outkast have the Billboard number one album for the first of seven weeks over four runs with Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
  • Arvo Pärt’s Passacaglia for violin and piano premiered in Hannover

12

  • Detlev Glanert’s opera Die drei Rätsel, lib. Carlo Pasquini, premiered in Halle

15

  • Julian Anderson’s I Saw Eternity for chorus premiered in London
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Naxos Quartet no.3 for string quartet premiered in London
  • Arvo Pärt’s Most Holy Mother of God for four voices premiered in Durham

19

  • James Clarke’s Final Dance for chamber orchestra  premiered in Donaueschingen

21

  • Elliott Smith (34) dies in Los Angeles from self-inflicted stab wounds

22

  • Arthur Butterworth’s Symphony No.5 op.115 premiered in Manchester

24

  • John Adams’s The Dharma at Big Sur for solo electric violin and orchestra premiered in Los Angeles

26

  • Roberto García Morillo (92) dies in Buenos Aires
  • Anthony Powers’s From Station Island for speaker, baritone and small ensemble premiered in Hannover

27

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Sphäre um Sphäre for 11 players premiered in Paris

29

  • Franco Corelli (82) dies in Milan

30

  • David Lang’s World to Come for cello premiered in New York

31

  • Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer (95) dies in Chennai, India

releases

  • British Sea Power – Remember Me (Rough Trade)
  • Outkast – Hey Ya (La Face)
  • Aesop Rock – Bazooka Tooth (Definitive Jux)
  • Alias – Muted (Anticon)
  • Belle and Sebastian – Dear Catastrophe Waitress (Rough Trade)
  • Books – The Lemon of Pink (Tomlab)
  • John Cale – Hobosapiens (EMI)
  • Loren Connors & David Grubbs – Arbovitae (Häpna)
  • Cul de Sac – The Strangler’s Wife (Strange Attractors)
  • Cylobotnia (Rephlex)
  • Do Make Say Think – Winter Hymn Country Hymn Secret Hymn (Constellation)
  • Fall – Country on the Click (Action)
  • Handsome Family – Singing Bones (Carrot Top)
  • Kid Koala – Some of My Best Friends Are DJs (Ninja Tune)
  • Lyrics Born – Later That Day (Quannum)
  • Orbital – Octane OST (EMI)
  • Plaid – Spokes (Warp)
  • Plastikman – Closer (Novamute)
  • Sagor & Swing – Allt hänger samman (Häpna)
  • Six Organs of Admittance – Compathia (Holy Mountain)
  • Strokes – Room on Fire (Rough Trade)
  • Luke Vibert – Yoseph (Warp)
  • Paul Westerberg [Grandpaboy] – Dead Man Shake (Fat Possum)
  • Amy Winehouse – Frank (Island)
  • Susumu Yokota – Laputa (Skintone)
The Handsome Family

The Handsome Family

Nov

3

  • Colin Matthews’s Bassoonova for bassoon premiered in Los Angeles

5

  • Bobby Hatfield (63) dies in Kalamazoo, MI

11

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Male über Male for clarinet and string quartet premiered in Karlsruhe

12

  • Tony Thompson (49) dies in Los Angeles of renal cancer

13

  • Kalevi Aho’s Louhi for orchestra premiered in Espoo, Finland

15

  • Arthur Butterworth’s Mill Town op.116 for orchestra premiered in Huddersfield
  • George Crumb’s A Journey Beyond Time for voice, percussion quartet and amplified piano premiered in Philadelphia

16

  • David Lang’s Child for septet premiered in Prague

17

  • Arthur Conley (57) dies in Ruurlo, Netherlands of cancer
  • Don Gibson (75) dies in Nashville
  • Claude Trenier (84) dies in Las Vegas

19

  • Greg Ridley (61) dies in Alicante, Spain of pneumonia
  • Philip Glass’s Taoist Sacred Dance for piano and flute premiered in New York
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara’s opera Rasputin premiered in Helsinki

23

  • James Clarke’s String Quartet No.1 premiered in Huddersfield, Yorks

24

  • Michael Daugherty’s Time Machine for three conductors and orchestra premiered in Pittsburgh

27

  • Kalevi Aho’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra premiered in Lahti, Finland

29

  • Jay-Z has the Billboard number one album for the first of two weeks over two runs with The Black Album

releases

  • Johnny Cash – Hurt / Personal Jesus (American)
  • Radiohead – 2+2=5 (Parlophone)
  • White Stripes – The Hardest Button to Button (XL)
  • Clogs – Lullaby for Sue (Brassland)
  • Explosions in the Sky – The World is Not a Cold Dead Place (Temporary Residence)
  • Growing – The Sky’s Run into the Sea (Kranky)
  • Jay-Z – The Black Album (Roc-A-Fella)
  • Rachel’s – Systems/Layers (Quarterstick)
  • Paul Westerberg – Come Feel Me Tremble (TVT)
Michael Daugherty b.1954

Michael Daugherty b.1954

Dec

3

  • Julian Anderson’s Symphony for orchestra premiered in Warwick

4

  • George Crumb’s Otherworldly Resonances for two amplified pianos premiered in New York
  • Helmut Lachenmann’s Schreiben for orchestra premiered in Tokyo

6

  • Ludicras featuring Shawna has the Billboard number one single for one week with Stand Up

13

  • Konrad Boehmer’s Il Combattimento for violin, cello and orchestra premiered in Utrecht
  • Outkast have the Billboard number one single for the first of nine weeks with Hey Ya

16

  • Unsuk Chin’s Piano Etude No.5 (Toccata) premiered in Tokyo

22

  • Dave Dudley (75) dies in Danbury, WN following a heart attack

23

  • John Sanders (70) dies in Hereford of pneumonia

24

  • James MacMillan’s Chosen for choir and organ premiered in Paisley

27

  • Michael Andrews and Gary Jules have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with Mad World

releases

  • Michael Andrews and Gary Jules – Mad World (Sanctuary)
  • Boris – Feedbacker (Diwphalanx)
  • Philip Jeck – 7 (Touch)
  • Monolake – Momentum (Imbalance)
  • The Troubled Sleep of Piano Magic (Green UFOs)
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