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Quite saddening news for JWFans:

http://www.classicalmusic.org.uk/2010/10/maurice-murphy-legendary-former-principal-trumpet-of-the-lso-has-died.html

He's been the legendary 1st Trumpet of the LSO for 30 years and he played in the great Williams' scores recorded with that orchestra: Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Dracula, The Fury, Monsignor and of course all six Star Wars films. He also played 1st Trumpet in all three Harry Potter Williams' scores.

The Star Wars recording sessions in 1977 appeared to be his first gig with the LSO.

On the LSO website you can find a lovely podcast tribute made in 2007 when Maurice retired:

http://lso.co.uk/mauricemurphy

He was a great musician. He will be missed.

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Sorry to hear that. He was one of those names you'd always heard of in film score circles - as one of the top performers (alongside fellow trumpeters like Tim Morrison). Sorry to hear that he passed away so relatively young.

RIP.

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Oh dear! :( This is such sad news! Mr Murphy was a brilliant musician and indeed a living legend! :lol: I've had the luck of hearing him play live with the LSO on the John T Williams film music concert in Barbican back in 2005 and it was totally unforgettable ... Requiescat in pace!

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RIP Maurice. Film scores just don't feel the same without you. :lol:

Even though he'd been retired for a few years, he will still be missed.

Murphy did some work as a session player after retiring from the LSO. He worked on Killzone 2 last year, as well as The Dark Knight and The Golden Compass.

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Myself and some friends went to see/hear J.W. conduct at The Barbican, in June, 1982. During the interval, we got talking to some of the LSO members, including Mr. Murphy. I asked him what his favourite J.W. score was, and he said "without a shadow of a doubt, 'Dracula'". A gentleman, and a great player. RIP.

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Interesting story, Richard. Dracula is a surprising and very cool response.

Interesting indeed, very cool Richard!

It is a nice surprise to hear that and it's very easy to understand why, very touching and expressive at times and incredibly powerful at others.

( .....although, I know you could say that about his playing on any Williams score)

For Mina & Dracula's Death

Damn fine indeed!

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Or that high climactic note after the helicopter ride in "Journey to the Island", right before the quiet driving-around-in-the-Jeeps music starts. Or the mindblowing sixteenth-notes that underscore the rolling boulder in Raiders.

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Or that high climactic note after the helicopter ride in "Journey to the Island", right before the quiet driving-around-in-the-Jeeps music starts. Or the mindblowing sixteenth-notes that underscore the rolling boulder in Raiders.

Maurice Murphy to my knowledge did not play at the Jurassic Park recording sessions. Not unless he was specifically brought to US to record it.

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Interesting story, Richard. Dracula is a surprising and very cool response.

Interesting indeed, very cool Richard!

It is a nice surprise to hear that and it's very easy to understand why, very touching and expressive at times and incredibly powerful at others.

( .....although, I know you could say that about his playing on any Williams score)

For Mina & Dracula's Death

Damn fine indeed!

I did not ask him why he thought "Dracula" was his favourite J.W. score (perhaps that's best left to Mr. Murphy), but I guess that that score allowed his playing to come to the fore, instead of being concealed among the rest of the orchestra. "Dracula" does have some fine solo trumpet passages.

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Incredible, and what happened to the doctor whose mistake killed Murphy?!

"The junior doctor involved is receiving further training, mentoring and counselling through his specialist training programme which includes tools to assist with reflective practice."

This is incredible. The guy should lose his job before he could say "quidditch".

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Incredible, and what happened to the doctor whose mistake killed Murphy?!

"The junior doctor involved is receiving further training, mentoring and counselling through his specialist training programme which includes tools to assist with reflective practice."

This is incredible. The guy should lose his job before he could say "quidditch".

He'll be marked the rest of his life already.

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These mistakes are actually very common in hospitals*. If I recall correctly it happens to 1/5 of hospital patients, though most do not result in fatalities.

Because all tubes used are generic (there's no coding for "feeding" "air" "blood", etc.), or in cases like this where the tube goes to the wrong place (food going into lungs/bloodstream).

*This does not mean if you feel sick you should avoid the hospital...

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RIP Maurice Murphy. Your immeasurably personality and sound that you got out of that instrument will never be forgotten, not just in the world of films scores, but all those hundreds of concert performances. A legend in every sense.

Also downright angered by the malpractice that led to his death (or significantly contributed to it). But in the end, the blame should be put on the NHS for their incompetency, and the hospital at hand. The coalition cuts won't make matters easier either.

Because all tubes used are generic (there's no coding for "feeding" "air" "blood", etc.), or in cases like this where the tube goes to the wrong place (food going into lungs/bloodstream).

How much more would it cost to mass produce those polymer tubes in different colours, each for a different purpose?

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