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Comfort topic:

 

Which living (film-)composers could contribute significantly to the coronation ceremony for King Charles III in 2023?

 

1953 saw commissioned works by R. Vaughan Williams, W. Walton, and B. Britten.

 

Of course we know that they're all dead, but...

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Off the top of my head:

Nicholas Maw, Thomas Àdes, or Nigel Clarke.

The current Master Of The King's Music, is Judith Weir, so I guess that the task will fall to her.

An outside choice, would be Patrick Doyle, with Anne Dudley being second.

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1 hour ago, Naïve Old Fart said:

Off the top of my head:

Nicholas Maw, Thomas Àdes, or Nigel Clarke.

The current Master Of The King's Music, is Judith Weir, so I guess that the task will fall to her.

An outside choice, would be Patrick Doyle, with Anne Dudley being second.

Are British composers a formal requirement?

 

Patrick Doyle would probably be a good choice for the opening fanfare.

 

If I were King, however, there would be only one composer I couldn't say no to and who would be the first choice for commissioning the fanfare and the pocessional (worldly parts).

 

Shouldn't put anyone under pressure to write a Te Deum.

 

That Walton Te Deum is so good it could be recycled. 

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Elegy for a Queen (string orchestra harp and cor-anglais)

 

Royal Fanfare and March (brass esemble, percussion and organ)

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Walton and Elgar were so steeped in that kind of writing that it kinda came naturally to them, in the same way that the American version comes so naturally to JW when he does the Olympics. I would think that British composers would be more or less a prerequisite. I know some Thomas Ades but his music doesn't strike me as a natural fit for a coronation. I don't know any Judith Weir (although perhaps I should), but I just can't think of a contemporary British classical composer for whom a ceremonial could come naturally, although I think there's scope for a striking choral work, although don't know if anyone would be desperate for something to avant garde. Is it totally improbable to think that David Arnold could write something? He's British, has a decent crossover presence and has (on occasion) written music that's in the right kind of ballpark for a coronation... but Patrick Doyle would definitely be a fine choice. It might even inspire him in a way that some of his recent film assignments haven't.

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…or how about Michael Nyman? Granted, I'm not even sure how active he still is - ever since his divorce years ago, I've hardly heard anything about him, not to mention anything new by him. But his love (and frequent use) of Purcell would make him an interesting candidate.

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Sir Karl Jenkins?

 

Baron Lloyd Webber?

 

Opium for the people...

 

Prince Charles GIF

 

Did John Williams ever meet the Queen? Or vice versa. Does anyone know?

 

The Queen was Patron of the LSO, by the way.

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1 hour ago, BB-8 said:

Did John Williams ever meet the Queen? Or vice versa.

Queen Elizabeth II attended the Royal Premiere of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, at the Odeon Leicester Square, in March, 1978. If JW was there, then he would have been introduced to her.

 

If JW met the Queen, then it is logical to assume that she met him :)

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On 15/09/2022 at 10:41 AM, Naïve Old Fart said:

Queen Elizabeth II attended the Royal Premiere of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, at the Odeon Leicester Square, in March, 1978. If JW was there, then he would have been introduced to her.

 

If JW met the Queen, then it is logical to assume that she met him :)

 

britains-queen-elizabeth-meets-sir-richard-attenborough-and-his-wife-at-gala-performance-of-the-mousetrap-in-london-2D3EK4A.jpg

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2 hours ago, Tallguy said:

 

Don't feel bad. I could have seen it either way myself. :)

I mean it would have been funny if it had been the premiere of Jurassic Park but otherwise. Shrug.

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E2R: You wrote the soundtrack to my life.

 

SRA: No, Ma'am, that was Sir Malcolm Arnold.

 

 

2 hours ago, Naïve Old Fart said:

We have a T-rex.

No, ma'am, we have a C-rex.

Oh, that C3 unit...golden rod!

Star Wars Doom GIF

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18 hours ago, Tom Guernsey said:

I’m pretty sure that’s Richard Attenborough…

I am pretty sure that is the queen.  

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17 hours ago, Naïve Old Fart said:

No, it's The Queen.

 

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