4 May 2014

Jack Body (1944-2015)

From Composer of the Week, 9:05 am on 4 May 2014
Jack Body

Jack Body, taken 3 September 2011 by Gareth Watkins at the composer's house, Brooklyn, Wellington. Supported by the Lilburn Trust and the Wallace Arts Trust. Photo: Gareth Watkins / Lilburn Trust / Wallace Arts Trust

For over 30 years Jack Body taught music students at Victoria University and over the years provided thousands of young composers with opportunities at the start of their careers.

Through the gamelan orchestra at the university he introduced students to music of other cultures, specifically Indonesia, and brought many visiting artists to New Zealand.

Without Jack, the musical culture of this country would not be nearly as rich.

When Jack was in his 70th year and in the first of two programmes he talked to Elizabeth Kerr about his life and the many strands of his composing career.

Music Details:

Part 1

BODY: Three Rhythmics  - Computer version (Waiteata WTA 006)
BODY: Close To Home Theme - Not noted (Music for Leisure)
BODY: P1M03 Musik Dari Jalan - AA47 - electroacoustic (Kiwi SLD 54)
TRAD: Caravan - Golpa (voice), Badiee (vln) (Private recording)
BODY: Caravan  - David Radzynski (vln) (RNZ)
BODY: Sarajevo - Gao Ping (pno) (RNZ)
BODY: Sarajevo - Gao Ping (pno) (RNZ)
PRASTITI: De la Noche De la Muerte - Gamelan Padhang Moncar (Rattle 400450)
BODY arr GAO: Five Lullabies - The New Purple Forbidden City Orchestra (Private recording)
BODY: Five Lullabies - Ars Nova Copenhagen/ Paul Hillier (dir) (Dacapo 6.220597)
BODY/ YUDANE: A House in Bali - Jack Body (narrator), Ross Harris (accordion), Gamelan Wrdhi Swaram (Denpasar), New Zealand String Quartet (Atoll)

Part Two

MICHELANGELO: Meditations on Michelangelo, poem XXI - Poem read by David Groves (Private recording)
BODY: Love Sonnets of Michelangelo - Karen Heathcote (sop), Linden Loader (mezzo) (RNZ)
BODY: Meditations on Michelangelo, Sonnet XXI - Martin Riseley (vln), NZSO/ Kenneth Young (Naxos 8.53198)
BODY: Four Superimpositions - Barry Margan (keyboard) (RNZ)
BODY: Saetas - New Zealand String Quartet (RNZ)
BODY: Songs and Dances of Desire - Mere Boynton (vocals), Xiao Ma (counter tenor), Anna Pierard (mezzo-soprano), Norio Sato (guitar), Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Kenneth Young (conductor) (RNZ)
BODY: Songs and Dances of Desire - Mere Boynton (vocals), Xiao Ma (counter tenor), Anna Pierard (mezzo-soprano), Norio Sato (guitar), Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Kenneth Young (conductor) (RNZ)
BODY: Intimate Histories - Electroacoustic and Jono (voice) (Private recording)
BODY: Punishment, O Cambodia - David Chandler (voice), Him Savy (vocals), Him Sophy (vocals), NZ Trio (Atoll ACD 541)
BODY: Palaran: Poems of Love and War - Budi Surasa Putra (vocalist), New Zealand SO/ Kenneth Young (Naxos 8.53198)

 

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