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November 2022 Obituaries

Our summary of those the
classical music world has lost this month


Here are brief details of some of the people lost to the classical music world during November 2022. May they rest in peace.

Canadian writer, teacher and Classical Music Daily contributor Barb Rumson died in Victoria, British Columbia, on 22 November, aged ninety-one.

American composer Ned Rorem died at his home in Manhattan on 18 November, aged ninety-nine.

Italian composer, musicologist and teacher Azio Corghi died on 17 November, aged eighty-five. Born in Cirié on 9 March 1937, he studied with Bruno Bettinelli and became chair in composition at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, where his students included Silvia Colasanti, Ludovico Einaudi and Fabio Mengozzi. Known mostly for his operas, particularly Divara – Wasser und Blut (1993), he also wrote chamber music.

Chinese singer and vocal coach Jin Tielin died in Beijing on 15 November 2022, aged eighty-two. Born in Harbin on 21 June 1940, he studied at the Central Conservatory of Music and then initially worked as a singer, assigned to the Central Philharmonic Orchestra. He was president of the China Conservatory of Music from 1996 until 2009, and he specialised in ethnic music and miliary song.

Ukrainian composer and teacher Oleksandr Kostin died in Kyiv on 9 November, aged eighty-three. Born in Samarkand on 22 September 1939, he studied with Andrii Shtogarenko at Kyiv Conservatory. He wrote four operas, symphonic music and instrumental and vocal chamber works, but is best known for his ballets. He also worked in music publishing and taught at the Ukrainian National Academy of Music.

Italian tenor Daniele Barioni died in Ferrara on 5 November, aged ninety-two. Born in Copparo on 6 September 1930, he studied with Attilio Bordonali in Milan. From 1956 he sang for seven seasons at New York Metropolitan Opera, achieving great success, and then went on to sing with other American opera companies. He also appeared on stage in Italy and in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico and Portugal, with a repertoire including thirty-one operas.

Daniele Barioni with his wife, the Italian-American pianist Vera Franceschi (1926-1966), in approximately 1962
Daniele Barioni with his wife, the Italian-American pianist Vera Franceschi (1926-1966), in approximately 1962

Japanese composer and record producer Tsuneo Fukuhara died on 1 November, aged eighty-nine. Born in Osaka on 14 November 1932, he grew up in Okinawa and studied at the Osaka College of Music. His more than five hundred unusual compositions, known as 'Fukuhara melodies', mix traditional Okinawan style music with other genres including bossa nova, classical music and rhythm & blues.

British ballerina, ballet mistress, director, repetiteur and teacher Patricia Ruanne died on 1 November, aged seventy-seven. Born in Leeds on 3 June 1945, she studied at the Royal Ballet School from the age of thirteen, and joined the Royal Ballet in 1962, aged seventeen, becoming a principal dancer in 1969. Her first full-length classical role was Giselle. She created many roles during her career. In 1973 she joined London Festival Ballet, and was ballet mistress there from 1983 until 1985. She then took the same role at Paris Opera Ballet from 1986 until 1996, and then worked as a freelance teacher and repetiteur, including acting as director at La Scala (1999-2000).

Posted 14 November 2022 and last updated 23 February 2024 by Keith Bramich




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