Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, CBE (1936-2012)

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, CBE (1936-2012)
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It is with deep sadness that Novello & Company announces the death of Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, CBE. Sir Richard passed away peacefully in New York on December 24, aged, 76, after a short illness. 
As one of Britain’s most respected and versatile musicians, Bennett produced over two hundred works for the concert hall and fifty scores for film and television, as well as having been a writer and per former of jazz songs for fifty years. Studies with Boulez in the 1950s immersed him in the techniques of the European avant-garde, though he subsequently developed his own distinctive dramato-abstract style. In recent years, he adopted an increasingly tonal idiom. He was knighted for Services to Music in 1998. 
Chris Butler, C.O.O. and Head of Publishing for the Music Sales Group comments:
Richard was the most complete musician of his generation - lavishly gifted as a composer, performer and entertainer in a multiplicity of styles and genres. He was a loyal friend to music, musicians, and music publishing and we will remember him with great respect and affection.

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