Alun Hoddinott, a composer who wrote music for the British royal family and was an influential promoter of modern music in his native Wales, England, died March 12, 2008. He was 78.
The cause of his death was not released.
Hoddinott composed more than 300 operas, symphonies and songs, including music for Prince Charles’ 16th birthday and a fanfare for the prince’s marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005.
With his friend, the pianist John Ogdon, Hoddinott founded the Cardiff Festival of 20th-Century Music in 1976. The festival became a key venue for promoting contemporary music in Wales.
Film and television composer Leonard Rosenman, who won two Oscars and two Emmys during his 50-year Hollywood career, has died at age 83.
Rosenman died March 4, 2008, of a heart attack at his home at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital, said family friend Jon Burlingame.
Rosenman was a concert composer when his friend James Dean introduced him to director Elia Kazan. Kazan asked the composer to write the score for “East of Eden,’’ beginning Rosenman’s film career. He went on to compose music for films and television shows, including “Cross Creek” and “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.”
He won back-to-back Academy Awards in 1975 and 1976 for his work on “Barry Lyndon” and “Bound for Glory.’’
A native of New York, Rosenman served in the Army Air Forces in the Pacific during World War II. After his service, he moved to California and studied with composers Arnold Schoenberg and Roger Sessions.
Thomas A. Hoover Sr., 61, best known as a pianist and singer in the1960’s blue-eyed soul group “The Magnificent Men,” died Jan. 20, 2008, at his home in Ocean Shores, Wash.
He was born Oct. 18, 1946 in Dauphin County, Pa.
He was a musician, mechanic and business owner of Hoover Furniture, both in Sunbury and Shamokin Dam, Pa.
He moved to Ocean Shores, Wash., for the first time in 1971 and worked as a commercial fisherman, then returned to Selinsgrove, Pa., to continue the Hoover furniture business.
He then returned to Ocean Shores in 1994 and was a double lung transplant recipient at the University of Washington Hospital.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a guru to The Beatles who introduced the West to transcendental meditation, died Feb. 5, 2008, at his home in Vlodrop, The Netherlands, apparently of natural causes. He was thought to be 91.
The Maharishi had recently retreated into silence to his home, saying he wanted to dedicate his remaining days to studying the ancient Indian texts that underpin his movement.
He began teaching TM in 1955 and brought the technique to the U.S. in 1959. The movement took off after The Beatles attended one of his lectures in 1967 and visited his ashram in India in 1968, bringing along such famous friends as Donovan.
The Maharishi had a falling out with The Beatles after rumors emerged that he was making inappropriate advances on attendee Mia Farrow. Deepak Chopra, a disciple of the Maharishi’s and a friend of George Harrison’s, has disputed the Farrow story, saying instead that the Maharishi had become unhappy with The Beatles because they were using drugs.
Blues musician Cleveland “Schoolboy Cleve” White, 82, died Feb. 5, 2008, at Seton Medical Center in Daly City, Calif.