Christopher Hogwood CBE, September 10, 1941 – September 24, 2014
September 26, 2014 12:21 PM   Subscribe

Christopher Hogwood, conductor, scholar, musician and champion of historically informed performance, died on September 24 at the age of 73.

He co-founded the Early Music Consort of London with David Munrow in 1967, and founded the Academy of Ancient Music in 1973. (WARNING: autoplay)

In addition to hundreds of recordings and dozens of articles and books, Christopher Hogwood's body of work includes 25 free public lectures delivered during his time as Professor of Music at Gresham College, London, from 2010 to 2014. Sadly, he was unable to deliver the final lectures in the series before his death.
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide (26 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Oh, man. His recording of Messiah is easily my favorite.

posted by the_bone at 12:26 PM on September 26, 2014 [1 favorite]

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posted by Meatafoecure at 12:43 PM on September 26, 2014

The soundtracks to The Six Wives of Henry VIII and Elizabeth R, which ran in the US on PBS, served as my introduction to "ancient music", and for this I owe Mr. Hogwood (and Mr. Munrow) a particular "thank you!".

posted by cool breeze at 12:46 PM on September 26, 2014

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posted by Numenius at 12:56 PM on September 26, 2014

He was scheduled to return to Boston to conduct a couple of concerts for the Handel and Haydn Society, to celebrate their bicentennial. My printed schedule with his name on it looks a little creepy now.
posted by Melismata at 12:59 PM on September 26, 2014 [1 favorite]

posted by fremen at 1:04 PM on September 26, 2014

Years ago during his tenure I had a Handel and Hayden Society subscription - Everything they performed was magical -

posted by jalexei at 1:08 PM on September 26, 2014

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posted by LMGM at 1:16 PM on September 26, 2014

I just bought tickets to the Handel + Hayden season opener, so when I opened the usual weekly H+H email yesterday it was sad to see it was a notification of his passing and not something more mundane. Music For The Royal Fireworks is probably going to have a somber tinge for once.
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posted by HandfulOfDust at 2:29 PM on September 26, 2014

Christopher Hogwood did a stint as artistic director for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, to which Ms Wimp and I have had season tickets for forever. He also came back frequently to conduct and in all the years I have been exposed to him and his music and performances, I came to believe he personified the word "taste." It is often ill-defined and hard to articulate why or what it is, but he had it. In vast quantities. For proof listen to:

Corelli: Trio Sonata in B Minor; Concerto Grosso in F
Works by Tippett and Bach on themes of Corelli
Holst: St. Paul’s Suite; A Fugal Concerto
Christopher Hogwood, conductor
440 376-2 (Compact Disc), 1994^

Sinfonietta La Jolla; Toccata e due canzoni; Tre Ricercare; Le Revue de Cuisine; Merry Christmas 1941
Christopher Hogwood, conductor
433 660-2DH (Compact Disc), 1993^

Bizet: L’Arlésienne (original orchestration)
Gounod: Symphony No. 1 in D; Petite Symphonie
Christopher Hogwood, conductor
430 231-2 (Compact Disc), 1991^

Stravinsky: Pulcinella (complete ballet); Concerto in E-flat, “Dumbarton Oaks”
Works by Gallo and Pergolesi
Bernadetta Manca di Nissa, mezzo-soprano; David Gordon, tenor; John Ostendorf, bass
Romuald Tecco and Thomas Kornacker, violin
Peter Howard and Joshua Koestenbaum, cello
Christopher Hogwood, harpsichord and conductor
425 614-4 (Cassette Tape); 425 614-2 (Compact Disc), 1990^

posted by Mental Wimp at 3:01 PM on September 26, 2014 [2 favorites]

Ack yes, I saw that right away. The older generation of the Historically Informed Performance Practice movement is departing. Two years ago Gustav Leonhardt, last month Frans Brüggen, now Hogwood.

Sadly I never met him. I did contribute to a book Essays in Honor of Christopher Hogwood for his seventieth birthday. He wrote me an email as thanks, while "...sitting by the Grand Canal, sipping a Campari and reading your piece" which he wrote, "is something that can’t happen very often," because he was an extraordinarily busy man; an inspiration for all of us who actually like doing music and music research professionally, but lack that kind of energy...
posted by Namlit at 3:51 PM on September 26, 2014 [3 favorites]

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posted by newdaddy at 4:41 PM on September 26, 2014

His (and his co-conspirator David Munrow's) albums were my introduction to early music back in the Seventies, and remain an inspiration.

I am excited to discover the lectures, and pleasantly surprised at the range of his topics. Listening to the Messiaen lecture right now.

posted by doubtfulpalace at 6:02 PM on September 26, 2014 [1 favorite]

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posted by immlass at 9:52 PM on September 26, 2014

Such a loss. The Academy of Ancient Music is a goddamned treasure.

posted by Lutoslawski at 10:53 PM on September 26, 2014

Aw man. He was a singular musical artist. His perspective and the approach the AAM developed toward their repertoire is hugely influential in all aspects of the conducting field now. You never see, e.g., those Karajan-esque behemoth-sized Beethoven symphony performances anymore, with the giant string sections and parts doubled and tripled all willy-nilly. (And ignore his tempo markings? Have you lost your mind??) We are richer for it all. I am thankful for Hogwood's work.

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