In memoriam: Richard Warren, Jr.

Richard Warren, Jr. (1937–2012), the curator of the Historical Sound Recordings Collection and the American Musical Theatre Collection at the Gilmore Music Library, died Sunday, October 7, 2012 at Yale New Haven Hospital following a stroke. He was 75.

Robert Blocker, Dean of the School of Music, said, “The recent loss of Rich Warren came as a great surprise to us. His devotion to the Yale Collection of Historical Sound Recordings enriched all of the programs at Yale, and will always be a legacy for future generations.”

The Yale Daily News noted: “After graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Yale, Warren returned to New Haven in the late 1960s and soon became curator of the Yale Collection of Historical Sound Recordings (HSR), a position he held for the rest of his adult life. During Warren’s 45-year tenure, colleagues said he relied on his remarkable knowledge of music and musical history to build Yale’s collection — one of the nation’s most comprehensive sound databases — by adding selections from a broad array of cultures and time periods. But those who knew Warren remember him most for his thoughtfulness and eagerness to help colleagues and researchers.”

Richard Warren authored many articles on sound recordings, which were published in the ARSC Journal. His independent work includes a discography on Charles Ives and credit for assistance on many others, but his proudest work was in the reissue of historical recordings. MORE

Published October 15, 2012
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Recordings from alumni

Marianna Prjevalskaya ’07MM produced a CD of a piano recital as part of her award for winning the first prize at the Jaen International Piano Competition in Spain in May 2011. The disc features Haydn’s Andante and Variations in F minor, sonatas of Scarlatti, Schumann’s Sonata in F-sharp minor, and Jose Zarate’s Aurgitana.

John Gilbert ’83MM was one of three featured soloists in a recording of 20th-century concerti released on the Sonoluminus label in late September. A violinist, Gilbert was joined by cellist George Work, pianist Dmitri Shteinberg, and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra in music by Kurt Weill, Jaques Ibert, and Alban Berg.

Ian O’Sullivan ’11MM has recorded a CD of new Hawaiian music for classical guitar. In addition to recording his own music, O’Sullivan commissioned new pieces from several other Hawaiian composers. His original music wasrecently used in a Hawaiian Airlines in-flight video.

Derek Bermel ’89BA collaborated with the chamber ensemble Alarm Will Sound on the album Canzonas Americanas, scheduled for release in November on Canteloupe Records. Since 2009, Bermel has been the Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for Advanced Study Princeton’s noted community of scholars.

Published October 15, 2012
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