La Scena Musicale

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Oboist and Musicologist Bruce Haynes Passes Away At Age 69

By Crystal Chan

The eminent oboist and musicologist Bruce Haynes passed away early yesterday morning. One of the first 20th century hautboy performers, he was a former teacher at McGill University and the Université de Montréal. He also published seven books as well as many articles and contributions to the New Grove Dictionary of Music.

A performance by Les Boréades tomorrow night at the Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours will be dedicated to his memory.

His creation of six "new" Brandenburg concertos from Bach cantata movements will be performed on June 24, 2011 as part of the Montreal Baroque Festival, which was founded by his wife and fellow early musician Susie Napper. You can read more about the new Brandenburgs project in the June issue La Scena Musicale.

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  • A very sad loss indeed, not only to musicology and the Montréal music scene, but also to amateur outsiders like me, who found Bruce a friendly, unstuffy and approachable person to talk music with. When I decided to follow up on the urge to begin studying the hautboy, Bruce was the person I asked, and his advice was invaluable. His books are an extraordinary resource, as well as an entertaining read -- even for someone who will never be an oboe geek. I will miss him. Kevin Tuite

    By Anonymous Kevin Tuite, At 20 May 2011 at 08:13  

  • I just read "The End of Early Music" for the second time and only just now found out that he died several months ago. How sad. His writing was very impressive and engaging and I would very much liked to have met him. RIP

    By Blogger Holly1983, At 29 August 2011 at 03:20  

  • I love the composing of Scean, so sad he was really a very great person .. .. ..

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    By Blogger sologake, At 19 October 2011 at 06:22  

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