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Klaus George Roy   
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 Roy passed away in 2010.

Biography

Klaus George Roy served as program annotator and editor of The Cleveland Orchestra from 1958 to 1988. In 1979, an orchestral piece of Roy's, Chorale Variants on the Appalachian Balad Tune Jimmy Randall, was performed by Lorin Maazel and the Cleveland Orchestra. Born in Vienna in 1924 and living in the US since 1940, he studied musicology with Karl Geiringer at Boston University and composition with Walter Piston at Harvard. He has been active since the late 19940s as teacher, lecturer, essayist, music critic (for "The Christian Science Monitor"), record annotator for some 200 albums on ten labels, radio and TV commentator, festival tour host with his wife Gene, regular contributor to "Stagebill" and other magazines, author of much published light verse, and tennis enthusiast. He has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Art (1975-88) and the Cleveland Institute of Music (1986-94). His catalogue includes over 140 compositions (including two chamber operas and some sixty songs) performed by leading artists in this country, nine capital cities of Europe, and in Rio de Janeiro, Jerusalem, and Cape Town. A collection of his special essays for the Cleveland Orchestra program book was published in 1993 in honor of the Orchestra's 75th anniversary, under the title "Not Responsible for Lost Articles - Thoughts and Second Thoughts from Severance Hall". It is available at the Hall, with all proceeds benefiting the Orchestra.

 

Contact Information

3136 Eastwick Drive
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118-1223
Telephone: 216-932-8748

Annual Updates

2008

Klaus George Roy, who served as program annotator and editor of the Cleveland Orchestra from 1958 to 1988, has been active since the late 1940s as teacher, lecturer, essayist, music critic, record annotator for some 200 albums on ten labels, radio and TV commentator, contributor to Stagebill and other magazines, author of much published light verse, and tennis enthusiast. His catalogue includes over 140 compositions, and a collection of his special essays titled Not Responsible for Lost Articles – Thoughts and Second Thoughts from Severance Hall, is available at the Hall, with all proceeds benefiting the orchestra. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Cleveland Orchestra in 2006.

Premieres

Suite Française (“Christopher Suite”) op. 23 for piano, choreographed by Hernando Cortez for Verb Ballets, Cleveland, OH, received performances in May and September 2006, accompanied by pianist Michael Schneider.

Performances

Flutist Linda Miller played Toot Suite and Three Dances in the annual concert of the Greater Cleveland Flute Society, April 2007. Tenor David Gilson and pianist Michael Schneider performed Come Away, Death (Shakespeare) in recitals in Florida and Ohio.  Several choral and organ pieces are scheduled for services of the Forest Mill Presbyterian Church, Cleveland Heights, OH. St Francis’ Canticle of the Sun, op. 17 will be performed February 22-23, 2008, in Austin, TX by an ensemble directed by Aurélien Pétillot.

Publications

String Music for Young Players, op. 3; string orchestra or trio;
Ludwig Music.

Recordings

Inaugural Fantasia, commissioned for the organ dedication at the Plymouth Church of Shaker Heights in 1965 (John Herr, organist) is included in a new CD of music by Ohio composers by Karel Paukert, 30-year organist and curator of music of the Cleveland Museum of Art. The recording is a joint release of the Museum and Azica Records.

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