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Townshend creates classical version of "Quadrophenia"
Pete Townshend is doing things a little bit differently in 2015. The legendary guitarist and songwriter of The Who recently announced that he has created a classical version on the band's famed 1973 album "Quadrophenia" for symphony orchestra, opera singers and choir.
Fans who want to get a listen of this new version of "Quadrophenia" will have to wait until the summer of 2015, but one big event has already been organized. A premiere concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London has been scheduled for July 5, and Townshend and Alfie Boe (who will be singing the parts originally sung by Roger Daltrey) will be part of the event. They will reportedly be accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Oriana Choir, conducted by Robert Ziegler. The recording will then be released by Deutsche Grammophon next summer.
In a statement, Townshend said he hopes this new version of "Quadrophenia" will help to "reinvigorate" classical audiences, "bringing people who might not otherwise go to see a symphony orchestra perform without lights and fireworks and a movie screen".
The upcoming new symphonised version of the album was orchestrated by composer, orchestrator and singer-songwriter Rachel Fuller, who also happens to be Townshend's long-time girlfriend. The original album, as many know, went on to become a feature film, as well as a theatre production. It was also performed in its entirety on The Who's most recent live tour.
Townshend says he began working on the project as a part of his plan to leave a legacy of all his work arranged for orchestra as sheet music, for future generations to enjoy.
Guess Who? It's Pete Townshend (Created June 26, 2013)
Remember the Dr. Seuss classic "Horton Hears a Who"? This story is about a guy named Pete leading The Who. As in Pete Townshend, one of the most prolific songwriters of the Sixties and Seventies, lead guitarist of the English rock band formed in 1964, and a disciplined multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and author in a career that has truly stood the test of time.
Townshend's work with The Who has spanned more than 40 years. In that time, he's penned well over 100 songs for the band's 11 albums. He's contributed lyrics, lent his voice and played, picked and plucked everything from the banjo and ukulele to the mandolin and violin. His trademark with the band became a windmill strum and smashing guitars, though with his solo material he was (dare we say) more subdued and focused in some aspects.
It's no secret where Townshend got the talent and desire to make a career out of music. The son of saxophonist Cliff Townshend and singer Betty Dennis, he played in a jazz band growing up and discovered performance art and the blues while attending Ealing Art college. It was around that time he and John Entwistle joined singer Roger Daltrey's band the Detours. They eventually added Keith Moon on drums, officially becoming the Who.
In the grand scheme of things, the Who is just one part of Townshend's career. He has been a contributor and author of various newspaper and magazine articles, books, essays and scripts – not to mention a composer for so many other artists. Among his many accomplishments, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
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