Vale David Daniels

I was very sad to hear of the passing of David Daniels, conductor and musicologist this month.

We meet briefly at the 2017 MOLA conference in San Diego where he announced his retirement from his Orchestral Music project, a publication (and now a website) that assisted and inspired a generation of musicologists, librarians and performers. I see that the first edition of his tome was published almost 50 years ago, and its significance in those times and since cannot be understated.

David Daniels
Peter Grimshaw and David Daniels, MOLA San Diego 2017

His work was the gold-standard of accuracy, and his development of what I consider to be the most readable form of orchestration concatenations (2 2 2 2 – 4 3 3 1 – strings) known as the “Daniels Format” now sits deservedly at the summit of such representations.

My creation of both Zinfonia and the UIC was inspired by Daniels work, and I hope that these will compliment his contributions in the decades to come.

Thank you Dave.

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