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André Rieu - And The Waltz Goes On With Sir Anthony Hopkins
André Rieu - And The Waltz Goes On With Sir Anthony Hopkins
Published: 2015/08/01
Channel: Blue Knight
André Rieu - And The Waltz Goes On (composed by: Anthony Hopkins)
André Rieu - And The Waltz Goes On (composed by: Anthony Hopkins)
Published: 2012/03/20
Channel: André Rieu
Anthony Hopkins on retirement, ageism, and death | Larry King Now | Ora.TV
Anthony Hopkins on retirement, ageism, and death | Larry King Now | Ora.TV
Published: 2016/05/27
Channel: Larry King
Anthony Hopkins Shares an Important Life Lesson
Anthony Hopkins Shares an Important Life Lesson
Published: 2017/06/23
Channel: Jimmy Kimmel Live
Westworld: What Makes Anthony Hopkins Great
Westworld: What Makes Anthony Hopkins Great
Published: 2016/11/03
Channel: Nerdwriter1
IGN
IGN's Top 10 Anthony Hopkins Movies
Published: 2013/11/07
Channel: IGN
Anthony Hopkins Receives Cecil B. DeMille Award - Golden Globes 2006
Anthony Hopkins Receives Cecil B. DeMille Award - Golden Globes 2006
Published: 2010/12/07
Channel: AwardsShowNetwork
Anthony Hopkins Wins Best Actor: 1992 Oscars
Anthony Hopkins Wins Best Actor: 1992 Oscars
Published: 2010/01/04
Channel: Oscars
Ian McKellen on working with Anthony Hopkins - The Dresser: Exclusive Interview - BBC
Ian McKellen on working with Anthony Hopkins - The Dresser: Exclusive Interview - BBC
Published: 2015/10/30
Channel: BBC
Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins' Top 10 Rules For Success (@AnthonyHopkins)
Published: 2017/02/18
Channel: Evan Carmichael
Best of Hitler by Anthony Hopkins
Best of Hitler by Anthony Hopkins
Published: 2011/12/19
Channel: Suomi83
Dark Victory 1976 Elizabeth Montgomery, Anthony Hopkins
Dark Victory 1976 Elizabeth Montgomery, Anthony Hopkins
Published: 2017/02/05
Channel: Jessica Robbin movie 2017
Silence Of The Lambs  - best scene
Silence Of The Lambs - best scene
Published: 2015/05/22
Channel: ahmoda looz
'Noah' Actor Anthony Hopkins on His Beliefs
Published: 2014/04/02
Channel: ABC News
Gary Oldman does an impression of Anthony Hopkins
Gary Oldman does an impression of Anthony Hopkins
Published: 2013/06/14
Channel: Giorgi Japiashvili
Jodie Foster Has Never Spoken To Anthony Hopkins - The Graham Norton Show
Jodie Foster Has Never Spoken To Anthony Hopkins - The Graham Norton Show
Published: 2016/05/20
Channel: The Graham Norton Show
Hannibal Lecter and John Doe | Anthony Hopkins and Kevin Spacey
Hannibal Lecter and John Doe | Anthony Hopkins and Kevin Spacey
Published: 2016/06/15
Channel: Braziliannibals Hannibal Brasil
Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
Published: 2011/01/29
Channel: jrussell11nov
Anthony Hopkins: Lecter and Me
Anthony Hopkins: Lecter and Me
Published: 2007/12/10
Channel: UnfoldingWings
Craig Ferguson Anthony Hopkins 17/07/2013
Craig Ferguson Anthony Hopkins 17/07/2013
Published: 2013/10/31
Channel: Anna Hall
Solace Official Trailer 1 (2016) -  Anthony Hopkins Movie
Solace Official Trailer 1 (2016) - Anthony Hopkins Movie
Published: 2016/11/10
Channel: Movieclips Trailers
Sir Anthony Hopkins Talks to the Students of Thomas Aquinas College
Sir Anthony Hopkins Talks to the Students of Thomas Aquinas College
Published: 2012/04/03
Channel: ThomasAquinasCollege
Movie: The Rite (Anthony Hopkins possessed)
Movie: The Rite (Anthony Hopkins possessed)
Published: 2014/03/26
Channel: Joey Shamon
Anthony Hopkins on Las Vegas, Michael Bay & George Clooney
Anthony Hopkins on Las Vegas, Michael Bay & George Clooney
Published: 2017/06/23
Channel: Jimmy Kimmel Live
BAFTA 2008- Sir Antony Hopkins Honoured award
BAFTA 2008- Sir Antony Hopkins Honoured award
Published: 2008/09/13
Channel: Eddie4518
ANTHONY HOPKINS PRE-OSCAR WIN ON LETTERMAN
ANTHONY HOPKINS PRE-OSCAR WIN ON LETTERMAN
Published: 2014/10/04
Channel: MyTalkShowHeroes
If You Only Knew : Anthony Hopkins | Larry King Now | Ora.TV
If You Only Knew : Anthony Hopkins | Larry King Now | Ora.TV
Published: 2016/05/27
Channel: Larry King
Anthony Hopkins - Composer
Anthony Hopkins - Composer
Published: 2015/11/09
Channel: De Mwah
Anthony Hopkins Interview 1978 Brian Linehan
Anthony Hopkins Interview 1978 Brian Linehan's City Lights
Published: 2015/09/16
Channel: Brian Linehan's City Lights
Anthony Hopkins about his waltz and the cooperation with André Rieu
Anthony Hopkins about his waltz and the cooperation with André Rieu
Published: 2011/10/31
Channel: André Rieu
Anthony Hopkins reads Dylan Thomas
Anthony Hopkins reads Dylan Thomas's poem
Published: 2015/11/09
Channel: Do You Speak Movies?
Anthony Hopkins on Painting
Anthony Hopkins on Painting
Published: 2016/12/23
Channel: Rob Smith
And the waltz goes on - Andre Rieu/ Anthony Hopkins
And the waltz goes on - Andre Rieu/ Anthony Hopkins
Published: 2014/02/25
Channel: Monica Albu
The Best Of Anthony Hopkins
The Best Of Anthony Hopkins
Published: 2015/10/06
Channel: Taylor Dickinson
Craig Ferguson with Anthony Hopkins, 2007
Craig Ferguson with Anthony Hopkins, 2007
Published: 2011/05/04
Channel: Fergufool
Anthony Hopkins - My cat Niblo would be a better assistant!! 😹
Anthony Hopkins - My cat Niblo would be a better assistant!! 😹
Published: 2016/08/29
Channel: Juan Miguel Arias
Westworld - Consciousness does not exist, Anthony Hopkins
Westworld - Consciousness does not exist, Anthony Hopkins
Published: 2016/11/21
Channel: Dozenal Tauist
Hitchcock Official Trailer #1 (2012) - Anthony Hopkins Movie HD
Hitchcock Official Trailer #1 (2012) - Anthony Hopkins Movie HD
Published: 2012/10/10
Channel: Movieclips Trailers
Anthony Hopkins and his wife Stella Arroyave
Anthony Hopkins and his wife Stella Arroyave
Published: 2016/12/23
Channel: Welcome
TOP 20 ANTHONY HOPKINS MOVIES
TOP 20 ANTHONY HOPKINS MOVIES
Published: 2009/07/21
Channel: clubdj95
Las 10 Mejores Peliculas De Anthony Hopkins
Las 10 Mejores Peliculas De Anthony Hopkins
Published: 2016/03/29
Channel: Ranking De Peliculas
MISCONDUCT (2016 Movie – Josh Duhamel, Al Pacino, Anthony Hopkins) – Official Trailer
MISCONDUCT (2016 Movie – Josh Duhamel, Al Pacino, Anthony Hopkins) – Official Trailer
Published: 2015/12/17
Channel: Lionsgate Movies
Anthony Hopkins Talks About Laurence Olivier
Anthony Hopkins Talks About Laurence Olivier
Published: 2016/10/26
Channel: Marmar
Anthony Hopkins on Olivier, Brando, Muhammad Ali & Others
Anthony Hopkins on Olivier, Brando, Muhammad Ali & Others
Published: 2016/11/23
Channel: Marmar
Sir Anthony Hopkins - Circus
Sir Anthony Hopkins - Circus
Published: 2014/05/18
Channel: Classical Music11
Sir Anthony Hopkins Wins Leading Actor For The Silence of the Lambs in 1992
Sir Anthony Hopkins Wins Leading Actor For The Silence of the Lambs in 1992
Published: 2015/01/18
Channel: BAFTA
Sir Anthony Hopkins Reads Dylan Thomas
Sir Anthony Hopkins Reads Dylan Thomas
Published: 2013/03/08
Channel: Андрей Матвеев
zappIT.gr Όταν ο Κώστας Μπίγαλης έπαιζε με τον Antony Hopkins
zappIT.gr Όταν ο Κώστας Μπίγαλης έπαιζε με τον Antony Hopkins
Published: 2014/11/22
Channel: zappit.gr
Anthony Hopkins - Parkinson
Anthony Hopkins - Parkinson
Published: 2017/04/28
Channel: Jabei
El día que Anthony Hopkins escuchó el vals que él compuso / Andrea Newman
El día que Anthony Hopkins escuchó el vals que él compuso / Andrea Newman
Published: 2014/04/02
Channel: Excélsior TV
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Antony Hopkins CBE (March 21, 1921 – May 6, 2014) was an English composer, pianist and conductor, as well as a writer and radio broadcaster. He was widely known for his books of musical analysis and for his radio programmes Talking About Music, broadcast by the BBC from 1954 for approaching 40 years, first on the Third Programme, later Radio 3, and then on Radio 4.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Hopkins was born Ernest William Antony Reynolds in London. Following the death of Antony's father in 1925, the headmaster at Berkhamsted School, Major Thomas Hopkins, and his wife volunteered to take the five-year-old Antony under a joint guardianship agreement; seven years later they officially adopted him, and his surname was changed to Hopkins. In 1937 he went to a summer school for pianists in Schwaz on the Innthal in Austria, where, hearing a performance of Schubert's Op. 90 Impromptus, he was inspired with the desire to become a musician.[2]

Hopkins entered the Royal College of Music (RCM) in 1939, where he studied harmony with Harold Darke and composition with Gordon Jacob. After an unsatisfactory start in his piano studies, he left his teacher for Cyril Smith.[2] He also studied organ (though he described himself as "the world's worst organist").[3] He won several scholarships as well as the Chappell Gold Medal for piano and the Cobbett prize for composition.[4] While still studying at the RCM, he became involved with the choir at Morley College, conducted by Michael Tippett who also gave Hopkins informal lessons in composition.[5] In 1944 Tippett passed to Hopkins the job of composing incidental music for a production of Doctor Faustus at the Liverpool Playhouse; following its success, Louis MacNeice asked Hopkins to write incidental music for a radio play. For the next 15 years, Hopkins earned his living mostly from composing.[1]

Hopkins's first opera, Lady Rohesia (1947), based on the Ingoldsby Legends of sixteenth-century England, was staged at Sadler's Wells Theatre in 1948.[4] His other operas include The Man from Tuscany, Three's Company (1953), and Hands Across the Sky.[6] Other works include the ballet Café des Sports; and Scena for soprano and strings (which was later arranged for three solo voices and full orchestra).[7] Hopkins also wrote extensively for films, including Here Come the Huggetts (1948), The Pickwick Papers (1952), The Angel Who Pawned Her Harp (1954), Child's Play (1954), Cast a Dark Shadow (1955), The Blue Peter (1955), Seven Thunders (1957), and Billy Budd (1962).[8]

In November 1953, Hopkins gave a BBC radio talk in which he explained, using musical examples, the intricacies of a Bach fugue. Martin Armstrong in The Listener magazine described Hopkins' programme as "a pyrotechnic display, by which I mean not flashy but brilliant – it did not seem to promise amusing entertainment, yet this was what Mr Hopkins's half-hour analysis was". A producer of the BBC Third Programme, Roger Fiske, subsequently offered Hopkins carte blanche to do whatever he wanted on the radio: Hopkins suggested a half-hour programme on talking about works to be broadcast in the coming week. The resulting series, Talking About Music, ran from 1954 to 1992,[1] and was syndicated to 44 countries.[2]

In the 1970s, he revived the long forgotten oratorio Ruth (infamous as 'the Worst Oratorio in the World'[9]) by the English composer George Tolhurst; this was heard again in 2009 on the BBC Radio 3 programme The Choir. From 1952 he was Artistic Director of the Intimate Opera Company,[4] being replaced by Stephen Manton in 1963 though remaining a director and as music adviser of the company.[10] From 1959 until his death he was President of Luton Music Club,[11] and also from 1994 President of Radlett Music Club.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Hopkins was appointed a CBE in 1976 for his services to music.[1][13] He died on 6 May 2014.[13] in Ashridge, Hertfordshire in England.[14] He was survived by his second wife, Beatrix née Taylor. His first wife, Alison Purves, whom he married in 1947, died in 1991.

Books[edit]

  • Beating Time – autobiography (1982)
  • Downbeat Music Guide
  • Music all Around Me
  • Musicamusings
  • Music Face to Face (with André Previn)
  • Pathway to Music
  • Sounds of the Orchestra: A Study of Orchestral Texture
  • Talking About Concertos
  • Talking About Sonatas
  • Talking About Symphonies
  • The Dent Concertgoer's Companion
  • The Nine Symphonies of Beethoven
  • The Seven Concertos of Beethoven
  • Understanding Music

Articles[edit]

  • 'Talking About Hopkins': Antony Hopkins, CBE, in conversation with Mark Doran, Musical Opinion, March 2011, pp. 14–17.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hewett, Ivan (6 May 2014). "Antony Hopkins obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Antony Hopkins – obituary". The Daily Telegraph. 6 May 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Haddon, Elizabeth. Making Music in Britain. Ashgate, 2006. p. 92
  4. ^ a b c Haddon (2006). p. 90
  5. ^ Haddon (2006). pp. 93–94
  6. ^ Cooke, Richard. "Hopkins, Antony" Grove Music Online, accessed 29 June 2014 (subscription required)
  7. ^ Profile, grainger.de; accessed 6 May 2014.
  8. ^ Profile, imdb.com; accessed 6 March 2014.
  9. ^ The Musical Times. 61.923 (1920): 21–25. 
  10. ^ "Coming Events at Home". Opera (November 1963): 39. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  11. ^ Thomas, Chris (December 2013). "Resounding Enterprise: The Story of Luton Music Club 1946–2014" (PDF). Luton Music Club. Luton Music Club. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "Anthony Hopkins – 21 March 1921 – 6 May 2014". Radlett Music Club. 6 May 2014. Archived from the original on July 2, 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Composer and broadcaster Antony Hopkins dies aged 93". BBC News. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  14. ^ Obituary in: The Independent

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