Letter: Francis Monkman obituary


We grew to become pals with the musician Francis Monkman when he joined our month-to-month conferences learning the Agni Yoga books of Helena and Nicholas Roerich.

He additionally took an curiosity in our Ballets Outdated and New theatre work, giving us his synthesiser model of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet The Ceremony of Spring. Once we had been introduced with Nijinsky medals on the Polish embassy for our reconstruction of the 1913 premiere manufacturing he was there, resplendent in a Chinese language silk jacket.

For our 1996 reconstruction of Arthur Honegger’s ballet Skating Rink (1922) we had been unable to discover a recording, however Francis created one from the unique rating, additionally utilizing a synthesiser. The end result served splendidly in the course of the studio rehearsals till the Zurich Opera Orchestra made their very own in the course of the week of the premiere.

An amazing encourager, Francis delighted within the virtuoso harmonica enjoying of one other Agni group member, Alex Finlayson.


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