Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Sky’s Musical Corner – CHESS The Composers

The music for CHESS was written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, the two men from ABBA. The lyrics are by Tim Rice, who has worked on a  lot of musicals with Andrew Lloyd Webber. Rice wanted to write a musical about the cold war for a while, but Mr Llyod Webber didn’t have time, so luckily the two ABBA men did ;).

Göran Bror "Benny" Andersson (born 1946)  is a Swedish musician & and composer, Björn Kristian Ulvaeus (born 1945) is a Swedish songwriter & producer. As close friends they were members of the Swedish music group ABBA (1972-1982) & composers of the musicals Chess and Mamma Mia!

Sir Timothy Miles Bindon "Tim" Rice (born 1944) is an English lyricist, best known for his collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber, with whom he wrote Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita, for writing additional songs for the 2011 West End revival of The Wizard of Oz, and for his work for Walt Disney Studios (e.g. Aladdin, The Beauty and The Beast, The Lion King) and Ennio Morricone. Rice was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to music & has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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