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Coronation – Volume I

by Bryan A. Crumpler

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Alvin Elton 02:16
Alvin C. Elton, well-known, popular Northwest Side darts player, dies at 56 from coronavirus. 'He enjoyed Chicago pleasures. “Italian beef sandwich and a Bud Light, and he was a happy guy,” said his wife Gretchen Meyer, director of customer service at the city Department of Aviation.' Read more: https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/3/26/21195894/alvin-c-elton-well-known-popular-northwest-side-darts-player-dies-56-coronavirus
Carl Redd 01:39
62-year-old Carl Redd, an Army veteran, died from a COVID-19 infection. He was one of the first 19 killed. He was denied the presenting of his military honors due to the coronavirus. Read more: https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/illinois-veteran-one-of-19-killed-by-covid-19
Fred Walter Gray, 75, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at Kadlec Medical Center on March 20, 2020 due to complications of the Wuhan Coronavirus (COVID-19). Sadly, he was the third Benton County resident to succumb to this virus. Read more: https://www.sunsetgardenstricities.com/obituary/2020/03/fred-walter-gray/
JoAnn Stokes-Smith, the first Charleston resident to die of the disease tied to the new coronavirus, spent her life nursing sick South Carolinians and died holding her own nurse’s hand. Read more: https://www.postandcourier.com/health/covid19/charlestons-first-coronavirus-victim-a-lifelong-nurse-lived-a-long-fruitful-life/article_c0ddf3ca-7037-11ea-859b-2bb16a6d9c11.html
Arnold Obey 02:49
Arnold Obey, a long-time educator and a pillar in Staten Island’s sports community starting from when he starred on Wagner College’s basketball team in the mid-1960s, passed away suddenly [of the coronavirus] Sunday night while on a trip in Puerto Rico. Read more: https://www.silive.com/sports/2020/03/arnold-obey-long-time-educator-and-pillar-in-staten-islands-sports-community-has-died.html
Luis Juarez 02:07
The 54-year-old Juarez had been infected with the novel coronavirus, according to his son [on March 15]. He died three days later. Read more: https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-death-will-county-man-20200324-kwecjqi2vrchdicjijvr2ubxyq-story.html
Merle C. Dry 01:25
Merle was the first Oklahoma citizen to die from complications related to COVID-19. He was passionate about the things of God. Besides being with his wife and children, he was happiest when he was doing something for the church or for the people of the church. Read more: https://www.mogro.co/obituary/merle-dry
When 61-year-old Patricia Frieson died Monday, she was the first COVID-19 death in Illinois. But her death was also a huge loss for a large South Side family in which she played a central role — a family that has journeyed through the stark reality of a loved one dying in COVID-19 quarantine. Read more: https://chicago.suntimes.com/coronavirus/2020/3/18/21186000/patricia-frieson-1st-coronavirus-covid-19-death-illinois-quarantine-family-sister
San Jose’s Patricia Dowd died of COVID-19 in February 2020. She was the first confirmed coronavirus death in the United States. Read more: https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/coronavirus/daughter-of-patricia-dowd-the-first-u-s-covid-victim-breaks-her-silence/2466324/
Ronald Lewis, Preserver of New Orleans Black Culture, Dies at 68 His colorful museum, the House of Dance and Feathers, was a monument to the rich street culture of African-Americans. Mr. Lewis died of the coronavirus. Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/09/us/ronald-w-lewis-dead-coronavirus.html
Jermaine was a friend to all who lit up any room she was in. She excelled at every craft she put her mind to and had the greenest of green thumbs. Jermaine passed away March 5, at the age of 77 due to COVID19. Read more: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/newsday/name/jermaine-kolbeck-ferro-obituary?pid=195669614
Black N Mild 02:13
DJ Black N Mild (born Oliver Stokes Jr.) helped bring New Orleans bounce music to the radio. For years, he hosted popular shows like "Rhythm And Bounce" on WBOK. He died of COVID19 on March 19, 2020. Read more: https://www.npr.org/2020/04/07/829092048/remembering-new-orleans-bounce-dj-black-n-mild
Washington Deacon John-Sebastian Laird-Hammond was the first U.S. clergy fatality from COVID-19 Read more: https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2020/03/24/first-us-clergy-fatality-covid-19-deacon-washington
Cornelius B. "Neil" Lawyer passed away on March 8, 2020 in Bellevue, Washington at the age of 84 of complications from COVID-19. Known as "Moose" to all and "Grandpa Moose" to a select gang of 17 grandkids and 3 great-grandchildren, Neil installed himself in the Chevy Chase neighborhood of Bellevue and St. Louise Catholic Church in 1988 after a decades-long overseas posting. Moose made a career in technical sales. Read more: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/seattletimes/obituary.aspx?n=cornelius-bernard-lawyer&pid=195761805
Loretta Mendoza Dionisio, age 68, of Orlando, Florida, passed away March 2020 due to COVID. She was a cancer survivor born in the Philippines who became the first person in Los Angeles County known to have died of COVID-19.
Marion Krueger fell and fractured her hip on New Year’s Eve. Less than two months later, after a stay in a nursing home where she was supposed to mend, the 85-year-old became the first woman in the U.S. known to have died from the new coronavirus. Read more: https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-the-coronavirus-killed-its-first-female-victim-in-the-u-s-11586961428
Donald Raymond Haws, 88, of Jacksonville, FL died Thursday, March 19, 2020 after rapidly succumbing to Covid-19 (Coronavirus). Don believed strongly in the ethical responsibility of service to others, and spent a lifetime giving back to his communities. Read more: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/jacksonville-fl/donald-haws-9102947
John Cofrancesco was an administrator at a nursing home in Montclair, New Jersey and died on March 19, 2020 from COVID-19 complications at age 52. Read more: https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/coronavirus/2020/03/23/montclair-nj-nursing-home-administrator-dies-coronavirus/2897666001/
Alan Lund 02:18
You can ask any musician who ever played or sang for conductor Alan Lund: If you were sitting in an orchestra or choir, and one person hit a bad note, Mr. Lund would hear it, know who did it, and tell that individual how to fix it. “He had the most amazing ear,” said his wife of 45 years, Ellen Lund. Read more: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/obituaries/alan-lund-who-taught-and-directed-music-throughout-the-seattle-area-dies-at-81-from-coronavirus-complications/
Larry Rathgeb, head engineer behind the first 200-mph racecar, dies of coronavirus at 90. Rathgeb was among the more than 700 coronavirus fatalities Michigan had reported as of April 19th, 2020. Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/04/07/larry-rathgeb-head-engineer-behind-first-200-mph-racecar-dies-coronavirus-90/
Michael E. Mika a lifelong Chicago resident and an Army Veteran who served in the Vietnam War, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2020 at the age of 73 due to complication from the COVID-19 Virus. Read more: https://www.dupagecremations.com/obituary/Michael-Edward-Mika/Chicago-Illinois/1870561
Donald J. Horsfall, 72, of Rydal, a computer consultant who led a quiet life with his wife, Carol Ann Casciato, in their house with an English garden, died Sunday, March 22, 2020 at Abington Hospital-Jefferson Health. Read more: https://www.inquirer.com/obituaries/coronavirus-first-patient-death-montgomery-county-identified-20200323.html
LIYONSCRYPT is a musical cryptogram written as a signature work for the Long Island Youth Orchestra. The youth orchestra suspended its pre-60th anniversary season due to COVID19 shutdowns. It was the first major ensemble I had devoted my arts administration career to that was shuttered by the virus. Nassau & Suffolk Counties were the hardest hit in New York City early on during the spread of the novel coronavirus; as such, many arts organizations ceased operations due to restrictions on large gatherings. Using video conferencing technologies, LIYO's young artists were able to continue meeting to produce a music video to end its season. They brought me to tears with this rendition of Lean On Mahler, a commission of "Lean on Me" interspersed with variations on symphonies by renown composer/conductor Gustav Mahler. Please support them by watching their "Lean on Mahler" video linked below and making a 60th anniversary donation at liyo.org https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EsG-vW4Gj4 About the title: LIYONSCRYPT is a play on the phrase "Lion's Crypt" (as in a crypt of the dead), an acronym for Long Island Youth Orchestra of Nassau Suffolk Counties neologized with "Cryptogram"; better phrased "Cryptogram for the Long Island Youth Orchestra of Nassau-Suffolk Counties."
Terreform 02:25
Diageo 01:40
EJ Jacobs 02:55


COVID-19 looms as a reminder that while many lives were lost prematurely, they will not be forgotten. Dedicated biographers and sentimentalists have pored through police reports and coroner's testimony in an effort to present the most detailed account yet compiled of thousands of COVID-19 victims, half a million alone who have perished in the United States.

Although limited to 22 victims, CORONATION memorializes all of them in musical form using musical cryptography based on their names. As such, CORONATION transcends its basic nature as a digital album, rising beyond its initial utility as background music in today's entertainment experience—no matter how fascinating that experience—into a valuable work memorializing important people lost far too soon.

For your consideration, The David Prize, this pilot project establishes musical cryptography as a viable basis for not only rapid melody-forming, but also for producing an audio memorial (a virtual soundtrack cousin of the HIV/AIDS quilt) commemorating the lives of these COVID-19 victims.

22 of 33 tracks on this album (excepting Liyonscrypt and the bonus tracks) were conceived in less than one week (February 7 - 13, 2021).

About the cover art: Light at the End of the Tunnel.


released February 14, 2021


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Bryan A. Crumpler New York, New York

Composer, Musical Cryptanalyst, Founder/CEO & Chief Cryptologist – Ahmadeus Beaux-Arts, Inc.

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