As well as his work in musical theatre, Andrew the composer has also written many pieces of music, including the following:
Andrew wrote a Requiem Mass that premiered in New York on 25 February 1985 at St Thomas Church, inspired by an article he had read in the New York Times. It was about a Cambodian boy who had the option of killing his mutilated sister or being killed himself. The subsequent death of a journalist in the Northern Ireland conflict who had just interviewed Andrew, also provided a muse, and would be a subject Andrew would return to later in his career with The Beautiful Game. The Requiem Mass was dedicated to his father, William Lloyd Webber, who had died in 1982.
The composition achieved a Grammy Award in 1986 in the category of best classical composition. Perhaps surprisingly given the classical nature of the work, the Pie Jesu from Requiem climbed to the top of the popular music charts in Great Britain.
AMIGOS PARA SIEMPRE
Sarah Brightman and José Carreras performed the officially commissioned theme tune Amigos Para Siempre (Friends for Life) live at the Closing Ceremony of the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992, watched by a TV audience of 1.2 billion. Lyrics by Don Black.
In 1977, he wrote Variations for his brother Julian, based upon Paganini’s original theme for violin. Variations later became the “Dance” aspect of the show Song and Dance and one of the variations became very widely known when it was adopted as the theme tune for the television arts programme The South Bank Show.
Argentine Melody was the World Cup theme tune for the 1978 BBC television coverage, and was performed by San Jose featuring Rodriguez Argentina reaching number 14 in the UK charts.
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