Guy Gavriel Kay is a Canadian writer of fantasy fiction. The majority of his novels take place in fictional settings that resemble real places during real historical periods, such as Constantinople during the reign of Justinian I or Spain during the time of El Cid. Kay has expressed a preference to avoid genre categorization of these works as historical fantasy; as of 2019, Kay has published a book of poetry. As of 2018, his fiction has been translated into more than 30 languages. Kay was born in Weyburn and raised in Winnipeg, Canada; when Christopher Tolkien needed an assistant to edit his father J. R. R. Tolkien's unpublished work, he chose Kay a student of philosophy at the University of Manitoba. Kay moved to Oxford in 1974 to assist Tolkien in editing The Silmarillion, he returned to Canada in 1975 to take a law degree at the University of Toronto. He was called to the bar of Ontario in 1981. Kay became principal writer and an associate producer for a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio series, The Scales of Justice, continued as principal writer when the series went to television.
In 1984, Kay's first fantasy work, The Summer Tree, the first volume of the trilogy The Fionavar Tapestry, was published. The Fionavar Tapestry, a portal fantasy in which five travel from our Earth to "the first of all worlds" The Summer Tree The Wandering Fire, winner of the 1987 Prix Aurora Award The Darkest Road Tigana, taking place in a setting based on renaissance Italy A Song for Arbonne, inspired by the Albigensian Crusade in medieval Provence The Lions of Al-Rassan, set in an analogue of medieval Spain The Sarantine Mosaic, inspired by the Byzantium of Justinian I Sailing to Sarantium Lord of Emperors The Last Light of the Sun, inspired by the Viking invasions during the reign of Alfred the Great Ysabel, a contemporary fantasy set in Provence, centering on a teenage boy and his encounters with characters from the distant past. Linked to his Fionavar Tapestry series. Under Heaven, inspired by the 8th century Tang Dynasty and the events leading up to the An Shi Rebellion River of Stars, taking place in the same setting as Under Heaven, based on the 12th century Song Dynasty and the events around the Jin-Song Wars and the transition from Northern Song to Southern Song Children of Earth and Sky, taking place in the same world as The Lions of Al-Rassan, The Sarantine Mosaic, The Last Light of the Sun, taking place in a world based on Italy and the Balkans in the 15th century A Brightness Long Ago, prequel to Children of Earth and Sky Beyond This Dark House, a collection Kay won the 1985 Scales of Justice Award for best media treatment of a legal issue, Canadian Law Reform Commission, 1985, for "Second Time Around".
The Wandering Fire won the 1987 Prix Aurora Award in the English category for best speculative fiction. Kay won the 1991 Aurora Award for Best Novel for Tigana. Kay was runner up for the White Pine Award in 2007 for Ysabel. Ysabel was the winner of the 2008 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. Kay has won the International Goliardos Award for his contributions of the international literature of the fantastic. Under Heaven was long listed for the IMPAC/Dublin Literary prize. Kay was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2014 "for his contributions to the field of speculative fiction as an internationally celebrated author." Under Heaven won the 2015 Prix Elbakin in France. River of Stars won the 2017 Prix Elbakin in France. Under Heaven was named the best fantasy novel of the year by The American Library Association, was the SF Book Club's Book of the Year Kay has been nominated several times for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature. Kay has been nominated four times for the World Fantasy Award, won in 2008 for "'Ysabel'".
Kay has been nominated multiple times for the Canadian Sunburst Award. Bright Weavings – authorized website with some contributions by Kay Kay at publisher Penguin Books Canada Guy Gavriel Kay at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database Guy Gavriel Kay entry in The Canadian Encyclopedia Guy Gavriel Kay at Library of Congress Authorities, with 22 catalogue records Interview at Boomtron.com Interview on the now-defunct Event Horizon at the Wayback Machine Interview by Raymond H. Thompson at the Library of Rochester World Fantasy 2008 Podcast
Georges Barboteu was a French horn player and composer. The son of a horn teacher at the Conservatoire d'Alger, he himself started playing the horn at the age of nine, won first prize at eleven, he joined the Algiers Radio Symphony Orchestra at the age of fourteen and the Orchestre national de France in 1948. He entered the conservatoire de Paris in 1950. In 1951 he won first prize in the Geneva International Music Competition, he was the main horn player of the Orchestre Lamoureux and from 1969 onwards of the Orchestre de Paris. He taught his instrument at the Conservatoire from 1969 to 1989, he has left an important discography, recording many pages of chamber music and concertante music, from the 17th century to the contemporary era. Among his landmark recordings are Michael Haydn's horn concerto, Joseph Haydn's double horn concerto and Telemann's D concerto, all recorded with the Jean-François Paillard chamber orchestra. Worth mentioning is Weber's Concertino for Horn and Orchestra, which combines all the technical difficulties for the horn, recorded with Theodor Guschlbauer.
Most of his recordings were made by the Erato Records label. He wrote horn study books, but composed about forty pieces for horn alone or with other instruments that were used in Conservatory examinations. Georges Barboteu, corniste et compositeur on Le Monde Georges Barboteu on BBC music Georges Barboteu on Classical Archives Georges Barboteu on IMDb Georges Barboteu discography at Discogs Georges Barboteu, Lectures Exercices Pour Cor on La Flûte de Pan