Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

September 15, 2002

Michael Bookspan,

73, a longtime percussionist for the Philadelphia Orchestra who was famed for his cymbal playing, died Thursday in Philadelphia of complications from heart surgery.

A member of the orchestra since 1953, Mr. Bookspan, as principal percussionist, was known as a dynamic presence in the back of the ensemble. During his tenure, he played under three conductors and was widely recognized as an expert percussionist, especially with the cymbals.

Rolf Fjelde,

76, a teacher and writer who translated the works of Henrik Ibsen into English, died Tuesday in White Plains, N.Y.

Mr. Fjelde was best known for his translations of works by the Norwegian playwright, which are frequently performed.

He translated 12 of Ibsen's plays, including A Doll's House and Hedda Gabler, as well as the verse play Peer Gynt. In his work, Mr. Fjelde strove to bring Ibsen to a contemporary American audience.

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