A music industry executive who served as the president of Universal Music Group’s Classics and Jazz division, where he also led efforts to release cast albums for a number of stage musicals including Mamma Mia, Christopher “Chris” Roberts has over 30 years of experience in the music industry. Prior to joining Universal Music, Christopher Robert’s skills as a classical pianist resulted in his composing music for prime time television shows and commercials in Germany throughout the 1980s.
Learning to play piano involves learning to read sheet music. As pianists are expected to understand the lingo, here are some key terms.
Allegro. An indication that the musical passage needs to be played at a higher tempo.
Largo. This indicates that the passage needs to be played very slowly.
Chord. Indicates a minimum of three tones, which are to be played together.
Phrase. This denotes a small portion of the music, often relating to a specific thought or idea. Think of it like a sentence within a larger paragraph.
Crescendo. The piece gradually gets louder as it is played, often building to a final climax.
Over the course of a career spanning three decades, during which time he served the Universal Music Group’s Classics and Jazz division as president, Christopher “Chris” Roberts has made many contributions to the music and recording industry. During his tenure at Universal Music, Christopher Roberts was the executive producer on a number of successful albums, including the Wicked Broadway cast album.
An alternate take on the classic book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which was first published in 1900, Wicked is a musical based on Gregory Maguire’s book Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. Following the tale of two student witches, Elphaba and Glinda, who form a friendship at Shiz University, it has become one of the most enduring musicals of modern times, standing as the West End’s eighth longest running show.
With songs written by Stephen Schwartz, who is a three-time Academy Award winner, Wicked’s Broadway cast recording had sold over 2.6 million copies by January 2017. That number makes it the second best-selling cast album since tracking began in 1991.
Navigating an illustrious career through a tumultuous period in the music industry, Christopher Roberts provided visionary leadership for the world’s largest recording company.