Composers Galore

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You will learn tidbits about a bunch of different composers

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Composers Galore : 

Composers Galore

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Welcome Today you will learn about a bunch of different composers. Pay close attention to details.

Rimsky-Korsakov 1844-1908 Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov was born in a small provincial town called Tikhvin , 200 km from St. Petersburg. http://www.vic.spb.ru/RK/nrklife.htm (learn about his life)

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Piotr (Peter) Illyitch Tchaikovsky He was a Russian composer of the Romantic period who lived from 1840-1893. He is most famous for his orchestral music (six symphonies, three piano concertos, one violin concerto, and many overtures, ballets, and marches. Tchiakovsky spent his early adulthood as a government clerk. He decided to focus on music at the age of twenty. He studied with Anton Rubinstein and others

Gilbert and Sullivan : 

Gilbert and Sullivan William S. Gilbert and Arthur S. Sullivan, wrote light operas of the late 19th and early 20 th centuries Gilbert wrote The Mikado and Sullivan wrote H.M.S. Pinafore among many that they wrote together.

Edvard Grieg : 

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) He painted with notes. He painted the people, the scenery, and the moods of Norway. In the immortal Peer Gynt Suites, Grieg captured the rising of the sun, the lamenting of a death, and, in "The Hall of the Mountain King," the imagery of a chase scene. His works contained what are yet today readily recognizable "tunes." As Grieg and his wife, Nina, strolled through the streets of Bergen, children would follow after, whistling these tunes, in tribute to the great composer. In the centuries ahead, surely the works of Grieg will continue to be whistled and hummed, and played by orchestras worldwide.

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Anton G. Rubinstein November 28, 1829 - November 20, 1894 Best known works: Operas, Dimitri, Donskoi, Feramors, etc. Piano concerto in D Minor, and many smaller pieces including Melody in F and Kammernoi Ostrow.

Shostakovich : 

Shostakovich Dmitri Dmitrievich   Shostakovich,    Born: St. Petersburg, 1906 Died: Moscow, 1975 Wrote “The Age of Gold”

Sibelius : 

Sibelius 1865-1957 His reputation and his influence has been profound, especially on Scandinavian, English and American composers, reflecting both the traditionalism and the radical elements in his symphonic thinking.

Prokofiev : 

Prokofiev 1891-1953 He showed precocious talent as a pianist and composer

Manuel de Falla : 

Manuel de Falla Born in 1876 in Cadiz, the historical seaport town at the southern-most tip of Andalucia, Manuel de Falla is the greatest Spanish composer of this century. One of the songs he wrote was “The Show of Master Magician”

Igor Stravinsky : 

Igor Stravinsky Born Lomonosov, 17 June 1882 Died New York, 6 April 1971 Russian composer, later of French (1934) and American (1945) nationality.

Béla Bartók : 

Béla Bartók Born Sînnicolau Mare, 25 March 1881 Died New York, 26 September 1945 Among his works was “Sonata for Piano”

Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) : 

Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) Born Semyonovo, 1 April 1873 Died Beverley Hills, 28 March 1943). He composed piano pieces (including his famous c-sharp Minor Prelude), songs and orchestral works

Modest Mussorgsky : 

Modest Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition, for piano, a brilliant and bold series inspired by a memorial exhibition of drawings by his friend Victor Hartmann. 1839-1881

Paderewski : 

Paderewski Paderewski, Ignace Jan or Ignacy Jan (1860-1941), Polish pianist, composer, and statesman, born in Podolia, and educated at the Warsaw Conservatory and in Berlin and Vienna. Shortly after making debuts in Vienna in 1887 and in Paris in 1889, he established himself as the most popular concert pianist since Franz Liszt and was especially known for his interpretations of the music of the Polish composer

Dvorak : 

Dvorak Antonin Leopold Dvorák1841 - 1904 He was director of the National Conservatory in New York (1892-5) for a while. He is most known for his, Ninth Symphony ('From the New World'), The recipient of honours and awards from all sides, he remained a modest man of simple tastes, loyal to his Czech nationality. His works display the influences of folk music, mainly Czech (furiant and dumky dance traits, polka rhythms, immediate repetition of an initial bar) but also ones that might equally be seen as American (pentatonic themes, flattened 7ths);

Michad Ivanowich Glinka : 

Michad Ivanowich Glinka (1804-1857), Russian composer, born in Novospasskoye, and educated in Saint Petersburg.

Frederick Delius : 

Frederick Delius Frederick Delius (1862-1934) composed a wealth of singularly masterful musical works.

Frederic Francois Chopin 1810-1849 : 

Frederic Francois Chopin 1810-1849 One of the most profoundly original composers in history, Frederic Chopin was not at all a traditional "Romantic" musician Chopin's music, no matter what the setting, is instantly recognizable. His unique sense of lyricism and unparalleled melodic genius produced some of the most purely beautiful music ever written

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http://www.midiworld.com/liszt.htm (listen)

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