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Several Composers

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  • Benny Goodman

    Benny Goodman

    8 years ago

    Benny Goodman was an American clarinetist and jazz leader, known as the "king of swing". Equally accomplished as a jazz performer and as a classical musician, he appeared as soloist with the Budapest String Quartet and major symphony orchestras....

  • Andres Segovia

    Andres Segovia

    8 years ago

    Spanish guitarist, who was a leading figure in the revival of interest in the classical guitar and its music. He was born in Linares on February 17, 1893. He was mainly self-taught, though much influenced by an earlier master, Francisco Tarrega. ...

  • Wilhelm Friedemann Bach

    Wilhelm Friedemann Bach

    8 years ago

    Wilhelm Friedemann Bach was a German musician and composer, the eldest son of Johann Sebastian Bach. He was born at Weimar in November 1710. His early musical training was under the guidance of his father, who used such works as his own...

  • Tchaikovsky Works

    Tchaikovsky Works

    8 years ago

    Tchaikovsky criticized Wagner for never writing a "broad, complete melody," and Brahms because "a melodic phrase is no sooner hinted at [in his work] than it is smothered in all sorts of harmonic ingenuities." Neither criticism can be aimed at...

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    8 years ago

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was a Russian composer, who is generally regarded as one of the greatest musicians his country has produced and who is ranked among the outstanding composers of the world. His music, written with immense technical skill and...

  • Musical Notation

    Musical Notation

    8 years ago

    Music notation is a system of symbols used to record musical sounds in written form. Among the various kinds of symbols are those that indicate the key, rhythm, tempo, and relative loudness of a particular composition. The complete notation for a...

  • Josquin des Prez

    Josquin des Prez

    8 years ago

    Josquin des Prez, a Flemish composer, was a major figure in the transition between medieval and Renaissance music. Other spellings of his second name include des Pres, Depres, and des Prez. A master of contrapuntal technique, Josquin went beyond...

  • The Flute

    The Flute

    8 years ago

    Flute, a musical instrument of the woodwind family and a soprano voice of the orchestra. The modern flute is usually a tube of silvered metal about three-quarters of an inch in diameter and 26 inches long. It has a system of keyed notes that make...

  • The Harp

    The Harp

    8 years ago

    The harp is a stringed musical instrument. It has a large triangular wooden frame. The modern harp has 46 or 47 strings of graduated lengths stretched be­tween the instrument's two sides, called the sound box and the neck. The third side, known as...

  • Improvisation


    8 years ago

    Improvisation, the art of composing music or verses, sometimes with musical accompaniment, without preparation and on unseen subjects. It is Italian in origin, and at the end of the 16th century prospective organists at St Mark's, Venice, would be...

  • Musicology


    4 years ago

    Musicology is the organized scientific study of music. Many of its activities have a very long history, but as a separate academic discipline it emerged in Germany and Austria after the middle of the 19th century. Its important pioneers emphasized...

  • The Guitar

    The Guitar

    8 years ago

    The guitar is a stringed musical instrument resembling the lute. The guitar has a flat back and front and curved sides, and it is played by plucking the strings with the fingers of the right hand. The fingers of the left hand regulate the pitch of...

  • The Trombone

    The Trombone

    8 years ago

    A trombone is a wind instrument belonging to the brass family. It has a cup-shaped mouthpiece and consists of two long U-shaped cylindrical tubes. One of the tubes, known as the crook, is a sliding mechanism. The other tube expands at one end into a...

  • The Harpsichord

    The Harpsichord

    8 years ago

    A harpsichord is a keyboard instrument shaped like a delicate grand piano, in which the strings are plucked by plectra made of quill or leather. The modem concert harpsichord utilizes two keyboards and four sets of strings, two of which are...

  • Counterpoint


    8 years ago

    A counterpoint, in music, the playing or singing of two or more melodies simultaneously. Each melodic line is distinct from the others, but the separate themes interweave to produce a harmonious effect. Counterpoint is also known as polyphony. It is...

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach

    8 years ago

    Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany, to a family of musicians whose tradition went back several generations.

  • Fredrik Pacius

    Fredrik Pacius

    8 years ago

    Fredrik Pacius was a German-Finnish composer. Born in Hamburg, Germany on March 19, 1809. After musical studies under Moritz Haupt-mann and Ludwig Spohr at Kassel, he emigrated to Finland, achieving distinction as a choral and orchestral conductor...

  • Anton Bruckner

    Anton Bruckner

    8 years ago

    Anton Bruckner was an Austrian composer, son of a village schoolmaster. Taught the organ at the age of 13. In 1868 he became a tutor, and later professor, at the Vienna Conservatory.

  • Francois Couperin

    Francois Couperin

    8 years ago

    Francois Couperin was a French composer, harpsichordist, and organist, known as Francois le Grand, who was the supreme master of the French school of harpsichord composition. He is most famous for his 27 ordres (suites) for harpsichord, which have...

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Giuseppe Verdi

    8 years ago

    Giuseppe Verdi was an Italian composer born in Le Roncole, near Busseto, Parma, October 10, 1813. A child of poor parents, he displayed musical talent very early. He received local training, and for some time lived in the Busseto home of an...

  • Willy Burkhard

    Willy Burkhard

    8 years ago

    Willy Burkhard was a Swiss composer, born near Bienne on April 17, 1900. He studied at the conservatories of Bern, Leipzig, and Munich, and in Paris with Max d'Ollone. From 1928 to 1933 he taught at the Bern Conservatory and from 1942 at the Zurich...

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven

    8 years ago

    Ludwig van Beethoven one of the greatest German composers, was born in Bonn. His greatness lies in the huge scope of his musical expressiveness and in his great technical inventiveness. Ludwig's father was a singer. He hoped that his son might turn...

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    8 years ago

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is regarded by many as the greatest musical genius of all time. However, most of his works were not printed until after his death, and some not until the middle of the nineteenth century. Mozart wrote with astonishing brilliance in every musical form but perhaps his greatest...


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