Born: February 15, 1947 Interesting Fact: Adam’s piece, “Nixon in China,” won a 1989 Grammy award for “Best Contemporary Composition.”
“NIXON IN CHINA”
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
March 21, 1685
Interesting Fact: Bach is known for his numerical symbolism and mathematical exactitude, which many people have found in his music.
“TOCATTA AND FUGUE IN D MINOR”
Born: February 17, 1653
Interesting Fact: Corelli was the first composer to gain an international reputation solely on the basis of instrumental music.
“TWELVE CONCERTI GROSSI”
August 22, 1862
Interesting Fact: Debussy never attending grade school. He entered the
“CLAIR DE LUNE”
Paris Conservatoire at the age of ten. He was first a pianist, but switched to theory and composition.
Born: August 19, 1881
Interesting Fact: Enesco composed his first piece at the age of five!
Born: May 12, 1845
Interesting Fact: It was unusual for Faure to not study at the Paris Conservatoire. He studied at Ecole Niedermeyer.
September 26, 1898
Interesting Fact: Many composers do not excel in two different genres; however, Gershwin succeeded in both pop and Broadway
“RHAPSODY IN BLUE”
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL
Born: February 23, 1685
Interesting Fact: Handel was born in the same year as another successful composer: Johann Sebastian Bach!
Interesting Fact: Ives was known for
October 20, 1874 expressing the ideals and feelings on the United States.
“THE UNANSWERED QUESTION”
Born: November 24, 1868 Interesting Fact: Joplin’s father was a slave and his mother was a
free-born black woman.
Born: November 27, 1759
Interesting Fact: Krommer composed
over three-hundred compositions.
Interesting Fact: Although Landini was an established composer, he was a successful poet as well.
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
January 27, 1756
Interesting Fact: Mozart had little interest in ‘changing music.’ He desired to perfect the already established genre of music.
“THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO”
Born: June 9, 1865
Interesting Fact: Named after an old Danish custom:
Interesting Fact: Many of Orff’s famous
July 10, 1895 works are steeped in Bavarian folklore.
Born: September 10, 1659
Interesting Fact: Purcell stands beside the likes of Handel and Bach as a prime mover of the baroque tradition.
JOHANN JOACHIM QUANTZ
January 30, 1697
Interesting Fact: Alongside playing the flute and being a composer, Quantz actually constructed flutes as well.
“ON THE PLAYING FLUTE”
Interesting Fact: By the age of ten,
February 29, 1792 Rossini was skilled enough to accompany church music.
“THE BARBER OF SEVILLE”
Born: January 31, 1797
Interesting Fact: Schubert died at the age of 31…after composing over a thousand pieces of music!
PIOTR ILYITCH TCHAIKOVSKY
Born: May 7, 1840
Interesting Fact: In 1876, Tchaikovsky became acquainted with Madam Nadejda, who provided him with
Born: April 22, 1781
Interesting Fact: Served as the cantor of the Kreuzkirche in Dresden.
October 10, 1813 His operas are
full of catchy tunes!
May 22, 1813 Interesting Fact: Born in Leipzig during the final years of the Napoleonic Wars.
“RIDE OF THE VALKYRIES”
Interesting Fact: Aside from being a
May 29, 1922
composer, Xenakis was an architect and an engineer as well!
Born: July 16, 1858
Interesting Fact: Ysaye gained the nickname of the “King of Violin.”
“VIOLIN SONATA NO. 2”
ELLEN TAAFFE ZWILICH
Born: April 30, 1939
Interesting Fact: The first female composer to win the Pulitzer Prize
“SYMPHONY NO. 1-5”
Standards: 8.2RE â€“ Compare and contrast a varied repertoire of music on the basis of how elements of music are ised to create meaning and expression. 8.3RE â€“ Compare and contrast selected composers and their works. References: Composer Master Index. (n.d.). Retrieved March 14, 2018, from http://www.classical.net/music/composer/masterindex.php
Published on Mar 14, 2018
Published on Mar 14, 2018
This e-book contains a composer for each letter of the alphabet! Each composer is accompanied with a photo, their birthday, a neat fact, and...