Wednesday, April 30, 2008
(1935-2007), Italian tenor, trained privately, debut at Reggio Emilia in 1963 and his international debut at Amsterdam in 1963, thereafter making appearences throughout Europe, made his debut at Metropolitan Opera in 1968. One of the Three Tenors. He died in October 2007.
(1882-1931), Russian ballerina. One of the great geniuses of the dance and famous ballerina in St. Petersburg. She studied with the Imperial Ballet School, her main teacher was Maruis Petipa, she made her debut at 17, and became the Mariinsky's principal ballerina, in 1908 joined Diaghilev's Ballet Russes. Throughout her life she brought ballet to millions of her legendary name.
(1907-1986), Belgian organist and composer, at age 16, he studied at the Lenmmens Institute in Mechelen. In 1923 he became the organ teacher at the Institute and chief organist at the cathedral in Mechelen. He also gave concerts and liturgical masterclasses all over the world.
(1710-1736), Italian composer, studied privately first, then entered the Conservatorio dei Poveri di Gesu Cristo in Naples. He composed operas, dramatic stage works, sacred music, and other works, His fame spread rapidly after his death.
Born in Montreal, he performed with jazz at the Philharmonic from 1949. In 1951 he formed a trio with double bass and guitar. In 1970's he began performing regularly as an unaccompanied soloist. In 1991 he was named chancellor of York University in Toronto.
(1818-1910), French/Russian dancer, teacher, and choreographer, he is cited nearly unanimously by the most noted artists of the classical ballet to be the most influential balletmaster and choreographer that has ever lived. He created over 50 ballets, and noted for his long association with the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres. Marius Petipa was born in Marseille, France and trained in Belgium, famed in France and Madrid, in 1847 he moved to St. Petersburg to accept the position of Premier danseur to the Imperial Theatres and stayed in Russia until his death.
1869-1949), German composer, conductor and writer, born in Moscow of German parentage, as his father was a violinist there, the family returned to Frankfurt and young Pfitzner studied at the conservatory in Frankfurt; remained active as a conductor and accompanist throughout his career.
He composed 5 operas, 3 symphonies, concertos(violin, cello, piano).
(1728-1800), Italian composer, studied at S. Onofrio Conservatory in Naples. In Naples he taught singing and was organist at the cathedral. In 1776 he accepted an offer from the French court to move to Paris and successfully adapted his style to the French stage. H composed over 60 operas in Paris and Naples
Alfredo da Rocha Viana Filho, knownas Pixinguinh,(1897-1973), Brazilian composer, saxophonist. and a distinguished flutist. Through the legacy of the poineering choro composers of the 19th ccentury and of the Afro-Brazilian tradition, produced the most important choro works of all time.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
(1757-1831), Austrian composer, studied with Haydn, became Kapellmeister to Court Ladislaus Erdody, the Kapellmeister of Strasbourg Cathedral; his music was extremely popular during his lifetime. He composed 45 symphonies, concertos, 16 string quartets.
(1882-1948), Mexican pianist/composer, studied in Mexico City, then at Bologna and Berlin, taught at Mexico City Conservatory, and conducted the national Symphony, his guitar music is the standard repertory; the song "Estrellita" was one of Latin American's best known compositions.
(1897-1981), American soprano, began as vaudeville singer alongside with her sister, made her Metropolitan debut opposite Caruso in 1918; she remained the foremost prima donna there until 1937,
She was active in teaching; directed the Baltimoe Civic Opera Company. Her voice was regarded as one of the best in the century.
(1891-1964), American songwriter/lyricist, studied at Worcester Academy, Yale, and Havard, also in Paris and stayed in Paris(1917-1935), he placed songs in shows in New York and Paris, returned to US in 1935 and composed for films and later for Broadway. His best known musicals are: "Kissme, Kate", "Can-Can".
Sunday, April 27, 2008
(1891-1953), Russian composer, attended St. Petersburg Conservatory studying with Liadov, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Tcherepnin. In 1917 he left Russia but in 1936 he returned to Russia. He composed operas, symphonies, ballet music, orchestral music and chamber music.
(1858-1924), Italian composer, studied at the Instituto musicale Pacini at Lucca. A performance of Aida in 1876 inspired him to become an opera composer, he then entered Milan Conservatory to study with Bazzini and Ponchielli.
He composer 12 operas(Le Villi, Edgar, Manon Lescaut, La Boheme, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La Fanciulla del West, La Rondine, Il Trittico, Turandot).
Friday, April 25, 2008
(1659-1695), English composer, a chorister in the Chapel Royal, organist at Westminster Abbey, then at the Chapel Royal. Purcell is one of the greatest of all English composers and an outstanding figure of the Baroque period. His works are operas and semi-operas, plays with incidental music, other secular music etc.
(1873-1943), Russian composer, pianist and conductor, he had lesson from his mother, then studied at the St. Petersberg and the Moscow conservatories, began conducting in Russia in 1891, then in London. In 1904 appointed as a conductor of Bolshoi. In 1917 he left Russia due to the Revolution, never return, settled in US and toured as a piano virtuoso throughout US and Europe. He composed symphonies, syphonic poems, 3 paino concertos etc.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
(1683-1764), French composer and theorist, studied from his father, then at the Jesuit College des Godrans, served as organist at various cathedrals in Paris and Lyons. Rameau is regarded, along with Lully and Gluck, as one of the principal masters of Pre-Revolutionary French opera.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
(1879-1936), Italian composer, studied at the Liceo musicale in Bologna, played viola in the Imperial Opera Orchestra in St. Petersberg and studied with Rimsky-Korsakov, returned to Italy and taught at Liceo. He composed operas, orchestral works(Pines of Rome, Fountains of Rome...), chamber music etc
(1899-1940), Mexican composer/violinist, studied violin in Mexico and US, concertizing widely, named assistant conductor of the Mexico Symphony. His music style is a distinctive mix of folk elements, his compositions include ballets, symphonic poems, and orchestral works.
Monday, April 21, 2008
(1844-1908), Russian composer, attended the College of Naval Cadets in St. Petersberg, studied music privately, met Cui, Mussorgsky, Borodin.., taught at the St. Petersberg Conservatory. His well known music are: Scheherazade, operas- Le Coq d'or, The Snow Maiden, May Night, Mlada
(1902-1999), Spanish composer, a composer and virtuoso pianist, despite being blind from an early age, he achieved great success. He studied with Dukas in Paris, then taught at the Madrid Conservatory. He is considered to be reputable for popularizing classical guitar music, and his Concerto d Aranjuez is one of the principles of the Spanish music and guitar concerto repertoire.
(1792-1868), Italian operatic composer.
studied with his father first, then entered Bologna Liceo studied composition and cello, composed his first opera at age of 17, thereafter, his operas were performed with great success. He composed 35 operas, but stopped composing in late 30's.
(1760-1836), French poet and composer,
he entered the Ecole royale du genie at Mezieres, achieving the rank of lieutenant, composed the national anthem known as 'Marseillaise', he also wrote opera librettos, sang and was a passable violinist.
(1712-1778), French composer, his musical training was through self-instruction, which included reading Rameau's treatise on harmony and copying music, went to Venice, where he was captivated by Italian opera;
returned to Paris in 1744; his contribution was mainly to French opera.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
(1829-1894), Russian pianist/composer, studied with Villoing, and toured Europe with him, continued study in Paris and Vienna, 1844 returned to Russia, he founded the Russian Musical Society, and the St. Petersburg Conservatory. He composed 15 operas, 6 symphonies, concertos, and chamber music.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
(1835-1921), French composer, entered the Paris Conservatory at age of 7, founder of the Societe nationale de musique. A highly versatile composer, his works shows refinement, spirit, genial melody and a fine sense of form. He was one of the leading figures in the restoration of French symphonic music. He composed 14 operas, 5 symphonies, concertos(5 piano, 3 violin, 2 cello), chamber music, .. etc.
(1750-1825), Italian composer, studied in Venice and Vienna, became court composer and conductor of Italian opera in Vienna, served as president of the Tonkunstler-Sozietat, directed the musical program of the Congress of Vienna. He composed over 40 operas, oratorios, Masses etc.