His vocal and instrumental music for court ballets gradually made him indispensable. In 1660 and 1662 he collaborated on court performances of Francesco Cavalli Xerse and Ercole amante. When Louis XIV took over the power of government in 1661, he named Lully superintendent of the royal music and music master of the royal family. Lully's music was known for its power, liveliness in its fast movements and its deep emotional character in its slower movements. Some of his most popular works are his passacailles (passacaglias) and chaconnes, which are dance movements found in many of his works
Schumann began studying law but then changed his study, to pursue a career as a pianist. A hand injury ended this dream. He then focused his attention on composing. His published compositions were written exclusively for the piano until 1840; he later composed works for piano, voice and piano and also orchestra. He composed 4 symphonies, an opera and chamber works.
At that time, his father forbade him from to study Wagner’s music until he was the age of 16. While studying the genius of Wagner, he attended the Bayreuth Festival for the first time in 1882. He would debut there as a conductor with his Opera “Guntram” in 1894. Strauss would eventually would soon free himself from his father’s influence when he met Alexander Ritter, a composer, violinist, and the husband of one of the nieces of Richard Wagner. Soon, Strauss left his father’s conservative writing style and began writing symphonic tone poems.
His mother 's name was Maria Haydn,she was a cook for the lord 's and his father name was Mathias Haydn, he was a wheelwright. In his early years,Haydn quickly discovered he had rare musical talents. Haydn 's cousin who was the head of a choir as well as a school principal took him in and trained him when he was only six years old. By the time he was eight, he was recruited to sing in the St.Stephen 's Cathedral in Vienna. As well as being recruited into sing in the
He went to school at Warsaw Lyceum in Poland. One of his teachers was his dad, Nicolas Chopin. His first music tutor was the the Czech pianist Wojciech Żywny. Frederic played the piano and was a composer. He had an older sister and two younger sisters.
Special Topic #4: J. S. Bach Ricercar This piece of music, The Musical Offering, is a set of pieces composed by J. S. Bach in 1747. King Frederick II of Prussia challenged J. S. Bach to improvise a six-voice fugue on the theme of “Regis Iussu Cantio Et Reliqua Canonica Arte Resoluta", and so he did. The first letters of each word of the theme spell out the word “Ricercar”, which was a well-known genre of that time. Throughout this piece, J.S. Bach uses many of the basic elements of music to all work together to create the shape, along with the dramatic flow of this piece.
Alban Berg began to write lieder in 1901 but first in 1904 he started taking lessons with Schönberg, first in counterpoint and harmony, and since 1907 in composition. In 1910, Schönberg wrote in a letter to his publisher about Berg’s talent: “One (Alban Berg) is an extraordinarily gifted composer. But the state he was in when he came to me was such that his imagination apparently could not work on anything but Lieder. Even the piano accompaniments to them were song-like in style.” As the correspondence between them shows, Berg was committed to Schönberg’s ideas: “Advocacy for Schoenberg’s doctrines and beliefs is the single most important leitmotif in the correspondence. Almost everyone mentioned, however prominent in his or her own right, is seen as a believer or a detractor.
Strauss was born on 11 June 1864 in Munich. He is the son of Josephine and Franz Strauss. In his youth, he received a thorough musical education from his father. He wrote his first composition at the age of six and continued to write music almost until his death. In 1883 He went to Berlin, where he secured a post as assistant conductor to Hans von Bülow, who had been enormously impressed by the young composer 's talent.
As seen in these two pieces, Beethoven copied the notes and story told in Mozart’s sonata. The characters created are close replicas and line up precisely, which demonstrates Mozart’s huge influence on Beethoven’s First Sonata. There are several other smaller elements that Beethoven borrowed from Mozart’s sonata. Mozart employed contrasting dynamics to produce a more dramatic mood, which Beethoven copied to create drama between his characters. His angry character stays at a forte (loud) throughout the
Schumann Three Romances, Op. 94 Schumann’s Op. 94 Romances were composed in 1849, during a time when his mental health was deteriorating rapidly. Originally written for the oboe, the first performance featuring the violin and piano was given by Clara Schumann and François Schubert in a private concert. The three pieces are all written in ABA form, the typical form for songs, and feature lyrical, heartfelt melodies that evoke storytelling and vivid imagery.
Pachelbel was born in Nuremberg, Germany to his father, Johann Pachelbel and his father 's second wife, Anna Maria Mair. This family was middleclass. Pachelbel started to be trained in music at a fairly young age. His first trainor was the cantor of St. Sebaldus Church, known as Heinrich Schwemmer. He later received training from the organist of the same church, his name was Georg Caspar Wecker.
Once again the vocal concert was made up of a broad range of students with different backgrounds and educational goals. The University Chorale pieces are from classical contemporary composers. The Cantate Domino by Ivo Antognini explores rhythm and texture as it weaves through various time signatures revealing the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit. Afternoon on a Hill by Eric William Barnim is a contemporary chorale writing based off of the lyrical poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay. Desde Lo Hondo by Farncisco J Nunez is a duality of penance, the struggle of life and death, either give up or reconcile.
Charles Ives first showed interest in piano when at a young age he started percussively playing on it with his fists. He started learning the piano (and other instruments) from his father, but was eventually sent on to better teachers. His father, George, had hopes for Charles to be a great concert pianist, but Charles was drawn more to the organ. He began holding payed organ positions in churches by the age of fourteen. All
Opening with a number titled “Tres Epitafios,” a song composed by Spanish and Mexican composer Rodolfo Halffter (1900-1987). Born in 1988, Wilma Alba Cal is a teacher, producer, and composer of the second song “Portico.” For their third song, the group from USC performed a song by a Venezuelan composer named Beatriz Bilbao. This composer happened to be a teacher of the conductor for the choir. In the final section of the song, the choir used mouth noises, “where the voices freely express sounds of murmurs, whispers, breaths, etc., while the dynamic contour moves from mezzo-piano to nothing” (writer). The last selection was a dedication to the 25,000 people who died and 400,000 who lost their homes from a terrible flood in Venezuela in 1999.
Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany, on December 16, 1770. He was the oldest of three children of Johann and Maria Magdalena van Beethoven. His father, a musician who liked to drink, taught him to play piano and violin. Beethoven’s 5th Symphony might possibly be his best symphony out of all 9 of them. In the Beginning of the 5th symphony, it feels like a bad guy in a movie is being introduced for the first time.