He was born in a small town in Hungary. He studied piano under Istvan Thoman and composition under János Koessler at the Royal Academy of Music in Budapest. When he was 23, he stayed in a village called Slovakian and heard a singer called Lidi Dósa was singing Piros alma, and it had made him start to love writing folk music. He died in 1945 after he had moved to New York for five years. Although his assistant helped him to finish his Piano Concerto No.
George Jacob Gershwin was a composer and pianist. Gershwin’s compositions covered both popular and classical genres, and his most popular songs are widely known. Gershwin studied piano under Charles Hambitzer and how to do composition with Rubin Goldmark, Henry Cowell, and Joseph Brody. He began his career with plugging in songs, but soon started composing at the Broadway theatre with his brother Ira Gershwin and Buddy DeSylva. Gershwin moved to Hollywood and composed many films until his death in 1937 from glioblastoma multiforme, a deadly brain tumor.
When she was a teenager, she moved to New York in 1928 where she reunited with her mother who had left her some years before to look for a job (Szwed, 2015). During this time, Holiday started performing in small clubs where she earned a reputation fast as a talented, American jazz musician. In 1933, Billie Holiday’s career started when producer John Hammond, who is also a writer, noticed her singing talent at Monette’s a club in New
Michael Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary Indiana. Michael Jackson was born into a large working class family, Michael’s mother was a homemaker and she was also involved with Jehovah’s witness. But his father was once a guitarist but became a crane operator to provide for his wife and his kids(5). Michael started performing locally when he was just five years old. But in 1968, five of the jackson kids signed with Motown Records as the Jackson Five(4).
The Life of Tony Bennett Tony Bennett was born in Queens, New York August 3, 1926 with the name Anthony Dominick Benedetto ( Biography.com Editors ). He later wanted to change his name to something more simple. When Bennett was 10 years old his father passed away and he began to develop depression at this time. He went to the High School of Industrial Arts, but he had to drop out to help his family with finances ( Biography.com Editors ). In 1944 Tony served in the United States Army, and he served on the front lines as a rifleman ( Biography.com Editors ).
Johann Sebastian Bach Violin Sonata in A minor BWV 1003 (1720) Greatest German composer of all time, Johann Sebastian was born in a musical family in Eisenach. He received his musical training from his father Johann Ambrosius and relatives. Besides being a highly respected organist, Bach’s compositions were also greatly recognized and became the musical model for other famed composers after his time such as Mozart, Beethoven and Mendelssohn. The Sonata in A minor is one of the works in Bach’s six unaccompanied violin sonatas and partitas. His sonata has 4 movements and all organized in slow-fast-slow-fast order.
Thomas Edison was born on February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio. Thomas died of complication of diabetes on October 18, 1931 in his home, ¨Glenmont” in Llewellyn Park in West Orange, New Jersey. That Thomas had purchased as a wedding gift for his wife Mina also Thomas is buried behind his house. Thomas was eighty-four when he died. Mary Stilwell Edison, Thomas’s first wife, died on August 9, 1884 at the age of twenty-nine.
After her parents moved from china her father became an electrical engineer. Her family was part of what was called The Joy Luck Club. This is what they called the immigrant version of getting the American dream by playing the stock market. Her family moved from place to place, and ended up in the suburbs of the bay area. Both her father and brother died of brain tumors when she was only 15 years old.
Sara Harris worked at transportation jobs which was a contract between a white employer and a black servant from the South. 1920 5 On 20 October 1920, Sara Harris, better known as Sadie Harris, married Philip Gough, a longshoreman. Her father, Charlie Fagan, provided lodgings for the newly-weds at his place, 1421 North Freemont Avenue, West Baltimore. 1922 7 On 16 October 1922, Clarence Holiday married Helen Boudin, who was then about 18 years old. Clarence was working as an elevator boy to pay for his music lessons.
Mendelssohn Felix Mendelssohn was born in Hamburg, Germany on the 3rd February 1809. Like Mozart, Mendelssohn was regarded as a child prodigy. His mother began teaching him to play the piano when he was six and after the family moved to Berlin in 1811, he and his three siblings took piano lesson with Ludwig Berger; he also later studied counterpoint and composition. By 9 years old, he had already performed in his first public concert and by 13, he was a prolific composer. One of the best known of his original works, which he composed at only 17, was his Overture to ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ Mendelssohn was not only interested in music and attended lectures on aesthetics, history and geography at the Humboldt University of Berlin from 1826
Born in Washington D.C. in April 29, 1899, Edward Kennedy Ellington began studying piano at the young age of seven. His childhood friends gave the him the nickname of “Duke” because of his elegant and flashy sense of style. He studied the arts in high school, even earning a scholarship to the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, which he declined. He gave up the fine arts in favor of a career in music. By 1919, Duke played in a small band called the Washingtonians.
John Birks or Dizzy Gillespie helped usher in an era of bebop in Jazz. He was born in south carolina in 1917 and was youngest of nine children. He began playing piano when he was four years old and received a music scholarship to laurinburg Institute in North carolina. He is most known for his big puffy “swollen Cheeks” . Dizzy replaced eldridge in a band called Teddy Hill.
My name is Ethel Waters. I was born in Chester, Pennsylvania on October 31, 1896 as a result of the rape of my teenaged mother, Louise Anderson; she was 13 years at that time. My father John Waters is a pianist and family acquaintance from a mixed-race middle-class background, but he played no role in raising me. I was an American blues, jazz and gospel vocalist and actress. I frequently performed jazz, big band, and pop music, on the Broadway stage and in concerts, although I began my career in the 1920s singing blues.
However there is no information about her mother, except for a death date and location; Jane Beers died in Santa Barbara, CA in 1958. Martha had three siblings, Mary, Georgia and a younger brother who died of scarlet fever before his second birthday. Martha was the oldest of all the kids, definitely pressuring her to be the good influence. Growing up Martha was surrounded by the arts. Her father frequently played the piano and her nurse ,Elizabeth Pendergrass, would set up plays for the children to act out while she was watching them.