The Queen granted Handel a pension of 200 pounds for his performances and appreciation for the work he was doing in London. Compositions of Handel in London had great influence on the love for operas and oratorios since they were full of style and high quality, and his style is adored all over the world. George Frederic Handel was born on February 23 in the year 1685 and realized that he had a talent in music at very tender age. He loved to sing and hoped to become a famous musician one day and leave a great record. Handel longed to study music, but his father was against the idea since he doubted that music would give him enough income to live on and raise a good family.
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.
The Sensational Elvis Costello Elvis Costello a brilliant singer and songwriter came onto the new wave scene in the late 1970s. When you looked at him he resembled the late great Buddy Holly who also had nerdy looking spectacles and of course his name reminded one of the King of Rock and Roll. Therefore it seemed destined that Costello would be a success in the world of music. Inborn Talent He came into this world as Declan Patrick Macmanus on August 25, 1954 in Paddington, London, England. I say he had inborn talent because his dad was a successful big-band singer and trumpet player.
György Ligeti (1923 – 2006) Musica ricercata György Ligeti has been described as one of the most important avant-garde composers in the latter half of the twentieth century and one of the most innovative and influential among progressive figures of his time. Born in Transylvania, Romania, he lived in Hungary before emigrating and becoming an Austrian citizen in 1968. Ligeti's earliest works have been called an extension of the musical language of Béla Bartók by some, and his piano cycle Musica ricercata (completed in 1953) most certainly falls into this category. It has been described by one biographer as inhabiting a world very close to Bartók's set of piano works, Mikrokosmos. Ligeti's set comprises eleven pieces in all.
The Beatles were undoubtedly one of the best song composers of the twentieth century. Their countless number of hits have motivated and inspired millions of songwriters and fans all throughout the world. “Hey Jude” is certainly one of their most popular songs of all time. Not only has the track been recognized as one of the Beatles’ greatest songs of all time, but has been influential enough to be classified as an anthem. What was is about “Hey Jude” that was so captivating, and influential in rock and roll history?
Shortly after George Gershwin’s premier of his iconic Rhapsody in Blue in 1924, a conductor named Walter Damrosch commissioned Gershwin to write a piano concerto that was based on a Classical concerto with orchestration. Like it’s rhapsodic cousin, this piece is a unique fusion of Classical and Jazz styles and is great fun to both play and listen to. Like the traditional concerto model from the 18th Century, this concerto was written in three movements in this order: fast, slow, fast. Another flashback to the past that is unconventionally evident in this concerto is “organicism,” which in music, means that all of the movements of a piece are thematically related. Typically, in the Classical tradition, those recurring motifs
During Sousa’s 40 years of composing he had many different musical pieces he wrote. One of his most popular pieces was a march called “The Washington Post”. Another one of his wildly popular pieces included a patriotic march called “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” John also wrote a few operas including his most famous piece, his third opera, “El Capitan.” These three pieces are all important pieces from Sousa’s life. John Philip Sousa, as shown above is definitely a very important and successful musician of American history. He had many different skills and characteristics that helped him in his life, people overall really liked his music, and he wrote many different kinds of
Samuel Barber was an American composer born in West Chester, Pennsylvania in 1910. He wrote his most recognizable piece of music Adagio for Strings when he was just 27 years old. During his lifetime he went on to win two Pulitzer Prizes for the musical work he composed during his final three decades. His Adagio for Strings had become one of the most beautiful and well-known works in the modern classical music canon and made its world premiere on November 5, 1938 on the radio. Italian conductor Toscanini stated that the music was simple and beautiful.
Michael Joseph Jackson was born August 29th, 1958. Since his death he still manages to astonish and elude us. Since his death it has become increasingly hard to contextualize Jackson’s legacy as one of the most biggest and most controversal pop stars. Michael Jackson is the greatest legacy because his music and story lives on, he had the greatest pop songs, and he had his own signature move “Moonwalk”. Michael Jackson knew how to get a crowd going and a party jumping.
Moreover, I will discuss how he was able to establish significant connections with important entrepreneurs until he became a successful entrepreneur himself. I will demonstrate how this positively affected his fame and career in musical theatre. Furthermore, I will give an overview about his unique songwriting methods and music styles. I will also going to discuss in more detail some of his most known patriotic songs such as “White Christmas” and “God Bless America” that have had an impressive influence on the American culture and the history of musical theatre. Israel Isidore Baline was born on May 11, 1888 in Russia.