Louis Armstrong, universally known as Satchmo, was born into extreme poverty in August, 1901 in New Orleans, Louisiana. His first contact with music was in a reformatory for abandoned children when he was admitted to the band for good behavior. Soon he learned to play the bugle, clarinet, horn, and began to familiarize himself with the trumpet from the informal lessons he received from jazz musician King Oliver. He never had a real music lesson and, until seventeen years old, lacked the money to buy his own musical instrument. Even though Armstrong did not learn to read music until he was over twenty, he was a musical genius and his talents were groundbreaking.
This strongly affected him because Rimsky-Korsakov was such a major influence in his life. All of these events strongly impacted Stravinsky, which may be why his music is so emotional and powerful. He should not be “blamed” for writing music inspired by his
9 in D minor opus 125, represents the height of Beethoven’s creativity and intelligence and in a sense can be regarded as a culmination of the trauma he endured because of his loss of hearing. Furthermore, the work is a very powerful force and especially if it is experienced live. One understands and appreciates the sheer genius that was Ludwig van Beethoven and this work, even though it is over 190 years old, is still able to resonate with audiences all over the world. The last movement is one of my favourite pieces of music to listen to and analyse because of the emotional, creative and intellectual thinking it entails. The recording I listened to was the Folsom Symphony and Sacramento Master Singers "Glorious Beethoven" March 25, 2012.
Nijinsky parents were his first teachers and taught him the basics of ballet. Nijinsky got his first taste of the stage at the age of just seven, where he made his professional debut as a chimney sweep in a comedic circus dance performance. After moving to St Petersburg with his family at the age of nine, Nijinsky auditioned for and was one of the fifteen boys accepted into the prestigious Imperial Theatrical School, a school of classical ballet that has since been renamed, The Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet. Discipline was relentless, but drive and love of the dance flourished among students, making this the perfect place for a young, indefatigable Vaslav Nijinsky. He was a substandard student academically.
His father, Abram Zimmerman was the manager of the Standard Oil Company while his mother, Beatrice Stone was a homemaker. Without even learning how to read music, Dylan taught himself piano at the age of ten. He also attempted to learn trumpet and saxophone before choosing acoustic guitar, as well as the harmonica. To this day, his combination of guitar and harmonica is iconic and synonymous with his name. He admired artists like Johnny Ray, Woodie Guthrie, and Hank Williams.
Scott Joplin was an American Composer of African American descent, born November 24, 1868, in Northeast Texas. As a child, he took up the piano after trying the guitar for many years. Joplin took to the piano quickly and later became a traveling musician as a teen. He was extremely talented on many different instruments . During his traveling years he developed the basis for ragtime music.
Graduate Recital Program Notes: Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Poem for Flute and Orchestra Charles Griffes (1884-1920) was the director of music at the Hackley School in Tarrytown, NY from 1907–1920. He studied piano at a young age, to continue his education he moved to Berlin, where he studied piano, composition, and counterpoint at the Stern Conservatory. Griffes’s early compositions were influenced to some degree by German Romanticism, especially German Lieder. He never reached atonality in his music-making, however, at the end of his career he adopted an abstract phase that many critics among them Paul Rosenfeld, and Nicolas Slonimsky acknowledged to be impressionist and orientalist. The Poem for Flute and Orchestra (1918) originally written for Georges Barrère demands high lyrical virtuosity from the performer.
Without Cole’s inspiration jazz dance would have never been born. Jack Cole was born in New Jersey on April 27, 1911 and wanted to pursue his dream to dance ever since we he little. After Cole was sent away to be boarding school he decided to join with the Denishawn Dance Company that was led by Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn. After Cole made his first professional appearance in 1930, he left the modern dance world for commercial dance career in nightclubs. After Cole ended his career in his
He gave up studying law to take on a career as a virtuoso pianist, but a hand injury prevented him to pursue his dream to become the finest pianist in Europe. He then invested all his time and effort to compose. Schumann at first composed solely for piano until 1840, after which he composed for piano and orchestra in his later years. His works included: four symphonies, many Lieder, an opera, concerto and other choral, chamber and orchestral works. Schumann 's remarkable skill to express delicate and profound emotions is evident in works such as his collection of short piano pieces, Phantasiestücke (Fantastic Pieces) and in the song cycle Dichterliebe.
The dancer and the symphony are performers, that most despised category for Gaddis relative to the artist, and yet a condition that describes the wishful tonic latent in his final work. We could also call someone like the speaker, who sorts through reams and scores of notes about arts and artists, and who rearranges his secondhand sources and ideas in a complex rhetorical display like Agapē Agape, a performer. The symphony prevails over the composer, and repetition and reproduction prevail over creation. Even though it is the hand of the artist that Gaddis sets out to defend, the novel is a secondhand symphony of firsthand sources. It is the secondhand in all of its meanings (plagiary, phantom hands, belatedness) with which Gaddis shakes hands under the table in reconciliation, accord, and
Prince Boger Nelson was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was born on June 7,1958, in a small town in Minneapolis, Minnesota . Prince was the second youngest out of all his eight siblings. At a young age , Prince became very intrigued by music. By age ten he was already trying to teach Himself the piano, the drums and even the guitar.
This all changed however, when he moved to Chicago in 1921. Once Oliver moved to Chicago he started a new band with many famous players. It wasn’t until April of 1923, that he first started his recordings of his music. As he continued his life of success, not much else was heard of him as time continued. While some artists always lived in fame, Oliver retired from the life of jazz and worked as a janitor until he passed away in 1938.
His father was a professional trumpet player, so he grew up with music his whole life. The bebop stars that influenced Corea to play jazz are Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Horace Silver, and Lester Young. He was accepted into the liberal arts program at Columbia University in the late 1950s and later went to The Juilliard School to give full time to music studies. In the 1970’s Corea decided to lead his own groups called Circle and Return to Forever. He also
Born in Queens, New York. Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones or “Nas” is one of Hip-Hops greatest MC’s of all-time. Being the son of Olu Dara Jones (a famous Jazz musician) Nas’ interest in music was nothing new. Nas grew up in the projects of Queensbridge where he wrote stories about what it was like growing up in New York. As a kid Nas loved to write about a lot of things even thought he dropped out of school in the 8th grade.