Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born in Votkinsk, Russia. He was widely known as the most popular Russian composers of his time. He and the Five Russian composers (Borodin, Cui, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Balakirev) attempted to create music that was totally Russian in character and style. Tchaikovsky was more cosmopolitan and looked to western European traditions for their inspiration while still incorporating Russian elements into their music. (Charlton, 195-196).
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. According to many resources,
George Frideric Handel was a great musician who composed many operas and oratorios especially in London. He is an inspiration of many due to his hard work in both music and other fields. For instance, in Hanover, Handel was made the Kapellmeister to the Elector, George Louis who favored him and sent him to visit England for twelve months. During his first visit in London, he was received at Queen Anne 's court and stayed there for the first eight months. However, his great interest was in Vanbrugh’s new opera house.
Beethoven showed his musical talents at his young age. In 1792 he moved to Vienna and spent rest of his live there. He studied with Haydn and soon he gained his reputation as a virtuoso pianist that often showing his ability of improvisation during performance. Beethoven’s career as a composer can be categorized into three periods: (1) the peak of Classical period where most of his works shown influences of his teacher Joseph Haydn, as well as influences from other great musicians of all time such as Mozart.
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.
However, many years before the foundation of the language of dance approach, an accomplished dance artist named Rudolf Laban significantly contributed in the ballet dance form by founding a unique movement coding system called ‘Labanotation’. He not only investigate the 3D staging of choreutics i.e. the basic steps in ballet, but also promoted recreational ballet to a considerable
Hector Berlioz Hector Berlioz was an interesting composer. He was born on December 11th, 1803 and passed away on March 8th, 1869. Berlioz was a french composer who liked to write about romantic things.
Anna Pavolva quickly made her way to fame with every performance she gained increasing critical acclaim and growing fame. But it wasn’t until 1905 when she made her breakthrough performance when she danced the lead role in Michael Fokine 's The Dying Swan, this became her signature role. Just 7 years into her ballet career she was promoted to Prima Ballerina. In 1911 Anna Pavlova formed her own Ballet Company. This was the first ballet company to tour around the world.
This begs the question how did a German short story, with music composed by a Russian, Tchaikovsky and brought to the stage by a choreographer from France, become so popular at Christmas. According to German legend, nutcrackers bring good luck and protection to a family and its home. As a result of the ballet the production of nutcrackers in Germany continues today. Created in 1892 to Tchaikovsky 's music, The Nutcracker was introduced to North America in the early 20th century by Russian ballet companies and some say “legitimized” in the 1954 by George Balanchine. Balanchine choreographed his Americanized version, adding it to the New York City Ballet 's annual holiday repertoire.
In the early 1400’s, Italian Renaissance dance master, Domenico di Piacenza, used the term balletto to describe theatrical dances, yet the word ballet is of French origin. Hundreds of male and female dancers dressed in lavish wigs and costumes and attempted to impress nobility. In 1490, Leonardo da Vinci designed a balli spectacular and the artistic interpretation of the dance was to emulate the celestial bodies and create peace for the audience. This could have been perceived as competition or art, balletto or ballet. Paris, France can be defined as the ballet capital of the world, and the Paris Opera Ballet was the first professional instruction of ballet.
Leon Bakst’s momentous involvement in the recognition of the Ballet Russes profoundly influenced twentieth century designers in fashion and textiles. Although his works for the Ballet seems to eclipse all activities in his life outside it; he was previously a fine artist who intended to pursue a career as an illustrator and artist. Bakst went on to work for Serge Diaghilev who founded the Ballet Russes; here he designed extraordinary set and exotic costume during the height of its fame, and revolutionised the way theatre was delivered. Bakst was part of a young generation of creatives who rebelled against pedantic Realism of the 19th century and helped establish a new form of art and theatre. His role in instituting Orientalism into vogue influenced
George Theophilus Walker was an amazing and talented composer. He composed many piano sonatas, operas, ballets, and many different types of music. Walker was an amazing composer and very good at what he did. Walker was the first black American composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1996. Walker was an amazing composer, a great and loving family man, a successful writer, and an inspiration to all who compose music or have composed any piece of music in the past with Walker.