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Otto Luening

Otto Luening is an early pioneer of electronic music. His Tape Music, including A Poem in Cycles & Bells, Gargoyles for Violin & Synthesized Sound, and Sounds of New Music demonstrated the early potential of synthesizers and special editing techniques for so-called classical music. [This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It […]

Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein (August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American composer and orchestra conductor. Biography Bernstein was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts and studied at Harvard and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He was highly regarded as a conductor, composer, pianist, and educator. He is probably best known to the public as […]

Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy (August 22, 1862 – March 25, 1918), composer of impressionistic classical music. Born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Yvelines, France, Claude Debussy studied with Guiraud and others at the Paris Conservatoire (1872-84) and as an 1884 Prix de Rome winner, went to Rome, Italy (1885-7), though more important impressions came from his visits to Bayreuth (1888, […]

Erik Satie

Erik Alfred Leslie Satie (May 17, 1866 – July 1, 1925) was a French composer. Born in Honfleur, Basse-Normandie, France, Satie was a music composer, and a performing pianist, though mainly for café and cabaret audiences. Satie wrote theatre and ballet music, as well as piano music. His compositions are original, humorous, often bizarre, and […]

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, also Nikolai, Nicolai, and Rimsky-Korsakoff, (March 18, 1844 – June 21, 1908) was a Russian composer and teacher of classical music particularly noted for his fine orchestration, which may have been influenced by his synaesthesia. Born at Tikhvin, near Novgorod, into an aristocratic family, Rimsky-Korsakov showed musical ability from an early age, […]

Igor Stravinsky

Igor Fyodorovitch Stravinsky (Игорь Федорович Стравинский) (June 17, 1882 – April 6, 1971) was a composer of modern classical music, best known for his work The Rite of Spring. Stravinsky was born in Oranienbaum (now Lomonosov), near Saint Petersburg, Russia. He died in New York City on April 6, 1971 and was buried in Venice, […]

Alexander Scriabin

Aleksandr Skrjabin

Biography of russian composer and pianist Alexander Scriabin. Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin (sometimes transliterated as Skryabin) (January 6, 1872 – April 27, 1915) was a Russian composer and pianist. Scriabin was born in Moscow. He studied the piano from an early age, taking lessons with Nikolay Zverev who was teaching Sergei Rachmaninov at the same time. […]

Amy Beach

Amy Beach

Biography of pianist and composer Amy Beach. Amy Marcy Beach (September 5, 1867 – December 27, 1944), was a American pianist and composer of classical music. She was the first successful female American composer. Many of her composition and performances were under the name Mrs. H.H.A. Beach. She was born Amy Marcy Cheney in Henniker, […]

Arthur Bliss

Arthur Bliss

Biography of composer Arthur Bliss. Born in 1891 of an English father and American mother, Arthur Bliss was destined to display characteristics of both nations, his profound romanticism balanced by an unquenchable energy and optimism. After studying at the Royal College of Music under Stanford, he served as an infantry officer in the First World […]