Composers

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Samuel Osborne Barber II (9 March 1910 – 23 January 1981)

  • American composer of orchestral, opera, choral, and piano music
  • He has won the Pulitzer Prize for both his Opera Vanessa (1956-1957) and his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1962)
  • Most orchestral work is "Adagio for Strings."

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Osborne_Barber_II)

 

Luigi Rodolfo Boccherini (19 February 1743 - 28 May 1805)

  • Classical Italian era composer and cellist
  • Most widely known for one particular minuet from his String Quintet in E major, Op. 13, No. 5 and the Cello Concerto in B flat major 

 

Luiz Floriano Bonfá (17 October 1922 – 12 January 2001)

  • Brazilian guitarist and composer
  • Most widely known for the compositions he created for the film Black Orpheus

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luiz_Floriano_Bonf%C3%A1)

 

Paul Desmond (25 November 1924 – 30 May 1977)

  • Jazz alto saxophonist and composer born in San Francisco
  • Most widely known for his work in the Dave Brubeck Quartet and for creating the group's greatest hit, "Take Five" 

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Desmond)

 

Ernő Dohnányi (27 July 1877 – 9 February 1960)

  • Hungarian conductor, composer, and pianist
  • He was influenced by Hungarian folk music and his music is deeply rooted in European classical music
  • Most famous piece is "Variations on a Nursery Song" for piano and orchestra.

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ern%C5%91_Dohn%C3%A1nyi)

 

Alberto Evaristo Ginastera (11 April 1916 – 25 June 1983)

  • Argentine composer of classical music
  • His works were inspired by the Gauchesco tradition where the Gaucho, or landless native horseman of the plains, is the symbo of Argentina

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Evaristo_Ginastera)

 

Philip Glass (31 January 1937- present)

  • An American composer of the late 20th century 
  • He descibes himself as a "Classicist" due to his training in harmony and counterpoint and in his studies of Schubert, Bach, and Mozart
  • His compositions are in the minimalist style

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Glass)

 

Charles Edward Ives (20 October 1874 – 19 May 1954)

  • American modernist  composer
  • He combined the American popular music and church-music from his youth with European music
  • He was also among the first composers to utilize experimental music and musical techniques, such as polytonality, polyrhythm, tone clusters, aleatoric elements, and quarter tones
  • Awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1947 for his third symphony

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Edward_Ives)

 

Heitor Villa-Lobos (5 March 1887 – 17 November 1959)

  • Brazilian composer, who wrote many orchestral, chamber, instrumental and vocal works
  • He was influenced by both Brazilian folk music and the European classical tradtion as seen through his "Bachianas brasileiras No. 5" (Brazilian Bachian-pieces)

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heitor_Villa-Lobos)

 

Darius Milhaud (4 September 1892 – 22 June 1974)

  • French composer and teacher and was also a memeber of Les Six (The Group Six)
  • His works are influenced by jazz and the utilization of polytonality
  • Most famous works include the ballet :La Création du monde" which incorporates blues and jazz.

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darius_Milhaud)

 

Vittorio Monti (6 January 1868 – 20 June 1922)

  • Italian composer, violinist, and conductor
  • Was the conductor for the Lamoureuz Orchesta in Paris, where he wrote many ballts and operettes, such as Noel de Pierrot
  • Most widely known for his Csardas

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vittorio_Monti)

 

Ástor Pantaleón Piazzolla (11 March 1921 – 4 July 1992)

  • Argentine tango composer and bandoneón player
  • He revolutionized the traditional tango into the Nuevo Tango, combining elements from jazz and classical music

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%81stor_Piazzolla)

 

Cole Albert Porter (9 June 1891 – 15 October 1964)

  • American composer and songwriter
  • He was one of the major songwriters for the Broadway musical stage through his musicals (Fifty Million Frenchmen, DuBarry Was a Lady, Anything Goes and Can-Can, Kiss Me Kate)

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cole_Albert_Porter)

 

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev ( 23 April 1891 – 5 March 1953)

  • Russian composer, pianist and conductor
  • He is most widely known for his works, such as the ballet "Romeo and Juliet" (Dance of the Knights), the opera  "Love for Three Oranges," the cantata "Alexander Nevsky," and orchestral pieces "Scythian Suite," the "Suite from Lieutenant Kije," and "Peter and the Wolf."

 

Johann Peter Schickele (17 July 1935- present)

  • American composer, musical educator, and parodist
  • He has composed more than 100 original works for symphony orchestra, choral groups, chamber ensembles, voice, film (Silent Running, Where the Wild Things Are, and In the Night Kitchen), and television

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Peter_Schickele)