Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany, in 1770 to Johann van Beethoven and Magdalena Keverich van Beethoven. He was baptized on December 17, 1770. When Beethoven was young, he started taking music lessons from his father, who was a musician in the court of Bonn. Beethoven was exceptionally good even as a child. In 1787 he visited Vienna where he performed and met many famous musicians including Mozart.
He later was kicked at the age of seventeen out of the choir because he’s amazing voice had matured and he could no longer sing the higher notes. He tried everything he could to make a living after this event from composing to free-lance musician. At age twenty-nine Haydn entered the Eszterhaza family (a wealthy aristocrat family). The Eszterhaza family employed Haydn to be their personal composer and write them pieces when they pleased. Haydn spent almost thirty years there.
New York City Ballet George Balanchine was born in 1904 and was raised in St. Petersburg. As the son of a composer, Balanchine’s piano study began at the age of five. After graduating from the Imperial Ballet School in 1921, Balanchine enrolled at the state’s Conservatory of Music where he studied piano and musical theory. Balanchine’s musical background gave him an advantage over other choreographers because he more fully understood the music he was dancing to (“Biography”). The first time George Balanchine danced was as a cupid in the Maryinsky Theatre Ballet Company Production of The Sleeping Beauty, his favorite ballet (“George Balanchine”).
Stephen Heller was a Hungarian pianist, teacher and composer whose career spanned the period from Schumann to Bizet and was an influence for later romantic composers. Heller was born in Pest, which is now known as Budapest, Hungary) in 1813. He had been destined for a legal career, but instead decided to devote his life to music. At the age of nine he performed Jan Ladislav Dussek's Concerto for Two Pianos with his teacher, F. Brauer, at the Budapest Theater. He played so well that he was sent to study in Vienna, Austria, under Carl Czerny.
Franz was like Mozart in that he was somewhat of a child prodigy. He showed remarkable talent with the piano as well as in sight reading music. Franz had a turning point in his career when at nineteen he came across the great violinist Paganini. Paganini would bedazzle audiences with his abilities on the violin. Franz vowed then, and there to be the pianist version of Paganini.
My cousin, Karen Lopez, and I would play a Christmas song on our violin at the end of the rosary. I believe that I would be a valuable member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society because I can maintain an overall average of 85 and higher. With all my classes accelerated, like math, social studies, science and English. I also love to help do fundraisers to help the school raise money for good cause. Also, to help the school be a better place and environment for my fellow peers.
He was born on August 27, 1909. Around 1920 he moved to Minneapolis with his father, Willis Handy Young. Lester’s father had the most influence on him as a musician because his father taught him the love of music by teaching him how to play different instruments. Lester studied violin, trumpet, and drums until he decided to dedicate his heart to the saxophone. He began to master the alto saxophone by the age of thirteen.
A year after her mother started giving her formal piano lessons. After a year of piano lessons she began giving public recitals playing the works of Handel, Beethoven, Chopin, and also played some of her own work. She made her professional debut in Bosten in 1883, playing Chopin’s Rondo in E-flat and Moscheles’s G minor Concerto. Shortly after that she appeared as a soloist with Boston Symphony Orchestra. Beach ended up marrying a surgeon 24 years older that her.
He was also the first composer to have received a life peerage. The Simple Symphony was written for a string orchestra or string quartet and is dedicated to his childhood viola teacher, Audrey Alston. The Simple Symphony was composed when Britten was 23 and was first performed by an amateur orchestra conducted by Britten himself in 1934 at Stuart Hall, Norwich. The themes in this symphony are a collection of themes that Britten had composed all during his youth. The Simple Symphony begins with the Boisterous Bourrée, starting with a bold heavily accented theme that is passed around in a fugue-like manner and makes way for a calmer theme and hints of pizzicato that help lead into the second movement.
Vivaldi was a master of the violin and is widely known as the composer of concertos which is a form of music with a small orchestra and solo lead instrument. He was a prolific composer and is well known for composing over 500 concertos, 46 Operas, 73 sonatas, chamber music, and sacred music. Vivaldi was the first composer to use ritornello form regularly in fast movements, and his use of it became a model for later composers. Vivaldi repeatedly looked for contrasting harmonies, creating new melodies and themes. His main goal was to create a musical piece that was meant to be appreciated by a large population opposed to only a certain group of people.