Although his mother was a piano teacher, Arnold was self-taught; when he was eight years old he started to learn the violin and soon after began composing violin duets. The only lessons he took were from the composer Alexander Zemlinsky, and he gave him instructions on composition. At the age of 25, he produced his first major piece of work, the tone poem Verkarte Nacht for string sextet, which translates to Transfigured Night. In 1901 at the age of 27 he married Alexander Zemlinsky’s sister, Mathilde, with whom he had two children. The couple moved to Berlin and lived there for two years while he orchestrated operettas and directed a cabaret orchestra.
From there he moved to Vienna to take part in the Theatre Am Karntnertor. Once settled he sent for Marie to join him, who had been studying ballet in Paris. When she arrived Fillipo was displeased with her progress in dance and took it upon himself to train her. Fillipo was strict and tough. He had her practice ballet 6 hours a day for 6 months and had no sympathy for her bleeding toes.
In 1875, her family moved to Boston, where they were advised to enter her into a European conservatory. Her parents opted for local training. Amy was 4 when she composed her first piano pieces while spending the summer with her grandfather in West Henniker. All four pieces were composed in her head and away from the piano, a practice she continued throughout her life. At age fourteen, Amy received her only formal training in composition with Junius W. Hill, with whom she studied harmony and counterpoint for a year.
 By May 1910 Stravinsky was discussing his idea with Nicholas Roerich, the foremost Russian expert on folk art and ancient rituals. Roerich had a reputation as an artist and mystic, and had provided the stage designs for Diaghilev's 1909 production of the Polovtsian Dances.  The pair quickly agreed on a working title, "The Great Sacrifice" (Russian: Velikaia zhertva); Diaghilev gave his blessing to the work, although the collaboration was put on hold for a year while Stravinsky was occupied with his second major commission for Diaghilev, the ballet Petrushka.  In July 1911 Stravinsky visited Talashkino, near Smolensk, where Roerich was staying with the Princess Maria Tenisheva, a noted patron of the arts
You could say that was the start of his career as a composer. Menken attended Rochelle High School in his home town and after graduation went to Pre-med school to become a dentist. Lucky for us he later changed his major to music. After college Alen attended the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop in New York where he worked at local clubs writing jingles and songs as an accompanist. Alen Menken got his first big break in January of 1979 with Howard Ashman in the Off-Broadway production “God Bless you, Mr. Rosewater.” Three years later he received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Music in his Off-Broadway Production “Little Shop of Horrors” and from that in January of 1987 Menken was given his first Oscar nomination for a song with in it called “Mean Green Mother from Outer Space.” In 1990 Menken was nominated for three Oscar nominations and three Golden Globe Nominations and went on to win two of each for his work in the Walt Disney production “The Little Mermaid”.
The French court ballets used fancy costumes and scenery to establish a loosely linked dance sequences. Royal Dance Moves King Louis XIV founded the Academie Royale de Danse in 1661 and performed for nearly ten years. He commissioned Jean Baptiste Lully, a composer, and choreographer Pierre Beauchamp to devise his company's performances. Here, the history of ballet vocabulary was introduced, and dancers dared to try spectacular jumps and acrobatics with ballet's realm. Early ballet featured only male performers.
His entrance was always the last and most spectacular and included lots of people bowing to him. Louis was a good dancer. He was taught by Charles Louis Beauchamp who became responsible for the choreography in the opera- ballets produced by Lully and the comedy ballets produced by Moliere. Beauchamp partnered the king himself –dressed as a girl in Le Triumphe de l’Amour, which was presented, at court in 1681. This opera ballet is important because it was the first one to be danced professionally for the public.
Anna Maria Tussaud Anna Maria Tussaud was born in Strasbourg on 1 December 1761; her father, a soldier named Joseph Grosholtz, was killed in the Seven Years War just two months before Marie was born so she never met her father. Her mother, Anne-Marie Walder, took her to Bern where she moved to work as a housekeeper for Dr. Philippe Curtius who was a wax Sculpture modeler. Throughout the years all living with Curtius, Tussaund became his biggest fan. She watched him for hours and hours creating Wax Sculptures and became inspired. She also no longer referred to him as Curtius, she called him “uncle.” A couple of years later, Curtius moved to Paris to start working on setting up a wax exhibition.
His father, Fyodor Stravinsky, was a celebrated principal bass singer in the St. Petersburg Imperial Opera at the Mariinsky Theatre 1. Despite having attained such great achievements, Fyodor refused to let young Igor study music, insisting he pursued a legal career 2. However, a year after beginning his law studies at university in 1901, Stravinsky met Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Immediately after his father's death in 1902, Stravinsky begun compositional studies under Korsakov3 to further his passion in music. Background Of The Rite Of Spring: In the spring of 1910, Stravinsky was inspired to The Rite.
This was a latter copy of the Meyers Grosses Konversations-Lexikon encyclopaedia which contained how to create the sonata form first movement of quartets. His family had to get the book through their instalment plan. His father passed away due to pneumonia when he was sixteen so he got a job as a bank clerk to support his family's financial situation. He did this for five years and also met Alexander Von Zemlinsky (1871-1942) who was the a rising composer himself and was a conductor of the polyhymnia amateur orchestra where Schoenberg also played the cello. He quit his job and became a conductor for the Mödling Choral Society and also became a “chorusmaster of the Stockerau Metalworkers' Singers' Union” Zimlinsky later became Schoenberg's brother in law after he married Mathilde Von Zimlinsky.