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Featured Composer May 2020: Louis Moreau Gottschalk – Composer, Pianist (1829-1869)

Among the greatest early American pianists and composers, Gottschalk was born in New Orleans to an Ashkenazi Jewish businessman from London (Edward Gottschalk) and a French Creole mother (Aimée [...]

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Featured Composer April 2020: Guillaume de Machaut (1300-1377)

Facing a global public health emergency, we are living in unprecedented modern times. Yet throughout the past, countless plagues have affected, and often drastically changed, the course of [...]

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Featured Composer March 2020: William Billings (1746-1800)

Heralded as the first composer of Western-style Choral Music in America, William Billings (1746-1800) was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Son of an elder William Billings and Elizabeth Clark, [...]

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Featured Composer February 2020: Beethoven in love: ”Ever thine. Ever mine. Ever ours.’’

Beethoven in love: ”Ever thine. Ever mine. Ever ours.’’  A love story, requested by Marianne Jones for Valentines. By Ann Hicks It may have began during those leisurely walks Józsefine and Ludwig [...]

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Featured Composers January 2020: Liszt and Erkel: Compatriot Music Makers

By Ann Hicks They were nineteenth century Hungarians, two musical giants born a year apart. Ferenc Erkel in 1810, and Franz (Ferenc) Liszt in 1811. They shared abiding love for their country’s [...]

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Featured Composer December 2019: Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979)

A heroine to violists everywhere, English-American Composer Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979) is known for her significant contributions to the instrument’s repertoire and her work as one of the [...]

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Featured Composer October 2019: Henry Cowell (1897–1965)

A major figure in the modernist movement of the twentieth century, American composer Henry Cowell is celebrated for his avant-garde style and tireless advocacy of contemporary music. Cowell was [...]

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Featured Composer September 2019: Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten (1893-1987)

“Freight train, freight train, run so fast…”— words many may know from the likes of folk revival stars Peter, Paul and Mary or Peggy Seeger. But who was behind such powerful lyrics and haunting [...]

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Featured Composer August 2019: William Henry Fry (1813-1864)

Born in early nineteenth century Philadelphia, William Henry Fry (1813-1864) was one of America’s first composers for the symphony orchestra and opera. An outspoken supporter of American music [...]

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Featured Composer July 2019: Undine Smith Moore (1904-1989)

Growing up in Southern Virginia, Undine Smith Moore spent her earliest years in the rural Sussex County town of Jarratt before moving to the City of Petersburg in 1908. Her father, James, worked [...]

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