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Featured Composer June 2019: Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869)

Born in New Orleans, Louis Moreau Gottschalk was the eldest son of Edward Gottschalk, a London-born Jewish businessman who came to Louisiana in the early nineteenth century, and Aimée Bruslé, [...]

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Featured Composer May 2019: Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915-1973)

Featured Composer May 2019: Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915-1973) Hailing from the rural Mississippi Delta and growing up in Chicago, Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a pioneering singer-songwriter & [...]

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Featured Composer April 2019: Buddy Bolden

In honor of Jazz appreciation month, we celebrate the life of Buddy Bolden. Born in 1877 New Orleans, Cornetist Charles Joseph “Buddy” Bolden was a key figure in the early development of Jazz in [...]

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Featured Composer March 2019: Amy Beach

In honor of Women’s History Month, we explore the life of Amy Cheney Beach. Born in post civil war Southern New Hampshire, Amy Beach (1867-1944) possesses an important legacy of being the first [...]

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Featured Composer February 2019: William Grant Still

Featured Composer February 2019: William Grant Still

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Featured Composer January 2019: Muzio Clementi

Featured Composer January 2019: Muzio Clementi

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Featured Composer November 2018: Francois Couperin

François Couperin was born on 10 November, 1668 (d. September 1733) and was a French Baroque composer, organist and harpsichordist. He was known as Couperin le Grand (“Couperin the [...]

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Featured Composer October 2018: Camille Saint-Saëns

October is apparently a wonderful month for composers to be born in and includes luminaries such as Paul Dukas, Giuseppe Verdi, Vaughn Williams, Jelly Roll Morton, Franz Liszt, and Camille [...]

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September, A Busy Month For Composers!

(Obviously, we couldn’t post 21 pictures so the staff drew four names from a hat–Amy Beach, Anton Dvorak, Clara Schumann and Dimitri Shostakovich. Pretty impressive!) And, after those four, [...]

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Featured Composer September 2018: Clara Josephine (Wieck) Schumann

Clara Josephine Wieck was born on 13 September 1819 into a middle-class family in Leipzig, Germany. Her father Friedrich Wieck was a piano teacher and music dealer and her mother Marianne was a [...]

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