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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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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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