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Heitor Villa-Lobos

Quick Facts Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Played cello and classical guitar Best-known South American composer of all time Combined Brazilian folk music with classical music At the age of 18, he traveled around Brazil, becoming well-acquainted with Afro-Brazilian ...

Amy Beach

Quick Facts Child prodigy: taught herself to read at age 3 composed her first piece at age 4 played with the Boston Symphony at the age of 18 During her marriage, she focused on composing. After her husband’s death in ...

Thelonious Monk

Quick Facts American composer and jazz (bebop) pianist Started playing piano at the age of 6 His first job was playing church organ for a traveling evangelist. Monk’s piano playing was unique: forceful with lots of dissonance and unusual rhythms ...

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Music begins where words are powerless to express – Claude Debussy Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. – Berthed Auerbach Without music, life is a journey through a desert. – Pat Conroy Music is alive ...

William Grant Still

Quick Facts Known as “Dean of Afro-American Composers” Was a part of the Harlem Renaissance First African American to: conduct an American symphony orchestra have a symphony performed by an orchestra (“Afro-American Symphony”) have an opera performed by the New ...

Aaron Copland

Quick Facts Born in Brooklyn, New York (U.S.) His older sister taught him to play the piano. Most of his musical exposure was at Jewish weddings and other ceremonies. Began writing songs at the age of eight. Studied music in ...

Chiquinha Gonzaga

Quick Facts Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil She learned to play the piano as a child and composed her first piece at the age of 11. She earned a living by teaching piano lessons and playing piano in musical ...

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Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist. – G.K. Chesterton It is better to make a piece of music than to perform one, better to perform one than to listen to one, better to ...

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If you ain’t got it in ya, ya can’t blow it out. – Louis Armstrong To play a wrong note is insignificant; To play without passion is inexcusable.  – Ludwig van Beethoven Music is the mediator between the spiritual and ...

John Williams

Quick Facts The most successful film composer of all time, having scored more than 100 films (source) Born in New York City Studied at Juilliard School and Eastman School of Music Worked as jazz pianist and studio musician before starting ...
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