composer

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 …

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel

Quick Facts Born in Germany Gifted pianist Romantic period Older sister of Felix Mendelssohn Composed more than 460 pieces of music See also composers biography biography YouTube Extras for Plus Members Mendelssohn Hensel poster (PDF)

Clara Schumann

Quick Facts Born in Germany Gifted pianist, child prodigy Romantic period Traveled around Europe giving concerts, starting at the age of 11 At the age of 18, she performed to sold-out crowds Continued to tour and perform for more than …

Florence Price

Quick Facts Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S. First black female composer to have a symphony performed by a major American orchestra Played her first piano recital at the age of four First composition was published at the age of …

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Quick Facts Esteemed British composer of the early 20th century Born in London, England Started to play the violin at the age of five Joined the Royal College of Music at the age of 15 Became a professor and conductor …

Duke Ellington

Quick Facts One of the originators of big-band jazz Had a big influence on the music of the twentieth century in classical, popular and jazz music genres Composed thousands of pieces Washington, D.C., U.S. Started playing the piano at the …

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Quick Facts First known classical composer of African ancestry Sometimes known as “Black Mozart” Born in Guadaloupe in the Caribbean to a wealthy colonial and his African slave Moved to France as a child Was one of the most important …

Scott Joplin

Quick Facts Known as The King of Ragtime Born in the United States in (most likely) 1867 on the Texas / Arkansas border Started playing the piano as a child Left home in his teens and started touring Ragtime has …

Composer Books & DVDs

Books These are some of my favorite composer books. This is a non-traditional┬áversion of composer biographies. You won’t be able to put it down! And these books are just adorable! They are chock-full of great biographical information, and there are …

Orff Books

These Orff books are really helpful, whether or not have had Orff training. They are often great about giving you the play-by-play lesson plans – with active, hands-on learning. Jeff Kriske & Randy DeLelles have several great books. I especially …

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