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Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Posted by Administrator on 10/4/2012 to Homeschooling
He was a composer who had to practice the piano at a piano manufacturer’s showroom because his family was too poor to afford an instrument of their own. He was raised in a Protestant home and was very familiar with the Bible, studying the Scriptures into his adulthood. And his friendship with composer and musicians Robert and Clara Schumann started when he was only twenty years old, but continued until Clara’s death less than one year before his own passing. He even stayed with Clara’s seven children so she could resume her career as a concert pianist and support her family after Robert’s death. Moreover, he is a composer who has the rare distinction of having his own lullaby named after him. Who is this shy bachelor who composed over 250 works? Johannes Brahms.

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Posted by Administrator on 9/16/2012 to Homeschooling
If ever there was an absent-minded musician, it was Franz Schubert. He was known to write music on anything within reach: a tablecloth, a menu, any scrap of paper. Franz slept with his glasses on so that he didn’t have to waste time searching for them in the morning. As a teacher in his father’s school, he would spend class time composing music, rather than teaching the six-year-olds their daily lessons.

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)

Posted by Administrator on 9/1/2012 to Homeschooling
Though his name is utterly French (pronounced SHOW-pan), his music frequently recalls the dances, tunes, and patriotism of his Polish upbringing. He is called the “poet of the piano” for the lyrical compositions he wrote almost exclusively for the piano. And his “Minute Waltz” remains one of the most challenging pieces of any piano recitalist.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Posted by Administrator on 8/25/2012 to Music
One composer bridged the Classical and Romantic periods of music. One composer drank coffee daily – sixty coffee beans per cup. One composer studied under Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Mozart. One composer dedicated a symphony to Napoleon Bonaparte, until he learned that Napoleon had crowned himself emperor, at which point the symphony was rededicated to the heroic “common man.” And one composer continued writing incredible music even after he was deaf and unable to hear his own compositions. That composer is the complex character of Ludwig van Beethoven.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Posted by Administrator on 8/15/2012 to Homeschooling
Called a true musical prodigy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart began composing music at the age of four, and he played in concerts across Europe at the age of six. He had perfect pitch, enabling him to sing a note on request or name a note when played for him. This ability became almost a parlor game at many of his concerts. And he taught himself how to play the violin, in addition to playing the clavier or keyboard. In his short lifetime (only thirty-five years) he composed over six hundred pieces in a variety of styles: operas, chorale music, symphonies, keyboard pieces, masses, and more. After listening to a small sampling of his works, you will readily agree that Mozart had a rare gift for creating music – compositions that have brought joy and delight to listeners’ hearts for nearly two-and-a-half centuries.
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