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  • Beethoven: The Greatest Composer - 872 words
    Ludwig van Beethoven was, and remains today, an influential figure in the history of classical music. Perhaps no other composer in history wrote music of such inspiring power and expressiveness. His influence on the last 150 years of music is unequalled. Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany in 1770. His father, a music enthusiast, dreamed of molding his son into the next Mozart. Beethoven never showed the impressive characteristics of Mozart, but he was unusually talented, learning the piano, organ and violin at a very early age. At 14, he was already skilled enough on the organ to receive a professional appointment (Beethoven). He held positions as an assistant organist in the electoral chap ...
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  • Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - 1,642 words
    founded in 1895, gave its first concert the following year under the direction of Frederic Archer. Victor Herbert was the chief conductor from 1898 to 1904; he was succeeded by Emil Paur (190410). The orchestra was then disbanded. It was revived in 1926, and over the next decade it was led by Elias Breeskin (192730) and Antonio Modarelli (193037). The orchestra was reorganized by Otto Klemperer in 1937. Fritz Reiner was chief conductor from 1938 to 1948, followed by William Steinberg (195276), Andr Previn (197684), Lorin Maazel (198495), and Mariss Jansons (1995). Since 1971 the orchestra has performed in Heinz Hall, the renovated Loews Penn Theater (built 1927). To truly understand Pittsbur ...
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  • Ludwig Van Beethoven - 481 words
    I. Education in general and in music Beethoven came from a musical family, and his early musical training was under his father's guidance. His father taught him piano and violin. His general education was not continued beyond the elementary school. He was practically illiterate in math. As a youth of 19, in 1789, Beethoven took legal steps to have himself placed at the head of his family. He petitioned for half his father's salary to support his brothers. This act of self-assertion is an indication of his character. On one of Haydn's trips to London, he met the young Beethoven. Beethoven showed Haydn a cantata and he received Haydn's commendation. The Elector of Bonn paid for Beethoven's les ...
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  • The Life And Works Of Frederick Chopin - 1,154 words
    ... lt to learn, and their musical form and content puzzled contemporary musicians. It is a measure of Chopin's stature that publishers not only printed these pieces but also paid substantial sums for them, even though they were unlikely to reap an immediate profit. Chopin's music sold so well that publishers were obliged to reprint his works frequently in order to keep up with demand. Most of these reissues used the plates from the first editions; and since printed scores of this period almost never bore publication dates, later printings are often distinguished only by changes on the title pages, such as the price or the publisher's address. However, there are frequently alterations in the ...
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  • Good And Evil In The Novel Maestro - 625 words
    The novel of Maestro reflect many aspects of mankind which are both good and evil. The effects of evil can be seen in the character of Keller; after he has seen what cruelty human beings are capable of he becomes very pessimistic about humanity. He had underestimated the extent of evil and even the music he loves becomes a weapon of evil, which was used against him and so it subsequently becomes his enemy. As we grow up the world around us contains both good and evil, therefore as we follow Paul's youth we can also see through him both good and evil revealed in the society around him. The Holocaust was a turning point in Keller's life. He used to be like Paul, insensitive, arrogant and felt ...
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  • Haydn And Eszterhaza - 1,059 words
    "Not only did I have the encouragement of constant approval, but as the conductor of the orchestra I could experiment, find out what made a good effect and what weakened it, so I was free to alter, improve, add or omit and be as bold as I pleased. Cut off from the rest of the world I had no one to bother me and I was forced to become original." The above quote was said by Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809) during the later years of his life and it refers to the time he spent in Esterhaza. Haydn was, and still is, considered one of the most famous composers of the classical era. The large amount of compositions that he created, and his many contributions to the classical style, has made Haydn o ...
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  • Thw Workd Sks - 1,468 words
    ... wig Van Beethoven The rise of Ludwig van Beethoven into the ranks of history's greatest composers was paralleled by and in some ways a consequence of his own personal tragedy and despair. Beginning in the late 1790's, the increasing buzzing and humming in his ears sent Beethoven into a panic, searching for a cure from doctor to doctor. By October 1802 he had written the Heiligenstadt Testament confessing the certainty of his growing deafness, his consequent despair, and suicidal considerations. Yet, despite the personal tragedy caused by the "infirmity in the one sense which ought to be more perfect in [him] than in others, a sense which [he] once possessed in the highest perfection, a p ...
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  • Aaron Copland - 641 words
    Not only was Aaron Copland a great American composer, he was a great composer worldwide. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York in a very drab neighborhood. He was influenced by jazz musicians and French composers. He made many remarkable contributions to the world of music and worked to make music more enjoyable to the everyday listener. His major works are not only world famous, but world-appreciated. Aaron Copland was born in 1900 in Brooklyn, New York. He was the youngest of all of the children in his family. His parents were Lithuanian and moved to the states in the late 1800s. Coplands family owned a department store on Washington Avenue in Brooklyn. His family resided in the three stories a ...
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  • Russian Romantic Music And Tchaikovsky - 1,576 words
    Russian Romantic Music and Tchaikovsky Russian music bears its own styles and emotions, free from the outside influence of other European countries during the Romantic period. Politics play an indirect role in the development of Russian music, isolating the country both politically and musically. Until the Decembrist revolt in 1825, Russia was under the unrelenting rule of czars. Russia retained the ways of the old -- its caste system, its severity of censorship -- while the rest of Europe had already shed its Middle Age characteristics. Since the revolt, it had become fashionable for the educated public to promote social reform. Political activity in Russia was a dangerous game, likely to l ...
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  • Russian Romantic Music And Tchaikovsky - 1,557 words
    ... es influenced by Russian folk-melodies, and evoked the bleak Russian countryside in the grips of winter. Tchaikovskys Symphony No. 1 was performed in 1868 with Anton Rubenstein conducting. In the same year, Tchaikovsky met Mily Balakirev, who had succeeded Anton Rubenstein as head of the Conservatory at St. Petersburg. Unfortunately, Balakirev was driven out from his post because his opponents had despised his controversial ideas. He settled in Moscow, where he met Tchaikovsky. He suggested to Pyotr that he should compose an overture-fantasy on the theme of Romeo and Juliet. Not only did Balakirev fuel the idea, but he also sketched the outline of the work and supervised its composition ...
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  • Richard Strauss - 870 words
    Richard Strauss was born June 11, 1864 in Munich, Germany. The German composer-conductor is best known for his operas and tone poems. His father was Franz Strauss, one of Germany's leading horn players. Strauss's musical career began at the age of 4 when he learned how to play the piano. By the age of 6 he was composing and by the age of 11 he was studying theory and composition [5, par. 1870]. At the age of 20, he made his conducting debut in Munich. This led him to the Meiningen Court Orchestra. After a month there he was in charge. In 1886, Strauss became third conductor at the Munich Opera. A second conductorship at Weimar enabled him to astonish the world with the performance of his ton ...
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  • David - 1,042 words
    Sometime soon after the year 1430, a bronze statue of David stood in the courtyard of the house of the Medici. The work was commissioned of Donatello by Cosimo d'Medici himself, the founding father of the Republic of Florence. It was the first free-standing, life sized nude since classical victorious athletes of Greece and Rome. But soft, and some how oddly unheroic. And the incongruity of the heads: of hair and shaded by a laurel-crowned peasant's hat; Goliath's tragic, contorted expression, made sharper by the pentagonal helmet and coarse, disheveled beard. Innocence and evil. The weak triumphing over the strong. The city of Florence triumphing over the aggressive dukes of Milan? "David" a ...
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  • Modern Crucible - 1,712 words
    The police station, like an enraged mob, became chaotic as news of the robbery blasted the offices of every lieutenant and captain in Metropolis. Details of the crime still shuffle from detective to detective as rumors separated from the facts. The known facts showed that a professional, a very skilled thief, managed to penetrate the Tractford Mints security system of lasers, motion detectors and cameras and steal 10 million dollars of unmarked currency. Assigned to the case was Detective Killcheck, a hardnosed officer that if not for his neglect of ethics would be a very young lieutenant. After finishing his coffee he decided he might as well take a drive down to the scene of the crime. As ...
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  • Madonna - 1,219 words
    ... new what he was thinking. I said: whatever youre thinking Ill say yes to. That was his chance, so he popped it." On the 16th August 1985 they married in a Malibu media circus, 13 helicopters with paparazzi photographers were soaring in circles during the wedding ceremony. The groom Sean Penn tried to beat some paparazzi photographers, who were spying there in the bushes. The Bride Madonna was wearing a beautiful and traditional wedding dress. Madonna remembers: "I didnt think I was going to be married with 13 helicopters flying over my head. It turned into a circus. At first I was outraged but at the end I was laughing. " Madonnas marriage to Sean Penn officially ended on January 10,1989 ...
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  • Jazz Esamble - 1,210 words
    The latest concert that I attended was the NEIU Jazz Ensemble. It was held on October 28th, 1997 in the NEIU auditorium. This was my first time attending a Jazz concert. Therefore, I didnt know what kind of music to expect or any music that I was familiar to. This concert was a new experience for me. It was far different from a rock concert held in some big venue. The purpose of this concert was to give people a taste of the NEIU Jazz Ensemble. The heritage or the background of this concert was strictly I was excited about my attendance at this concert. It would be the first time I was going to a Jazz concert. I knew that I wouldnt be disappointed or get board there. The music they played wa ...
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  • Beethovem - 511 words
    Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer considered being one of the greatest of all times. He was born in Bonn, Germany. His father was one who liked to drink and would discipline Beethoven in a strict manner. At the age of 18 his mother died and, since his father was not a responsible man Beethoven had to grow up quickly and become the head of the house. He had to take care of his two younger brothers who then when they had grown up moved to Vienna, Austria. In Bonn, a German composer taught Beethoven, by the name of Christian Gottlob Neefe during the 1780s. Neefe used music of Bach to instruct Beethoven then studied with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Vienna in 1787. The next person he stud ...
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  • Spike Lee - 954 words
    The man we know as Spike was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957 in Atlanta ,Georgia. The first of five children, he got the nickname Spike from his mother for being a tough baby. Spikes tendency to be difficult is one that goes right back to the crib. The infant Spike, much like the man he grew into, was small but loud. The family he was born into was great for a number of reasons. His parents, college educated newlyweds, both came from families stressing creativity and black tradition. Bill Lee, Spikes father, was born in 1929 in Snow Hill Alabama. He was a jazz composer/musician nicknamed Bleek. His mother Jacquelyn Shelton Lee taught art and black history. The Lees tried to instil ...
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  • 20th Century Theater - 1,035 words
    At the beginning of the twentieth century, American theatre was heavily dominated by commercialism. In 1909, an attempt to establish a European-style art theatre in New York City was made (Geisinger, 241). The building was so cavernous and unsuited for experimental work that the project failed after two seasons. Dedicated to producing the best of European and classical drama and to fostering new American plays, the first production groups of the 1900s were amateurs (Geisinger, 241). The memberships were organized by subscription, so that true experiment could be conducted without commercial pressure. One of the first of these companies in New York City was the Washington Square Players. From ...
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  • How Are Children With Learning Disabilities Being Helped - 806 words
    Read the literature attached and answer these questions: 1. Define the term "learning disability". The federal government defines learning disabilities in Public Law 94-142, as amended by Public Law 101-476 (Individuals with Disabilities Education Ad-IDEA): Specific learning disability means a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, which may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or to do mathematical calculations. The term includes such conditions as perceptual handicaps, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia. The term ...
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  • Beethoven - 1,083 words
    We have witnessed and had the chance to hear many pieces from both classical and modern composers . Numerous composers have tried to match the style of one of the most prominent composers of the nineteenth century, but few have come close. We are speaking of the ever-famous Ludwig van Beethoven. Beethoven is one of the most famous composers of all times and always will be considered to be among the best. The rise of Beethoven into the ranks of historys greatest composers was paralleled and in some ways a consequence of his own tragedy and despair. Ludwig Van Beethoven, born in Bonn, Germany, was considered generally one of the greatest composers in the Western tradition. His father was a sin ...
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