Tag Archives: Composer

Thought For the Day: Inspiration Comes From Work

“Just as appetite comes by eating so work brings inspiration.” – Igor Stravinsky, composer (1882-1971)      

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Sonic Gems – Samuel Barber – Adagio For Strings

Born on March 9, 1910, American composer Samuel Osborne Barber II became one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century before his death on January 23, 1981.  Having won the Pulitzer Prize for Music twice for the opera Vanessa (1956-1957) … Continue reading

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Sonic Gems: Edgard Varese – Complete Works

Born on December 22, 1883, French Composer Edgard Victor Achille Charles Varese spent the majority of career in the United States.  Varese passed away on November 6, 1965.  During his musical career, he ‘organized sound’ with an emphasis on timbre … Continue reading

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Sonic Gems: Erik Satie – Gymnopedies & Gnossiennes

When is a composer and pianist not a musician?  Give up?  When he is a “phonometrician” or a “gymnopedist”.  Ask Erik Satie and he would tell you that his slow somewhat clumsy pieces are not so much compositions as measures of … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Talent and Luck Require Each Other

“The luck of having talent is not enough; one must also have a talent for luck.” – Hector Berlioz, composer (1803-1869)        

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Sonic Gems: Duke Ellington – The Far East Suite

On April 29, 1899, American composer, pianist and jazz band leader Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington was born and had a tremendous career in music for over 50 years when he passed on May 24, 1974.  Proving that at least one … Continue reading

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Sonic Gems – Arvo Part – Tabula Rasa

Born on September 11, 1935, Estonian composer Arvo Part is world renown for his classical and religious music.  His music is partly inspired by Gregorian chant and he has performed as a musical minimalist since the late 1970s.  He is … Continue reading

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