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Gabriella Lena Frank-8

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Please leave a comment. American composer Gabriella Frank was born in California in 1972. She is an active composer writing new music every day! Her music has been commissioned (she was asked to create new music) and performed by The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Los Angeles Orchestra, and The King's Singers just to name a few. She is also an excellent pianist and has made several recordings. Listen to these examples of her music: Elegia Andina -this is 11 minutes long and you should listen to all of it. Coqueteos Danza Peruana Los Sombras de la Apus and this is an interesting interview with the composer

Steve Reich-7

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Leave a comment. American composer Steve Reich uses Ostinatos in almost all of his music. He took piano lessons as a child but did not decide on a career in music until he was in college. Reich said this about his inspiration: "I became a composer because I'd heard the  Rite of Spring  of  Stravinsky , I'd heard  Bach 's Fifth Brandenburg, I'd heard bebop —  Charlie Parker ,  Miles Davis  — music that had a lot of rhythmic energy, music which was finally harmonic. I know the  Rite of Spring 's harmonic quality is not that of Charlie Parker. Neither are they that of Johann Sebastian Bach. But they all had what Stravinsky called the magnetic attraction, the polaric attraction of sound." (NPR-2016) He is considered to be one of the most influential composers of the 20th and 21st century, introducing the use of pre-recorded music in a concert and the use of ostinatos. Radiohead gives him credit for some of their music. He won a Grammy in 1990

Caroline Shaw-6

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Remember to leave a comment. Caroline Shaw was the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer prize in 2013 at the age of 30! Her winning composition is titled: Partita for 8 Voices  (click the link to listen, Ms. Shaw is one of the performers) She is from North Carolina, and like many other composers, including Beethoven, her first teacher was a parent (Mother). She began playing the violin at two years old and composed her first music at ten! Interesting fact: Kanye West has used her music on one of his albums. Here are some more examples (they are really interesting): String Quartet Music in Common Time (very beautiful music) Its Motion Keeps (music for children's choir)

John Corigliano - 5

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  Don't forget to leave a comment. American composer John Corigliano was born in and still lives in New York City. His father was the concertmaster for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and his mother was a pianist. He has written more than 100 major compositions, many of them award-winning ( he has: A Pulitzer, 5 grammy awards, and an oscar) He is also a well-respected music teacher at the Julliard School and CUNY (he still teaches at 84!), and has influenced many composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Here are some examples try to listen to a bit of the all: The Red Violin ( music composed for the movie) spooky music for October! Longer version of "The Red Violin"  Symphony No. 3 (Circus Maximus) the music begins at 8:20 , however the introduction is interesting , listen at 32:30 for the sirens! Fern Hill  this is choral music (performed by a choir) listen around 5:00 for the most exciting part!

Unsuk Chin - 4

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Don't forget to leave a comment! Though she lives in Berlin, Germany Unsuk Chin is originally from Korea  (born in 1961). She taught herself how to play piano and started writing music at a very young age. She says this about the music she creates : "My music is a reflection of my dreams. I try to render into music the visions of immense light and of an incredible magnificence of colours that I see in all my dreams" — Unsuk Chin, 2003   She is a very successful composer and has won many awards:  2004 Grawemeyer Award for her  Violin Concerto , the 2005 Arnold Schoenberg Prize, the 2010 Prince Pierre Foundation Music Award, and the 2017 Wihuri Sibelius Prize.  In October of 2018, she won $200,000.00 and a commission to write new music for the New York Philharmonic orchestra!   Listen to the following examples: Toccata Gougalon  (this is almost 24 minutes long -- you don't need to listen to all of it, but it is very interesting!)          See if you can

William Grant Still - 3

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Don't forget to leave a comment. Born in Mississippi and educated at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, William Grant Still was the first African American composer to have music performed by a major symphony orchestra and the first African American to conduct (lead) a major symphony orchestra (The Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1936). His music has been performed all over the world; is still very popular and his company William Grant Still Music is managed by his family to this day. He also published an opera (Hwy1,USA): Click here to learn more about it! Hwy 1,USA-small the first section audio only Here are some examples of his music: Afro-American Symphony (first Movement) Ennanga Danzas De Panama