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Unsuk Chin - 4

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!) Violin Concerto  (this is only part of the first section,

William Grant Still - 3

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. Here are some examples of his music: Afro-American Symphony (first Movement) Ennanga Danzas De Panama

Clara Schumann-2

During her lifetime (1819-1896), Clara Schumann was known as a concert pianist--in fact, she was considered one of the greatest pianists of her day! As a child, she gave her first public performance at age eight, and at the age of eleven, she toured all over Europe. Since she performed the music of other composers, her own compositions were not often performed during her lifetime. Today, Schumann's  music is very well known, and now you know her music too! Here are a few examples: Scherzo in C minor Trio (music for violin, cello, and piano) Piano Concerto in A minor (this is a lengthy selection- the first few minutes will give you  a taste)