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Sergei Prokofiev-16-This is the last composer we will study this year

       Sergei Prokofiev is one of the most well-known composers of the 20th century. He was born in Ukraine when it was a part of the Russian Empire in 1891. From the day he was born, he listened to his mother play the piano, and at age five he composed his first Sonata. By age nine he wrote his first large-scale composition, an Opera called "The Giant". He wrote his first symphony at the age of eleven. He went on to compose "Peter and The Wolf", and the ballet "Romeo and Juliet". By the end of his life, he had written seven symphonies, seven operas, five piano concertos, and numerous other works. His music is wildly popular around the world. Try to listen to a bit of each example. Mr. Montague plays one of his Sonatas! Piano Concerto No. 3-listen to the first five minutes you will not be disappointed. Dance from "Romeo and Juliet" Peter and The Wolf Seventh Piano Sonata- Mr. Montague's favorite! If you comm

Unsuk Chin - 15

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