YGK Am. Composers American Composers

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Studied piano and composition and study in Europe for some time. Blended classical, folk and jazz idioms. Notable pieces include Appalachian Spring, for which he won the Pulitzer. An Oscar-winning writer of film scores. Aaron Copland
This man blended classical and jazz traditions. Lyrics for his vocal works were often written by brother Ira. Notable works include "Rhapsody in Blue" and "Porgy and Bess". George Gershwin
This Austrian emigrated to the US in 1934. Developed twelve-tone composition. Also composed atonal music, which has no center pitch. Arnold Schoenberg
This minimalist composer was heavily influenced by Indian music. He used solfege(do,re,mi) and numbers instead of the usual notes. His most notable work is "Einstein on the Beach". Philip Glass
This classicist composer is known for his "Adagio for Strings". He was romantically involved with composer Gian-Carlo Menotti. His first opera, "Vanessa", won a Pulitzer, but his second, "Antony and Cleopatra", was a flop. Samuel Barber
This modernist, experimental composer borrowed a great deal from folk songs and earlier compositions. All pieces had distinctly "American" themes. Well known for "Concord" sonata, which depicts leaders in transcendentalism. Charles Ives
This experimentalist composer was probably on acid. His best known piece is "4'33"", where the performer sits silently on stage. Also, he wrote pieces using the Chinese I Ching. John Cage
This minimalist composer often had "American" themes. He is known for his opera "Nixon in China". Also, he received a Pulitzer for "On the Transmigration of Souls", which memorialized the September 11th attacks. John (Coolidge) Adams
Received 8 Tony awards in his time. He was mentored by Oscar Hammerstein II, and was lyricist for West Side Story. He was both composer and lyricist for musicals such as Company, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, and Sunday in the Park with George. Stephen Sondheim
This man gave televised "Young People's Concerts" as director of the New York Philharmonic. Wrote some piano and clarinet, but best known for stage, as with West Side Story. Leonard Bernstein
This man composed such works as "Oh Susanna," "My Old Kentucky Home," "Camptown Races," and others. Stephen Foster
Pianist who composed many ragtime classics such as "Maple Leaf Rag" and "The Entertainer." Scott Joplin
First famous American female composer. Works included "Cabildo." Amy Beach
Composer of marches such as the Washington Post March, the Stars and Stripes Forever, Semper Fidelis, and others. John Philip Sousa
Composer of works such as The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, The Mikado, and others. William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
Composer of "Dixie." Daniel Emnett
Jazz trombonist known for works such as "Moonlight Serenade," and others. Glenn Miller
Soviet-American composer of Gayaneh (Sabre Dance). Aram Khachaturian
Composer of songs such as Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Old Man River, and All the Things You Are. Also composed musicals such as Showboat and Roberta. Jerome Kem
Composer of musicals such as Cats, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Andrew Lloyd-Webber.
Composer of My Fair Lady, Camelot, and Brigadoon. Frederick Loewe
Composer of the Israel Symphony Ernest Bloch
Composer of Four Saints in Three Acts and The Mother of Us All Virgil Thomson
Composer of I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas and Cheek to Cheek Irving Berlin
Composer of Mathis der Maler Paul Hindemith

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