Posts Tagged "contemporary classical"


This Day In Music History: 1899 – Francis Poulenc is Born

Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc (7 January 1899 – 30 January 1963) was a French composer and pianist. His compositions are essentially diatonic. His works include mélodies, solo piano works, chamber music, choral pieces, operas, ballets, and orchestral concert music. Among the best-known are the piano suite Trois mouvements…

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This Week in Music History: 1918 Leonard Bernstein is born

Leonard Bernstein (1918 – 1990) was an American composer, conductor and pianist. Grammy and Tony award winner best known for the musical West Side Story. Bernstein was an eclectic composer whose music fused elements of jazz, Jewish music, theatre music…

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Ron Grainer

This Day in Music History: 1922, Composer Ron Grainer, is born.

Born in Athnerton, Queensland, Australia, to his father Ronald, and mother Margaret, who was an amateur pianist. Barely the age of four Ron began piano lessons with his mother and was encouraged to learn the violin. As he progressed he…

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