Famous Composers

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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Composer

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Early Life as a Musician I was born on March 6, 1844, in Tikhvin, Russia. Unlike other composers of my time, my family was not artistically inclined. Both of my parents played the piano. My mother was more accomplished than my father in that regard. All in all, we were a family that …

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Camille Saint-Saëns, Composer

Early Life of Camille Saint-Saëns: A Young Prodigy  I was born in Paris on October 9, 1835. From a very young age, I displayed inordinate musical talent, debuting at only ten years old at the Salle Pleyel in Paris.   My father died of consumption [tuberculosis] when I was very young, and I was sent away …

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Maurice Ravel, Composer

Maurice Ravel Growing Up and the Beginning of a Musical Life  I was born March 8, 1875, in the Basque town of Ciboure in France, near Biarritz,  into a talented family. My father, Pierre-Joseph Ravel, was a clever engineer and manufacturer and while my mother did not work, his fruitful career provided for us all. …

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Edvard Grieg, Composer

Edvard Grieg’s Early Childhood and Musical Inclination I was born in Bergen, Norway, in June, 1843. My family was rather musically inclined, with my mother being a music teacher and the daughter of Edvard Hagerup, for whom I was named after. My father worked as a merchant and consul in Bergen, but he, too, enjoyed …

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Claude Debussy, Composer

Claude Debussy, Composer Claude Debussy is perhaps the most influential French composer in western music. His influence was prominently felt for composers who were contemporaries and in the decades to follow. Debussy’s music continues to be influential in our time for 21st century composers. Musicians and audiences alike are swept away by the beauty, color …

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