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a celebration of the wide world of classical composers

illustrated by David Lee Csicsko
with text by Nicholas Csicsko and Emi Ferguson
foreword by Jamie Bernstein // introduction by LaRob K. Rafael
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Iconic Composers

out June 13th!

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Hildegard von Bingen 1098-1179 

Guillaume de Machaut 1300-1377

Claudio Monteverdi 1567-1643

Barbara Strozzi 1619-1677

Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre 1665-1729

Antonio Vivaldi 1678-1741

George Frideric Handel 1685-1759

Johann Sebastian Bach 1685-1750

Ignatius Sancho 1729-1780

Joseph Haydn 1732-1809

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges 1745-1799

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756-1791

Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827

Franz Schubert 1797-1828

Clara & Robert Schumann C: 1819-1896 R: 1810-1856

Giuseppe Verdi 1813-1901

Johannes Brahms 1833-1897

Lili‘uokalani 1838-1917

Chiquinha Gonzaga 1847-1935

Gustav Mahler 1860-1911

Erik Satie 1866-1925

Claude Debussy 1862-1918

Harry T. Burleigh 1866-1949

Scott Joplin 1868-1917

Arnold Schoenberg 1874-1951

Maurice Ravel 1875-1937

Samuel Coleridge Taylor 1875-1912

Igor Stravinsky 1882-1971

Florence Price 1887-1953

Lili & Nadia Boulanger L: 1893-1918 N: 1887-1979

William Grant Still 1895-1978

Shirley Graham Du Bois 1896-1977

George Gershwin 1898-1937

John Cage 1912-1992

Leonard Bernstein 1918-1990

Galina Ustvolskaya 1919-2006

Astor Piazzolla 1921-1992

George Crumb 1929-2022

Tōru Takemitsu 1930-1996

Young-ja Lee 1931- 

Louis W. Ballard 1931-2007

John Williams 1932- 

Pauline Oliveros 1932-2016

Arvo Pärt 1935-

Philip Glass 1937-

Roscoe Mitchell 1940-

Julius Eastman 1940-1990

Meredith Monk 1942-

Tania León 1943-

Nobuo Uematsu 1959-

featuring

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go on a journey through the music of the 50 iconic composers!

Hildegard von Bingen

1098-1179

Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre

1665-1729

Ignatius Sancho

1729-1780

Ludwig van Beethoven

1770-1827

Clara Schumann

1819-1896

Gustav Mahler

1860-1911

Scott Joplin

1868-1917

Igor Stravinsky

1882-1971

William Grant Still

1895-1978

Leonard Bernstein

1918-1990

Tōru Takemitsu

1930-1996

John Williams

1932- 

Julius Eastman

1940-1990

Guillaume de Machaut

1300-1377

Antonio Vivaldi

1678-1741

Joseph Haydn

1732-1809

Franz Schubert

1797-1828

Johannes Brahms

1833-1897

Claude Debussy

1862-1918

Arnold Schoenberg

1874-1951

Florence Price

1887-1953

Shirley Graham Du Bois

1896-1977

Galina Ustvolskaya

1919-2006

Louis W. Ballard

1931-2007

Arvo Pärt

1935-

Meredith Monk

1942-

Claudio Monteverdi

1567-1643

Johann Sebastian Bach

1685-1750

Joseph Bologne

1745-1799

Robert Schumann

1810-1856

Lili‘uokalani

1838-1917

Erik Satie

1866-1925

Samuel Coleridge Taylor

1875-1912

Nadia Boulanger

1887-1979

George Gershwin

1898-1937

Astor Piazzolla

1921-1992

Young-ja Lee

1931- 

Philip Glass

1937-

Tania León

1943-

Barbara Strozzi

1619-1677

George Frideric Handel

1685-1759

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

1756-1791

Giuseppe Verdi

1813-1901

Chiquinha Gonzaga

1847-1935

Harry T. Burleigh

1866-1949

Maurice Ravel

1875-1937

Lili Boulanger

1893-1918

John Cage

1912-1992

George Crumb

1929-2022

Pauline Oliveros

1932-2016

Roscoe Mitchell

1940-

Nobuo Uematsu

1959-

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Last Name
First Name
Birth Year
Death Year
Country
Leonarda
Isabella
1620
1704
Italy
Telemann
Georg Philipp
1681
1767
Germany
Rameau
Jean-Philippe
1683
1764
France
Paganini
Niccolò
1782
1840
Italy
Farrenc
Louise
1804
1875
France
Chopin
Frederic
1810
1849
Poland
Wagner
Richard
1813
1883
Germany
Saint-Saens
Camille
1835
1921
France
Saint-Saens
Camille
1835
1921
France
Tchaikovsky
Pyotr
1840
1893
Russia
Blake
Eubie
1887
1983
USA
Bonds
Margaret
1913
1972
USA
Ligeti
György
1923
2006
Hungary
Boulez
Pierre
1925
2016
France
Wuorinen
Charles
1938
2020
USA
Sakamoto
Ryuichi
1952
2023
Japan
Ortiz
Gabriela
1964
Mexico
Hersch
Michael
1971
USA
Balter
Marcos
1974
Brasil / USA
Rhiannon
Giddens
1977
USA
Shaw
Caroline
1982
USA
Iannotta
Clara
1983
Italy
Aucoin
Matthew
1990
USA

become a composer!

anyone can be a composer! here are a few ways to start....

write

sing

dream

listen

imagine

improvise

collaborate

you can make music with anything!

experiment

Flower Vase

with flowerpots

Rocks

with stones

Organic Vegetables

with vegetables

Concrete Wall

with silence

Accessories

you can make music with anything!

glossary

arrangements 

english

a musical arrangement is when someone adapts an existing piece of music to suit the instruments they have on hand. for example, J.S. Bach took Vivaldi's "Concerto in B Minor" for 4 violins, and arranged it for 4 harpsichords in the key of A minor.

art song

english

an original piece of music for voice and piano, usually under 10 minutes in length

bandoneon

spanish

a bandoneon is an accordion-like instrument, developed first in Germany, but now associated with the country of Argentina where it is used widely in Tango music

belle époque

french

1871-1914 France

cantata(s)

italian

a piece of music for voice(s) and instruments

chamber ensembles 

english / french

a group of musicians, usually between 2-10 players. a string quartet, woodwind quintet, brass quintet, and a trio, are all examples of chamber ensembles that play “chamber music”

chamber music 

english

music composed for a group of roughly 2-10 instrumentalists

composer 

english

a person who creates music.

composition 

english