It was a freezing January day in the city of Archangelsk, Russia. A man by the name of Dmitri Shostakovich picked up the newest issue of Pravda from the newsstands, which were unusually busy today. “Wow, this is really harsh!” “Are Pravda’s expectations THAT high?” people whispered to one another. After reading it briefly, Shostakovich flew into a fit of frustration and rage. This paper called his music “degenerate and decadent” (Stevens)! There is no way that Pravda would trash his music as badly as this. In fact, the article was written under orders by an upset Josef Stalin. These two Russian titans impacted Russia’s culture between 1930 and 1950. They absolutely hated each other! The tension between the two radiated throughout Shostakovich’s music and Stalin’s iron-fisted attitude towards his symphonies. Stalin manipulated composers to the point of suicide for defying his wishes, and he was not afraid to do that to Shostakovich. Somehow, Shostakovich dared to resist Stalin’s evil ways and went on to become a “brilliant and internationally famous composer.
Dmitri Shostakovich, born on September 25, 1905, started taking piano lessons from his mother at the age of nine after he showed interest in a string quartet that practiced next door. He entered the Petrograd (formerly St. Petersburg, later Leningrad) Conservatory in 1919, where he studied the piano with Leonid Nikolayev until 1923 and composition until 1925 with Aleksandr Glazunov and Maksimilian Steinberg. He participated in the Chopin International Competition for Pianists in Warsaw in 1927 and received an honorable mention, after which he decided to limit his public performances to his own works to separate himself from the virtuoso pianists.
Prior to the competition, he had had a far greater success as a composer with the First Symphony (1924-25), which quickly achieved worldwide recognition.
Some of the most well known composers came to be in the in the classical music period. Ludwig van Beethoven was one of the composers, along with other greats of the time like Haydn and Mozart, which helped to create a new type of music. This new music had full rich sounds created by the new construction of the symphony orchestra.
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One of the most influencial composers of the 1920’s was George Gershwin.
Gershwin was the most celebrated and wealthiest American composers of the 1920’s. In
this paper I will discuss Gershwin’s life as a child and his upbringing and how his music
expressed the dreams of every American Citizen by mixing different styles of music like
Jewish, black, jazz, classical, blues and put them into one genre and created absolute
George Gershwin was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 26, 1898. As the
son of immigrant parents, Georges father had many jobs, so they were forced to live in
The brilliant composer Clara Schumann was born as Clara Josephine Wieck on 13 September 1819. Even before her birth, her destiny was to become a famous musician. Her father, Friedrich Wieck, was a piano teacher and music dealer, while her mother, Marianne Wieck, was a soprano and a concert pianist and her family was very musically gifted. Her father, Friedrich, wanted to prove to the world that his teaching methods could produce a famous pianist, so he decided, before Clara’s birth, that she would become that pianist. Clara’s father’s wish came true, as his daughter ended up becoming a child prodigy and one of the most famous female composers of her time.
Ludwig Van Beethoven
It was not possible for me to say: speak louder, shout, because I am deaf. Alas, how would it be possible for me to admit to a weakness of the one sense that should be perfect to a higher degree in me than in others, the one sense which I once possessed in the highest perfection, a perfection that few others of my profession have ever possessed. No, I cannot do it." These words are taken from the "Heiligenstadt Testament," a document Beethoven wrote to his brothers in 1802. As it indicates, although Beethoven had experienced hearing problems for several years, he generally kept these troubles a secret.
Ludwig van Beethoven was, and remains today, an Olympian
figure in the history of classical music. His influence on the
last 150 years of music is unequalled; while generaly a
member of the Classicist fold, he was in fact the first
Romantic, and pre-figured virtually all music that followed the
Romantic era as well. Perhaps no other composer in history
wrote music of such exhilarating power and expressiveness;
certainly no other composer did so against greater odds.
Beethoven was born in Bonn in 1770. His father, a music
enthusiast, dreamed of molding his son into the next Mozart.
Thesis: To persuade the audience on the legalization of Marijuana. A hot topic in America today is the legalization of recreational use of marijuana. Why is marijuana illegal? It doesn’t harm your body the same way as meth or goes through the process to be made like crack-cocaine or ecstasy. Truth is marijuana wasn’t banned for any of those reasons; marijuana was actually outlawed due to racism.
According to professor Vladimir Nabokov, one of the most important qualities of a good reader is having an imagination (Nabokov 3). This is a quality is not only useful for readers, but also for those who are involved with publications, such as my involvement with yearbook. The yearbook programs is such that you are assigned a specific topic, whether it be sports or activities, and based off the research and information gathered, the writer compiles three different components to tell the story of that specific assignment. Through this structure the writer has to be creative and imagine what their topic should be, and how to structure the story based on this. Although this was my role of the staff last year, this year I am a design editor, a