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Great Composers

Get inside the mind of a composer-- from a popular song, to a Broadway musical, to a symphony, how does a composer write music?

Audio Series
We’re off on a Musical Tour of Europe, where composers were inspired to try their hand at pushing classical music to new limits
Audio Slideshow
Part 1 of the Beethoven Rocks series: Get to know Classical music's biggest star
Video Series
Follow the path of Stephen Schwartz, composer/lyricist of Godspell, Pippin, and Wicked
Series
Discover how history is full of surprising stories of people doing amazing things
Article
A list of ten musical masterpieces to help inspire a love of the classics in your child
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Explore the relationship between history and music with the pieces and activities from the Sounds Historic concert
This Day in the Arts
January 07, 1924: George Gershwin begins work on “Rhapsody in Blue”
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January 27, 1756: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is born in Salzburg, Austria
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February 09, 1867: Johann Strauss II debuts The Blue Danube waltz
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March 01, 1810: Frederick Chopin is born in Zelazowa Wola, Poland
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March 18, 1927: John Kander is born in Kansas City, Missouri
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March 21, 1865: Johann Sebastian Bach is born in Eisenach, Germany
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March 22, 1930 and 1948: Stephen Sondheim is born in New York City; Andrew Lloyd Webber is born in London, England
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April 27, 1810: Beethoven composes Für Elise
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May 07, 1833 and 1840: Johannes Brahms is born in Hamburg, Germany; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is born in Votkinsk, Russia
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June 09, 1891: Cole Porter is born in Peru, Indiana
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June 11, 1864: Richard Strauss is born in Munich, Germany
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June 17, 1882: Igor Stravinsky is born in Oranienbaum, Russia
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July 03, 1878: George Cohan is born in Providence, Rhode Island
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August 25, 1918: Leonard Bernstein is born in Lawrence, Massachusetts
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September 05, 1912: John Cage is born in Los Angeles, California
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October 09, 1835: Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns is born in Paris, France
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October 10, 1813: Giuseppe Verdi is born in Le Roncole, Italy
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November 03, 1933: John Barry is born in York, England
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November 06, 1854: John Philip Sousa is born in Washington, D.C.
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November 16, 1873: W.C. Handy is born in Florence, Alabama
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November 24, 1868: Scott Joplin is born near Texarkana, Texas
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December 16, 1770: Beethoven is born in Bonn, Germany
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December 22, 1858: Giacomo Puccini is born in Lucca, Italy
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