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Composer of the Week: Ludwig van Beethoven

We’re squeezing in one last Fantasia salute before the month ends! Beethoven’s segment of the film truly rocks, so we couldn’t pass this one up. Yay Beethoven and yay Fantasia! b. December 16, 1770 in Bonn, Germany d. March 26, 1827 in Vienna, Austria Ludwig van Beethoven was regarded as the most important composer in the transition between the Classical and Romantic period of music and is also thought to be the most important composer

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Composer of the Week: Paul Dukas

Paul Dukas wrote the iconic and amazing work The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. As we continue our salute to Disney’s Fantasia, he is our Composer of the Week! b. Oct 1, 1865 in Paris d. May 17, 1935 in Paris Paul Dukas studied piano as a child but was not particularly talented. Upon falling ill at age 14, Dukas began composing. He subsequently began studying formally at a conservatory, where he learned about orchestration and conducting in

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Composer of the Week: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

We continue our salute to Disney’s Fantasia with the ever-fabulous Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. With so many amazing works in his repertoire, how could we not love him? b. May 7, 1840 in Votkinsk, Russia d. November 6, 1893 in St. Petersburg, Russia Tchaikovsky began studying piano at age five and went on to train to work as a civil servant. Against his family’s wishes he discontinued his studies and entered the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Despite

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Composer of the Week: J.S. Bach

In honor of Fantasia‘s upcoming 70th anniversary, we’re giving a shout out to composers featured in the film all month long. Take it away, J.S. Bach! b. March 21, 1685 in Eisenach, Germany d. July 28, 1750 in Leipzig, Germany J.S. Bach was — and is — famous for his organ works, choral works and sacred compositions. His music remains a staple in performed music literature as well as musical study for almost every musician

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