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George Gershwin lived between September 26, 1898 and July 11, 1937. He is considered to be a twentieth century composer.
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Anniversary of Gibbons's death
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anniversary of Gilbert's death
Topsy-Turvey, a movie about Gilbert and Sullivan won an Oscar, Seventy-Second Annual Awards
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Dizzie Gillespie has been credited with being a co~founder (with Charlie Parker) of ‘bebop’ music and wrote many jazz numbers ("Salt Peanuts", "Night in Tunisia"). Gillespie also created the ‘afro~cuban’ sound in jazz music. A few of the disciples who preached Dizzy’s gospel of bebop were Thelonious Monk, Earl ‘Bud’ Powell, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis.
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Phillip Glass was born in 1937. He is considered to be a minimalist composer because his music has less melody and more rocklike rhythm. He is an opera composer whose music has also been played on TV and in the movies. He is ths composer of the current hit, Dracula.
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Reinhold Moritsevich GliŹre lived from 1875 until 1956 and was a Russian composer. A pupil at the Moscow Conservatory of Hrimaly and Taneyev, Arensky, Konyus and Ippolitov-Ivanov, GliŹre continued the romantic Russian tradition, winning immense popularity for his Soviet ballets The Red Poppy and The Bronze Horseman, where he is also able to demonstrate his interest in wider Slavonic musical traditions.
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Mikhail Glinka lived from 1804 until 1857. He was greatly influenced by Russian folk music. Glinka's operas mark the beginning of musical nationalism in Russia and he became known as "The Father of Russian Music".
Christopher Willibald Gluck, 1714 to 1787, was a pioneer reformer of opera. In his operas all the music served the drama, rather than interrupting the action so that singers could only display their voices.
Leopold Godowsky lived from 1870 until 1938. He was born in what was then Poland and was one of the greatest virtuoso pianists of his time, taking American citizenship in 1891. As a composer, he wrote demanding music for the piano, with arrangements and studies that offer considerable technical challenge. His Waltz Masks and music for two pianists give a sample of his style.
Karl Goldmark lived from 1830 until 1915. Hungarian by birth, Karl Goldmark made his principal career in Vienna, after earlier years during which he earned his living as a violinist in theatre orchestras and as a teacher. Largely self-taught as a composer, he had his first success with his String Quartet, Op. 8, in 1860. He joined in the establishment of a Wagner Society in Vienna and gradually assumed a position of great importance in the musical life of the city.
Boris Goldovsky was born in 1908 born in Moscow, Russia. He is a pianist, conductor and opera producer who was trained in Germany. He soloed on piano with the Berlin Philharmonic at the age of 13. In 1930 he came to the U.S.A. to concertize and teach but by the end of the decade he had diverted his talents and energies to producing operas. He ran the opera program at Tanglewood from 1942 until 1962, founded the New England Opera in 1946 and the Goldovsky Opera Institute in 1963. Both the New England Opera and the Goldovsky Opera Institute are Boston-based. In 1977 he became head of the opera department at the Curtis Institute. He was well known to a broad public as a commentator for the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts but to several generations of American opera singers he was known for promoting opera in English and for demanding that singers be truly able to act their roles.
Benny Goodman was essentially the pioneer of swing. The jazz clarinetist and bandleader re-wrote the book on jazz music by speeding up the tempo and placing accents and emphasis on notes between the beats, earning him the nickname "the King of Swing". Not only was he a world-class clarinetist, responsible for reviving the popularity of the instrument, but also an excellent arranger and composer. He was one of the first bandleaders to break the color barrier by hiring black musicians.
Anniversary of Goodman's death
François-Joseph Gossec lived from 1734 until 1829.
Louis Moreau Gottschalk was America's first prodigy. At 6 he played the violin, when he was 12, the piano and always performed his own compositions. He was also America's first idol - women rushed onstage to fight over the white gloves he always wore onstage), the first American international star and the first composer to use Latin-American rhythms in his compositions.Gottschalk's birthday
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Glenn Gould was a Canadian pianist.
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Percy Aldridge Grainger was an Australian-born composer, arranger and pianist. In the course of a long and innovative career he played a prominent role in the revival of interest in British folk music in the early years of the 20th century
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Pope Gregory lived from 590 until 604 and he improved greatly on Bishop Ambrose's chants. Gregorian chants became very popular during his lifetime and are being sold on CD today.
Edvard Hagerup Grieg lived between 1843 and 1907. He is considered to be a romantic composer.
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Ferde Grofé (Ferdinand Rudolph von Grofé) was a composer/arranger who was born in New York City in 1892. He died in 1972. An arranger for Paul Whiteman's "symphonic jazz" orchestra, Grofé orchestrated Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and composed orchestral suites expressing American locales, notably the Grand Canyon Suite (1931). The modern-style orchestra based upon saxophones rather than strings is attributed to him.
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