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    Adam de la Halle, also known as Adam le Bossu ("Adam the Hunchback') lived from around 1237 to around 1286. He was a poet and composer, born in Arras, France. He was court poet and musician to Robert II of Artois, and followed him to Naples in 1283. He was the originator of French comic opera, with Le Jeu de Robin et de Marion, and the partly autobiographical composition Jeu de la fuell?e (Play of the Greensward). He also wrote poems in mediaeval verse forms.

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    Marvin Hamlisch, American pianist, composer and arranger of popular music. He helped revitalize Ragtime with his musical arrangements in the movie, The Sting

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    1895 - Oscar (Greeley Clendenning) Hammerstein II lived from 1895 until 1960. He was a lyricist and songwriter with Richard Rodgers. Some of their best known musicals are Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, Flower Drum Song and Sound of Music.

         Hammerstein's birthday

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         Read about Rogers and Hammerstein's
                      Pulitzer Prize-winning musical "South Pacific"

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    George Frederick Handel lived between 1685 and 1759. He is considered to be an important baroque composer. Handel had a lot in common with Bach They were both born in Germany, the same year and both were organists and composers. Handel moved to England and spent 40 years there. While he was there he began writing music for the British royal family and he directed and composed operas as director of the Academy of Music.

    "Largo" is a musical term for "very slow" and it is also the title of Handel's most famous single melody. Largo is from an opera called Xerxes about a Persian king with that name and had it's premiere in London in 1738.

    Handel's nickname was "The Thunderbolt", given to him by Mozart because he composed so much music.

    One of Handel's most popular works is The Sarabande from Suite Number 11 since it was made popular in the 1975 Stanley Kubrick movie Barry Lyndon, based on the novel by Thackery. This sarabande is part of a dance suite. Suites such as this were very popular with amateur players during Handel's day.

    He is most famous for the Messiah. This oratorio, composed in 1742, brought the entire baroque tradition to its climax. Handel's enormous work included over 40 operas, about 20 oratorios, cantatas, sacred music, and orchestral, instrumental, and vocal works.

         Read more about Handel's life in the Baroque section

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         Handel's works were played in an Grammy Winning performance, Forty-Second Annual Awards

         News Item about Handel

         Books and CD's by Handel

             Handel for Children

         Listen to Handel's music

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    W. C. Handy was known as the Father of the Blues. His compositions "Memphis Blues" (1912) and "St. Louis Blues" (1914) made the blues popular in the United States.

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    Hanson, Howard

    Howard Hanson lived from 1896 until 1981. He was a composer, conductor, educator; born in Wahoo, Nebrraska. He studied and taught in the U.S.A. before winning the Rome Prize in 1921. He returned from Italy in 1924 to become director of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., remaining there until retirement in 1964. His compositions, including seven symphonies and the opera Merry Mount (1934), typically reflect both his Swedish family background and a conservative, Romantic spirit. He was also an important conductor and promoter of American composers, both conservative and innovative.
         Hanson's birthday

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    Hanson, Raymond

    Raymond Hanson lived from 1913 until 1976. He was a composer and teacher, born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He studied at the New South Wales Conservatory, to which he returned to lecture from 1948 until his death. His Trumpet Concerto is well known, and was one of the first Australian recordings to be released internationally. Other works include operas, a ballet, a symphony, four concertos, chamber music, and film scores.

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    Hanson-Dyer, Louise Berta Mosson

    Louise Berta Mosson Hanson-Dyer lived from 1884 until 1962. She was a music publisher and patron, born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She studied in Edinburgh and at the Royal College of Music, London, and became the centre of Melbourne's musical life, helping establish the British Music Society there in 1921. She established Editions du Oiseau-Lyre, a music-publishing business in Paris in 1927, which set a new standard of music printing, and she became a leader in the revival of early music. Later resident in France, she maintained her links with Australia, and published the works of leading Australian composers. Her considerable Australian estate was left to Melbourne University for music research.

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    Lorenz Hart was born in New York City and lived from 1895 until 1943. He was a lyricist;. He studied journalism and wrote poetry at Columbia University and translated plays for the Shuberts before meeting composer Richard Rodgers in 1918. They collaborated on four songs for Poor Little Ritz Girl (1920) and did their first complete score for The Garrick Gaities (1925).

    During the next 18 years they collaborated on a string of successful Broadway and Hollywood musicals--among them On Your Toes (1936), The Boys from Syracuse (1938), and Pal Joey (1940). Although they created many popular songs, including "With a Song in My Heart" (1929), "Blue Moon" (1934), and "My Funny Valentine" (1937), Hart's show lyrics were distinguished by their clever wordplay, intricate internal rhymes, and often sardonic attitude.

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    Joseph Haydn lived between 1732 and 1809 and was born in Austria. He is considered to be a classical composer. Haydn was born in Rohrau, Austria and is often called the father of the modern symphony. Most of his career was spent conducting an orchestra and composing music for a rich Hungarian family, the Esterházys, who not only maintained a magnificent palace in Eisenstadt, but kept a string quartet and an entire opera company in residence.

    Haydn created the form of the classical symphony and string quartet as we know them today. He became one of the most important figures in the development of Classical music during the eighteenth century.

    Haydn wrote 104 symphonies, more than 40 piano sonatas, over 20 operas, many string quartets, trios, masses and songs.

    The Creation is one of his oratorios and has been compared to Handel's Messiah.

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         First American performance of Haydn's "Surprise Symphony"
    This was only one of Haydn's 125 symphonies, but perhaps his most famous. The Austrian prince, Haydn's boss, had a habit of falling asleep during performances, so Haydn had the orchestra play more and more quietly, then, suddenly, a very loud chord to awaken the prince. This has been an audience favorite ever since.

         Haydn MIDI Section
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         Heifetz's birthday

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    Roy Henderson was a baritone famed for his performances of Frederick Delius' works and a teacher of Kathleen Ferrier. When he died Thursday March 11, 2000, he was 100.

    Henderson learned to sing while serving with the Artists Rifles during World War I.

    He studied at the Royal Academy of Music, and got his first major break in 1925 in a performance of Delius' "Mass of Life," which he sang at short notice at a Royal Philharmonic concert.

    From then on, Henderson was regarded as the ideal Delius baritone. He sang on the first recording of Delius' "Sea Drift" and in the premiere of "Idyll."

    He also performed all the Elgar oratorios and choral works, and sang Count Almaviva in "The Marriage of Figaro" at the 1934 opening night of the Glyndebourne summer opera festival.

    Henderson's last singing performance was on March 29, 1952 in the role of Christus in Bach's "St. Matthew Passion" at Southwark Cathedral, the Anglican cathedral on the south bank of the Thames in London.

    Henderson met Ferrier in 1942,and she later asked Henderson to teach her. She went on to become one of Britain's renowned voices of the century.

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    Hildegard of Bingen

         CD's of Hildegard of Bingen's music

         Hildegard of Bingen: Symphony of the Harmony of Heaven

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    Mildred Hill, born in 1859, American organist and pianist, composer of "Happy Birthday". When it was granted a copywrite in 1893, it's original title was "Goodmorning to All".

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    Paul Hindemith lived from 1895 until 1963. He was a German composer who used many techniques of composition from the 1700's therefore, bringing a neoclassical element to contemporary music.

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    HolstGustav Theodore Holst, English Composer, was born in Cheltenham, England in 1874 and died in London in 1934. He was of the same era as Elgar, but, like Pachelbel, is really only famous for one piece, his Planets' Suite. This is a series of seven "movements", one for each of the non~Earth planets known in Holst's day (i.e., all of the planets but Earth and Pluto). The music reflects the character of the Greco-Roman divinity associated with each planet, with the opening Mars, Bringer of War, being a ferocious, menacing portrait indeed.

    One of the themes to Jupiter was subsequently used as the basis for rather a patriotic hymn (I vow to thee my country), in much the same way as one of Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance marches was turned into Land of Hope and Glory.

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    Vladimir Horowitz Destined to become one of the world?s greatest pianists, Vladimir Horowitz was born in 1903 in Kiev, Russia. While most young children were playing games, Vladimir was playing with the ivories. His time was well spent as he was fully capable of performing publicly by the time he was sixteen.

    Within four years, the young piano virtuoso was entertaining audiences at recitals throughout Leningrad - 23 performances in one year, where he played over 200 different works of music, never repeating a composition. After Leningrad, Horowitz played in concerts in Berlin, Hamburg and Paris.

    In 1928, the Russian pianist traveled to the United States to play with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Arturo Toscanini chose Horowitz to perform his first solo with the New York Philharmonic. It was there that Horowitz met his bride-to-be, Toscanini?s daughter, Wanda. The two were wed in Milan in 1933. New York became Horowitz? permanent home in 1940. He became a U.S. citizen a few years later, devoting the rest of his career to benefit performances, and helping young, aspiring artists.

    His return to the concert stage in May of 1965 was a triumphant success, as was his television recital, Vladimir Horowitz at Carnegie Hall.

    Just three years before his death, Vladimir Horowitz returned to his homeland to perform once again for the Russian people on April 20, 1986. They felt he had been away far too long ... close to sixty years.

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         History of the Piano

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    Paul Horn was born in 1930. He is a composer, jazz musician, playing reeds. SOme of his most famous works are: Green Jelly Beans, Dancing Children, Inside [recorded in Taj Mahal]. His TV documentary was The Story of a Jazz Musician.

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    Alan Hovhaness, (1911 until 2000) was a a prolific composer who melded Western and Asian musical styles.

    Hovhaness wrote more than 400 pieces, including at least nine operas, two ballets, more than 60 symphonies, and more than 100 chamber pieces.

    His works include "Lousadzak" (1944), for piano and orchestra; "Wind Drum" (1962), a music-dance drama; "And God Created the Great Whales" (1970); and "The Way of Jesus" (1974), a folk mass.

    His early compositions were thoroughly Western. But the influences of Eastern musical styles became more evident after he attended Bohuslav Martinu's master class in composition in 1942 at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood.

    Hovhaness was the first Western composer asked to write music for an orchestra comprised entirely of Indian instruments. He served for six months as composer-in-residence at the University of Hawaii and became a composer-in-residence with the Seattle Symphony in 1966.

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    Julia Ward Howe was a U.S. author and lecturer best known for her "Battle Hymn of the Republic." In 1843 she married Samuel Gridley Howe of Boston, reformer and teacher of the blind. The "Battle Hymn", composed to the rhythm of the folksong "John Brown's Body", was first published in The Atlantic Monthly in February 1862.

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         Read about Julia Ward Howe
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    Dr. Hao Huang was a Leonard Bernstein Music scholarship recipient at Harvard University (AB cum laude), a piano scholarship Master's student at the Juilliard School (MM in piano performance), and a Graduate Council Fellow at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (DMA). He has studied with Seymour Bernstein, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Beveridge Webster and Gilbert Kalish. He is currently a piano professor at Scripps College and the Claremont Graduate School, and has taught at the Hochschule fur Musik "Franz Liszt" in Weimar and the School of Music at Converse College.

    adapted from: Dr. Hao Huang

         Read an interview with Dr. Hao Huang

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