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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (Russian Composer) Known for his work Composition Capriccio Espagauol known as the Russian Easter Festival. He is considered the architect of the Russian Style of Composition. He mainly uses Russian themes and fairytales and folklore as his subject matter when composing. His style influences not only the Russian's but the French, English, German and American composers as well.
[CD] George Gershwin (1898 - 1937)
George Gershwin was an American composer, whose compositions mark the entrance of America into the serious international classical music world. His musicals and popular songs are among the finest in those genres, and his art-music compositions are infused with jazz and popular music.
Symphony Hall in Boston, MA is considered the best concert hall in the entire world. It was built in 1900 using the principals of an Assistant Professor of Acoustics from Harvard & has never been equalled. It can house 2600 people and has what is considered the best organ in the world, w/ 4000 pipes. To preserve the sound quality, repairs are done using the same materials & even hand cut, hand forged nails & wool insulation. The chairs are original. Conductors around the world praise the hall.
Leonard Bernstein August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the United States of America to receive worldwide acclaim. According to The New York Times, he was "one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history." He is quite possibly the conductor whose name is best known to the public in general, especially the American public.
Maria Callas, Commendatore OMRI (Dec 2, 1923 – Sept 16, 1977) was an American-born Greek soprano and one of the most renowned opera singers of the 20th century. She combined an impressive bel canto technique, a wide-ranging voice and great dramatic gifts. An extremely versatile singer, her repertoire ranged from classical opera seria to the bel canto operas of Donizetti, Bellini and Rossini; further, the works of Verdi and Puccini; and, in her early career, hailed as La Divina.
Florence Price (née Smith) is considered the first black woman in the United States to be recognized as a symphonic composer. Even though her training was steeped in European tradition, Price’s music consists of mostly the American idiom and reveals her Southern roots. Her mother, a soprano and pianist, carefully guided her early musical training, and at age fourteen, she enrolled in the New England Conservatory of Music with a major in piano and organ.
Enrico Caruso (February 25, 1873 – August 2, 1921) was an Italian tenor. He sang to great acclaim at the major opera houses of Europe and North and South America, appearing in a wide variety of roles from the Italian and French repertoires that ranged from the lyric to the dramatic. Caruso also made approximately 290 commercially released recordings from 1902 to 1920. Caruso's 1904 recording of Vesti la giubba was the first sound recording to sell a million copies.