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Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Manuel de Falla, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Spanish Composer Manuel de Falla was born in 1876, moved to Argentina following the Spanish Civil War, and died in 1946.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Giles Farnaby, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English Renaissance composer Giles Farnaby (c.1565-1640), an Oxford graduate, wrote Psalms, motets, and canzonets but is most known for his virginal music.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Robert Farnon, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English light music composer Robert Farnon (1917-) was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His music was heard on Canadian radio during his teens. During World War Two, he worked with touring orchestras before Allied troops, then taking his discharge and settling in England. He remained there, working in film and theater as well as other fields. His brother Dennis also became a composer.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Louise Farrenc, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
French Romantic composer Louise Farrenc lived from 1804-1875. She composed piano, chamber, and orchestral music.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Johann Friedrich Fasch, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1688-1758)
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Gabriel Fauré, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
French composer Gabriel Fauré was born in 1845 and died in 1924. While moving from Romantic to Impressionist and Modern sensibilities, he stayed in touch with music's past. His students as professor of composition, and later director, at the Paris Conservatoire included Ravel, Koechlin, Enesco, Vuillermoz, and Boulange.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Morton Feldman, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
He was born in New York City and lived from 1926 to 1987. In 1949 the most significant meeting up to that time took place - Feldman met John Cage, commencing an artistic association of crucial importance to music in America in the 1950s. His philosophy: "My whole generation was hung up on the 20 to 25 minute piece. It was our clock. We all got to know it, and how to handle it. As soon as you leave the 20-25 minute piece behind, in a one-movement work, different problems arise. Up to one hour you think about form, but after an hour and a half it's scale. Form is easy - just the division of things into parts. But scale is another matter. You have to have control of the piece - it requires a heightened kind of concentration. Before, my pieces were like objects; now, they're like evolving things."
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Eric Fenby, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Englishman Eric Fenby (1906-1997), although a quality composer in his own right, gained most of his fame by acting as amanuensis for Frederick Delius during the final five or six years of Delius' life. He wrote a book about the experience and co-wrote with Ken Russell the teleplay for a BBC documentary on the same subject.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Brian Ferneyhough, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer Brian Ferneyhough was born in 1943. He also taught music and composition at various European academies and universities and became Professor of Music at University of California, San Diego in 1987.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Alfonso Ferrabosco II, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
The (possibly illegitimate) son of the original Alfonso, this English composer, lutenist, and singer received royal appointments and pensions from James I and Charles I. Three sons were musicians; two also became composers.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Zdenêk Fibich, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1850-1900) Together with B. Smetana and A. Dvorak is the most significant Czech composer of the late nineteenth century.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of John Field, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Irish early Romantic piano composer John Field was born in 1782 and died in 1837. He receives credit as the inventor of the nocturne, a form later developed by Chopin and others.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Adriana Figueroa, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Adriana Figueroa was born in Argentina in 1966.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Anton Fils, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1733-1760) He was a cellist in the famous Mannheim orchestra. He composed more than 40 symphonies.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Vivian Fine, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1913-2000) An extraordinary composer whose youngest works were experimental and atonal and whose whose works in her 20's became more traditional and tonal. Once again, after World War II, her more adventurous, atonal structures began to appear.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Myron Fink, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer Myron Fink was born in Chicago in 1932. He studied at the Eastman and Julliard Schools of Music. He received bachelors and masters of music degrees from the University of Illinois and studied at the Staats-Akademie der Musik in Vienna through a Fulbright Scholarship. His most noted work may be the opera The Conquistador.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Ross Lee Finney, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1906-1997) He studied with Nadia Boulanger and Alban Berg in Europe and with Roger Sessions in the USA. He had both Guggenheim and Pulitzer fellowships as well as many commissions. He taught at the University of Michigan and his students included William Albright, George Crumb, and Roger Reynolds.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Gerald Finzi, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer Gerald Finzi was born in 1901 and died of Hodgkin's Disease in 1956.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Friedrich Flotow, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
German Romantic period composer Friedrich Flotow (1812-1883) came from a noble family. He studied at Paris Conservatoire and embarked on a compositional career most defined by his operas. Of these, Martha, oder Der Markt zu Richmond was most popular and it remained part of the repertoire, both as a production and in individual arias.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Josef Bohuslav Foester, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1859-1951)
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Cynthia Folio, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer, teacher, and flutist Cynthia Folio (1954-) did her graduate work at the Eastman School. She became associate professor and chair of music theory at Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music in 1990.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Lucas Foss, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Born in Berlin in 1922, Lucas Foss came to the United States in 1937 to study at the Curtis Institute of Music from which he graduated with honors at age 18. He has composed works in many different styles from avant-garde to neiclassical. As a conductor he has served as Music Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Milwaukee Symphony as well as being guest conductor for many of the world's major orchestras.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Stephen Collins Foster, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1826-1864), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Composer of such well-known songs as "Old Folks at Home," "Old Black Joe," "Old Kentucky Home," and "Oh Susannah," he died a pauper in New York City.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of John Foulds, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer John Herbert Foulds (1880-1939) was strongly influenced by the music of India. A commemoration of the World War One dead, A World Requiem, remains his best-known work.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of César Franck, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
French Romantic composer and organist César Franck was born in 1822 and died in 1890. Compositions include orchestral, sacred, chamber, organ and piano works.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Franco of Cologne, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Medieval composer Franco of Cologne (c.1240-c.1280) not only wrote music, he also helped standardize rhythm and tone in his Ars cantus mensurabilis, setting him among the early theorists in western music.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Girolamo Frescobaldi, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian Baroque composer and virtuoso organist Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643) influenced later composers and artists with his ideas on counterpoint. His collection of organ works, Fiori Musicale, still receives attention from organists.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Hugo Friedhofer, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Of the pioneers of Hollywood film music, Hugo Friedhofer (1901-1981) is probably the least-remembered. Yet during his life, his peers considered him among the best---perhaps the dean of movie music. One reason he may be lost in the shuffle is that he spent years orchestrating the music of others. Another may be that his music, while substantial and in tune with the films for which it was written, lacked a certain "pop" element. Yet what would An Affair to Remember or The Best Years of Our Lives be without his compositions? And who knows how Casablanca or Gone with the Wind, for example, would have been received without his orchestration.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Johann Jacob Froberger, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1616-1667) German organist and composer.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Robert Fuchs, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Robert Fuchs (1847-1927) of Austria was known and remembered more as a teacher than as a composer of the Romantic period. This is due to the number of successful artists who studied under himl. Among these were Mahler, Korngold, Richard Strauss, Hugo Wolf, Zemlinsky, and Sibelius. Yet Fuchs also wrote symphonies, serenades, operas, and other works.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Ellen Fullman, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Born in 1957 in Memphis, Tennessee, she is the inventor of the Long String Instrument. The strings are 54 feet long.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Karsten Fundal, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Danish composer Karsten Fundal was born in 1966.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Warren Furman, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Danish composer, 1950-
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Charles Fussell, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer Charles Fussell (1938-) wrote in a variety of genres including five symphonies and the operas Caligula and The Astronaut's Tale.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Johann Joseph Fux, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Austrian composer and musicologist Johann Joseph Fux (1660-1741) wrote secular and sacred music, including operas, masses, Psalms, requiems, and instrumental pieces. He was an accomplished organist and became imperial composer and musical director of the imperial court. Yet for all his other abilities, Fux is most remembered for his Gradus ad Parnassum, a theoretical work on counterpoint that influenced Bach, Haydn, and Beethoven, among others.
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