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Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Ami Maayani, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Israeli composer Ami Maayani (1936-) has written a variety of stage, instrumental, and vocal works, including a large body of harp pieces.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Hamish MacCunn, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Scottish composer Hamish MacCunn (1868-1916) was also a conductor and a teacher at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music. His most remembered work is likely the overture Land of the Mountain and the Flood.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Edward Alexander MacDowell, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Edward Alexander MacDowell (1860-1908) was an American composer, virtuoso pianist, and intellectual. Proud of his Scots Protestant heritage, he changed his family name from McDowell back to that of his great-grandfather. It appears that the rest of his family, including his parents, did the same. His wife kept his memory alive in an artists' colony through which passed Edward Arlington Robinson, Thornton Wilder, Mrs. H. H. A. Beach, Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson, Leonard Bernstein, Doris Grumbach, Louise Talma, Roy Harris, and others.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Thomas Mace, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer Thomas Mace (1612?-1706?) wrote a defense of English music over the French style favored by Charles II in th 1676 tome Musick's Monument.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of José Maceda, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Filipino composer José Maceda (1917-2004) was also an accomplished pianist and a noted ethnomusicologist.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of George Macfarren, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer George Alexander Macfarren (1813-1887) wrote operas, songs, hymns, and instrumental music and was also an author and editor. He was knighted in 1883, twenty-three years after going blind.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Walter Macfarren, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer Walter Cecil Macfarren (1826-1905) wrote works for piano and voice, taught piano, and was a music critic.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Guillaume de Machaut, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Medieval French composer Guillaume de Machaut (1300-1377) was probably educated in Reims, and served various members of the French high nobility. He is known for his motets and songs, and was an important figure of the French Ars Nova.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Alexander Mackenzie, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Scottish composer and conductor Alexander Campbell Mackenzie (1847-1935) was also an accomplished violinist. His oratorio The Rose of Sharon contributed to his lasting fame.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Ernest MacMillan, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Canadian composer, conductor, and organist Ernest Alexander Campbell MacMillan (1893-1973) helped define Canadian music for much of the 20th Century.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of James MacMillan, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Scottish composer James MacMillan (1959-) includes energy, emotion, religion, and his native land's folk music in his works.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Elizabeth Maconchy, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Anglo-Irish composer Elizabeth Maconchy may be one of the most underrated string composers the British Isles have ever produced. Coming from a non-musical family, she demonstrated compositional skills early in life. A adult bout with tuberculosis and the enforced isolation provided opportunity for her to develop an individual voice. Aside from strings, she wrote operas, vocal works, and various instrumental and orchestral pieces.

Maconchy's daughter Nicola LeFanu followed in her mother's compositional footsteps.

Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Giovanni de Macque, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1559-1614) Flemish composer who took residence in Italy. As a musician he played the organ and was known for his teaching. His compositions included madrigals, motets, chansons, ricercares, canzones, and a number of keyboard settings.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Bruno Maderna, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian composer Bruno Maderna (1920-1973) was a prodigy as violinist and conductor before studying composition. He championed new music even as his own style grew more modern.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Osmar Maderna, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Argentinian composer Osmar Héctor Maderna (1918-1951) specialized in his nation's dance music and was called "The Chopin of the Tango."
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Leevi Madetoja, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Finnish composer Leevi Antti Madetoja (1887-1947) carried nationalist romanticism into the 20th Century while also synthesizing much of the newer French music into his works. His teachers included Sibelius and D'Indy. He taught, held administrative positions, wrote and provided music criticism for newspapers, and conducted as well as writing music in a number of genres, including opera, choral, and symphonic.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Jan Maegaard, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Danish composer Jan Carl Christian Maegaard (1926-) was strongly influenced by Schoenberg, who he also studied extensively as a music theorist. The majority of his works are vocal.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Pieter Maessens, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Franco-Flemish composer Pieter Maessens (c. 1505-1563) was first a soldier and then a priest before embarking on his musical career.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Frederik Magle, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Danish composer, organist, and pianist Frederik Magle (1977-) began composing when only five years old. He has written a variety of secular and sacred pieces for instrument and voice, from the Symphonic LEGO Fantasy to the Christmas cantata A Newborn Child, Before Eternity, God, as well as one opera, Der Die Das.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Albéric Magnard, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
French composer Lucien Denis Gabriel Albéric Magnard (1865-1914) wrote mainly orchestral, operatic, and chamber works.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Alma Schindler Mahler, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Austrian composer Alma Schindler (1879-1964) composed Lieder and instrumental works as well as beginning an opera before marrying Gustav Mahler in 1902. He resisted her continuing in this area, insisting that he be the composer and she be his support. After his death, she had an affair with the painter Oskar Kokoschka and married twice, first to the architect Walter Gropius and then to the writer Franz Werfel.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Gustav Mahler, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Austrian composer and conductor Gustav Mahler was born into a poor Jewish family in the town of Kali?te in Bohemia. Mahler?s considerable musical talents, which he employed both as composer and conductor, were surpassed only by his ambition. From conductor of the court opera he rose to become its artistic director. He was also director of the Vienna Philharmonic 1898-1901, conductor of the Metropolitan Opera in New York from 1907, and starting in 1909 musical director of the New York Philharmonic Society as well. As a conductor, Mahler was faithful to the score; as a composer, he moved from lied to symphony, developing his own style, employing soloists and chorus, and breaking from what was conventional in instrumental. Mahler who died in 1911 in Vienna.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Michael Maier, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1558-1622?) writer, diplomat, physician, poet, classical scholar, alchemist and Rosicrucian apologist, was born at Rendsburg, educated at the University of Rostock, and later received his doctorate of medicine at Basel.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Jan Maklakiewicz, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Polish composer Jan Adam Maklakiewicz (1889-1954) followed the newer, experimental styles during his early career but later reverted to a simpler style and spent much of his later years writing Masses and other church music.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Artur Malawski, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Polish composer Artur Malawski (1904-1957) studied under Sikorski and was influenced by Szymanowski.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Ivo Malec, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Slovak composer and conductor Ivo Malec (1925-) was among the first Yugoslavs to gain international renown for his compositions.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Gian Francesco Malipiero, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian composer Gian Francesco Malipiero (1882-1973) produced a considerable body of original works, including symphonic, vocal, piano, and operatic. He was also a conductor and accomplished violinist and a musicologist who produced editions of Monteverdi and Vivaldi.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Otto Malling, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Danish composer Otto Valdemar Malling (1848-1915) wrote many organ works along with orchestral and other pieces. He was also a teacher and an organist in several Copenhagen churches.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Cristofano Malvezzi, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian composer Cristofano Malvezzi (1547-1599) worked for the Medici family, was canon and organist of several Florentine churches, and wrote madrigals and instrumental music.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Nicos Mamangakis, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Greek composer Nicos Mamangakis (1929-) studied under Orff and Genzmer. Among his works are a number of film scores.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Pierre de Manchicourt, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Franco-Flemish composer Pierre de Manchicourt (c. 1510-1564) rose from choirboy to choir director and, finally, master of Philip II's Flemish chapel in Madrid. His primary works are motets, Masses, and chansons.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Luigi Mancinelli, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian conductor and composer Luigi Mancinelli (1848-1921) championed classic German operas and demanded fidelity to the score. His own works were a mixed lot, never truly exceeding the early promise of Cleopatra and the opera Isora di Provenza.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Francesco Mancini, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1672-1737) Italian organist and composer. Mancini is typically Neapolitan. His concertos are imbued with the kind of pungent harmonic shifts which made early eighteenth-century Neapolitan opera sound so dramatic.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Henry Mancini, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Enrico Nicola "Henry" Mancini (1924-1994) - American composer of film scores. Films include 'The Glen Miller Story', 'The Benny Goodman Story', 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' (with the unforgettable 'Moon River'), and 'Days of Wine and Roses'.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Francesco Onofrio Manfredini, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1684-1762) Italian violinist and composer. He became the head of music at St. Philip's Cathedral in Pistoia in 1727, where he remained until his death in 1762. As a composer he left very little, with just 43 published works and a handful of manuscripts.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Vincenzo Manfredini, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian composer Vincenzo Manfredini (1737-1799), son of Francesco, spent much of his time in Russia in the Tsar's court. His works cover a variety of genres.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Marcelle de Manziarly, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
French-born of Russian and American parentage, Marcelle de Manziarly (1899-1989) was a composer and a renowned pianist.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Giacomo Manzoni, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian composer Giacomo Manzoni (1932-) includes opera and electronic music among his chosen genres.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Marin Marais, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Spending most of his life in service to French King Louis XIV, Marin Marais (1656-1728) was one of the premier bass viola da gamba players of the Baroque Period and a respected composer. Of his compositions, the viol pieces stand out, since he composed more than 550 of them. His Pieces en trio are credited as the introduction of the trio sonata to France.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Alessandro Marcello, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1684-1750) Venetian composer. Marcello did not publish many works but his "Oboe Concerto in D-mol" was his best known composition probably because it was transcribed by J.S. Bach for the keyboard.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Benedetto Marcello, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
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Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Marchetto da Padova, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian composer and theorist Marchetto da Padova (b. 1274?; fl. 1305-26) is best known for his treatises Lucidarium and Pomerium.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Luca Marenzio, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian composer Luca Marenzio (1553-1599) wrote a large number of madrigals plus many motets and villanellas.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Angelo Mariani, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian composer Angelo Maurizio Gaspare Mariani (1821-1873) received greater fame as a conductor and musical director who introduced and promoted some of the 19th Century's greatest operas and composers.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Pierre Mariétan, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Swiss composer Pierre Mariétan (1935-) went from a Boulez-inspired style to guided improvisation.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Biagio Marini, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian composer Biagio Marini (c. 1587-1663) was a violinist and contributed to the development of the instrument and the sonata form.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Carlo Marino, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian Carlo Antonio Marino (c. 1670-c. 1717) was an accomplished violinist and cellist. Much of his extant music features these two instruments.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Gino Marinuzzi, Jr., including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies. Sites about his father, Gino Sr., should be submitted to that category while information about them both should be submitted to the Marinuzzi Family category.
Son of the noted composer, Gino Marinuzzi, Jr. (1920-) wrote orchestral and film music, including the score to Terrore nello spazio.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Gino Marinuzzi, Sr., including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies. Sites about his son, Gino Jr., should be submitted to that category while information about them both should be submitted to the Marinuzzi Family category.
Gino Marinuzzi, Sr. (1882-1945) wrote operas and other works. However, his greatest claim to fame is conducting the operas of others, most notably Wagner and Strauss.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Igor Marketvich, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian composer and conductor Igor Marketvich (1912-1983) was born in Russia but his family fled in 1914. His early life was given over to composition but in his later years he almost exclusively made his name as a conductor.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Miklós Maros, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Hungarian born composer Miklós Maros (1943-) was born in a musical family. His mother was a musician, his father noted composer Rudolf Maros. His sister Eva also became a musician and composer.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Rudolf Maros, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Hungarian composer Rudolf Maros (1917-1982) moved from folk influences toward 12-note serialism.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Friedrich Marpurg, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
German composer, music writer, and theorist Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg (1718-1795) is better known for his writings about Bach's fugues than for his own works.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Wynton Marsalis, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1961. After attending Juilliard he pursued performing careers (trumpet)in both jazz and classical music. He is the first director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Among his many awards is the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Blood on the Fields.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Heinrich Marschner, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
German composer Heinrich August Marschner (1795-1861) originally intended a legal career but meeting Beethoven inspired him to follow a musical path. His operas became his greatest claim to fame, from Der Vampyr onward and Hans Heiling was, perhaps, the highlight of his career. He also wrote in a number of other genres, leaving behind some 400 songs, 120 choruses for male voices, and a host of other works.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of John Marsh, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer John Marsh (1752-1828) also wrote about music. One of his principal publications was A Comparison between the Ancient and Modern Styles of Music, which examined the Baroque and Classical periods.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Ingram Marshall, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer Ingram Marshall has used everything from modern electronics to the ancient Indonesian gamelon in his works. Born in California, he studied under Vladimir Ussachevsky and Morton Subotnick.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of George W. L. Marshall-Hall, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Anglo-Australian composer, conductor, and professor George William Louis Marshall-Hall (1862-1915) shocked Melbourne upon his arrival in 1891 with his bohemian, atheistic, and socialist ways. He established what became the Melba Conservatorium of Music.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Frank Martin, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Swiss composer Frank Martin (1890-1974), born into a French Huguenot family and the son of a Calvinist minister, was inspired toward a musical vocation when he heard Bach's St. Matthew Passion. His works span a variety of genres, styles, and influences.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Odaline de la Martinez, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Cuban-born Anglo-American conductor and composer Odaline de la Martinez wrote books, composed the opera Sister Aimee, founded the ensemble Lontano and the record company Lorelt, and led the European Women's Orchestra and the London Chamber Symphony.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Giovanni Martini, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian monk, priest, and composer Giovanni Battista Martini (1706-1784) also taught and wrote on music. Noted students included Mozart, J. C. Bach, and Jommelli.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Johannes Martini, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Flemish composer Johannes Martini (c. 1440-1487/8) spent his entire later career in Ferrara serving Duke Ercole I.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Johann Paul Martini, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
German composer Johann Paul Aegidius Martini (1741-1816) composed in a variety of genres, notably opera and other vocal music and is best known for the song Piacer d'amor. In Paris he directed Théâtre de Monsieur and taught at the Conservatoire. He also held royal and private appointments.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Donald Martino, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer Donald Martino was born in Plainfield, New Jersey in 1931. He began music lessons at nine, learning to play the clarinet, saxophone, and oboe, and started composing at 15.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Jean Martinon, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
French conductor and composer Jean Martinon (1910-1976) served time as a prisoner of the Germans during World War II. Perhaps his most notable achievement was as principal conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Bohuslav Martinů, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Twentieth Century Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959) went through a series of personal and musical changes during his life.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Vicente Martín y Soler, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Spanish composer Atanasio Martín Ignacio Vicente Tadeo Francisco Pellegrín Martín y Soler (1754-1806) was active in Spain, Italy, and Russia. Among his works are some of the most outstanding opere buffe of the period, ballets, and zarzuelas.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Salvatore Martirano, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer, inventor, and teacher Salvatore Giovanni Martirano (1927-1995) developed what Science Digest called "the world's first composing machine," the Sal Mar Construction.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Giuseppe Martucci, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian composer Giuseppe Martucci (1856-1909) was a pianist praised by Liszt and Anton Rubenstein, a teacher, and a leader in the late Romantic renaissance of Italian instrumental music.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Adolf Marx, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
German music theorist, writer, and composer Adolf Bernhard Marx (1795-1866) wrote the technical work Die Lehre von der musikalischen Komposition. His oratorio Moses was his best received composition.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Joseph Marx, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Austrian Romantic composer Joseph Marx (1882-1964) lived most of his life after the Romantic Period ended, yet his form of Impressionism is intimately tied to that bygone era.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Karl Marx, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Not to be confused with the political and economic theorist, German composer Karl Marx studied with Orff and wrote a large body of choral music.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Miya Masaoka, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Washington, D.C.-born Miya Masaoka (1958-) integrates jazz, Western classical music, electronic music, traditional Japanese music, and free improvisation in her works.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Pietro Mascagni, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945) is chiefly remembered as composer for the one-act opera Cavalleria Rusticana (Rustic Cavalry. As a conductor, he worked at La Scala. He became increasingly associated with the régime of Mussolini.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Florentio Maschera, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Composer, organist, violist, and violinist Florentio Maschera (c. 1540-c. 1584) wrote some of the earliest works for instrumental ensembles.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Daniel Gregory Mason, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer Daniel Gregory Mason (1873-1953), grandson of Lowell Mason, produced three symphonies, chamber works, and songs.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Victor Massé, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
French composer Victor Massé (1822-1884) wrote over 20 operas, with the opéra comique offering Les noces de Jeannette and certain romances and operettas bringing him the most lasting fame.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Jules Massenet, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1854-1912) Principally an opera composer he also wrote ballets and oratorios. He was a professor at the Paris Conservatoire and very influential on other French composers of the late 19th century.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Eduardo Mata, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Mexican composer and conductor Eduardo Mata (1942-1995) was also renowned as a conductor and is credited with elevating the Dallas (Texas) Symphony Orchestra to world-class status.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Bruce Mather, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Canadian composer and concert pianist Bruce Mather (1939-) composed in a variety of styles for numerous genres.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Matheus de Sancto Johanne, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Medieval French composer Matheus de Sancto Johanne, also known as Mayshuet, flourished in the last quarter of the 14th Century.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Max Mathews, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer and computer scientist Max Vernon Mathews worked with Bell Labs in the area of computer sound synthesis, Stanford University, and IRCAM in Paris.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of William Mathias, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Welsh composer William James Mathias (1934-1992) is noted for his tonal music and choral works.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Yoritsune Matsudaira, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Japanese composer Yoritsune Matsudaira (1907-) changed styles throughout his long career but focused on instrumental music.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Nicola Matteis, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Anglo-Italian violinist and composer Nicola Matteis was in England by the 1670s and likely died after 1714. Much of his output came in the form of integral suites and his style was beyond that of most artists of the period.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Nicola Matteis, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English-born composer and violinist Nicola Matteis the Younger (late 1670s-1760) spent much of his career in the Viennese imperial court.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Matteo, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian composer Matteo da Perugia (??-1418) spent much of his career serving the Archbishop of Milan. He contributed greatly to the introduction of French culture and musical ideas into northern Italy.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Johann Mattheson, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
German composer Johann Mattheson (1681-1764), a child prodigy who sang in the Hamburg Opera was also a virtuoso organist, personal friend of Handel, and theorist. He wrote secular and sacred works for instrument and voice.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Colin Matthews, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer Colin Matthews (1946-) worked with Deryck Cooke and Benjamin Britten.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of David Matthews, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer David Matthews (1943-) counted Britten, Tippett, and Schoenberg among his influences.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Jacques Mauduit, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
French composer Jacques Mauduit (1557-1627), a member of the aristocracy, wrote in the musique mesurée style.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Rudolf Mauersberger, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
German conductor and composer Rudolf Mauersberger (1889-1971) is most noted for his leadership of the Dresdner Kreuzchor. He was considered a skilled interpreter of Bach but also promoted new music. His own works include motets, choruses and choral cycles, the Dresdner Requiem, and St. Luke’s Passion.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Nicholas Maw, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Anglo-American composer John Nicholas Maw (1935-) studied with Berkeley and Boulanger. Works include comic operas, orchestral pieces, and chamber music.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Peter Maxwell Davies, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (1934-) has worked in a number of styles but seems most influenced by Renaissance and Medieval music. Maxwell Davies has the ability to both pioneer and seemingly reject tradition while also synthesizing recent compositional trends. He has written a wide variety of works, including symphonic, operatic, and choral. A number of his pieces promote political and environmental activist, including Yellow Cake Review, about uranium mining, and Black Pentecost, concerning industrial pollution.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Frederick May, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Irish composer Frederick May (1911-1985) studied under such luminaries as Vaughn Williams and Wellesz. Noted works include Scherzo for Orchestra, Songs from Prison, and String Quartet in C Minor.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of John Maynard, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer and lutenist John Maynard (1576/7-1614/33). His The XIII Wonders of the World combined serious works with a series of satires on stock characters of the period.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Ascanio Mayone, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian composer Ascanio Mayone (c. 1565-1627) spent much of his life in his native Naples. Also an accomplished organist and harpist, Mayone's works featured much of a Baroque style rather than that of the late Renaissance.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Simon Mayr, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
German composer Johann Simon Mayr (1763-1845) studied under Bertoni and spent most of his career in Italy composing operas, religious music, and other works, teaching, and organizing performances of the works of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Toshirô Mayuzumi, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Japanese composer Toshirô Mayuzumi (1929-1997) studied under Ikenouchi, Ifukube, and Aubin. He introduced avant-garde music to Japan, worked with electronic and tape music, and from the late 1950s onward involved more traditional Japanese and Buddhist traditions in his works.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Joseph Mazzinghi, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer Joseph Mazzinghi (1765-1844) studied under J. C. Bach, was music director and harpsichordist of the King's Theatre, and taught piano (among his students was the Princess of Wales). He wrote stage works, instrumental works for amateurs, and variations and arrangements for piano, harp and flute. He also wrote many songs. Of these, Ye Shepherds Tell Me may have enjoyed greatest and longest-lasting favor.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Domenico Mazzocchi, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian composer Domenico Mazzocchi (1592-1665) counted Cardinal Ippolito Aldobrandini and Pope Urban VIII among his patrons. Works include motets, dialogues, sonnets (including Lagrime amare allanima) and a book of madrigals.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Virgilio Mazzocchi, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian composer Mazzocchi, Virgilio Mazzocchi (1597-1646) studied under his brother Domenico before entering a series of positions as maestro di cappella and writing a number of sacred and secular vocal works and operas.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Alberto Mazzucato, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian composer Alberto Mazzucato (1813-1887) also taught, wrote on musical topics, and was maestro direttore e concertatore at La Scala.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of John McCabe, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer John McCabe was born in Huyton, Liverpool, in 1939. He and trained as a musician at Manchester University and the Royal Manchester College of Music. He is also an accomplished pianist with several recordings to his credit.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of John Blackwood McEwan, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Scottish composer John Blackwood McEwan (1868-1948) wrote orchestral, choral, chamber, and instrumental music. Among his more ambitious projects was a setting of Milton's Hymn on the Morning of Christ's Nativity for chorus and orchestra. McEwan was knighted in 1931.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of William McGibbon, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Scottish composer William McGibbon (c. 1690-1756) was also an accomplished violinist.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Colin McPhee, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer and ethnomusicologist Colin Carhart McPhee (1900-1964). Much of his life was involved in the research and performance of Balinese music.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Richard Meale, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Australian composer Richard Graham Meale (1932-) moved through various influences including Messiaen, Boulez, and Japanese art.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Kirke Mechem, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer Kirke Mechem (1925-) wrote instrumental and choral music but is most known for his operas.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Nikolai Medtner, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1880-1951) He was born in Moscow and trained as a pianist and composer at the Moscow Conservatory where he also taught for a while. In 1921, having achieved considerable recognition for his compositions in Russia, he left to acquaint the West with his newest music. Except for a brief return in 1927, the composer remained abroad until his death in London, in 1951.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Louis de Meester, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Belgian composer Louis August Edmond Hendrik de Meester (1904-1987) earned an early living playing everywhere from silent films in his native land to a café in Morocco. He often used jazz elements and embraced and promoted electronic music.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Paul Méfano, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
French composer Paul Méfano (1937-), a student of Messiaen and Milhaud, also became a noted conductor.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Étienne-Nicolas Méhul, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
French composer Étienne-Nicolas Méhul (1763-1817) sometimes known as Étienne-Henri, was especially known for his contributions to opéra comique and his general utilization of the orchestra in opera.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Wilfrid Mellers, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer and music writer Wilfrid Howard Mellers (1914-) studied English and music at Cambridge and composition under Edmund Rubbra and Egon Wellesz. The widely varied subjects of his books include Couperin, Bach, Beethoven, and the Beatles.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Domenico Melli, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
While neither the birth nor death dates are known for Italian composer Domenico Maria Melli, it is known that he flourished during the early 17th Century and was for a time a lawyer.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Arne Mellnäs, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Swedish composer Arne Mellnäs (1933-2002) studied, taught, and worked in Europe, Japan, and the United States. His works encompass a number of genres, including electroacoustic.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Arnold Mendelssohn, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
German composer Arnold Ludwig Mendelssohn (1855-1933) was a second cousin once removed of Felix. He taught Hindemith and championed Lutheran church music, especially that of Bach and Schütz.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Felix Mendelssohn, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847) was grandson of Jewish philosopher Moses Mendelssohn. Born in Hamburg, brought up in Berlin, he was a piano prodigy in his youth. Both he and his sister, Fannny, composed from an early age. Fanny was discouraged by her father and brother because she was a woman (only the late Twentieth Century 20 produced the first recordings of most of her compositions); Felix was encouraged, and produced sonatas, songs, cantatas, organ works, and even a symphony by the time he was 16 years old. When Felix was 17, he and Fanny read Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream together, and he was so enchanted with the work that he wrote a long piece about it; this became the "Overture" to the incidental music for the play, written 17 years later in 1843. Felix first wrote the "Overture" for 2 pianos, for Fanny and himself to play, and it is considered his first real masterpiece. In 1843, when Mendelssohn wrote the rest of the incidental music to be played along with the performance of Shakespeare's play, he orchestrated the "Overture" along with the other pieces. He married the daughter of a Huguenot pastor and, although he formally and publicly renouncing his Judaism, added the hyphenated Bartholdy to their names to indicate his conversion to Protestantism. This may explain why Mendelssohn eventually wrote Symphony No. 5, "The Reformation", which includes as the main theme in the 3rd movement the famous chorale "Ein feste Burg (A Mighty Fortress)".
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Fanny Mendelssohn, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1805-1847) was born in Hamburg to parents Abraham Mendelssohn, a banker and litterateur, and Leah Solomon, an amateur musician and artist. The oldest of four children, Fanny's siblings included Felix, the prolific composer and conductor, Rebekka, and Paul. Gifted as both composer and musician, it is said that she could play Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier from memory by age 13. In 1829, she married the German painter Wilhelm Hensel, who was a great supporter of her music. Their son Sebastian later became the family's chief biographer.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Willem Mengelberg, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Dutch composer and conductor Josef Willem Mengelberg (1871-1951) led the Amsterdam Concertgebouw into the forefront of international orchestras but suffered as a result of working under the Nazis during the Second World War.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Karel Mengelberg, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Dutch composer, critic, and conductor Karel Mengelberg ((1902-1984) led orchestras in Germany and elswhere and wrote in numerous genres.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Rudolf Mengelberg, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Dutch composer and conductor Kurt Rudolf Mengelberg (1892-1959) was nephew of Willem, brother of Karel, and uncle of Misha Mengelberg.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Misha Mengelberg, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Dutch composer Misha Mengelberg (1935-) was born in St. Petersberg, Russian SSR, to a Dutch composer (Karel) and a German harpist. Fears of Stalin led the family to the Netherlands, where Misha continued residency. His influences and works include both jazz and classical elements.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Gian Carlo Menotti, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Born in 1911 in Cadegliano, Italy, Menotti came to the United States in 1928 to study at the Curtis Institute. In 1950 he won the Pulitzer Prize for the opera The Consul and in 1955 won it again for another opera The Saint of Bleeker Street. The only other composers to win the prize twice were Walter Piston and Samuel Barber.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Olivier Messiaen, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1908-1992), Avignon, France. Influential French composer, teacher of both Karlheinz Stockhausen and Pierre Boulez, many of his compositions were influenced by Roman Catholic theology. His Quatuor pour la fin du temps was written for performance by himself and fellow prisoners of war in a Nazi camp. It continues to be one of his most performed works. Literal transcriptions of bird calls are an important element in his compositions.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Giacomo Meyerbeer, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
French-German composer Giacomo Meyerbeer was born in 1791 in Vogelsdorf, Germany as Yaakov Liebmann Beer. His father, Judah Herz Beer was a wealthy sugar refiner in Germany and Italy. His mother, Malka Liebmann Meyer Wulff, also known as Amalia, was the daughter of Liebmann Meyer Wulff, a wealthy Berlin merchant and banker who made a fortune delivering supplies to Prussian troops, and was the director of the Prussian lottery. He would soon Italianize Jacob to Giacomo and combine his parents' names as Meyerbeer. Even these changes would not protect him from some of the anti-Semitism of the mid-1800s. Much of Richard Wagner's "Jews and Music" would be directed at him. Carl Maria von Weber and Antonio Salieri were among those who encouraged his musical development. Among his many excellent compositions, his operas stand out. Two of the finest are Robert le Diable and Les Huguenots. Meyerbeer died in 1864.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Mikołaj of Radom, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Polish composer Mikołaj z Radomia (c. 1400-c. 1450) was among Poland's first truly European composers. His surviving attested work is sacred, although evidence points to at least one secular work.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Darius Milhaud, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
French composer Darius Milhaud (1892-1974), a member of Les Six, was influenced by American jazz and popular Brazilian music: ragtime, maxixe, samba, and tango. He was a proponent of polytonality and one of the most prolific composers of the century. He wrote more than 400 works, including 14 concertos, 18 string quartets, 8 operas, 10 ballets, 7 cantatas, 14 sonatas, 8 symphonies, and other works.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Ludwig Minkus, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1826-1917) Worked mostly in Paris and St. Petersburg as a violinist, conductor and ballet composer. He spent his last years in Vienna.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Ernest John Moeran, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English-Irish composer Ernest John "Jack" Moeran (1894-1950) was the son of a Norfolk clergyman of Irish descent. Educated at Uppingham School, he learned violin and played in a string quartet. As he matured, he took a greater interest in his Irish heritage, focusing on County Kerry and the small town of Kenmare.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Johann Melchior Molter, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
German Baroque Period composer Johann Melchior Molter (1696-1765) produced an enormous number of works, including some 170 known symphonies. These, being from the form's earlier days, lack the complexity or length of later compositions, but the total is still impressive. Molter also wrote a large body of clarient music and may have been the originator of the clarinet concerto.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Claudio Monteverdi, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian Renaissance composer Claudio Monteverdi ((1567-1643) showed the way for other composers leaving Medieval style behind. His madrigals went from four balanced parts to soprano-exalted with basso continuo. In opera, he made his greatest contribution: Montiverdi was the first to specify what instruments were to be used. He began this with his first opera, Orpheus. Before his time, this wasn't necessary, but that changed when he began writing for 40 instruments.
Avant-garde composer and conductor born Louis T. Hardin on May 26, 1916. He lost his sight in his teens when a dynamite cap exploded and studied music at the Iowa School for the Blind. In 1943 he moved to New York City where he developed his unique combination of classical and jazz music. He died on September 8, 1999 in Germany.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Douglas Moore, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1893-1969), Long Island, New York. He studied with Horatio Parker at Yale and Vincent D'Indy and Nadia Boulanger in Paris. He taught at Columbia University where he was chair of the Music Department from 1940 to 1962. The opera "Giants in the Earth," one of his 12 operas, won him the Pulitzer Prize in 1951.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Undine Smith Moore, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Undine Smith Moore (1904-1988), a graduate of Fisk University, taught music for forty-five years at Virginia State College, Pertersburg, Virginia. Noted compositions include Afro-American Suite for flute, violoncello, and piano, Lord, We Give Thanks to Thee for chorus, and the oratorio, Scenes from the Life of a Martyr, on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., which garnered a nomination for the Nobel Prize.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Paul Moravec, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in music.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Thomas Morley, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1557-1602) English composer best known for his madrigals and his development of the art form.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Ennio Morricone, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Ennio Morricone (1928-) was a classmate of Sergio Leone in Italy and forged a partnership with the director at the beginning of the "Spaghetti Western" period. His soundtrack for A Fistful of Dollars influenced almost all westerns from 1964 onward. Morricone wrote music for almost every genre of film. Awards and honors include five Oscar nominations and two Golden Globes among seven nominations.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Franz Xaver Mozart, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Franz Xaver Mozart.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Christened Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, Austrian Classical Period composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) ranks among the greatest composers of all time. A child prodigy who died at a young age, Mozart began playing and composing at an age where many are still learning to speak and interact verbally with others. Not only was he precocious, he was also prolific, with an output rarely matched by composers of any period.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Leopold Mozart, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Leopold Johann Georg Mozart (1719-1787) was violinist in the orchestra of the Archbishop of Salzburg. He became Hofkomponist and, after 1763, vice Kapellmeister. Leopold composed concertos, symphonies, chamber music, songs, works for piano and organ, cantatas, Masses, and other sacred works. He fathered Wolfgang Amadeus and is remembered for his book on violin technique, Versuch einer gründlichen Violinschule, 1756.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Gordon Mumma, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Gordon Mumma (1935-) was born in Framingham, Massachusetts. An accomplished French horn player, he became involved with electronic music in its infancy and was one of the first composers to use his own circuitry designs in composition and performance.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Ian Munro, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Australian composer and pianist Ian Munro is comfortable playing in a variety of styles and periods, both as solo performer and as part of the Australia Ensemble. His own works have been performed around the world.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Thea Musgrave, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Scottish-born Thea Musgrave (1928-) is especially noted as an opera composer, as well as a conductor. She has also spent considerable time teaching, especially in the United States. Among her operas and related works are Harriet, the Woman Called Moses, Mary, Queen of Scots, and Simón Bolívar. She also wrote several well-received instrumental pieces, including concertos.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Modest Mussorgsky, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky was born in 1839, in the Karevo, district of Pskov and died in 1881 in St. Petersburg. A member of Moguchaya Kuchka (The Five), Mussorgsky was a competent pianist and a fiercely nationalist composer. In this light, his opera Boris Godunov still stands out. Before his early death (most likely due to his alcoholism which may have been influenced by mental illness), he wrote several other memorable works, some of which received orchestration from other composers, such as Pictures at an Exhibition, which Ravel orchestrated, Night on Bald Mountain, the opera Khovanshchina, and the songs The Nursery and Songs and Dances of Death.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Nikolai Yakovlevich Miaskovsky, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Nikolai Yakovlevich Miaskovsky (1881-1950) studied under Glière, Liadov, and Rimsky-Korsakov. He wrote symphonies, sonatas, and various other instrumental pieces. Two of his noted works are Nevermore, based on Poe's "The Raven" and Alastor, from the poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Peter Møller, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Danish composer 1947-1999.
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