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Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Carl Theodorus Pachelbel, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Carl Theodorus (Charles Theodore) Pachelbel (1690-1750) was the youngest son of Johann Pachelbel. With Johann's second son, he also came to the American colonies. Only one composition, a choral Magnificat, survives, but there are records of his organ playing in various cities and of his playing in the first known concert in the new world. Carl met Charles Wesley and may have been one of the vessels introducing Lutheran musical style into the Methodist Church.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Johann Pachelbel, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
German composer Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706) was an organist and composer of keyboard music. He exerted a strong influence on J.S. Bach. His most famous composition is the Canon in D Major for 3 violins, harpsichord and double bass, often called "Pachelbel's Canon" or just "The Canon."
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Wilhelm Hieronymus Pachelbel, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Organist and composer Wilhelm Hieronymus Pachelbel (1686-1764) was eldest son of Johann Pachelbel. While much of his music resembles his more famous father's, some show a movement in new directions at the dawn of the Classical Period.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Martijn Padding, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Dutch composer, pianist, and musicologist Martijn Padding (1956-) moves between cutting-edge modern ideas and his western musical heritage.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Niccolò Paganini, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian early Romantic composer Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840) combined personal magnatism with virtuoso violin playing and became an international star at a time when such was unheard of. His own compostions were written that they could showcase his talents and few of his time nor any other could completely master them.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian Renaissance composer Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina was likely born near Rome in a town called Palestrina. Some list his birth in 1514 or 1515 while other maintain a much later date of 1525 or 1526. It is certain that he died in Rome in 1594. He was choirmaster at St. Peters in Rome and was a major representative of the Council of Trent's musical reforms. His style is based in Franco-Flemish imitative counterpoint, voice parts flow in continuous rhythm, with a new melodic motive for each phrase of the text.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Andy Pape, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Twentieth Century composer Andy Pape was born in 1955 in California but moved to Denmark in 1971. He has written for vocal group, solo voice, solo instrument, chamber ensembles, orchestras, and has composed several operas.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Victor Paranjoti, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Indian composer Victor Paranjoti (1906-1967) has earned a place in the choral repertoire of East and West. He also was a conductor.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Hubert Parry, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English Romantic composer Hubert Parry was almost forgotten for decades, partially because of attacks by Bernard Shaw and partially because his romanticism conflicted with the strains of modern music. However, his reputation began a revival in the lated 20th Century. He is most remembered for his choral works, but Jerusalem, a setting of the William Blake poem, is the single piece that defines Parry. He wrote a number of hymn tunes and was an accomplished organist, pianist, and violinist.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Arvo Pärt, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Arvo Pärt was born in Paide, Estonia on September 11, 1935 and grew up in Tallinn. Much of his music is marked by experimentation as he progressed from his early influences such as Shostakovich and Prokofiev.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Harry Partch, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1901-1974) Partch was born in Oakland, California. In his late twenties he decided that Western music was headed in the wrong direction, and set out on a lonely path that led him to different tunings than those commonly in use. Since most contemporary instruments could not play his tunings, he invented and made new instruments. All of his surviving music is written for these instruments, most of which are one of a kind.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Maggi Payne, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Composer of electronic music.
Belgian composer Flor Peeters (1903-1986) was an organist and teacher. While little information about him is currently on the internet, most of his music is readily found in recordings and sheet music.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Joseph Pehrson, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
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Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Krzysztof Penderecki, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Born in 1933, Poland, he is an avant garde composer who first achieved international attention with Threnody (To the Victims of Hiroshima), for 52 strings, written in 1960.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Davide Perez, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian Baroque erez, Davide (or David) Perez was born in Naples in 1711 and died in 1778 in Lisbon. He was recognized in his time as one of the greatest Italian composers. Eighteenth Century critics regarded him highly. He was essentially a transtional figure in opera. His church music gave him a lasting claim to fame.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Giovanni Pergolesi, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian Baroque composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736) died at such a young age that we might wonder what might have been. Nevertheless, his accomplishments over his brief life are many and his reputation grew after his death. One of his greatest contributions is the general development of opera buffa, contributing to the growing importance of Italian comic opera. His La serva padrona, the intermezzo for Il prigioniero superbo began to enhance his reputation even far from Naples. He also was one of many to write music for the Stabat Mater (Mother Stood), a liturgical art music form based on a prescribed text involving the crucifixion of Jesus Christ with His mother standing beneath Him.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Jacopo Peri, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Nicknamed "Zazzerino," Jacopo Peri (1561-1633) is credited, along with Corsi librettist Rinuccini, with creating the first true opera, Dafne, of which only fragments remain. The oldest surving opera, Euridice, is likewise a Peri collaboration with Rinuccini. It is thought that he also sang the role of Orpheus. Peri was also a church organist and wrote ballets, madrigals, and instrumental music.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of George Perle, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Born in 1915 in Bayonne New Jersey, Perle is a well known serial composer. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 for his Wind Quintet no. 4.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Perotin, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
French composer Pérotin Magister was a student of Leonin and continued to build on his teacher's work. He revised the Magnus Liber and is credited with the development of four voice polyphony. The English theorist Anonymous IV named him as creator of the Graduals Viderunt and Sederunt.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Julia Amanda Perry, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Julia Amanda Perry (1924-1979), as an American black woman who spent years of study in Europe, had a unique perspective on composition and the place of music in life.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Vincent Persichetti, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer Vincent Persichetti (1915-1987) was born and died in Philadelphia. In-between times, he spent most of his career in the City of Brotherly Love. Persichetti studied under masters and later taught another generation of noted musicians and composers, including Philip Glass and Thelonius Monk. He wrote for almost every genre in a variety of styles.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Wayne Peterson, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Born in 1927 in Albert Lee, Minnesota, he earned his doctorate at the University of Minnesota. He is professor emeritus at San Francisco State University and won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for The Face of the Night.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Petrus de Cruce, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Medieval composer Petrus de Cruce (Pierre de la Croix) is one of the few early composers whose works can be attributed with some degee of certainty. The "Petronian Motet" is named for him. His birth and death dates are uncertain but he was active between 1270 and 1300.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Allan Pettersson, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
(1911-1980) Swedish composer of 16 symphonies of which all but the first (which he withheld) have been recorded.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Hans Pfitzner, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
German composer and conductor Hans Erich Pfitzner (1869-1949) was an unabashed Romantic, even though over half of his life was spent in the 20th Century. Pfitzner is chiefly noted for two things, his opera Palestrina and being associated with the Nazis. Because of the brilliance of the one and the stain of the other, much of his catalogue was abandoned. Finally, in the late 20th Century, his music began finding champions and was allowed to be heard on its own merits rather than those of its composer.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Anne Phillips, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer Anne Phillips, an accomplished singer, composer, and teacher, is on the faculty of New York University. She arranges for and directs the NYU Jazz Choir. She has worked in jazz and other genres, written commercial advertising music, and composed a jazz nativity. She also is vitally interested in disadvantaged youth and uses the Kindred Spirits Foundation to bring music education to them.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Tobias Picker, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer Tobias Picker (1954-) was born in New York and by age 8 was already playing piano and composing music. He is equally versed in sophisticated, cosmopolitan music and in the naturalistic, romantic style. Picker has written for various instrumental arrangements as well as for the opera.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Gabriel Pierné, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
French composer Gabriel Pierné (1863-1970) also was a conductor and an organist. He wrote a variety of works; among these are several operas.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Walter Piston, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer Walter Piston (1894-1976) was born in Maine but grew up and was educated in Boston. He won two Pulitzer Prizes for his work. His most known composition is The Incredible Flutist. Piston wrote only two known vocal pieces; all the others were strictly instrumental.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of John Michael Pitts, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer John Michael Pitts was born in 1976. He won various composition awards, teaches, and continues to write commissioned and other pieces of vocal and instrumental music. He is strongly influenced by his Christian beliefs.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Ildebrando Pizzetti, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian composer Ildebrando Pizzetti (1880-1968) often misses credit for his accomplishments, becoming marginalized because of his tendency toward traditional music during the changes of the 20th Century. Nevertheless, he wrote excellent music in a number of genres and styles, including operatic, orchestral, vocal, and chamber music. Pizzetti also receives credit as teacher of many other fine composers. He is sometimes called Ildebrando da Parma in honor of his birthplace.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Basil Poledouris, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
An American born (Kansas City, Missouri) composer with a name intimating distant climes, Basil Poledouris (1945-) seems a perfect match for work in Hollywood. From Robocop to Hunt for Red October, from an American in Australia with Quigley Down Under to an Aussie in America in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, from the savagery of Conan the Barbarian to the silliness of Mickey Blue Eyes, Poledouris has covered the cinematic bases. Perhaps his most recognized and finest film work is for the epic western miniseries Lonesome Dove.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Amilcare Ponchielli, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian composer Amilcare Ponchielli wrote a number of operas. Already as a student, he co-wrote an operetta called Il Sindaco Babbeo. His greatest triumph, bringing almost instant acclaim around the world, was La Gioconda. Nothing he wrote afterwards matched either its acceptance or its overall strength.

However, even those who know little or nothing of opera or even classical music might recognize the balletic music of "Dance of the Hours" from this opera. It stands by itself as part of the classical repertoire and was immortalized by dancing hippopotomi and crocodiles in Walt Disney's Fantasia.

Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Nicolo Porpora, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1686 - 1768) A celebrated composer and singing teacher, Porpora's ability to set the Italian language to music was internationally acknowledged during his lifetime.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Quincy Porter, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1897-1966), New Haven, Connecticut. He studied with Horatio Parker at Yale, Vincent D'Indy in Paris and Ernest Bloch in Cleveland. He was the director of the New England Conservatory and a professor at Yale University. Concerto Concertante for Two Pianos and Orchestra won him the 1955 Pulitzer Prize in music. He was one of the six composers that founded the American Music Center.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Francis Poulenc, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
A member of Les Six, French composer Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) was largely self-taught. Through his entire career, he preferred writing for voice and produced little symphonic music that was not theatrical in purpose. He wrote three operas, Dialogues of the Carmelites about martyred nuns in the French Revolution being staged most often. He also produced exquisite religious music, including Stabat Mater, about Mary watching Jesus' crucifixion and a setting of the Gloria.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Mel Powell, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1923-1998). In his early years he played jazz piano with the Benny Goodman and Glen Miller bands. He studied composition with Paul Hindemith at Yale. One of the founders of the California Institute of the Arts, he was the first dean of the music division. Among his many awards is the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Duplicates: A Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Amit Poznansky, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Israeli composer Amit Poznansky (1974-) focuses on electronic compositions and stage music.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Hieronymus Praetorius, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
German Renaissance organist and composer Hieronymus Praetorius (1560-1629) composed mainly church music, most notable motets. Some of these had as many as twenty parts. His father and son, both named Jacob, also gained some degree of fame. None was related to Michael Praetorius.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Michael Praetorius, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Michael Praetorius (1571(?)-1621), the son of a German (Thuringian) Lutheran pastor, was one of the early Baroque composers. His name is a Latinized form of the German family name: Praetorius and Schultheiss both mean "magistrate." He wrote secular pieces but is most remembered for his sacred works, many of which are part of the western Christian corpus. Many of these are collected in the Lutheranische Messe zum Weihnachtsmorgen (Lutheran Mass for Christmas Morning), which is a sung setting of the Communion liturgy featuring choir and congregational interplay.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Zbigniew Preisner, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Twentieth century Polish composer Zbigniew Preisner (1959-) made his name as a film composer. He later produced other pieces for live performance and recording, including Requiem for My Friend and 10 Easy Pieces for Piano. His own favorite period was the Romantic and he especially liked Paganini and Sibelius, as well as the Polish Romantics.
Please submit site dealing with the life or music of Florence Price, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, and bibliographies.
Florence Price (1887-1953) was the first African American woman to achieve recognition as a composer.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Dominique Probst, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
A member of the fourth generation of the musical Casadesus family, Dominique Probst (1954-) gained renown as a composer and a percussionist. Born to Gisèle Casadesus and the actor Lucien Pascal, Probst carries on a family tradition of music making and composition. His output includes works for opera, theater, the ballet, film, radio, and television.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Sergei Prokofiev, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Russian Twentieth Century composer Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) endured much even as his musical brilliance shone in his compositions. A failed marriage, the Second World War, and Stalinist repression all took their tolls until the end of his days. Yet even in fear or repression, his work could bespeak hope. However, the one most responsible for his dismay, Josef Stalin, died on the same day as did Prokofiev. Thus, as one life overshadowed the other, so did one death. But while few mourn Stalin, the music of Prokofiev carries on.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Giacomo Puccini, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian Romantic composer Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) probably ranks as one of the greatest opera composers of all time alongside Mozart, Verdi and Wagner. It would be difficult to say which opera is his "best," since so many of them have such strong followings. Certainly La Bohème, Madame Butterfly, Tosca, and Turandot all have champions.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Henry Purcell, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
The son of a court musician, Henry Purcell was born in London in 1659. He flourished in the English Restoration under Charles II, after Cromwell's Puritan rule was turned back. He wrote a wide variety of pieces, instrumental, ensemble, orchestral, and vocal, but can always be remembered through Dido and Aeneas as the composer of the first English opera. He died in 1695, probably of pneumonia.
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