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Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Germaine Tailleferre, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Germaine Tailleferre was the only female member of the famous Group des Six (which also included Georges Auric, Louis Durey, Arthur Honneger, Darius Milhaud and Francis Poulenc). She was born April 19. 1892 at Saint Maur des Fossés, a suburb of Paris, and died on November 7, 1983 in Paris.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Toru Takemitsu, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1930-1996), Tokyo, Japan. A mostly self-taught composer who combined musical ideas and instruments from East and West in his compositions.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Thomas Tallis, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Englishman Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585) grew from being a competent to an outstanding composer well before his death. His mature works are vibrant and offer emotional variety, spiritual depth, and technical virtuosity. Among his best compositions one would probably include Lamentations of Jeremiah and the forty voice motet Spem in allium. Still, Tallis may be known to most as either the composer of a canon that is part of western hymnody or a melody from a psalter that Vaughn Williams turned into Fantasy on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of , including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
The Japanese composer Karen Tanaka was born in 1961 in Tokyo.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Alexander Taneyev, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Russian late Romantic composer Alexander Sergeyevich (or Sergeievich) Taneyev (1850-1918), a pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov, wrote operas and orchestral works.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Sergey Taneyev, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Russian late Romantic composer Sergey (or Sergei) Ivanovich Taneyev (1856-1915), a pupil of Tchaikovsky was also an acclaimed teacher (including Scriabin and Rachmaninov) and pianist (soloist in the first Moscow performance of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1). His works tend to balance his Russian heritage and the nationalist movement with a European-influenced cosmopolitan polish and often exhibit his love for counterpoint with fugues and canons.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Alexandre Tansman, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Polish-born pianist and composer Alexandre (Aleksander) Tansman (1897-1986) left his native country for France when he couldn't find acceptance for his modern, atonal compositions. Nazi anti-Semitism led him to reclaim his Jewish heritage and to leave Europe for the safety of the United States. He composed film music for a time in Hollywood. His maturing process continued when he moved back to Paris and slowly also reestablished connection with his Polish origins. He wrote orchestral, chamber, solo piano, guitar, choir, and operatic music and composed pieces specifically for young musicians.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Tan Dun, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
From rice planting in China to living in Manhattan, Tan Dun led a varied life since his birth in 1957. Among his works are the score for the motion picture Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and the opera Marco Polo.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Giuseppe Tartini, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Giuseppe Tartini (1692 - 1770) was born in Piran, Istria (Slovenia). His later life centered around his adopted town of Padova (Padua), Veneto, Italy. His parents planned for him a church career but he wanted otherwise and studied to be a lawyer. At the same time, he became a skilled fencer and also honed his already formidable musical abilities. Tartini developed into one of the first truly virtuoso violinists, a first-rate composer, and a musical theorists whose work has influenced musicians and composers ever since.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of John Tavener, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer John Tavener was born 28 January 1944. His works are marked by a contemplative spirit influenced by his conversion to Eastern Orthodox Christianity and often show sparklings of his humor.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of John Taverner, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
John Taverner (c.1490-1545), not to be confused with 20th Century composer John Tavener, was a shining example of English Renaissance composition. Arguments among scholars continue as to whether or not he was involved with Cromwell or ever in any way moved into the Protestant camp. He did at one time have certain "heretical" materials in his possession, but they may have been largely musical in nature, since some of his works seem to have a "Lutheran" influence. Taverner wrote a number of Masses, Magnificats, and other church pieces and is credited with developing the In Nomine as an ecclesiastical musical form. He also wrote secular pieces, although the exact number is unsure, since some may not have survived.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Deems Taylor, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
The American mind probably forgets Joseph Deems Taylor (1885-1966) outside his narration of Disney's Fantasia. However, Taylor was among the most popular of his country's musical figures in the first half of the Twentieth Century. His The King's Henchman was the American opera first broadcast on radio and many of his works enjoyed runs at New York's Metropolitan Opera. Taylor's other abilities and occupations included radio commentator, author, and educator. Taylor served as a member of the ASCAP Board of Directors from 1933 to 1966 and was its president 1942 to 1948. In his honor, the society named an award for him, given to recognize excellence in books, articles, broadcasts, and websites on the subject of music.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Peter Tchaikovsky, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) was the single greatest force in bringing Russian music to the world at large. One of his greatest strengths was his ability to synthesize his nationalist, patriotic love of Russia and her music with the styles and influences of the broader Romantic movement.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Alexander Tcherepnin, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
The son of Romantic composer Nicolai, Alexander Tcherepnin (1899-1977) continued the family tradition. Although he was born in St. Petersburg and died in Paris, Alexander is normally considered to be an American composer. He wrote operas, ballets, symphonies, and other works, and was often influenced by Oriental and Georgian folk music.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Ivan Tcherepnin, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Paris-born Ivan Tcherepnin (1943-1998) was of the third generation in a compositionally gifted family. He, fellow composer Serge, and their brother Peter were born to Alexander Tcherepnin and wife Lee Hsien-Ming. Besides traditional instruments, he composed for various electronic music devices and was, for a number of years, director of Harvard University's Electronic Music Studio. His wife, Sue-Ellen Hershman-Tcherepnin, was an accomplished musician and the gift of composition was passed on to his son Stefan.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Nicolai Tcherepnin, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Nicolai Tcherepnin (1873-1945) headed a family of composers that went from the Romantic through the Modern and into Post-modern compositional theory and style. He wrote stage music (operatic and balletic) and various orchestral pieces.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Serge Tcherepnin, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
The grandson, son, and brother of noted composers, Serge Tcherepnin (1941-) likewise began an early and life-long interest in music. Yet where brother Ivan was satisfied with playing electronic instruments, Serge got involved in designing and building them. Serge Synthesizers became and remained popular with many in the field of electronic music. After selling his business, Serge returned to the making and composing of music as well as helping bring Russian Jews to Israel.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Stefan Tcherepnin, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
In the fourth generation of his composer family, Stefan Tcherepnin (1977-), son of Ivan and flutist Sue-Ellen Hershman-Tcherepnin, began performing and writing music in his youth. By the time he was at Oberlin College, he'd already had works of his own performed for the public.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Georg Phillip Tellemann, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
German composer Georg Philipp Telemann was born in Magdeburg in 1681 to a staunch Lutheran family. He died in Hamburg in 1767. He was admired as relentless self-promoter and made excellent salaries in the positions he held as well as through various commissions.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of James Tenney, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Avant-garde composer born in Silver City, New Mexico in 1934. He has written much experimental music involving unusual types of tuning. John Cage, late in his life was asked if he were a young composer, with whom would he wish to study; his answer: "James Tenney." He died on August 24, 2006.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Sigismond Thalberg, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Austrian (or German) composer Sigismond (Sigismund) Fortuné François Thalberg (1812-1871) was probably the illegitimate son of Prince Franz Josef Johann Dietrichstein. He was born in Pâquis, near Geneva, Switzerland and died in Posillipo, near Naples, Italy. He was definitely, along with Franz Liszt, one of the early piano virtuosos--a veritable superstar of the 19th Century. His major writings are limited to the piano, but this by no means limits his talents; many of them are truly outstanding works.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Ambroise Thomas, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1811-1896) Thomas was a very successful opera composer of the nineteenth century. Mignon, perhaps his most popular opera, achieved 1000 performances within 28 years, one year sooner than Carmen achieved that landmark. However, Mignon has not had the sustaining power that Carmen has, and is little heard today.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Randall Thompson, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer Ira Randall Thompson (1899-1984) is often named one of America's ten best composers. In spite of such a subjective approach, Thompson's music has appeal for a wide and diverse array of listeners. In instrumental music, his Second Symphony stands out. For sacred choral music, little approaches the somber yet joyous Alleluia. Testament of Freedom is passionately patriotic while Frostiana honors the great American poet in a unique and gracious manner. Besides these, Thompson wrote operas, chamber pieces, and other works.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of , including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer Virgil Thomson was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1896. He composed in almost every genre, won the Pulitzer Prize, and wrote film scores. He died in 1989 in New York.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Kari Tikka, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Finnish composer Kari Tikka (1946-) studied oboe, conducting, and composition at the Sibelius Academy. He continued his studies in St. Petersburg, Salzburg, and Rome. Tikka has written various pieces for orchestra, stage, and voice. Among his noted works is Luther, which invites the audience to sing at certain points in the production.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Dimitri Tiomkin, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Russian born Dimitri (or Dmitri) Tiomkin (1899-1979) came to the United States in 1925, embarked upon a career in film music, became an American citizen in 1937, and was one of the most respected and prolific film composers. Among the classic films he scored were Lost Horizon, High Noon, The High and the Mighty, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Giant, The Alamo, and The Guns of Navaronne. Between scores and songs, "Timmy" Tiomkin was nominated for 23 Oscars.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Michael Tippett, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer born in London in 1905, died in 1998. He wrote five operas, numerous orchestral works including four symphonies, solo vocal music and chamber music.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Rudolf Tobias, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Estonian composer Rudolf Tobias (1873-1918) was born in Käina on the island of Hiiumaa. His father was the Lutheran parish clerk and kantor. Tobias' abilities led him to the St. Petersburg Conservatoire, where he studied organ under Louis Homilius and composition from Rimski-Korsakov. His graduate work was the cantata "Johannes Damascenus." He worked abroad for most of his adult life, dying in Germany while teaching at the Berlin Royal Academy of Music.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Ernst Toch, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1887-1964), Vienna, Austria. Well known composer in Germany until he had to flee the Nazi regime in the 1930's. He eventually came to America and supported himself and his family writing music for films for which he received three Academy Award nominations. Symphony no. 3 won him the Pulitzer Prize in 1956.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Thomas Tomkins, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Renaissance composer Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656) was Welsh-born and a student of William Byrd. He served churches in Wales and England, first as choir boy, then organist and composer. He retired to his son's estate in 1656 because of the Civil War and wrote music for the virginal. His only secular music is based on the madrigal, although he referred to this output as "Songs."
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Ernest Tomlinson, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Composer, conductor, organist, and musicologist--Ernest Tomlinson (1924-) was all of these at one time or another. Convinced that one must be part of the music he writes, Tomlinson would regularly take the baton to direct his own or someone else's music. He fused jazz and classical, bringing the first performance of such to Moscow. Working with Marco Polo Records, he championed other British composers' Light Music works.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Sidney Torch, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Sidney Torch (1908-1990) was the child of Russian parents in London. His father shortened the family name from Torchinsky. He began as a pianist whose first professional engagement was accompanying violinist Albert Sandler. Torch then played in theatre orchestras before becoming a theatre organist. After the Second World War, Torch began a new career as composer, arranger, and conductor.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Giuseppe Torelli, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian Baroque composer and violinist Giuseppe Torelli (1658-1709) contributed greatly to the development of the concerto grosso as well as writing a number of other pieces, mainly instrumental.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Michael Torke, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Born in 1961 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Torke studied both piano and composition at Eastman and composition at Yale. He has often used elements of popular music in his compositions and has had commissions from major symphony orchestras.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Francesco Paolo Tosti, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1846-1916) Teacher of singing and composer of art songs in both Italy and England was knighted by Edward VII in 1908.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Charles Tournemire, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
French organist and composer Charles Arnould Tournemire studied with Bériot, Widor, and Franck. He wrote operas, songs, orchestral and chamber works, and organ pieces, including L'Orgue mystique, a massive work based upon the liturgical year.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Donald Tovey, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Donald Francis Tovey (1875-1940) was pianist, composer, music theorist, and critic. Because of his skill and passion at the latter two, the composer aspect is often forgotten. Tovey wrote for orchestra, chamber group, piano, chorus, solo singer, and for the opera.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Joan Tower, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer Joan Tower was born 6 September 1938 in New Rochelle, New York. She grew up in South America, where her father was a mining engineer, absorbing the native culture, and discovering a love for performing, playing percussion and piano in family shows.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Tommaso Traetta, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian composer Tommaso Michele Francesco Saverio Traetta (1727-1779) is most noted for his operas, many influenced by French sensibilities. Some of his greatest work was done while part of the court of Catherine the Great of Russia.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Harold Truscott, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Harold Truscott (1914-1992) was pianist, composer, music teacher, and author. He wrote books on Beethoven and Franz Schmidt's works, completed Schubert piano compositions, lectured at Huddersfield College, and composed various instrumental and vocal works. His other abilities outshone his compositional talents until his last few years and then posthumously, when many of his works finally received wide acceptance.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of David Tudor, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American contemporary composer and pianist, born in 1926, and died of a stroke in 1996. He worked closely with John Cage and Merce Cunningham, and was a member of the New York School.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Fisher Tull, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1934-1994)
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Erkki-Sven Tüür, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Erkki-Sven Tüür was born in Kärdla on the Estonian island of Hiiumaa in 1959. He moved among styles and genres, including founding a "chamber rock group" In Spe that became one of the most popular in Estonia
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Christopher Tye, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
A contemporary of John Sheppard, Tallis, and Taverner, Christopher Tye (c.1505-1572) was a noted organist who left a heritage of liturgical, hymnic, and secular works. His career spanned the English Reformation and his output shows adaptation to the changing ecclesiastical and political climates in England.
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