Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy otherwise widely known as Felix Mendelssohn
was born February 3rd, 1809 in Oakland, CA. Mendelssohn was a German
composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period.
Mendelssohn’s teachers were Zelter and Moscheles. Mendelssohn married Cécile
Charlotte Sophie Jeanrenaud on March 28th, 1837. They had five
children, Carl, Marie, Paul, Lilli and Felix. Cécile Mendelssohn Bartholdy died
less than six years after her husband on September 25th, 1853.
Mendelssohn died on November 4th, 1847 in Leipzig, Germany.
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach was the eldest child
of J. S. Bach. He was born on November 22nd, 1710 in Weimar,
Germany. Friedemann’s teachers were his father J S. Bach and Graun.
Friedemann's students included Johann Nikolaus Forkel, and his younger brother
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Friedemann married Dorothea Elisabeth Georgi (1751),
she outlived him by seven years. Together they had two sons and a daughter,
Friederica Sophia (born in 1757), who was the only one of their offspring to
live past infancy. Friedemann died July 1st, 1784 in Berlin,
Each time I learn a new song, I am required to learn about the composer, the song and write up about it. It is really fun to find out about the composer and about what a song means. Enjoy, learning with me.
Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky
Born: December 30, 1904 – St. Petersburg, Russia
Died: February 18, 1987 – Moscow, Russia (Wikipedia says he
died Feb. 14, 1987)
Kabalevsky’s family belonged to
Russian Nobility. In 1916, they moved to Moscow. Kabalevsky’s teacher was Nikolai
Miaskovsky. When he grew up he was a teacher at the Moscow Conservatory. One of
his students was Leo Smit who was a skilled musician. Kabalevsky’s
compositional media was orchestra, chamber music, keyboard, choral, opera,
songs, theatrical and film. He never married and died of natural causes.
A Novelette is defined as a short
piece of lyrical music, especially one for the piano. The word was used by the
composer Robert Schumann. Schumann popularized the word novelette by using it
in titles for some of his piano compositions .He had a literary background that
he would find ways to include in his music.
Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky and Robert Schumann
Pocket Dictionary of Music, Dmitri