I’ve been having fun getting to know musicians who are all new to me. So far, I’ve concentrated on the awesome symphony musicians here in Columbus, Ohio. In 2014, I hope to expand on that. In the meantime, I thought it would be fun this year to also meet some new composers – whether they be living composers or composers who have been dead for centuries.
My challenge? Which composers and how the heck do I choose them?
I love to travel and have been fortunate enough to have visited many amazing places – whether that be by studying abroad, serving in the Peace Corps or just taking a vacation. So with that in mind, I’ve decided to get to know one composer from each country I’ve ever visited or lived in and then share what I learn here on Giocosity.
Starting January 2014, I’ll profile two composers per month starting with an American composer all the way through a Moroccan composer. The order of presentation is based on the chronological order in which I first visited each of these great nations.
As far as the choosing of the composers, it’s pretty random, but while Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi and Handel are all rather awesome, I am purposely choosing lesser known composers – or well – composers I don’t know nearly as well. It’s all pretty subjective!
Here are the composers. I’m still working on Morocco as that’s proving to be a tad challenging, but I’ll figure it out.
Thanks very much to Scott Chamberlain (St. Catherine University), Julia Rose (Columbus Symphony Orchestra) and my Dad for helping me put this list together!
- USA – David P. Sartor (b. 1956)
- Canada – John Estacio (b. 1966)
- France – Jean-Féry Rébel (1666-1747)
- Germany – Clara Schumann (1819-1896)
- Switzerland – Heinrich Sutermeister (1910-1995)
- Italy – Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736)
- Austria – Ignaz Pleyel (1757-1831)
- Monaco – Massimiliano Greco (b. 1967)
- Mexico – Manuel de Sumaya (1678-1755)
- Northern Ireland – Ian Wilson (b. 1964)
- Ireland – John Field (1782-1837)
- Bulgaria – Pancho Vladigerov (1899-1978)
- Egypt – Abu Bakr Khairat (1910-1963)
- Turkey – Ahmed Adnan Saygun (1907-1991)
- Greece – Nikos Skalkottas (1904-1949)
- Romania – George Enescu (1881-1955)
- Hungary – Josef Joachim (1831-1907)
- England – William Byrd (1540-1623)
- Wales – Morfydd Owen (1891-1918)
- Scotland – William Marshall (1748-1833)
- Belgium – Gilles Binchois (1400-1460)
- Argentina – Carlos Gardel (1890-1935)
- Spain – Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908)
- Morocco – Pending
I look forward to getting to know these composers. I hope you look forward to learning more about them as well!