, that one of the greatest composers in the world, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, was homosexual and that the Soviet and Russian government have hidden his letters that were telling about his sexual desiers until 1995 from the public. More but not all letters were published in later in 2009. theguardian.com/music/201…
Mamoru Samuragochi is a deaf Japanese composer, who known as the β€œdigital-age Beethoven” and creator of Onimusha’s OST. But, it later turned out that all of his works in 18 years were actually written by a ghost writer. And his deafness is all fake newyorker.com/culture/cul…
In 1990, Rick James sued MC Hammer for copyright when Hammer sampled his song β€œSuper Freak” in Hammer’s hit β€œCan’t Touch This” without permission. They agreed to settle out of court and Hammer credited James as a co-composer, James won his first and only Grammy from β€œCan’t Touch This”. vlaa.org/music-sampling-c…
John Williams, the legend film composer (Star Wars, Indiana Jones) had problems with the musical timings in E.T.’s BMX chase scene. Steven Spielberg told him to record the music just as he wanted, he then edited the chase sequence around Willams’s Oscar winning soundtrack. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E.T…
King Henry VIII of England was a gifted musician and composer. He could sing and play many instruments and was considered highly skilled in his time. Many of his compositions survive and some are still played in classical concerts, especially his most popular piece, "Pastime with Good Company." classical-music.com/featu…
Legendary video game composer Nobuo Uematsu is completely self-taught, and thought making video game music would be a fun side job. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nob…
Since 1986, the lead singer of the band 'Toto' has been Joseph Williams, the son of legendary composer John Williams (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, etc.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tot…
One of the singers of Africa by the band Toto was also the singing voice of adult Simba in The Lion King. And he is the son of composer John Williams en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Legendary composer Danny Elfman, behind such classics as the Simpsons theme song as well as the Nightmare before Christmas soundtrack, also wrote the song "Little Girls", also known as the Pedobear Song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lit…
Ron Wasserman, the composer of the Power Rangers theme song, also composed the theme song for the X-Men Animated Series en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
Hildur GuΓ°nadΓ³ttir, composer for Joker, composed some of the main pieces having only read the script. Her music was played on set during filming and helped inspire Joaquin's dancing in the pivotal bathroom scene. screendaily.com/features/…
Beethoven was such a massive star that following composers struggled to pull away from his artistic gravity. Brahms for example refused to make a symphony for 21 years, feeling unworthy. Schubert said: Who can ever do anything, after Beethoven? popularbeethoven.com/the-…
French organist and composer Louis Vierne died at the organ of Notre-Dame while giving a concert. Curiously enough, it was fulfilling his life-long dream. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
George Lucas' choice of John Williams as the composer for Star Wars was due to a recommendation from Steven Spielberg, who worked with Williams on the film 'Jaws' udiscovermusic.com/storie…
Austrian artist Oskar Kokoschka was so obsessed with his former lover Alma Mahler, widow of composer Gustav, that in 1918 he commissioned a life-sized fetish doll that he wished to 'embrace'. He was dissatisfied with the doll but did several paintings of it. Eventually, he beheaded it. huffingtonpost.co.uk/entr…
Kirsty MacColl, successful British singer / songwriter and daughter of the composer of "Dirty Old Town", died when she was diving in Mexico, pushing her 15 year old son out of the way of a speeding powerboat that ran her over. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kir…
Today I learned about 4'33", read four thirty-three. It's a music piece by experimental composer John Cage, and instructs the performer(s) to not play the their instruments for the entire four minutes, thirty-three seconds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4%E…
The famous German film composer Hans Zimmer, wrote the game show theme tune for "Going for Gold" digitalspy.com/tv/a788803…
Kip Winger of the 80's hair-metal band Winger is today an accomplished ballet composer. He was even awarded an Isadora Duncan Award for Excellence in Music. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kip…
Lena Raine, composer of Pigstep in Mincraft update 1.16, also worked on music in the Steven Universe movie and the game Celeste. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Len…
After a composer released a song that was just 60 seconds of silence, he was sued by the estate of a man who had released a similar track, called 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence. His defense was, "I have been able to say in one minute what he could only say in four minutes and 33 seconds" cnn.com/2002/SHOWBIZ/Musi…
Today I learned of Lisztomania, the obsessive fan hysteria surrounding the classical composer Franz Liszt. Admirers would fight over his locks of his hair, pull his carriage like horses, and carry glass vials of his old cigars and coffee dregs. bbc.com/culture/story/201…
French Composer Erik Satie founded his own church named "the Metropolitan Church of Art of Jesus the Conductor" music.minnesota.publicrad…
Dick Higgins (writer, publisher, artist, and composer) created a series of scores in the early 60's called 'Danger Music.' Examples include: #9 "volunteer to have your spine removed" and #17 "scream! scream! scream! scream! scream! scream!" blogthehum.com/2016/04/30…
Today I learned of eccentric English aristocrat Gerald Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron Berners [1883-1950]. A talented composer, writer and artist, Lord Berners had a clavichord in his Rolls-Royce, paper flowers in his garden, had tea with a horse and would drive around his estate in a pig mask to scare the locals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lor…
In 1913, Rabindranath Tagore became the first non-European writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Highly prolific, Tagore was also a composer and wrote the national anthems for both India and Bangladesh and he started painting in his 60s vam.ac.uk/content/article…
J Ralph, first composer in the history of the Oscars to have received multiple nominations for Best Original song that originated from documentaries, can neither read nor write music (notation) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._…
Composer John Williams has been nominated for 51 Academy Awards (winning 5) second only to Walt Disney who has 59. Williams has been nominated in six different decades, receiving his first for Valley of the Dolls in 1968 and his last for Star Wars: The Last Jedi in 2018. vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
Hildur GuΓ°nadΓ³ttir, the composer for HBO's Chernobyl, incorporated sounds from an actual working nuclear power plant into the soundtrack. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Composer Richard Wagner's career was saved by a Gay Monarch who was clearly in love with him. Wagner played along enough to get money to stage his operas, but never "sealed the deal" so to speak. rictornorton.co.uk/ludwig…
There was a plan to build a 3,000 slot machine casino almost 3 miles from the Gettysburg Battlefield, which would create 3,000 jobs and a year-round tourism industry. It was rejected twice (2006 and 2011) under opposition from Civil War enthusiasts including Ken Burns and composer John Williams. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
Florence Price was the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer, and the first to have her composition (Symphony No. 1 in E minor) played by a major orchestra on June 15, 1933. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
Chuck Berry wrote "Roll Over Beethoven" in response to his sister Lucy always using the family piano to play classical music when Berry wanted to play popular music. The lyric "roll over Beethoven and tell Tchaikovsky the news" refers classical composers rolling over in their graves to rock en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rol…
Muammar Qaddafi had a crush on Condoleezza Rice. Sometimes referring to her as his β€˜African princess’, he had a Libyan composer write a song called β€˜Black Flower in the White House,’ and had a homemade scrapbook filled with photos of the former U.S. secretary of state. vanityfair.com/news/2011/…
Famed composer of musicals (i.e. Cats, Phantom of the Opera, and Evita) Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote his first full-length musical at age 17. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Johann Sebastian Bach did not write the Minuets in G major and G minor, BWV Anh. 114 and 115, but were by composed by another German composer Christian Petzold, which, through their appearance in the 1725 Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, used to be attributed to Bach. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
Today I learned of Hans Rott, a composer that went into an insane asylum after pulling a gun on a train because he thought Johannes Brahms loaded the car with dynamite. Although he died young, Rott wrote a symphony (Symphony in E) that Gustav Mahler plagiarized in his own first two symphonies. listenmusicculture.com/ma…
When Cambridge graduate & visionary electronic composer Delia Derbyshire (who wrote the original Dr Who theme) applied for a position at Decca Records, she was told that they did not employ women in their recording studios. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Del…
John Williams has more Oscar nominations that have not resulted in an Oscar (47) than anyone, surpassing even Walt Disney (37) and composer Alfred Newman (34). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Oscar's most nominated family are the Newman's, a family of composers and song writers that started with Alfred Newman's work on Tin Pan Alley in 1941 . Cousins Randy and Thomas Newman are competing this year for best score. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Pope Benedict XVI is an accomplished pianist. His favourite composer is Mozart, of whom he said: β€œ"His music is by no means just entertainment; it contains the whole tragedy of human existence”. In 2009 he released an album of contemporary classical music. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
The lead singer of Toto, Joseph Williams, is the son of Star Wars/Jaws/Jurassic Park composer John Williams en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Composer Danny Elfman was in a band called Oingo Boingo and he sang the song 'Weird Science' from the movie of the same name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wei…
The First Delphic Hymn is the earliest unambiguous surviving example of notated music from anywhere in the western world whose composer is known by name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Del…
Famed music composer, Danny Elfman, is also the singing voice of Jack Skellington in The Nightmare Before Christmas choirofthesound.org/danny…
The composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was not actually Austrian; his place of birth was at the time an essentially sovereign state called the Archbishopric of Salzburg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moz…
Before committing suicide with gas, composer Peter Warlock locked his cat outside so that it wouldn't die with him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Joseph Williams, current lead singer of the band Toto, is the son of legendary film composer John Williams en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
There's an arch at Boston's Symphony Hall that was intended to bear the names of all the greatest composers, but only one name could be agreed upon: Beethoven. No one has been added since. massmoments.org/moment-de…
Pomp and Circumstance was originally composed for the coronation of King Edward VII, but after it was played when the composer received an honorary degree from Yale, more and more schools just started using it as well until it became the default graduation tune npr.org/templates/story/s…
English composer John Bull (sometimes credited with β€œGod Save The Queen”) was charged with breaking-and-entering and premarital fornication. When the Archbishop of Canterbury and King James I accused him of adultery in 1613, he fled to Belgium where he lived until his death in 1628. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev composed an opera, The Giant, when he was only 7 years old - using only the white keys wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei…
Because of anti-German sentiment after WWI,and because the two traditional wedding marches were both composed by Germans,an American composer composed his own wedding march. blogs.loc.gov/music/2019/…
The International Chopin Piano Competition has been held every five years since 1955. It is one of the few competitions devoted entirely to the works of a single composer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
While making the Man of Steel score, composer Hans Zimmer wanted the drums to sound big and vibrant (the way composer uses a string section). So Hans gathered some of the top drummers in the business and placed their drum sets in a circle around a recording device to get the sound he wanted. youtube.com/watch?v=QTOMI…
One of Sikorsky's, the helicopter pioneer, early financial backers was the composer Rachmaninoff who gave him 5K in 1923. Sikorsky made him a VP of the company and paid him back in 1929 sikorskyarchives.com/Igor…
2 artists and a composer created a 22 minute song with elements that were polled as the β€œmost annoying” sounds, which included cowboy music, bagpipes and a rapping soprano youtu.be/wUOkz0a42k8
, John Williams, famed composer of the themes from Star Wars and Jaws also wrote many television themes, including Gilligan's Island, Lost In Space and Wagon Train. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The song "Jingle Bells" was originally composed as a drinking song about horse-racing. It had no connection to Christmas, but was initially associated with Thanksgiving. The composer, John Lord Pierpont, was a deadbeat dad, and uncle of Wall Street banker J.P. Morgan. newenglandhistoricalsocie…
During WW2 English singer and composer Noel Coward performed a song called "Don't Let's Be Beastly to the Germans" that was banned by the BBC. Churchill loved it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
One of Mozart’s patrons was so annoyed by the composer’s frequent absences, that he had his steward throw Mozart out of the room and kick his backside. The patron dismissed Mozart with the words: β€œHe should just go then; I don't need him!". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hie…
Today I learned of Joseph Bologne, a black man who led an all-black regiment in the French Revolution, consequently the first of its kind in Europe. The son of a wealthy planter, he was also a champion fencer, classical composer, virtuoso violinist, and conductor of the leading symphony orchestra in Paris. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Today I learned about musicogenic epilepsy, where certain music patterns and composers can trigger seizures. epilepsysociety.org.uk/mu…
Nita Strauss, the current touring guitarist for Alice Cooper, is a descendant of Austrian composer Johann Strauss en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nit…
Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev died the same day as Joseph Stalin. The leading Soviet musical periodical at the time reported Prokofiev's death as a brief item on page 116, with the previous 115 pages dedicated to Stalin. houstonpress.com/music/ho…
Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, added lyrics to the theme music but never used them in the actual show's intro so he could get a 50% share of the royalties that would've gone to the original composer. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
As composer Mike Greene was working on the "Bill Nye The Science Guy" theme song, a rap group was also recording inside his studio. He called them over to chant "Bill!" into the mic. It wasn't until the show aired that they knew why. sciencebob.com/who-wrote-…
Duke Ellington's signature tune, "Take the 'A' Train" was recovered from a trash can just in time before being gone forever. Composer Billy Strayhorn had discarded it as second rate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tak…
Ramin Djawadi, the music composer for Game of Thrones & Westworld, has a condition called synesthesia - where he can "see" music. businessinsider.com/game-…
For the film "Deliverance", Warner Bros. took the song "Feudin' Banjos" and renamed it "Dueling Banjos", to avoid giving the original composer credit. He sued and received "substantial royalties". bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
Composer Earle Brown wrote a piece called β€œTwenty-Five Pages”, which consists of 25 un-numbered pages that can be played in any order, either side up, and each line read as treble or bass clef. It can be played by any number of pianos up to 25. earle-brown.org/works/vie…
Paul Desmond - alto saxophonist in the Dave Brubeck Quartet and composer of the group’s seminal β€œTake Five” - gave all of the proceeds of his hit song to the Red Cross in his will. youtube.com/watch?v=tT9Eh…
The great composer John Williams who is mostly known for his amazing scores for Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Harry Potter also did the original theme music for Gilligan’s Island, The Olympics Theme and the theme for the NBC Nightly News β€œThe Mission”. britannica.com/topic/Gill…
Martin O'Donnell, the original composer of the Halo videogame series, modeled the game's iconic theme of chanting monks after the opening cadence of Yesterday by The Beatles. youtube.com/watch?v=6AzR7…
In order to work out how he would kill himself; British composer Jeremiah Clarke supposedly used a coin toss to decide between drowning or hanging. The coin landed on its edge, so he chose a third option; shooting himself with his gun. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
Susan Vega(composer of Tom's Diner) is the mother of the MP3. When Karl Heinz Brandenburg was developing the MP3 format he'd use the song as a template since the a cappella vocal track was ideal to improve the MP3 algorithm. If he could compress this song properly he could work with anything. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
The national anthems of Japan and Korea were both composed by the same German composer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Today I learned of Francesco Zappa, a 17th century composer who was highly regarded for his virtuoso cello playing. Frank Zappa re-recorded two of Francesco’s sonatas on a Synclavier and released it as an album, describing it as "His (Francesco Zappa's) First Digital Recording in over 200 Years". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Robert Fripp (of King Crimson) is the main composer of Windows Vista startup chime. theinquirer.net/inquirer/…
Paul Simon's song You Can Call Me Al was inspired by meeting composer & NY Philharmonic conductor Pierre Boulez at a party where Boulez mistakenly called Simon "Al" and his wife Peggy "Betty" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…
Film composer John Williams played the famous piano riff on the theme song to Peter Gunn (1959). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The famous composer Johann Sebastian Bach had no less than 20 children. tools.wmflabs.org/reasona…
Composer Joseph Haydn's tomb contains two skulls en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hay…
The composer Arnold Schoenberg had a morbid fear of the number 13. On his 76th birthday, an astrologer wrote him a letter of warning reading only "7 + 6 = 13", causing him to fall into a deep depression and illness, from which he died on Friday the 13th. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arn…
John Tesh (composer of the NBA theme) won 6 Emmys, 2 Grammys, an investigative journalism award from the Associated Press, hosted Entertainment Tonight, recorded over 50 albums (4 gold), and was a sportscaster for The Olympics, Wimbledon, The US Open, The Tour De France, Ironman Triathlon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
It is a Japanese tradition to play Beethoven's 9th Symphony The Ode to Joy on New Year's Eve. A Japanese composer said, "People feel they have not completed the year spiritually until they hear it." nytimes.com/1990/12/29/ar…
Ramin Djawadi, the composer for Game of Thrones, has the sensory condition Synesthesia, which allows him to visualize and associate music with color. youtu.be/3Sj99Pc4q8c
Steve Martin is an accomplished banjo player and bluegrass composer winning multiple Grammies en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Isaac Hayes, the performer and composer of the theme from 1971's "Shaft," won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and was only the third African-American to win an Oscar. Decades later, Hayes was crowned honorary king of the Ada region of Ghana in recognition of his humanitarian work there. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isa…
Julio Iglesias (farther to Enrique) played for real Madrid castella in 1960-1964. Was also a singer and songwriter and so successful performing over 5k concerts, and was inducted to the Latin hall of fame for composers, for selling over 250m records worldwide in 14 languages. wikipedia.org/wiki/Julio_…
Randy Newman, Oscar-winning composer and songwriter, co-wrote the screenplay Three Amigos! with John Landis, Lorne Michaels and Steve Martin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
Cash’s β€œFolsom Prison Blues” was rearranged from β€œCrescent City Blues” by composer Gordon Jenkins. youtu.be/T3M3Igjnbhs
When Spielberg first showed John Williams a cut of Schindler's List, Williams was so moved he had to take a walk outside to collect himself. Upon his return, Williams told Spielberg he deserved a better composer. Spielberg replied, "I know, but they're all dead." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
About Japans "Beethoven", the celebrated deaf composer whose symphony "Hiroshima" became an anthem for Hiroshima survivors, composed soundtracks for Resident Evil, and a theme for the Sochi Olympics. In 2014 he was outed as a fraud: was not even deaf, a did not write any of his famous works. nytimes.com/2014/02/07/ar…
Luigi Denza composed FuniculΓ¬, FuniculΓ  in 1880 as an advertisement for a cable car ride. Other composers, such as Richard Strauss, incorporated the melody into their own works, mistakenly assuming the song was a traditional Italian folk song. Denza successfully sued Strauss for royalties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fun…
Legendary Square Enix composers Nobuo Uematsu, Kenichiro Fukui and Tsuyoshi Sekito played together in an instrumental rock band called the Black Mages, and performed progressive metal arrangements of Uematsu's music from the Final Fantasy series. discogs.com/artist/976235…
The melody in the song summertime(Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, Sublime, many otherwise) was initially created by American composer George Gershwin in 1934 youtu.be/ixdJLXDT_QM
The German composer, Carl Orff, was responsible for having kids play the Recorder in elementary schools. He saw it as an easy way for kids to start playing music. The Recorder relies on rhythm rather than memorization. greatbigstory.com/stories…
The piano solo in the soundtrack of *The Apartment* (1960) was performed by John Williams (the composer) sfcv.org/learn/composer-g…
In 1795, as Composer Joseph Haydn conducted the premiere of his 102nd symphony, the audience pressed forward out of their seats to get a closer look. Moments later, a chandelier crashed to the floor where the seats had emptied, killing no one and giving this piece the name β€œThe Miracle”. theguardian.com/music/tom…

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