Gaddafi had a serious obsession with Condoleezza Rice, showering her with over $200,000 in gifts and having a famous local composer write a song for her called β€œBlack Flower in the White House” cnn.com/2011/11/03/us/ric…
The great composer J.S. Bach, who created monumentally beautiful choral works like the St. Matthew Passion, got into a dagger fight with one of his students after calling him a "nanny-goat bassoonist". classicfm.com/composers/b…
The iconic "assembly line" music used in Looney Tunes and many other cartoons was originally released by the Raymond Scott Quintette in 1937. The drummer of the Quintette was Johnny Williams, father of composer John Williams. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pow…
Tchaikovsky had a patron who gave him enough money to quit his job and become a full-time composer, on the condition that they never meet in person. californiasymphony.org/20…
Composer Franz Liszt's hotness is a matter of historical record. Such was his beauty, talent and benevolence, the Hungarian pianist was said to bring about states of 'mystical ecstasy' and 'asphyxiating hysteria' in his fans. Many doctors felt he posed a public health risk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Although Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture was written to include cannons firing and cathedral bells, synchronising them with an orchestra proved all but impossible. It wasn't until 1954 that composer Antal DorΓ‘ti mixed a studio recording with cannons and bells, finally playing it as intended. classicfm.com/composers/t…
For The Mandalorian opening theme music composer Ludwig Goransson bought a set of (flute) Recorders because he wanted to step away from computers when he began the Mandalorian project youtube.com/watch?app=des…
The alto clarinet is considered an endangered species of the American band. Music publishers, composers do not include or write parts for alto clarinet and a musician from Alaska believes he is the only professional player in a long time to play it seriously as a chamber and solo instrument depts.washington.edu/uwwi…
Florida’s current state song is an old blackface era minstrel song with modified lyrics. The song’s composer never visited the state. wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Fo…
Ernesto Lecuona, a Cuban-born composer, died while in the Canary Islands. He was interred in New York, but his will requests that "his remains be repatriated once the current [Castro] rΓ©gime runs its course." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ern…
Today I learned about AntΓ΄nio Carlos Jobim, called "the father of Bossa Nova." The composer of "The Girl from Ipanema" and other classics, an airport he mentioned in a few songs was later renamed in his honor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
That, upon his death in 1977, jazz composer Paul Desmond left the rights to royalties for his performances and compositions, including "Take Five", to the American Red Cross, which has since received combined royalties of approximately $100,000 per year en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tak…
Tchaikovsky, famous Russian classical composer, lived a life of tragedy. His mother died while he was in boarding school, his close friend died, his 13-year relationship ended, he had to keep his homosexuality private all his life, and he died a sudden death at 53 years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyo…
The famous classical composer Vivaldi died poor and no music was played in his funeral. courses.lumenlearning.com…
Today I learned of 17th century composer Jean-Baptiste Lully, who died after stabbing himself in his pinky toe with his conducting baton during a performance. The resulting gangrene spread to his leg, which he refused to have amputated, so he could still dance. It eventually spread to his brain, killing him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
The famous pop song "all by myself" is attributed partially to Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov. When Eric Carmen composed the song, he based his verse on the 2nd movement of Rachmaninov's 2nd Concerto for piano, thinking it was public domain, but it wasn't. blogs.wdav.org/2014/08/ra…
Andre Tchaikowski, a Polish composer, donated his skull to the Royal Shakespeare Company, asking that it be used as a prop on stage. The skull was used as Yorick's skull in a 2008 production of Hamlet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Handel and Bach two great composers were blinded by the same quack in botched eye surgeries. med.wisc.edu/news-and-eve…
Hortense de Beauharnais ; step daughter of Napoleon, Queen of Netherlands and Duchess of Saint Leu was a composer! She was playing piano, harp and guitar. She was a great singer and loved painting. She composed romance that she illustrated and sent to her friends cross the europe. europeanfemalewindbandcom…
Disney composer Alan Menken came from a family of dentists and trained at medical school. He was a poor student, "wild hippie" and barely finished NYU. 8 Oscars, 10 Grammys, 7 Golden Globes later, Menken is now a star at NYU with a doctorate and scholarship in his name theartsdesk.com/theatre/t…
Today I learned of Kevin MacLeod. A composer who has made over 2,000 pieces of royalty free music. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kev…
Stanley Kubrick hired composer Alex North to create the sound track to 2001: A Space Odyssey but later decided to replace North's music with the first 22 bars of 'Also Sprach Zarathustra'. North wasn't aware his music had been dropped until he went to the film's New York City premiere. classicfm.com/composers/s…
For the 2009 film "Avatar", composer James Horner invented new musical instruments, as well as altering and mixing indigenous instruments from places like Finland, South America, and Indonesia, in order to create a "sound world" that was appropriate for an entirely alien planet latimes.com/entertainment…
Today I learned about Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges, born in 1745. He was the first Black composer of the classical era, conductor of the leading symphony orchestra in Paris, and a champion fencer. He has been referred to as β€œBlack Mozart” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Phil Collins, composer of the soundtrack to Disney's 1999 animated film "Tarzan", performed all the songs not only in English, but French, German, Italian and Spanish as well. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…
Claude Debussy, the composer who wrote Claire De Lune and Nocturnes, died on March 25th, 1918 at the height of WWI. He could not have a public funeral because Paris was being heavily bombed by the Germans. britannica.com/biography/…
Today I learned of Nadia Boulanger, French composer, conductor and teacher. She was the first woman to conduct the New York Philharmonic and was a teacher at Fontainebleau, teaching famed composers such as Aaron Copland, Philip Glass, and Ross Lee Finney en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nad…
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's younger son, Franz Xaver Mozart was also a composer. Even more interesting is the fact that he studied music under Antonio Salieri, who was portrayed as Mozart's bitter rival in the 1984 film 'Amadeus' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
The name of celebrated Studio Ghibli music composer, Joe Hisaishi, when transcribed into Japanese, sounds like Quincy Jones, in homage to the American composer. Hisaishi's original name is Mamoru Fujisawa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe…
Johann Sebastian Bach had 20 children. The family spawned 50 musicians and several notable composers: Joahnnes (a piper), Christoph (an instrumentalist), Johann Ambrosius (a violinist), and Veit (a white bread baker whose greatest pleasure was playing the Cittern). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bac…
Composer DvoΕ™Γ‘k was inspired by African-American spirituals while in America and became convinced they were the future of American music. He told a student, "these beautiful and varied themes are the product of the soil. They are the folk songs of America and your composers must turn to them." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sym…
:The classical composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had the highest selling CD's in 2016 even beating the likes of Drake, Kanye West and BeyoncΓ© nme.com/news/music/bigges…
The original version of Witch Doctor features a high-pitched Witch Doctor. The composer and singer for both voices re-used the technique when he created Alvin & The Chipmunks later that year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alv…
The song we commonly associate with clowns and a circus wasn't originally intended to be used that way. 'Grande Marche Chromatique' (Entrance of the Gladiators) was composed by Czech composer Julius Fučík and the piece was supposed to demonstrate the ability of modern brass instruments. musictales.club/article/e…
Mark Mothersbaugh, co-founder, lead singer, keyboardist of 1980's new wave powerhouse DEVO, was the composer for Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok soundtrack and is signed on for Thor: Love and Thunder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
In the 1970's, it was discovered that arguably Johann Sebastian Bach's most famous piece, Minuet in G major, was actually composed by German composer Christian Petzold en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
Orchestral Conductors used to keep time by pounding on the ground with a large staff until the composer Jean-Baptiste Lully stabbed himself in the foot, refused treatment, got gangrene and died. This eventually led to conductors using their hands or a baton to conduct music. classicfm.com/discover-mu…
Irving Berlin (composer of White Christmas and Putting On The Ritz) could only play piano in one key, so he had a custom piano built with a switch that shifted the entire keyboard left and right to different strings. youtu.be/DV9uq8z2k5E
The lead singer of Toto and the composer who does all the Spielberg and Harry Potter movie scores (John Williams) are father and son. jwfan.com/forums/index.ph…
Actress Rashida Jones is daughter of renowned music composer and producer Quincy Jones en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ras…
Benjamin Franklin, the American political philosopher, scientist, inventor, and writer, was also a classical composer. He wrote his β€œQuartetto for Three Violins and Cello” around 1778. fi.edu/benjamin-franklin/…
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…
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-…
The English Horn is not a horn and it originated in Silesia, a region largely within Poland, in about 1720. While not a regular member of the orchestra, composers from Beethoven to Sibelius to Stravinsky to John Williams have written pieces incorporating it obergh.net/songoffire/201…
Today I learned of John Taylor, a charlatan from the 18th century, parading from town to town doing bogus eye operations, and allegedly blinding hundreds of people, including famous composers Handel, and Bach. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The piano in the 'Succession' theme song is out of tune. Composer Nicholas Britell wanted his theme to be weird, strange, and evoke feelings of humanness that comes through when things aren’t perfect. vulture.com/2019/08/succe…
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…
Thunder, Lightning, Strike, the debut album from The Go! Team, had to be redone from top to bottom after its release because composer Ian Parton didn't bother getting any of the samples cleared. soundonsound.com/people/g…
Josquin des Prez was the first composer with a book of printed music devoted to his works. His style set the standard for vocal part-music in the 1500s. He was so popular after his death that publishers put his name on many things that weren’t composed by him β€” to make them sell sfcv.org/learn/composer-g…
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…

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