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Madame Butterfly is a famous opera that tells the tale of Pinkerton (a U.S. Naval officer) and his wife Cio-Cio-San (Madame Butterfly). Pinkerton marries for convenience and soon leaves Cio-Cio-San to marry an American girl, but later discovers he has a son with Cio-Cio-San. He returns to Japan with his new wife, but admits to being a coward and refuses to face his former wife. Cio-Cio-San realizes what has happened and agrees to give the child to Pinkerton and his new wife if he will agree to see her. She prepares her son to leave with his father and commits suicide. Madame Butterfly is one of the most widely acclaimed operas of all time and is ranked 8th in most performed operas in the world. Many adaptations have been made since it was released, including four films. Let’s find out who composed and wrote this opera.
Star Wars is one of the most popular film franchises of all time. The first movie was released in 1977 and not only did it launch this worldwide phenomenon, but it become the highest grossing movie of all time. The following 5 movies in the franchise were also very successful. One of the most recognizable features of the movies is the musical score, which has been nominated for many awards including multiple Academy Awards, Grammy Awards and many others. The most well known musical piece from the films is known as “Luke’s Theme” or the “Main Theme” and it is believed to be one of the best known pieces of music in the history of film! Let’s find out who composed the music for the Star Wars movies.
Fiddler on the Roof is a musical that opened on Broadway in 1964 at the Imperial Theater. The production was so successful that it ran for a record 3,242 performances and won 9 Tony Awards from 10 nominations. Many other productions of the musical have occurred since the first production ended and in 1971 and a film adaptation of the musical was also very successful. The story is based in Russia just after the turn of the 20th century and follows a poor Jewish man named Tevye and his family. The story is based on Tevye and his Daughters written by Sholem Aleichem and published in 1894.
The Nutcracker is a famous ballet that is commonly performed during the Christmas season in the United States. However, even many people who have never seen the ballet are familiar with parts of the musical composition that is also commonly played around Christmas. The story for the ballet was adapted from “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” which was a story about a Nutcracker, which was a Christmas toy, that comes alive and defeats and evil mouse king. If you have ever wondered who composed the music for this famous ballet, keep reading to find out.
The Ride of the Valkyries is the name given to the piece of music at the beginning of Act III of the opera Die Walküre (The Valkyrie). This opera is the second in a group of four operas known as Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). The Ride of the Valkyries lasts about 8 minutes, but shortened versions are usually played outside of the opera house. It has become one of the most famous musical compositions of all time. If you want to know who composed this classical piece of music, keep reading to find out.
Peter and the Wolf is a musical composition that is accompanied by a children’s story read by a narrator. The story follows a young boy called Peter who lives with his grandfather and manages to catch a wolf. Each character in the story has its own musical theme and instrument. It has been recorded numerous times, made into popular stage productions and was made into an animated film by Walt Disney. If you have ever wondered who composed this popular children’s story, keep reading to find out.
The “Carol of the Bells” is one of the best known pieces of music associated with Christmas. It is a distinctive composition that is often heard without the accompanying lyrics. This may be due to the fact that the English lyrics were not added to the song until the 1930′s, even though the song was composed much earlier. Let’s take a look at who composed this unique Christmas song.
Silent Night is a popular, traditional Christmas carol that depicts the birth of Jesus. It was written and sung for the first time over 190 years ago. It is most commonly sung as a slow, sweet lullaby and has been sung and recorded by many different music artists. Silent Night has been translated into many languages and is part of most Christmas celebrations all over the world. Let’s take a look at who composed this popular Christmas carol.
The Rite of Spring is a ballet that premiered in Paris on May 29, 1913. It was written for, and first performed by, the Ballets Russes (The Russian Ballets), which was one of the best known Russian ballet companies of the time. The English title for the ballet is based on the French name, Le sacre du printemp, but the Russian title means “Sacred Spring” in English. Let’s take a look at who composed this famous ballet.
A wedding is arguably the most important day in a person’s life. Every part of the day is carefully planned to the finest detail and this includes the music to be used for the bride’s entrance. Some people choose more traditional music, while others prefer a modern song. This custom dates back to the 1858 royal wedding and traditional songs used for this part of the ceremony are still very popular. Let’s take at the composers of the two most popular wedding marches.