Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921) Camille Saint-Saens was a French composer, organist, and pianist. He was considered a child prodigy on the piano – playing in his first concert at around age 10. He played and toured all over the world and is particularly beloved for his composition “The Carnival of Animals”, known for its humorous approach…

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OSCAR PETERSON (1925-2007) Considered one of the greatest jazz pianists of all times, Oscar Peterson was well-loved by millions across the world. Duke Ellington called him the “Maharaja of the keyboard.” He started his piano career with classical piano and at the age of 14 won a talent show which expanded his opportunities. He slowly…

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ANDRES SEGOVIA… (1893-1987) Known as the father of the classical guitar, which is the predecessor of every other modern guitar genre.  A self-taught musician, Segovia transcribed the works of J. S. Bach into guitar repertoire, and his efforts promoted the guitar from the lowly status of a folk instrument into recognition as a full-fledged member…

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n n Born in Germany in 1967, he is a modern day composer who has won many awards in the world of movies, tv shows and video games. He also is well known for composing the music for the closing ceremonies at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Might you recognize some of his music? Maybe from Prince of Egypt? Or Gladiator? Or Pirates of the Caribbean?nn

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n KLAUS BADELTn

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n n Click on the note below for a fun video of “He's a Pirate” by Klaus Badelt that highlights some of the processes of composing. ENJOY!nn

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