Thomas Fats Waller: 21 May 1904 – 15 Dec 1943

Introduction Thomas Fats Waller was an American Jazz pianist and composer. His mother Adeline was a musician who taught and supported Thomas in his music. Sadly she died when he was a teenager. His father was the Reverend Edward Martin Waller, a trucker and pastor in New York City. Waller was one of eleven children, however only four… Read More »

Paul Dukas: 1 Oct 1865 – 1935 May 193

Introduction Paul Dukas was a French composer and music critic. His father was a banker and his mother a pianist. She died during childbirth whilst Dukas was very young. Unlike many composers he wasn’t a child prodigy and didn’t show any musical talent until the age of fourteen whilst recovering from an illness. It was at this time… Read More »

Antonin Dvorak: 8 Sept 1841 – 1 May 1904

Introduction Antonin Dvorak was the first Bohemian composer to achieve worldwide recognition. He composed during the mid nineteenth into the early twentieth century. He was the eldest of nine children and displayed musical talent through the violin at the age of six. His father was a butcher and Inn keeper who played the zither and it was thought… Read More »

Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf: 2 Nov 1739 – 24 Oct 1799

Introduction Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf was an Austrian violinist and composer of the eighteenth century. He began his musical career as a virtuoso violinist and worked in a church. At the age of twelve he gained a post with the court orchestra of the Prince of Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Here he met Gluck and Haydn and studied under Giuseppe Bonno, the… Read More »

Josquin Despres: c1450 – 27 Aug 1521

Introduction Josquin Despres also known as Des Pres or simply Josquin, was a great composer of the Renaissance in Europe. Career Much of his early life is speculative and it wasn’t until 1477 that his first job as a singer at the chapel of René, Duke of Anjou, in Aix-en-Provence was documented. He stayed at the chapel until… Read More »

Frederick Delius: 29 Jan 1862 – 10 June 1934

Introduction Frederick Delius was an English composer born into a wealthy family of German manufacturers. He was taught the violin as a young boy. Despite his resistance in joining the family business his father sent him around the UK and then to Florida to manage their business operations. In his spare time Delius concentrated on his musical studies.… Read More »

Robert de Visee: c1655 – 1732/33

Introduction Robert de Visee was born around 1655. He played a variety of instruments and is known more for his performing than his composing. It is thought his greatest talent was displayed whilst playing the guitar. Although not a great deal is known about his life he did play in the music court of King Louis XIV and… Read More »

Recently Added Sheet Music: 2 October 2020

Hello Music-Scorers! This week Anne has added six new arrangements to You will notice that at the bottom of the list is our first Christmas arrangement of the year!! Yes, Christmas is creeping up on us again but will be a little different this year. You might be planning on wrapping up warm for an outdoor concert… Read More »

Louis Claude Daquin: 14 July 1694 – 15 June 1772

Introduction Louis Claude Daquin was a French composer, organist and keyboard player. HIs father was a painter, one of his great uncles was the physican to Louis XIV and his godmother was the composer Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre. (Maybe this is how he obtained access to the royal circles?) Career Daquin played before King Louis XIV at… Read More »

Jean Francois Dandrieu: c1682 – 7 Feb 1739

Introduction Jean-Francois Dandrieu was a French composer, harpsichordist and organist. Despite being largely unknown today in his time he was considered very highly – just below the likes of Couperin and Rameau. He was born into a wealthy musical and artistic family and showed a rare gift early on in life. His first performance being at the age… Read More »