Michael McCooe – Composer: Pärt

Arvo Pärt (born 11 September 1935) is an Estonian piano composer of classical and religious music who has worked on music to his own unique style since the 1970s. His self-invented compositional technique, tintinnabuli, is in part inspired by Gregorian chant. Early life Born in Paide, Järva County, Estonia, Pärt was raised by his mother … Continue reading Michael McCooe – Composer: Pärt

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Michael McCooe: Opera – Pavarotti

Luciano Pavarotti (12 October 1935 – 6 September 2007) was an Italian operatic tenor who managed to take his music into the mainstream musical sphere. He became one of the most successful operatic tenors of all time, gaining worldwide fame for the brilliance and beauty of his tone—especially into the upper register. One of the … Continue reading Michael McCooe: Opera – Pavarotti

Michael McCooe – Composer: Scriabin

Alexander Scriabin (25th December 1871 – 14th April 1915) was a Russian composer and pianist. His early works took inspiration from Frederic Chopin and are characterised by a highly tonal idiom. Personal journey Born in Moscow on Christmas Day 1871, his father and uncles were all away with military careers. His mother, who had a … Continue reading Michael McCooe – Composer: Scriabin

Michael McCooe- Composer: Hindemith

Paul Hindemith is one of the most renowned composers of the 20th Century. His notable works include his song cycle Das Marienleben (1923), opera Mathis der Maler (1938) and theSymphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber, which he wrote in 1943. Early career The German composer, violist, violinist, teacher and conductor was born … Continue reading Michael McCooe- Composer: Hindemith

Michael McCooe – Composer: Weber

Carl Maria von Weber was one of the first significant composers of the Romantic school of the 19th Century. Ability and style Born in November 1786, his influence on German classical music in the 19th Century cannot be understated. Weber was a capable composer, conductor, pianist, guitarist and critic. His most famous operas include Der Freischütz, Euryanthe and Oberon which greatly influenced … Continue reading Michael McCooe – Composer: Weber

Michael McCooe – Composer: Corelli

Arcangelo Corelli (17th February 1653 – 8th January 1713) was an Italian violinist and composer. His music during the Baroque era was key to the development of modern classical music, including sonata and concerto while he also helped to establish the preeminence of the violin. Early life Corelli’s father passed away five weeks before the composer’s birth, so he was raised solely … Continue reading Michael McCooe – Composer: Corelli

Michael McCooe – Composer: Smetana

Bedřich Smetana (2 March 1824 – 12 May 1884) was regarded as the father of Czech music in his homeland whose music became closely identified with his country’s aspirations to independent statehood. Smetana became internationally renowned for his opera The Bartered Bride and for the symphonic cycle Má Vlast (“My Homeland”), which portrays the history, … Continue reading Michael McCooe – Composer: Smetana