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Exploring Diversity of Composers: a Virtual Exhibit

This is a virtual exhibit curated by members of the elective course, Exploring Diversity of Composers, in the SEMINAR 2020 music camp, offered online by the WMU School of Music.

Grażyna Bacewicz

A 20th century Polish composer, violinist, and pianist, her works spanned many genres, and included orchestral, piano, and violin works.  She also composed music for stage, film, and radio. -- Source: Grażyna Bacewicz website.

Amy Beach

- Date of birth -

Born on : September 5, 1867

Died on : December 27, 1944

Place :  Henniker, New Hampshire

- Early years -

Amy Marcy Cheney was born in Henniker, New Hampshire on September 5, 1867 her parents were Charles Abbott Cheney and Clara Imogene.

Amy was an accomplished youngster, who could memorize many songs, improvise, and read at a very early age. Amy study piano with her mother and gave recitals as a child, including performances of her own compositions.

- Marriage -

Amy was married to Dr. Henry Harris Aubrey Beach, and as a result was known professionally as "Mrs. H. H. A. Beach."

Amy's well known works include her Piano Concerto and the Gaelic Symphony.  She was also known as a piano performer.

Henriëtte Bosmans

Henriëtte Bosmans was born in Amsterdam in 1895 to Henri Bosmans, a professional cellist, and Sara Benedicts, a piano teacher at a Dutch conservatory. Her father died when she was 6 months old, so she was raised by her mother. Her mother taught her piano, and Henriette became a prominent concert pianist and teacher by the 1920's. Her relationships led to musical partnerships, and these were with both men and women.


Her most prominent works are her Concertino for Piano and Orchestra and her Concert Piece for Flute and Chamber Orchestra. -- Sources: Henriëtte Bosmans: Dutch Composer and Pianist (program notes) and Wikipedia entry on Henriëtte Bosmans.

Hildegard von Bingen

Hildegard Von Bingen, or Saint Hildegard, was a German composer, nun, writer, and philosopher who lived from 1098 to 1179. Her composition works include Ordo Virtutum, which is believed to be the oldest surviving morality play. She is also considered to be the founder of scientific natural history in Germany. 

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

A polymath and composer living in 18th century France, Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges was a European composer of the classical period partly of African descent. His works included operas, concertos, symphonies, and chamber works.  -- Source: Wikipedia entry on Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges.

Dorothy Freed

DOB + Location
February 10, 1919-April 1 2020
Dunedin, New Zealand

GED at New Zealand, Williamstorm. Married in 1940 to William Ian Freed and had 3 children. Then she went off after having her kids to College to get her Bachelors of Music. She then worked in a Music Library being a librarian. As she was employed as a librarian she continued musical composition training.


Bachelor of Music (1958) at Victoria University 

Broadcasting Service Award, Composition Awards with accomplishments 


Jack Kilpatrick

Jack Kilpatrick, born in Stillwell, Oklahoma in 1915, was an indigenous composer known for his symphonies and folk music. Kilpatrick utilizes the pentatonic scale in a lot of his music and incorporates Native American folklore into it as well. Though he died in 1967, Kilpatrick’s music will live on forever.

Clara Schumann

Pianist and composer Clara Schumann chiefly wrote works for piano, including art songs. She also wrote arrangements, and works for orchestra and chamber ensembles. Historical writings on music address her marriage to composer Robert Schumann and their association with the early part of Johannes Brahms's compositional career. -- Source: Wikipedia entry on Clara Schumann.

Jagjit Singh

Jagjit Singh, sometimes referred to as “The Ghazal King” was an Indian composer who is credited with reviving Ghazal, a traditional Indian form of music. Singh is considered to be one of the most successful Indian singers to ever live. He mainly composed music for Indian films and TV shows, the most notable example being the film “Saath Saath”, in which several of his songs were featured in.

William Grant Still

As reflected in his biography on the William Grant Still Music website (linked below), Still was a highly accomplished composer, and known as the "Dean of African-American Classical Composers."  He lived from 1895 to 1978, and had a lasting impact on the musical landscape in the United States in the 20th century.  He composed in many genres including dramatic music for the stage, symphonic music, vocal and choral music, and chamber music. -- Source: William Grant Still Music website.