Self-Taught Composers

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Georg Philipp Telemann was a composer during the Baroque period. Georg Philipp Telemann was a composer during the Baroque period. (Engraving by Georg Lichtensteger/Wikipedia Commons)

This week on Classics for Kids, host Naomi Lewin looks at composers who taught themselves how to write music without taking formal lessons, such as Georg Philipp Telemann. Other musicians who didn't receive traditional instruction include Edward Elgar, Amy Beach, George Gershwin and J.S. Bach.

Program Playlist:

Elgar: Wand of Youth Suite

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Poulenc: Gloria

Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag

Beach: Celtic Symphony

Bach: Violin Concerto in E

Villa-Lobos: Bach Brasileiras No. 5

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

Telemann: Gigue from Suite in D

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