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Jody Nagel American teacher and composer
Born: Franklin, PA (USA), 29.05.1960
Nagel's teachers of
composition included among others Eugene Kurtz, Morton Subotnick and Peter Sculthorpe,
and his teachers of theory have included John Peel, Pat McCreless, Elliott
Antokoletz and Roger Graybill.
Miss Nagy is mostly known for her piano duets (one piano four hands).
One-Handed Solitaire 1970 (Lee Roberts)
Luis (Alberto) Nájera Medina Mexican composer
Born: México City, 09.11.1971
A late starter in music, Mr. Nájera’s
formal music education did not begin until after he graduated as an
Industrial and Systems Engineer in Mexico (Instituto Tecnologico de
Estudios Superiores de Monterrey - Technological Institute of
Superior Studies of Monterrey) in 1996.
Luis Nájera's musical output consists of the following works: L.I (1998) Chronicles: 7 pieces for guitar quartet, L.II (1999) Viento Oceanico (Oceanic Wind) for clarinet, piano, viola and cello, L.III (1999) El Delfin Volador (The Flying Dolphin) for solo piano, L.IV (2000) The Hermit's Lair: 3 pieces for solo guitar, L.V (2000) Aztec Symphony: 3 movements for recorders and percussion, L.VI (2001) Dunerunner for solo ukulele, L.VII (2002) The Thundergod: concerto for percussion ensemble and orchestra, L.VIII (2003) Songs of the Earth Mother: 6 Songs for barbershop quartet and accompanying instruments, L.IX (2003) Sol y Luna (Sun and Moon): 2 Pieces for recorder ensemble and guitar, L.X (2004) The Fire Gypsy for violin and piano, L.XI (2003-5) Starchildren, 3 Movements: concerto for guitar and orchestra, L.XII (2004-5) Sea Stories: 22 pieces for solo piano for dance class, L.XIII (2005) The Jewelmaker for violin, cello and piano, L.XIV (2004) Vibratica for brass septet and L.XV (2005) Journey to the Secret Garden for recorder ensemble, guitar and percussion.
Tales of the Enchanted
Now - let me explain something which has probably made you curious about this article. If you have been dedicated/stubborn/patient enough to stay with me this far on the site, you are probably fed up with Opuses, Köchels, Deutschs etc. so here is at least a composer who has made his mind up to invent a system entirely of his own - built on his first name and Roman numbers. So - L.XVI in fact means Luis 16 - or - if you must - Luis Nájera Medina's opus 16 and so on.
Emile (Gueorguiev) Naoumoff Bulgarian/French piano virtuoso and composer
Born: Sofia (Bulgaria) 20.02.1962
Emile Naoumoff revealed himself as an astounding musical prodigy at age five, taking up study of the piano and adding composition to his studies a year later. At the age of eight, after a fateful meeting in Paris, he became the last disciple of Nadia Boulanger, who referred to him as "the gift of my old age". He studied with her until her death in late 1979.
Through her he was introduced to
Igor Markevitch, Robert and Gaby Casadesus,
Aram Khachaturian and
Yehudi Menuhin with whom he had the chance
to study. Indeed Lord Menuhin conducted the premiere of Naoumoff's first
Piano Concerto, with the composer as a soloist when he was ten years old
Naoumoff's great break through as a pianist cam in 1984 when the
announced soloist for Tchaikowsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in
Monte Carlo was taken ill. Emile Naoumoff substituted without notice to
great success.. Since then his career has really taken off.
Alberto Nepomuceno Brazilian composer, pianist and conductor
Fortaleza, Brazil, 06.06.1864 - Rio de Janeiro, 16.10.1920
Nepomuceno's father was school
teacher in Recife and he taught the boy the basics of music. At the age of
eighteen he became conductor of the concerts at the Club Carlos Gomes but this
only lasted a short time, for after his father had died Alberto went to Rio de
Janeiro where he at once was recognized as a major talent.
Nepomuceno was married to one of Grieg's pupils and they had a daughter - Sigrid - who was born with only a left arm and it was for her he wrote the following works for the left hand alone.
Cinco pequenas peças (Five
small Pieces): 1.
Barcarola, 2. Melodia, 3. Dança, 4. Brincando, 5. Polka
1. C major, 2. G major
The two nocturnes and the five small pieces are recorded by Maria Inês Guimarães: Marco Polo 8.223548
Pieces For Left hand Alone op. 63: 1. Dream Hours, 2. Sunlit Joys, 3. In the Fading Sunset, 4. Plantation Dance, 5. Sea Flowers, 6. Wayside Gardens. (Wood)
Andrew Newton xxx
River Fowey Lullaby (Fand Music)
Carl (August) Nielsen Danish composer
Nørre-Lyndelse, Funen, Denmark, 09..06.1865 - Copenhagen, 03.10.1931
Nielsen was son of a painter and
village musician and began his musical career in his father's dance band
touring all the local communities as a violinist an polka-composer.
In 1879 he joined the Danish Army as a bugler - and five years later he
arrived in Copenhagen where he was admitted to the Royal Danish
Conservatory as a pupil of J. P. E. Hartmann and Niels W. Gade
(Sænk kun dit hoved du blomst op. 21) See James Marchand
Rudolf Friedrich Niemann German pianist and composer
Wesselburen, Holstein, 04.12.1838 - Wiesbaden, 03.05.1898
Niemann was son of the local organist and was sent to Leipzig where he studied with Ignaz Moscheles (1853-1856). Later he went to Paris to study at the Conservatoire as pupil of Marmontel and Halévy and then finished his education with Hans von Bülow in Berlin.
After that he toured Europe either as a concert pianist alone or from 1873 to 1877 with the Dutch violinist August Wilhelmj who not only had a dazzling career as solo violinist who - among other things championed Raff's violin concertos - but also became principal violinist in the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra at the premiere of Wagner's Der Ring des Niebelungen in 1876.
In 1883 Niemann was appointed piano teacher at the
Conservatory in Wiesbaden and has composed many pieces of piano music,
songs and a violin sonata.
Konzertwalzer op. 36 (Litolff)
3 Kleine Konzertstücke op.
40: 1. Romanze, 2. Alla Gavotte, 3. Presto (Perpetuum Mobile).
Pehr Henrik Nordgren Finnish composer
Saltvik, Åland, 19.01.1944 - Veteli, 25.08.2008
Pehr Henrik Nordgren studied musicology at the
University of Helsinki, taking an MA in 1967, and composition as a private student of Joonas Kokkonen from 1965 to 1969. From 1970 to 1973, he studied composition and traditional Japanese music at the
Tokio University of Art and Music. Since then he has lived at Kaustinen, working primarily as a freelance composer.
:Kwaidan II, Three Ballads after Japanese Ghost Stories for piano left hand, Op.127 (2004)
Photo an information: Finnish Music Information Centre (FIMIC)
Isabel Stewart North
The Fable op. 19 1912 (North Publishing)
Ivor Novello (actually: David
Ivor Davies) Welsh composer, singer
Llwyn-yr-Eos, Cardiff, Wales, 15.01.1893 - London, 06.03.1951
Ivor Novello was the son of the well-known
singer and teacher Clara Novello Davies and attended Magdalen College
(My Dearest Dear, from the London musical The Dancing Years produced in 1939) see John Amriding
Dieter Nowka German
Madlow nr. Cottbus, south-east of Berlin, 07.07.1924 - Spremberg, 20.07.1998
Nowka studied first with the Reger pupil Hermann Grabner (1886-1969) at the High School of Music in Berlin-Charlottenburg (1942-43) and after the war he was engaged from 1947 to 1952 as répétiteur and conductor in Cottbus, Stendal and Schwerin. During this time he also attended the master classes (1952-54) at the German Academy of Arts in Berlin where his teachers were Max Butting (1888-1976) and Hanns Eisler (1898-1962).
He has received several awards
for his music f.ex. The East German Arts Prize and the Schwerin Fritz Reuter
Arts Prize. Much of his music is based on dance music and folk elements from
his native district of which he made a thorough study during the years 1952
to 1961 and this music has a wide appeal. Later on he turned to twelve-tone
music and aleatoric composition.
Piano concerto op. 71 (1963)
(Verlag Neue Musik)
The piano concerto is recorded by Siegfried Rapp on BERLIN Classics ETERNA