Term Paper: Piano, Including the History

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[. . .] He began writing piano music at a young age, and together he and his brother Ira became some of the best known and respected Broadway composers. George wrote numerous Broadway shows including "An American in Paris" which was made into a film starring Gene Kelley. Gershwin also wrote some stunning classical music pieces for the piano, including "Rhapsody in Blue," and "Preludes for Piano" ("George Gershwin). He is one of the most famous American-born composers of all time.

Some of the most famous and well-known pieces written for the piano include "Album-Blatt (Fur Elise)" by Ludwig van Beethoven, "The Blue Danube Waltz" by Johann Strauss, the "Bridal Chorus (Lohengrin)," by Richard Wagner ("World Famous"), "Clair de Lune" by Debussy, and "Fantasie Impromptu" by Chopin ("What are?") Of course, there are numerous others, such as "Rhapsody in Blue" that are extremely famous in certain areas of the world, but not as well-known in others.

Orchestras are groups of performers who play a variety of instruments, from drums to violins, and often they feature a piano. There are not really "piano orchestras" as such, but many performers do perform on the piano with an orchestra. One of the most famous symphony orchestras is the American Symphony located in New York City. It was founded in 1962 by the famous composer and conductor Leopold Stokowski. They offer performances throughout the New York area, and are the resident orchestra of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College ("Orchestra").

Another very famous orchestra, which just moved into a new concert hall a few years ago, is the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra from Los Angeles. This orchestra was founded in 1919, so it has a long history in Southern California. They perform with a variety of guest artists, and they also offer an outdoor concert series in the summer. They moved into the Walt Disney concert hall, a spectacular building, in 2003. Their Web site says, "In the fall of 2003, the Philharmonic took up residence in the acoustically superb, stunning Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall" ("The Los Angeles Philharmonic"). They are extremely successful, and known as one of the best orchestras in the world.


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