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Biography Questions: (This portion should be 2-3 pages long, please do not discuss pieces here only biographical information)

When and when was he born?

Who were his parents and what did they do for a living?

How many siblings did he have, were they musical?

Who were his teachers and musical influences?

What was his religion?

Did religion influence his music?

If so, how?

Where did he go to school?

Where did he work and for whom?

Was he married and to whom?

Did he and his wife have children?

Did his children study music and with whom did they study music?

Did he have psychological disorders or illnesses?

What were some interesting things about his life or events that happened in his life that are unique?

Where and when did he die and how?

Where is he buried?

Who did he influence or who were some of his most famous pupils?

Music Period, Genres, and Characteristics of his Style: (1-2 pages, please use your book and my lectures for this portion of the paper)

In which period did he live? (Romantic, Nationalism, Impressionism, Primitivism, Expressionism, America Music and Jazz, Music post 1945)

What types of genres did he compose (provide a list, For example, Beethoven composed 9 Symphonies,

1 Opera, 1 Mass, 32 Piano Sonatas, 5 Piano Concertos, etc.)?

What were his stylistic characteristics of his compositions and compositions from the time period (please use sentence form for this section and list characteristics from your book and my lecture)?

Your Own Analysis (1-2 pages, please do not use 1stperson)

Choose one or two pieces by your composer which you like (please use examples from your book would be best- the book is on reserve in the library)

Describe the pieces (characteristics, forms, styles, instrumentation)

Give some of your own thoughts but do not use the 1stperson. (For example, you could say: “The piece

has lively rhythms.” Rather than saying: “I like the lively rhythms of this piece.”).

Please use 4-5 Sources and cite them in your paper. Also, include a bibliography. A paper without citations and a bibliography will not be accepted or graded.