What do the following composers have in common? Balakirev, Beach, Borodin, Brian, Elgar, Gershwin, Ives, Martinu, Mussorgsky, Poulenc, Raff, Rimsky-Korsakov, Schoenberg, Sorabji, Takemitsu, Telemann, Villa-Lobos, Walton…
Answer: All were wholly or substantially self-taught. Lawrence Rose is self-taught. He has played the violin for years, as well as taking and teaching classes in music appreciation.
Lawrence Rose was born in England and studied violin from an early age. Mr. Rose started composing in England, and since moving to Chicago completed further works. In all, he has composed two symphonies, a Violin Concerto, a Concerto for Orchestra, Discourse for Double String Orchestra, The Glory and the Dream (settings of extracts from William Wordsworth’s nature poetry for soprano and orchestra), Whimsical Profundities (for bass-baritone and instrumental ensemble) and numerous chamber pieces including a sonata for solo violin, a sonata for violin and piano, three string quartets, a string trio, a piano quartet, a clarinet trio, and a brass quintet.
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