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Child Composers in the Old ConservatoriesHow Orphans Became Elite Musicians$
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Robert O. Gjerdingen

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190653590

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190653590.001.0001

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(p.9) 1 Introduction
Child Composers in the Old Conservatories

Robert O. Gjerdingen

Oxford University Press

The chapter provides an overview of the conservatories, their curriculum, and the ways in which the different types of music lessons interacted to reinforce the development of an ability to improvise and compose music. The first conservatories were established as orphanages in Naples, Italy. As they developed, their graduates began to dominate musical life in Europe. All music conservatories today have their roots in the first Italian conservatories.

Keywords:   Conservatory, Music education, Orphans

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