Lefty Composers

Here are some lefty composers:

  • Carl Philipp Emanuel (CPE) Bach
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven
  • John Cage
  • Cole Porter
  • Sergei (or Sergey) Prokofiev
  • Sergei (or Sergey)  Rachmaninoff
  • Maurice Ravel
  • Robert Schumann

Cole (Albert) Porter (1891-1964) is an American composer and songwriter. Unlike most successful Broadway composers, he wrote both the lyrics and the music for his songs. His musicals include Fifty Million Frenchmen, Anything Goes and Can-Can. His numerous hit songs include “Night and Day,” “I Get a Kick out of You” and “I’ve Got You Under my skin.” He also composed scores for films from the 1930s to the 1950s.

Born to a wealthy family in Indiana, he defied the wishes of his grandfather and took up music as a profession. Classically trained, he was drawn towards musical theatre. He achieved success in the 1920s, and by the 1930s he was one of the major songwriters for the Broadway.

After a serious horseback riding accident in 1937, he continued to work despite constant pain. In 1947 he made a triumphant comeback with his most successful musical, Kiss Me, Kate.

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Lefty Composer Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Famous Left-hander Birthday, March 8

Composer Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (CPE),  (Second Son of Johann Sebastian Bach)

Known as CPE Bach, and a left-handed, he was the second son of Johann Sebastian Bach by his first wife. He studied music under his father, JS Bach. CPE Bach introduced a new ‘homophonic’ style that influenced the future master composers Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven.

CPE Bach, the best-known member of the Bach family in his time. He was born on March 8, 1714 in Weimar, the second surviving son of Johann Sebastian Bach by his first wife. Baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann was one of his godparents. CPE was educated at Leipzig, then at the Univeristy of Frankfurt-on-Oder.

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