Classical Music Composer

A Classical Music Composer is a person who creates music for interpretation and performance. Classical Music Composers in colloquial sense include composers from the Baroque (1600-1760), Classical (1730-1820) and Romantic Period (1815-1910) as well as composers from the 20th Century (1900-2000) and contemporaries (1975-present).

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Tomaso Albinoni, Baroque

Tomaso Albinoni (Italy, 1671–1751) was a Baroque composer. While famous in his day as an opera composer, he is mainly remembered today for his concertos, some of which are regularly recorded. Albinoni’s father Antonio Albinoni was...more



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Johann Sebastian Bach, Baroque

Johann Sebastian Bach (German, 1685–1750) was a composer and musician of the Baroque period. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth. Bach is regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time...more


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Ludwig van Beethoven, Classical

Ludwig van Beethoven (German, 1770-1827) was not only a virtuoso pianist and classical composer but he developed music of the classical era to its highest level. In addition, was he the one who started the transition into the era of romanticism. He is one of the giants of classical music and one of the most famous of all composers... read more 


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Georges Bizet, Romantic

Georges Bizet (France, 1838-1875) was a romantic composer. His last work, the opera Carmen, has become one of the most popular and most frequently performed works in the entire opera repertoire. However, during his life, neither his works nor his abilities were recognized... read more


 


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Johannes Brahms, Romantic

Johannes Brahms (Germany, 1833-1897) was a romantic composer and virtuoso pianist who is often referred to as the successor of Beethoven. At the premiere of his first symphony in 1876, it was referred to as Beethoven’s 10th. While many contemporaries found Brahms' music too academic, his diligent, highly constructed works are a starting point and an inspiration for a generation of composers. Brahms was an uncompromising perfectionist and destroyed some of his works... read more

   


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Max Bruch, Romantic

Max Bruch (German, 1838-1920) was a romantic composer. His most famous composition is his first violin concerto and his Scottish Fantasy, also a composition for violin and orchestra. Like Johannes Brahms’ (German, 1833-1897), Bruch’s works were complex and well-structured while the works of Franz Liszt (Hungarian, 1811-1886) and Richard Wagner (German, 1813-1883) belonged to more popular classical music called “New German School”.... read more

 


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Frederic Chopin, Romantic

Frederic Chopin (Poland, 1810-1849) was a romantic composer and virtuoso pianist. He is considered one of the most popular and most influential pianists and composers of piano works. He left Warsaw, Poland for Paris in 1830 where he cherished a quite costly lifestyle.. read more


 


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Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy (French, 1862–1918) was one of the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Along with Maurice Ravel, he was one of the most prominent figures associated with Impressionist music, though both composers disliked the term. Debussy’s use of non-traditional scales and chromaticism influenced many composers who followed. He was made Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in his native France in 1903...more


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Edvard Grieg, Romantic

Edvard Grieg (Norwegian, 1843–1907) was a romantic composer and pianist. He is widely considered one of the leading Romantic era composers, and his music is part of the standard classical repertoire worldwide. His use and development of Norwegian.. read more


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Felix Mendelssohn, Romantic

Felix Mendelssohn (German, 1809-1847) was a romantic composer and set new standards as a conductor that shaped the self-conception of conductors forever. His most famous compositions are his violin concerto in E minor (1838-1844) which is one of the 4 most played violin concertos ever and his music to the Midsummer Night’s Dream (Overture in 1826 and stage-music in 1842). He was very famous during his time but after his death, Richard Wagner launched a campaign against his legacy because of Mendelssohn’s Jewish background... read more


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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Classical

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (German, 1756–1791) was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. He was a child prodigy and composed over 600 works during his short life of 35 years. Many of his compositions are acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers, and his influence on subsequent Western art music is profound. Many believe that he was the greatest talent of all composers.  read more


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Maurice Ravel

Maurice Ravel (French, 1875–1937) was a French composer, pianist and conductor. He is often associated with impressionism along with his elder contemporary Claude Debussy, although both composers rejected the term. In the 1920s and '30s Ravel was internationally regarded as France's greatest living composer. He liked to experiment with musical form, as in his best-known..read more

 


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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Romantic 

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Russia,1840-1893) was a romantic composer and the first Russian composer whose music made a lasting impression internationally. Some of his compositions are the most popular in the classical music repertoire. His Violin Concerto in D major is one of the technically most difficult works for the violin. His Piano Concerto No. 1 is most probably the best known of all piano concertos... read more


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Richard Wagner, Romantic

Richard Wagner (German, 1813-1883) was a romantic composer who is primarily known for his operas. Unlike other opera composers, he wrote both, the libretto (text and lyrics) as well as the music for his stage works. One of his most famous works is “Der Ring des Nibelungen” called Ring cycle which takes about 15 hours to perform. Wagner’s works are a peak of the romantic music, have strong emotional impact and many consider him as the starting point for New Music or 20th Century music. However, Wagner’s legacy is discussed controversial due to his convictions of German cultural and racial superiority and his anti-Semitism... read more


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Ralph Vaughan Williams, 20th Century

Ralph Vaughan Williams (England, 1872-1958) was a 20th Century composer, conductor and collector of British folk music and songs. Together with Percy Deamer, he is the editor of The English Hymnal, a song book for the Church of England. Vaughan Williams is a central figure in British music. His most famous composition is most probably the Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis...read more


 


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