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Vivaldi

Baroque Period


Vivaldi, Antonio (1678 - 1741)

A very well-known composer of his time and of today and also the composer of the extremely celebrated "The Four Seasons", four Concertos for Violin, Viola and Cello. His innovative usage of word painting, virtuosic passages and unfailable imagination got him far.
Bach

Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685 - 1750)

One of the most celebrated and well-known musical figures of all time. Little known during his time, and making a meager 80 dollars per year, he is now much more popular. He was known as an organ virtuoso, father of 19 children and a very active religious composer. His many works consisted of Chorales, Cantatas, Preludes and Fugues and a plethora of other religious works.
Handel

Handel, Georg Friedrich (1685 - 1759)

Another very celebrated musician with exceptional talent. His most well-known masterpiece is probably the "Messiah", a 3-part Oratorio, written once he had given up on Operas. Also lost eyesight in the cataracts and dictated his last few works, just like Bach! They even visited the same doctor, but they had never met face to face. This composer made an average of 2500$/year while working as a conductor to the Elector of Hanover, who later became King.



Haydn

Classical Period


Haydn, Franz Joseph (1732 - 1809)

Born in a very musical family of singers and composers, he was almost destined to enter the field and be successful. Having been quite isolated from much other music, he was almost "forced" to be creative and come up with new things and and be different. Which is maybe one of the reasons of the shift after the passings of the Baroque's major composers. Having written several Concertos, Operas, Oratioros and Synfonies, there is no doubt that his music was revolutionary.
Mozart

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756 - 1791)

Where to begin? It is certain that some of Mozart's Requiems, Masses, Symphonies, or anything else has either left us in buckets of tears or feeling triumphant over the world. His music is composed of the strongest and richest values of the Classical Era that we have ever performed. His music being extremely controversial in terms of interpretation, it is difficult for one to know how to please a crowd.
Beethoven

Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770 - 1827)

Another extremely well-known composer, this man is probably the or atleast one of the most well-known classical composers there has ever been! Beethoven wrote in over 138 Opus numbers not to mention another 80 works without Opus numbners. He wrote from tiny little Bagatelles to large-scale Symphonie masterpieces, which are now some of the world's most popular tunes. Beethoven was a real genius.



Chopin

Romantic Period


Chopin, Frederic Francois (1810 - 1849)

The favorite composer of quite a few people, and also, the featured composer of this entire website, it is no secret that he's quite respected. Having written some of the most beautiful melodies and has touched so many people to the extent of tears, myself included. He wrote Preludes, Ballades, Concertos, Scherzos, Waltzes, Nocturnes, etc. Having many French roots (father) he moved to Paris for a large part of his life and composed much of his music there while living with his love George Sand.
Liszt

Liszt, Franz (1811 - 1886)

Considered as one of the most mysterious performers and composers of all time, he was also quite popular, and very 'showy'. He loved to give performances of his own works and that of one of his friends, Chopin. He just loved Chopin's Etudes. Also, he wrote many transcriptions, such as the Don Juan, La Campanella, etc.
Alkan

Alkan, Charles-Valentin (1813 - 1888)

Loved by many classical lovers for his insatiable need of fury and speed, he was extremely respected as a virtuoso pianist and composer, and still is, to this date, very well-known. Quite a few people admire his excellency although he is not very well-known nor as popular as the others.





Scriabin

20th Century


Scriabin, Alexander (1871 - 1915)

Having been born on Christmas day, and passing away on the day of Easter, many may consider him as a God-like figure. He was a sensational composer who once said: “only my music expressed the inexpressible”. His music hosted new ranges of expression, color and emotions which can all be easily seen in his music throughout the early, middle and later works.
Rachmaninoff

Rachmaninoff, Sergei (1873 - 1943)

Some of the most violent, malevolent tunes have come from this genius. Yet the most powerful types of music I've ever heard as well. A perfect example is his third Piano Concerto, which is also one of the best known Concertos ever composed. His ways of writing are very unique, powerful and starting to leave the Romantic period and enter the present, yet he wonderfully displays them both, a very good performer respected by many.




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