Girolamo Frescobaldi was a 17th Century Italian composer. Frescobaldi is regarded as one of the most important keyboard composers of the late Renaissance and early Baroque periods. Musical beginnings Girolamo Frescobaldi, born in Ferrarra, Italy, came from a musical family, as his father Filippo was a prominent organist. In his
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Heinrich Schütz was a 17th Century German composer and organist. Today, Schütz is considered to be one of the key composers of the era and the most important one before Johann Sebastian Bach. Musical education Heinrich Schütz was born in 1585, in Saxony. After being discovered by the Landgrave of
Born in 1714, Christoph Willibald Gluck was a classical German composer. Christoph Willibald Gluck was a true musical revolutionary, who composed some of the 18th Century’s most popular operas. Embracing music Christoph Willibald Gluck showed a strong inclination for music from an early age. In 1727, Gluck left home to
Born in 1875, Fritz Kreisler was an accomplished Austrian composer and violinist. Since his death, in 1962, Kreisler has come to be regarded as one of the most skilled violinists of all time. Musical prodigy Growing up in 19th Century Vienna, Fritz Kreisler was a child prodigy. During his childhood,
Written by Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was first-published in 1884. Chronicling the tales of an eponymous child-hero, as he attempts to head through the Mississippi Valley with runaway slave Jim, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has become a seminal American text. Leaving Missouri We meet Huckleberry Finn
Born in 1710, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi was an Italian composer, organist and violinist, specialising in opera and traditional church music. During his tragically short life, Pergolesi lived in anonymity, but his fame grew substantially throughout the century following his death in 1736. Pergolesi’s Intermezzo La Serva Padrona, became one of the
Arvo Pärt (born 11 September 1935) is an Estonian piano composer of classical and religious music who has worked on music to his own unique style since the 1970s. His self-invented compositional technique, tintinnabuli, is in part inspired by Gregorian chant.
Luciano Pavarotti (12 October 1935 – 6 September 2007) was an Italian operatic tenor who managed to take his music into the mainstream musical sphere. He became one of the most successful operatic tenors of all time, gaining worldwide fame for the brilliance and beauty of his tone—especially into the
Alexander Scriabin (25th December 1871 – 14th April 1915) was a Russian composer and pianist. His early works took inspiration from Frederic Chopin and are characterised by a highly tonal idiom. Personal journey Born in Moscow on Christmas Day 1871, his father and uncles were all away with military careers.
Paul Hindemith is one of the most renowned composers of the 20th Century. His notable works include his song cycle Das Marienleben (1923), opera Mathis der Maler (1938) and the Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber, which he wrote in 1943. Early career The German composer, violist,