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.
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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,
Bedřich Smetana (2 March 1824 – 12 May 1884) was regarded as the father of Czech music in his homeland whose music became closely identified with his country’s aspirations to independent statehood. Smetana became internationally renowned for his opera The Bartered Bride and for the symphonic cycle Má Vlast (“My
Dinu Lipatti (19th March 1917 – 2nd December 1950) was a Romanian pianist and composer whose life was sadly cut short at the age of 33, relating to Hodgkin’s disease. During his short life, he was able to compose many of his own works, as well as showcase his impressive
Claudio Monteverdi (May 1567 – 29 November 1643) was an Italian composer, violist and singer whose most famous works was Vespro della Beata Vergine more casually known as Vespers of 1610. Summary of Monteverdi Unlike many composers of his generation whose musical success came posthumously, Monteverdi was regarded as a revolutionary, inventory
Leonard Bernstein (August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American composer and pianist who received international acclaim for his work throughout the 20th Century. Summary He is most famous for being a musical director of the New York Philharmonic, as well as various other musicals such as West
Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (8 December 1865 – 20 September 1957) was a prominent figure of the Romantic era. Widely renowned as Finland’s greatest composer of all time, Sibelius’ music helped the country and its people to develop a cultural identity as it broke away from Russia in the early 20th
Italian composer Niccolò Paganini (27 October 1782 – 27 May 1840) was the most celebrated violin virtuoso of his time, developing a technique which has been used by violinists to this day. Some of his violin compositions, notably his 24 Caprices for Solo Violin Op. 1, served as an inspiration to
Johann Strauss II (October 25, 1825 – June 3, 1899), often referred to as Johann Strauss Jr., was the first son of famous composer Johann Strauss I. Early life Born in St Ulrich near Vienna, Strauss’ father initially encouraged him to become a banker rather than a composer. Due to
Gioachino Antonio Rossini (29 February 1792 – 13 November 1868) was an Italian composer who wrote an array of operas, sacred music, chamber music, instrumentals and piano pieces. Rossini was born into a family of musicians in Pesaro – his father played the horn and his mother was a singer.