Camille Saint-Saëns was a French composer of the Romantic era. A keen composer, organist, conductor and pianist, he has many famous works including Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso, Second Piano Concerto, the First Cello Concerto, Danse macabre, the opera Samson and Delilah, the Third Violin Concerto, the Third (“Organ”) Symphony and
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Charles-François Gounod was a French composer of the 18th Century whose work is still often performed today. He’s most famous for his Ave Maria, based on a work by Bach, as well as his opera Faust. The piece Roméo et Juliette is also often played across the world. Gounod composed
Wilhelm Richard Wagner (22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) was a German composer and conductor of the 19th Century who created various operas and musical dramas. Career Wagner is said by many to be one of the greatest influences on classical music, through his complex musical language and quick
Opera Donizetti wrote almost 70 operas during his life, starting with the comedy Il Pigmalione at the age of 19, and it is thought that this was not performed until after his death in 1848. Up until 1830, Donizetti found most of his success through comedic operas which gained large audiences.
Verdi Giuseppe Verdi: “To copy the truth can be a good thing, but to invent the truth is better, much better.” Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi may have been born over 200 years ago, but his music still has an impact on opera today. Unlike many historic composers, Verdi was
Family roots Giacomo Puccini’s family were always involved in music; his great grandfather played the organ at a cathedral in his hometown, Lucca. This role was passed down to his grandfather, followed by his father. The role was due to be passed down to Giacomo, but his father, Michele, sadly died