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.
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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.
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
Arcangelo Corelli (17th February 1653 – 8th January 1713) was an Italian violinist and composer. His music during the Baroque era was key to the development of modern classical music, including sonata and concerto while he also helped to establish the preeminence of the violin. Early life Corelli’s father passed away five weeks before the composer’s birth,
German-born French composer Jacques Offenbach (20 June 1819 – 5 October 1880) completed nearly 100 operettas of the Romantic era between 1850s–1870s. His uncompleted opera The Tales of Hoffmann is one of his most famous works and remains part of the standard opera repertory. He influenced the works of Johann
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
Arnold Schönberg (13 September 1874 – 13 July 1951) was a Jewish Austrian composer, music theorist, and painter. Like many composers of the era, his music was suppressed by the Nazis due to his Jewish faith and background. Schönberg Summary He was associated with the expressionist movement in German poetry
English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams (12 October 1872 – 26 August 1958) was famous for his opera, ballet, religious vocal and orchestral pieces in the German-dominated 19th Century. Taking influence from Tudor music and English folk song, he helped to shape English classical music away from the German styles of
Luigi Boccherini (February 19, 1743 – May 28, 1805) was an Italian classical era composer and cellist with a courtly and galante style. His famous works include the Fandango which was one of his various guitar quintets. Early career of Boccherini Born in Lucca, Italy into a musical family, Boccherini’s
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) was a Russian composer of the late-Romantic period who made a lasting impression internationally. Appearing as a guest composer in Europe and the USA, Tchaikovsky’s reputation was worldwide by the time he retired and was rewarded with a lifetime pension. Defining himself as a musician At