Composers

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Popular composers

Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach 1685 - 1750 Bach has been called 'the supreme arbiter and law-giver of music'. He is to music what Leonardo da... more

Beethoven

1770 - 1827 Beethoven truly felt that he was both sent by God and inspired by God. ‘Music is a higher... more

Brahms

Joahnnes Brahms (photo Tully Potter) 1833 - 1897 One of the giants of classical music, Brahms appeared to arrive fully armed, found a style in which... more

Bruckner

Anton Bruckner (photo: Tully Potter) 1824 - 1896 Bruckner’s reputation rests almost entirely with his symphonies – the symphonies, someone said,... more

Chopin

1810 - 1849 Few composers command such universal love as Chopin; even fewer still have such a high proportion... more

Dvořák

Antonín Dvořák (photo Tully Potter) 1841 - 1904 If Smetana was the founding father of Czech music, Dvořák was the one who popularised it. A love of... more

Elgar

Sir Edward Elgar (photo: Tully Potter) 1857 - 1934 Elgar worked firmly within conventional 19th century German harmonic and structural traditions, yet... more

Grieg

Edvard Grieg (photo Tully Potter Collection) 1843 - 1907 Grieg’s music is Norway in just the same way that Elgar and Vaughan Williams are England. It is... more

Handel

George Frideric Handel 1685 - 1759 Handel is one of the giants of musical history – a great man in physical stature, spirit and vision... more

Liszt

Franz Liszt (photo Tully Potter) 1811 - 1886 Composer, teacher, Abbé, Casanova, writer, sage, pioneer and champion of new music, philanthropist... more

Mahler

Gustav Mahler (photo: Tully Potter) 1860 - 1911 Mahler is the last great Romantic symphonist, music conceived on the grandest scale and employing... more

Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756 - 1791 Mozart was arguably the most naturally gifted musician in history, but he also worked assiduously... more

Rachmaninov

Sergey Rachmaninov (photo: Tully Potter) 1873 - 1943 Few musicians have successfully followed two musical disciplines, but Rachmaninov managed three:... more

Schubert

Franz Schubert 1797 - 1828 Schubert was not the first of the Romantics but he was, as one writer put it, 'the first lyric poet... more

Schumann

1810 - 1856 Schumann is a key figure in the Romantic movement; none investigated the Romantic’s obsession with... more

Sibelius

Jean Sibelius 1865 - 1957 To most people Sibelius is the composer of Finlandia and the Karelia Suite; to others he is one of... more

Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky (photo: Tully Potter) 1882 - 1971 From 1910 to 1945, Stravinsky was the single strongest influence on contemporary music. His early... more

Tchaikovsky

Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky (1840-93) 1840 - 1893 Tchaikovsky is the most popular of all Russian composers, his music combining some nationalist... more

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