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John Adams composer 1947 - One of the most widely-performed and influential composers of our time, the American John Adams's... more


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


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


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


Britten on Aldeburgh beach in 1959 (Photo: Hans Wild courtesy of 1913 - 1976 Britten came of age in 1934, the year in which Elgar, Holst and Delius died. He rapidly dragged... more


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


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


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


Joseph Haydn 1732 - 1809 Haydn was among the most prolific of all great composers and he wrote in every form: 104 symphonies... more


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


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


Giacomo Puccini (photo Tully Potter) 1858 - 1924 Whatever the atmosphere he wanted to create, Puccini’s sound world is unique and unmistakeable with... more


Camille Saint-Saëns (photo: Tully Potter) 1835 - 1921 Saint-Saëns was one of the most remarkable prodigies, indeed, he had an altogether remarkable mind... more


Arnold Schoenberg (photo Tully Potter Collection) 1874 - 1951 Schoenberg may fairly be said to have been one of the most influential musicians in history with... more


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


Giuseppe Verdi (photo: Tully Potter) 1813 - 1901 Verdi was never a theoretician or academic, though he was quite able to write a perfectly poised... more


Richard Wagner (photo: Tully Potter) 1813 - 1883 No composer has had so deep an influence on the course of his art, before or since. Entrepreneur,... more


Eric Whitacre (photo Alex MacNaughton) 1970 - One of the most popular composers of his generation, Whitacre gathered a colossal following thanks... more
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