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JS Bach

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

Beethoven

1770 - 1827 Beethoven coupled his genius for music with profoundly held political beliefs and an almost... more

Berlioz

1803 - 1869 The arch-Romantic composer, Berlioz’s life was all you’d expect – by turn turbulent and... more

Brahms

1833 - 1897 One of the giants of classical music, Brahms appeared to arrive fully armed, found a style in which... more

Debussy

1862 - 1918 Debussy was among the most influential of all the 20th century’s composers. His lyrical gift,... more

Dvořák

1841 - 1904 If Smetana was the founding father of Czech music, Dvořák was the one who popularised it. A love of... more

Elgar

1857 - 1934 Elgar worked firmly within conventional 19th century German harmonic and structural traditions, yet... more

Handel

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

Haydn

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

Liszt

1811 - 1886 Composer, teacher, Abbé, Casanova, writer, sage, pioneer and champion of new music, philanthropist... more

Mahler

1860 - 1911 Mahler is the last great Romantic symphonist, music conceived on the grandest scale and employing... more

Monteverdi

1567 - 1643 Monteverdi can be justly considered one of the most powerful figures in the history of music... more

Mozart

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

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... more

Stravinsky

1882 - 1971 From 1910 to 1945, Stravinsky was the single strongest influence on contemporary... more

Tchaikovsky

1840 - 1893 Tchaikovsky is the most popular of all Russian composers, his music combining... more

Wagner

1813 - 1883 No composer has had so deep an influence on the course of his art, before or since. Entrepreneur,... more

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