Ludwig van Beethoven - German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers.
Peter Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) was a Russian composer. He composed a wide range of musical works, though his most popular music is probably from his ballets including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. The circumstances of his tragic death are not fully understood.
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) was a child prodigy and had many interests and talents in addition to composing. His most popular compositions include the Organ Symphony, Danse macabre (used as the theme for the TV series Jonathan Creek) and Carnival of the Animals, which he refused to publish in his lifetime.
Johann Sebastian Bach 1685 – 1750 was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist of the Baroque Period. He enriched many established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Portrait of Bach by Haussmann, 1748
Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) ~ He was a composer of the Romantic Era, but he looked to Classical composers and Beethoven in particular for his inspiration. He was a master craftsman of symphonies, concertos and chamber music, with many songs and pieces for solo piano.
Gustav Mahler (Austrian later an American Citizen) Composer and Premier Conductor. His works span the gap between the Austro-Hungarian tradition to Modernism. His music is known for it's Orchestral forces, symphonic Choruses and Operatic Soloist. His most liked works are his Symphonies No. 2, No. 3 and No. 8.
Ralph Vaughan Williams,seen here with foxie, is arguably the greatest composer Britain has seen since the days of Henry Purcell. In a long and extensive career, he composed music notable for its power, nobility and expressiveness, representing, perhaps, the essence of ‘Englishness’.
Frederic Chopin was born in Poland but lived most of his life in Paris and is one of the best-known and best loved composers of the Romantic period. Chopin’s entire musical output was devoted to his favorite instrument the piano with over 200 solo compositions.