Composer Gallery

Here are quick and easy reference guides to the all-time great composers, a roster that we're always expanding. For each composer, you'll find vital statistics (birth, death, nationality), a short biographical sketch and a few fun facts, plus a basic guide to the music and a list of weblinks and resources, plus a few of the most famous tunes and one or two videos. Whether you're heading off to a concert, writing a research paper, looking for reliable, current information, or just want to explore some cool music and video, this is the first stop on your web search.

Handel, George Frideric

  • Born in Germany and trained in Italy, Handel immigrated to London and became the most celebrated composer in English history. Originator of the English oratorio, most notably Messiah.

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20th century

Harrison, Lou

Known for his innovative syntheses of music from the Pacific Rim and modern classical, Harrison had an explorer’s heart, but also a lyrical gift he used freely.
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Haydn, Franz Joseph

  • “Papa” Haydn; the most celebrated composer of his time, developer of the string quartet and a major influence on symphonic composition.

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Hildegard of Bingen

  • An 11th-century composer, author, and political and spiritual advisor, known for her liturgical works and credited with writing the first morality play.

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Late Romantic/Early Modern

Holst, Gustav

The composer of one of the most popular orchestral works of all time, The Planets.
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