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.
Romantic

Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich

  • The first fully conservatory-trained, professional composer of consequence in Russia. His melodic gift made him an international superstar and he remains one of the most popular Romantic composers.

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Baroque

Telemann, Georg Philipp

One of the most celebrated and prolific composers of the German Baroque, his mastery of many styles and incredible ingenuity and inventiveness have brought him renewed popularity.
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20th Century

Vaughan Williams, Ralph

The leading composer of the generation that "revived" British classical music in the early 20th Century. He was inspired by English folk song and Elizabethan and 17th-century English music.
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Romantic

Verdi, Giuseppe

  • Creator of several of the world’s most popular operas, Verdi is generally considered the greatest Italian opera composer.

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Baroque

Vivaldi, Antonio

  • Possibly the best-known Italian Baroque composer, Vivaldi wrote more than 400 concertos (such as his famous Four Seasons), thus cementing the basics of this now-standard musical form.

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Romantic

Wagner, Richard

Wagner reinvented German opera and became one of the most influential composers of all time. His reforms affected opera composition, theatrical practice in general, and the development of the orchestra.
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20th-21st Century

Williams, John

Composer of the most instantly recognizable and popular film music in Hollywood history, and one of the most honored American classical composers.
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