The Life and Works of the
World's Favorite Classical Composers

Your great composers of the world... the orchestral thunder of Wagner? A quiet and thoughtful piano piece by Chopin? Schubert's quaint and colorful songs?

This site has everything you want to know about the greatest composers and their beautiful creations!

I've been in love with classical music for years. I used to spend hours reading about my favorite classical composers' lives, gazing at sheet music of their famous pieces, and listening to their incredible music.

It's because I think that classical music is the most powerful and moving of all the arts. A sublimely orchestrated climax in a symphony or a magical piano melody played by a talented virtuoso must surely be some of humanity's most beautiful creations!

Each great composer is as different as the countries and cities they come from. You can appreciate and enjoy their music much much more when you know about their life stories, musical style, and idiosyncrasies.

My aim is to share this fascinating world of sound and history with you. Here's what we'll explore...

I'll guide you through everything about the world's favorite composers, from their life stories, to their most popular music, to the best recordings... Let's go!

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Classical Composer Biographies

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

A child prodigy and one of music's greatest treasures. He rose to fame quickly and spectacularly, but it overtook him, and the composer died young.

Johannes Brahms Johannes Brahms

Grumbling, bearded, and portly, Brahms's rigidly traditional approach to music defied the new techniques that arose in the 19th century. Beautiful and complex, his work immortalized him as one of the greatest figures in classical music.

Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven

Bridging the gap between the Classical and Romantic eras, he consistently innovated and brought powerful new sounds and ideas to audience's ears. His late-life deafness didn't stop him from creating some of the most astonishingly forceful and intelligent music ever written.

Gustav Mahler Gustav Mahler

One of the last, and grandest, Romantic-era maestros, this conductor-composer opened up whole new sound worlds for his listeners with his lavish and enormous symphonies and song cycles.

Franz Liszt Franz Liszt

The original piano super-virtuoso, Liszt's superhuman keyboard abilities created a Europe-wide mania. He gave up the concert stage to focus on composing opulent piano masterpieces, eventually turning his hand to philanthropy and religion.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The most famous Russian composer of them all, Tchaikovsky's glittering, colorful ballets and anguished symphonies have made him one of the most popular composers of all time.

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

The master orchestrator, capable of creating dazzling sound palettes with a standard orchestra. Starting as a naval officer, he eventually became one of Russia's most important composers.

Alexander Glazunov Alexander Glazunov

Internationally renowned, Glazunov became Director of the St Petersburg Conservatory and a father figure to many younger students. He escaped Soviet Russia late in life.

Modest Mussorgsky Modest Mussorgsky

Poverty and painful alcoholism continually gnawed away at Mussorgsky's life until he died young. But his raw, deeply Russian music still haunts and inspires.

Alexander Borodin Alexander Borodin

Equally brilliant in chemistry as in music, Borodin's relatively small musical output doesn't tarnish the beautifully sophisticated pieces he created, some of which inspired future modernists.

Sergei Rachmaninoff Sergei Rachmaninoff

Large-handed Rachmaninoff's fame came from his formidable piano skills, which he drew upon to create mind-meltingly opulent concertos and etudes.

Mily Balakirev Mily Balakirev

Leader of the Russian composer circle nicknamed "The Five", Balakirev was less of a composer and more of a mentor to the younger generation. His influence defined and grew Russian music until its reputation was on par with Europe's offerings.

Maurice Ravel Maurice Ravel

Precisely crafting and polishing his works, Ravel developed a reputation as a masterful orchestrator and musical trendsetter. His pieces have a very distinctive quality which makes them extremely recognizable.

Claude Debussy Claude Debussy

Debussy's luxurious, velvety music completely ignored all the traditional composition rules. He had an urge to hide from the world and wrap himself in exotic and extravagant comforts.

Frederic Chopin Frederic Chopin

This Polish pianist's soft, profound pieces and eloquent playing made him a hit performer and teacher in Paris. His chronic ill health never tarnished his brilliant sense of humor - a true spirit.

Franz Schubert Franz Schubert

An Austrian prodigy with an immense talent for catchy melodies, Schubert relentlessly churned out beautiful, lyrical pieces hoping to achieve success, but never quite got there.

Richard Wagner Richard Wagner

The German Juggernaut's legendary legacy of 13 genre-busting operas elevates him to one of the greatest composers and artists of all time. His need-to-see-to-believe epics tax performers and listeners alike, but reveal unparalleled genius and vision.

Edvard Grieg Edvard Grieg

The champion of Norwegian music, Grieg pretty much defined it. His Scandinavian-inspired music is hearty and plain, but also highly enjoyable.

Frederick Delius Frederick Delius

My personal favorite composer, Delius's unique musical blend of impressionism with exotic influences captures the glowing beauty and almost preternatural power of nature like no other.

Jean Sibelius Jean Sibelius

Finland's national hero, Sibelius became addicted to composing at an early age, eventually crafting highly acclaimed symphonies and tone poems. But his other addiction, alcohol, interfered, ruining his life.

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