There are hundreds of composers of classical music, but over time, some have stood out as really good. Their innovations and influence are immeasurable. They are known all over the world and their music has been played and loved by millions of people for hundreds of years and is likely to continue for hundreds more.
Ludwig Van Beethoven
No one would argue that Beethoven is one of the most famous classical music composers of all time. Beethoven was born in Bonn but settled in Vienna. Beethoven wrote almost too many famous and influential symphonies to count, from his pastoral symphony to concerts and sonatas. The most famous is the Ninth Symphony, which includes ‘Ode to Joy’ and the Fifth Symphony, with its easily recognizable and dramatic opening notes. Composing did not come easily to Beethoven during the best of times, and when he was 28, he lost his hearing. Beethoven died in 1827.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart was a child lover. At the age of six, he played audiences and continued with his sister to play for kingdoms throughout Europe. Mozart wrote many famous pieces, including the Requiem Museum and operas such as ‘The Magic Flute’ and ‘The Marriage of Figaro.’ The great genius died of an unknown disease and was buried in an unmarked grave in 1791. Johann Sebastian Bach Johann Sebastian Bach lived his life and career in a relatively small part of Germany, but his influence was felt all over the world. Bach came from a family of musicians, although his parents died when they were young. Although Bach had a really early life, he decided to make church music and switch to writing cantator, as well as birds and concerts. Bach’s most famous pieces are probably the Brandenburg Concertos. He died in 1750.
The controversial and prolific Richard Wagner got his name from almost all the unreasonable trends in his own Germany, from socialism Wagner’s dramatic operas and compositions are enormously influential, especially on film music, and well known, with the most famous ‘Valkyras Ride’ from his opera The Walkure. Wagner died in 1883.
Shy and reserved, Brahms did not lead a wild or crisis-filled life like some famous musicians. He wrote for several types of instruments, including clarinet, but is best known for his many piano pieces and songs, including one that became known as ‘Lullaby’. Brahms died in 1897.
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Tchaikovsky may be best known for his ballet performances, especially the perennial Christmas favorite, ‘The Nutcracker’ and the immortal ‘The Swan.’ But he also wrote operas, string quartets and concerts, all known for their rich melodies and ability to create mood. Tchaikovsky died in 1893.
Chopin composed overwhelmingly for piano, his optional instrument. He began studying piano and composing at a young age. Although he moved all over Europe, he spent most of his time in France, where he began an abusive relationship with George Sand. His most famous work is his series Nocturnes. Chopin’s music became known for its melodic and emotional depth. He died in 1849.
Stravinsky is not only a famous composer but was named by ‘Time’ magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. He is best known for his ballets, especially ‘Rite of Spring’, which caused riots when it was first performed in France. Stravinsky settled in Los Angeles and became a U.S. citizen who was killed in 1971.
Joseph Haydn came from a large, poor family. He worked tirelessly on music, became a choir child with the Vienna Cathedral at eight and then give music lessons and become an accompanist. One of the young people who watched Haydn as a mentor was young Wolgang Mozart. Heydyn and good mood, Hadyn often wrote about his love for God and nature and composed many symphonies even at his age. He died in 1809.
From childhood, Schubert was gifted in many types of instruments and singing. A schoolmaster’s son, he was hardworking and hard working and started writing music from a very young age. Schubert produced many symphonies, masses, stage works and piano sonatas. But he became known for his songs, usually set to poetry. Schubert died in 1828.