Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers

There aren't as many of Mike Venezia's books on composers as there are on artists.

early 1700s -- Johann Sebastian Bach (baroque)
early 1700s -- George Handel (baroque)
late 1700s -- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (classical)
around 1800 -- Ludwig van Beethoven (classical/romantic)

early 1800s -- Frederic Chopin (romantic)
late 1800s -- Johannes Brahms (romantic)
late 1800s -- Peter Tchaikovsky (romantic)
around 1900 -- John Philip Sousa (marches)
early 1900s -- Igor Stravinsky (neoclassical)

early 1900s -- George Gershwin (popular, jazz, classical)
mid 1900s -- Aaron Copland (American modern & folk)
mid 1900s -- Duke Ellington (jazz)
late 1900s -- the Beatles (pop)

1 comment:

  1. This is interesting, Susan. You're right that Mike Venezia doesn't list as many composers as he does artists. No early composers, and basically American for the 1900's.

    I was curious, so I got out my old music history book to round things out for you. Occasionally I even added a famous composition, or one that would be useful

    Josquin de Prez (ca. 1440-1521) Franco-Flemish - masses, motets, chanson

    Giovanni Palestrini (ca. 1526-94) - Italian Renaissance - madrigals, masses, motets
    William Byrd (1543-1623) English Renaissance
    Orlando di Lasso (ca 1532-94) Franco-Flemish - late Renaissance - motets, madrigals, chanson
    Claudio Monteverdi (ca. 1567-1643) - Renaissance. madrigals; really early opera - L'Orfeo

    Henry Purcell (ca. 1659-95) - Baroque. opera - Dido and Aeneas

    Edward Elgar (1857-1934) The Dream of Gerontius
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918) French, Impressionist music. Children's Corner Suite; Clarie de Lune
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872- 1958) Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
    Serge Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini; Vocalise
    Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1950) - twelve-tone composing (atonal music)
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) Pavane for a Dead Infant; Daphnis and Chloe
    Sergei Prokovief (1891-1952) Classical Symphony; Peter and the Wolf
    Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) neobaroque - Mathis der Mahler
    Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) 20th century Russian. 10th Symphony
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) War Requiem; Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra