Classical European Music

Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin 1810 – 1849

Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era, who wrote primarily for the solo piano.

Thomas Tallis 1505 - 1585

Thomas Tallis was an English composer who occupies a primary place in anthologies of English choral music, and is considered one of England’s greatest composers. He is honoured for his original voice in English musicianship

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina 1525 - 1594

Italian Renaissance composer of sacred music and the best-known 16th-century representative of the Roman School of musical composition.

Gregorio Allegri 1582 - 1652

Miserere mei, Deus The Vatican forbade copies, threatening any publication with excommunication. During visit in 1770 to Rome a 14-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart heard it but twice and transcribed it faithfully from memory, thus creating the first known unauthorised copy.

Johann Pachelbel 1653 - 1706

Johann Pachelbel was a German composer, organist and teacher who brought the south German organ tradition to its peak

Antonio Vivaldi 1678 - 1741

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and cleric. Born in Venice, he is recognized as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe.

Georg Friedrich Händel 1685 - 1759

George Frideric Handel was a German-born, British Baroque composer who spent the bulk of his career in London, becoming well known for his operas, oratorios, anthems and organ concertos.

Johann Sebastian Bach 1685- 1750

German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France.

(Franz) Joseph Haydn 1732 - 1809

Joseph Haydn – a prominent and prolific composer of the Classical period. He was instrumental in the development of chamber music such as the piano trio and his contributions to musical form have earned him the epithets “Father of the Symphony” and “Father of the String Quartet”.

Luigi Boccherini 1743 - 1805

Luigi Rodolfo Boccherini was an Italian classical era composer and cellist whose music retained a courtly and galante style.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756 - 1791

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood.

Ludwig van Beethoven 1770 - 1827

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers.

Carl Maria von Weber 1786 - 1826

Carl Maria Friedrich Ernst von Weber. German composer, conductor, pianist, guitarist and critic, one of the first significant composers of the Romantic school.

Franz Schubert 1797 -1828

Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer. Schubert died at 31 but was extremely prolific during his lifetime.

Felix Mendelssohn 1809 - 1847

Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn. German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period.

Franz (Ferenc) Liszt 1811 - 1886

Franz Liszt was a 19th-century Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor, teacher and Franciscan tertiary. Liszt gained renown in Europe during the early nineteenth century for his virtuosic skill as a pianist.

Richard Wagner 1813 - 1883

German composer, primarily known for his operas. Unlike most opera composers, Wagner wrote both the libretto and the music for each of his stage works.

Bedřich Smetana 1824 - 1884

Czech composer. Pioneered the development of a musical style closely identified with his country’s aspirations to independent statehood. Widely regarded in his homeland as the father of Czech music.

Johannes Brahms 1833 - 1897

Johannes Brahms was a German composer and pianist. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria. In his lifetime, Brahms’s popularity and influence were considerable.

Antonín Leopold Dvořák 1841 - 1904

Czech composer. Frequently employed aspects, specifically rhythms, of the folk music of Moravia and his native Bohemia.

Edvard Grieg 1843 - 1907

Edvard Hagerup Grieg was a Norwegian composer and pianist. He is widely considered one of the leading Romantic era composers, and his music is part of the standard classical repertoire worldwide.

Gustav Mahler 1860 - 1911

Austrian late-Romantic composer, acted as a bridge between the 19th century Austro-German tradition and the modernism of the early 20th century.

Claude Debussy 1862 - 1918

Claude-Achille Debussy was a French composer. Along with Maurice Ravel, he was one of the most prominent figures associated with Impressionist music, though he himself disliked the term when applied to his compositions.

Jean Sibelius 1865 - 1957

Jean Sibelius, born Johan Julius Christian Sibelius, was a Finnish violinist and composer of the late Romantic and early-modern periods.

Erik Satie 1866 - 1925

French composer and pianist. Satie was a colourful figure in the early 20th century Parisian avant-garde.

Gustav Holst 1874 - 1934

Gustav Theodore Holst was an English composer, arranger and teacher. Best known for his orchestral suite The Planets

Narciso Yepes / 10 string guitar

Yepes was born into a family of humble origin in Lorca, Region of Murcia. His father gave him his first guitar when he was four years old, and brought the boy five miles on a donkey to and from lessons three days a week.