Category Archives: Composers

George Gershwin – 26/09/1898 – 11/7/1937

George Gershwin was one of the most famous American composers of all time, writing mostly for musicals. However he combined many of his techniques in classical music with jazz and popular music. He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1898, and mostly grew up in the Yiddish Theatre District (occasionally appearing as an extra). He didn’t have… Read More »

Haydn born on 31 March 2019 – 287 years ago

F.J. Haydn was born on this day 287 years ago!  He shares his birthday with JS Bach who was born 334 yrs ago. Background: Haydn was an Austrian composer of the Classical period. His parents were not musical and given Haydn’s potential musical gift they accepted an offer from a relative; Johann Matthias Frankh, a schoolmaster and choirmaster… Read More »

Jacques Offenbach 20/06/1819 – 05/10/1880

Jacques Offenbach 1819-1880 *We are all very familiar with Offenbach’s Can Can from Orpheus in the Underworld – be it through opera, music lessons or on my part frantically kicking my legs up and down on the dance floor whilst desperately trying to cling on to the people at the side of me.  This is a song that… Read More »