Category Archives: Composers

Friedrich Burgmüller: 4 Dec 1806 – 13 Feb 1874

Introduction Johann Friedrich Burgmüller more commonly known as Friedrich Burgmüller was a German pianist and composer. He was from a musical background his father was a music teacher, composer, and pianist and taught Friedrich, and his mother was a pianist and singer. His brother was also a composer, conductor and pianist whom Friedrich was close to. Career &… Read More »

Max Bruch: 6 Jan 1838 – 2 Oct 1920

Introduction: Max Bruch was a teacher, conductor and composer. He was born in Cologne in 1838, his mother was a singer and his father a lawyer who later became VP of the Cologne police. Both were very supportive of his musical career. Bruch started composing as a child and his first composition was at the age of nine… Read More »

Frank Bridge: 26 Feb 1879 – 10 Jan 1941

Introduction Frank Bridge was born in Brighton England. He was a composer, violinist , viola player and conductor. Bridge was most famous his chamber music. He went to the Royal College of Music in London and whilst there he changed from playing the violin to the viola. Career Bridge played in the famous English quartet until 1915. He… Read More »

Moritz Brosig: 15 Oct 1815 – 24 Jan 1887

Introduction Moritz Brosig was born in Poland. He was a cathedral organist, composer and university professor. His father died when he was only three and Brosig and his mother moved to Breslau where he spent the rest of his life. After a brief time at teacher training college Brosig decided to become a professional church musician. Between 1835… Read More »

Gaetano Braga: 9 June 1829 – 21 Nov 1907

Introduction Gaetano Braga was an Italian composer and cellist who died in the 20th century. He showed an early talent for music and despite it not being his parent’s first choice of career he went to the college of San Pietro a Maiella. He displayed such an incredible talent the director of the college had a cello specifically… Read More »

Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin: 12 Nov 1833 – 27 Feb 1887

Introduction Alexander Borodin was a Russian composer, however during his life he considered himself primarily as a doctor and chemist to which he made some notable contributions. He was the illegitimate son on a Georgian nobleman but was registered as the son of one of his peasants (serfs) to protect his father’s name. However, at the age of… Read More »

Giovanni Bononcini: 18 July 1670 – 9 July 1747

: Introduction Giovanni Bononcini (Buononcini) was an Italian Baroque composer, cellist, singer and teacher. His father was a violinist and composer. His younger brother also became a composer. Early Years Bononcini studied with his father until he was orphaned at the young age of eight, he then went to music school in Bologna. Aged fifteen he published three… Read More »

Joseph Bodin de Boismortier: 23 Dec 1689 – 28 Oct 1755

Introduction Joseph Bodin de Boismortier was a French composer of both instrumental and vocal music. He became very rich in his mid-thirties by securing a royal license as an engraver which enabled him to publish his own music and sell it to the public. He wrote for many amateur musicians and their instruments and voice. He spent the… Read More »

Luigi Boccherini: 19 Feb 1743 – 28 May 1805

Introduction Luigi Boccherini was an Italian composer and cellist. His family were musical – his father a cellist and double bass player, and his uncle a poet and dancer who wrote libretto’s for Joseph Haydn and Antonio Salieri. At the age of five Luigi’s father started teaching him the cello. Bizet created approximately five hundred works which included… Read More »

Georges Bizet: 25 October 1838 – 3 June 1875

Introduction Georges Bizet was a French Romantic composer who was born in Paris. His father, Adolphe was a singing teacher and his mother was a pianist and was Georges first music teacher. Georges was an only child. Education and Life He was offered a place at the Paris Conservatoire at the age of nine (due to his talent… Read More »