Category Archives: Composers

Benjamin Godard: 18 Aug 1849 – 10 Jan 1895

Introduction Benjamin Godard isn’t a composer who immediately springs to mind compared to the likes of Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Handel etc. However, when you look into this talented gentlemen he certainly wasn’t a one hit wonder! Influenced musically by the earlier generations such as Mendelssohn, Schumann, Chopin and Beethoven. Although, most certainly not by Robert Wagner whom he… Read More »

Jeremiah Clarke: 1674 – 1707

Brief Bio Jeremiah Clarke was an English composer, born around 1674. The exact date is unknown and their is uncertainty surrounding his date of death. One writer recording it as 16 July 1707, however most sources state it as 1 December 1707. Clarke’s journey took him through a number of well known very reputable establishments. Starting as a… Read More »

Louis Moreau Gottschalk: 8 May 1829 – 18 Dec 1869

Background Louis Moreau Gottschalk was an American composer of sentimental music and a pianist, however he spent most of his time outside of US, living in South America and the Caribbean. Gottschalk was born of a Jewish businessman from London and a Creole mother. He had 6 brothers and 5 sisters . Later he moved in with relatives… Read More »

Gioachino Rossini: 29 Feb 1792 – 13 Nov 1868

Intro: Rossini was born into a musical background and educated at a music school. His mother was a singer and his father played the horn and trumpet. So it is no surprise that Rossini started to compose music at the age of 12 and by the age of 15 he could play the violin, horn and harpsichord and… Read More »

Franz Schubert: 31 Jan 1797 – 19 Nov 1828

Intro Franz Schubert was an amazing Austrian composer who died at the very young age of just 31. Despite his early years he produced a huge array of works including over 600 secular vocal works, seven complete symphonies, operas. sacred music and a large collection of piano and chamber music. On we have 127 arrangements of Schubert’s… Read More »

George Gershwin: 26 Sept 1898 – 11 July 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 »

Franz Josef Haydn: 31 March 1732 – 31 May 1809

Intro Haydn was an Austrian composer of the Classical period. Bizarrely 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 for Haydn to become his home trained apprentice. Haydn never lived with parents after that (maybe they preferred it that way?). Early… Read More »

Jacques Offenbach: 20 June 1819 – 5 Oct 1880

Intro Offenbach was a German born French composer, cellist and impresario.  He was born on 20 June 1819 in Cologne.  Despite being accepted at music college at the age of 14 he found that academics were not for him and he left to earn his living as a cellist and composer.  His ambition however was to compose comic… Read More »

Arcangelo Corelli: 17 Feb 1653 – 18 Jan 1713

Intro Corelli was an Italian violinist and composer during the Baroque period.  He was born in Italy on 17 February 1653 – a full generation before Handel and Bach. Although he didn’t create the concerto grosso principle Corelli was the composer that brought it to the forefront and made it popular.  For those of you like myself who… Read More »