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 »

Recently Added Sheet Music – 14 August 2020

Good Morning Music-Scorers! This week Anne has been busy creating new arrangements by the Italian composer Domenico Scarlatti Scarlatti: Sonata in C: KP.159: L.104Harpsichord Scarlatti: Sonata in C: KP.86Harpsichord Scarletti: Sonata in B Minor: KP. 87: L.33Harpsichord Scarlatti: Sonata in C Major: Kp.531:Harpsichord Scarlatti: Sonata in E: KP.531Harpsichord Scarlatti: Katzenfugue from Sonata in G Minor: L.499, K.30Harpsichord If… Read More »

Recently Added Sheet Music – 7 August 2020

Hello Music-Scorers! We hope that you are adapting to the new normal way of life – however strange it may feel… This week Anne has added nine new arrangements to our web site: LadyBird Romp (Anne’s original creation – we now have a total of 12 arrangements)Piano Duet Handel: Fantasia in A MinorHarpsichord Handel: Concerto in G from… 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 »

Franz Behr: 22 July 1837 – 15 Feb 1898

Franz Behr was a German composer well known in his day for composing songs and salon pieces, however he is very rarely heard of today. The only piece that is known today is Lachtäubchen, Scherzpolka in F major, Op. 303 (La rieuse, polka badine), which is only in the form of transcription as a virtuoso piano piece Polka de… Read More »

Thomas Bateson: c1570 – 1630

Thomas Bateson was an English organist and writer of madrigals, which has given him a place amongst Elizabethan composers. In 1599 he is said to have become the organist of Chester Cathedral and been the first musical graduate of Trinity College, Dublin. Between 1609 until his death he served as Vicar Choral and organist of Christ Church Cathedral,… Read More »

Béla Bartók: 25 March 1881 – 26 Sept 1945

Béla Bartók was a Hungarian composer, pianist and ethnomusicologist (study of world music from all perspectives), and teacher. He showed talent on the piano at an early age and his mother started formally teaching him from the age of five. He composed short pieces including a piece called The Course of the Danube which he performed two years… Read More »

Adriano Banchieri: 3 Sept 1568 – 1634

Adriano Banchieri was born Tommaso Banchieri in Bologna. He was an Italian composer, theorist, organist and poet and was one of the primary developers and composers of madrigal comedies. He produced mostly sacred and secular music. Aged nineteen he became a monk and changed his name to Adriano. He was best known at this time as an organist… Read More »