Edward Elgar: 2 June 1857 – 23 Feb 1934

Introduction Edward Elgar for me is probably the most famous English composer… Why? .. well I didn’t grow up in a very musical household, however Land of Hope and Glory, The Enigma Variations and Pomp and Circumstances all appeared on my radar. Maybe it’s the memories of BBC’s last night of the Proms (although we certainly weren’t avid… Read More »

Godard: Benjamin: 18 Aug 1849 – 10 Jan 1895

Introduction chopinBenjamin 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

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

Gottschalk: Louis Moreau: 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 including… 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 music-scores.com we have 124 arrangements of Schubert’s… Read More »