Edward Elgar: 02:06:1857 – 23:02:1934

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 »

Benjamin Godard: 18:08:1849 – 10:01:1895

Brief Intro 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… Read More »

Jeremiah Clarke: 1674 – 1707

Brief Bio Jeremiah Clarke was an English composer, born around 1674. The exact date is unknown. There is also uncertainty about the date of his 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… Read More »

Louis Moreau Gottschalk: 08:05:1829 – 18:12:1869

Background Background Louis Moreau Gottschalk was an American composer and pianist, however he spent most of his time outside of US, living in South America and the Caribbean…. as punishment for his own actions! Read on… Gottschalk was born of a Jewish businessman from London and a Creole mother. He had 6 brothers and 5 sisters . Later… Read More »

Gioachino Rossini 1792 – 1868

Intro: My initial reaction when I saw that Rossini lived until he was 76 was one of relief ….. as many other famous composers died short of their years. However, it appears that during the last 40 years of his life Rossini wrote very little music and his productivity of 39 operas was in his early life –… Read More »

Franz Schubert

Franz Schubert 31/01/1797 – 19/11/1828 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 127 arrangements… Read More »