Jean Baptiste Arban: 28 Feb 1825 – 8 April 1889

Introduction Jean Baptiste Arban was born in Lyon, France. His father was an artificer and his elder brother; Francisque Arban was the famous balloonist. He was a cornetist, conductor and teacher as well as a composer and was the first famous virtuoso of the valved cornet. His influence came from Niccolò Paganini’s technique of the violin. Education &… Read More »

Johann Ernst Altenburg: 15 June 1734 – 14 May 1801

Introduction: Johann Altenburg was a German, trumpeter and organist. His father was a field trumpeter. He is well-known for his six harpsichord sonatas and Concerto for seven trumpets. In 1795 Altenburg published Versuch einer Anleitung zur heroisch-musikalischen Trompeter- und Paukerkunst (An Essay on the Introduction to Heroic and Musical Trumpeters’ and Kettledrummers’ Art) (Halle), this enabled him to achieve his… Read More »

Charles-Valentin Alkan: 13 Nov 1813 – 29 March 1888

Introduction Charles Valentin-Alkan was a composer and virtuoso pianist born to Jewish parents. He had five brothers and one sister all of whom were musicians. Alkan was a child prodigy and entered the Paris Conservatoire at a young age winning many awards. By the age of seventeen he had earned himself a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. Despite… Read More »

Robert Schumann: 8 June 1810 – 29 July 1856

Introduction: Robert Schumann was a German romantic composer known for his piano and orchestral music and songs. His music often represented the different sides to his personality. He was born to wealthy parents Johanna Christiane Schnabel and August Schumann – a bookseller and publisher. Early Life: Schumann started studying the piano aged six. Aged seventeen he was became… Read More »

Léo Delibes: 21 Feb 1836 – 16 Jan 1891

Introduction Léo Delibes was born in Saint-Germain-du-Val, France. He was an opera and ballet composer and influenced the likes of Tchaikovsky. His mother was a talented amateur musician and the daughter of an opera singer and his father was a mail man. Like many of his fellow composers he studied at the Paris Conservatoire. He was fortunate enough… Read More »

Tomaso Albinoni: 8 June 1671 – 17 January 1751

Introduction Tomaso Albinoni was an Italian composer famous for his instrumental music especially his concertos including his Adagio in G Minor. Despite being fully trained he always considered himself to be an amateur. His father was a wealthy paper merchant and in normal circumstances Albinoni would have inherited his father’s business as the eldest child. Thankfully his father… Read More »

Isaac Albéniz: 29 May 1860 – 18 May 1909

Introduction Isaac Albéniz was a Spanish composer, virtuoso pianist and a leader of the Spanish nationalist school of musicians. He was not from musical parents – his father was. a customs official so to become a a piano prodigy at the age of four was quite astonishing. By the age of seven he had passed his entry exam… Read More »

Adolphe-Charles Adam: 24 July 1803 – 3 May 1856

Introduction Adolphe Adam was a French composer and music critic. He wrote over seventy operas which were very popular at the time including Le Châlet, Le Postillon de Longjumeau and Giralda. Despite their initial successes, only Giselle has remained popular. His Christmas Carol ‘Cantique de Noel’ has remained famous internationally. Family Adam’s father was a prominent composer from… Read More »

Recently Added Sheet Music – 3 July 2020

Hello Music-Scorers! This week Anne has added five new arrangements to her collection of Bizet’s Toreador’s Song from Carmen. String Ensemble (Long)Clarinet Quartet (Long)Brass Quartet (Long)String Quartet (Long)Wind Quartet (Long) We now have nearly 40 arrangements by Bizet on