Francois Couperin: 10 Nov 1668 – 11 Sept 1733

Introduction Francois was from the talented Couperin family. He is known as Couperin le grand to differentiate him from the rest of the Couperins. His uncle Louis was the first Couperin to take the post as organist at the Church of Saint-Gervais in Paris. He was a well respected keyboard virtuoso and composer but met with an early death.… Read More »

Recently Added Sheet Music: 18 September 2020

Hello Music-Scorers! We hope that you are all keeping well. Everything here in England seems to be pointing towards another lockdown…. Let’s hope not! This week Anne has added three new arrangements from JS Bach and Henry Purcell. Take a look at our Blog on each of on these composers if you would like to learn more about… Read More »

Carl Czerny: 21 Feb 1791 – 15 July 1857

Introduction Carl Czerny was an Austrian composer and teacher who came from a musical background. His grandfather was a violinist and his father an oboist, organist and pianist. His father taught him from an early age. He was a child prodigy and was composing by the age of seven. Would you believe that his first public appearance was… Read More »

Michel Corrette: 10 April 1707 – 21 Jan 1795

Introduction Michel Corrette was a French organist, composer, teacher and author of music method books. He followed in his father’s footsteps as he was also an organist and composer. Career Not a huge amount is known about his life other than the posts and titles that he held. His first known professional position was as church organist in… Read More »

Muzio Clementi: 23 Jan 1752 – 10 March 1832

Introduction Muzio Clementi was an Italian born composer, pianist, conductor, music publisher, editor and piano manufacturer. However, despite being born in Italy he spent the majority of his life in England. His father, a silversmith soon realised his son’s musical gift and arranged for private lessons with a relative who also happened to be the maestro di capella… Read More »

Henry Purcell: c.10 Sept 1659 – 21 Nov 1695

Introduction Henry Purcell is thought to be the best English composer of his time. Not until the twentieth century did an English composer display his talent. Purcell’s father was a gentleman of the Chapel Royal and sang at the coronation of King Charles II. As a result of his father’s position Henry became a chorister until his voice… Read More »

Recently Added Sheet Music – 4 September 2020

Hello Music-Scorers We hope that life is taking on some kind of normality for you, if not and you are still isolating we maybe it’s time to challenge yourself to learn some new musical pieces? This week Anne has been very busy and we have eleven new arrangements for you from Bach, Couperin, Granados & Simonetti Bach: Goldberg… Read More »

Domenico Cimarosa: 17 Dec 1749 – 11 Jan 1801

Introduction Domenico Cimarosa was an Italian composer of both comic and serious operas during the Classical period. His family were not wealthy and moved to Naples to enable Domenico to go to a free school. His father was in construction and sadly died when he was only seven in a scaffolding accident. Anna, his mother then took on… Read More »

Ruperto Chapi: 27 March 1851 – 25 March 1909

Introduction Ruperto Chapi was a Spanish composer famous for his abundance of zarzuelas – he wrote over one hundred! He also wrote many operas, symphonic, band, choral and chamber works. His father was a barber and he studied in his home town of Madrid. He was also co-founder of co-founder of Spanish Society of Authors and Publishers. Further… Read More »

Francesco Cavalli: 14 Feb 1602 – 14 Jan 1676

Introduction Francesco Cavalli was an Italian composer known chiefly for his opera. He was actually born Pietro Francesco Caletti-Bruni and took his name from his patron, Venetian nobleman Federico Cavalli. Career In 1616 he became a singer at St. Marks Basilica in Venice under Claudio Monteverdi, whose opera Orfeo is said to be the opera that established opera.… Read More »