Gounod: Charles: 17 June 1818 – 18 Oct 1893

Introduction Charles Francois Gounod was a French composer most famous for his operas, in particularly ‘Faust’ and Romeo et Juliette’. In addition he is also widely known for his short piece ‘Ave Maria’ which was an elaboration of Bach’s The Well Tempered Clavier. His father was a painter and his mother a pianist, was the one to give… Read More »

Christmas Competition

Win a month’s membership of our site! How? Just simply send us a video of you or a group of musicians playing one of the Christmas pieces on the site. No limit to the number of prizes but we will be looking for fun and enjoyment of the music. Anne will choose the winners. Send your entries to… Read More »

Gossec: Francois Joseph: 17 Jan 1734 – 16 Feb 1829

Introduction Francois Gossec was fairly unknown outside of France. He was born in the Austrian Netherlands (now Belgium) to a farmer. As a boy he learnt the violin and harpsichord and then became a choir boy in Antwerp at the age of seven. Gossec helped shape French orchestral music. Career & Works In 1751 Gossec moved to Paris… Read More »

Godowsky: Leopold: 13 Feb 1870 – 21 Nov 1938

Introduction Leopold Godowsky is a well-known Russian born American virtuoso pianist and composer. He is famous for his flair and ingenious techniques of paraphrasing piano pieces by other composers. He was known in the music world as the “Buddha of the Piano”. Life & Works Godowsky moved to American in his mid-teens, however he had already achieved a… Read More »

Gluck: Christoph: 2 July 1714 – 15 Nov 1787

Introduction Christoph Gluck was one of the leading composers of the classical period, known for his transformation of the traditional Baroque operas. He wrote forty nine in total. In 1756 he was knighted in Rome as ‘Knight of the Golden Spur.’ Works His most famous opera works include:-1762 Orfeo ed Euridice 1767 Alceste1770 Paride ed Elena1774 Iphigénie en Aulide1774… Read More »

Gibbons: Orlando: bapt. 25 Dec 1583 – 5 June 1625

Introduction Orlando Gibbons was an English composer and one of the last masters of the English Madrigal School. He came from a large family of musicians, including his father who was a city councillor and both his brothers; Edward and Ellis. Education & Career At the age of nineteen, he became a musician of the Chapel Royal. Despite… Read More »

Recently Added Sheet Music: 20 November 2020

Hello Music-Scorers It’s a beautiful sunny morning. I awoke to a picturesque covering of frost and the window scraper came in very useful for the school run. This week Anne has been busy adding further arrangements of Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons, Op.37: December Noel, along with a couple of festive pieces by Adam and Elgar. Adam: O’Holy Night or… Read More »

Genée: Richard: 17 Feb 1823 – 15 June 1895

Introduction Richard Genée was born in Danzig, Poland but lived much of his life in Austria. His father was a theatre conductor influencing his son’s career choice of writing playwrights, libretto and composing over that of medicine. Despite his lack of popularity today, he was very prominent in his time in Vienna. Career Genée is mostly remembered for… Read More »

Gade: Niels: 22 Feb 1817 – 21 Dec 1890

Introduction Niels Gade was a Danish composer. Despite not achieving the fame of Felix Mendelssohn or Robert Schumann he is still regarded as one of the most important Danish musicians of his day. Career He started his career as a violinist in the Royal Danish Orchestra where he premiered Efterklange af Ossian (Echos of Ossian) in 1841. However, his… Read More »