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 Music-Scores.com.

Felix Mendelssohn: 3 Feb 1809 – 4 Nov 1847

Introduction Felix Mendelssohn was a German composer, organist, and pianist of the early Romantic period. He was born in Hamburg to Jewish parents; Lea and Abraham Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Abraham was a German philanthropist and banker. Lea was a pianist and the reason behind Felix’s success and also a huge supporter of JS Bach. Felix was also the grandson… Read More »

Who was Fur Elise?

Für Elise (Bagatelle 25 in A minor) is one of our favourites at music scores.  Despite this I never realised that it wasn’t published until 1827, 40 years after Beethoven’s death by Ludwig Kohl. There is some uncertainty who Elise was and it is thought that Kohl may have transcribed it incorrectly and it should have been Für… Read More »

Johann Nepomuk Hummel: 14 Nov 1778 – 17 Oct 1837

Intro. Johann Nepomuk Hummel was an Austrian composer and virtuoso pianist. He delighted audiences as a pianist wherever he went, but he is best known today as a composer of his work for the trumpet.  At the age of eight Mozart offered him music lessons and Hummel lived with Mozart for two years for free. He and Mozart cemented… Read More »

Antonio Vivaldi: 4 March 1678 – 28 July 1741

Introduction Antonio Vivaldi was an Italian composer and violinist of the Baroque period, as well as being a priest and teacher. He influenced many composers with his innovative use of Baroque music. He wrote over five hundred concerto’s (almost half of these were for the violin) and 46 operas. Family His father Giovanni Battista Vivaldi was originally a… Read More »

Julius Fucik: 23 Feb 1903 – 8 Sept 1943

Introduction Julius Fucik is not a hugely familiar composer this is probably due to the type of music he composed.  With a background in the military most of his work was for military bands.  He composed over 400 military marches, polkas and waltzes. He was born in Prague in 1872 and died in 1916 at the age of just… Read More »