The name of a composition by 20 century American composer Samuel Barber.
Due to its poignant nature it is often played at memorial services for the deceased.
1964. Guitarist, composer and "leader" of the popular "jam band" Phish.
Johann Sebastian Bach
1685-1750. Baroque period German composer. Especially noted for his command of writing in a highly polyphonic style and for his canatas, suites, passions, concertos, and concerto grossos.
1837-1910. Russian nationalist composer. One of "The Five"
1910-1981. 20th century American composer whose music combined Romantic era lyrical qualities with judicious use of dissonance and rhythmic complexity. His style is often referred to as neoromantic.
1803-1869. Romantic period French composer, conductor and music critic. His compositions were very large in scope and employed unique instrumental combinations.
1918-1990. American composer and conductor/Music Director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Wrote compositions in both the edgy classical style of the 20th century and in a more popular vein for musical theatre, such as in West Side Story.
1833-1887. Russian nationalist composer, one of "The Five"
1925. 20th century French composer and conductor noted for his writing utilizing total serialism
1912-1992. Avant-garde 20th century composer noted for incorporating aleatoric (chance) qualities into his works.
1810-1847. Romantic period Polish composer known primarily for music for the piano. He invented or redesigned many small-scale genres for the instrument including the etude, prelude, nocturne, mazurka, polonaisse, and ballade.
1945. Popular English guitarist and singer associated with the resurgence of interest in blues-based rock and roll.
Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra
Crossover composition by Yngwie Malmsteen and David Rosenthal.
1900-1990. American composer especially noted for establishing a recognizably American style of music and for his ballet music based on American themes.
1653-1713. Baroque period Italian composer noted for developing violin performance technique and the developing of the concerto grosso sonata, and trio sonata forms of that time.
1897-1965. 20th century American composer.
1835-1918. Russian nationalist composer and music critic. One of "The Five"
1862-1918. French impressionist composer noted for his ballets, orchestral works, and chamber music.
1872-1929. Impresario and manager of Paris' Ballet Russes. Was instrumental in fostering collaborations among composers, choreographers, and writers of his time, especially in the creation of new forms of ballet.
1841-1904. Czech composer noted for his symphonies and Slavonic nationalist dances
1957. American composer, arranger, and violinist note dfor combining folk styles with traditional classical writing.
1822-1890. Belgian composer who spent most of his life in France
1898-1937. 20th century American composer noted for the blending of jazz and classical styles.
1930. Contemporary, American minimalist composer. The most successful composer using minimalist techniques having written in many genres including music for the movie scores, operas, symphonies, etc.
1809-1852. Russian author whose work, St. John's Night on the Bald Mountain, was the basis of Mussorgsky's tone poem Night on Bald Mountain
George Frederic Handel
1685-1759. German-born composer who worked primarily in England. Best known today for his oratorios, operas, and dance suites, particularly the water Music and The Music for the Royal Fireworks.
Franz Joseph Haydn
1732-1809. Classical period composer frequently said to be "The Father of the Symphony" for his contributions to that genre. The court composer to the Esterhazy family for over 30 years, he was one of the most influential composers of his time.
1911-2000. American composer whose works were greatly influenced by non-Western musical concepts.
1811-1886. Virtuoso pianist of the Romantic period and the composer generally credited with the invention of the tone (symphonic) poem.
1860-1911. Austrian Romantic composer known for the writing of symphonies and song cycles with orchestral accompaniment.
1963. Swedish guitarist and composer.
1809-1847. Romantic period German composer noted for his orchestral music, oratorios, and incidental music and for reviving interest in the music of the Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach.
1840-1926. French impressionist painter.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
1756-1791. Classical period Austrian composer noted for his writing of operas, concertos, and symphonies. Especially noted for inventing the operatic sub-genre the dramma giocoso. Wrote an incomplete requiem mass that was completed by one of his students.
1839-1881. Romantic period Russian nationalist composer noted for his operas and tone poems.
The New World Symphony
Commonly-used name for the Symphony #9 in E minor, by Antonin Dvorak
1890-1950. Early 20th century Russian choreographer, dancer, and protege of the Serge Diaghilev at the Ballet Russes. Choreographer of both The Rite of Spring and The Afternoon of a Faun.
1858-1924. Italian Romantic period composer of operas. Known for the "verismo" style of realism in operatic writing in works such as La Boheme, Tosca, and Madame Butterfly.
1875-1937. French composer associated with the impressionistic style, noted for his ballets, operas, and chamber music, also for orchestrating Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.
1936. One of the pioneering 20th century composers in the minimalist style.
1935. One of the pioneering 20th century composers in the minimalist style.
1844-1908. Romantic period Russian nationalist composer. One of "The Five".
The Rite of Spring
A ballet composed by Igor Stravinsky. Noted as an example of musical Primitivism, the piece employs harsh dissonances, unpredictable and irregular rhythmic qualities, and short, motivic melodies.
One of the American-themed ballets of Aaron Copland about a cowgirl and her search for love among the cowboys on a ranch
1792-1868. Italian composer noted for his operas.
1874-1951. Austrian-born composer who developed both atonal and serial (twelve tone) compositional techniques.
1810-1856. Romantic period composer noted for his symphonies, concertos, and chamber music
1906-1975. 20th century Russian composer noted for his symphonies, operas, chamber music, and concert overtures
William Grant Still
1895-1978. First prominent black American composer, noted for his symphonies, movie music, and songs.
1864-1949. German composer noted for his tone poems and operas.
1882-1971. Russian born composer who later resided in France and the U.S. and was very influential in development of primitivism and neoclassicism. Composer of The Rite of Spring, one of the most influential musical compositions of the 20th century.
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
1840-1893. Russian Romantic period composer known for his symphonies, ballet music, including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and concert overtures such as the 1812 Overture and Romeo and Juliet.
The Jazz Singer
The first feature-length film to incorporate synchronized songs and dialogue.
1813-1901. Romantic period Italian composer known primarily for his operas. His Messa da Requiem, AKA Manzoni Requiem, is an operatically inspired requiem mass.
1678-1741. Baroque period Italian composer noted for his writing for stringed instruments.
1813-1883. Romantic period German composer of operas.
Anton von Webern
1883-1945. Early 20th century composer and follower of Arnold Schoenberg. Noted for "klangfarbenmelodie," tone color meoldy
La Monte Young
1935. One of the pioneering 20th century composers in the minimalist style
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich
1939. Contemporary composer noted for "quotation music" and a neoclassical style.
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