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On this page, we will list some of our favorite composers, provide info and short biographies of them, and even provide our own comments around them. Enjoy!
Ludwig van Beethoven

Profile by:Brunnhilde

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer who was born in December, 1770, and died in March, 1827. He and his music were very popular during his lifetime, and is still popular today. He is considered one of the greatest composers who ever lived-and in my opinion, he is the greatest, because he is my very favorite composer of all time.

Brief Biography

Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany. He revealed that he had some good musical talents at an early age, and as he grew up he intended to study music with his favorite composer of the time, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, but instead ended up befriending Joseph Haydn, moving to Vienna, Austria at the age of 22, and studying with Haydn. He soon became a virtuoso pianist, and not long later, of course, a composer, and lived in Vienna for the rest of his life. During his years in Vienna, he wrote many of his most famous works (and some of his earliest works sounded a lot like Mozart), as well as wrote his well-known letters to the woman known as his "Immortal Beloved." By the year 1800, his hearing began to grow bad, and during the last decade of his life he was almost completely deaf. During his last few months, Beethoven was seriously ill and occasionally visited by friends. An autopsy revealed he had bad liver damage-which may have been from too much alcohol consumption-as well as dilation of the auditory. He died at the age of 56 during a thunderstorm. Beethoven is considered one of the best composers because of how great a musical genius he was and also because his musical talent is beyond compare.

Popular works

The 9 Symphonies (especially Symphony # 9 "Choral")
Sonata for piano #14, "Moonlight"
Sonata for piano #8, "Pathetique"
Piano Concerto no. 5 "Emperor"
Fur Elise
Fidelio (opera)
Egmont Overture
...and many, many more!
Frederic Chopin

Profile by: Joan

Frederic Chopin was born on March 1, 1810, in the village of Zelazowa Wola, Poland and died on October 17, 1849, in Paris, France. He is considered the greatest Polish composer and produced many influential piano works.

Brief Biography

Chopin began composing piano works at the age of 7 and began performing his works 1 year later. At the time, he was considered a child prodigy. Over the years, Chopin performed in Poland, Germany, Austria, and France. He settled in Paris in 1832. There, he was able to live well, socialize with high society, and even became hailed as a great piano teacher. Chopin fell in love with a French novelist Aurore Dedevant, AKA George Sand. In 1838, they spent a harsh winter on the French island of Majorca, and Chopin fell ill, but recovered. He and Sand moved back to Paris and the next 7 years were the happiest, most productive years of his life. In the 1840s, Chopin's bad health was back, and his relationship with Sand was falling apart. Chopin's behavior became unpredictable, and George Sand finally left him. He died in Paris at the age of 38.

Popular works

Etude #12 in C minor "Revolutionary"
Sonata #2 in B-flat major, op. 35 "Funeral March"
Fantasie Impromptu, op. 66
Waltz no. 1 op. 64, "Minute"
Polonaise in A-flat major op. 53 "Heroic" & Polonaise in F-sharp minor op. 44 "Tragic"
Nocturne op. 9 no. 2
Preludes op. 28, nos. 7, 15, and 20.
Many other preludes, etudes, waltzes, nocturnes, and mazurkas.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Profile by: Paige

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on January 37th, 1756 in Salzburg, Austria, and died on December 5th, 1791, in Vienna, Austria. Mozart is regarded as the most prolific composer of all time. With a total of 626 pieces of music, it's no wonder Mozart was a musical genius.

Brief Biography

Mozart lived with his father Leopold and sister Nannerel, who were all musical. It's no wonder Mozart was a child prodigy. At age 4, Mozart could learn a piece of music quickly. At age 6, he began writing his own music. By age 8, Mozart had written his first symphony. During the ages of 7 and 15, Mozart was always on tour. In 1777, Mozart went on a tour with his mother, who died suddenly in Paris in 1778, leaving Mozart devastated. In 1779, Mozart moved back to Salzburg, and later movied to Vienna, where he eventually married Constanze Weber in 1782. While in Vienna, Mozart wrote some of his finest works. In 1786, Mozart wrote the opera "The Marriage of Figaro", which was a comedy. The next year he wrote "Don Giovanni", another opera with a darker plot. Mozart became a success. He soon became friends with Joseph Haydn, another great composer of the time, and they became good friends. Mozart wrote 6 string quartets, all dedicated to Haydn. Despite his musical success, Mozart was going broke. He often complained in letters to friends and begged for money. The Magic Flute brought Mozart back to success, but it didn't last long. One day, a mystery man came to Mozart's door, asking him to write a Requiem for money. Mozart agreed to this, and soon became too ill to complete his Requiem. It was like he was writing his own death piece. Unable to finish it, Mozart died at the age of 36. His body was thrown into a burial hole unmarked, and the remains haven't been found to this day. A legend had died, but his legacy would live on.

Popular works
Eine Kline Nachtmusik
Clarinet Concerto in A major
Symphonies 25 & 40
Twelve Variations on "A vous dirai-je, Maman" (Known as "Twinkle "Twinkle Little Star")
Rondo Alla Turca
Piano concerto no.21 "Elvira Madigan"
The Magic Flute (opera)
The Marriage of Figaro (opera)
Don Giovanni (opera)
And more

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