A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms

Brahms was a composer, pianist, and conductor. He spent much of his professional life in Vienna. Brahms composed for orchestras, chamber ensembles, organ, piano and voice. A virtuoso pianist he premiered many of his own works himself. He is grouped with Bach and Beethoven as one of the ‘Three B’s’ of music...

Recorder Sonata by Georg Philipp Telemann

Telemann was a composer and multi-instrumentalist. He became a composer against his family’s wishes and was almost self-educated musically. Before settling in Hamburg in 1721 as a musical director of the city’s five main churches, he held important positions in Leipzig, Eisenach, and Frankfurt. He is one of the most prolific composers in history and considered to be one of the leading composers of the time...

Blade Runner by Vangelis

Vangelis is a musician and composer of progressive, electronic, ambient, jazz and orchestral music. He is best-known for his Academy award winning score to Chariots of Fire and also composing scores for Blade Runner, Antarctica, Conquest of Paradise and Alexander. From a career spanning over 50 years Vangelis is considered one of the most important figures in the history of electronic music...

Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland

Copland was a composer, writer, composition teacher and conductor. The open, slowly changing harmonies of his music evoke vast landscapes and the pioneer spirit of America. Best known for his vernacular style of the 1930s and 1940s including the ballets Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid and Rodeo, and Fanfare for the Common Man...

Zadok the Priest by Georg Frideric Handel

Handel was a Baroque composer who spent most of his career in London, becoming naturalised British in 1727. He was well known for his operas, oratorios, concerti grossi, organ concertos and anthems. Handel trained in Halle and worked as a composer in Hamburg before settling in London in 1712. He started three opera companies to supply Italian opera to the English nobility. Handel is considered one of the greatest composers of the Baroque era with works such as Messiah, Water Music, Music for the Royal Fireworks and four coronation anthems; Zadok the Priest, composed for the coronation of George II, has been performed at the coronation of every subsequent coronation during the anointing of the monarch...

Eine Kleine Nachtmuzik by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mozart was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. A child prodigy he was competent on both keyboard and violin from the age of five, performing before European royalty. Mozart was engaged as a musician at the Salzburg court at 17 but grew restless and travelled to find a better position. He was dismissed from his post in 1781 while visiting Vienna where he stayed. During his final years, he composed many of his best-known works, including symphonies, operas, concertos, and parts of the Requiem which was unfinished at the time of his death at just 35

Dances with Wolves by John Barry

Barry was a composer and conductor of film music. He composed scores for eleven of the James Bond movies between 1963 and 1987, and arranged and performed the ‘James Bond Theme’ to the first film, ‘Dr. No’ in 1962. Other scores include the Grammy and Academy Award-winning ‘Dances with Wolves’ and ‘Out of Africa,’ ‘Mary, Queen of Scots,’ and for the TV series ‘The Persuaders.’

Schindler’s List by John Williams

Williams is a composer, pianist, and conductor regarded as the greatest film score composer of all time. He has composed some of the most popular, critically acclaimed, and most recognizable film scores in cinematic history and won 25 Grammy Awards, 7 British Academy Awards, 5 Academy Awards, and 4 Golden Globe Awards. Williams’ film scores include Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. the Extra Terrestial, Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park, and Indiana Jones...

Carnaval by Robert Schumann

Schumann was a composer, pianist, and music critic. Regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era, Schumann left the study of law to pursue a career as a pianist but a hand injury ended his dream. Instead he turned his talents to composing and until 1840 he wrote exclusively for the piano. Later he composed for piano and orchestral works, and many Lieder...

Trumpet Concerto by Joseph Haydn

Haydn was a composer of the Classical era and instrumental in the development of chamber music. He spent much of his career as a court musician for the remote estate of the Esterházy family. This isolated him from other composers and music trends. However, Haydn’s music was circulated widely and he was the most celebrated composer in Europe...

Water Music by Georg Philipp Telemann

Telemann was a composer and multi-instrumentalist. He became a composer against his family’s wishes and was almost self-educated musically. Before settling in Hamburg in 1721 as a musical director of the city’s five main churches, he held important positions in Leipzig, Eisenach, and Frankfurt. He is one of the most prolific composers in history and considered to be one of the leading composers of the time...

Gustav Holst: The Planets – Venus

Gustavos Theodore von Holst was an English composer, arranger and teacher. There had been professional musicians on the Holst family and it was noted when he was a young boy he would follow the same calling. Apart from the Planet Suite and a few other pieces his music was largely ignored until the 1980s.

The Four Seasons – Autumn by Antonio Vivaldi

  https://youtu.be/Q8AN0jWNrJA Title: The Four Seasons - Autumn Date: 1723 Composer: Antonio Vivaldi Movement: Baroque Italian 1678 - 1741 Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was a composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and cleric. He is recognised as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and within his lifetime his influence was widespread across Europe. He composed numerous concertos for … Continue reading The Four Seasons – Autumn by Antonio Vivaldi

Dance of the Furies by Christoph Willibald Ritter von Gluck

  https://youtu.be/vvVl15XXrOg Title: Dance of the Furies Date: 1776 Composer: Christoph Wilibald Ritter von Gluck Movement: Classical German 1714 - 1767 Christoph Wilibald Ritter von Gluck was a composer of Italian and French opera during the early classical era. With a series of radical works, including Orfeo ed Euridice, he broke into the stranglehold of … Continue reading Dance of the Furies by Christoph Willibald Ritter von Gluck

Eduardo di Capua and Alfredo Mazzucchi: O Sole Mio

Sung by Luciano Pavarotti https://youtu.be/d_mLFHLSULw Title: O Sole Mio Date: 1898 Composer: Eduardo di Capua and Alfredo Mazzucchi Tenor Vocals: Luciano Pavarotti Opera 1935 – 2007 Luciano Pavarotti was an operatic tenor. He also crossed over into popular music becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time. As one of the finest … Continue reading Eduardo di Capua and Alfredo Mazzucchi: O Sole Mio

Modest Mussorgsky: A Night on Bald Mountain

https://youtu.be/iCEDfZgDPS8 Title: A Night on Bald Mountain Date: 1867 Composer: Modest Mussorgsky Romantic Era Russian 1839 - 1881   Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky was a composer and an innovator of Russian music during the Romantic period. In defiance of the conventions of the Western music establishment, he deliberately strove to give Russian music its own identity. … Continue reading Modest Mussorgsky: A Night on Bald Mountain

Astor Piazzolla: Libertango

  https://youtu.be/WpEpS1FX5ic Title: Libertango Date: 1974 Composer: Astor Piazzolla Nuevo Tango Argentine 1921 - 1992 Astor Pantaléon Piazzolla was a composer, particularly of music for the tango, a bandoneon player and arranger. His compositions revolutionised tango music into the nuevo style combining elements of jazz and classical music. He has been described as the ‘world’s … Continue reading Astor Piazzolla: Libertango