Classical music is both soothing and dramatic. It was once a popular music genre, but since then it has lost popularity among the citizens of the world. The golden age for classical music stretched from the 17th century to the early 20th century. The composers of that time still hold a place in history for their contribution to the arts, although many do not know the difference between composers. Below you will get to know some of the greatest composer of all time, and the music they made that has shaped music as we know it today.
Johann Sebastian Bach
Bach was a German organist, violinist, and composer that came from a family of musicians. He is currently considered one of the best classical composers of all time and had written over 100 compositions over his lifetime. He is best known for compositions like “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor” and “The Well-Tempered Clavier.”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart was born in Austria in 1756 to a well-off family. His father wrote a famous violin manual that was published the same year Mozart was born. Him and his sister were the only 2 of 7 children to survive. The 50 or so symphonies he wrote express his talent. At the age of 3 he was learning musical chords, and by 5 he was writing compositions. Mozart played for towns a nobleman his entire life, up until he died in 1791.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven is another famous composed born in Germany in 1770. His music was prominent during a transition between the Classical and the Romantic era of culture and music. He is regarded as the absolute greatest composer to ever live. His music was rooted in tradition but reached a new audience with his unique take on classic sounds and arrangements. Beethoven struggled with a hearing issue later in his life, but most of his most widely known and important compositions were created when he was almost deaf.
Guiseppe Fortunino Verdi was born in Italy, and was a leading Italian composed for a number of years. He produced amazing works that gained fame quickly throughout Italy. His operas were beautiful, drawing on inspiration from works such as Shakespeare’s Macbeth. He was able to transform Italian opera and restore its greatness by himself for almost 30 years. He was bold and experimental, and his music showed it.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
There are several ways to spell his name, but one thing is for certain is that his music appealed to a great number of people. He wrote 7 symphonies, 11 operas, 3 piano concertos, 11 overtures, 20 choral works, and more. He was the 2nd of 6 surviving children, and he showed a clear interest in music from a very young age. At the age of 4 he wrote his first composition.
The talent exhibited by some of the greatest composers in history continues to be used as inspiration for music that will come in the future. Beautiful music and innate talent like Pyotr and Beethoven have is rare, and they shared their musical expression with the world with no fear of rejection.