Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Classical Masterpieces Of All Time- Ludwig Van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)

Ludwig van Beethoven (December 16, 1770 - March 26, 1827) was a German composer and virtuoso pianist. He was a crucial figure in the transitional period between Classical and Romantic eras in Western classical music, and remains one of the most respected and influential composers of all time.

Born in Bonn, Germany, he moved to Vienna, Austria in his early twenties and settled there, studying with Joseph Haydn and quickly gaining a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. Beethoven's hearing gradually deteriorated beginning in his twenties, yet he continued to compose masterpieces and to conduct and perform even after he was completely deaf. He died on March 26, 1827.

Moonlight Sonata - Ludwig van Beethoven
as played by Wilhelm Kempff

Tags: Classical Masterpieces, Ludwig van Beethoven, Moonlight Sonata,
Wilhelm Kempff

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Classicail Masterpieces of All Time- Frederick Chopin

Only known photograph of Chopin, by Bisson, ca. 1849
Frederic Chopin (March 1, 1810 - October 17, 1849)

Fryderyk Chopin was a Polish virtuoso pianist and piano composer of the Romantic period. He is widely regarded as the greatest Polish composer, and one of the most influential composers for piano in the 19th century.

Chopin's extant compositions all include the piano, predominantly alone or as a solo instrument among others. Though his music is technically demanding, its style emphasizes nuance and expressive depth rather than technical virtuosity. Chopin invented new musical forms such as the ballade, and made major innovations to existing forms such as the piano sonata, waltz, nocturne, etude, impromptu, and prelude. His works are mainstays of Romanticism in 19th century classical music. His mazurkas and polonaises remain the cornerstone of Polish national classical music.

Chopin died in Paris, France on October 17, 1849.

Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No.2

Tags: Frederick Chopin, Classical Music, World's Classical Masterpieces, Romanticism

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Friday, January 20, 2012

World's Classical Masterpieces- Peter Tchaikovsky

Swan Lake Finale - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky at Cambridge, 1893.
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (May 7, 1840 - November 6, 1893) was a Russian composer of the Romantic era. While not part of the nationalistic music group known as "The Five," Tchaikovsky wrote music which was distinctly Russian: plangent, introspective, with modally- inflected melody and harmony. Tchaikovsky died on November 6, 1893, nine days after the premiere of his Sixth Symphony, the Pathetique.

Tags: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake, Classical Music, Masterpiece, Greatest Composers

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

World Famous Timeless Masterpieces - Michelangelo

Michelangelo's Pieta in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarotti Simoni (March 6, 1475 - February 18, 1564) commonly known as Michelangelo, was an Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet and engineer. Despite making few forays beyond the arts, his versatility in the disciplines he took up was of such a high order that he is often considered a contender for the title of the archetypal Renaissance man, along with his rival and fellow Italian Leonardo da Vinci. He died on February 18, 1564 in Rome at the age of 88.

Masterpieces, World, Michaelangelo, Pieta, Vatican, Rome

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

World's Timeless Masterpieces- Renoir

Girls at the Piano (1892)
Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Musee d'Orsay, Paris

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (February 25, 1841- December 3, 1919) was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style. As a celebrator of beauty, and especially feminine sensuality, it has been said that, "Renoir is the final representative of a tradition which runs directly from Rubens to Watteau." In 1919, Renoir visited the Louvre to see his paintings hanging with the old masters. He died in the village of Cagnes-sur-Mer, Provence-Alpes- Cote d' Azor, on December 3, 1919.

Tags: Renoir, Masterpiece, Impressionist, Louvre

Monday, December 5, 2011

World's Timeless Masterpieces- Rembrandt

The Nightwatch (1642)
Rijks Museum, Amsterdam

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (July 15, 1606 - October 4, 1669) was a Dutch painter and etcher. He is generally considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art history and the most important in Dutch history. His contributions to art came in a period that historians call the Dutch golden age. Rembrandt died on October 4, 1669 in Amsterdam, and was buried in an unmarked grave in Westerkerk.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

World Famous Timeless Masterpieces - Leonardo da Vinci

"Head of A Woman (with eyes closed)"
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

Leonardo da Vinci (1452- 1519) Italian artist, one of the great masters of the High Renaissance, who was also celebrated as a painter, sculptor, architect, engineer and scientist. His innovation in the field of painting influenced the course of Italian art for more than a century after his death in 1519. Now, he is revered as one of the world's greatest painter and artist of all time.

Tags: Leonardo da Vinci, World Famous, Timeless Masterpiece, Great Thinker, Scientist

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