Friday, May 30, 2008

Classical Masterpieces of All Time- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (January 27, 1756- December 5, 1791) was a prolific and influential composer of the classical era. His 600 compositions include works widely acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, piano, operatic, and choral music. Mozart is the most enduring and popular of classical composers, and many of his works are part of the standard concert repertoire. Mozart died on December 5, 1791 at Prague.

Mozart Symphony No. 40 1st Movement

Tags: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Classical Masterpieces of All Time

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla

Sunday, May 18, 2008

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

Posted by Mel Avila Alarilla

Monday, May 12, 2008

Classical Masterpieces Of All Time - Frederic 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

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

World's Classical Masterpieces - 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

Posted by Mel Avila Alarilla

Thursday, May 1, 2008

World Famous Timeless Masterpieces - Leonardo da Vinci

Mona Lisa (1503- 1507)

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.

Tags: Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa, renaissance, masterpiece, Italian

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