Sunday, June 29, 2008

Frederic Chopin

Frederic Chopin (March 1, 1810 - October 17, 1849)

This post is dedicated to Krystyna, my good friend who counts Chopin as one of her all time favorites. May you enjoy his nocturne no 1.

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.

Nocturne No. 1 - Frederic Chopin
Played in Piano by Maria Jao

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

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla

Thursday, June 12, 2008

The World's Greatest Masterpieces - Rubens

Massacre of the Innocents (1611)

The Virgin and Child Adored by Angels

Peter Paul Rubens

Peter Paul Rubens (June 28, 1577- May 30, 1640) was a prolific seventeenth-century Flemish Baroque painter and a proponent of an exuberant Baroque style that emphasized movement, color, and sensuality. He is well-known for his Counter Reformation altar pieces, portraits, and landscapes, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects. In addition to running a large studio in Antwerp which produced paintings popular with nobility and art collectors throughout Europe, Rubens was a classically educated humanist scholar, art collector and diplomat who was knighted by both Philip IV, king of Spain, and Charles I, king of England. Rubens died from gout on May 30, 1640 at Antwerp, Belgium.

Tags: Timeless Masterpieces, Classical, Counter Reformation, Baroque

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (March 21, 1685- July 28, 1750) was a German composer and organist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity. Although he introduced no new forms, he enriched the prevailing German style with a robust contrapuntal technique, an unrivaled control of harmonic and motivic organization in composition for diverse musical forces, and the adaptation of rhythms and textures from abroad, particularly Italy and France. A revival of interest and performances of his music began early in the 19th century, and he is now widely considered to be one of the greatest composers in the Western tradition. He died in July 28, 1750 at Leipzig, Germany.

"Air" from Suite No. 3 in D major- Johann Sebastian Bach

Tags: Masterpieces, World's Greatest Composers, Immortal Compositions, Johann Sebastian Bach

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla

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