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

Posted by Mel Avila Alarilla

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

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla

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