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Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Erkki Aaltonen, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Finnish composer Erkki (Erik) Aaltonen (1910-1990) was also an organist, a noted violinist, and a conductor. His symphonies provide the core of his posterity.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Karl Friedrich Abel, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Rococo composer Karl Friedrich Abel (1723-1787) studied under J. S. Bach and was an accomplished violist, playing also violin, harpsichord, and French horn. He is most noted for his symphonies.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Pál Ábrahám, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Austro-Hungarian composer Pál Ábrahám (1892-1960) was, perhaps, the last of the great operetta composers. His work was interrupted by Nazi persecution and subsequent immigration and difficulty adjusting to his new environs coupled with the onset of mental illness took their toll on his health.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Hans Abrahemsen, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen, born in 1952, teaches orchestration at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen and is artistic director of the Esbjerg Ensemble. Many of his major works are for winds or strings, including recent works for solo instrument.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Adolphe Adam, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
(1803-1856) Parisian composer of 40 operas and 14 ballets, the most famous of which is Giselle.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of John Adams, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1947- ), Worcester, Massachusetts. A Much performed minimalist composer of works for many media, including opera.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Leslie Adams, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
African American composer H. Leslie Adams was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1932. He is the composer of many works for different performing forces.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Thomas Adams, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer and organist Thomas Adams (1785-1858) is noted especially for the use of learned devices in his organ and piano works.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Richard Addinsell, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Early 20th Century English composer Richard Addinsell (1904-1977) is remembered chiefly for the Warsaw Concerto from the film Dangerous Moonlight. He wrote for films, theater, and marches.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Samuel Adler, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Born in Mannheim, Germany in 1928, he came to the United States in 1938. He was educated at Boston and Harvard Universities. He was for many years professor and chair of the composition department at the Eastman School of Music and has had many commissions from major orchestras.
Maria Teresa d'Agnesi(1720-1795) was an accomplished harpsichordist and composer.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Johann Joachim Agrell, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Swedish composer Johann Joachim Agrell (1701-1765), a bridge between the Baroque and Classical Periods, was a master of the north German galant style and an accomplished violinist.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Alexander Agricola, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1446-1506) Born in Ghent, he spent most of his life in Italy. He is known mainly for his secular works: songs and instrumental works.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Dionisio Aguado, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Spanish guitar virtuoso and composer Dionisio Aguado (1784-1849) spent much of the middle part of his career in France, where he and Fernando Sor became friends and, at times, played together. His influence on notation and playing remains to this day.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Karl Ahrendt, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer Karl F. Ahrendt (1904-1993) was director of the Ohio University School of Music, Athens, Ohio from 1950-1967. Dr. Ahrendt wrote a variety of vocal, instrumental, orchestral, and choral works.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Jehan Ariste Alain, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Modern composer and organist Jehan Ariste Alain, born in France in 1911 into a family of organists, died in battle in 1940.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Isaac Albéniz, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Spanish pianist and composer Isaac Albéniz was born in 1860 and died in 1909. He helped to define the "Spanish" style of piano.
Please submit site dealing with the life or music of Eleanor Alberga, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Eleanor Alberga (b1949) was born in Jamaica and moved to Britain in 1970 on a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. She is also an accomplished pianist and performs in duet with her husband Thomas Bowes.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Stephan Albert, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Born in 1941 in New York City, he died in an automobile accident in 1992. He received the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Symphony River Run.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Domenico Alberti, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian Baroque composer Domenico Alberti (c.1710-1740) is most known as a sonata writer.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Gasparo Alberti, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
The extant works of Italian composer Gasparo Alberti (c. 1480-c. 1560) are exclusively of sacred nature.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Giuseppe Alberti, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian Baroque composer Giuseppe Matteo Alberti (1685-1751) showed Vivaldi's influence in his concertos.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Tomaso Albinoni, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Venetian Baroque composer Tomaso Albinoni, born in 1671, died in 1750, was a contemporary of Vivaldi. His most well known works are orchestral and chamber music. Many other composers, including Bach, worked Albioni's music into their own compositions.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Hugo Emil Alfvén, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Swedish 20th Century composer Hugo Emil Alfvén (1872-1960) wrote a variety of works, including five symphonies, a ballet, several songs and chamber pieces, and Midsummer Vigil, also known as Swedish Rhapsody No. 1.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Azerbaijani composer Franghiz Ali-Zadeh (1947-) studied piano and composition at the Baku Conservatory. As a pianist, she has played a vast array of others' compositions. As a composer, she has been awarded and honored throughout the world and has worked with such artists as Yo-Yo Ma and the Kronos Quartet.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Charles-Valentin Alkan, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813-1888) was a French Romantic composer of challenging piano music and himself a virtuoso pianist.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Gregorio Allegri, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian Gregorio Allegri was born in the late Renaissance period in 1582 and composed during the early Baroque, dying in 1652.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Claude Allgén, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Born in Calcutta, India in 1920 and christened Klas-Thure Allgén, the Swedish composer changed his name to Claude Johanes Maria Allgén when he converted to Catholicism. He added Loyola as his confirmation name. Allgén died in 1990 in a house fire.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Tom Alonso, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer Tom Alonso began a first-hand encounter with music in the backstage of the Baltimore Opera, where his parents performed. Comfortable in numerous styles, American jazz and classical (especially Copland, Bernstein and Gershwin) were special influences. He scored a number of television programs and specials and became involved in composing for musical theater.
PLease submit site dealing with the life or music of Alexis Alrich, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Already an accomplished composer, Alexis Alrich has written mostly children's music. She was commissioned to write a suite by Foothills Arts inspired by the landscape of western Maine for the Maine Continental Harmony festival. Aside from her composing, she is a faculty member at the San Fransisco Conservatory of Music.
German pastor and composer Johann Michael Altenburg (1584-1640) is credited by many hymnologists with the Refomation hymn "Do Not Despair, O Little Flock."
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of William Alwyn, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1905-1905) "Alwyn had a refined artistic sensibility, enjoying painting and writing poetry as well as composing. His music reflects this wide-ranging talent, being finely crafted while developing a clear individual voice."
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of David Amram, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
David Amram (1930-), American composer and conductor, was well-versed in jazz and had a close relationship to many leading lights of the "Beat Generation."
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of , including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Spanish composer Juan de Anchieta (1462-1523) was primarily a religious composer, although his secular song Dos ánades was quite popular. He was related to Ignatius Loyola.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Leroy Anderson, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Leroy Anderson (1908-1975) was the son of Swedish immigrants. During World War Two, he served as a translator and interpreter. Anderson entrenched himself in American popular culture with compositions such as Sleigh Ride, The Syncopated Clock, and Blue Tango.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Olive Anderson, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Australian composer Olive Anderson (1917-1995) was born in England but spent most of her life in Australia. She wrote orchestral, instrumental, and chamber pieces and one children's opera.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Hendrick Andriessen, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Dutch composer and organist Hendrick Andriessen (1892-1981) wrote church music, songs, and symphonies. His sons Jurriaan and Louis also became accomplished composers.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Jurriaan Andriessen (the Elder), including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Dutch composer Jurriaan Andriessen (1925-1996) was son of Hendrick, brother to Louis, and uncle to Jurriaan (1951-1991).
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Jurriaan Andriessen (the Younger), including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Dutch artist and composer Jurriaan Andriessen (1951-1991) was comfortable in both classical and jazz idioms. He was son of Nico, grandson of Hendrick, and nephew of Louis and Jurriaan (1925-1996).
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Louis Andriessen, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Louis Andriessen was born in Utrecht, Netherlands in 1939. His writings are for small group and large ensemble.
French composer and keyboard artist Jean-Henri d'Anglebert (1635-1691) served as organist to the Duke of Orléans and to the Jacobins and succeeded Chambonnières as ordinaire de la chambre du Roy pour le clavecin in 1662. Along with his own original works, he made keyboard transcriptions of Lully's works.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Anonymoous, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
For much music of the Midieval and Renaissance periods the name composer of the music is not known. In such cases the composer is listed as Anonymous.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Caroline Ansink, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, and bibliographies.
Caroline Ansink (b1959) is a commissioned composer and professional flautist.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of John Antes, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
John Antes (1740-1811) was a Moravian missionary and minister. Along with a number of religious works, he also produced the first known chamber piece by an American composer. Antes' style was akin to Haydn's.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of George Anthiel, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer George Anthiel was born at the beginning of the Modern period, in 1900, in Trenton, New Jersey and died in 1959. From jazz textures and a Stravinsky influence, he later moved to neo-romantic and neo-classical elements, also writing film scores. He had an extensive filmography and was also awarded a patent (with actress Hedy Lamarr) for a torpedo control device in 1940.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of John Antill, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Australian composer John Antill (1904-1986) wrote operas and ballets as well as orchestral, vocal, and choir works. An early student of Aboriginal music, he integrated their traditional style into some of his most noted productions. The ballet Corroboree is his most famous single work.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Denis ApIvor, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Denis ApIvor, of Welsh heritage, was born in the Republic of Eire in 1916 background. His compositions embrace a variety of styles and are written for many different instruments, especially winds. He also composed over eighty songs and song cycles.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Jacob Arcadelt, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Jacob Arcadelt (c.1505-1568) was born in Holland, influenced by Josquin and the Belgian School, became a singer in the court of Florence, and spent considerable time in Rome, first as singing-master of the boys' choir at St. Peter's, then entering the Papal choir as a singer. He went with Cardinal Charles of Lorraine, Duke of Guise to Paris as his personal court musician and composer.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Dr. Violet Balestreri Archer, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Canadian (1913-2000), composer, educator, pianist, organist, and adjudicator Dr. Violet Balestreri Archer, was born in Montréal. She studied under Douglas Clarke, Claude Champagne, Béla Bartók, and Paul Hindemith.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Anton Stepanovich Arensky, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Russian Romantic period composer Anton Stepanovich Arensky (1861-1906) was a student of Rimsky-Korsakov. He was a teacher, conductor of the Imperial Chapel Choir, and wrote wrote operas, a ballet, chamber and orchestral pieces, piano works, and songs.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Dominck Argento, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1927- ), York, Pennsylvania. Composer of symphonic works, choral works, more than a dozen operas, and song cycles. "From the Diary of Virginia Wolf" is a song cycle for which he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1975.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Harold Arlen, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
It's Only A Paper Moon, Stormy Weather, I've Got the World on A String, Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive, and, to top them all, OVER THE RAINBOW--if you know any of these songs then you already know the music of Harold Arlen (1905-1986). Born Hyman (Chaim) Arluck, Arlen was one of the most prolific composers in 20th Century America. He wrote for the Cotton Club, for stage plays, and for Hollywood. From 1924 through 1976, Arlen wrote over 400 songs, working with 31 different lyricists.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Michael Arne, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English Classical period composer Michael Arne (ca.1740-1786) is normally considered to have been the adopted son of composer Thomas Augustine Arne. Some, however, speculate that he was Thomas' natural son, perhaps born out of wedlock. He was noted as a song writer for the London stage, composed or collaborated on several operas, and found a good measure of financial success. However, he lost his fortune through speculation in alchemy and died in poverty.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Thomas Augustine Arne, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Late Baroque English composer Thomas Augustine Arne was born in 1710 and died in 1778. His masque Alfred contains the patriotic song, Rule, Britannia.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Richard Arnell, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer Richard Anthony Sayer Arnell (1917-) taught and wrote orchestral music but may be most remembered for his film scores.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Sir Malcolm Arnold, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer Sir Malcolm Arnold was born in 1921. He wrote for large and small ensembles, for theater, concert hall, and for motion pictures.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Samuel Arnold, including biographies, discographies, eyerbeeranalyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1740-1802) Prolific composer for the London Stage. Probably the son of Princess Amelia, a student of Handel.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Basque composer Juan Crisóstomo Jacobo Antonio Arriaga y Balzola (1806-1826), was called the "Spanish Mozart" because of his early-appearing talent. Born 50 years after Amadeus, he died even younger, reaching only 20 years of age.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Robert Ashley, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1930, Ashley is famous particularly for his new forms of opera, including opera-for-television, and for multi-disciplinary projects.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Hugh Aston, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1485-1558) "Hugh Aston, with seven large-scale works to his credit, is the most important of the less famous composers represented in the Forrest-Heyther and Peterhouse partbooks."
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Kurt Atterberg, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Swedish early 20th Century composer Kurt Atterberg (1887-1974) was essentially self-taught as a composer. He wrote full-bodied pieces in the Romantic tradition, composed ballets, symphonies, orchestral suites, and other works.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Daniel-François Esprit Auber, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
French Romantic period composer Daniel-François Esprit Auber (1782-1871) wrote about forty operas as well as other compositions. Most of the operas had their debut at the Opéra Comique in Paris. Among the noted titles are Fra Diavolo, ou L'hôtellerie de Terracine, La Muette de Portici, and Cheval de bronze.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Jacques Aubert, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
French Baroque composer Jacques Aubert (1689-1763) entered the Duke of Bourbon's service in 1719 and composed music for stage works, given at the Fair Theatres as well as Chantilly and the Opéra. He is most known for his violin compositions.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Louis François Marie Aubert, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Twentieth Century French composer Louis François Marie Aubert (1877-1968) wrote for a variety of genres, including ballet. Although his music is often unjustly neglected, he is most remembered for the fairy tale opera The Blue Forest.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Georges Auric, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
French twentieth century composer Georges Auric (1899-1983) was the youngest member of Les Six with Durey, Honegger, Milhaud, Tailleferre, and Poulenc. First acclaim came with his music for Les fâcheux (The Bores), a ballet based on Molière. He scored several films for French poet Jean Cocteau, including La belle et la bête (Beauty and the Beast) and Orphée (Orpheus). American films credits include Moulin Rouge and Roman Holiday.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Charles Avison, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1709-1770)
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Paul Ayres, including biographies, discographies, analysis of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1970 - ) Freelance composer, arranger, choir director and accompanist, organist and pianist in London UK.
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