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Arno Babadjanian (1921-1983) both increased the Westernization of Armenian music and preserved its heritage and influence, especially as a teacher. His work in this area may have been strongly influenced by one of his own teachers, Heinrich Litinsky. Two of his most popular works are the Heroic Ballade for piano and orchestra and the Armenian Rhapsody for two pianos.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Milton Babbit, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer Milton Babbit was born in 1916. Along with traditional instrumentation, he wrote a large body of work for synthesizer.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of William Babell, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer William Babell (c. 1690-1723) was violinist, church organist, and master harpsichordist whose compositions give insight into performance practices of his day.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Grazyna Bacewicz, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Polish composer Grazyna Bacewicz (1909-1969) was born in Lodz and died in Warsaw. She was a pianist, an accomplished violinist, and set both largely aside to concentrate on composition. In preparation of this, Nadia Boulanger was one of her teachers.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of August Wilhelm Bach, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
German composer, organist, and teach August Wilhelm Bach (1796-1869) was not a member of the famous family but did do much to promote the music of Johann Sebastian while setting a standard of interpretation. He also assisted in organ reconstruction and wrote an organ method and a hymn book.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Bridging the Baroque and Classical periods, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788), second son of J. S. Bach and godson of Georg Philipp Telemann, was accomplished on the keyboard and wrote two volumes of sonatas and twenty symphonies.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Christoph Bach, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Christoph Bach (1613-1661) was grandfather of J. S. Bach.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Georg Christoph Bach, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Georg Christoph Bach (1641-1697).
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Heinrich Bach, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Heinrich Bach (1615-1692) was brother of Johann and Christoph.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Johann Ambrosius Bach, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Ambrosius Bach (1641-1695) was twin brother of Christoph and father of Johann Sebastian.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Johann Bernhard Bach, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Organist and composer Johann Bernhard Bach (1676 - 1749) was the elder son of Johann Egidius Bach.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Johann Christian Bach, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Born in 1735 and dying in 1782, Classical composer Johann Christian Bach was the youngest surviving son of J. S. Bach. He first studied under his father in Leipzig, then worked and studied in Milan and Bologna. He finally settled in London, England, where he composed and worked as a concert producer.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Johann Christoph Bach, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Organist and choral and vocal composer Johann Christoph Bach (1642-1703) was eldest son of Heinrich and first cousin of Ambrosius. He was one of five family members with the same name (although one had the additional middle name of Friedrich). Another distinction is that he was grandfather of Sebastian's first wife, Maria Barbara.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Johann Christoph Bach, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Composer and violinist Johann Christoph Bach (1645-1694) was twin brother of Sebastian's father Ambrosius.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Johann Christoph Bach, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Organist and composer Johann Christoph Bach (1671-1721) was eldest son of Ambrosius and brother of Sebastian.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
German Classical period composer Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (1732-1795) was the sixteenth child and ninth son of Johann Sebastian Bach. He composed chamber music, concertos, symphonies, and keyboard works.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Johann Egidius Bach, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Johann Egidius Bach (1645-1717) was Sebastian's second son.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Johann Ernst Bach, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Johann Ernst Bach (1683-1739) was first cousin to Sebastian.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Johann Ernst Bach, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Composer and organist Johann Ernst Bach (1722-1777) was the only son of Johann Bernhard and godson of Sebastian.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Johann Ludwig Bach, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Composer Johann Ludwig Bach (1677-1731) wrote several notable cantatas, often influenced by the Italian style. Third cousin Johann Sebastian often copied his scores.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Johann Michael Bach, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Organist and composer Johann Michael Bach (1648-1694) was brother to Johann Christoph and father of Sebastian's first wife.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Johann Nikolaus Bach, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Johann Nikolaus Bach (1669-1753) was the eldest son of Johann Christoph. Along with compositional and performance skills, he was also a gifted craftsman who built or enhanced various instruments.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Johann Sebastian Bach, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) helped define the Baroque period and is possibly the greatest master of musical counterpoint who ever lived. Contemporaries left record of his virtuoso organ playing while a combination of desire and economic necessity led him to produce one of the largest bodies of music by any one person.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of P. D. Q. Bach, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Timeless composer P. D. Q. Bach (1807-1742?) was the twenty-first and last of Johann Sebastian Bach's twenty children. This "the last and by far the least" is the alter ego and brainchild of composer Peter Schickele. The music of P. D. Q. ranges from gentle satire to broad parody of all types of music, but emphasizes the classical repertoire. Representative works include Pervertimento for Bagpipes, Bicycle, and Balloons The Stoned Guest, a half-act opera, Concerto for Piano versus Orchestra in Bb Major and the cantata Iphigenia in Brooklyn.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710-1784) was eldest son of J. S. Bach and first wife Maria Barbara. An accomplished organist, keyboard pieces and cantatas form the largest part of his body of work. He moved back and forth between his father's Baroque style and the newer Rococo style. Exercise of his abilities was marred by apparent sloth and a serious drinking problem.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Wilhelm Friedrich Ernst Bach, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Classical period German composer Wilhelm Friedrich Ernst Bach (1759-1845) was grandson of Johann Sebastian and son of Johann Christoph Friedrich. He was the last of the family to reach any level of musical importance.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Sixt Bachmann, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
German composer Sixt Bachmann (1754-1825) was a child prodigy who later became a priest and music teacher.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Johann Caspar Bachofen, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Swiss composer Johann Caspar Bachofen (1695-1755) wrote mainly religious works.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Agathe Backer Gröndahl, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1847-1907) Pianist and composer born in Holmestrand, Norway. A student of Hans von Bülow and Franz Liszt and contemporary of Grieg, she was best known for her piano works and her songs.
Please submit only sites dealing specifically with Klaus Badelt in this category. Do not submit sites exclusively about an individual film which he has scored here. Those should be submitted to the corresponding movie category instead.
Sites devoted to composer Klaus Badelt.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Henk Badings, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Java-born Dutch composer Henk Badings (1907-1987) moved through a variety of styles and was a pioneer of electronic music.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Tadeusz Baird, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Polish composer Tadeusz Baird (1928-1981) began at a time when new forms were suspect but later became a serialist before moving into more lyrical, dramatic works.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Edward Cuthbert Bairstow, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer Edward Cuthbert Bairstow (1874-1946) was also an organist, conductor, and music professor.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of David Nathaniel Baker, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
David Nathaniel Baker, Jr. (1931-) had composed in a wide range of genres and styles, including works for jazz, orchestra, solo voice, chorus, piano, and chamber ensemble. He served as Jazz Studies Department chairman at Indiana University and authored many books and articles, often on themes of African-American music.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Mily Balakirev, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Russian composer Mily (or Mili) Alekseyevich Balakirev (1837-1910) was a staunch nationalist and leader of The Five, a group of like-minded composers also including César Cui, Aleksandr Borodin, Modest Mussorgsky, and Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov. His passion for the folk music of his native land was translated into his own compositions and passed on to his contemporaries and to later composers, including Tchaikovsky.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Michael William Balfe, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Michael William Balfe was born in Ireland 1808. He lived and studied in England, France, and Italy and died in England in 1870. His primary compositions are operatic and he was also an accomplished baritone.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Gregory Ballard, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer and pianist Gregory Ballard holds a Bachelor of Music degree in composition and piano from the University of Michigan and formerly taught at the university. His music has been performed throughout the United States and Europe.
Italian composer Adriano Banchieri (1568-1634) was also monk, abbot, composer, theorist, society darling, and teacher. He wrote both sacred and secular vocal and keyboard music.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Granville Bantock, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer Granville Bantock (1868-1946) was a conservative voice among Modern composers. His style was strongly Romantic and he was greatly influenced by Persian, Chinese, Russian and Scottish subjects in his orchestral, theater, and choral works.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Bartolomeo Barbarino, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian late Renaissance composer Bartolomeo Barbarino (?-1617) is known as a monodist and a follower of Caccini in his style of vocal composition.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Samuel Barber, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer Samuel Barber was born in 1910 and died in 1981. Although he lived through the Modern period, his music is essentially Romantic.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Woldemar Bargiel, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
German Romantic composer Woldemar Bargiel (1828-1897) was stepbrother of Clara Wieck Schumann and admired and was influenced by Robert Schumann. Among his noted works is his Three Character Pieces.
This category is for websites and pages about the English Victorian folk-music collector and hymn-tune writer.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of John Francis Barnett, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer John Francis Barnett (1837-1916), nephew of John Barnett, composed popular vocal works and completed Schubert's Symphony in E.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Michel de la Barre, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
French composer and flutist Michel de la Barre (c. 1675-1743/4) established a French flute style.
John Barry (1933 - ) British composer of movie soundtracks. Born in York. Sometimes credited as the John Barry Seven. He will forever be associated with the magnificent and exciting James Bond scores, but has an enormous reputation for delivering the musical goods in any number of film genres. Other film scores include 'Out of Africa', 'Dances with Wolves', 'The Cotton Club', and 'Walkabout'.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Béla Bartók, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Béla Bartók, a Hungarian composer (although born in a town now in Romania), lived from 1881 to 1945. Much of his music was influenced by Transylvanian folk tunes.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Leslie Bassett, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Born in 1923, American composer Leslie Bassett saw his works performed by many noted orchestras and composers. His most acclaimed work, for which he won the 1966 Pulitzer Prize, is Variations for Orchestra.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of John Baston, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer and flutist John Baston lived only twenty-three years (1711-1733).
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Arnold Bax, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Twentieth century English composer Sir Arnold Edward Trevor Bax (1883-1953) gained popularity with the public as he moved away from chromatic composition into music influenced by a love for things Irish. This change came in large part because of reading the works of W. B. Yeats. Bax wrote seven symphonies and scored motion pictures, including Oliver Twist. Two noted pieces are the Celtic-influenced tone poems Garden of Fand and Tintagel.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Antonio Bazzini, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian virtuoso violinist Antonio Bazzini (1818-1897) was encouraged by Paganini and lauded by Mendelssohn and Schumann before he abandoned concert playing for composition. Later, he became teacher of such luminaries as Catalani, Mascagni and Puccini.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Amy Beach, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer Amy Beach (1867-1944) composed many instrumental and vocal works, including thirty pieces for women's chorus, and was also a virtuoso pianist.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Franz Beck, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
German-born composer Franz Ignaz Beck (1734-1809), possibly after fighting a duel, lived and worked for much of his adult life in Italy and France. His output included symphonies, operas, sacred music, revolutionary music, and keyboard sonatas. He was also known as a conductor and an organist.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Johann Beer, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
A lesser Austrian/German composer, Johann Beer (1655-1700), gained renown as a music theorist and musicologist.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Anton Beer-Walbrunn, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
German composer Anton Beer-Walbrunn (1864-1929) also taught at the Munich Academy of Music.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Ludwig van Beethoven, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Ludwig van Beethoven helped define the Classical period while pushing it toward the Romantic. He was born in Germany in 1770 and spent most of his adult life in Vienna, Austria, dying there in 1827.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Ján Levoslav Bella, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Slovak Romantic period composer Ján Levoslav Bella (1843-1936) was born and died in the Hungary of his time. He is now honored as a great among Slovakian artists. Ordained as a priest, he wrote church music as well as songs in German and Slovak, the symphonic poem Fate and the Ideal, and the opera Wieland der Schmied.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Vincenzo Bellini, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian Romantic period composer Vincenzo Salvatore Carmelo Francesco Bellini (1801-1835) helped to shape nineteenth century Italian opera during his brief life. His treatment of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in I Capuleti e i Montecchi was the first to maintain popularity. Other operas include Norma, La Sonnambula, and I Puritani. His Oboe Concerto also stayed somewhat popular.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Franz Benda, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Bohemian composer Frantisek (Franz) Benda (1709-1786), born in Staré Benátky, and also a virtuoso violinist, was a favorite of J. S. Bach during the latter's final years. His was a musical family, including brother Georg Benda, another composer and violinist of renown.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Jan Jiri Benda, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
The patriarch of the Bohemian family of composers and musicians who influenced German and Czech music from the Baroque to the 21st Century, Jan Jiri (Johann Georg) Benda, born in 1646, began a line of familial musical excellence that outlasted even the much more famous Bach family.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Jiri Antonin Benda, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Bohemian-German composer Jiri Antonin (Georg Anton) Benda (1722-1795) was born in Staré Benátky but spent much of his adult life as a violinist and composer in the Prussian court.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Victor Bendix, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Danish Romantic composer, conductor, and pianist Victor Bendix (1851-1926) at times worked within his country's tradition and also participated in European late Romanticism, with special influence by Liszt. This is seen especially in his virtuoso Piano Concerto.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Peter Bengston, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Swedish composer Peter Bengston (1961-) has written in a variety of genres. He is also a skilled programmer, working especially on musical projects. Besides giving premier and special performances on the organ, Bengston also played celesta and harpsichord with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Stockholm and the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation's Symphony Orchestra.
Sites related to Brian Benison, composer for TV and film (specialising in movies from the silent era).
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Arthur Benjamin, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English Modern period composer Arthur Benjamin (1893-1960) was born in Australia but studied at the Royal College of Music and spent most of his life in England. One of his most popular pieces is the Jamaican Rumba of 1938. He also wrote the scores for over a dozen movies between 1934 and 1958. Included were The Scarlet Pimpernel and The Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel, as well as two versions of The Man Who Knew too Much and The Naked Earth.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of George Benjamin, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer George Benjamin (1960-) also gained renown as pianist, conductor, and festival director. Influences include Messiaen, Loriod, and Goehr.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of John Bennet, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English Renaissance composer John Bennet (c. 1570-c. 1614) composed a number of madrigals. His death date invites much speculation, but he probably survived until at least the publication of several songs in 1614. His All Creatures Now Are Merry Minded is in a collection of madrigals by 24 composers called The Triumphs of Oriana, created in 1601 by Thomas Morley in honor of Elizabeth I.
American composer Robert Russell Bennett (1894-1981) is probably best known by the works that no one knows are his, since some of his most popular pieces are actually orchestrations or arrangements of the work of others, especially for the stage or the screen.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of William Bennett, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Sir William Sterndale Bennett (1816-1875) was an English Romantic composer of renown. He wrote well in several genres but his popularity waned, perhaps in part because he withdrew from composition in favor of being Professor of Music at the University of Cambridge and later Principal of the Royal Academy of Music.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Jørgen Bentzon, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Danish twentieth century composer Jørgen Bentzon (1897-1951) was a man of many talents. As a youth, he showed ability in painting and learned the cello. Besides his musical training, including that by Carl Nielsen, he also received a law degree and worked in the Ministry of Justice.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Niels Viggo Bentzon, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Danish 20th century composer and pianist Niels Viggo Bentzon (1919-1999) was also an accomplished poet, novelist, and visual artist. He was father and teacher of jazz artist and composer Nikolaj Bentzon.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Nikolaj Bentzon, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Danish composer Nikolaj Bentzon (1964-), son of Niels Viggo Bentzon, focuses most of his efforts on jazz. He is also an accomplished pianist and a conductor.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Nicolai Berezowsky, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Russian-born and trained composer Nicolai Tikhonovich Berezowsky (1900-1953) spent most of his adult life in the United States. With symphonic and other works to his credit, he may be best remembered for his children's opera Babar the Elephant.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Alban Berg, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Austrian Modern composer Alban Berg (1885-1935) was a student and disciple of Schoenberg. His breaks with tradition were not fully accepted or appreciated during his life.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Fred Jonny Berg, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Norwegian composer, poet, director, and producer Fred Jonny Berg (1973-) also worked as a singer and a multi-media artist.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Gunnar Berg, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Danish 20th century composer Gunnar Berg (1909-1989) wrote the first serial piece in Denmark, the Suite for Cello in 1950. His status in Denmark was reduced by his long stays in Paris and in Switzerland, the country of his birth.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Josef Berg, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Czech composer Josef Berg (1927-1971) went from Neo-Classicism through folk influences to a Brechtian perspective in his compositions.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Arthur Berger, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American Arthur Berger (1912-) composed in many of the major styles and schools of the 20th Century. He also made a reputation as a music critic.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Ludwig Berger, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
German composer Ludwig Berger (1777-1839), a noted pianist, wrote much of his best music for the instrument. He also taught piano to Felix Mendelssohn, Fanny Hensel, Adolf Henselt, and others.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Theodor Berger, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
German composer Theodor Berger (1905-1992) was a pupil of Franz Schmidt and was "discovered" and promoted by Furtwängler.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Wilhelm Berger, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
German composer and conductor Wilhelm Berger (1861-1911) followed Brahms in style and genre.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Andreas Peter Berggreen, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Danish composer Andreas Peter Berggreen (1801-1880) was also a singing teacher, a collector of Danish folk music, and a self-taught organist.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Erik Bergman, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Finnish composer Erik Bergman (1911-) emphasized modernism in his works, focusing on the varied resources of the voice.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of William Bergsma, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
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Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Luciano Berio, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian composer Luciano Berio was born in 1925 and died in 2003. Compositions include both instrumental and vocal music, of which much is based on James Joyce and Biblical texts, often writing lyrics in Hebrew.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Charles-Auguste de Bériot, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Belgian Romantic period composer and violinist Charles-Auguste de Bériot (1802-1870) is primarily remembered for his ten violin concertos. Concerto No. 1 in D Major, the Military Concerto, is especially popular, as is the violin duet Spanische Weisen.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Lennox Berkeley, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
British composer Lennox Randall Francis Berkeley (1903-1989) established a large and varied output, including operas, orchestral works, and songs. With a twenty-two year tenure at the Royal Academy of Music, Berkeley also influenced scores of younger composers and musicians, much as he had earlier been influenced by Nadia Boulanger.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Michael Berkeley, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer Michael Berkeley (1948-), son of Sir Lennox Berkeley, established his own solid place in music, cementing it with the 1982 oratorio Or Shall We Die? and continuing it with the string pieces Coronach and Gethsemani Fragment and the opera Baa Baa Black Sheep, based on Kipling's childhood.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Hector Berlioz, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Hector Berlioz (1803 - 1869), French early Romantic composer. Famous works: Symphonie Fantastique (1830), La Marche Hongroise (1841), Les Troyens (1863).
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Matvey Ivanovich Bernard, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Russian composer Matvey Ivanovich Bernard (1794-1871) was also a pianist, noted music publisher, and champion of new music in St. Petersburg.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Stefano Bernardi, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian composer and music theorist Stefano Bernardi (c. 1585-1636) helped in bridging the a cappella and concertato styles.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Christoph Bernhard, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
German composer Christoph Bernhard (1628-1692) was also a theorist, remembered especially for his treatise Tractatus compositionis augmentatus.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Elmer Bernstein, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American film composer Elmer Bernstein (1922-) graduated from Julliard school of music. In the early 1950s, he took almost any job available to establish himself, possibly explaining why his name is on the credits of Robot Monster. His breakthrough came with his score for The Man with the Golden Arm (1955). Then came such classics as DeMille's The Ten Commandments (1956), The Magnificent Seven (1960), and others. He received an Oscar nomination for The Age of Innocence (1993) but won his only Academy Award for 1967's Thoroughly Modern Millie, for which he wrote only the background music and none of the individual songs.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Leonard Bernstein, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) was an icon of American culture throughout much of the twentieth century. He wrote for stage (ballet, musical, and opera), orchestra, and voice. Among his noted achievements are the score for West Side Story, his opera Candide, the Jeremiah Symphony, and--even though Jewish--a setting of the Roman Mass. He also hosted or starred in television specials, both of his own music and as conductor of others' works, twice winning the Emmy. He scored moves, including Rear Window and received an Academy Awary nomination for On the Waterfront.
Italian composer Antonio Bertali (1605-1669) wrote in a variety of genres, including opera, oratorio, and ballet. He also composed a number of instrumental works and was recognized for his violin abilities.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Gary Bertini, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Gary Bertini (1927-) was born in Russia, received much of his musical education in France, and is an Israeli citizen. An accomplished and much-desired conductor, Bertini also has written a number of works, especially stage and choral pieces.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Franz Berwald, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Swedish Romantic composer Franz Adolf Berwald (1796-1868) was of distant German parentage. Not all of his symphonies have survived intact, but the four complete remaining works are well respected, as is the body of his chamber music.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Bohemian virtuoso violinist and Baroque composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber was born in 1644 and died in 1704. He spent almost half his life in the court of the Archbishop of Salzburg.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of William Billings, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Born in the Classical period, American composer, author of choral music, tanner, and patriot William Billings (1746-1800) left a legacy of religious music. He was also one of the first to express an American idiom in his writing. Many of his works are still sung in churches.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Gilles Binchois, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Flemish-born Medieval composer Gilles de Bins Binchois (c. 1400-1460) was an ordained priest. Much of his career was spent as chaplain at the Court of Burgundy. He produced a number of religious works, including the oldest surviving polyphonic Te Deum and musical settings of the Magnificat, Credo, and Gloria, yet is most remembered for his French secular chansons, of which more than fifty survive.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Ronald Binge, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English twentieth century light music composer Ronald Binge (1910-1969) spent much of his early musical life playing in London theater, cafe, and dance ensembles. In 1935, he became an arranger for Annunzio Paolo Mantovani and his Tipica Orchestra. For Mantovani, Binge devised the "cascading strings" effect that became the orchestra's signature. Major works include A Scottish Rhapsody, The Whispering Valley Trade Winds Concerto for Alto Saxophone, and Saturday Symphony.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Harrison Birtwistle, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Born in Accrington, England in 1934, according to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians he is 'the most forceful and uncompromisingly original British composer of his generation.' Mr. Birtwistle was knighted in 1988; he received the Siemens Prize in 1995. Recordings of his music (by Pierre Boulez, Oliver Knussen, Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, and others) are available on the Collins Classics, Decca, Philips, Deutsche Grammophon, Etcetera, NMC and CPO labels.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Henry Bishop, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English Romantic composer Sir Henry Rowley Bishop (1786-1855) was popular in his time and was the first musician to be knighted. Since that time, his popularity faded. He is remembered now for two songs, "Lo, Hear the Gentle Lark" and especially for "Home, Sweet Home," written for the J. H. Payne opera Clari.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Georges Bizet, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Romantic composer (1838-1875) Georges Bizet was born in 1838 and died in 1875. Known best for his operas, including Carmen, he also wrote symphonic and incidental music, overtures, and works for piano and voice.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Boris Blacher, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Chinese born of Russian parents, Modern period composer Boris Blacher (1903-1975) studied music in Irkutsk, Siberia, Harbin, China, and Berlin. His most successful compositions were his ballets. He also wrote Variations on a Theme of Paganini in 1947.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of David Blake, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer David Leonard Blake (1936-) drew on a variety of sources and inspirations while keeping many melodic and counterpoint themes from previous generations.
Contemporary composer who was born in New York in 1925.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Sir Arthur Bliss, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer Sir Arthur Bliss (1891-1975) wrote a variety of instrumental and vocal pieces and was named Master of the Queen's Musick in 1953.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Ernest Bloch, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Born in Switzerland, Ernest Bloch (1880-1959) reached his zenith in America, not only as composer but also as teacher. He wrote music that was often deeply spiritual in nature, drawing heavily on Jewish sources. Many of his compositions are highly emotional, following neo-classical and neo-romantic leanings, as was common in the early 20th century.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Vilém Blodek, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Czech composer Vilém Blodek (1834-1874), was also a gifted pianist and flutist, a conductor, and a collaborator with Smetana.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of John Blow, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English Baroque composer John Blow (1649-1708) was teacher to Henry Purcell, who was ten years his junior, yet who died before Blow. This event led him to compose the Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell. He wrote one small opera, Venus and Adonis. His primary genre was church music, where he wrote twelve services, around 100 anthems, including "God Spake Sometime in Visions," and many instrumental pieces. He also wrote secular instrumental and vocal works.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Felix Blumenfeld, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Ukrainian Romantic period composer and pianist Felix Mikhailovich Blumenfeld (1863-1931) was of Polish extraction.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Harold Blumenfeld, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer Harold Blumenfeld ((1923-) entered a period of sustained compositional effort only after 1970. Prior to that time, he devoted much of his energy to teaching at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and directing first the Opera Theatre of St. Louis and, later, the Washington University Opera Studio.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Luigi Boccherini, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian Classical period composer Luigi Boccherini was born in 1743 and died in 1805. He lived and worked in Paris and Madrid and was Prussian court composer for a time. He revolutionized cello music. His most famous work is a minuet from his String Quintet in E-major, Opus 13.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of August de Boeck, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Belgian Romantic composer August de Boeck (1865-1937) was taught by Gilson and influnced by Rimsky-Korsakov and the Russian "Five," the Moguchaya Kuchka. He helped to introduce Impressionism to Belgium and wrote stage, choral, and chamber music.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Léon Boëllmann, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
French Romantic period composer Léon Ernest Boëllmann (1862-1897) died early, yet bid for musical immortality with the Toccata from the Suite Gothique, a favorite of organists. Other organ works have also remained popular, as has his Symphonic Variations for cello and orchestra.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Alexandre Boëly, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
French composer Alexandre Pierre François Boëly (1785-1858) is most remembered for his organ works. In life, his fame was limited, but grew after his death as Saint-Saëns and others took notice.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Georg Böhm, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1661-1733) He did not achieve much fame as a composer, but J. S. Bach, who as a young boy sang soprano in the choir of his church, liked his music. He spent most of his life as organist at St. Johns church in Lüneburg.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of François-Adrien Boieldieu, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
French Classical period composer François-Adrien Boieldieu (1775-1834) helped to move farcical French opéra comique into early romantic opera. In so doing, he partially protected French traditions from the popularity of Rossini's Italian comedies. His Le Calife de Bagdad remained popular, as did La Dame blanche, which drew much of its inspiration from Sir Walter Scott's The Lady of the Lake.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1691-1755) Born at Thionville and died at Roissy-en-Brie. He composed music for many different instruments in a simple style which was popular at the time and, though not revered by his contemporary musicians, made lots of money.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Arrigo Boïto, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian poet, novelist, and Romantic period composer Arrigo Enrico Boïto (1842-1918) composed only one complete opera, Mefistofele, for which he also wrote the libretto. He spent the rest of his life without completing his second, Nerone. Yet he remained active in opera, writing libretti for Ponchielli's La Gioconda and Verdi's Shakespearean operas Othello and Falstaff, among others. He also created the libretto for Verdi's Simon Boccanegra.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of William Bolcom, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Twentieth century American composer and pianist William Bolcom (1938-) was a precocious child who began studying composition at the University of Washington at age eleven. He earned his BA in 1958 and completed his doctorate in composition from Stanford University in 1964. Among his many honors was the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1988 for 12 New Etudes for Piano.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Claude Bolling, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
French twentieth century composer, arranger, pianist, and band leader Claude Bolling (1930-) was a child prodigy pianist. He grew up playing jazz and joined with many of that genre's greatest artists, including Hampton. Some consider him the best interpreter of Ellington. He also wrote for the movies and composed a large ragtime repertoire. His classical offerings include compositions which he played with flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal (Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano) and trumpeter Maurice André (Toot Suite).
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Capel Bond, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1730-1790) English organist and composer. He composed concerti grossi,concertos for trumpet and bassoon, and anthems.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Victoria Bond, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer Victoria Bond (1945-) has a body of work ranging from symphonic and operatic compositions to chamber music, ballet scores, and pieces for young audiences.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Margaret Bonds, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer, pianist, and teacher Margaret Bonds (1913-1972) wrote choral works, orchestral works, piano pieces, popular songs, and art songs.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Guillaume Boni, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
French composer Guillaume Boni (c. 1530-c. 1594) focused on vocal music, much of it sacred. He was somewhat influenced by the Italian style of the Late Renaissance.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Severo Bonini, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Benedictine monk, organist, and composer Severo Bonini (1582-1663) also contributed to music as a theorist and writer. His works encompassed the polyphonic, monodic, and concertato styles.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Giuseppe Bonno, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Composer Giuseppe Bonno (1711-1788), although of Italian origin, was born in and worked throughout his life in Austria. Most of his output was vocal, both secular and sacred.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Antonio Maria Bononcini, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Antonio Maria Bononcini (1677-1726) was the son of Giovanni Maria Bononcini and brother to Giovanni Battista Bononcini. He wrote operas and other stage works, cantatas, and religious vocal pieces.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Giovanni Battista Bononcini, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian Baroque composer Giovanni Battista Bononcini (1670-1747), the son of composer Giovanni Maria Bononcini, trained as a cellist. He wrote in a variety of genres, and had the first Italian opera widely accepted in British theaters. At different times, he worked in Bolagna, Milan, Vienna, London, Paris, and Lisbon.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Giovanni Maria Bononcini, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Giovanni Maria Bononcini (1642-1678), the father of Giovanni Battista and Antonio Maria Bononcini, was an Italian composer and musical theorist. He wrote chamber and church sonatas, cantatas, madrigals, and arias.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Francesco Antonio Bonporti, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian priest and composer Francesco Antonio Bonporti (1672-1749) used the freedom of his office and lack of need for financial support to write personal music according to his own taste. He was inventive, especially in melody and rhythm.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Giovanni Andrea Bontempi, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian singer and composer Giovanni Andrea Bontempi (c. 1624-1705), nee Angelini, was also important as a music historian and theorist, stage designer, and author.
Russian composer Aleksandr Porfiryevich Borodin (1833-87) was also a chemist and physician. He published important chemistry papers and helped found a women's medical school. Music, especially composition, was his recreation. He later joined Balakirev in Moguchaya Kuchka (Mighty Little Heap), or The Five, a group of influential, nationalistic composers. Other members were Rimsky-Korsakov, Cui, and Mussorgsky.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Dmytro Bortniansky, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Ukrainian composer Dmytro (Dmitri) Stepanovich Bortniansky was born in 1751. He was sent to sing with the Imperial Chapel Choir in St. Petersburg at age 7 and was soon learning music theory, harmony, and harpsichord. He studied in Italy and returned as a master of choral composition, blending his western education with traditional Ukrainian music. Before his death in 1825, he wrote wrote 35 choral concertos for four-part mixed choir, 10 concertos for double choirs, 14 panegyric hymns, and a many liturgical works for three and four voices and for double choirs.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Axel Borup-Jørgensen, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Danish 20th century composer Axel Borup-Jørgensen (1924-) produced works in most non-theatrical genres.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Franciscus Bossinensis, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Possibly born in Bosnia and also known as Franjo Bosanac, Italian composer Franciscus Bossinensis (c. 1509-?) was an accomplished lute player.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Giovanni Bottesini, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1821-1889) He was primarily a bassist whose compositions for bass transformed it into a solo instrument. As a conductor he conducted the first performance of Aida, and he, himself, composed ten operas.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Alain Boublil, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Alain Boublil is a composer and lyricist of musicals, including Miss Saigon and Les Miserables. He was born in Tunisia, moved to Paris at age 18, and then took up London residence.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Lili Boulanger, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Christened Marie-Juliette Olga, French composer Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) died early of Crohn's Disease. Elder sister Nadia convinced her to undertake compositional studies and she won the 1913 Prix de Rome, with her cantata Faust et Hélène. She composed a wide variety and considerable number of pieces in her short life.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Nadia Boulanger, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
French composer, music teacher, and conductor Nadia Juliette Boulanger (1887-1979) was a student of Fauré. Nadia stopped composing after the death of younger sister Lili. She taught in France and in the United States and her students included Aaron Copland, Walter Piston, and Roger Sessions. She also established several firsts as a woman conductor.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Pierre Boulez, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
French Modern period composer Pierre Boulez was born in 1925. He also became a conductor and a university professor.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of David Bourgeois, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer Derek David Bourgeois (1941-) was also an educator and conductor.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Loys Bourgeois, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
French composer Loys (Louis) Bourgeois (c. 1510-c. 1561) is best known for his work with the Calvinist Psalter. He was also a theorist whose Le droict chemin of 1550 is counted the first French didactic manual on sight-reading and singing. Among the pieces for which he receives attribution is the "Old 100th" metrical Psalm tune.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of William Boyce, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer William Boyce was part of the movement from the Baroque to the Classical period. Along with his music writing, he is remembered as a musicologist who kept alive much of the religious music of earlier days, including that of Byrd, Gibbons and Purcell, in his completion and publication of Cathedral Music, which had been begun by his mentor and friend Maurice Green.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Eugène Bozza, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
French composer Eugène Bozza (1905-1991) was noted for his elegant and melodic works.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Johannes Brahms, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
German Romantic composer Johannes Brahms was born in Hamburg in 1833 and died in Vienna, Austria in 1897. A perfectionist, he often compared himself unfavorably to composers such as Beethoven and ended up destroying many compositions without their ever being heard. While basically conservative, he showed musical growth throughout his four symphonies and occasionally borrowed wilder folk themes, such as in his Hungarian Dances, and he explored a vast range of human emotion in his Violin Concerto.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Henry Brant, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Henry Brant (1913- ) is known primarily for his use of space in music by positioning performers in various places in the performance venue. He has also been very experimental in his selection of instruments for large ensembles, for instance 80 trombones and organ in Orbits. He won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Ice Field.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Grégoire Brayssing, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
German composer Grégoire Brayssing, who came from Augsburg, flourished in the middle-1500s.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Tomás Bretón, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Spanish composer Tomás Bretón (1850-1923) followed an international style in his chamber music while writing more intentionally Spanish in many of his orchestral works. He helped to revive and promote the Zarzuela music that began in seventeenth century Spain.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Havergal Brian, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Modern English composer Havergal Brian (1876-1972) was a journalist and musician (organ, violin, and cello) before turning to composition. Among his works are 32 symphonies.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Giulio Briccialdi, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian flutist and composer Giulio Briccialdi (1818-1881) is probably most remembered as teacher and developer of innovations for his chosen instrument. However, many of his works are woefully under-represented in the repertoire.
Submit sites dealing with the life and works of Walter Bricht.
Walter Bricht (1904-1970) was an Austrian-American composer writing in the German Late Romantic-Classic Style. He was also an accomplished pianist, chamber musician and teacher.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Frank Bridge, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Modern English composer and dedicated pacifist Frank Bridge was born in 1879 and died in 1941.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Estêvâo Brito, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Spanish Renaissance composer Estêvâo Brito (c. 1575-1641) was an ordained priest and his music was written for the church. He is most remembered for his Lamentations of Jeremiah, a setting for the Holy Week Liturgy.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Benjamin Britten, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer Benjamin Britten was born in 1913 and died in 1976. Along with his many operas, his most famous and powerful works include A Midsummer Night's Dream and the War Requiem. However, he may be even better known for much lighter and accessible compositions, A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and the Ceremony of Carols. He received the Order of Merit in 1965 and in the year of his death was named a life peer.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Riccardo Broschi, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian composer Riccardo Broschi (1698-1756) wrote one comic and several heroic operas, some of which featured his brother, the famous castrato Farinelli.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Earle Browne, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Earle Brown (1926-) was born in Lunenburg, Massachusetts. He studied mathematics and engineering at Northeastern University, and attended the Schillinger House School of Music for techniques of composition and orchestration. His music follows "open form" and relates much of what he composes to the visual arts.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of John Browne, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
We know John Browne (c. 1490) through his works in the Eton Choirbook, yet exactly which John Browne he was is still a matter of conjecture. Nevertheless, he may have been the most important English composer between Dunstable and Taverner.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Max Bruch, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
German Max Christian Friedrich Bruch (1838-1920) was solidly among the Romantic composers. While his Violin Concerto in G Minor and Kol Nidre Variations for cello and orchestra are most remembered, he was most acclaimed in his own life for his choral works. NB: He is sometimes listed as Max Karl August Bruch.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Anton Bruckner, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Born in 1824, Austrian Romantic composer Anton Bruckner learned music first from his father and the Catholic Church, then later from Simon Sechter. He then learned from Wagner and others how to expand or break the musical rules he'd learned and embarked on a tumultuous career. He died in 1896, and his music remains polarizing, inspiring strong like or equally strong dislike, with little middle ground.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Alfred Bruneau, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
French Romantic period composer Alfred Bruneau (1857-1934) is most well known for his operas, especially several highly successful collaborations with novelist Emile Zola.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Gavin Bryars, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Gavin Bryars was born in Yorkshire, England in 1943. Starting in jazz, he moved into other areas of composition, including opera and orchestral music. He gained early renown as a jazz double bass player.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Dudley Buck, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Organist, choirmaster, and composer Dudley Buck (1839-1909) was the first American to gain international renown for his body of church music.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Ole Buck, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Twentieth century Danish composer Ole Buck (1945-) preserved his independence by not associating with any school nor registering with the music education system. His works are of a type he called the "new simplicity." One of his most noted works is for large ensembles, a set of four pieces called Landskeber (Landscapes).
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of John Bull, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English Renaissance composer, musician, and instrument builder John Bull (c. 1562-1628) wrote for, played on and built organs and other keyboards, especially the virginal. (The virginal is a type of harpsichord--it plucks its strings--but these strings run side to side instead of from front to back.) Among his works are The King's Hunt and Walsingham, a piece with theme and thirty variations. Along with Byrd and Gibbons, some of his works were published in the 1611 collection Parthenia.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Ole Bull, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Norwegian violinist and composer Ole Bornemann Bull (1810-1880) developed an innovative style that grew out of Norwegian peasant and folk music. He went so far as to modify his violin and bow. Bull constantly sought to advance the arts in Norway and to expand Norwegian influence, going so far as to attempt to establish a colony in Pennsylvania. The fruits of this are shown now by a state park named in his honor. Meanwhile, compositions such as Et saeterbesøg and I ensomme stunde remain in the repertoire.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of John Buller, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer John Buller (1927-) showed a twin fascination with James Joyce and classical Greece in many of his works.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Hans von Bülow, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
German Romantic period composer, conductor, and pianist Freiherr (Baron) Hans Guido von Bülow (1830-1894) studied piano under Friedrich Wieck and Franz Liszt and conducting under Richard Wagner. He produced piano transcriptions of others' works and produced several critical editions of other composers. He coined the expression of the "Three Bs of Composing--Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms." His own piano works include Iphigenie in Aulis Rêverie Fantastique and Tarantella Valse Caractéristique.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Norbert Burgmüller, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
German Romantic period composer August Joseph Norbert Burgmüller (1810-1836) is considered the most accomplished member of a musical family that included father Johann August Franz and brother Friedrich. Mendelssohn and Schumann were friends and admirers of his work. Schumann compared Norbert's short but talented life to that of Schubert. Noted works include the piano piece Rhapsody in B minor and the String Quartet in A minor.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Friedrich Burgmüller, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
German Romantic composer Johann Friedrich Franz Burgmüller (1806-1874) was the son of accomplished musician and minor composer August Burgmüller. Friedrich (or Frédéric) is most remembered for his piano studies for novice and developing pianists. His brother Norbert has a reputation as a more serious composer.
This category is for websites or pages related to any aspect of the life or work of the African-American songwriter and arranger (1866-1949), perhaps best known for his arrangements of Negro Spirituals.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Ferruccio Busoni, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Born to a German mother and an Italian father, Ferruccio Benvenuto Busoni (1866-1924) was a pianist and composer. His original compositions include the operas Turandot and Doctor Faust. He is also known for transcribing earlier composers' works, including Bach's Chaconne.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Howard Buss, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1951- ) He has won numerous prizes, awards, and commissions.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Arthur Butterworth, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer Arthur Butterworth was born in 1923. He is most known for compositions for brass band, although he also wrote symphonies, concertos, and other larger works.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of George Butterworth, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer George Sainton Kaye Butterworth (1885-1916) collected folksongs with Vaughn Williams and is remembered for his orchestral, solo voice, and choral music. He died at Pozières, France during the Battle of the Somme.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Dietrich Buxtehude, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Composer and organist Dietrich Buxtehude was born in 1637 in Oldesloe, Denmark and died in 1707 in Lübeck, Germany. He composed organ choral, chamber, and orchestral works, chorale preludes and other works for the Lutheran Church, including more than 20 cantatas, among them Membra Jesu Nostri. J. S. Bach so awed by him that he walked 200 miles from Arnstadt to hear Buxtehude play the organ.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of William Byrd, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
English Renaissance and early Baroque composer William Byrd was born in 1542 or 1543 and died in 1623. A student of Thomas Tallis, he was the first Englishman to write madrigals and composed a great number of religious pieces.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Hakon Børresen, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Hakon Børresen (1876-1954) is counted among the Danish composers, even though he had a Norwegian father. He remained musically fairly conservative throughout his life, even though he began composition in the late Romantic period and continued well into the 20th century. His opera Den kongelige Gæst (The Royal Guest) has remained among the most performed operas in Denmark.
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