Ludwig van Beethoven - German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers.
This is Erik Satie. His music is rather experimental, and I don't know what to make of a lot of it. But I do like "Gymnopedies", "Gnossienes", and "Sarabandes", and I'm trying at the moment (in vain!) to play "Embryons Desechees" no. 1 (I know, quite an odd name).
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) was a Norwegian composer whose musical inspiration came from the folk music and folk stories of his homeland. He wrote a range of musical forms, but concentrated primarily on piano compositions. His most popular music was written as incidental music for the play Peer Gynt.
Frederic Chopin was born in Poland but lived most of his life in Paris and is one of the best-known and best loved composers of the Romantic period. Chopin’s entire musical output was devoted to his favorite instrument the piano with over 200 solo compositions.