Gioachino RossiniGioacchino Antonio Rossini (29. února 1792 Pesaro – 13. listopadu 1868 Paříž) byl italský hudební skladatel. Proslul především jako autor oper, kterých vytvořil téměř 40 (nejznámější je Lazebník sevillský), ale tvořil též sakrální, instrumentální a komorní díla.
Ludwig van Beethoven ~ Born to a musical family, he was a precociously gifted pianist and violist. After nine years as a court musician in Bonn, he moved to Vienna to study with Joseph Haydn and remained there for the rest of his life. He was soon well known as both a virtuoso and a composer, and he became the first important composer to earn a successful living while forsaking employment in the church or court. He uniquely straddled the Classical and Romantic eras.
Robert Schumann (1810-1856) was a composer of the Romantic Era who wrote symphonies, concertos, chamber music, piano works and many songs inspired by poetry. His wife Clara was also a respected pianist and composer. Tragically Schumann suffered from mental illness and died in an asylum.
Books and Art: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750), German musician and composer playing the organ, circa 1725. From a print in the British Museum. Bach was a virtuoso organist, violinist, violist, harpsichordist and is today better known as a world renowned composer from the Baroque period of Western Classical Music. Admired by countless composers such as Mozart and Beethoven, Bach is described as one of the founding fathers of Classical Music.
Alfred Brendel (1931 - ) is an Austrian pianist, poet, artist, and author. Brendel gave his first public recital in Graz at the age of 17. He called it "The Fugue In Piano Literature", and as well as fugal works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms and Franz Liszt, it included some of Brendel's own compositions. However, he gave up composing shortly after this to concentrate on the piano.