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12 Greatest Composers Of All Time

Who are fans of music here? We are sure that you are knowledgeable about the most popular composers, artists and musicians in the world who have contributed to growing list of musical masterpieces.

Now, let us know more about the 12 greatest composers of all time:

Johann Sebastian Bach

Bach was a German composer of the Baroque period. He is popular for his instrumental compositions Goldberg Variations and Brandenburg Concertos and vocal music, including Mass in B minor and St. Matthew Passion.

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven was a German composer and pianist who is a remarkable figure of the Classical music era. He made 9 symphonies, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, 5 piano concertos and 1 violin concerto, among others.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mozart was an influential composer and a music genius of the Classical era. He composed over 600 works, including symphonies, operas, chambers, and concerts. He was considered the “supreme composer of melody and lyrical quality.”

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Franz Schubert

Schubert was one of the greatest masters of melodic and lyrical composition. This Austrian composer had created 600 secular vocal works, including operas, and symphonies and more than 650 songs in his 16 years of career. He died before his 32nd birthday.

Richard Wagner

Wagner was considered to be the rudest people on Earth, who despised and blamed Jews for all the problems in the world. This German composer was also known for writing his own libretto. Among his finest works were Tristan und Isolde and Tannhauser.

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Robert Schumann

Schumann was a quintessential Romantic composer who wrote musical pieces that were German sounding. He mastered all genres and created symphonies, orchestra, choral and chamber work. His most famous works include Symphonic Studies, Kinderszenen, Carnaval, Kreisleriana, and Fantasie in C.

Claude Debussy

Debussy was a French composer who was known for his use of non-traditional scales and chromaticism. He was also a prominent figure associated with Impressionist music. His famous masterpieces include La Mer, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and Children’s Corner.

Igor Stravinsky

Stravinsky was a Russian pianist and composer who was prominent for his stylistic diversity. His famous works include The Rite of Spring, The Firebird, Pulcinella, Les Noces, The Nightingale and The Rake’s Progress.

Frederic Chopin

Chopin was a Polish composer and a virtuoso pianist of the Romantic period. He was considered the most idiomatic composer who was behind hundreds of notable works include sonatas, ballades, preludes, waltzes, and impromptus, among others.

Franz Liszt

Liszt was a Hungarian composer who was considered the greatest pianist of all time. He was also a philanthropist and author. He wrote hundreds of masterpieces including preludes, etudes, songs, concerti, short poems, and symphonies.

Johannes Brahms

Brahms was a German composer and pianist who wrote four outstanding symphonies and one of the greatest violin concerti in the music history. His other works include Variations on a Theme of Haydn and Variations on a Theme of Paganini.

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Giuseppe Verdi

Verdi was considered as Italy’s greatest composer who created 28 operas which are still performed in the modern area. His famous works include Ernani, Don Carlo, La Traviata, Macbeth, Aida, Otello and Falstaff (after Shakespeare).

Who are the other great composers you believe should be included in the list? Let us know.

Top 8 Music Genres of 2017

Almost everybody in the world loves to hear the music. It is therapeutic to the soul, a form of self-expression and indeed, the universal language. In the timeline of music, various styles, genres, and eras existed. Thus, music is very dynamic. It changes throughout the years, as with the people who also changed their taste for music.

Here are the top 8 most in-demand genre of music in 2017:

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Hip-hop

Hip-hop is the new King of Music in 2017. Nielsen Music reports that 25.1% of American music consumption is Hip-Hop. Since its birth in the 1970s, it is the first time Hip-hop dominated the scene, with almost 60 million units sales of hip-hop albums in the first six months of 2017.

Rock

Rock still continues to dominate the music scene. According to Nielsen Music, 23% of the music consumed by Americans are rock. This music genre has started in the early 1950s and has evolved to various sub-groups and fusion genres, including alternative and punk rock.

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Pop

Pop or popular music emerged during the mid-1950s. Pop is derived from a lot of musical genres and inspirations. Most of the songs recorded today are categorized as pop songs. Most famous pop stars are Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, and Lady Gaga.

Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

EDM or electronic dance music is an emerging music genre usually produced by disc jockeys (DJs) who create tracks through electronic mixes and the use of computer software as instrumentation. Among the most famous EDM artists are The Chainsmokers and David Guetta.

Latin

Latin is also a surprise hit genre in 2017. It is the music of the Spanish and Portuguese people, which started roughly in the 1940s. Now, it swept the Hollywood music scene joining the mainstream songs. One of the biggest Latin hits is Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s Despacito which featured famous popstar, Justin Bieber.

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Classical

Of course, the classical music never dies. It was the music between 1750 and 1820. But still, the compositions of Mozart, Vivaldi, and Beethoven are widely listened to. Classical music remained the genre that requires a lot of skills to play its songs.

Jazz

Remember Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, and Louis Armstrong? They were among the greatest jazz musicians of all time. Jazz started in the 19th century. Now in the 20th century, various artists still continue to record and produce jazz albums. One of the remarkable jazz albums of the modern era is Tony Bennet and Lady Gaga’s collaborative jazz album called Cheek to Cheek.

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Country

Started in the early 1920s, country music continued to be relevant in 2017. There are a lot of artists who continue to record country songs. This includes Little Big Town, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line and Carrie Underwood, among others.

Apart from these, other genres still continue to emerge in the modern music scene, including heavy metal rock, blues, indie, and soul. Of course, music is dynamic. What’s trending today is not going to be relevant for the coming years for music.

10 Best Operas Of All Time

Opera is one of the greatest art forms that portrays a story through the combination of dramatic song, music, and dialogue. It started in Italy during the 16th century and has continued to flourish all over the world. For the past centuries, thousands of composers have expressed their creativity through the opera.

Let us introduce you to the 10 best operas of all time:

L’Orfeo

L’Orfeo is a late Renaissance opera composed by Claudio Monteverdi who was considered the “founding father” of operatic form. It is an emotional and melancholic opera that follows the story of the Greek Legend Orpheus in his descent to Hades to bring back his dead bride to life.

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Le Nozze di Figaro

Le Nozze di Figaro or Figaro’s Wedding was Mozart’s most beloved opera, with a libretto written by Lorenzo Da Ponte. This follows the success story of the couple Figaro and Susanna who succeeded in getting married despite the antagonistic Count Almaviva against their relationship.

Dido and Aeneas

Dido and Aeneas is written by English Baroque composer Henry Purcell and libretto by Nahum Tate. It recounts the story of Dido, the tragic Queen of Carthage and her love for the Trojan hero Aeneas, who left her in despair in search for the new Troy.

Don Giovanni

Another masterpiece from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was Don Giovanni, with libretto by Da Ponte. It follows the story of Don Giovanni who was a young, arrogant and promiscuous aristocrat who encountered something that he was not able to kill.

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Giulio Cesare

Giulio Cesare or Julius Caesar was considered the finest work of George Frideric Handel that talks about the Roman politician and his love affair with Cleopatra. This epic war and love story took place during the Roman Civil War of 49–45 BC.

Carmen

Carmen is an opera by French composer Georges Bizet with libretto text written by Henri Meilhac and LudovicHalévy. This follows the story of the Spanish officer Don Jose who abandoned his duty, his virtue, his family and his soul to possess the beautiful gypsy named Carmen.

Serse

Serse or Xerxes is a three-act opera made by George Frideric Handel. The opera opens with Handel’s best-known aria which is the Ombra Mai Fu. It features the story of Serse, the King of Persia. The plot centers jealousy, infidelity, and betrayal.

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The Barber of Seville

The Barber of Seville is a sequel to Mozart’s Figaro’s Wedding. It is written by Gioacchino Rossini, considered as Mozart’s successor. It features once again the character Figaro and his adventures.

Die Zauberflöte

Die Zauberflöte or The Magic Flute is another masterpiece of Mozart, with libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder which features a unique musical arrangement and amazing dialogue. Unfortunately, Mozart died weeks after completing this opera.

La Traviata

La Traviata is one of the most performed operas until now. It is also called The Fallen Woman and was composed by Giuseppe Verdi. This follows the tragic story of Violetta and her love for Alfredo. However, the romantic happiness end shortly as Violetta contracted fatal tuberculosis.

What do you think are the other best operas that are not included in the list?

 

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