Music Maestro #3 ~ Piano Edition: Composers

For my third installment in my Music Maestro series, I will be discussing piano composers.  I have a high respect for composers, especially after trying to learn piano this past year.  I struggle enough with playing the notes, without having to come up with them by myself.

I found the Top 10 Most Famous Classical Music Composers on History Lists.  However, I am only going to discuss the top three, as they are the most well-known.

1. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

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Johann Sebastian Bach lived in Germany.  His style of music was from the baroque era.  Bach was musical since he was a child; he played the harpsichord and the piano.  His most famous compositions are “Toccata and Fugue in D minor”, “Mass in B Minor”, “Brandenburg Concertos”, and “The Well-Tempered Clavier.” Most of his works were designed for religious services.   While he was alive, he was more famous for being an organist, as his compositions were published until after his death.  His top two admirers were Mozart and Beethoven.

 

2. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived in Austria. His style of music was from the classical period.  By the age of six, he could play multiple instruments.   He had learned to play the piano at the age of three.  He had over 600 works.  Some of his famous works include his many operas such as “The Magic Flute” and “Requiem”.  Mozart was very sickly throughout his life.  Unlike Bach, he was very famous during his lifetime.  His work highly influenced Beethoven.

3. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

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Ludwig van Beethoven lived in Germany and Austria throughout his life.  His style of music was during the classical and romantic eras.   His father forced him to learn music as a child, even punishing him for mistakes.  He learned to play the clavier, the violin, and the organ as a child.   His most famous work by far is “Ode to Joy” and is maybe the most well-known music piece in history.  Some of his most famous works include Symphonies 3-8, the “Moonlight Sonata”, and “Kreutzer”.  Within 9 years (1803-1812) he composed an opera, six symphonies, four solo concerti, five string quartets, six string sonatas, seven piano sonatas, five sets of piano variations, four overtures, four trios, two sextets, and 72 songs.  Beethoven struggled with deafness throughout his life, making his pieces even more amazing.

Sources:
http://www.biography.com/people/johann-sebastian-bach-9194289
http://www.biography.com/people/wolfgang-mozart-9417115
http://www.biography.com/people/ludwig-van-beethoven-9204862#synopsis

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