Schubert

Full Name: Franz Peter Schubert Pronunciation: Shoe-Bert Era: Romantic Years active: 1797-1828 Number of compositions: ~1000 Number of symphonies: 9 Number of concertos: 0 Number of string quartets: 15 Style: Schubert was one of the first proper Romantic composers. That means his music is more emotional and less regimented than the Classical guys, like Mozart. […]

Saint-Saëns

Full Name: Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns Pronunciation: Sannt-Sonns Era: Romantic Years active: 1835-1921 Number of compositions: 169 Number of symphonies: 3 Number of concertos: 10 Number of string quartets: 2 Style: Conservative and well-balanced Romantic music. Compared to his contemporaries, Saint-Saëns was a pretty restrained guy. While people like Tchaikovsky and Wagner and Rachmaninoff were stuffing their […]

Prokofiev

Full Name: Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev Pronunciation: Prok-off-ee-ev Era: Modern Years active: 1891-1953 Number of compositions: 131 Number of symphonies: 7 Number of concertos: 9 Number of string quartets: 2 Style: Dissonant, schizophrenic and unstable, but playful. Prokofiev’s music perpetually balances between tonality and atonality. He uses dissonance, rapid tempo changes, and sharp contrasts in melody. […]

Mozart

Full Name:Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart (yeah baby!) Pronunciation: Moats-art Era: Classical Years active: 1756-1791 Number of compositions: 626 Number of symphonies: 41 Number of concertos: 46 Number of string quartets: 23 Style: The epitome of Classical music. Mozarts music is well-balanced, witty and frisky. There isnt much variation in speed or dynamics (the posh […]

Mendelssohn

Full Name: Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (!) Pronunciation: Men-dull-son Era: Romantic Years active: 1809-1847 Number of compositions: 121 Number of symphonies: 5 Number of concertos: 7 Number of string quartets: 6 Style: Playful, usually cheerful and energetic, but still fairly conservative Romantic music. Although Mendelssohn was definitely a Romantic composer, he perhaps took more […]

Mahler

Full Name: Gustav Mahler Pronunciation: Maaa-lurr Era: Late Romantic Years active: 1860-1911 Number of compositions: About 20 Number of symphonies: 9.5 (the last is unfinished) Number of concertos: 0 Number of string quartets: 0 Style: Enormous, gloriously expansive symphonies. Mahler did not write many pieces, but he poured everything into the music he composed. Literally […]

Liszt

Full Name: Franz Liszt (or Ferenc Liszt, in his native tongue) Pronunciation: List Era: Romantic Years active: 1811-1886 Number of compositions: Around 350 (plus lots of arrangements of other composers works) Number of symphonies: 0 Number of concertos: 3 (all for piano) Number of string quartets: 0 Style: Wild, showy-offy, piano music. Liszt was whatever […]

Haydn

Full Name: Franz Joseph Haydn Pronunciation: Hay-den Era: Classical Years active: 1732-1809 Number of compositions: Frickin tonnes. Number of symphonies: 104 (!) Number of concertos: 35 Number of string quartets: 68 Style: Humorous, playful and precise, Haydn wins the award for composer most likely to be mistaken for Mozart. In fact, Mozart and Haydn basically […]

Dvořák

Full Name: Antonín Leopold Pronunciation: daVoor-jak Era: Romantic Years active: 1841-1904 Number of compositions: 206 Number of symphonies: 9 Number of concertos: 3 Number of string quartets: 5 Style: Medium romantic, with a dash of European folk music. Dvořák didn’t do anything too extreme with his compositions, its all composed in a pretty standard Romantic […]

Chopin

Full Name: Frédéric François Chopin Pronunciation: Show-pan Era: Romantic Years active: 1810-1849 Number of compositions: 230 Number of symphonies: 0 Number of concertos: 2 Number of string quartets: 0 Style: The king of Romantic piano music (well maybe joint ruler, with Liszt). Chopins expressive music is a favorite of piano students the world over. Thats […]