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Composers & Classical Music

Composers and their Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian (German baroque composer)
....................................................................... Brandenburg Concertos 1-6
........................................................................ The Well-Tempered Clavier
   ............................................................................... Toccata and Fugue
   ............................................................................... Goldberg Variations
Barber, Samuel (American)
.................................................................................... School for Scandal
   .................................................................................. Adagio for Strings
Beethoven, Ludwig von (German)
................................................................................. Eroica Symphony #3
   ........................................................................... Pastoral Symphony #6
   ............................................................ Choral Symphony #9 (Ode to Joy)
   ................................................................................... Egmont Overture
   .......................................................................... Fidelio (his only opera)
   .................................................................................. Moonlight Sonata
   .................................................................. “Emperor” Piano Concerto #5
   .............................................................................................. Für Elise
Berlioz, Hector (French)
.............................................................................. Symphonie Fantastique
   ............................................................................... Damnation of Faust
   .............................................................................. Les Troyens (opera)
Bizet, Georges (French)
   ................................................................. Carmen (opera, set in Seville)
............................................................................................ L’Arlésienne
Borodin, Alexandr (Russian)
.................................................................................... Prince Igor (opera)
Brahms, Johannes (German)
..................................................................................... Hungarian Dances
   ................................................................................................ Lullaby
Britten, Benjamin (British)
..................................................................................... Billy Budd (opera)
Chabrier, Alexis (French)
.................................................................................................... España
Chopin, Frederic (Polish)
.................................................... Numerous scherzos, etudes and mazurkas
Copeland, Aaron (American)
................................................................................... Appalachian Spring
   ................................................................... Fanfare for the Common Man
   ............................................................................... Billy the Kid (opera)
   ............................................................................ Music for a Great City
Debussy, Claude (French)
........................................................................................... Clair de Lune
   ................................................................................................. La Mer
..................................................................... Prelude, Afternoon of a Faun
Donizetti, Gaetano (Italian)
   .................................................................. Lucia di Lammermoor (opera)
Dvorak, Antonin (Czech, the “Bohemian” composer)
......................................................................... The New World Symphony
   ......................................................................................... Humoresque
Elgar, Edward (English)
............................................................................ Pomp and Circumstance
   ................................................................................. Enigma Variations
Gershwin, George (American)
..................................................................................... Rhapsody in Blue
   .......................................................................... Porgy and Bess (opera)
................................................................................ An American in Paris
Grieg, Edvard (Norwegian)
................................................................................................ Peer Gynt
   ....................................................................... Piano Concerto in A Minor
Grofe, Ferd (American)
............................................................................ The Grand Canyon Suite
Gounod, Charles (French)
.......................................................................................... Faust (opera)
Handel, George Friedrich (German oratorio composer, lived at times in England)
.................................................................................................. Messiah
   ......................................................................................... Water Music
   ....................................................................... Music for Royal Fireworks
Haydn, Franz Joseph (Austrian, nickname “Papa”)
........................................................................................... The Creation
.......................................................................... “Surprise” Symphony #94
.......................................................................... “Military” Symphony #100
   .................................................................... “The Clock” Symphony #101
Herbert, Victor (Irish-American)
........................................................................... Babes in Toyland (opera)
Holst, Gustav (English)
............................................................................................. The Planets
Humperdink, Engelbert (German)
..................................................................................... Hansel and Gretel
Khachaturian, Aram (Soviet-American)
............................................................................................ Sabre Dance

Leoncavallo, Ruggiero (Italian)
.................................................................................... I Pagliacci (opera)
Liszt, Franz (Hungarian)
................................................................................. Hungarian Rhapsody
Massenet, Jules (French)
..................................................................................................... Thaïs
Mendelssohn, Felix (German, lived for a time in Scotland)
   ...................................................... A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture
   ....................................................................... Violin Concerto in E Minor
   ................................................................................. Hebrides Overture
Menotti, Gian Carlo (20th century Italian)
   ........................................................ Amahl and the Night Visitors (opera)
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (Austrian, wife Constanze Weber)
....................................................................................... The Magic Flute
   ....................................................................... Symphony #40 in G Minor
   ............................................................................ Jupiter Symphony #41
   ...................................................................................... Elvira Madigan
   ................................................................ The Marriage of Figaro (opera)
   ........................................................................... Cosi Fan Tutte (opera)
   ............................................................................. Don Giovanni (opera)
   ........................................... Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music)
Mussorgsky, Modest (Russian)
................................................................... Night on Bare (Bald) Mountain
   ......................................................................... Pictures at an Exhibition
   ............................................................................ Boris Godunov (opera)
Orff, Carl (German)
........................................................................................ Carmina Burana
Offenbach, Jacques (German)
...................................................................................... Tales of Hoffman
........................................................................ Orpheus in the Underworld
Pachelbel, Johann (German)
..................................................................................................... Canon
Prokofiev, Sergei (Russian)
.................................................................................... Peter and the Wolf
   ........................................................................ Romeo and Juliet (opera)
Puccini, Giacomo (Italian)
   ......................................................................... Madam Butterfly (opera)
   ....................................................................................... Tosca (opera)
   ................................................................................ La Boheme (opera)
   .................................................................... Turandot (unfinished opera)

Rachmaninov, Sergei (20th century Russian)
.............................................................. Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
   ................................................................................. Piano Concerto #2
   .................................................. Piano Concerto #3 (used in movie Shine)
Ravel, Maurice (French)
..................................................................................................... Bolero
   ................................................................................ Mother Goose Suite
Respighi, Ottorino (Italian)
................................................................................... The Pines of Rome
............................................................................ Ancient Airs and Dances
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai (Russian)
........................................................................... Flight of the Bumble Bee
   ........................................................................................ Scheherazade
Rossini, Gioacchino (Italian)
................................................................................. William Tell Overture
   .............................................................................. The Barber of Seville
Saint Saens, Camille (French)
......................................................................................... Danse Macabre
....................................................................... The Carnival of the Animals
................................................................ Symphony #3, “Organ” Symphony
Satie, Erik (French)
   ........................................................................................ Gymnopedies
Schubert, Franz (Austrian “lieder” composer)
................................................................................................ Ave Maria
   ........................................................................“The Trout” string quintet
..................................................................... The Great C Major Symphony
.......................................................................... The Unfinished Symphony
Sibelius, Jean (Finnish)
................................................................................................ Finlandia
Smetana, Bedrich (Czechoslovakian)
   ...................................................................... The Bartered Bride (opera)
............................................................................... Ma Vlast (My Country)
Sousa, John Philip (American, the “March King”)
........................................................................... Stars and Stripes Forever
Strauss, Johann II (Austrian, “The Waltz King”)
........................................................................ Die Fledermaus (“The Bat”)
.............................................................................. The Blue Danube Waltz
.................................................................... Tales From the Vienna Woods
Strauss, Richard (Austrian)
...................................................................................... Don Juan (opera)
............................ Thus Spake Zarathustra (theme to 2001: A Space Odyssey)
.................................................................................. Don Quixote (opera)
.......................................................................... Der Rosenkavalier (opera)
......................................................................................... Salomé (opera)
Stravinsky, Igor (Russian)
................................................................................................... Firebird
........................................................................................... Rite of Spring
.......................................................................... Petrushka (puppet ballet)
Suppé, Franz von (Austrian)
......................................................................... Poet and Peasant Overture
Tchaikovsky, Peter (Russian)
............................................................................. The Nutcracker (ballet)
   ................................................................................. Swan Lake (ballet)
......................................................................................... 1812 Overture
   .................................................................................. Romeo and Juliet
   ..................................................................... Symphony #6 (Pathetique)
   ........................................................................... Eugene Onegin (opera)
Verdi, Giuseppe (Italian)
   ......................................................................................... Aida (opera)
   ................................................................................ La Traviata (opera)
   ................................................................................... Rigoletto (opera)
   ............................................................................... Il Trovatore (opera)
...................................................................................... The Anvil Chorus
Vivaldi, Antonio (Italian)
..................................................................................... The Four Seasons
Wagner, Richard (German operatic composer)
   ............................................................................... Tannhauser (opera)
   ..................................................................................... Parsifal (opera)
   ...................................................................... Tristan and Isolde (opera)
   .................................................................................. Lohengrin (opera)
.............................................The Ring of Nibelungen (The Ring Cycle, opera)
................................................................................. The Flying Dutchman
   .............................................................................. Ride of the Valkyries
Weill, Kurt (German)
.............................................................................. The Threepenny Opera

Conductors

Berlin Philharmonic conductor........................................... Herbert von Karajan
Boston Symphony conductor........................................................ Seiji Ozawa
Renowned Boston Pops conductor.............................................. Arthur Fiedler
Fantasia conductor............................................................ Leopold Stokowski
New York Philharmonic conductor......................................... Leonard Bernstein
Philadelphia Symphony conductor.......................................... Eugene Ormandy
National Symphony............................................................... Leonard Slatkin
NBC Symphony conductor....................................................... ArturoToscanini
Chicago Symphony conductor.................................. George Solti (31 Grammys)

Other Facts

Franz Liszt’s son-in-law....................................................... Richard Wagner
Composer and film antagonist to Mozart.................................. Antonio Salieri
He loved author George Sand................................................ Frederic Chopin
12 tone music innovator................................................... Arnold Schoenberg
Composer buried at Westminster Abby........................ George Friedrich Handel
Egyptian Slave Girl..............................................................................Aida
Turendot aria.......................................................................Nessum Dorma
Beethoven’s only opera.................................................................... Fidelio
Dvorak symphony that premiered in New York............The New World Symphony
Stravinsky ballet that caused a riot at its premier....................... Rite of Spring
John Adams' modern political opera..........................................Nixon in China
Opera text.....................................................................................Libretto

Author’s note: For anyone unfamiliar with classical music and wanting to start a music collection, the selections in this chapter contain some of the most beautiful classical pieces ever written.

For more Composers and Classical Music Trivia see Game Show Trivia in its 6th edition