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85 Classical Masterpieces

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Albeniz • Alkan • Ambroise • Arensky
Arndt • Bacewitz • Bach • Bartok
Beethoven • Bellini • Brahms • Joplin
Bosford • Gershwin • Copland

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albeniz Classical Music Isaac Manuel Francisco Albeniz i Pascual

May 29, 1860 – May 18, 1909. A Spanish Catalan pianist and composer best known for his piano works based on folk music.

Born in Camprodon, Albeniz was a child prodigy who first performed at the age of four.

At age seven he passed the entrance examination for piano at the Paris Conservatoire, but he was refused admission because he took out a ball from his pocket and broke a glass window while playing with it.

In 1883, he met the teacher and composer Felipe Pedrell, who inspired him to write Spanish music such as the Suite Española, Op. 47. The fifth movement of that suite, called Asturias (Leyenda), is probably most famous these days as part of the classical guitar repertoire, even though it was originally composed for piano and only later transcribed to guitar.

18 selections
•  Aragon Fantasia Op47 Part 6
•  Castilla Seguidillas Op47 Part7
•  Cataluna Curranda No2 From Suite Espanola
•  Cataluna Curranda No3 From Suite Espanola
•  Espana Op165 No1
•  Espana Op165 No2
•  Espana Op165 No3
•  Espana Op165 No4
•  Espana Op165 No5
•  Espana Op165 No6
•  Piano Solo
•  Mallorca Barcarola Guitar
•  Piezas Caracteristicas Gavotte Guitar
•  Suite Espanola No5 Asturias
•  Titulo Desconocido 2
•  Desconocido
•  Torre Bermeja Serenata Guitar
•  Triana

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alkan Classical Music Charles-Valentin Alkan

November 30 1813 - March 29 1888. A French composer and one of the greatest virtuoso pianists of his day.

His attachment to his Jewish origins is displayed both in his life and his work.

He entered the Paris Conservatoire at the age of six, earning many awards, and as an adult became a famous virtuoso and teacher.

Although early in his life he was socially active and good friends with prominent musicians and artists including Eugène Delacroix, Franz Liszt and Frédéric Chopin, he gradually withdrew from the concert platform after 1848, and he lived a reclusive life in Paris until his death.

6 selections
•  Chantes Op38 No1
•  Etude Op35 No5
•  Etude Op39 No12
•  Etude Op76 No2
•  Etude Op76 No3 For Both Hands
•  Hallelujah Psalm 150

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ambroise Classical Music Charles Louis Ambroise Thomas

5 August 1811 - Paris, 12 February 1896. A French opera composer, best-known for his operas Mignon (1866) and Hamlet (1868, after Shakespeare) and as Director of the Conservatoire de Paris from 1871-1896.

Ambroise's parents were music teachers and prepared him to become a musician.

By age 10 he was already an excellent pianist and violinist.

1 selection
•  Dance Fantastique

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arensky Classical Music Anton Stepanovich Arensky

July 30 June 1861 - February 12 February 1906. A Russian composer of Romantic classical music, a pianist and a professor of music.

Arensky was born in Novgorod, Russia. He was musically precocious and had composed a number of songs and piano pieces by the age of nine.

With his mother and father, he moved to Saint Petersburg in 1879, where he studied composition at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

After graduating from the Saint Petersburg Conservatory in 1882, Arensky became a professor at the Moscow Conservatory. Among his students there were Alexander Scriabin, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Alexander Gretchaninov.

2 selections
•  A Fairy Tale
•  Psalm 119 - Pipe Organ

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arndt Classical Music Felix Arndt

May 20, 1889-October 16, 1918. An American pianist and composer of popular music.

His mother was the Countess Fevrier, related to Napoleon III.

Educated in New York, Arndt composed songs for the famous vaudeville team of Jack Norworth and Nora Bayes, and recorded over 3000 piano rolls for Duo-Art and QRS.

He died at age 29 during the Spanish Flu pandemic.

Arndt is best remembered for his 1915 composition, "Nola", written as an engagement gift to his fiancee (and later wife), Nola Locke.

1 selection
•  Nola

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bacewicz Classical Music Grazyna Bacewicz

February 5, 1909 - January 17. A Polish composer and violinist. She is only the second Polish female composer to have achieved national and international recognition.

Most of her compositions are for the violin. Among them are seven violin concertos, five sonatas for violin with piano including two for violin solo, seven string quartets, two piano quintets and four symphonies.

4 selections
•  Sonata No4 For Piano And Violin Mov1
•  Sonata No4 For Piano And Violin Mov2
•  Sonata No4 For Piano And Violin Mov3
•  Sonata No4 For Piano And Violin Mov4

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bach Classical Music Johann Sebastian Bach

31 March 1685 - 28 July 1750. A German composer and organist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity.

Although he introduced no new forms, he enriched the prevailing German style with a robust contrapuntal technique, an unrivalled control of harmonic and motivic organisation in composition for diverse instrumentation, and the adaptation of rhythms and textures from abroad, particularly Italy and France.

5 selections
•  Clavierbung Part 111 Duet No2 In F Major
•  Two Part Inventions No1
•  Prelude And Fugue In A BWV888
•  Prelude And Fugue In C Sharp BWV872
•  Toccata And Fugue In D Minor - Piano Organ

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Bartok Classical Music Bela Bartok

Bartok was born in the small Banatian town of Nagyszentmiklos in Austria-Hungary on March 25, 1881.

He displayed notable musical talent very early in life: according to his mother, he could distinguish between different dance rhythms that she played on the piano even before he learned to speak in complete sentences. By the age of four, he was able to play 40 pieces on the piano, and his mother began formally teaching him the next year.

7 selections
•  A Rumanian Dance No1
•  Childrens Piece No2 Orchestrated
•  Ten Easy Piano Pieces An Evening At The Village
•  Ten Easy Piano Pieces Dedication Mov0
•  Piano Sonata Mov1
•  Piano Sonata Mov2
•  Piano Sonata Mov3

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beethoven Classical Music Ludwig van Beethoven

16 December 1770 - 26 March 1827. A German composer and pianist.
He was a crucial figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western classical music, and remains one of the most acclaimed and influential composers of all time.

Beethoven was the grandson of a musician of Flemish origin who was also named Ludwig van Beethoven (1712–1773). As of 1733 the elder Ludwig had served as a bass singer in the court of the Elector of Cologne. He rose through the ranks of the musical establishment, eventually becoming Kapellmeister (music director).

16 selections
•  32 Variations On A Theme
•  Fur Elise
•  Op51 Harpsichord
•  Op33 No4
•  Piano Romance No50
•  Piano Sonata No2 Assai Vivace
•  Piano Sonata No27 Mov1
•  Piano Sonata No27 Mov3
•  Piano Sonata No28 In Hammerklavier Op106 Mov2
•  Piano Sonatina In G Op79
•  Piano Sonatina No2 Op49
•  Rage Over A Lost Penny Harpsichord
•  Rondo In B Flat
•  Seven Inversions Of God Save The King
•  Sonata No14 Op27 Moonlight Sonata
•  Sonata No14 Op27 Sonata Quasi Una Fantasia

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bellini Classical Music Vincenzo Salvatore Carmelo Francesco Bellini

3 November 1801 - 23 September 1835. An Italian opera composer.

Known for his flowing melodic lines for which he was named "the Swan of Catania", Bellini was the quintessential composer of Bel canto opera.

Born in Catania, Sicily, Bellini was a child prodigy from a highly musical family and legend has it he could sing an aria of Valentino Fioravanti at eighteen months. He began studying music theory at two, the piano at three, and by the age of five could apparently play well.

Bellini's first composition is thought to have been composed when he was just six years old.

2 selections
•  L Absent Melody - Guitar
•  Overture To Norma

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botsford Classical Music George Botsford

February 24, 1874 - February 11, 1949. An American composer of ragtime and other forms of music.

Botsford was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and grew up in Iowa.

His first copyrighted number was "The Katy Flyer Cake Walk," published in 1899.

His most important rag is "Black and White Rag," published in 1908.

Other Botsford compositions include "Grizzly Bear Rag," "Chatterbox Rag," "Pianophiends Rag," "Texas Steer," "Boomerang Rag," and "Sailing Down the Chesapeake Bay".

1 selection
•  Black And White Rag

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brahms Classical Music Johannes Brahms

May 7, 1833 - April 3, 1897. Composer and pianist, was one of the leading musicians of the Romantic period.

Born in Hamburg, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria, where he was a leader of the musical scene.

In his lifetime, Brahms's popularity and influence were considerable; following a comment by the nineteenth century conductor Hans von Bülow, he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the Three Bs.

Brahms composed for piano, for chamber ensembles, for symphony orchestra, and for voice and chorus.

An accomplished pianist, he gave the first performance of many of his own works; he also worked with the leading performers of his time, including the virtuoso pianist Clara Schumann and the violinist Joseph Joachim. Many of his works have become staples of modern concert repertoire.

8 selections
•  Hungarian Dance No3
•  Hungarian Dance No5
•  Rhapsody In G Major
•  Waltz No1
•  Waltz No2
•  Waltz No3
•  Waltz No4
•  Waltz No5

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copland Classical Music Aaron Copland

November 14, 1900 - December 2, 1990. An American composer of concert and film music, as well as an accomplished pianist.

Instrumental in forging a distinctly American style of composition, he was widely known as "the dean of American composers."

Copland's music achieved a balance between modern music and American folk styles. The open, slowly changing harmonies of many of his works are said to evoke the vast American landscape.

He also incorporated percussive orchestration, changing meter, polyrhythms, polychords and tone rows in a broad range of works for concert hall, theater, ballet, and films.

1 selection
•  Fanfare For The Common Man

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gershwin Classical Music George Gershwin

September 26, 1898 - July 11, 1937. An American composer and pianist.

He wrote most of his vocal and theatrical works in collaboration with his elder brother, lyricist Ira Gershwin.

George Gershwin composed songs for both Broadway and the classical concert hall. He also wrote popular songs with success.

Gershwin's compositions have been used in numerous films and on television, and many became jazz standards recorded in numerous variations.

6 selections
An American In Paris
It Ain't Necessarily So
Prelude 1 Allegro Ben Rimato E Deciso
Prelude 2 Andante Con Moto E Poco Rubato
Prelude 3 Allegro Ben Ritmato E Deciso

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joplin Classical Music Scott Joplin

November 24, 1868 - April 1, 1917. An African American composer and pianist, born near Texarkana, Texas, into the first post-slavery generation - his father an ex-slave and his mother a freeborn woman.

He would achieve fame for his unique ragtime compositions, and would later be dubbed the "King of Ragtime."

During his brief career, he wrote forty-four original ragtime pieces, one ragtime ballet, and two operas, with one of his first pieces, the Maple Leaf Rag, becoming ragtime's first and most influential hit, and remaining so for a century.

7 selections
•  A Breeze From Alabama
•  A Picture Of Her Face
•  Bethena A Concerto Waltz
•  Cleopha March And Two Step
•  Coca Club
•  The Chrysanthemum
•  The Entertainer

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