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Classical Composers

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The web sites featured below are some of the most comprehensive online sources of information about classical composers.  Some of the web sites also cover such subjects as the history of music and the theory of music.  

Musicalics (previously Classical Composers Database)

This huge searchable database is partly compiled from reader contributions. Thousands of composers are listed, with data ranging from brief bios to lengthy articles and quirky anecdotes. A delightfully unconventional site!

TIMELINE POSTER

of CLASSICAL COMPOSERS

The 40" x 27" poster can be bought direct from the publisher, Carissimi.

Over 950 classical composers and their major compositions appear on this timeline wall poster, covering the last 900 years.

BAROQUE LOVERS!

Baroque Music web site about Baroque composers, music and instruments

Do you have a passion for the music of composers like Handel, Vivaldi, Bach and Albinoni?

Plus a link to the Baroque Music Guide

- a free 101-page downloadable ebook.

Check out the Baroque Music web site - it's a mine of info about Baroque composers, music and instruments.

As well as providing a variety of listings, a surf around the Classical Net web site reveals not only biographies but a guide to the repertoire for which composers are famous. Recommended recordings are also provided under Works.

The Composers section of the giant Dolmetsch web site gives brief biographical details about thousands of classical composers.  Additional information can be found by following  links to the composer's Wikipedia entry.

An audio recording of the pronunciation of composers' names is a special feature of the OnMusic Dictionary, fomerly the acclaimed Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary. (Pronunciations are American and may differ from European)

Listings:  Alphabetical

Listings:  Alphabetical

Listings:  Alphabetical, Chronological, Nationality, Timeline, Works etc

Listings:  Alphabetical, Nationality, Timeline, Periods, Anniversaries

With thanks to Carissimi and Baroque Music for the use of their images.

COMPOSERS' SOCIETIES in the UK

The societies listed below feature a variety of information about their respective composers.  Common features are usually in-depth biographies, works, recordings and forthcoming concerts in the UK at which a composer's works are being performed.

BAROQUE COMPOSERS

ROMANTIC COMPOSERS

MODERN COMPOSERS

CLASSICAL COMPOSERS

For links to web sites for the international societies of many more composers, go to Classical Net

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETIES

Classical Composers timeline poster

Links to other music resources at Polkadot Music Leeds include links to web sites about free sheet music, aural trainers, music theory and classical music forums.

Each of the web sites has its own distinctive strengths, so although an indication is given about each site, the best thing is just to browse around to see which web site gives you the information you are seeking.

GOOD FOR

A GIGGLE...

check out Paul Merton's pronunciation of composers' names!

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