Although these different periods are fairly well-defined, artistic trends don’t always divide neatly into periods. Many composers lifetimes span more than one period, and certain composers were trend-setters who helped to bring about changes in the way music was created. So for example you will find Beethoven towards the end of the “Classical Period” but also at the beginning of the “Romantic Period” since he was instrumental in introducing new musical ideas which brought about the Romantic era.
Romantic Period composers:
Whoever wants to discover classical music or opera does not always have an experienced music lover, an expert or an educator at his or her side to support and guide him or her in these fields. So : Handel (German, later British Baroque composer) or Mendelssohn (German composer, pianist and conductor) ? Rossini (Italian opera composer) or Scarlatti (Italian composer, son of Alessandro Scarlatti) ? However, the knowledge available about musicians is enormous. It was processed to select the 10, 25, 50. most popular composers around the world, for those living or having lived between 1730 and 1820 (classical era). And this objectively, and for the first time (soClassiQ exclusivity).
Handel or Mendelssohn? Bach or Donizetti? It is difficult for inquiring minds to tackle such abundant fields as classical music and opera, covering 10 centuries of history: there are thousands of composers. Making a selection of musicians, such as a “top 10” for example, is a difficult and subjective exercise. A musical selection is often the expression of personal preferences or artistic opinions, very interesting but also very different according to critics or musicologists, or simply influenced by the context: will an English composer not be instinctively privileged by an English critic?
The Baroque is considered the late phase of the Renaissance, marked by a more intricate and even outlandish visual style. In some ways the word applies to the music as well. Compositions became more homophonic, meaning based on one melody with harmonic support coming from a keyboard player. Tonality was divided into major and minor. This period is also characterized by the rise of the fugue, a type of polyphonic composition based on a principal theme (subject) and melodic lines (counterpoint) that imitate the principal theme, and of the opera, the first of which were composed around 1600. The most famous composer of the Baroque is Johann Sebastian Bach, who might also be considered the greatest composer of any period.
An extremely fertile period, the Romantic era of music is expressive, dramatic, and orchestral—composed and played with a level of drama and emotionality not seen in previous eras. Think Wagner’s stirring “Ride of the Valkyries” or Tchaikovsky’s triumphant “1812 Overture.” Composers touched on themes such as romantic love, the supernatural, and even death. Some drew inspiration from the history and folk songs of their native country, while others incorporated foreign influences.
—Eddie Hamilton, ACE
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Composer 2015 Animation Timeline
Composer 2016 Enhanced Animation Timeline