From Berlioz to Shostakovich, let's learn more about these composers who wrote beautiful symphonies and have influenced countless composers through the years.
Unlike his contemporaries, Berlioz' works weren't as easily accepted by the public. It might be said that his manner of instrumentation and orchestration was too advanced for that era. He wrote operas
, symphonies, choral music
, songs and cantatas
Selected Symphony:Symphonie Fantastique
Bizet was a French composer who influenced the verismo school of opera. He wrote operas, orchestral works, incidental music
, compositions for piano and songs.
Selected Symphony:Symphony in C Major
Benjamin Britten was a prolific English composer and musician of the 20th century who was instrumental in establishing a music festival in England. Among his major works are "War Requiem," "Peter Grimes" and "Death in Venice."
Selected Symphony:Sinfonia de Requiem, Opus 20
He was a conductor, teacher and composer whose works reflected different influences; from American folk tunes to Brahms' works. His most famous work is the Ninth Symphony from the "New World Symphony."
Selected Symphonies:Symphony No. 7, D minor, Opus 70Symphony No. 8, G Major, Opus 88Symphony No. 9, E minor, Opus 95, from the "New World Symphony"
Innovative American composer of the 20th century and the first known composer of polytonal pieces. He wrote symphonies, sonatas
, chamber music
, vocal and piano pieces.
Selected Symphonies:Symphony No. 2Symphony No. 3, "The Camp Metting"Symphony No. 4
"Peter and the Wolf" was written by Sergey Prokofiev in 1936 and was meant for a children's theater in Moscow. Prokofiev wrote the story and music; it is a great way to introduce children to the instruments of the orchestra. In the story, each character is represented by a particular musical instrument.
Selected Symphonies:Symphony No. 1, D Major, Opus 25, "Classical"Symphony No. 2, D minor, Opus 40Symphony No. 3, C minor, Opus 44 Symphony No. 5, B-flat Major, Opus 100
Dmitry Shostakovich was one of the great composers from Russia who many believe was artistically stifled during the reign of Stalin. He wrote concerti, symphonies and chamber music.
Selected Symphonies:Symphony No. 1, Opus 10Symphony No. 4, C minor, Opus 43Symphony No. 5, Opus 47Symphony No. 6, Opus 53Symphony No. 7, C Major, Opus 60,"Leningrad"Symphony No. 8, C minor, Opus 65Symphony No. 9, Opus 70Symphony No. 10, E minor, Opus 93