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Composers

This page is about who wrote various pieces of music.  For biographical details, etc., see People in Music.

Adagio in G minor (actually largely composed by Remo Giazotto, c 1946) Click to show or hide the answer
Tocata and Fugue in D Minor (1704?), Sheep May Safely Graze (1713), Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring (c. 1720), Brandenburg Concertos (1721), The Well–Tempered Clavier (1722, Book II 1742), Magnificat (1723), St. John Passion (1724), 6 Partitas (1726–30), St. Matthew Passion (1727), Wachet Auf (1731), Coffee Cantata (1732–5), Christmas Oratorio (1734), Goldberg Variations (1741), The Art of Fugue (1740s) Click to show or hide the answer
Adagio for Strings (used in the film Platoon) Click to show or hide the answer
Concerto for Orchestra (1943), Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta Click to show or hide the answer
Piano sonatas: Pathetique (No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13), Moonlight (No. 14 in C# minor, Op. 27 no. 2), Pastoral (No. 15 in D, Op. 28), The Tempest (No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2), Waldstein (No. 21 in C, Op. 53), Appassionata (No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57), Les Adieux (No. 26 in E flat, Op. 81a); 3 sets of Bagatelles (24 in total); 33 variations on a theme by Diabelli; Christ on the Mount of Olives is his only oratorio Click to show or hide the answer
Roman Carnival Overture, Symphonie Fantastique, Harold in Italy (symphony with viola obbligato) Click to show or hide the answer
Candide overture, The Chichester Psalms, On the Town Click to show or hide the answer
Academic Festival Overture, Cradle Song, St. Anthony Variations, German Requiem, Alto Rhapsody, 21 Hungarian Dances Click to show or hide the answer
A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (variations on a theme by Henry Purcell) 1946; War Requiem – commissioned for the consecration of Coventry's new cathedral, 1962 Click to show or hide the answer
Scottish Fantasy – also one of the most popular violin concertos Click to show or hide the answer
Ten symphonies, numbered 0 to 9, including No. 4, the Romantic Click to show or hide the answer
Short orchestral works Two English Idylls, The Banks of Green Willow (folk song arrangement); A Shropshire Lad, based on the poems of A. E. Housman (killed in action on the Somme, 1916, aged 31) Click to show or hide the answer
4' 33" (1952: three movements, totalling 4 minutes and 33 seconds, with no notes scored or played – the point being that the audience listens to the ambient sounds of their surroundings) Click to show or hide the answer
Setting of the Te Deum, whose prelude is famous as the signature tune of the European Broadcasting Union and the theme tune of the Eurovision Song Contest Click to show or hide the answer
Fanfare for the Common Man, El Salon Mexico Click to show or hide the answer
Worldes Blis (1916), Black Pentecost (1979); The Yellow Cake Revue (1980) – including 'Farewell to Stromness', one of his most popular pieces Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
(Prelude to) L'apres–midi d'une faune, Snowflakes are Dancing, Golliwogs' Cakewalk; Suite Bergamesque; Children's Corner (for his daughter); Claire de Lune; La Mer Click to show or hide the answer
Nights in the Gardens of Spain (for piano, and later for orchestra) Click to show or hide the answer
The Walk to the Paradise Garden (orchestral interlude from the 1907 opera A Village Romeo & Juliet), In a Summer Garden (1911), On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring (1912), North Country Sketches (1914) Click to show or hide the answer
Achieved overnight fame in 1897 with The Sorcerer's Apprentice Click to show or hide the answer
Symphony no. 9 in E minor, From the New World Click to show or hide the answer
Pomp and Circumstance marches, Enigma Variations, Cockaigne Overture (In London Town), Sea Pictures, Falstaff ('symphonic study'), overture 'In the South', Serenade for Strings, Introduction & Allegro for Strings; oratorios The Light of Life, The Dream of Gerontius, The Apostles, The Kingdom Click to show or hide the answer
Pavane (used as the theme tune to BBC TV's coverage of the 1998 FIFA World Cup) Click to show or hide the answer
Comic operas Merrie England (1902) and Tom Jones (1907) Click to show or hide the answer
Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris; also a popular piano concerto Click to show or hide the answer
Symphony of Sorrowful Songs (No. 3 – 1976) Click to show or hide the answer
Australian–born composer, best–known for English Country Gardens and arrangements of English folk songs such as Molly on the Shore, Brigg Fair, The Lost Lady Found, Shallow Brown Click to show or hide the answer
Peer Gynt (incidental music to Ibsen's play): includes Morning Mood, Anitra's Dance, In the Hall of the Mountain King Click to show or hide the answer
The Water Music; Music for the Royal Fireworks; The Harmonious Blacksmith; Messiah, Judas Maccabeus (Oratorios); Zadok the Priest (British coronation anthem) Click to show or hide the answer
The Creation (oratorio); the twelve Salomon Symphonies; the Frog quartet (in D Major, op. 50 no. 6); masses named after Admiral Nelson and Empress Maria Theresa: oratorio The Seasons Click to show or hide the answer
The Raft of the Medusa (1968) – an oratorio, written as a requiem for Che Guevara – caused a riot at its premiere in Hamburg when a red flag was placed on the stage Click to show or hide the answer
Ludus Tonalis (1942 – a set of 24 preludes and fugues, intended to be the twentieth–century equivalent to Bach's The Well–Tempered Clavier) Click to show or hide the answer
The Planets (suite); Egdon Heath (homage to Thomas Hardy) Click to show or hide the answer
Three places in New England (Orchestral Set No. 1) Click to show or hide the answer
Piano 'rags' such as Pineapple Rag, Maple Leaf Rag, The Entertainer Click to show or hide the answer
The Sabre Dance – a piece from the final act of the ballet Gayaneh – is the best–known piece by Click to show or hide the answer
Symphony Espagnole (1875) Click to show or hide the answer
Gold and Silver Waltz Click to show or hide the answer
Faust symphony; 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies; four Mephisto Waltzes; invented the term "symphonic poem", and composed 13 examples (of which only Les préludes has entered the standard repertoire) Click to show or hide the answer
Song cycles Das Lied von der Erde (Song of the Earth), Kindertotenlieder (Songs on the Deaths of Children); cantata Das Klagende Lied Click to show or hide the answer
Liverpool Oratorio (1991), Standing Stone (1997), Working Classical (1999), Ocean's Kingdom (ballet, 2011) Click to show or hide the answer
Reformation, Scottish and Italian symphonies; Elijah, St. Paul (oratorios); hymn Hear my Prayer (including O for the Wings of a Dove); Songs without words (a series of piano pieces); Hebrides Overture ('Fingal's Cave'); The Wedding March (from incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream not to be confused with Wagner's Bridal March ("Here comes the Bride")); Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage (overture) Click to show or hide the answer
Quartet for the end of time (French composer – written while a prisoner of war in Paris, 1940, and performed along with fellow prisoners) Click to show or hide the answer
'Haydn' Quartets (dedicated to his friend Joseph Haydn); Gran Partita, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (serenades) Click to show or hide the answer
Pictures at an Exhibition; (St John's) Night on the Bare Mountain Click to show or hide the answer
Orpheus in the Underworld, La Belle Helene (operettas) Click to show or hide the answer
Carmina Burana Click to show or hide the answer
Best known for his Canon and Gigue in D major, for 3 violins and continuo Click to show or hide the answer
Peter and the Wolf; film music Lieutenant Kije, Alexander Nevsky Click to show or hide the answer
Dance of the Hours – a ballet from the opera La Gioconda (Disney's Fantasia had hippos dancing to it; also includes the tune used in Allan Sherman's novelty hit of 1963, Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh) Click to show or hide the answer
The Rock (fantasy for orchestra), Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, 1934; The Isle of the Dead Click to show or hide the answer
Fountains of Rome (1969); Pines of Rome (1924); Roman Festivals (1929) Click to show or hide the answer
In C (1968), A Rainbow in Curved Air (1969), Church of Anthrax (1970, with John Cale, formerly of the Velvet Underground): US minimalist Click to show or hide the answer
Scheherezade (symphonic suite, later used for a ballet by Michel Fokine); The Flight of the Bumblebee (an instrumental interlude from the opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan) Click to show or hide the answer
Carnival of the Animals, Danse Macabre Click to show or hide the answer
Three Gymnopédies (1888); Gnossiennes (1890); Flabby Preludes (For a Dog) – four piano pieces, 1912; Things Seen Right–to–Left (Without Glasses) – suite for violin and piano, 1914 Click to show or hide the answer
Piano quintet The Trout; quartets Death and the Maiden, Rosamunde; song cycles Die Schone Mullerin (the fair maid of the mill), Winterreise; Shakespearean songs Who is Sylvia, Hark hark the lark (allegedly on the same day!) Click to show or hide the answer
Dichterliebe ("the poet's love") – song cycle; Scenes from Childhood (13 piano pieces) Click to show or hide the answer
Symphonies To October (no. 2), The First of May (no. 3), Leningrad (no. 7), The Year 1905 (no. 11), The Year 1917 (no. 12), Babi–Yar (no. 13) Click to show or hide the answer
Karelia Suite (orchestral suite); Valse Triste (short orchestral work); Finlandia, The Swan of Tuonela (tone poems) Click to show or hide the answer
Six symphonic poems Ma Vlast ('My Country'), including Vltava – celebrating the Czech Republic's 'national river', known in German as die Moldau Click to show or hide the answer
The Liberty Bell (Monty Python theme tune), The Thunderer, The Washington Post, Semper Fidelis (Official March of the US Marine Corps), The Stars and Stripes Forever (National March of the USA) Click to show or hide the answer
The Blue Danube waltz; Tales from the Vienna Woods Click to show or hide the answer
Alpine Symphony; tone poems Also Sprach Zarathustra, Til Eulenspiegl's Merry Pranks, Don Juan, A Hero's Life, Death and Transfiguration, Don Quixote, Metamprhoses Click to show or hide the answer
Oedipus Rex (stage oratorio, sung in costume and in Latin) Click to show or hide the answer
Spem in Alium (c. 1570: 40–part motet) Click to show or hide the answer
The Protecting Veil (1987, commissioned for the BBC Promenade Concerts) Click to show or hide the answer
Fantasy overture Romeo & Juliet, tone poem Francesca di Rimini, Variations on a Rococo Theme, Capriccio Italienne, 1812 overture Click to show or hide the answer
A Child of Our Time (oratorio, 1939–41), Vision of St. Augustine (choral, 1963–5) Click to show or hide the answer
Fantasy on a theme by Thomas Tallis, Fantasy on Greensleeves, The Lark Ascending, Antarctica Symphony, London Symphony, Sea Symphony Click to show or hide the answer
Crown Imperial march (for the coronation of George VI); Spitfire Prelude and Fugue; Façade (1923), Belshazzar's Feast (oratorio) Click to show or hide the answer

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