German Composers of Classical Masterpieces

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Famous Music Composers from Germany

Since the period of baroque, Germany is seen as one of the leading places for classical music. Three big “B’s” – Bach, Beethoven, Brahms are only the tip of the iceberg of famous German composers.

Best German Composers

Johann Sebastian Bach | Bach Composer

Johann Sebastian Bach was born on 21 March 1685 in Eisenach and is seen as one of the most famous German music composers until today. He is regarded as one of the leading organ and piano virtuoso of the baroque classical music. His most famous work is the St. Matthew Passion. Albert Einstein once said about Bach’s music, that people should listen, love and admire – while keeping calm. 

Best of Bach music/ Bach compositions: Magnificat, Ave Maria, Cello Suites, St John Passion.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was born on December 17, 1770, in Bonn. He was the most famous German classical musicians of his time (Wiener Klassik) and set an almost inaccessible standard for the music composers of the following epoch of romanticism. The work of Beethoven was decisive for classical music. His most famous works are the Ninth Symphony and the Fifth Symphony.

Ludwig van Beethoven music: For Elise, Symphony No. 9, Fidelio, Violin Concerto.

Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner was born in Leipzig on May 22, 1813, and is one of the most famous German music composers, who ever existed. The work of Wagner is often seen as the beginning of the modernity. Legends and heroes’ epics were at the bottom of his expressive stages. Examples of this are Lohengrin, premiered in 1850 in Weimar or Parsifal. Wagner is also the initiator of the Bayreuth Festival. He was not only a composer but also a writer – he wrote the lyrics for his operas all by himself.  

Richard Wagner music: Tristan and Isolde, The Flying Dutchman, Ring of the Nibelungs

Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms was born in Hamburg on May 7, 1833. He is considered as one of the most famous German composers of romanticism. Brahms was a pianist and conductor and is well known for his works Hungarian Dances and A German Requiem Dream.

Johannes Brahms music: Hungarian Dances, Brahm’s Lullaby, A German Requiem.

Georg Friedrich Händel

German composer Georg Friedrich Händel was born in Halle on February 23, 1685. He is one of the most important German composers of the Baroque era. Händel’s work consists mainly of operas and oratorios. His most successful oratorio is the Messiah, which was first performed in Dublin in 1742.

Georg Friedrich Händel music: Water Music, Rinaldo, Alcina

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy was born in Hamburg on February 3, 1809. He was one of the most important German composers, pianists, and organists of the 19th-century romanticism. Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy was also the founder of the first music academy in Leipzig, Germany (1843).

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy music: Songs Without Words, Wedding March, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Featured image (cropped): Johann Sebastian Bach – Unknown Wikimedia – Public Domain
February 23, 2017
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