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Musical Composers

  • George Gershwin (1898 - 1937): Topic Page
    Composer; he produced an astonishing amount of music including (in collaboration with his lyricist brother Ira Gershwin) a celebrated series of musicals. MORE
  • Jerome Kern (1885 - 1945): Topic Page
    Composer, born in New York City, New York, USA. After a start in Broadway theatres as a rehearsal pianist, he began contributing songs to musical shows. MORE
  • Richard Rodgers (1902 - 1979): Topic Page
    Composer, born in New York City, New York, USA. With Hart as lyricist, during the 1920s–30s he broke from the common Tin Pan Alley musical to develop the musical play. MORE
  • Kurt Weill (1900 - 1950): Topic Page
    German composer. He wrote chamber and orchestral music and collaborated with Bertolt Brecht on operas such as Die Dreigroschenoper/The Threepenny Opera (1928) and Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny/The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (1929). MORE

Ballet Composers

Composers of Film Scores

  • Henry Mancini (1924 - 1994): Topic Page
    Composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. His Oscar-winning compositions include the songs ‘Moon River’ (1961) and ‘Days of Wine and Roses’ (1962), and the film scores for Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) and Victor/Victoria (1982). MORE
  • Ennio Morricone (1928 - ): Topic Page
    A prolific composer for over 300 movies, Morricone brought a new dimension to film scoring in his work on numerous Italian Westerns of the sixties, most notably those of Sergio Leone. MORE
  • Ernst Toch (1887 - 1964): Topic Page
    Austrian-born US composer and pianist. He is remembered chiefly for his chamber music, symphonies, and film scores. MORE

Opera Composers

  • Georges Bizet (1838 - 1875): Topic Page
    French composer of operas. His operatic masterpiece Carmen was produced a few months before his death. His Symphony in C, written when he was 17, is now frequently performed. MORE
  • Edward Britten (1913 - 1976): Topic Page
    English composer. Among his many works are the Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (1946); the chamber opera The Rape of Lucretia (1946); Billy Budd (1951); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare; 1960); and Death in Venice (after Thomas Mann; 1973). MORE
  • Frederick Delius (1862 - 1934): Topic Page
    English composer. His haunting, richly harmonious works include the opera A Village Romeo and Juliet (1901); the choral pieces Appalachia (1903), Sea Drift (1904), and A Mass of Life (1905); orchestral works such as In a Summer Garden (1908) and A Song of the High Hills (1911); chamber music; and songs. MORE
  • Hanns Eisler (1898 - 1962): Topic Page
    Composer, born in Leipzig, EC Germany. A committed Marxist, he wrote political songs, choruses, and theatre music, often in collaboration with Brecht. MORE
  • Zdeněk Fibich (1850 - 1900): Topic Page
    Czech composer. His music is personal rather than national, and was considerably advanced and daring for its time. MORE
  • Bohuslav Martinu (1890 - 1959): Topic Page
    Czech composer. He settled in New York after the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1939. His music is voluble, richly expressive, and has great vitality. MORE
  • Jules Massenet (1842 - 1912): Topic Page
    French composer of operas. His work is characterized by prominent roles for females, sincerity, and sentimentality. MORE
  • Francis Poulenc (1899 - 1963): Topic Page
    French composer and pianist. A self-taught composer of witty and irreverent music, he was a member of the group of French composers known as Les Six. MORE
  • Gioacchino Rossini (1792 - 1868): Topic Page
    Italian composer. He was the most successful opera composer of his time, producing 20 operas in the period 1815-23. He also created (with Gaetano Donizetti and Vincenzo Bellini) the 19th-century Italian operatic style. MORE
  • Ethel Smyth (1858 - 1944): Topic Page
    English composer. Her works include Mass in D (1893) and operas The Wreckers (1906) and The Boatswain's Mate (1916). In 1911 she was imprisoned as an advocate of women's suffrage. MORE
  • Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901): Topic Page
    Italian opera composer of the Romantic period. He took his native operatic style to new heights of dramatic expression. MORE
  • Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883): Topic Page
    German composer. His operas (and he wrote little else) have been seen and discussed as uniquely profound studies of human psychology and existence, treating central themes of love, salvation and society, but they have also had more worrisome supporters. MORE
  • Hugo Wolf (1860 - 1903): Topic Page
    Austrian composer. He wrote more than 250 lieder (songs), including the Mörike-Lieder/Mörike Songs (1888) and the two-volume Italienisches Liederbuch/Italian Songbook (1892, 1896). MORE


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  • Aria: Topic Page
    Elaborate and often lengthy solo song with instrumental accompaniment. MORE
  • Score
    From The New Penguin Dictionary of Music
    Notation of music for multiple performers with the parts layered in orderly alignment.
  • Broadway Musicals
    From Encyclopedia of American Studies
    The American Broadway musical is arguably the most distinctive and original theatrical form to develop in the United States and one of the most prominent forms of American popular entertainment of the twentieth century.
  • Musical: Topic Page
    20th-century form of dramatic musical performance, combining elements of song, dance, and the spoken word, often characterized by lavish staging and large casts. MORE