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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), one of my favorite composers; he wrote "The Nutcracker" ballet in 1892. It is a Christmas tradition around the world.

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Peter Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) was a Russian composer. He composed a wide range of musical works, though his most popular music is probably from his ballets including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. The circumstances of his tragic death are not fully understood.

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Franz Peter Schubert (1797 – 1828) was an Austrian composer. Schubert died at 31 but was extremely prolific during his lifetime. His output consists of over six hundred secular vocal works, seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of chamber and piano music. Today, Schubert is ranked among the greatest composers of the late Classical era and early Romantic era and is one of the most frequently performed composers of the early nineteenth century.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) began composing music at the age of 5 and continued for the rest of his life, creating beloved works such as The Magic Flute and the unfinished "Requiem." One of the most prolific classical composers, Mozart created more than 600 pieces of music.

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Composer Claude Debussy Achille-Claude Debussy was a French composer. Along with Maurice Ravel, he was one of the most prominent figures associated with Impressionist music, though he himself intensely disliked the term when applied to his compositions. Wikipedia Born: August 22, 1862, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France Died: March 25, 1918, Paris, France

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Franz Joseph Haydn, Austrian composer. He wrote 104 symphonies and was a teacher of Beethoven.

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Frederic Chopin was born in Poland but lived most of his life in Paris and is one of the best-known and best loved composers of the Romantic period. Chopin’s entire musical output was devoted to his favorite instrument the piano with over 200 solo compositions.

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