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Joaquín Rodrigo: Nov. 22, 1901 - 1999… Spanish composer who was blind from the age of three - known almost exclusively for his compositions for guitar, particularly Concierto de Aranjuez…

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) and his sister Fanny were child prodigies, performing and composing music from a very young age. Mendelssohn was inspired by literature (A Midsummer Night's Dream) and the places he visited (Fingal's Cave). In addition to his own compositions, he spearheaded a revival of interest in the music of Bach.

Teacher, ethnomusicologist, and pianist, Béla Bartók (1881-1945) has come to be regarded as one of the most influential modern composers of the twentieth century, along with Claude Debussy, Arnold Schoenberg, Igor Stravinsky, Paul Hindemith, and Anton Webern. His influence crossed borders, especially strong in postwar Eastern Europe. Born in Hungary, Bartók studied piano with Thomán, a Franz Liszt pupil, and composition with Hans Koessler, who in turn had studied with Josef Gabriel…

Ludwig van Beethoven - German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers.

Pergolesi - Giovanni Battista Draghi, llamado Pergolesi1 (Iesi, 4 de enero de 1710 - Pozzuoli, 16 de marzo de 1736) fue un compositor, violinista y organista italiano del período Barroco. Su obra influyó profundamente en la escuela napolitana, y sirvió como prototipo por antonomasia de la ópera italiana. Confrontaría el gusto estético derivado de la tradición de la ópera seria francesa y el de los partidarios de la nueva ópera bufa italiana. -