ClassicalThe word classical has several meanings:
- Pertaining to the societies of the classical antiquity, ancient Greece or Rome. For example, the Greek and Latin languages, classical architecture and the cult of the Olympian gods. See also Greek mythology and Roman mythology. The study of all the foregoing may bear the name of the classics.
- In parallel to the preceding meaning, we can speak of (say) Classical Chinese or Classical Indian culture or aspects of culture when referring to a perceived apex in the development of a society or of its arts. See for example Indian classical music.
- Pertaining to the arts (painting, music, literature, etc.), the word "classical" often refers to the period of art or style known as Classicism, which has a high regard for classical antiquity. This style predominated in the 18th and early 19th centuries between the Baroque and Romantic periods. See classical music, classical dance.
- Any mode of scientific thought prevalent at the time of some radical new innovation. For example, contemporary scientists can characterise the physics of Isaac Newton as "classical", since the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics have challenged its assumptions. See also classical mechanics.
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Famous Classical Composers
A sampling of the men who composed some of the most familiar orchestral music. Includes a summary of their popular pieces and illustrations.
Classical Net: Composer Master List
Short biographies with discography.
Timeline: Chronology of Selected Composers
Representative listing from the 14th century onward with links to music in MIDI, MP3, WMA formats.
Includes birth and death dates alphabetically by name and chronologically, the histories of music, Christian church music, and Jewish music, and musical terms.
Kunst der Fuge / On Classical
Thousands of classical music audio files on the fugue, counterpoint and generic classical music. Over 5,000 listed fugues, fugue theories, analyses, reviews, bibliographies, and tools.
Decca Music Group Composers List - Classical Music Composers
Composers from various periods including the 20th and 21st centuries.
Island of Freedom: Composers
Biographies, illustrations, and links for more than 15 composers. MIDI audio on selected pages.
ccm composers-classical-music com
Composer biographies and compositions database.
Conservatory: Classical Music at Humanities Web
A carefully edited introduction to the composers, history, culture, and music of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods. Detailed with considerable background material, illustrations, and commentary.
Basics about the major creators of classical (art) music, with terms, historical eras, RAM audio examples, and purchase links. From Essentials of Music, sponsored by Sony Classical and W. W. Norton
Classical Composers Database
Listing with over 1900 entries. Includes on-site and remote links to biographies, discographies, and various analyses of style and methodology. Links and contributions accepted.
Works of classic music composers. Downloadable Sheet Music, complete sets of parts. Includes Virtual Performer with which each score becomes a midi instrument with interactive control.
Classical Composer Database
The focal point of classicaldata.org is the classical composer database which is steadily growing. List of composers with dates.
Composers Page (Composers.Net)
a growing database of composer biographies.
Famous People with Perfect Pitch
Database of well-known composers and other individuals with the musical ability of perfect pitch.
Composers published by Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers
Search for composers biographies and works.
Links from Mississippi Public Radio.
Biography, recordings, compositions, and performancees.
More than thirty concise biographies from the Renaissance Period through the Twentieth Century. Each with artist's portrait or photograph.
Biographies of famous classical composers
Biographies of selected composers from the late Baroque through the Romantic period.
Two minute program from Minnesota Public Radio and American Composers Forum outlining each day's history. Includes RAM audio, archives, and links.
Societies and Associations
Music History 102: A Guide to Western Composers and their Music
Internet Public Library entry categorizes according to musical period, including Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Twentieth Century. Includes Real Audio RAM files.
Wiener Walzer Werkstatt
The Wiener Walzer Werkstatt are two Viennese composers, continuing the tradition of the Viennese Walzers in their works. List of works.
Classical Net: Composers
Extensive link collection.
Classical Music Dictionary: Composers
Information on composers, works by genre, MIDI and MP3 files. Available in several languages.
Brief biographies with recommended recordings by Naxos-HNH.
Classical Composer Biographies
Brief listings, some with illustrations, by Michael Norrish. Insludes a degree of informed speculation and editorializing.
Dr. Estrella's Incredibly Abridged Dictionary of Composers
Includes timelines, birthdays, essays, links, contact information, and gift shop. Search by date or name.
The Classical Music Pages
Excellent database of composer biographies and other music history materials.
Classical Music Composers Index
Birth and death dates, pronunciation, and nationality of composers.
The Timid Soul's Guide to Classical Music
Arizona Republic columnist James Reel's introduction for those not familiar with the subject. Includes biographies and the essays Classical Music and Onions and A Guide to Classical Listening.
Biographies of some of the greatest composers, plus wave and MIDI files of some of their works.
Alphabetical index of names with birth and death dates. Comprehensive.
Classical Composer Archive
1500 pictures, 450 biographical sketches; alphabetical, nationality, and chronological indexes; composer of the day.
I Write The Music
A music portal for composers.
Composers of African Descent
A brief discography of classical music by African, African American, and African European composers.
Classical Music Composer Database
Name, nationality, birth and death dates, pronunciation and links for 3000+ composers.
The Madness Behind the Music
Contains information about the madness and creativity of some famous composers.
Worldwide Internet Music Resources: Composers
Links to sites on individual composers as well as those of more general interest.
Listing and links to biographies of artists represented by European American Music Corporation, Helicon Music Corporation, or Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Classical Music Archives
Contains thousands of classical music files in MIDI format as well as live recordings. New contributions are solicited. A search engine is included. Suggests books, links to free sheet music, alphabetical index, featured composers.
Classical, contemporary, and film Composers, with biographies, major works, influences and styles, CD reviews, free sheet music, MIDI and MP3 files.
What to Listen for in Music
Series of Kennedy Center lectures by Dr. Michael Broyles in AU audio format with transcripts. Includes music history with emphasis on classical and romantic composers.
Unknown Composers Page
Introduction to relatively unknown or forgotten composers.
Royal Holloway Music Department's Golden Pages
Extensive listing of resources relating to composers of different genres.
BigEye Music Center - Classical Composers
Information about composers, their life and works.
Classical Music Videos Online - Watch Classical Music Videos
View and download online composer information and classical music audio clips and opera videos by famous composers.