CHS Music History Final Project

  • Johann Pachelbel

    Johann Pachelbel
    Note* Date baptized, not born. Baroque composer, organist, and teacher. Most famous piece is Canon in D.
  • Antonia Vivaldi

    Antonia Vivaldi
    Baroque composer, Catholic Priest, and virtuoso Violinist. His most famous piece is his Four Seasons composition.
  • George Frideric Handel

    George Frideric Handel
    Baroque composer, famous for his operas, oratorios, anthems and organ concertos. Well known for the chorus "Hallelujah" from his oratorio Messiah.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach
    Composer, organist, harpsichordist, violest, violinist, or the Baroque era. A famous piece is Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.
  • Franz Joseph Haydn

    Franz Joseph Haydn
    Classical composer, often called the Father of the Symphony and the Father of the String Quartet. A well known symphony is Farewell.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Classical composer. Said to be a prodigy, Violin, Piano, Harpsichord. The Marriage of Figaro is a famous piece.
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven

    Ludwig Van Beethoven
    Classical and Romantic composer, prodigious pianist, Moonlight Sonata is a famous piece.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Frédéric Chopin
    Romantic, Polish composer. Died 1849. A famous piece is op. 64 no. 1 "Funeral March".
  • Wilhelm Richard Wagner

    Wilhelm Richard Wagner
    Died 1883. Romantic, German composer. Famous for his four operas, unlike other opera writers Wagner wrote both the Music and Libretto. His most famous work is Ride of the Valkyries, the beginning of the third act of his second opera.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Died 1893. Russian, Romantic composer. Andantino Simplice is a piece by him.
  • Edvard Hagerup Grieg

    Edvard Hagerup Grieg
    Died September 4, 1907. Romantic, Norwegian composer and pianist. Widely considered one of the leading Romantic artists. Made use of traditional Norwegian folk influences in his compositions. His most famous piece is, by far, In the Hall of the Mountain King.
  • Claude Debussy

    Claude Debussy
    Died 1918. Impressionist French composer. A famous piece is La Cathédrale Engloutie'.
  • Scott Joplin

    Scott Joplin
    Died 1917. Ragtime composer. Famous piece was Maple Leaf Rag.
  • Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky

    Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
    Died 1971. 20th century, Russian composer and pianist. A famous piece by him is the Firebird.
  • Duke Ellington

    Duke Ellington
    Died 1974. American, Jazz composer and pianist.
  • Louis Armstrong

    Louis Armstrong
    Died 1971. American Jazz Trumpeter and singer.
  • Alton Glenn Miller

    Alton Glenn Miller
    Missing in Action. American big band leader, famous song is Little Brown Jug.
  • Count Basie

    Count Basie
    Died 1984. American Jazz Pianist and organist.
  • Benny Goodman

    Benny Goodman
    Died 1986. American Jazz and Swing clarinetist.
  • John Cage

    John Cage
    Avant Garde, American composer. Died 1992. A piece by him is Greek Ode.
  • Billie Holiday

    Billie Holiday
    Diead 1959. Jazz and pop singer. Famous song is God Bless the Child.
  • Ella Fitzgerald

    Ella Fitzgerald
    Died 1996. American Jazz singer.
  • Dizzy Gillespie

    Dizzy Gillespie
    Died 1993. Jazz Trumpeter. Famous song is Round Midnight.
  • Sarah Vaughan

    Sarah Vaughan
    Died 1990. American Jazz singer. Famous song is Black Coffee.
  • Bill Haley

    Bill Haley
    Died 1981, American Rock and Roll musician. Famous song is Rock around the Clock.
  • BB King

    BB King
    American blues guitarist. Famous song, How Blue Can You Get
  • Davis

    Died 1991. American Jazz Trumpeter. Famous piece is Kind of Blue.
  • Herbie Hancock

    Herbie Hancock
    Post bob Keyboardist. Famous song is Watermelon Man.
  • Jimi Hendrix

    Jimi Hendrix
    Died 1970. Amazing guitarist who played blues inspired hard rock with influences of jazz, classical, and middle eastern scales in his work. Laid the foundation of the heavy distorted tone to be found in heavy metal.
  • The Who-Pete Townshend

    The Who-Pete Townshend
    Blues guitarist of the British Rock outfit The Who. Brainchild behind the band and ground breaking concept albums such as Tommy and Quadrophenia. Pioneered the "windmill" guitar picking style.
  • The Clash-Joe Strummer

    The Clash-Joe Strummer
    Died 2002. Joe Strummer is the Rhythm guitarist and singer of the Clash, effectifvely making him the frontman. The Clash are well known for their hard hitting punk work but also have some reggae influenced songs and structures. Their most famous work is London Calling.