Leaving Cert Music Composers

  • Period: Jan 1, 1400 to


    Music was an essential part of civic, religious, and courtly life in the Renaissance. The rich interchange of ideas in Europe, as well as political, economic, and religious events in the period 1400–1600 led to major changes in styles of composing, methods of disseminating music, new musical genres, and the development of musical more
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    The period called "Baroque" in music history extends roughly from 1600 to 1750. Baroque music is tuneful and very organized and melodies tend to be highly decorated and elaborate. Conflict and contrast between sections in a piece and between instruments are common, and the music can be quite more
  • J.S.Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach (March 21, 1685-July 28, 1750) was a German Baroque composer. He was one of the greatest composers of all time, but during his lifetime, he was little-known and was mostly recognized for performing on the organ. Bach composed in many established musical forms, including, for example, the cantata and fugue, and developed them into complex and sublime pieces. He composed over 1,100 works...
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    Although the Classical Era lasted for only 70 years, there was a substantial change in the music that was being produced. Classical music placed a greater stress on clarity with regard to melodic expression and more
  • W.A.Mozart

    During his lifetime Mozart was known as a brilliant performer and composer but was financially insecure. He was poor and in debt when he died of kidney failure at the age of 35 and was buried in an unmarked grave. Mozart is considered by some to be the greatest composer who ever lived. While most composers specialise in certain kinds of pieces, Mozart created masterful works for almost every category of more...
  • Berlioz

    Hector Berlioz was a prolific French composer, orchestrator and conductor. His most famous work, Symphonie Fantastique, was written for an actress whom he fell in love more... Check out this Symphonie Fantastique online resource.
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    The Romantic era produced a bigger orchestra and many famous composers: Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Schumann, Schubert, Chopin, and Wagner are perhaps the most well-known. Ludwig van Beethoven's later music, including the majority of his most famous works, are all written during this more
  • Tchaikovsky

    Tchaikovsky was the foremost Russian composer of the 19th-century. He influenced many other Russian composers with works such as The Nutcracker and his Ballets Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty which are still popular with concertgoers today. His Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture is programme music based on the famous play by William more...
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    Explore the features and composers of the Modern Era in this Wiki.
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    The 20th-century was a period of great social change in which many changes also occured in art music. Many other genres, including pop and rock also evolved during this century spawning a multitude of commercially driven sub-genres.
  • Barry

    Gerald Barry graduated from UCD and travelled to Europe to study with Stockhausen and Kagel. He soon came to public attention in 1979 with radical ensemble works "__________" and Ø. His international performances and commissions have brought notable acclaim for his unique sense of musical development. The Contemporary Music Centre Ireland has more information on Barry's music here.
  • Deane

    Raised on Achill Island, Raymond is an Irish composer who has written contemporary art music with a European influence combined with an Irish identity. Click here to read to visit the Contemporary Music Centre Ireland for more info on Deane and his music.
  • The Beatles

    The Beatles
    Widely regarded as the most successful and influential popular group of all time, The Beatles originated in Liverpool in 1960 before 'Beatlemania' took the world by storm. Over the group's 10-year span they consistently developed their music always pushing barriers to include new timbres and technologies. Find out more about The Beatles in their Wiki.
  • Queen

    Freddie Mercury's unique vocals combined with Brian May's distinct guitar technique made Queen's sound one that has stood the test of time. Bohemian Rhapsody is still considered one of the most groundbreaking songs to have emereged from the pop/rock idiom.
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    The Contemporary Era is known as a time of great experimentation and musical change.
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    Although a relatively new era, the 21st-century has continued the trend of musical evolution with music reflecting social changes such as globalisation and multiculturalism. The continued advent of technology has made it even easier to listen to, compose and perform music on a global scale.