Richard Wagner

The 100 most Influential Musicians Of All Time – Richard Wagner (b. May 22, 1813, Leipzig [Germany]—d. Feb. 13, 1883, Venice, Italy) German dramatic composer and theorist Richard Wagner revolutionized the course of Western music through the harmonic and melodic intensity of his operatic works. Among his major works are The Flying Dutchman (1843), Tannhäuser … Read more

Franz Liszt

The 100 most Influential Musicians Of All Time – Franz Liszt (b. Oct. 22, 1811, Raiding, Hung.—d. July 31, 1886, Bayreuth, Ger.) Hungarian musician Franz Liszt was one of the greatest piano virtuosi of all time and also was a respected composer of the Romantic period. Among his many notable compositions are his 12 symphonic … Read more

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN

The 100 most Influential Musicians Of All Time – FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN (b. March 1, 1810, Żelazow, near Warsaw, duchy of Warsaw [now in Poland]—d. Oct. 17, 1849, Paris, France) Frédéric François Chopin, a Polish-French composer and pianist of the Romantic period, is best known for his solo pieces for piano and for his piano concerti. … Read more

Felix Mendelssohn

The 100 most Influential Musicians Of All Time – Felix Mendelssohn (b. Feb. 3, 1809, Hamburg [Germany]—d. Nov. 4, 1847, Leipzig) Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy—or Felix Mendelssohn—was a German composer, pianist, musical conductor, and teacher who was among the most celebrated figures of the early Romantic period. In his music Mendelssohn largely observed Classical models … Read more

Franz Schubert

The 100 most Influential Musicians Of All Time – Franz Schubert (b. Jan. 31, 1797, Himmelpfortgrund, near Vienna [Austria]—d. Nov. 19, 1828, Vienna) Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer who bridged the worlds of Classical and Romantic music. Although especially noted for his songs (lieder) and chamber music, he also wrote symphonies, masses, and … Read more

Ludwig Van Beethoven

The 100 most Influential Musicians Of All Time – Ludwig Van Beethoven (baptized Dec. 17, 1770, Bonn, archbishopric of Cologne [Germany]—d. March 26, 1827, Vienna, Austria) As the creator of some of the most influential pieces of music ever written, German composer Ludwig van Beethoven bridged the 18th-century Classical period and the new beginnings of … Read more

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The 100 most Influential Musicians Of All Time – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (b. Jan. 27, 1756, Salzburg, Archbishopric of Salzburg [Austria]—d.Dec. 5, 1791, Vienna) Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is widely recognized as one of the greatest composers in the history of Western music. With Haydn and Beethoven he brought to its height the achievement … Read more

Joseph Haydn

The 100 most Influential Musicians Of All Time – Joseph Haydn (b. March 31, 1732, Rohrau, Austria—d. May 31, 1809, Vienna) Austrian composer Joseph Haydn was one of the most important figures in the development of the Classical style in music during the 18th century. He helped establish the forms and styles for the string … Read more

Johann Sebastian Bach

The 100 most Influential Musicians Of All Time – Johann Sebastian Bach (b. March 21, 1685, Eisenach, Thuringia, Ernestine Saxon Duchies [Germany]—d. July 28, 1750, Leipzig) Aprolific composer of the Baroque era, Johann Sebastian Bach was the most celebrated member of a large family of northern German musicians. Although he was admired by his contemporaries … Read more

George Frideric Handel

The 100 most Influential Musicians Of All Time – George Frideric Handel (b. Feb. 23, 1685, Halle, Brandenburg [Germany]—d. April 14, 1759, London, Eng.) AGerman-born English composer of the late Baroque era, George Frideric Handel—or, Georg Friedrich Händel, as he was known for the first 30 years of his life—was noted particularly for his operas, … Read more