Sir Malcolm Henry Arnold, CBE (21 October 1921 – 23 September 2006) was an English composer. He gained a reputation for composing light music, film scores, works for theatre, ballets and symphonies.
Divertimento for Wind Trio
John Barry Prendergast, OBE (3 November 1933 – 30 January 2011)was an English composer and conductor of film music. He composed the soundtracks for 11 of the James Bond films between 1963 and 1987, and also arranged and performed the "James...
Mary, Queen of Scots
Somewhere in Time
All Time High, Octopussy (1983)
Main Theme, Zulu
On her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) We Have All the Time in the World
Suite, Dances with Wolves
Suite, James Bond
Theme, Out of Africa (1985)
Béla Viktor János Bartók (March 25, 1881 – September 26, 1945) was a Hungarian composer and pianist. He is considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century; he and Liszt are regarded as Hungary's greatest...
Concerto for Two Pianos and Percussion
Ludwig van Beethoven (baptized 17 December 1770 – 26 March 1827) was a German composer and pianist.
Horn Sonata in F major
Septet in E flat major, Op. 20
Hector Berlioz (11 December 1803 – 8 March 1869) was a French Romantic composer, best known for his compositions Symphonie fantastique and Grande messe des morts.
Georges Bizet (25 October 1838 – 3 June 1875), formally Alexandre César Léopold Bizet, was a French composer, mainly of operas. In a career cut short by his early death, he achieved few successes before his final work, Carmen...
Danse Bohème', Carmen
Pierre Boulez ( born 26 March 1925) is a French composer, conductor, writer, and pianist.
Notations II, for orchestra
Notations II, for solo piano
Notations IV, for orchestra
Notations IV, for solo piano
Notations VII, for orchestra
Notations VII, for solo piano
Johannes Brahms (7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer and pianist.
(orch Dvořák) Hungarian Dances (Nos.12-21)
Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60
Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten of Aldeburgh, OM CH was an English composer, conductor, and pianist. He was one of the central figures of twentieth-century British classical music, and wrote music in several classical genres and styles, from...
Six metamorphoses after Ovid: Pan, Niobe and Bacchus
Max Christian Friedrich Bruch (6 January 1838 – 2 October 1920), also known as Max Karl August Bruch, was a German Romantic composer and conductor who wrote over 200 works, including three violin concertos, the first of which has become a staple...
Unsuk Chin is the Artistic Director of our Music of Today series.
Le Chant des Enfants des Etoiles
The Three Kings
Manuel de Falla y Matheu (23 November 1876 – 14 November 1946) was a Spanish composer. With Isaac Albéniz and Enrique Granados he is one of Spain's most important musicians of the first half...
Achille-Claude Debussy (22 August 1862 – 25 March 1918) was a French composer. Along with Maurice Ravel, he was one of the most prominent figures associated with Impressionist music, though he himself intensely disliked the term when applied...
Fantaisie for Piano and Orchestra
Images: 1. Gigues
Images: 3. Rondes de Printemps
Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp
Paul Abraham Dukas (1 October 1865 – 17 May 1935) was a French composer, critic, scholar and teacher. A studious man, of retiring personality, he was intensely self-critical, and he abandoned and destroyed many of his compositions. His best...
Antonín Leopold Dvořák (September 8, 1841 – May 1, 1904) was a Czech composer. Following the nationalist example of Bedřich Smetana, Dvořák frequently employed features of the folk musics of Moravia and his native Bohemia...
Sir Edward William Elgar (2 June 1857 – 23 February 1934), 1st Baronet, OM, GCVO was an English composer, many of whose works have entered the British and international classical concert repertoire. Among his best-known compositions are orchestral...
Gabriel Urbain Fauré (12 May 1845 – 4 November 1924) was a French composer, organist, pianist and teacher. He was one of the foremost French composers of his generation, and his musical style influenced many 20th-century composers....
Quartet for Wind
Gardner was born in Manchester, England and brought up in Ilfracombe, North Devon. His father Alfred Linton Gardner was a local physician and amateur composer who was killed in action in the last months of the First World War. His grandfather was John...
Holly and the Ivy
Concerto for coloratura soprano and orchestra
Suite, The Red Poppy
Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka (June 1 1804 – February 15 1857), was the first Russian composer to gain wide recognition within his own country, and is often regarded as the father of Russian classical music.
Charles-François Gounod was a French composer, known for his Ave Maria as well as his operas Faust and Roméo et Juliette.
Soldiers' Chorus, Faust
Edvard Hagerup Grieg (15 June 1843 – 4 September 1907) was a Norwegian composer and pianist.
George Frideric Handel (23 February 1685, Halle – 14 April 1759, London) was a German-born British Baroque composer, famous for his operas, oratorios, anthems and organ concertos.
'The trumpet shall sound', Messiah
Franz Joseph Haydn (31 March 1732 – 31 May 1809), known as Joseph Haydn, was an Austrian composer, one of the most prolific and prominent of the Classical period. He is often called the "Father of the Symphony" and "Father...
Symphony No. 12
Gustav Theodore Holst (21 September 1874 – 25 May 1934) was an English composer, famous for his orchestral suite The Planets.
Engelbert Humperdinck (1 September 1854 – 27 September 1921) was a German composer, best known for his opera Hänsel und Gretel. Humperdinck was born at Siegburg in the Rhine Province and died at the age of 67 in Neustrelitz, Mecklenburg-Western...
Overture, Hänsel und Gretel
Leoš Janáček, baptised Leo Eugen Janáček; (3 July 1854 – 12 August 1928) was a Czech composer, musical theorist, folklorist, publicist and teacher.
Suite for Strings (1877)
Zoltán Kodály (16 December 1882 – 6 March 1967) was a Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist, pedagogue, linguist, and philosopher. He is best known internationally as the creator of the Kodály...
9 Epigrams for cello/double bass and piano (a selection)
Szerenád for 2 violins and viola, Op. 12, III. Vivo
Anatoly Konstantinovich Lyadov or Liadov (May 11 1855 – August 28 1914) was a Russian composer, teacher and conductor.
György Sándor Ligeti (May 28, 1923 – June 12, 2006) was a composer of contemporary classical music. Born in Transylvania, Romania, he lived in Hungary before emigrating and becoming an Austrian citizen.
James MacMillan is one of today’s most successful living composers and is also internationally active as a conductor. His musical language is flooded with influences from his Scottish heritage, Catholic faith, social conscience and close connection...
Blow the trumpet in the new moon
Gustav Mahler (7 July 1860 – 18 May 1911) was a late-Romantic Austrian composer and one of the leading conductors of his generation. A Jew, he was born in the village of Kalischt, Bohemia, in what was then the Austrian Empire, now Kaliště...
Symphony No. 6
Symphony No. 9
Pietro Antonio Stefano Mascagni (Italian: [ˈpjɛːtro anˈtɔːnjo ˈsteːfano masˈkaɲɲi]; 7 December 1863 – 2 August 1945) was an Italian composer most noted for his operas. His 1890 masterpiece Cavalleria rusticana...
Easter Hymn', Cavalleria Rusticana
Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (3 February 1809 – 4 November 1847) - generally known in English-speaking countries as Felix Mendelssohn - was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period.
The Iron Foundry
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), baptismal name Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era.
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (21 March 1839 – 28 March 1881) was a Russian composer, one of the group known as "The Five". He was an innovator of Russian music in the romantic period. He strove to achieve a uniquely Russian musical identity...
Jacques Offenbach (20 June 1819 – 5 October 1880) was a German-born French composer, cellist and impresario of the romantic period. He is remembered for his nearly 100 operettas of the 1850s–1870s and his uncompleted opera The Tales...
Barcarolle', Les Contes d'Hoffmann
Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, 1st Baronet (27 February 1848 – 7 October 1918) was an English composer, teacher and historian of music.
I was glad
Ode on the Nativity
Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc (7 January 1899 – 30 January 1963) was a French composer and a member of the French group Les Six. He composed solo piano music, chamber music, oratorio, choral music, opera, ballet music, and orchestral music.
Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon
Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (23 April 1891 – 5 March 1953) was a Russian composer, pianist and conductor who mastered numerous musical genres and is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century. His best-known works are the...
Seven, they are Seven
Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the Revolution
Violin Concerto No. 1
Coro a bocca chiusa' (Humming Chorus), Madama Butterfly
Te Deum', Tosca
Nessun dorma', Turandot
Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninov (1 April 1873 – 28 March 1943) was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. Rachmaninov is widely considered one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, one of the last great representatives...
Joseph-Maurice Ravel (March 7, 1875 – December 28, 1937) was a French composer known especially for his melodies, orchestral and instrumental textures and effects. Along with Claude Debussy, he was one of the most prominent figures associated...
Alborada del gracioso
Introduction et Allegro
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov (18 March 1844 – 21 June 1908) was a Russian composer, and a member of the group of composers known as The Five.
'Polonaise' from Christmas Eve Suite
Gioachino Antonio Rossini (29 February 1792 – 13 November 1868) was an Italian composer who wrote 39 operas as well as sacred music, chamber music, songs, and some instrumental and piano pieces.
Overture, William Tell
John Milford Rutter CBE (born 24 September 1945) is a British composer, conductor, editor, arranger and record producer, mainly of choral music.
Shepherd's Pipe Carol
Esa-Pekka Salonen, born June 30, 1958 in Helsinki, is a Finnish orchestral conductor and composer.
Arnold Schoenberg (13 September 1874 – 13 July 1951) was an Austrian composer and painter, associated with the expressionist movement in German poetry and art, and leader of the Second Viennese School. He used the standard German spelling Schönberg...
Franz Peter Schubert (31 January 1797 – 19 November 1828) was an Austrian composer.
Robert Schumann (8 June 1810 – 29 July 1856), sometimes known as Robert Alexander Schumann, was a German composer, aesthete and influential music critic. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most representative composers of the Romantic...
Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (25 September 1906 – 9 August 1975) was a Soviet Russian composer and pianist and a prominent figure of 20th-century music.
Symphonic excerpts to accompany a live screening of Battleship Potemkin
Jean Sibelius (8 December 1865 – 20 September 1957) was a Finnish composer of the late Romantic period. His music played an important role in the formation of the Finnish national identity.
Symphony No. 6
Symphony No. 7
Bedřich Smetana (2 March 1824 – 12 May 1884) was a Czech composer who pioneered the development of a musical style which became closely identified with his country's aspirations to independent statehood. He is thus widely regarded in...
Richard Georg Strauss was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras.
Ich wollt ein Sträußlein binden (Op.68 No.2)
Meinem Kinde (Op.27 No.3)
Säusle, liebe Myrte (Op.68 No.2)
Ständchen (Op.17 No.2)
Wiegenlied (Op.41 No.1)
Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (7 June 1882 – 6 April 1971) was a Russian, and later French and American composer, pianist and conductor. He is widely considered to be one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century.
The Firebird (Complete Ballet, 1910)
Three Pieces for Clarinet
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (7 May 1840 – 6 November 1893), anglicised as Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, was a Russian composer whose works included symphonies, concertos, operas, ballets, chamber music, and a choral setting of The Russian Orthodox...
"Waltz of the Flowers", The Nutcracer
Symphony No. 6, Pathétique
Ralph Vaughan Williams (12 October 1872 – 26 August 1958), OM, was an English composer of symphonies, chamber music, opera, choral music and film scores.
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Fantasia on Christmas Carols
O little town of Bethlehem
Symphony No. 7, Sinfonia Antartica
Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (10 October 1813 – 27 January 1901) was an Italian Romantic composer, mainly of opera. Some of his themes have long since taken root in popular culture – such as "La donna è mobile"...
Grand March, Aida
Anvil Chorus', Il Trovatore
Overture, La forza del destino
Brindisi', La traviata
Act I: Prelude, La traviata
Wilhelm Richard Wagner (22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) was a German composer, theatre director, polemicist and conductor primarily known for his operas (or, as some of his later works were later known, "music dramas").
Overture, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Wach' auf!' (Chorus, Act III Scene 5), Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Prelude to Act III, Lohengrin
Treulich geführt' (Bridal Chorus), Lohengrin
Freudig begrüssen wir', Tannhäuser
Sir William Turner Walton OM (29 March 1902 – 8 March 1983) was an English composer. During a sixty-year career, he wrote music in several classical genres and styles, from film scores to opera. His best-known works include Façade...