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Bellini, Vincenzo

Candida Mantica

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2017-04-27

Vincenzo BelliniIntroductionVincenzo Bellini (b. 1801–d. 1835) was a leading Italian opera composer of the early 19th century. During his brief yet se...

Berg, Alban

David Headlam

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2013-10-29

Alban Berg Introduction Alban Berg (b. 1885–d. 1935) was the youngest of three composers, along with his teacher Arnold Schoenberg and colleag...

Berlioz, Louis-Hector

Julian Rushton

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2011-06-29

Louis-Hector BerliozIntroductionLouis-Hector Berlioz (b. 1803–d. 1869) was the most important French composer of the early to mid-19th century. He was...

Bernstein, Leonard

Katherine Baber

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2011-06-29

Leonard BernsteinIntroductionLeonard Bernstein (b. 1918–d. 1990) was a Renaissance man of the 20th century: composer, conductor, educator, performer, ...

Biber, Heinrich Ignaz Franz

Charles E. Brewer

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2020-05-27

Heinrich Ignaz Franz BiberIntroductionDuring his lifetime, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber von Bibern (b. 1644–d. 1704) was widely recognized as one of the...

Boccherini, Luigi (Ridolfo)

Fulvia Morabito

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2016-04-28

Luigi Ridolfo BoccheriniIntroductionLuigi Ridolfo Boccherini (b. 1743–d. 1805) was an Italian composer and cellist. Son of Leopoldo Boccherini (singer...

Boulez, Pierre

Jonathan Goldman

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2016-03-31

Pierre BoulezIntroductionThe literature on French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez (b. 1925–d. 2016), one of the major figures of the postwar avan...

Brahms, Johannes

George S. Bozarth

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2011-06-29

Johannes Brahms Introduction The secondary literature on Johannes Brahms (b. 1833–d. 1897) has long focused on discussion of aspects of his lif...

Brass Instruments

Trevor Herbert

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2011-06-29

Brass InstrumentsIntroductionThe general heading “brass instruments” is better, if less elegantly, described by the common organological definition “l...


Suzel Ana Reily

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2011-06-29

Brazil Introduction Brazil is commonly represented as a land of music. Indeed, the soundscapes of this vast country are rich and enticing, high...

Britten, Benjamin

Heather Wiebe

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2011-06-29

Benjamin Britten Introduction Benjamin Britten (1913–1976) was a British composer, performer, and conductor. To some extent, he resisted the av...

Bruckner, Anton

Mario Aschauer

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2021-03-24

Anton BrucknerIntroductionBruckner was born in Ansfelden (rural Upper Austria) in 1824 and was originally trained as a schoolmaster. He only left this...

Buddhist Music

Gavin Douglas

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2015-07-28

Buddhist Music Introduction Buddhist music constitutes a huge array of traditions, styles, and philosophical approaches to sound. Buddhism is ...

Buxtehude, Dieterich

Markus Rathey

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2013-04-22

Dieterich Buxtehude Introduction Dieterich Buxtehude (b. c. 1637–d. 1707) was one of the leading German composers in the 17th century. During ...

Byrd, William

Kerry McCarthy

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2011-06-29

William ByrdIntroductionWilliam Byrd (b. c. 1540–d. 1623) was the most versatile and prolific of English Renaissance composers. His musical career las...

Cage, John

Rob Haskins

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2015-04-29

John Cage Introduction In his teens and twenties, John Cage (b. 1912–d. 1992) was interested in music, visual art, and literature. Once he beg...


Mary I. Ingraham

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2016-01-21

CanadaIntroductionThe earliest documented musical encounters between indigenous peoples of what is now known as Canada and early European explorers da...

Cantus Firmus

Michael Alan Anderson, Aaron James

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2019-11-26

Cantus FirmusIntroductionA cantus firmus is a preexistent melody that forms the basis of a larger musical work. Source melodies in the cantus firmus t...


Emiliano Ricciardi

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2014-07-30

Canzonetta Introduction The canzonetta is a genre of secular vocal music that flourished in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. The first ...

Carter, Elliott

John Link

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2018-01-11

Elliott CarterIntroductionElliott Carter (b. 1908–d. 2012) was one of the leading composers in the United States from the mid-20th century until his d...

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