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Joachim Raff  (Lachen, Switzerland, 1822 - Frankfurt o.M., 1882)  

Joachim Raff
(Lachen, Switzerland, 1822 - Frankfurt o.M., 1882)



Mendelssohn's recommendation to the famous editor, Breitkopf and Härtel and a favorable review from Schumann, convinced the young Raff to ...

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Johannes Brahms (Hamburg, 1833 – Vienna, 1897)  

Johannes Brahms
(Hamburg, 1833 – Vienna, 1897)



Another precocious talent, at the age of 10 Brahms gave his first public concert, but because he came from a ...

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Pëtr Il'icˇ Čajkovski  (Kamsko-Votkinsk 1840 – St. Pietroburg 1893)  

Pëtr Il'icˇ Čajkovski
(Kamsko-Votkinsk 1840 – St. Pietroburg 1893)



Perhaps it is not by chance that composers' life stories lend themselves so well to being romanticized: but in the ...

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Edvard Hagerup Grieg  (Bergen, 1843 – 1907)  

Edvard Hagerup Grieg
(Bergen, 1843 – 1907)



Very talented, Grieg displayed his impatience for the arid study of technique and traditional forms, right from the first years ...

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Sergej Vasil'evič Rachmaninov (Velikij Novgorod, 1873 – Beverly Hills, 1943)  

Sergej Vasil'evič Rachmaninov
(Velikij Novgorod, 1873 – Beverly Hills, 1943)



Another child prodigy, the name Rachmaninov is permanently tied to that famous piece, Prelude in C sharp minor, the second ...

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Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev (Nizhny Novgorod 1837- St. Petersburg 1910)  

Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
(Nizhny Novgorod 1837- St. Petersburg 1910)



Balakirev , the soul of the Group of Five (César Cui, Modest Mussorgsky, Alexander Borodin and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov), proposed freeing ...

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Sergei Mikhailovich Lyapunov (Yaroslavl, 1859 - Paris, 1924)   

Sergei Mikhailovich Lyapunov
(Yaroslavl, 1859 - Paris, 1924)



A graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, Lyapunov was close to the Group of Five, the circle of musicians who favored ...

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Alfredo Casella (Turin 1883 – Rome 1947)  

Alfredo Casella
(Turin 1883 – Rome 1947)



Young Casella from Turin, completed his musical education in Paris where he studied the piano with the famous virtuoso Louis ...

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Jean Sibelius (Hämeenlinna, 1865 – Järvenpää, 1957)  

Jean Sibelius
(Hämeenlinna, 1865 – Järvenpää, 1957)



Sibelius was the musical symbol of the Finnish national identity. Born under Russian domination, he belongs to the trend in ...

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Olivier Messiaen  (1908-1992)  

Olivier Messiaen
(1908-1992)



A precocious talent, Messiaen entered the Conservatory of Paris at the age of 11 where he studied harmony counterpoint, fugue, ...

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