Nevin was an American composer and pianist. He was born on November 25, 1862, at Vineacre, in Edgeworth, Pennsylvania. From a young age, he was musically inclined. He began playing the piano at the age of four and studied in Dresden under Von Böhme. In 1878, he attended Western University but that left at the … Continue reading E. Nevin: La Pastorella Op.21 No.6
Gustav Merkel was a German organist and composer. He was born on November 12, 1827, in Oberoderwitz, Kingdom of Saxony and was dead on October 30, 1885, in Dresden. He studied piano with Schumann's father in law, Friedrich Wieck. He spent most of his career in Dresden, concentrating on organ-playing from 1858. A Lutheran himself, he nevertheless … Continue reading G. Merkel: Berceuse Op.18 No.4
The Waltz Op. 69 n. 1 is a waltz for solo piano was written by Frédéric Chopin in September 1835 and is also known by the title apocryphal Waltz farewell. According to Wodzinski's book in the volume Le Trois Romans De Frédéric Chopin, the piece was inspired by the composer Maria Wodzińska when he was about … Continue reading F. Chopin: Valse Op. 69, No. 1
Gustav Lange was a German composer known mainly for his wonderful melodious salon music. He was born in Schwerstedt near Erfurt, August,13 in 1830 and was dead in Wernigerode July,20 in 1889. He received initial musical training from his father on the piano and organ, followed by conservatory studies in piano, organ, thorough bass, and composition. His teachers … Continue reading Gustav Lange: Blumenlied Op. 39 (Flower Song)
Michał Kleofas Ogiński was born in Guzów, Żyrardów County near Warsaw September,25 in 1765 and was dead in Florence, Italy October, 15 in 1833. He was buried in the Pantheon of great personalities in the Church of Santa Croce in Florence near to Galileo, Michelangelo, Rossini, Machiavelli, Czartoryski Princesses. He was a Polish diplomat and politician Grand Treasurer of Lithuania and a senator of Tsar Alexander I. He was also a composer of the earliest romantic music and this polonaise explain very good his composition's style.
Anton de Kontski was a polish pianist and composer born October 27, 1817 in Kraków and death in the same city December 7, 1899. In polish language his name is wrote: Antoni Kątski and in french: Antoine de Kontski. He was sometimes also called “Chevalier.” Anton was a student of John Field in Moscow and was considered a child prodigy. About his life we know that he performed a concert together with Chopin in 1845 in Paris. This piece is a Meditation about the history of the Ungru Castle Ruines.
The Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op. posth., called also Lento con gran espressione was composed by Frédéric Chopin in 1830 and published posthumous in 1870. Chopin dedicated this composition to his older sister, Ludwika Chopin, with the statement: "To my sister Ludwika as an exercise before beginning the study of my second Concerto". It is sometimes also called Reminiscence.
Chopin's 24 preludes Op. 28 were originally published in 1839 and are a set of short pieces for the piano, one in each of the major and minor keys. He wrote them between 1835 and 1839 partly at Valldemossa and partly at Majorca where he spent the winter of 1838–39 and where he had fled with George Sand and her children to escape from damp Paris weather.
The Prelude Op. 28 No. 4 was composed by Frédéric Chopin and is one of his 24 preludes. We know that this beautiful piece was played at his own funeral according to Chopin's request. The prelude was called also "Suffocation" by Hans von Bülow for its sense of despair. In fact last dynamic marking is smorzando, which means "dying away".
J.S. Bach was a German composer of the Baroque period. His prelude N. 1 in C major, BWV 846 is a keyboard composition part of the his first book of The Well-Tempered Clavier, a series of 48 preludes and fugues. The prelude consist in a piece without melody, but it is better to define it like a chords' melody.