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In chronological order:


Rossini - master of the bel canto ("beautiful song"), he was such a procrastinator that his agents locked him in a room until he completed his masterpieces.  William Tell Overture   

Schubert - The Erlking The poem    Wiki info   MuseScore


The lied (song) youtube

Schubert-AveMaria.mp3 MuseScore

Mendelssohn - Fanny & Felix, NPR Story
     Fanny & Felix

   No. 4, or the Italian Symphony 1st mvt Mendelssohn-Italian.mid    youtube    mp3

   The Wedding March  MuseScore

   Hark the Herald Angels Sing   MuseScore

Violin Concerto in E Minor, op. 64 (1844) - link

7 year-old girl :-)

Chopin -Minute Waltz Scorch file

Raindrop   tdata:  Chopin-PreludeInD-SharpMajor_Raindrop.mp3  youtube

Waltz in C# Minor
 music box

   Funeral March from Sonata Op.35

Schumann - Robert & Clara

Listen to "Traumerei" (or Reverie) on TData drive.- or view Horowitz in Moscow

Read about women composers
Fanny Mendelssohn - go          Clara Schumann - go      

Liszt - He was the first to use the term "recital".

"Liebestraum" (Dreams of Love) PDF   MP3 on TData server. Lang Lang on youtube

Wagner - Bridal Chorus Scorch file ---------------->

Verdi -   Verdi's name served as a convenient acronym for "Vittorio Emanuele, Re d'Italia" (King of Italy), so "Viva Verdi" became a popular battle cry of the Risorgimento. Much of Verdi's work promoted Italian unity---his operas include political assassinations, exhortations against tyranny, and jibes at French and Austrian monarchs. His most popular operas are Rigoletto (1851), La Traviata (1853), and Aida (1871). Aida was commissioned for the opening of the Cairo Opera House in 1870-1871.


Luciano Pavarotti in the role of Radames the doomed soldier.

Stephen Foster  Go here

What were two songs written by S. Foster? Dr Barber's page

Johannes Brahms Go here

Tchaikovsky  - Wrote music for ballets

    Trepak - from The Nutcracker Suite Tchaikovsky-nut-trep.mid    V
1812 Overture (16:28)

Dvorak -  In Iowa   

    Largo from the New World Symphony Dvorak-NewWorld.mp3

in class - Don Williams Miracles - tune from Largo

Rusalka's Song - O Silver Moon   sung by Renee Fleming   in class only

Puccini - the master of verismo opera (slices of contemporary, all-too-tragic realism), created Madame Butterfly, La BohŔme, Turandot and Tosca, which feature vulnerable women, usually dead by the last act.  

Luciano Pavarotti - "Nessun Dorma" from Turandot (double click on  image)

"Nessun Dorma" - sung by Jussi Bj÷rling

Johann Strauss II -  The Waltz King

    Tales from the Vienna Woods StraussII-viennawoods.mid

Blue Danube - in 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY


Modest Mussorgsky 1839-1881

(Russian Nationalist composer) my page


Napoleon Bonaparte


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Mary Shelley's  Frankenstein



Herman Melville

Edgar Allen Poe

"Depend upon it, after all, Thomas, Literature is the most noble of professions. In fact, it is about the only one fit for a man. For my own part, there is no seducing me from the path." Ś from a letter by Edgar Allan Poe to Frederick W. Thomas (February 14, 1849).

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Karl Marx (1818-1883)

Queen Victoria (1819-1901)


 Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Monet (1840-1926)


FBI Most Wanted

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1849-1930)

Vincent van Gogh - 1853-1890

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Toulouse-Lautrec 1864-1901

Moulin Rouge



Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries"


Outdoor production of Aida in Verona, Italy.

Cairo Opera House

Cairo Opera House - 1869-1971



Foster note

Stephen Foster's final note


"Nessun Dorma"

The Prince
Nessun dorma, nessun dorma ...
Tu pure, o Principessa,
Nella tua fredda stanza,
Guardi le stelle
Che tremano d'amore
E di speranza.

No one sleeps, no one sleeps...
Even you, o Princess,
In your cold room,
Watch the stars,
That tremble with love
And with hope.

Ma il mio mistero Ŕ chiuso in me,
Il nome mio nessun saprÓ, no, no,
Sulla tua bocca lo dir˛
Quando la luce splenderÓ,
Ed il mio bacio scioglierÓ il silenzio
Che ti fa mia. But my secret is hidden within me;
My name no one shall know, no, no,
On your mouth I will speak it*
When the light shines,
And my kiss will dissolve the silence
That makes you mine.

Il nome suo nessun saprÓ
E noi dovrem, ahimŔ, morir.

No one will know his name
And we must, alas, die.

The Prince
Dilegua, o notte!
Tramontate, stelle!
All'alba vincer˛!

Vanish, o night!
Set**, stars!

At daybreak, I shall conquer!


Blue Danube - double click above

Do you know....?

Who was America's first professional songwriter?

Who was the composer who traveled to Scotland and Italy and wrote music influenced by those places and the music that he heard?

Who were the three characters in "The Erlking"? What is the plot of  this song?

Name two composers of opera from the Romantic Period.

What two artistically, politically, and philosophically diverse German composers share the honor of having their music played the most at  weddings in the USA?

Name two writers/authors of the Romantic Period. (not composers)

Tell about one artist from the Romantic Period and one of his most famous paintings.

When and why did Tchaikovsky write "1812" Festival Overture?

WHY did Mussorgsky write Pictures at an Exhibition?