Post by Tex-Mex Alex A. Dex on Nov 23, 2008 22:42:09 GMT -5
Richard Wagner was a highly successful German composer in the Romantic period. He specialized in the production of operas, and was one of the first to plan both the script/score and the actions of the opera. Some of his most successful operas are Der Fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), Die WalkEe (The Valkyrie), and Siegfried. As for pieces played as standalone pieces (whether made as standalone or just played as such), notable ones are Siegfried Idyll, Faust Overture, and Bridal Chorus (from Lohengrin [Here Comes the Bride]).
George Frideric Handel was a Baroque composer that was born the same years as JS Bach and Scarlatti. He was a very skilled harpsichord and pipe organ player, and even went head to head with JS Bach in a Harpsichord and Pipe Organ off (he was the better Harpsichordist but worse Pipe Organist). He wrote a very large volume of work including keyboard pieces, operas, chamber music, and many choral works. Notable works include Messiah (Hallelujah movement especially) , Water Music, and Music for the Royal Fireworks.