Post by Tex-Mex Alex A. Dex on Dec 1, 2008 2:54:37 GMT -5
Joseph Hadyn was the father of the modern symphonies and string quartets. He standardized the form that would be used for generations. In his lifetime, he wrote 104 symphonies, and hundreds more of other works. He does not have a standout peice and so any will do. Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser is now Germany's national anthem if you want one that relates to today's world.
George Gershwin was one of America's most sucessful composers. His use of atonality was a significant contrast from the changes the Soviet composers were making at the time. He is also credited with being the first composer to sucessfully fuse Jazz and Classical elements into his songs. He died at age 34 of a brain tumor. His most famous work is Rhapsody in Blue.