Composers

York Bowen

Edwin York Bowen was born  February 22, 1884   in Crouch Hill , London  and died  November 23, 1961 after several decades  as a talented musician and composing over 160 musical works many of which remained unpublished and unperformed until after his death.  His music falls in the category of Romantic with rich harmonic language. He …

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Franz Berwald – the founder of Romanticism in Swedish Music

Franz Berwald was one of those wonderful composers  who could almost never get his music to become appreciated during his lifetime.  He was born in Stockholm  Sweden on July 23, 1795  and he died in Stockholm Sweden on April 3, 1868.  He was the first Swedish composer of the Romantic symphony. While he was slightly …

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Adolphe Blanc-A composer whose music should be heard more often.

  Adolphe Blanc  is a composer whose music should really be heard and played far more often. Adolphe Blanc A composer whose music should be heard The septet  he composed in 1860   we in the Charles River Sinfonietta  have greatly enjoyed playing and performing and really deserves to be heard much more.   Not only is …

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Ernst Bloch, a great composer of the 20th century whose music we can’t forget

Ernst Bloch, a great composer of the 20th century whose music we can’t forget,  was born  to jewish parents on July 24, 1880 and grew up in Geneva Switzerland.   He studied violin and composition in his native city with Louis Rey and Jaques-Dalcroze starting at the age of 9.  He then traveled to  Brussels Belgium …

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Heinrich Hofmann, another wonderful romantic composer whose music has been forgotten

Heinrich Hofmann  was a wonderful romantic composer whose music  has almost been completely forgotten since he died and deserves to be brought back to the concert stage  and more once again.  With some of the grants the Charles River Sinfonietta got for 2020 we hope to give some performances including Heinrich Hofmann’s  Serenade for flute,  …

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Franz Berwald. A Forgotten Composer Making A Comeback

  Franz Berwald  A Forgotten Composer Making A Comeback was a Swedish composer born in Stockholm in 1796.  His father was a German born violinist, and Franz, although he got some advice from his father, was mostly self taught..  At 16 he joined the Royal Opera Orchestra and started to compose.  His Septet for violin …

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Florian Leopold Gassmann(1729-1774), another composer who should be recognized

  Florian Leopold Gassmann is another composer whose music deserves to be more well known.  His early life remains mostly a mystery.  He was born in Brux, a small town  slightly northwest of Prague in 1729 and he learned violin, harp, and singing, studying with Johann Woborschil . However his father, a goldsmith,  was opposed  …

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