Undoubtedly Denmark’s most famous composer, but not internationally well-known, he grew up poor in a large family in the 19th century and developed a talent for music at a young age. In his compositions, he went against his roots and added foreign, romantic flavors to his music.
An Austrian composter, sometimes called “The Symphonist of Death,” he only wrote ten complete symphonies, all centered on death and the afterlife. His works were by and large ignored for 50 years after his death but eventually became appreciated for influencing 20th century classical music.
A German composer born in the early 19th century, he became one of the finest musical craftsmen of all time. He wrote four symphonies which are among the most recorded repertoire ever.
A great Hungarian pianist, renowned during the Romantic period, he was wholly original and a true master. He sightread “Grieg’s Piano Concerto,” playing it perfectly the first time. He’d written 700 compositions by the time he died.
A Russian composer that often defied Western musical convention, he innovated Russian music in his lifetime. He was known for his smash hit, “Night on Bald Mountain,” which is the third most recorded orchestral piece in history.