Introduction to Classical Composers

We’re going to take a different approach to our study of Classical composers than we did with earlier periods. Rather than study a chronological progression of composers who contributed to the evolution of Classical style, we’ll examine in greater depth the lives and music of the composers whose work represents the highest achievements of the era. This section contains the readings on the three composers we study from the Classical era: Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.

This section includes the following pages:

  • Slide Show: Classical Composers
  • Franz Joseph Haydn
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Symphony No. 5 in C minor