Bedřich Smetana - musical prodigy widely considered the father of Czech music. Composed some of the most beautiful, evocative, and moving music, including my personal favorite, Die Moldau. Wrote music for pro-democracy revolutionaries and even helped man Charles Bridge as a member of the Citizens’ Army. Continued composing even when he went completely deaf.
Guillaume Lekeu (1870 – 1894) was a Belgian composer of classical music. Lekeu composed about 50 works, a number of them tragically incomplete. All have been recorded at least once, and several of them more than once, notably the G major Violin Sonata and the C minor Trio. His style, prophetic of early twentieth-century avant-garde French composers like Satie and Milhaud, was influenced by Franck, Wagner and Beethoven, although he was never a mere imitator of such formidable predecessors.
Isaac Albéniz (1860–1909) was a Spanish pianist and composer best known for his piano works based on folk music idioms. However, many of his works have been transcribed by Miguel Llobet and others for guitar, and many of his pieces such as Asturias (Leyenda), Granada, Sevilla, Cadiz, Cordoba, Cataluña, and the Tango in D are amongst the most important pieces for classical guitar.
Dinu Lipatti (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈdinu liˈpati]; 1 April [O.S. 19 March] 1917 – 2 December 1950) was a Romanian classical pianist and composer whose career was cut short by his death from Hodgkin's disease at age 33. He was elected posthumously to the Romanian Academy.
Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev(1891 – 1953) was a Russian composer, pianist and conductor & is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century. His best-known works are the five piano concertos, nine completed piano sonatas and seven symphonies. Besides many other works, Prokofiev also composed family favourites, such as the March from The Love for Three Oranges, the suite Lieutenant Kijé, the ballet Romeo and Juliet – from which "Dance of the Knights" is taken – and Peter and the…