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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The Seven Greatest Neglected Composers
Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
Josquin des Prez (1450 - 1521)
Jean Sibelius (1865 - 1957)
Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919 - 1996)
François Couperin le Grand (1668 - 1733)
Guillaume DuFay (1397 - 1474)
Hector Berlioz (1803 - 1869)
These are composers who wrote wonderful, brilliant, expressive music, but who, for various reasons, tend to be neglected. For several of them, it is simply because they lived at a time remote from our own and their music is unfamiliar for that reason (Josquin des Prez). For others, they have been neglected for ideological reasons (Sibelius) or historic ones (Weinberg) or just because they were surrounded by even more famous composers (Haydn).