This authoritative volume provides a beautifully illustrated guide to the most influential composers of classical music. Starting from medieval times, the book gives detailed biographies covering the life and times of each composer, listing their most important works and placing them in their historical context. There are over 100 individual entries, from the pre-eminent Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, continuing up to modern composers such as Carter, Boulez and Stockhausen. The entries are accompanied by portraits or photographs of each composer, illustrations of the places where they lived and worked, and examples of their original manuscripts.
Wendy Thompson studied piano and violin at the Royal College of Music, London, and then musicology and French Baroque opera at King's College, London. She subsequently moved to publishing, working on the New Groove Dictionary of Music and the New Oxford Companion to Music, and was Editorial Director of Faber Music Limited from 1986-91.