What People Are Saying . . .

“The Classical Composers poster is not only beautiful and historically accurate, but a lovely addition to our office. We’re proud to display it here in Sacramento!”
Kris Sinclair, Executive Director, Association of California Symphony Orchestras

 

“The poster is spectacular! During all of my time at University studying music I never came across such a comprehensive chart. It is sure to get lots of notice in my office.”
Lori-Ann Jensen, Podium Music, London, Canada

 

“I would kill for one.”
Carlo Gesualdo, (c. 1561-1613)
(A gifted and troubled Renaissance composer, Gesualdo is renowned for the often striking harmonies and dissonances in his madrigals and sacred pieces. He is also notorious for having his first wife and her lover murdered in 1590.)

“The poster takes the spot of honour on a wall of my office. I can’t tell you how much time I spend staring at it while I’m thinking. Thanks again for all of your help.”
Jan Chandler, Strathfieldsaye, Australia

 

“You can’t imagine how pleased we were to receive one of these posters as a gift. Not since about 1966 had we seen anything similar. We have been searching high and low these many years for something like it!”
Derk & Elsie Gysbers, Davis, CA
 

“Thanks for your beautiful poster. I am a piano teacher and I have it proudly displayed in my music studio. Now I am going to order another one for my house. I need it with me at all times! What an inspiration!”
M. Bell, Staten Island, NY

 

“More composers than you can shake a stick at.”
Jean-Baptiste Lully, (1632-1687)
(Lully was an important composer of dramatic and sacred music who served in the court of Louis XIV. His death in 1687 resulted from a foot injury sustained while beating time with a cane during a performance.)

“Thanks for the speedy despatch to England. Love the posters, and are framing the one we’re keeping for ourselves. We’ve sent one to our daughter who’s studying ‘cello at the Royal Northern College of Music, and she’s finding it very helpful with her studies too – she has it on her wall, and it’s much admired.”
Tony Hardisty, E. Grinstead, U.K.

 

“The poster is very well thought out and of superior quality. Many thanks also for your prompt despatch and for packing it so thoughtfully–excellent service all round.”
Susan Jarrett, Melbourne, Australia

 

“Your poster is hanging in our den as an intriguing art piece: A concise history of who’s who in classical music in a form which is decorative, informative and discussion-producing.”
Len Rauch, Lutherville, MD

 

“This is a musical offering you can’t refuse.”
J. S. Bach, (1685-1750)
(Among Bach’s numerous masterpieces in almost every genre is The Musical Offering, a set of short pieces based on a theme by Frederick the Great that demonstrates the composer’s extraordinary contrapuntal skills. “An offer you can’t refuse” is a phrase that was popularized in the Godfather movies. This is not a particularly clever joke.)

“The poster is one of the most remarkable printed documents I have ever seen. As someone involved in book publishing, I can only imagine the challenges involved in designing and printing it.”
Ken Quinn, Heidelberg, Germany

 

“An essential learning tool for every school library and music room.”
President, P.T.A., Ojai (California) Unified School District

 

“The best Götterdämmerungen poster I’ve ever seen!”
Richard Wagner, (1813-1883)
(One of the major figures in the history of dramatic music, Wagner composed a massive cycle of four operas titled Der Ring des Nibelungen between 1869 and 1876. The final part is Götterdämmerung (“Twilight of the Gods”), the title of which might be confused with a bogus German-English expletive.)

“Studying Music History in college, I struggled with keeping composers’ dates and timeframes in order. Looking back, I wish I would have had such a comprehensive and thoughtfully laid out timeline of composers to study. I know that I will use the poster during my graduate study and for years to come!”
Nathan Burggraff, Graduate Student, Eastman School of Music (Philadelphia, PA)

 

“I’m going to buy 2001 of them.”
Richard Strauss, (1864-1949)
(Strauss is perhaps the most important composer of symphonic poems, which he called “tone poems.” These are orchestral works, usually in one movement, that tell a story or depict particular places or things. The opening section of one of these, Also sprach Zarathustra [“Thus Spoke Zarathustra”], quickly became his best-known piece of music after Stanley Kubrick appropriated it for use in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.)

“I’m really pleased to find such a thorough and well-organized presentation of a composers timeline with so much information. I’m sure many will be asking where to get one.”
Randy Fisher, Education Coordinator, Virginia Symphony

 

The Classical Composers Poster brings the third dimension to the knowledge of music.
Sahnur Agaik, Istanbul, Turkey

 

“I love! love! love! my poster – and so does everyone else who comes into my office! I’ve even used it for research purposes at work. This is REAL art – functional, as well as beautiful! Thank you!”
Lloyd Hardy, Los Angeles, CA

 

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John Cage, (1912-1992)
(A central figure in twentieth-century experimental music, John Cage pioneered such techniques as the “prepared piano”; indeterminate or aleatory music, in which chance plays an important role; and the incorporation of electronic elements in live performance. Among his best-known pieces is 4′ 33″, in which a pianist sits in front of a piano for four minutes and 33 seconds without playing. Cage also wrote a book called Silence.)