The lives and music of some composers would demonstrate how that is not always the case. Here, it could be said that life is short but the art lives for ever.
Of the eight composers whose works we heard in the month of June, four of them died early in life: Schubert (31), Mozart (35), Chopin (39) and Beethoven (57). All four lived in the one hundred year period from 1728 to 1828, yet their music seems to be immortal.
Of the other four, their ages and music output covered a wider time frame (Corelli was 60 when he died, Grieg 64, Rachmaninoff 70, and Haydn 75) - nearly 300 years from 1653 - 1943. The two youngest were the most prolific in terms of their compositional life – Schubert with some 1500 works to his name and Mozart perhaps about 1000, although only a little over 600 have been catalogued to date.
You can read about them, the works selected and listen to the recordings by clicking on the links below.
Corelli - Concerto Grosso Opus 6 No.4
Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2
Grieg - Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
Beethoven - Sextet for Two Horns and String Quartet
Haydn - Sinfonia Concertante
Schubert - Symphony No.3
Chopin - Nocturne in D flat major
Mozart - Clarinet Quintet