Aquarius (Sorted by Birth Date Ascending)
Soundtrack | Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Arcangelo Corelli was born February 17, 1653, in Fusignano, Italy. He studied violin with Bassani at the Music school in Bologna. In Rome he studied composition under Matteo Simeoni, the singer of the pope's chapel. Corelli established himself as composer and violinist in the 1670s. In 1672 he made...
8. Aaron Hill
Art Department | Maze of Fate
English playwright and manager noted for his attempt to meld English and Italian operatic conventions. William Collier appointed Hill manager of Drury Lane at the age of 24. Whether he actually wrote the libretto of "Rinaldo" in English or designed the plot for 'Giacomo Rossi' and then translated ...
Writer | El juego del amor y del azar
Pierre de Marivaux was born in Paris, the son of a royal mint military official. He spent his childhood in the provinces and returned to the capital at 22. He studied law, but he spent his time writing. He became the most important French playwright of the 18th Century, writing numerous comedies. ...
Soundtrack | Barry Lyndon
Third king of Prussia, 1740-86. Known as a brilliant military strategist who, through a combination of diplomatic initiatives and military campaigns, greatly expanded the scope and extent of the Prussian empire and made it the premier military power in Europe for many years.
Writer | Nathan der Weise
Son of a vicar. Studied theology, philosophy and medicine. First writings 1747 (poems, stories and first dramas). Moved to Berlin 1748 to live as a critic for the Berlinische Privelegierte Zeitung. Writer of famous plays including Nathan, der Weise (1779) and Minna von Barnhelm (1767).
Writer | El barbero de Sevilla
He established in 1777 the basis of the SACD (Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques). That French authors and composers' association was presided by many important writers like Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas fils, Victorien Sardou and Ludovic Halévy.
Italian librettist and writer on music. He was editor of the Gazzetta di Milano from 1792 to 1796, but his anti-French sentiments got him in trouble during the French occupation of Lombardy and he moved to Vienna. He wrote biographies of Franz Joseph Haydn and Gioachino Rossini, the former of which...
Soundtrack | Amadeus
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart grew up in Salzburg under the regulation of his strict father Leopold who also was a famous composer of his time. His abilities in music were obvious even when Mozart was still young so that in 1762 at the age of six, his father took him with his elder sister on a concert ...
19. Robert Burns
Soundtrack | The Jacket
Robert Burns was born to a poor farming family in the Lowlands of Scotland in 1759. During his adult years he wrote several volumes of poetry that were well received. By the time of his death he was considered the poet laureate of Scotland, and is still considered so by many to this day. Among his ...
Music Department | La victoire en chantant
French author and playwright, he had also political influence during the French revolution. He is the younger brother of the poet André Chénier (Istanbul, Turkey 30 October 1762- guillotined 25 July 1794 Paris). André's life inspired movies and one opera by Umberto Giordano.
21. Thomas Malthus
Thomas Malthus was born on February 13, 1766 in Surrey, England. He died on December 29, 1834 in Bath, Somerset, England.
William Henry Harrison was born on February 9, 1773 in Charles City, Virginia, USA. He was married to Anna Symmes. He died on April 4, 1841 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA.
26. E.T.A. Hoffmann
Writer | The Sandman
E.T.A. Hoffmann was born on the 24th of January 1776 in Königsberg (now Russia) as the son of a lawyer. After his father's death he has a very bad childhood ending when he went to university to study law between 1792-95. He managed to get into the bureaucratic services of the state Prussia, but was...
Writer | The Red and the Black
A foremost French writer of the Romantic era, Stendhal was born Marie-Henri Beyle in Grenoble, France in 1783. A loyal Bonapartist he followed Napoleon closely during his military campaigns Stendhal's novels reflect his intense love of Italy, his political convictions and the moral and ...
33. Lord Byron
Writer | Don Juan DeMarco
Lord Byron seemed destined from birth to tragedy. His father was the handsome but feckless Captain John "Mad Jack" Byron and his mother the Scottish heiress Catherine Gordon, the only child of the Laird of Gight.
Captain Byron abandoned his wife and child leaving Catherine to bring up young Byron on...
42. Franz Schubert
Soundtrack | Minority Report
Schubert was musically educated at the "Hofkapelle" in Vienna where he sang as a boy but then had to quit in order to help his father at school. Four years later, he became an independent composer and was destined to live in poverty from then onwards. Having an introverted personality, Schubert ...
Author and social reformer Lydia Marie Child was born on February 11, 1803, into a staunchly abolitionist family (a stance that was quite unpopular at the time). She attended a seminar for a year, and her social awareness was largely due to the influence of her brother, a Unitarian clergyman who ...
Writer | King Charles
British novelist William Harrison Ainsworth's career lasted so long (60 years) and his output was so prolific that some critics have termed him "the king of historical potboilers". His most lasting of the many books he wrote is probably the series about the infamous highwayman Dick Turpin, which ...