Hungarian Dance No 5, in F sharp minorComposer: Johannes BrahmsJohannes Brahms was born in Hamburg, Germany, on the 7th of May, 1833 and died on 3rd of April, 1897. His father, Jakob, was his music teacher, as he was a musician himself; he was a horn player in the Hamburg militia. Brahms studied pre-classical music and was greatly influenced by Robert Schumann, Mozart and other notable musicians of the romantic period. His most acclaimed works include the Hungarian Dances (21 dances in total), which he completed by 1839, Die Mainacht, Piano Quartet Op. 26, Symphony No. 1, Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 52 and The Horn Trio. The Second Waltz, Op. 99, in C minorComposer: Dmitri ShostakovichDmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich was a Russian composer, born on Sept. 12, 1906, in St. Petersburg, Russia and died on Aug. 9, 1975, Moscow, Russia, U.S.S.R. At thirteen years of age, Dmitri enrolled into the Petrograd (St.Petersburg) Conservatory of Music, while he wrote his first symphony when he was nineteen. His orchestral works include 15 symphonies and six concerti, but he wrote opera, chamber and piano pieces as well as film music. In 1964, he composed the music for the Russian version of Hamlet, and The Second Waltz was a part of the soundtrack for The First Echelon (1956). Even though he is considered one of the greatest melodists of the 20th century, Shostakovich, more often than not, fell out of favour with the Soviet government; his first denunciation was in 1936 when the era of Great Terror began.Arabesque, in F minorComposer: Samuel R. HazoSamuel Robert Hazo is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based composer of concert band music, who was born in 1966. Aside from composing, Hazo taught music kindergarten through college, and his compositions have been performed by various ensembles which involve Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, the Birmingham Symphonic Winds, and the Klavier Wind Project. Aside from Arabesque, Hazo’s most notable works include Mountain Thyme, Glorificare, and Bridges, which were composed to pay tribute to the victims of school shooting in Virginia. Currently, Samuel Hazo is a member of American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers and works as a lecturer and clinician for Hal Leonard Corporation.