10 centuries of classical music Composers (North America)

 

Copland or Stravinsky? Horner or Schoenberg? It is difficult for inquiring minds to tackle such abundant fields as classical music and opera, covering 10 centuries of history: there are thousands of composers. Making a selection of musicians, such as a “top 10” for example, is a difficult and subjective exercise. A musical selection is often the expression of personal preferences or artistic opinions, very interesting but also very different according to critics or musicologists, or simply influenced by the context: will an English composer not be instinctively privileged by an English critic?

For example: in France, Charles Gounod, a 19th century French composer, is more easily mentioned than the Norwegian Edvard Grieg, who is more recognized in the world.

Timeline of classical music composers in North America

Whoever wants to discover classical music or opera does not always have an experienced music lover, an expert or an educator at his or her side to support and guide him or her in these fields. So : Copland (American composer, composition teacher, writer, and conductor) or Stravinsky (Russian composer, pianist and conductor) ? Rózsa (Hungarian-American composer) or Bernstein (American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist) ? However, the knowledge available about musicians is enormous. It was processed to select the 10, 25, 50... most popular composers around the world, for those living or having lived en North America, . And this objectively, and for the first time (soClassiQ exclusivity).

Composers rendered as a timeline to bring a little perspective:

ComposersConductorsLyrical singersPerformers WorldwideEuropeNorth AmericaSouth AmericaAsiaOceaniaAfrica 2020

This timeline is interactive to navigate through the ages (from 1400), or eras : medieval music, renaissance, baroque music (Bach...), classical period (Mozart...), romantic music (Beethoven...), XXth (Stravinsky), or across continents (with ).

Top 10 classical musiccomposers in North America

Who are these greatest composers, the most famous in North America? The works of these musician have shaped the history of classical music and lyric art. There are those you probably know, or at least by name and the others.

Here are these 10 classical music composers, renowned artists from around the world:


Curious to know their most emblematic works? Just a click away to discover them.

The selections of musicians (classical music composers) proposed by soClassiQ are based exclusively on algorithms. The same applies to their works, the performers, the lyrical singers, les orchestras, the conductors and the venues : opera houses, concert halls or festivals.

What about the others? 25, 50 or more?

Summarizing to 10 musician names such a wide and diverse field may seem extreme or too simplistic for those who know classical music and lyrical art well, for those who can easily name 50 or more classical music composers. Maazel, Martinů, Glass, Weill, Barber, Gershwin, Williams...

At this time, soClassiQ has listed more than 18000 composers. So here is a selection of some composers, in North America, widely recognized around the world:

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Milton <strong>Babbitt</strong> Milton Babbitt10 centuries of classical music
1916-2011 (20th century)
Composer

Angelo <strong>Badalamenti</strong> Angelo Badalamenti10 centuries of classical music
age 83 (20th century)
Composer

Samuel <strong>Barber</strong> Samuel Barber10 centuries of classical music
1910-1981 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

John <strong>Barry</strong> John Barry10 centuries of classical music
1933-2011 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Béla <strong>Bartók</strong> Béla Bartók10 centuries of classical music
1881-1945 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Amy <strong>Beach</strong> Amy Beach10 centuries of classical music
1867-1944 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Joshua <strong>Bell</strong> Joshua Bell10 centuries of classical music
age 52 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Robert Russell Bennett10 centuries of classical music
1894-1981 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Cathy Berberian10 centuries of classical music
1925-1983 (20th century)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Elmer <strong>Bernstein</strong> Elmer Bernstein10 centuries of classical music
1922-2004 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Leonard <strong>Bernstein</strong> Leonard Bernstein10 centuries of classical music
1918-1990 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Ernest <strong>Bloch</strong> Ernest Bloch10 centuries of classical music
1880-1959 (20th century)
Composer

Jerry Bock10 centuries of classical music
1928-2010 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

William <strong>Bolcom</strong> William Bolcom10 centuries of classical music
age 82 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Victor <strong>Borge</strong> Victor Borge10 centuries of classical music
1909-2000 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Paul <strong>Bowles</strong> Paul Bowles10 centuries of classical music
1910-1999 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Glenn <strong>Branca</strong> Glenn Branca10 centuries of classical music
1948-2018 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Bruce Broughton10 centuries of classical music
age 75 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Leo <strong>Brouwer</strong> Leo Brouwer10 centuries of classical music
1939-2003 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Ole <strong>Bull</strong> Ole Bull10 centuries of classical music
1810-1880 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Adolf <strong>Busch</strong> Adolf Busch10 centuries of classical music
1891-1952 (20th century)
Performer & Composer


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Henry Kimball <strong>Hadley</strong> Henry Kimball Hadley10 centuries of classical music
1871-1937 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Marc-André <strong>Hamelin</strong> Marc-André Hamelin10 centuries of classical music
age 58 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Marvin <strong>Hamlisch</strong> Marvin Hamlisch10 centuries of classical music
1944-2012 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

W. C. <strong>Handy</strong> W. C. Handy10 centuries of classical music
1873-1958 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Howard <strong>Hanson</strong> Howard Hanson10 centuries of classical music
1896-1981 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Roy <strong>Harris</strong> Roy Harris10 centuries of classical music
1898-1979 (20th century)
Composer

Victor <strong>Herbert</strong> Victor Herbert10 centuries of classical music
1859-1924 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Bernard <strong>Herrmann</strong> Bernard Herrmann10 centuries of classical music
1911-1975 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Paul <strong>Hindemith</strong> Paul Hindemith10 centuries of classical music
1895-1963 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Josef <strong>Hofmann</strong> Josef Hofmann10 centuries of classical music
1876-1957 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

James <strong>Horner</strong> James Horner10 centuries of classical music
1953-2015 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Vladimir <strong>Horowitz</strong> Vladimir Horowitz10 centuries of classical music
1903-1989 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Alan <strong>Hovhaness</strong> Alan Hovhaness10 centuries of classical music
1911-2000 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

James Newton <strong>Howard</strong> James Newton Howard10 centuries of classical music
age 69 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer


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Louis Krasner10 centuries of classical music
1903-1995 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Fritz <strong>Kreisler</strong> Fritz Kreisler10 centuries of classical music
1875-1962 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Ernst <strong>Krenek</strong> Ernst Krenek10 centuries of classical music
1900-1991 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer


N

Conlon <strong>Nancarrow</strong> Conlon Nancarrow10 centuries of classical music
1912-1997 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Randy Newman10 centuries of classical music
age 76 (20th century)
Conductor, Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Ervin Nyiregyházi10 centuries of classical music
1903-1987 (20th century)
Performer & Composer


S

Curt <strong>Sachs</strong> Curt Sachs10 centuries of classical music
1881-1959 (20th century)
Composer

Lalo <strong>Schifrin</strong> Lalo Schifrin10 centuries of classical music
age 88 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Thomas Schippers10 centuries of classical music
1930-1977 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Arnold <strong>Schoenberg</strong> Arnold Schoenberg10 centuries of classical music
1874-1951 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Gunther <strong>Schuller</strong> Gunther Schuller10 centuries of classical music
1925-2015 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

William Schuman10 centuries of classical music
1910-1992 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Ruth Crawford <strong>Seeger</strong> Ruth Crawford Seeger10 centuries of classical music
1901-1953 (20th century)
Composer

Roger <strong>Sessions</strong> Roger Sessions10 centuries of classical music
1896-1985 (20th century)
Composer

Anoushka <strong>Shankar</strong> Anoushka Shankar10 centuries of classical music
age 39 (20th century)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Edward Shearmur10 centuries of classical music
age 54 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Howard <strong>Shore</strong> Howard Shore10 centuries of classical music
age 73 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Alexander <strong>Siloti</strong> Alexander Siloti10 centuries of classical music
1863-1945 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Leonard <strong>Slatkin</strong> Leonard Slatkin10 centuries of classical music
age 75 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Nicolas Slonimsky10 centuries of classical music
1894-1995 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Dang Thai <strong>Son</strong> Dang Thai Son10 centuries of classical music
age 62 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Stephen <strong>Sondheim</strong> Stephen Sondheim10 centuries of classical music
age 90 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

John Philip <strong>Sousa</strong> John Philip Sousa10 centuries of classical music
1854-1932 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Max <strong>Steiner</strong> Max Steiner10 centuries of classical music
1888-1971 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Jim Steinman10 centuries of classical music
age 72 (20th century)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Eduard Steuermann10 centuries of classical music
1892-1964 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Fritz Stiedry10 centuries of classical music
1883-1968 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

William Grant <strong>Still</strong> William Grant Still10 centuries of classical music
1895-1978 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Igor <strong>Stravinsky</strong> Igor Stravinsky10 centuries of classical music
1882-1971 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Frank Van der <strong>Stucken</strong> Frank Van der Stucken10 centuries of classical music
1858-1929 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Zoltán Székely10 centuries of classical music
1903-2001 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

George <strong>Szell</strong> George Szell10 centuries of classical music
1897-1970 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Albert Szirmai10 centuries of classical music
1880-1967 (20th century)
Composer


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Alexander <strong>Tcherepnin</strong> Alexander Tcherepnin10 centuries of classical music
1899-1977 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Michael Tilson <strong>Thomas</strong> Michael Tilson Thomas10 centuries of classical music
age 75 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Randall <strong>Thompson</strong> Randall Thompson10 centuries of classical music
1899-1984 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Virgil <strong>Thomson</strong> Virgil Thomson10 centuries of classical music
1896-1989 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Dimitri <strong>Tiomkin</strong> Dimitri Tiomkin10 centuries of classical music
1894-1979 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

David Tudor10 centuries of classical music
1926-1996 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Brian <strong>Tyler</strong> Brian Tyler10 centuries of classical music
age 48 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer


Z

Efrem Zimbalist10 centuries of classical music
1889-1985 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

John <strong>Zorn</strong> John Zorn10 centuries of classical music
age 66 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Some composers to be celebrated very soon

Next month, more than 30 important artists and musicians will be honoured. In September 2020 some of them may celebrate a special anniversary. For others, amateurs and enthusiasts will celebrate the bicentenary of their birth or the fiftieth anniversary of their death for example. Among them, some famous composers:

on 14, Luigi Cherubini (1760-1842), 260th anniversary (Birth),
on 20, Gilles Binchois (1400-1460), 560th anniversary (Death),
on 23, Alexander Arutiunian (1920-2012), 100th anniversary (Birth),
on 28, Florent Schmitt (1870-1958), 150th anniversary (Birth),
on 30, Johan Svendsen (1840-1911), 180th anniversary (Birth),
...

There are others to discover. And it is not too late to focus on the August 2020 celebrations (40+).

Always good opportunities to discover or deepen, (re)listen, explore the vastness and diversity of classical music...

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Last update : 2020-08-01

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