The 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900) Europe

 

Brahms or Satie? Schumann or Wagner? 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, between 1850 and 1900 in Europe

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 : Brahms (German composer and pianist) or Satie (French composer and pianist) ? Offenbach (German-born French composer, cellist and impresario) or Mahler (Austrian late-Romantic composer) ? 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 Europe, between 1850 and 1900. And this objectively, and for the first time (soClassiQ exclusivity).

Composers rendered as a timeline to bring a little perspective:

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This timeline is interactive to navigate through the ages , 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 Europe for the years 1850-1900

Who are these greatest composers, the most famous over the 1850-1900 era in Europe? 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. Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Bizet, Glinka, Ravel, Stravinsky, Debussy...

At this time, soClassiQ has listed more than 18000 composers. So here is a selection of some composers for the years 1850-1900, in Europe, widely recognized around the world:

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Tekla Bądarzewska-BaranowskaThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1834-1861 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Mily <strong>Balakirev</strong> Mily BalakirevThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1837-1910 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Béla <strong>Bartók</strong> Béla BartókThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1881-1945 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Alban <strong>Berg</strong> Alban BergThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1885-1935 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Hector <strong>Berlioz</strong> Hector BerliozThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1803-1869 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Franz <strong>Berwald</strong> Franz BerwaldThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1796-1868 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Georges <strong>Bizet</strong> Georges BizetThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1838-1875 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Arrigo <strong>Boito</strong> Arrigo BoitoThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1842-1918 (Romantic)
Composer

Alexander <strong>Borodin</strong> Alexander BorodinThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1833-1887 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Lili <strong>Boulanger</strong> Lili BoulangerThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1893-1918 (20th century)
Composer

Nadia <strong>Boulanger</strong> Nadia BoulangerThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1887-1979 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Johannes <strong>Brahms</strong> Johannes BrahmsThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1833-1897 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Max <strong>Bruch</strong> Max BruchThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1838-1920 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Anton <strong>Bruckner</strong> Anton BrucknerThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1824-1896 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Ole <strong>Bull</strong> Ole BullThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1810-1880 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Hans von <strong>Bülow</strong> Hans von BülowThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1830-1894 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Friedrich <strong>Burgmüller</strong> Friedrich BurgmüllerThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1806-1874 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Ferruccio <strong>Busoni</strong> Ferruccio BusoniThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1866-1924 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer


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Alma <strong>Mahler</strong> Alma MahlerThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1879-1964 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Gustav <strong>Mahler</strong> Gustav MahlerThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1860-1911 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Gian Francesco <strong>Malipiero</strong> Gian Francesco MalipieroThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1882-1973 (20th century)
Composer

Heinrich <strong>Marschner</strong> Heinrich MarschnerThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1795-1861 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Frank <strong>Martin</strong> Frank MartinThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1890-1974 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Bohuslav <strong>Martinů</strong> Bohuslav MartinůThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1890-1959 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Pietro <strong>Mascagni</strong> Pietro MascagniThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1863-1945 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Jules <strong>Massenet</strong> Jules MassenetThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1842-1912 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Nikolai <strong>Medtner</strong> Nikolai MedtnerThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1879-1951 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Erkki <strong>Melartin</strong> Erkki MelartinThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1875-1937 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Willem <strong>Mengelberg</strong> Willem MengelbergThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1871-1951 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Saverio <strong>Mercadante</strong> Saverio MercadanteThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1795-1870 (Romantic)
Composer

Oskar <strong>Merikanto</strong> Oskar MerikantoThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1868-1924 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Giacomo <strong>Meyerbeer</strong> Giacomo MeyerbeerThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1791-1864 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Darius <strong>Milhaud</strong> Darius MilhaudThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1892-1974 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Dimitri <strong>Mitropoulos</strong> Dimitri MitropoulosThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1896-1960 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Stevan Stojanović <strong>Mokranjac</strong> Stevan Stojanović MokranjacThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1856-1914 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Stanisław <strong>Moniuszko</strong> Stanisław MoniuszkoThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1819-1872 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Moritz <strong>Moszkowski</strong> Moritz MoszkowskiThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1854-1925 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Modest Petrovich <strong>Mussorgsky</strong> Modest Petrovich MussorgskyThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1839-1881 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Nikolai <strong>Myaskovsky</strong> Nikolai MyaskovskyThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1881-1950 (20th century)
Composer


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Camille <strong>Saint-Saëns</strong> Camille Saint-SaënsThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1835-1921 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Pablo de <strong>Sarasate</strong> Pablo de SarasateThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1844-1908 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Erik <strong>Satie</strong> Erik SatieThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1866-1925 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Artur <strong>Schnabel</strong> Artur SchnabelThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1882-1951 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Arnold <strong>Schoenberg</strong> Arnold SchoenbergThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1874-1951 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Clara <strong>Schumann</strong> Clara SchumannThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1819-1896 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Robert <strong>Schumann</strong> Robert SchumannThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1810-1856 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Alexander <strong>Scriabin</strong> Alexander ScriabinThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1872-1915 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Jean <strong>Sibelius</strong> Jean SibeliusThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1865-1957 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Christian <strong>Sinding</strong> Christian SindingThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1856-1941 (Romantic)
Composer

Bedřich <strong>Smetana</strong> Bedřich SmetanaThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1824-1884 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Alexander <strong>Spendiaryan</strong> Alexander SpendiaryanThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1871-1928 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Louis <strong>Spohr</strong> Louis SpohrThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1784-1859 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Gaspare <strong>Spontini</strong> Gaspare SpontiniThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1774-1851 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Charles Villiers <strong>Stanford</strong> Charles Villiers StanfordThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1852-1924 (Romantic)
Composer

Wilhelm <strong>Stenhammar</strong> Wilhelm StenhammarThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1871-1927 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Leopold <strong>Stokowski</strong> Leopold StokowskiThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1882-1977 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Robert <strong>Stolz</strong> Robert StolzThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1880-1975 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Oscar <strong>Straus</strong> Oscar StrausThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1870-1954 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Eduard <strong>Strauss</strong> Eduard StraussThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1835-1916 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Josef <strong>Strauss</strong> Josef StraussThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1827-1870 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Richard <strong>Strauss</strong> Richard StraussThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1864-1949 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Igor <strong>Stravinsky</strong> Igor StravinskyThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1882-1971 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Josef <strong>Suk</strong> Josef SukThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1874-1935 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Arthur <strong>Sullivan</strong> Arthur SullivanThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1842-1900 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Franz von <strong>Suppè</strong> Franz von SuppèThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1819-1895 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Johan <strong>Svendsen</strong> Johan SvendsenThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1840-1911 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

George <strong>Szell</strong> George SzellThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1897-1970 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Karol <strong>Szymanowski</strong> Karol SzymanowskiThe 19th-century classical music composers (1850-1900)
1882-1937 (20th century)
Performer & Composer


Some composers to be celebrated very soon

Next month, more than 40 important artists and musicians will be honoured. In November 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 8, César Franck (1822-1890), 130th anniversary (Death),
on 12, Henryk Gorecki (1933-2010), 10th anniversary (Death),
on 14, Aaron Copland (1900-1990), 120th anniversary (Birth),
on 18, Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941), 160th anniversary (Birth),
on 22, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710-1784), 310th anniversary (Birth),
...

There are others to discover. And it is not too late to focus on the October 2020 celebrations (30+).

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

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Last update : 2020-10-01

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