The 20th-century classical music composers

 

Bernstein or Horowitz? Sibelius or Prokofiev? 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 1900 and 2000+

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 : Bernstein (American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist) or Horowitz (American classical pianist and composer) ? Morricone (Italian composer, orchestrator and conductor (1928-2020)) or Dvořák (Czech 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 between 1900 and 2000+. 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 2021

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 for the years 1900-2000+

Who are these greatest composers, the most famous over the 1900-2000+ era? 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. Grieg, Rostropovich, Puccini, Balakirev, Rachmaninoff, Williams, Mahler...

At this time, soClassiQ has listed more than 18000 composers. So here is a selection of some composers for the years 1900-2000+, widely recognized around the world:

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Mily <strong>Balakirev</strong> Mily BalakirevThe 20th-century classical music composers
1837-1910 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Samuel <strong>Barber</strong> Samuel BarberThe 20th-century classical music composers
1910-1981 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

John <strong>Barry</strong> John BarryThe 20th-century classical music composers
1933-2011 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

Amy <strong>Beach</strong> Amy BeachThe 20th-century classical music composers
1867-1944 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Joshua <strong>Bell</strong> Joshua BellThe 20th-century classical music composers
age 52 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

Luciano <strong>Berio</strong> Luciano BerioThe 20th-century classical music composers
1925-2003 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

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

Andrea <strong>Bocelli</strong> Andrea BocelliThe 20th-century classical music composers
age 62 (20th century)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

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

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

Pierre <strong>Boulez</strong> Pierre BoulezThe 20th-century classical music composers
1925-2016 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Julian <strong>Bream</strong> Julian BreamThe 20th-century classical music composers
1933-2020 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Benjamin <strong>Britten</strong> Benjamin BrittenThe 20th-century classical music composers
1913-1976 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Max <strong>Bruch</strong> Max BruchThe 20th-century classical music composers
1838-1920 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Ferruccio <strong>Busoni</strong> Ferruccio BusoniThe 20th-century classical music composers
1866-1924 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer


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George <strong>Gershwin</strong> George GershwinThe 20th-century classical music composers
1898-1937 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Michael <strong>Giacchino</strong> Michael GiacchinoThe 20th-century classical music composers
age 52 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Alberto <strong>Ginastera</strong> Alberto GinasteraThe 20th-century classical music composers
1916-1983 (20th century)
Composer

Umberto <strong>Giordano</strong> Umberto GiordanoThe 20th-century classical music composers
1867-1948 (20th century)
Composer

Philip <strong>Glass</strong> Philip GlassThe 20th-century classical music composers
age 83 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Alexander <strong>Glazunov</strong> Alexander GlazunovThe 20th-century classical music composers
1865-1936 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Reinhold <strong>Glière</strong> Reinhold GlièreThe 20th-century classical music composers
1874-1956 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Jerry <strong>Goldsmith</strong> Jerry GoldsmithThe 20th-century classical music composers
1929-2004 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Henryk <strong>Gorecki</strong> Henryk GoreckiThe 20th-century classical music composers
1933-2010 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Glenn <strong>Gould</strong> Glenn GouldThe 20th-century classical music composers
1932-1982 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Percy <strong>Grainger</strong> Percy GraingerThe 20th-century classical music composers
1882-1961 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Enrique <strong>Granados</strong> Enrique GranadosThe 20th-century classical music composers
1867-1916 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Edvard <strong>Grieg</strong> Edvard GriegThe 20th-century classical music composers
1843-1907 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Sofia <strong>Gubaidulina</strong> Sofia GubaidulinaThe 20th-century classical music composers
age 88 (20th century)
Performer & Composer


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Yo-Yo <strong>Ma</strong> Yo-Yo MaThe 20th-century classical music composers
age 64 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Lorin <strong>Maazel</strong> Lorin MaazelThe 20th-century classical music composers
1930-2014 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Edward <strong>MacDowell</strong> Edward MacDowellThe 20th-century classical music composers
1860-1908 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Gustav <strong>Mahler</strong> Gustav MahlerThe 20th-century classical music composers
1860-1911 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

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

Clint <strong>Mansell</strong> Clint MansellThe 20th-century classical music composers
age 57 (20th century)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Neville <strong>Marriner</strong> Neville MarrinerThe 20th-century classical music composers
1924-2016 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

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

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

Jules <strong>Massenet</strong> Jules MassenetThe 20th-century classical music composers
1842-1912 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

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

Olivier <strong>Messiaen</strong> Olivier MessiaenThe 20th-century classical music composers
1908-1992 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

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

Stevan Stojanović <strong>Mokranjac</strong> Stevan Stojanović MokranjacThe 20th-century classical music composers
1856-1914 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Ennio <strong>Morricone</strong> Ennio MorriconeThe 20th-century classical music composers
1928-2020 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Moritz <strong>Moszkowski</strong> Moritz MoszkowskiThe 20th-century classical music composers
1854-1925 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

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


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Carl <strong>Nielsen</strong> Carl NielsenThe 20th-century classical music composers
1865-1931 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Luigi <strong>Nono</strong> Luigi NonoThe 20th-century classical music composers
1924-1990 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer


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Sergei <strong>Rachmaninoff</strong> Sergei RachmaninoffThe 20th-century classical music composers
1873-1943 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Einojuhani <strong>Rautavaara</strong> Einojuhani RautavaaraThe 20th-century classical music composers
1928-2016 (20th century)
Composer

Maurice <strong>Ravel</strong> Maurice RavelThe 20th-century classical music composers
1875-1937 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Max <strong>Reger</strong> Max RegerThe 20th-century classical music composers
1873-1916 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Ottorino <strong>Respighi</strong> Ottorino RespighiThe 20th-century classical music composers
1879-1936 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Karl <strong>Richter</strong> Karl RichterThe 20th-century classical music composers
1926-1981 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Sviatoslav <strong>Richter</strong> Sviatoslav RichterThe 20th-century classical music composers
1915-1997 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

André <strong>Rieu</strong> André RieuThe 20th-century classical music composers
age 71 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Nikolai <strong>Rimsky-Korsakov</strong> Nikolai Rimsky-KorsakovThe 20th-century classical music composers
1844-1908 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Joaquín <strong>Rodrigo</strong> Joaquín RodrigoThe 20th-century classical music composers
1901-1999 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Mstislav <strong>Rostropovich</strong> Mstislav RostropovichThe 20th-century classical music composers
1927-2007 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Nino <strong>Rota</strong> Nino RotaThe 20th-century classical music composers
1911-1979 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Miklós <strong>Rózsa</strong> Miklós RózsaThe 20th-century classical music composers
1907-1995 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer


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Camille <strong>Saint-Saëns</strong> Camille Saint-SaënsThe 20th-century classical music composers
1835-1921 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Esa-Pekka <strong>Salonen</strong> Esa-Pekka SalonenThe 20th-century classical music composers
age 62 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Pablo de <strong>Sarasate</strong> Pablo de SarasateThe 20th-century classical music composers
1844-1908 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Erik <strong>Satie</strong> Erik SatieThe 20th-century classical music composers
1866-1925 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Jordi <strong>Savall</strong> Jordi SavallThe 20th-century classical music composers
age 79 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Fazıl <strong>Say</strong> Fazıl SayThe 20th-century classical music composers
age 50 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

András <strong>Schiff</strong> András SchiffThe 20th-century classical music composers
age 66 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

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

Alfred <strong>Schnittke</strong> Alfred SchnittkeThe 20th-century classical music composers
1934-1998 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

Alexander <strong>Scriabin</strong> Alexander ScriabinThe 20th-century classical music composers
1872-1915 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Rodion <strong>Shchedrin</strong> Rodion ShchedrinThe 20th-century classical music composers
age 87 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Howard <strong>Shore</strong> Howard ShoreThe 20th-century classical music composers
age 73 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Dmitri <strong>Shostakovich</strong> Dmitri ShostakovichThe 20th-century classical music composers
1906-1975 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

Christian <strong>Sinding</strong> Christian SindingThe 20th-century classical music composers
1856-1941 (Romantic)
Composer

Georg <strong>Solti</strong> Georg SoltiThe 20th-century classical music composers
1912-1997 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Charles Villiers <strong>Stanford</strong> Charles Villiers StanfordThe 20th-century classical music composers
1852-1924 (Romantic)
Composer

Karlheinz <strong>Stockhausen</strong> Karlheinz StockhausenThe 20th-century classical music composers
1925-2007 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

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

Eduard <strong>Strauss</strong> Eduard StraussThe 20th-century classical music composers
1835-1916 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

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

Arthur <strong>Sullivan</strong> Arthur SullivanThe 20th-century classical music composers
1842-1900 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Johan <strong>Svendsen</strong> Johan SvendsenThe 20th-century classical music composers
1840-1911 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Georgy <strong>Sviridov</strong> Georgy SviridovThe 20th-century classical music composers
1915-1998 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Władysław <strong>Szpilman</strong> Władysław SzpilmanThe 20th-century classical music composers
1911-2000 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

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


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Viktor <strong>Ullmann</strong> Viktor UllmannThe 20th-century classical music composers
1898-1944 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer


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Eugène <strong>Ysaÿe</strong> Eugène YsaÿeThe 20th-century classical music composers
1858-1931 (Romantic)
Conductor, 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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