The 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)

 

Verdi or Dvořák? Stravinsky or Elgar? 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 1950

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 : Verdi (Italian opera composer) or Dvořák (Czech composer) ? Shostakovich (Soviet composer and pianist (1906-1975)) or Grieg (Norwegian composer 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 between 1900 and 1950. 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 , 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 1900-1950

Who are these greatest composers, the most famous over the 1900-1950 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. Rachmaninoff, Morricone, Satie, Puccini, Strauss, Mahler, Mascagni...

At this time, soClassiQ has listed more than 18000 composers. So here is a selection of some composers for the years 1900-1950, widely recognized around the world:

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Evald <strong>Aav</strong> Evald AavThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1900-1939 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Claudio <strong>Abbado</strong> Claudio AbbadoThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1933-2014 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Paul <strong>Abraham</strong> Paul AbrahamThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1892-1960 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

John Coolidge <strong>Adams</strong> John Coolidge AdamsThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
age 73 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Theodor W. <strong>Adorno</strong> Theodor W. AdornoThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1903-1969 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Jehan <strong>Alain</strong> Jehan AlainThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1911-1940 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Isaac <strong>Albéniz</strong> Isaac AlbénizThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1860-1909 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Géza <strong>Anda</strong> Géza AndaThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1921-1976 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Ernest <strong>Ansermet</strong> Ernest AnsermetThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1883-1969 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Anton <strong>Arensky</strong> Anton ArenskyThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1861-1906 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Martha <strong>Argerich</strong> Martha ArgerichThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
age 79 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Vladimir <strong>Ashkenazy</strong> Vladimir AshkenazyThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
age 83 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Leopold von <strong>Auer</strong> Leopold von AuerThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1845-1930 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer


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Mily <strong>Balakirev</strong> Mily BalakirevThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1837-1910 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Samuel <strong>Barber</strong> Samuel BarberThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1910-1981 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

John <strong>Barry</strong> John BarryThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1933-2011 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Béla <strong>Bartók</strong> Béla BartókThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1881-1945 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Amy <strong>Beach</strong> Amy BeachThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1867-1944 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Alban <strong>Berg</strong> Alban BergThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1885-1935 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Luciano <strong>Berio</strong> Luciano BerioThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1925-2003 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Leonard <strong>Bernstein</strong> Leonard BernsteinThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1918-1990 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Lili <strong>Boulanger</strong> Lili BoulangerThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1893-1918 (20th century)
Composer

Nadia <strong>Boulanger</strong> Nadia BoulangerThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1887-1979 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Pierre <strong>Boulez</strong> Pierre BoulezThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1925-2016 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Benjamin <strong>Britten</strong> Benjamin BrittenThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1913-1976 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Max <strong>Bruch</strong> Max BruchThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1838-1920 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Ferruccio <strong>Busoni</strong> Ferruccio BusoniThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1866-1924 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer


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Carlos <strong>Gardel</strong> Carlos GardelThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1890-1935 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Composer

John Eliot <strong>Gardiner</strong> John Eliot GardinerThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
age 77 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

George <strong>Gershwin</strong> George GershwinThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1898-1937 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Alberto <strong>Ginastera</strong> Alberto GinasteraThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1916-1983 (20th century)
Composer

Umberto <strong>Giordano</strong> Umberto GiordanoThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1867-1948 (20th century)
Composer

Philip <strong>Glass</strong> Philip GlassThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
age 83 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Alexander <strong>Glazunov</strong> Alexander GlazunovThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1865-1936 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Reinhold <strong>Glière</strong> Reinhold GlièreThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1874-1956 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Jerry <strong>Goldsmith</strong> Jerry GoldsmithThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1929-2004 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Henryk <strong>Gorecki</strong> Henryk GoreckiThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1933-2010 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Glenn <strong>Gould</strong> Glenn GouldThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1932-1982 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Percy <strong>Grainger</strong> Percy GraingerThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1882-1961 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Enrique <strong>Granados</strong> Enrique GranadosThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1867-1916 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Edvard <strong>Grieg</strong> Edvard GriegThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1843-1907 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Sofia <strong>Gubaidulina</strong> Sofia GubaidulinaThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
age 88 (20th century)
Performer & Composer


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Dmitri <strong>Kabalevsky</strong> Dmitri KabalevskyThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1904-1986 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Vasily <strong>Kalinnikov</strong> Vasily KalinnikovThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1866-1900 (Romantic)
Composer

Emmerich <strong>Kálmán</strong> Emmerich KálmánThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1882-1953 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Gia KancheliThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1935-2019 (20th century)
Composer

Aram <strong>Khachaturian</strong> Aram KhachaturianThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1903-1978 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Wojciech <strong>Kilar</strong> Wojciech KilarThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1932-2013 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Erich <strong>Kleiber</strong> Erich KleiberThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1890-1956 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Otto <strong>Klemperer</strong> Otto KlempererThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1885-1973 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Zoltán <strong>Kodály</strong> Zoltán KodályThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1882-1967 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Erich Wolfgang <strong>Korngold</strong> Erich Wolfgang KorngoldThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1897-1957 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Fritz <strong>Kreisler</strong> Fritz KreislerThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1875-1962 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Jan <strong>Kubelík</strong> Jan KubelíkThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1880-1940 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Rafael <strong>Kubelík</strong> Rafael KubelíkThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1914-1996 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

György <strong>Kurtág</strong> György KurtágThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
age 94 (20th century)
Performer & Composer


M

Lorin <strong>Maazel</strong> Lorin MaazelThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1930-2014 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Edward <strong>MacDowell</strong> Edward MacDowellThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1860-1908 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Gustav <strong>Mahler</strong> Gustav MahlerThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1860-1911 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Gian Francesco <strong>Malipiero</strong> Gian Francesco MalipieroThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1882-1973 (20th century)
Composer

Henry <strong>Mancini</strong> Henry ManciniThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1924-1994 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Neville <strong>Marriner</strong> Neville MarrinerThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1924-2016 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Bohuslav <strong>Martinů</strong> Bohuslav MartinůThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1890-1959 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Pietro <strong>Mascagni</strong> Pietro MascagniThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1863-1945 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Jules <strong>Massenet</strong> Jules MassenetThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1842-1912 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Willem <strong>Mengelberg</strong> Willem MengelbergThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1871-1951 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Olivier <strong>Messiaen</strong> Olivier MessiaenThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1908-1992 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Darius <strong>Milhaud</strong> Darius MilhaudThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1892-1974 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Dimitri <strong>Mitropoulos</strong> Dimitri MitropoulosThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1896-1960 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Stevan Stojanović <strong>Mokranjac</strong> Stevan Stojanović MokranjacThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1856-1914 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Ennio <strong>Morricone</strong> Ennio MorriconeThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1928-2020 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Moritz <strong>Moszkowski</strong> Moritz MoszkowskiThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1854-1925 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

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


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Sergei <strong>Rachmaninoff</strong> Sergei RachmaninoffThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1873-1943 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Einojuhani <strong>Rautavaara</strong> Einojuhani RautavaaraThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1928-2016 (20th century)
Composer

Maurice <strong>Ravel</strong> Maurice RavelThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1875-1937 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Max <strong>Reger</strong> Max RegerThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1873-1916 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Carl <strong>Reinecke</strong> Carl ReineckeThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1824-1910 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Ottorino <strong>Respighi</strong> Ottorino RespighiThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1879-1936 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Karl <strong>Richter</strong> Karl RichterThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1926-1981 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Sviatoslav <strong>Richter</strong> Sviatoslav RichterThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1915-1997 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

André <strong>Rieu</strong> André RieuThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
age 70 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Nikolai <strong>Rimsky-Korsakov</strong> Nikolai Rimsky-KorsakovThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1844-1908 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Joaquín <strong>Rodrigo</strong> Joaquín RodrigoThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1901-1999 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Mstislav <strong>Rostropovich</strong> Mstislav RostropovichThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1927-2007 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Nino <strong>Rota</strong> Nino RotaThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1911-1979 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Albert <strong>Roussel</strong> Albert RousselThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1869-1937 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Gennady <strong>Rozhdestvensky</strong> Gennady RozhdestvenskyThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1931-2018 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Miklós <strong>Rózsa</strong> Miklós RózsaThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1907-1995 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer


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Camille <strong>Saint-Saëns</strong> Camille Saint-SaënsThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1835-1921 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Pablo de <strong>Sarasate</strong> Pablo de SarasateThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1844-1908 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Erik <strong>Satie</strong> Erik SatieThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1866-1925 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Jordi <strong>Savall</strong> Jordi SavallThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
age 79 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Artur <strong>Schnabel</strong> Artur SchnabelThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1882-1951 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Alfred <strong>Schnittke</strong> Alfred SchnittkeThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1934-1998 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Arnold <strong>Schoenberg</strong> Arnold SchoenbergThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1874-1951 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Alexander <strong>Scriabin</strong> Alexander ScriabinThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1872-1915 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Rodion <strong>Shchedrin</strong> Rodion ShchedrinThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
age 87 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Howard <strong>Shore</strong> Howard ShoreThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
age 73 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Dmitri <strong>Shostakovich</strong> Dmitri ShostakovichThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1906-1975 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Jean <strong>Sibelius</strong> Jean SibeliusThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1865-1957 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Christian <strong>Sinding</strong> Christian SindingThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1856-1941 (Romantic)
Composer

Georg <strong>Solti</strong> Georg SoltiThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1912-1997 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Charles Villiers <strong>Stanford</strong> Charles Villiers StanfordThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1852-1924 (Romantic)
Composer

Karlheinz <strong>Stockhausen</strong> Karlheinz StockhausenThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1928-2007 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Leopold <strong>Stokowski</strong> Leopold StokowskiThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1882-1977 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Eduard <strong>Strauss</strong> Eduard StraussThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1835-1916 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Richard <strong>Strauss</strong> Richard StraussThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1864-1949 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Igor <strong>Stravinsky</strong> Igor StravinskyThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1882-1971 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Josef <strong>Suk</strong> Josef SukThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1874-1935 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Arthur <strong>Sullivan</strong> Arthur SullivanThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1842-1900 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Johan <strong>Svendsen</strong> Johan SvendsenThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1840-1911 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Georgy <strong>Sviridov</strong> Georgy SviridovThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1915-1998 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Władysław <strong>Szpilman</strong> Władysław SzpilmanThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1911-2000 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Karol <strong>Szymanowski</strong> Karol SzymanowskiThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1882-1937 (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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