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

 

Shostakovich or Horowitz? Dvořák or Bartók? 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 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 : Shostakovich (Soviet composer and pianist (1906-1975)) or Horowitz (American classical pianist and composer) ? Rachmaninoff (Russian composer, pianist, and conductor) or Morricone (Italian composer, orchestrator and conductor) ? 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 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 in Europe for the years 1900-1950

Who are these greatest composers, the most famous over the 1900-1950 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. Balakirev, Pärt, Mascagni, Grieg, Strauss, Verdi, Albéniz...

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

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Grażyna <strong>Bacewicz</strong> Grażyna BacewiczThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1909-1969 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

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

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

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

Arrigo <strong>Boito</strong> Arrigo BoitoThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1842-1918 (Romantic)
Composer

Victor <strong>Borge</strong> Victor BorgeThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1909-2000 (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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Eugen d'<strong>d'Albert</strong> Eugen d'd'AlbertThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1864-1932 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Luigi <strong>Dallapiccola</strong> Luigi DallapiccolaThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1904-1975 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Peter Maxwell <strong>Davies</strong> Peter Maxwell DaviesThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1934-2016 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Claude <strong>Debussy</strong> Claude DebussyThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1862-1918 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Frederick <strong>Delius</strong> Frederick DeliusThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1862-1934 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Vincent <strong>d'Indy</strong> Vincent d'IndyThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1851-1931 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Ernő von <strong>Dohnányi</strong> Ernő von DohnányiThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1877-1960 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Antal <strong>Doráti</strong> Antal DorátiThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1906-1988 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Paul <strong>Dukas</strong> Paul DukasThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1865-1935 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Marcel <strong>Dupré</strong> Marcel DupréThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1886-1971 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Maurice <strong>Duruflé</strong> Maurice DurufléThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1902-1986 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Henri <strong>Dutilleux</strong> Henri DutilleuxThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1916-2013 (20th century)
Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Antonín <strong>Dvořák</strong> Antonín DvořákThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1841-1904 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works


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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

Serge <strong>Koussevitzky</strong> Serge KoussevitzkyThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1874-1951 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

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


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Muslim <strong>Magomayev</strong> Muslim MagomayevThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1942-2008 (20th century)
Conductor, Lyrical singer & 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

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

Nikolai <strong>Medtner</strong> Nikolai MedtnerThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1879-1951 (20th century)
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

John <strong>Rutter</strong> John RutterThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
age 74 (20th century)
Conductor & 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

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

Yevgeny <strong>Svetlanov</strong> Yevgeny SvetlanovThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1928-2002 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

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

George <strong>Szell</strong> George SzellThe 20th-century classical music composers (1900-1950)
1897-1970 (20th century)
Conductor, 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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