The 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)

 

Britten or Williams? Argerich or Pärt? 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 1950 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 : Britten (English composer, conductor, and pianist) or Williams (American composer, conductor and pianist) ? Weill (German composer) or Stravinsky (Russian composer, pianist 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 between 1950 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 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 1950-2000+

Who are these greatest composers, the most famous over the 1950-2000+ 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. Rostropovich, Shostakovich, Gould, Honegger, Zimmer, Khachaturian, Bocelli...

At this time, soClassiQ has listed more than 18000 composers. So here is a selection of some composers for the years 1950-2000+, widely recognized around the world:

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Luis <strong>Bacalov</strong> Luis BacalovThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1933-2017 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Grażyna <strong>Bacewicz</strong> Grażyna BacewiczThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1909-1969 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Samuel <strong>Barber</strong> Samuel BarberThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1910-1981 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

John <strong>Barry</strong> John BarryThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1933-2011 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Joshua <strong>Bell</strong> Joshua BellThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 52 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Luciano <strong>Berio</strong> Luciano BerioThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1925-2003 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Leonard <strong>Bernstein</strong> Leonard BernsteinThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1918-1990 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Harrison <strong>Birtwistle</strong> Harrison BirtwistleThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 85 (20th century)
Composer

Harrison <strong>Birtwistle</strong> Harrison BirtwistleThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 85 (20th century)
Composer

Andrea <strong>Bocelli</strong> Andrea BocelliThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 61 (20th century)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Victor <strong>Borge</strong> Victor BorgeThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1909-2000 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Nadia <strong>Boulanger</strong> Nadia BoulangerThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1887-1979 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Pierre <strong>Boulez</strong> Pierre BoulezThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1925-2016 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Julian BreamThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 86 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Sarah <strong>Brightman</strong> Sarah BrightmanThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 59 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Composer

Benjamin <strong>Britten</strong> Benjamin BrittenThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1913-1976 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works


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Alois <strong>Hába</strong> Alois HábaThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1893-1973 (20th century)
Composer

Marc-André <strong>Hamelin</strong> Marc-André HamelinThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 58 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Howard <strong>Hanson</strong> Howard HansonThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1896-1981 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Nikolaus <strong>Harnoncourt</strong> Nikolaus HarnoncourtThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1929-2016 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Karl Amadeus <strong>Hartmann</strong> Karl Amadeus HartmannThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1905-1963 (20th century)
Composer

Hans Werner <strong>Henze</strong> Hans Werner HenzeThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1926-2012 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Philippe <strong>Herreweghe</strong> Philippe HerrewegheThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 73 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Bernard <strong>Herrmann</strong> Bernard HerrmannThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1911-1975 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Paul <strong>Hindemith</strong> Paul HindemithThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1895-1963 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Joe <strong>Hisaishi</strong> Joe HisaishiThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 69 (20th century)
Conductor, Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Arthur <strong>Honegger</strong> Arthur HoneggerThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1892-1955 (20th century)
Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

James <strong>Horner</strong> James HornerThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1953-2015 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Vladimir <strong>Horowitz</strong> Vladimir HorowitzThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1903-1989 (20th century)
Performer & Composer


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Dmitri <strong>Kabalevsky</strong> Dmitri KabalevskyThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1904-1986 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Emmerich <strong>Kálmán</strong> Emmerich KálmánThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1882-1953 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Gia KancheliThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1935-2019 (20th century)
Composer

Aram <strong>Khachaturian</strong> Aram KhachaturianThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1903-1978 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Wojciech <strong>Kilar</strong> Wojciech KilarThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1932-2013 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Erich <strong>Kleiber</strong> Erich KleiberThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1890-1956 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Otto <strong>Klemperer</strong> Otto KlempererThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1885-1973 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Zoltán <strong>Kodály</strong> Zoltán KodályThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1882-1967 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Erich Wolfgang <strong>Korngold</strong> Erich Wolfgang KorngoldThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1897-1957 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Jason <strong>Kouchak</strong> Jason KouchakThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 51 (20th century)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Serge <strong>Koussevitzky</strong> Serge KoussevitzkyThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1874-1951 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Fritz <strong>Kreisler</strong> Fritz KreislerThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1875-1962 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Rafael <strong>Kubelík</strong> Rafael KubelíkThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1914-1996 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

György <strong>Kurtág</strong> György KurtágThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 94 (20th century)
Performer & Composer


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Yo-Yo <strong>Ma</strong> Yo-Yo MaThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 64 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Lorin <strong>Maazel</strong> Lorin MaazelThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1930-2014 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Peter <strong>Machajdík</strong> Peter MachajdíkThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 59 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Bruno <strong>Maderna</strong> Bruno MadernaThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1920-1973 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Muslim <strong>Magomayev</strong> Muslim MagomayevThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1942-2008 (20th century)
Conductor, Lyrical singer & Composer

Alma <strong>Mahler</strong> Alma MahlerThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1879-1964 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Gian Francesco <strong>Malipiero</strong> Gian Francesco MalipieroThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1882-1973 (20th century)
Composer

Henry <strong>Mancini</strong> Henry ManciniThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1924-1994 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Clint <strong>Mansell</strong> Clint MansellThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 57 (20th century)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Neville <strong>Marriner</strong> Neville MarrinerThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1924-2016 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Wynton <strong>Marsalis</strong> Wynton MarsalisThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 58 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Frank <strong>Martin</strong> Frank MartinThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1890-1974 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Bohuslav <strong>Martinů</strong> Bohuslav MartinůThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1890-1959 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Nikolai <strong>Medtner</strong> Nikolai MedtnerThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1879-1951 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Willem <strong>Mengelberg</strong> Willem MengelbergThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1871-1951 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Gian Carlo <strong>Menotti</strong> Gian Carlo MenottiThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1911-2007 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Olivier <strong>Messiaen</strong> Olivier MessiaenThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1908-1992 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Darius <strong>Milhaud</strong> Darius MilhaudThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1892-1974 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Dimitri <strong>Mitropoulos</strong> Dimitri MitropoulosThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1896-1960 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Ennio <strong>Morricone</strong> Ennio MorriconeThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 91 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Nikolai <strong>Myaskovsky</strong> Nikolai MyaskovskyThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1881-1950 (20th century)
Composer


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Kaija <strong>Saariaho</strong> Kaija SaariahoThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 67 (20th century)
Composer

Esa-Pekka <strong>Salonen</strong> Esa-Pekka SalonenThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 61 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Jordi <strong>Savall</strong> Jordi SavallThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 78 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Fazıl <strong>Say</strong> Fazıl SayThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 50 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

András <strong>Schiff</strong> András SchiffThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 66 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Artur <strong>Schnabel</strong> Artur SchnabelThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1882-1951 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Alfred <strong>Schnittke</strong> Alfred SchnittkeThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1934-1998 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Arnold <strong>Schoenberg</strong> Arnold SchoenbergThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1874-1951 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Peter <strong>Schreier</strong> Peter SchreierThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1935-2019 (20th century)
Conductor, Lyrical singer & Composer

Emma ShapplinThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 46 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Composer

Rodion <strong>Shchedrin</strong> Rodion ShchedrinThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 87 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Howard <strong>Shore</strong> Howard ShoreThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 73 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Dmitri <strong>Shostakovich</strong> Dmitri ShostakovichThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1906-1975 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Jean <strong>Sibelius</strong> Jean SibeliusThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1865-1957 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Georg <strong>Solti</strong> Georg SoltiThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1912-1997 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Karlheinz <strong>Stockhausen</strong> Karlheinz StockhausenThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1928-2007 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Leopold <strong>Stokowski</strong> Leopold StokowskiThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1882-1977 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Robert <strong>Stolz</strong> Robert StolzThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1880-1975 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Oscar <strong>Straus</strong> Oscar StrausThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1870-1954 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Igor <strong>Stravinsky</strong> Igor StravinskyThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1882-1971 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Yevgeny <strong>Svetlanov</strong> Yevgeny SvetlanovThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1928-2002 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Georgy <strong>Sviridov</strong> Georgy SviridovThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1915-1998 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

George <strong>Szell</strong> George SzellThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1897-1970 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

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


Some composers to be celebrated very soon

Next month, more than 40 important artists and musicians will be honoured. In July 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 6, Władysław Szpilman (1911-2000), 20th anniversary (Death),
on 7, Gustav Mahler (1860-1911), 160th anniversary (Birth),
on 15, Leopold von Auer (1845-1930), 90th anniversary (Death),
on 24, Ernest Bloch (1880-1959), 140th anniversary (Birth),
on 28, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), 270th anniversary (Death),
...

There are others to discover. And it is not too late to focus on the June 2020 celebrations (20+).

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

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Last update : 2020-06-01

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