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

 

Glass or Stravinsky? Rózsa or Barber? 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+ in North America

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 : Glass (American composer) or Stravinsky (Russian composer, pianist and conductor) ? Mitropoulos (Greek conductor, pianist, and composer) or Kálmán (Hungarian-born composer of operettas) ? 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 North America, 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 in North America for the years 1950-2000+

Who are these greatest composers, the most famous over the 1950-2000+ era in North America? 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. Horner, Adorno, Abraham, Maazel, Cage, Shore, Weill...

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

A

Paul <strong>Abraham</strong> Paul AbrahamThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1892-1960 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Muhal Richard AbramsThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1930-2017 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Maurice AbravanelThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1903-1993 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Mark AdamoThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 58 (20th century)
Composer

John Luther <strong>Adams</strong> John Luther AdamsThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 67 (20th century)
Composer

John Coolidge <strong>Adams</strong> John Coolidge AdamsThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 73 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Samuel AdlerThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 92 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Theodor W. <strong>Adorno</strong> Theodor W. AdornoThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1903-1969 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Daniele AmfitheatrofThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1901-1983 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Leroy <strong>Anderson</strong> Leroy AndersonThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1908-1975 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

George <strong>Antheil</strong> George AntheilThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1900-1959 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Desi <strong>Arnaz</strong> Desi ArnazThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1917-1986 (20th century)
Conductor, Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Aaron AvshalomovThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1894-1965 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer


B

Milton <strong>Babbitt</strong> Milton BabbittThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1916-2011 (20th century)
Composer

Angelo <strong>Badalamenti</strong> Angelo BadalamentiThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 83 (20th century)
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

Robert Russell BennettThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1894-1981 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Cathy BerberianThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1925-1983 (20th century)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Elmer <strong>Bernstein</strong> Elmer BernsteinThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1922-2004 (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

Marc <strong>Blitzstein</strong> Marc BlitzsteinThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1905-1964 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Ernest <strong>Bloch</strong> Ernest BlochThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1880-1959 (20th century)
Composer

Jerry BockThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1928-2010 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

William <strong>Bolcom</strong> William BolcomThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 82 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

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

Paul <strong>Bowles</strong> Paul BowlesThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1910-1999 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Glenn <strong>Branca</strong> Glenn BrancaThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1948-2018 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Henry BrantThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1913-2008 (20th century)
Composer

Bruce BroughtonThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 75 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Leo <strong>Brouwer</strong> Leo BrouwerThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1939-2003 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Adolf <strong>Busch</strong> Adolf BuschThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1891-1952 (20th century)
Performer & Composer


C

John <strong>Cage</strong> John CageThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1912-1992 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Hoagy <strong>Carmichael</strong> Hoagy CarmichaelThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1899-1981 (20th century)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

John Alden <strong>Carpenter</strong> John Alden CarpenterThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1876-1951 (20th century)
Composer

Julián CarrilloThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1875-1965 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Elliott <strong>Carter</strong> Elliott CarterThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1908-2012 (20th century)
Composer

Mario <strong>Castelnuovo-Tedesco</strong> Mario Castelnuovo-TedescoThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1895-1968 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Claude ChampagneThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1891-1965 (20th century)
Composer

Carlos <strong>Chávez</strong> Carlos ChávezThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1899-1978 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Gloria CoatesThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 81 (20th century)
Composer

Salvador ContrerasThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1910-1982 (20th century)
Composer

Aaron <strong>Copland</strong> Aaron CoplandThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1900-1990 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Carmine CoppolaThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1910-1991 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

John <strong>Corigliano</strong> John CoriglianoThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 82 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Henry <strong>Cowell</strong> Henry CowellThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1897-1965 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

George <strong>Crumb</strong> George CrumbThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 90 (20th century)
Performer & Composer


H

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

Marvin <strong>Hamlisch</strong> Marvin HamlischThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1944-2012 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

W. C. <strong>Handy</strong> W. C. HandyThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1873-1958 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

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

Roy <strong>Harris</strong> Roy HarrisThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1898-1979 (20th century)
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

Josef <strong>Hofmann</strong> Josef HofmannThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1876-1957 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

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

Alan <strong>Hovhaness</strong> Alan HovhanessThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1911-2000 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

James Newton <strong>Howard</strong> James Newton HowardThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 69 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Karel HusaThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1921-2016 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer


S

Curt <strong>Sachs</strong> Curt SachsThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1881-1959 (20th century)
Composer

Lalo <strong>Schifrin</strong> Lalo SchifrinThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 88 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Thomas SchippersThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1930-1977 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

Gunther <strong>Schuller</strong> Gunther SchullerThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1925-2015 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

William SchumanThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1910-1992 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Ruth Crawford <strong>Seeger</strong> Ruth Crawford SeegerThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1901-1953 (20th century)
Composer

Roger <strong>Sessions</strong> Roger SessionsThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1896-1985 (20th century)
Composer

Anoushka <strong>Shankar</strong> Anoushka ShankarThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 39 (20th century)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Caroline <strong>Shaw</strong> Caroline ShawThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 38 (20th century)
Composer

Edward ShearmurThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 54 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

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

Leonard <strong>Slatkin</strong> Leonard SlatkinThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 75 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Nicolas SlonimskyThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1894-1995 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Dang Thai <strong>Son</strong> Dang Thai SonThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 62 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Stephen <strong>Sondheim</strong> Stephen SondheimThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 90 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Max <strong>Steiner</strong> Max SteinerThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1888-1971 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Jim SteinmanThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
age 72 (20th century)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Eduard SteuermannThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1892-1964 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Fritz StiedryThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1883-1968 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

William Grant <strong>Still</strong> William Grant StillThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1895-1978 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

Zoltán SzékelyThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1903-2001 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

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

Albert SzirmaiThe 20th-century classical music composers (1950-2000)
1880-1967 (20th century)
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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Last update : 2020-08-01

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