The 20th-century classical music composers North America

 

Bartók or Gershwin? Hindemith or Stravinsky? 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+ 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 : Bartók (Hungarian composer and pianist) or Gershwin (American composer and pianist (1898-1937)) ? Glass (American composer) or Cage (American avant-garde composer (1912-1992)) ? 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 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 in North America for the years 1900-2000+

Who are these greatest composers, the most famous over the 1900-2000+ 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. Rachmaninoff, Kreisler, Weill, Adorno, Schoenberg, Copland, Horowitz...

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

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

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

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

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

Elmer <strong>Bernstein</strong> Elmer BernsteinThe 20th-century classical music composers
1922-2004 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Thomas <strong>Schippers</strong> Thomas SchippersThe 20th-century classical music composers
1930-1977 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alexander <strong>Siloti</strong> Alexander SilotiThe 20th-century classical music composers
1863-1945 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Leonard <strong>Slatkin</strong> Leonard SlatkinThe 20th-century classical music composers
age 76 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

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

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

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

John Philip <strong>Sousa</strong> John Philip SousaThe 20th-century classical music composers
1854-1932 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

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

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

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

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

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

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

Frank Van der <strong>Stucken</strong> Frank Van der StuckenThe 20th-century classical music composers
1858-1929 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

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

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

Albert SzirmaiThe 20th-century classical music composers
1880-1967 (20th century)
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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